Sheldon wants to forge his own path in “Freshman Orientation and the Inventor of the Zipper”, but can his mother let him? And more importantly, can he manage without her?
This recap of Young Sheldon season 4, episode 6, “Freshman Orientation and the Inventor of the Zipper”, contains spoilers.
Back after almost a month, the latest episode of Young Sheldon, “Freshman Orientation and the Inventor of the Zipper”, really brings Sheldon’s impending — and very early — college enrollment to the forefront of proceedings. But it also has subplots for virtually every character, leading to a busy-feeling episode that, once again, works better when it isn’t focusing too much on Sheldon himself.
But we’ll start with Sheldon anyway. After a call from Dr. Sturgis to inform Sheldon that, thanks to a new job working on a supercollider in Texas, he won’t be there to look after him on campus. Mary is obviously distraught about this, but Sheldon takes it surprisingly well. You can’t, after all, turn down a job working on a supercollider.
This leaves Sheldon and Mary in an awkward position. She wants to chaperone him around his orientation, but he doesn’t want to be seen with her, leaving her to navigate the world of second-hand textbooks, bee allergies, and faulty zippers without her. Things begin to go awry quickly and only get more ridiculous for him from there. But Mary, meanwhile, has a grand day, hooking up with Sheldon’s classmate Sam and being mistaken for a student.
Elsewhere in Young Sheldon season 4, episode 6, Missy is growing up fast, getting her hair curled by Meemaw and learning about relationships, the irony being that her long-distance middle-school one is going better than Meemaw’s. Georgie is trying to repair and ride or sell a motorcycle, whatever he’ll be allowed to do (probably neither, but please give Georgie more to do, he’s my favorite character), and George helps Pastor Jeff (Matt Hobby) build a crib for his forthcoming first child while discussing parenting in surprisingly frank terms. This subplot was probably “Freshman Orientation and the Inventor of the Zipper” at its strongest if you ask me. I’m not sure what it says that Sheldon is the least interesting thing about Young Sheldon, though.