Thoughts From the Young Sheldon Episode A Lobster, an Armadillo and a Way Bigger Number (3/3/2022)
Synopsis: After their research project shows promise, Sheldon (Iain Armitage), Dr. Linkletter (Ed Begley Jr) and Dr. Sturgis (Wallace Shawn) go on a 3-day road trip to a telescope. Meanwhile, as Georgie's (Montana Jordan) relationship with Mandy (Emily Osment) heats up, Meemaw (Annie Potts) wants him to come clean about his real age.
I have to say I was admittedly surprised when Mary (Zoe Perry) let Sheldon go on that road trip with almost no resistance. At minimum, I thought she would insist on tagging along as a chaperone because it's not like Dr. Linkletter has ever proven himself capable of taking care of a child and Dr. Sturgis already proved he definitely isn't.
Dr. Sturgis' reaction to the armadillo was an interesting one. His admission he wanted to save the injured animal because it reminded him of what could happen to him some day was a lot deeper explanation than I was expecting. Knowing he has mental health issues; it does make me wonder if this was foreshadowing something regarding his character.
Sheldon's reaction was honestly a little scary. His nonchalant attitude toward the injured/suffering creature was quite cold, especially his comment about some predator finishing it off. It really made me think about how his character might have turned out had it not been for his family and, later, friends. At minimum, it made the idea of him building a doomsday device a bit more believable.
At first, I wasn't a big fan of this Georgie/Mandy subplot but am now genuinely curious how this is going to turn out, especially since they slept together. At some point, Mandy is likely going to find out he is just a teenager but I'm not sure how she'll react. The first assumption would be she will be very upset but, given the state her life is currently in, I'm also wondering if she winds up becoming his first wife. To be fair, other than the 10-year age difference, they aren't that bad of a couple overall.
I still find myself relating to George (Lance Barber) quite a bit. As I've mentioned before, this show does a great job of portraying Sheldon's dad in a much better light than The Big Bang Theory did. Him trying to bond with Missy (Raegan Revord) was something I could relate to, having both teenage and preteen daughters myself.
Final Opinion: I don't know if this episode was quite as funny as some of the others from this series, but it did a good job setting up some storylines that I am interested in seeing play out.
My Grade: B
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