Thoughts From the Young Sheldon Episode A Suitcase Full of Cash and a Yellow Clown Car
Synopsis: Meemaw's (Annie Potts) financial success puts a strain on her relationship with Dale (Craig T. Nelson). Believing he will soon lose his coaching job, George (Lance Barber) takes a job at Dale's store while Sheldon (Iain Armitage) dabbles in the stock market and Missy (Raegan Revord) starts her own business.
I absolutely loved the introduction with Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) discussing relationships and ultimately getting into a fight over comic books and whether they are considered a sound financial investment. It made me a bit sad The Big Bang Theory is no longer on the air (other than in reruns).
This episode seems to be closing a TBBT plot hole regarding George. During TBBT's run, Sheldon mentioned his dad was caught stealing money from the till. This was something that didn't make a whole lot of sense when George was a football coach but, thanks to his potential career change, is starting to become a whole lot clearer. It also makes me think he really is finished as a coach since it is foreshadowing future money issues.
I'm probably in the minority, but I do think George had a right to be angry with Wayne (Doc Farrow). Maybe he isn't lying when he claims he isn't gunning for George's job. But he also doesn't seem to be going out of his way to defend George either. Personally, I find myself wondering why the boosters would think Wayne is a better choice. He's on George's staff and would be part of the problem in my book.
Aren't high school coaches normally teachers too? I know they are in Texas, but it seems a bit odd a school with noted financial struggles would be able to afford someone to just coach football and I actually kind of assumed George was teaching physical education or something too. If that were the case, then he would at least have the teacher's salary to fall back on.
Did East Texas Tech mislead George? Even a losing college football program is a potential revenue stream, so getting rid of the team doesn't seem like something that would be a sudden decision. Did the college offer George the job with the intention of firing him after Sheldon was a student there? It kind of seems that way.
Meemaw's money decisions don't make a whole lot of sense. She claims she is keeping the money hidden in her house because she doesn't want to attract attention by putting it in the bank. OK, that makes some sense if she was depositing $14,000 in cash all at once but, if she were doing it in smaller deposits, I don't know if that would necessarily be an issue. Regardless, the fact she just paid cash to buy a brand-new car would be a much bigger red flag in my book. It makes me wonder if maybe she'll find herself in trouble with the IRS at some point, requiring Sheldon to come to her rescue.
I don't think Missy and Georgie (Montana Jordan) get enough credit on TBBT. They may not be as smart as Sheldon overall, but they have some very real talents in their own rights. Georgie is a natural at business and this episode showed off Missy's creative side with the various combinations of cotton candy she came up with. It's too bad her adult character was pretty much reduced to someone who was hot and, eventually, pregnant.
Final Opinion: As far as the plot goes, the episode is probably not one that is overly memorable. However, it does a good job setting up at least a couple potentially good storylines for future episodes so it's still worth taking the time to watch it.
My Grade: B