My Thoughts - Young Sheldon: Future Worf and the Margarita of the South Pacific (10/6/2022)
Synopsis: George (Lance Barber) is concerned when Mary (Zoe Perry) goes to work at the bowling alley with Brenda (Melissa Peterman). Determined to help their parents financially, Missy (Raegan Revord) lies about her age to get a job selling comic books and Sheldon (Iain Armitage) tries to make money by writing an episode for Star Trek: The Next Generation.
At first, I thought George was overreacting about Mary's new job. It's not as though he had an affair with Brenda, just the thought of an affair during a very vulnerable time for both of them. Still not great, but not something that would necessarily end their marriage either. However, after Mary's not-so-subtle reaction to Pastor Rob (Dan Byrd) being at the bowling alley with a woman she once babysat (Francesca Xuereb), I'm not so certain Brenda won't use that to her advantage.
Speaking of Pastor Rob, am I the only one who likes him less every time he is in an episode? I never trusted him and kind of figured he might be using Mary. The fact he is frequently seen with a new woman on his arm only supports that.
Mary's spiritual dilemma is more intriguing than I expected. I had almost forgotten that, before finding religion, she had a wild side to her. It'll be interesting to see if she goes on another wild streak (maybe cheating on George first?) or if her religious values eventually kick in and rein her back before things go too far.
I sound like a broken record but will once again give a thumbs up for George in this series because, in my opinion, he is a kick-ass father. Having kids myself, I could easily relate to him being asked to Sheldon as he not only told him about his Star Trek episode but also read the entire thing to him. I've been there myself (with a variety of long-winded stories that could have been summarized in three sentences) and appreciate just how much patience he showed. Oh, and that one observation at the end that pretty much ruined the entire premise of Sheldon's episode was awesome. It was great constructive criticism without being mean.
I'm going to say the same thing about Missy. She is the one, in my opinion, that is holding the family together and her being determined to get a job to help pay the bills proves that. Once again, I feel like The Bang Theory didn't portray her or George fairly given what this show has taught us about those characters.
Final Opinion: This was an interesting episode because it ultimately puts Mary and George's marriage in the hands of their opportunistic neighbor. It'll be interesting to see if Brenda takes advantage of Mary's vulnerability and manipulates George into an affair or if she will turn out to be an unexpected ally.
My Grade: A
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