Young Sheldon recap: Jason Alexander guest stars as Sheldon rebels after losing at the science fair
- Seinfeld's Jason Alexander guest starred in the latest episode of Young Sheldon
- Sheldon went looking for a new passion after a science fair loss
- Alexander's Mr. Lundy took him under his wing and groomed him to be a star
- Young Sheldon airs every Thursday at 8:30pm Eastern (7:30pm Central) on CBS
Sheldon Cooper was the unlikely leader of a youth rebellion of just one in the latest episode of Young Sheldon — at least briefly.
It all started at the annual Medford High School science fair, where Sheldon, played by Iain Armitage, was showing off a project about killer asteroids. He was certain he had the competition in the bag.
‘The science fair may be a competition, but when the goal is promoting knowledge we’re all winners,’ Sheldon said in a voice over just before the ribbons were handed out.
Sheldon Cooper quit science and gave acting a try on Thursday's episode of Young Sheldon
The fair also included George Jr.’s (Montana Jordan) attempt to find out which soda produced the loudest burps, and SuAnne Ludlow’s ‘Frizzy Hair Machine’. Sheldon's gracious attitude quickly faded as first prize went to SuAnne while Sheldon collected an honorable mention ribbon.
‘You’ve got to be kidding me. You people are crazy. You’re celebrating mediocrity! Mediocrity! Mediocrity!’ Sheldon shouted as his dad, George Sr. (Lance Barber), escorted him from the school gym.
Sheldon returned home with his family, where his frustration mounted. George Sr. attempted to connect with his son, but his sports anecdotes just weren’t resonating with him.
Sheldon Cooper was beside himself when his elaborate science fair project lost first place
‘Sheldon, listen. I know losing ain’t easy. I deal with it on the football field all the time. It’s like that big game we had last year against Nacogdoches — we were down 28 points at the half. It was rainy. It was muddy. Everybody in the stands had gone home, but somehow we managed to claw our way back to a tie with a minute left,’ he recalled.
‘Then they threw a Hail Mary and the receiver stepped out of bounds, but the ref didn’t see it. After all that we lose on a bad call. Believe me, I was furious, but I sucked it up and I walked across that field and I shook their hands.’
Sheldon, who had been sitting quietly through his father’s long spiel, responded rather matter-of-factly: ‘I didn’t hear a word you just said.’
Frustrated, the youngster returned to school where he decided to launch a ‘youthful rebellion’ in the most Sheldon way possible. It began with him putting his feet on the desk during science class and evolved into a hostile take-over of the school P.A. system.
Armed with a microphone, Sheldon delivered an impassioned speech to his captive listeners in which he urged them to ‘rise up’.
He began: ‘Attention students and faculty. This is Sheldon Lee Cooper. We’re taught that hard work pays off, but that’s not true. I came up with a solution to save earth from killer asteroids and lost the science fair to SuAnne Ludlow and her Frizzy Hair Machine. But it wasn’t just me who lost — we all lost.
‘Wake up people, the system’s broken. Real innovation isn’t valued. Nowadays it’s all about flash and style. I blame MTV. Luckily my parents can’t afford cable. I urge you guys to rise up. They can’t send everyone to the principal’s office! Chew gum in class, use a No. 1 pencil — go nuts. This is Sheldon Lee Cooper signing off. Live long and prosper.’
Sheldon Cooper studied and perfected acting after losing faith in his scientific endeavors, but quickly found himself in over his head when he was cast as the lead in Annie
Jason Alexander guest starred as a charismatic drama teacher on a brand new Young Sheldon
Sheldon’s one-man-rebellion was short-lived and, once he returned home, he paid dearly for it. George Sr. and Mary (Zoe Perry) sent him to bed without dinner — ‘on spaghetti and hot dog night’, as Missy (Raegan Revord) pointed out, no less.
Forced to be alone with nothing but his thoughts, Sheldon reached an unexpected conclusion following the revolt: he was through with science.
His uncharacteristic behavior worried Mary, but Meemaw remained optimistic.
‘I’m sure he’ll get right back to it,’ she assured Sheldon's concerned mother. ‘I’ve quit smoking and gambling so many times. Look in my purse — nothing but cigarettes and scratchers.’
George, on the other hand, just wanted to avoid another heart-to-heart with Sheldon on the matter. He and Mary carted their youngest boy off to a professional who recounted his own similar loss of passion during his session with Sheldon and hoped to make an impact.
‘For the longest time I thought I was gonna be a professional figure skater,’ he shared. ‘And then you became disenchanted with the field like I did?’ Sheldon questioned, seemingly getting something from their exchange.
‘Exactly. Someone skated right over my foot and that was that,’ the doctor said.
While Sheldon said he was ‘not sure that’s the same thing’, he reached a conclusion about his future.
‘I plan to pursue the arts,’ he proclaimed proudly. ‘I’ve decided to become an actor.’
Sheldon immediately got to work on perfecting the art of acting and approached it just as he would any other pursuit — by looking to a book on the subject. After he visited drama teacher, Mr. Lundy (Jason Alexander), Sheldon was on his way to local stardom, or so he thought.
He spent the week putting together a monologue from King Leer, which he nailed. Mr. Lundy was completely taken with his talent and immediately awarded him the lead role in the school play, Annie.
‘Mr. Lundy’s trying to push the boundaries of drama in East Texas. One way to do that is cross-gender casting,’ Sheldon explained as he defended his role to his father.
Mr Lundy thinks Sheldon is a natural star after he perfects a monologue from King Leer
He added: ‘You’re a football coach. Isn’t it your responsibility to put in the best player for the job? Well, I want to do this and Mr. Lundy said I was the best.’
George and Mary attempted to be supportive and put their true feelings on Sheldon’s new path in life to the side. The entire family loaded into the car to support the budding star on the night the play opened.
‘I don’t want to see Sheldon’s stupid play. It’s humiliating!’ George Jr. complained from the back seat.
‘That’s why I want to see it,’ Missy said.
Sheldon got into character as little orphan Annie, but after he caught a glimpse of the packed auditorium he realized the stage may not be his place. Sheldon suffered what he described as ‘a full-blown panic attack,’ and backed out of the gig.
His absence from the show forced Mr. Lundy to step in.
‘I’d tell you how an East Texas audience in 1989 responded to a grown man playing Annie, but I think you know,’ Sheldon said in a voice over before season 1, episode 16 of Young Sheldon came to a close.
Young Sheldon airs Thursdays at 8:30pm ET on CBS.
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