Thoughts From the Young Sheldon Episode A Free Scratcher and Feminine Wiles (2/24/2022)
Synopsis: When Mary (Zoe Perry) wins $500 on a promotional scratch-off lottery ticket, it causes a spat with George (Lance Barber), who wants to spend the money on a new dishwasher even though she thinks of it as gambling and a sin. Arguments between Sheldon (Iain Armitage), Dr. Linkletter (Ed Begley Jr.) and Dr. Sturgis (Wallace Shawn) result in a new lead researcher being assigned to their project.
I am really trying, but I am having a hard time seeing Mary's point of view about the lottery ticket. Yes, buying a lottery ticket could be considered gambling. However, she didn't purchase the ticket, it was given to her, and I just can't see that as the same thing. Maybe if the episode would have pushed things a little further and have that $500 win result in George wanting to buy more lottery tickets, I would have been able to agree with her.
One thing I do like about this series is how George is portrayed. One of my biggest complaints about most sitcoms is the "Dad" character is almost always portrayed as buffoonish and somewhat unemotional. While George has his faults, this show makes him seem a lot more human. His insecurities about his marriage and his observation about Mary being much more fun when she's around other men were surprisingly deep for a show that is classified as a comedy. It does, in some ways, contradict Sheldon's (Jim Parsons) descriptions of him in The Big Bang Theory, but I can also chalk that up to Sheldon's inability to recognize social cues and taking his mom at her word when speaking about her husband.
I am somewhat intrigued by the addition of Dr. Lee (Ming-Na Wen). A couple things stood out for me about this new character. One of them was how the show is using the character to describe the obstacles women face in the science world (much like TBBT tried to do). The other is I feel she is going to either turn out to be a mentor for Sheldon or one of his first scientific rivals. If it ends up being the latter, it makes me wonder if maybe she is the reason the adult Sheldon is dismissive of experimental physicists.
I felt like I missed something with the ending. I'm not saying having the family standing in the kitchen watching a new dishwasher wasn't funny. I'm just wondering how they got back to that train of thought only a couple minutes after the episode showed Mary and George discussing more fun ways to use the money, like taking a vacation. Could they not agree on something? Did they eventually agree the dishwasher was still a better choice? Did they just do it to make Missy (Raegan Revord) mad? While not the end of the world, it would have still been nice to see the thought process.
Final Opinion: Truthfully, I'm not enjoying the more recent episodes as much as I enjoyed the first couple seasons of this show. However, this one did prove to be entertaining and has me interested in seeing more.
My Grade: A