Young Sheldon season 4, episode 5 recap – “A Musty Crypt and a Stick to Pee On” couples therapy

December 18, 2020
Jonathon Wilson 0
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“A Musty Crypt and a Stick to Pee On” is all about relationships, none of which seem to be going all that well. Except for Sheldon, anyway.

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Summary

“A Musty Crypt and a Stick to Pee On” is all about relationships, none of which seem to be going all that well. Except for Sheldon, anyway.

This recap of Young Sheldon season 4, episode 5, “A Musty Crypt and a Stick to Pee On”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.


There are three storylines in this week’s episode of Young Sheldon, but only one theme — relationships. That’s a pretty dense and complicated topic, of course, but it does boil down to some essential tenets of communication, understanding, honesty, and compromise, which are easier concepts to grasp for some than others, as we’ll see. And it’s also possible to have slightly too much of a good thing like honesty, which Georgie can attest to.

In what more or less constitutes the A-plot, Sheldon spends his time devising a typically intricate game of Dungeons and Dragons for him and his friends, but predictably he’s let down by them and forced to play with Meemaw, Dale, and Missy. Of course, this coincides with Dale and Meemaw trying to work through their relationship issues, so the game quickly becomes a metaphor for that, which Sheldon can’t quite pick up on and probably wouldn’t be interested in doing even if he could.

The D&D game has infrequent cutaways to the characters dressed up as thieves and paladins gathered around a glowing chest in a crypt, but it mostly takes place around the kitchen table, both before and after Dale has realized the futility of pretending to be someone he’s not. Once he’s got a buzz on he enjoys the game a little more, it must be said.

In the B-plot, George and Mary take a road trip to a coach’s conference with Coach Wilkins and his wife, who are a cartoonishly happy couple. Mary and George, meanwhile, are… not. This is Young Sheldon season 4, episode 5 being the most explicit about its theme, since the trip literally becomes couples therapy, with Wilkins talking George and Mary through their difficulties as both finally manage to say something they appreciate about one another.

And then there’s Georgie, my favorite character as ever, whose girlfriend thinks she might be pregnant. I feel like he handles this whole thing pretty well. He goes with her to get a test, he offers constant — perhaps too much, really — support, and he keeps a pretty cool head, all things considered, even if he does manage to imagine his entire future in the ten minutes it takes to pee on a stick.

As it turns out, Georgie isn’t going to be a father just yet. When he expresses how happy he is, though, and how he was scared of having to marry his girlfriend, he finds himself in the doghouse pretty quickly, and his excuses that you can be scared of good things don’t hold much water. I’ll give him this, though — rollercoasters was a pretty good answer.


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