'Young Sheldon' Season 4: 'The Big Bang Theory' Easter eggs spark fresh nostalgia in sitcom's premiere
Spoilers for 'Young Sheldon' Season 4 Episode 1 'Graduation'
Many of us have been waiting on the 'Young Sheldon' Season 4 premiere, especially since the mothership, 'The Big Bang Theory' ended its run of 12 seasons last year in May. The premiere of Season 4 sees our favorite genius Young Sheldon graduate from high school and his twin sister Missy Cooper (Raegan Revord) graduate from elementary school.
If you've watched the sitcom's three seasons, you would know that young Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage) never fails to entertain with his quirks. This time, his frantic need to find protective eyewear had his father asking him an important question. Is this how he'll behave when he goes to college?
The sitcom continues to show us the perks of what it's like to be a young genius — one of which would be the news wanting to report on Medford high School's youngest valedictorian. Unfortunately, even though he's a genius, he's still a "little boy" who ends up having a breakdown when he realizes he may not be ready for college.
His sister Missy gives him some insight about what he's feeling — she tells him that he's scared that everything is going to be different and he's going to miss the way that it was. Her solution? "Be scared and do it anyway." That comforted the genius. He may be nervous, and the fact that he's been striving to advance all these years is finally dawning on him. But, Caltech doesn't have anything on Sheldon! That much we know.
If you didn't tear up during his graduation speech, then you're missing a warm heart. What helps us dry up our tears and made us a tad bit happy were the 'The Big Bang Theory' Easter eggs that popped up — we knew it was coming. Not one Easter egg but two — depending on how you look at it. At the end of the episode, we find out that Amy (Mayim Bialik) and Sheldon had a child named Leonard after his best friend Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki).
We hear adult Sheldon say, "This is the best graduation of my life. Until the graduation of my son, Leonard Cooper" and then Dr Amy Farrah Fowler-Cooper's voice saying, "Be glad I let you name him Leonard!" This is a really sweet ending to an emotional premiere. It not only made fans laugh and tear up, but also nostalgic, filling the #TBBT hole in their heart.
Like fans, we too were ecstatic to find out that Amy and Sheldon had babies, especially since this wasn't portrayed on the parent series. There could be many speculations as to why? Did baby Leonard pass away? Are we just going to find out about the continuation of Amy and Sheldon's story through 'Young Sheldon'? Who knows! But we're here for these Easter eggs, and we're hoping there's more!
Also, this is not the first time that a character from the original series made an appearance. If you remember, Penny (Kaley Cuoco) made an appearance in Season 3's 'Teenager Soup and a Little Ball of Fib'. CBS started the night of hilarity with 'Young Sheldon' and will continue with 'B positive' and 'Mom'. Don't forget to tune in, and get your mind off these election jitters!
'Young Sheldon' airs on Thursdays at 8 pm EST on CBS.