Young Sheldon EP Tees Up Sheldon’s Return From Germany, as He Begins to ‘Focus More on the Future’

After getting lost in Germany, Young Sheldon is heading home.

While it wasn’t explicitly stated during Thursday’s locomotive-themed installment, Season 7, Episode 3 of the Big Bang Theory prequel marked the end of Sheldon and Mary’s summer in Heidelberg. The passage of time was slyly indicated via George Sr. and Mary’s letters, which each took approximately 10 days to get from Texas to Germany, and vice versa.

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In one of her last letters, Mary acknowledged just how much she’s missed her husband. “I’ve been sitting here, staring at your picture, thinking about all the years we’ve been together and how I may have taken you for granted the last few,” she wrote. “I do appreciate you, and I do love you, and I’m sorry I don’t say it enough… or say it at all. So, rest up, because when I get back, I’m going to show you how much….”

Mary got cut off, but it doesn’t take a theoretical physicist to figure out where she was going with that thought.

As executive producer Steve Holland previously told TVLine, Mary upon her return home will find herself at a crossroads. “She’s sort of having to figure out where her place is,” he said. “It’s not that she’s unhappy that the house isn’t falling apart, but she steps back into this world where she’s not as needed as she thought she would be. Obviously, she’s still needed — she’s the mom of the house — but in her mind, she’s feeling a little displaced.”

Might this lead Mary to commit more time to her relationship with George — you know, before it’s too late?

<em>Young Sheldon</em> Season 7, Episode 4 airs Thursday, March 7, at 8/7c, on CBS<cite>Photo by Bill Inoshita/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.</cite>
Young Sheldon Season 7, Episode 4 airs Thursday, March 7, at 8/7c, on CBSPhoto by Bill Inoshita/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Sheldon, meanwhile, will come to realize that the Cooper household does not revolve around him. “There’s a moment where he realizes that he is not the center of attention anymore,” Holland teased. “Mandy and Georgie [are still living there], there’s a baby there… the house is a little crowded,” and it “triggers” the eventual Nobel Prize winner to spend more time at East Texas Tech and “focus more on the future.”

He already had a “rude awakening” in Germany, when he discovered that he wasn’t the smartest student in his class, but he also got “turned on to String Theory, which he’s excited about” and which we know he’ll go on to study in depth at the California Institute of Technology (aka Caltech) once he begins grad school in Pasadena.

What did you think of Young Sheldon Season 7, Episode 3: “A Strudel and a Hot American Boy Toy”?

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