Young Sheldon on Thursday stopped revealing whether or not George’s infidelity began with neighbor Brenda Sparks.
As you’ll recall, the Season 4 finale hinted at George’s destined adultery. During a heated argument with Mary, Sheldon’s father acknowledged that he was unhappy with how his life had turned out, then grabbed his car keys and left. The next time we saw him, he was at Nate’s Roadhouse, where a recently single Brenda approached him and asked if he wanted some company. “Of course,” he replied, before the episode went black.
Thursday’s season opener picked up right where we left off. George and Brenda got drunk and discussed their shared love for Lynyrd Skynyrd. Turns out they were both at the same concert in 1976. Small world, huh? When Brenda asked George if he wanted to dance, he replied, “No, there are people here.” So Brenda suggested to organize the party somewhere else.
“What do you have in mind?” asked George.
“Hershel has the children…,” she replied, deducing that they are going back to her house.
But almost as soon as the suggestion was made, George put his hand on his chest. Was he having another heart attack?
Brenda eventually called Mary and told her that George was in the emergency room. Upon Mary’s arrival, Brenda explained that she ran into George at the bar, and the next thing she knew, he clutched his chest, conveniently omitting important details. “Thank God you were there,” an unsuspecting Mary said. “Who knows what would have happened if you hadn’t been there?”
Shortly after, the doctor came out and told Mary that her husband was suffering from mild angina, but that he would be fine (at least for now). They would keep him under observation, but he could be going home soon. A relieved Mary went in to see George, who was just as happy to see her. But as soon as Brenda came in behind her, George’s heart beat faster—an obvious case of guilt that stayed with him even after he returned home to recover.
Back at home, Sheldon was determined to let his father punish him for running away with Missy. However, George was in a forgiving mood. “Friend, it’s been a rough week,” he said. “We’re just glad you’re safe.” But Sheldon wouldn’t take no. “If actions have no consequences, society collapses and everything turns into chaos,” the boy genius explained. “Socrates claimed that the man who lies to himself has an enemy in him. He’s not even a person, he’s just a chaos of selfish desires wrapped in animal skin.”
As if George didn’t feel bad enough, Pastor Jeff came in with a delivery of get well cards and a prayer for his ailing congregation. “This is a good man,” proclaimed the pastor. “A family man, a devoted father and a faithful husband. Bless him and everything he does.” (he.)
Finally, George confronted Brenda at her home. Whatever happened or didn’t happen, they both felt guilty. If George hadn’t had a medical episode, who knows what would have happened that night?
“Nothing really happened,” George told her. “There’s no reason to feel guilty. I mean, did we drink too much? Certainly. Did we talk about going home from the bar together?’ Yes, again, but George insisted there was no need to apologize for not going… All we did was have a good time in a public place. Is there something wrong with that?”
“I’m looking forward to it,” Brenda replied.
“It does feel that way,” George agreed. “Why does it feel that way?”
“Maybe because it was nice to talk to someone and feel special,” Brenda suggested. And it was, George replied. The two stared into each other’s eyes for what seemed like an eternity before Brenda suggested George get up from her kitchen table and leave.
Assuming Young Sheldon George’s infidelity (and we suspect it might), there’s still a chance something will happen between George and Brenda. In a season 10 episode of big bang theorySheldon confided to Penny that the reason he always knocked three times before entering a room was because he walked into his father with another woman when he was 13 years old. (At the beginning of Young Sheldon Season 5, the title character is 11.)
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