'The Big Bang Theory' recap: The gang imagines life without Sheldon in 'The Cooper Extraction'

What would life be without Sheldon Cooper? That was the question at hand for the gang during Thursday's (Dec. 12) episode of "The Big Bang Theory," prompted by the awkward one's trip home to Texas to witness the home birth of his sister's baby.And as Amy (Mayim Bialik) points out -- several relationships important to the series would've never been possible without Sheldon (Jim Parsons) around as the annoying link. So, embracing an "It's A Wonderful Life" homage for Season 7's Christmas episode, the show allows the group to imagine their lives sans Sheldon while decorating for the holiday without him.While Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) would've still known each other because of work, Penny's (Kaley Cuoco) certain her boyfriend would've never been able to ask her out during one of their many encounters as the Cheesecake Factory. She imagines him stumbling over his words trying to talk to her,...



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