Young Sheldon Season 4 wrapped up with a cliffhanger ending which will be important from the sitcom’s future, but it also features a great deal of setup for some significant The Big Bang Theory plotlines between Sheldon. Young Sheldon season 4 had a considerably shorter run, just having 18 episodes instead of the traditional 22, primarily on account of this coronavirus pandemic. Regardless of this, there are still so much that’s happened at the sitcom in terms of Sheldon’s arc along with the Coopers as a unit, including the titular character formally beginning college while his parents’ union gradually starts to crumble.
It has been two years since the spin-off has started standing on its own after its parent show finished its 12 season-run in 2019. While Young Sheldon is not known for honoring previously established continuity, it has also taken advantage of opportunities to reference The Big Bang Theory in many various ways. Season 4 featured a surprise voice cameo from Amy from the premiere which confirmed she and Sheldon do have a son in the long run, named Leonard Cooper. Later in the year, the sitcom also disclosed in which Sheldon got the idea for his Mobile Virtual Presence Device (MVPD). Ultimately, it subtly clarified why Sheldon mocked Howard along with his engineering level so much too.
The events of this Young Sheldon season 4 finale, “The Wild and Woolly World of Nonlinear Dynamics” was kicked away by Missy coping with boy issues, but it’s become so much more serious than that. At the close of the outing, she’s gotten over the problem partly due to Sheldon offering enlightenment and support. But things have turned for the worse back at the Coopers since George and Mary claimed – from there, things deteriorated quite quickly. Following is a breakdown of Young Sheldon season 4’s ending.
Young Sheldon Season 4 Finale Begins George’s Cheating Ways
George’s infidelity storyline was looming over Young Sheldon ever because Sheldon spoke about it for the first time in The Big Bang Theory season 10. The prequel series has been dancing around the dark plotline for years now, as the Cooper patriarch was largely depicted as a regular dad who might have his bad days but is always dedicated to his loved ones. The series, however, hinted that this will alter moving ahead. After George tragically admitting that he’s so unhappy with his life through his heated debate with Mary at Young Sheldon’s season 4 finale he took off and proceeded into the pub to let some steam off. Initially, he had been minding his business until Brenda Sparks – their newly single neighbor – showed up and provided to stay around, and just like that, the screen cut to black. The sitcom didn’t explicitly show that this encounter will cause a full-blown affair, but it sets George down a route wherein he considers and finally seeks comfort from a female companion.
Young Sheldon Sets Up His & Georgie’s TBBT Conflict
Together with the twins from the home, only Georgie watched the intense debate between his parents back at home. After George left, the eldest Cooper kid decided to man up and take care of Mary, who’s still upset over what happened. The generally unmindful Georgie cooked dinner and consoled his mother who, then, admitted that she feels accountable for how her husband feels. This particular second in Young Sheldon sets up Georgie’s eventual role as the man of the family after his father dies in a few decades. Back in The Big Bang Theory, leading up to Sheldon’s wedding, he was made to patch things up with his brother, whom he hadn’t spoken to in more than 10 years. It was then shown that Georgie turned into a wealthy businessman, owning Dr. Tire – the biggest tire merchant in Texas. Since he and Sheldon hashed things out for the first time in years, Georgie talked about the way after George died, he had to grow up quickly to take care of Mary and Missy while Sheldon went through life unaware of his and her family’s struggle.
Young Sheldon Makes Big Bang Theory’s Mary Worse
Sheldon’s stories about his father in The Big Bang Theory were corroborated by Mary, who never missed a chance to dunk on her dead husband. Like her son, she portrayed George as an unkind husband and dad which is not true from the prequel series. Mary acknowledging their anxieties and even feeling partly guilty about them highlighted that she’s aware that George isn’t a bad family man. So why did she continue to disparage him years after his demise in The Big Bang Theory?
In conjunction, the same outing confirmed that Sheldon’s worst trait from The Big Bang Theory came from his mommy. Young Sheldon Season 4 finale highlighted how Mary could be self-obsessed like her son; both think very highly of themselves. After Pastor Jeff took home early, she automatically took over the leadership job, really believing that nothing can be achieved if she sat back and let other employees do their work. When she got home, she claimed the attitude, telling George that things go awry when she is not around although that’s not the situation.
Young Sheldon Season 4 Finale Teases Missy’s TBBT Story
Early in Young Sheldon season 4, Missy went on with her first movie date with Marcus, with the Assistance of Georgie. From there the pair supposedly became an item, so the Cooper twin was upset when her presumed boyfriend spent time with another girl behind her back. The way Missy managed her problem at Young Sheldon’s season 4 finale foreshadows her ultimate arc at The Big Bang Theory where she devoted her whole life to a union that ultimately did not work. While her feelings were valid about what happened in the prequel, her response seemed too extreme for her age and for what it was, especially when she lashed out at everyone and then rushed away from home. It establishes that at a young age, Missy falls in love hard and fast, resulting in leaving very little for herself.
How Young Sheldon Season 4’S Finale Sets Up Season 5
With the CBS spin-off already locked in for at least three seasons, there are lots of time to further undertake these above arcs to set up a superior storyline link with The Big Bang Theory. But in the immediate aftermath of the season, its cliffhanging end will more likely be the most impactful story coming into Young Sheldon season 5. Based on what happened between George and Brenda, their time together could ultimately lead to irreparable harm to the Coopers’ marriage. Why is this worse is the fact that it was Mary who took the opportunity to console her neighbor when she found out that she was abandoned by her husband? Taking into consideration the timeline, it’s still a few years before Sheldon grabs his father cheating, so it’s likely that Young Sheldon is slowly progressing towards George’s infidelity story instead of presenting it as a spur-of-the-moment thing. This permits the series to keep being funny and lighthearted while simultaneously building towards a very serious plotline.