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Mary: I bet, when you grow up, you will be surrounded by lots of smart, wonderful friends.
Sheldon: I can't see that happening.
Mary: Well, the Lord works in mysterious ways.
— "Dolomite, Apple Slices, and a Mystery Woman". Mary isn't wrong.

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Season 1

     Episode 1 - Pilot 
  • Sheldon is the only one of his family to willingly go to church with his mother despite being an atheist, leading to this cute exchange between him and Missy.
    Missy: Why're you going? You don't believe in God.
    Sheldon: No, but I believe in Mom.
  • Young Sheldon displays a rare moment of affectionate physical contact by leaning against his mom's shoulder while adult Sheldon calls his mom his Christian soldier.
  • Sheldon stands up for his mother, saying that while she may be gullible, she is not a liar.
  • Sheldon touches his father's hand without mittens at family prayer for the first time. George's facial expression says it all.
     Episode 2 - Rockets, Communists, and The Dewey Decimal System 
  • Although he does not want to, Sheldon tries to make friends to make his mother happy.
    Sheldon: But I like doing things for you. You're a nice lady.
     Episode 3 - Poker, Faith, and Eggs 
  • Billy gives Missy some eggs as a sign of his crush on her.
  • Every time Mary is close to losing her composure, Constance assures her that George will be alright.
  • Sheldon and Missy have a rare moment of bonding when they confess how scared they are when the phone rings (Mary had been calling Constance from the hospital, updating them on George).
  • Georgie loses his sullen teenage boy personality when he hears about his father in the hospital and immediately becomes worried for him, demanding to see him at the hospital and even going so far as to steal his Meemaw's car and drive to the hospital.
    • Also heartwarming is the fact that both Missy and Sheldon go with him. Missy's presence is to be expected, but Sheldon comes, too. He's wearing Georgie's football helmet, carrying an entire couch's worth of pillows to buffer his seat, and proclaiming that the venture won't end well, but he refuses to be left behind.
  • Sheldon puts aside his disdain for religion and prays to Blaise Pascal, asking him to ask God to make his dad ok.
  • The family's sheer happiness when they get the news that George Sr. will be alright.
     Episode 4 - A Therapist, A Comic Book, and a Breakfast Sausage 
  • When Georgie and Missy complain about Sheldon's constant issues resulting in them being ignored, Constance reassures them that it's okay if Sheldon gets more attention than them because it only means their parents don't nag them constantly and instead get to eat Blizzards for dinner with her.
     Episode 6 - A Patch, A Modem, And A Zantac 
  • George Sr. clearly thinks Sheldon's obsession with the landing problem is ridiculous, and tries to get him to drop it. But when he sees how badly it's affecting his son, he drives the entire family to Houston, barges into the NASA rep's office, and demands that Sheldon be heard. Rather astonishingly, it works.
     Episode 8 - Cape Canaveral, Schrödinger's Cat, and Cyndi Lauper's Hair 
  • When staying at the motel, a thunderstorm starts up and Sheldon is upset because it means there will be no shuttle launch the next morning. George then starts asking him questions about how thunder and lightning works, claiming that he didn't know. Sheldon starts explaining it to him, and gets so caught up in his explanations that he forgets all about the storm. Older Sheldon then narrates that years later, he realised that his father wasn't nearly as dumb as he made himself out to be, and only downplayed his knowledge at that moment to distract Sheldon from the storm.

     Episode 9 - Gluons, Guacamole, And The Color Purple 

     Episode 10 - A Dog, a Squirrel and a Fish named Fish 
  • Sheldon finally gathers up the courage to pet the neighbour's dog, albeit with an oven glove and other protection. It's very sweet until the dog somehow ends up licking Sheldon's tongue.
  • Sheldon's inspiration to get over his fear is because he feels responsible for Meemaw's fight with Mrs. Sparks. She comforts him and says it wasn't his fault (also adding that it's not the first time Meemaw got punch in the face.)
  • It turns out the neighbour's dog is so drawn to Sheldon because he uses the same hair product as his former owner, who is currently in jail.
    • We briefly see the dog's owner in jail. He has a photo of himself with his dog stuck up on the wall of his cell.
  • While Missy likes making a fuss of the dog because it winds Sheldon up, she's also clearly delighted to do so before she even realises that Sheldon is hiding nearby.
  • George Sr admits that he's proud of Sheldon for trying to get over his fear of dogs. Sure, he's still terrified, but at least Sheldon made the effort.

     Episode 11 - Summer Sausage, a Pocket Poncho, and Tony Danza 
  • When Missy insists that her father take her to "the fanciest restaurant in Texas: Red Lobster", and puts on a princess outfit for her night out. Their waiter very smoothly plays along with her fine dining fantasy, leaving her genuinely dazzled by the experience.
  • After George comes around to Missy's side of the table to show her how to eat her lobster, she asks him to stay next to her when he starts to return to his seat. And this is after George and Mary had discussed that George isn't as close to Missy as he is to his sons.
     Episode 12 - Vanilla Ice Cream, Gentlemen Callers, and a Dinette Set 
  • The very last line of this episode reveals that Sheldon and Amy go on to have their own children.
     Episode 14 - Potato Salad, a Broomstick, and Dad's Whiskey 
  • Mary gets an offer to work for the church, but has reservations when she realizes that no one will be there to watch the children. Both George and Meemaw encourage her to take the job, assuring her that the kids should be fine if home alone.
  • Sheldon and Missy get along remarkably well together.
  • When Missy pulls a splinter from Sheldon's finger, he is genuinely impressed with her MacGyvering (even if he can't resist giving himself credit for being brave
     Episode 18 - A Mother, a Child, and a Blue Man's Backside 
  • When the tornado hits, the entire family huddles in the bathroom together. Missy and Sheldon are with Mary in the bathtub (which is the safest place to be), while George Sr. and Georgie are on the toilet. After having spent the majority of the episode putting Georgie down, Meemaw comes over to hold him when Georgie admits that he's scared that the tornado might hit them. When the storm has passed and Meemaw goes to check her own home for damage, Georgie immediately offers to go with her.
  • After his father calls him out for not doing his cores, it's quite sweet that Georgie tries to prove him wrong, even if he doesn't exactly go about it in the right way. He clearly thinks a lot of his father.
  • Sheldon wordlessly giving his mother a hug after the tornado.

Season 2

     Episode 1 - A High-Pitched Buzz and Training Wheels 
  • Having been angrily scolded by his father and ordered to pay back the $200 for putting back the fridge in one piece (without a deadline) after Sheldon disassembled since it gave him tinnitus, Sheldon starts weeping. Missy hugs him in comfort.
     Episode 3 - A Crisis of Faith and Octopus Aliens 
  • Mary starts losing her belief in God after a sixteen-year-old neighbor girl died in a car accident. She goes out drinking with Connie, doesn't go to church the next morning and eats dinner without saying grace. This change in character worries Sheldon, who is able to help her regain her faith by saying that while he doesn't believe in the Christian God, he's open to the possibility that the Universe had a creator.
    Sheldon: Did you know that if gravity were slightly more powerful, the universe would collapse into a ball?
    Mary: I did not.
    Sheldon: Also, if gravity were slightly less powerful, the universe would fly apart and there would be no stars or planets.
    Mary: Where you going with this, Sheldon?
    Sheldon: It's just that gravity is precisely as strong as it needs to be. And if the ratio of the electromagnetic force to the strong force wasn't one percent, life wouldn't exist. What are the odds that would happen all by itself?
    Mary: Why are you trying to convince me to believe in God? You don't believe in God.
    Sheldon: I don't, but the precision of the universe at least makes it logical to conclude there's a creator.
    Mary [sighs]: Baby, I appreciate what you're trying to do, but logic is here [points to her head]. And my problem is here [places her hand over her heart].
    Sheldon: Well, there are 5 billion people on this planet and you're the perfect mom for me. What are the odds of that?
    Mary [tears up and hugs Sheldon] Thank you, Lord, for this little boy.
     Episode 5 - A Research Study and Czechoslovakian Wedding Pastries 
  • When taking the first test, Missy speaks kindly to the female psychologist testing her, telling her she should let her hair down to make herself more attractive and that the other psychologist likes her. Her advice works and the two set up a dinner date to discuss the test results.
    • Missy also stated that she had more fun talking to the psychologist than taking the test.
  • Missy says during the second test how she sometimes feels neglected by the rest of her family, so on the ride home Mary lets her pick where they can have dinner.
    • Note that Missy doesn't seem resentful when she says this. The way she puts it is by describing her mother, Meemaw and Sheldon as "kind of a team" and her father and Georgie in the same way.
     Episode 6 - Seven Deadly Sins and a Small Carl Sagan 
  • Mary spends the whole episode angry when Mr. Lundy takes over her Hell House project when she asks for his help and he takes over the whole project, making the seven deadly sins look like something fun. She considers the night a failure despite the money earned for the church when nobody comes to the room based on Heaven to "be saved," until Veronica Duncan, Georgie's date, comes into the room and wants to change her life, having been deeply touched by the room of Lust. Sheldon's narration then says that Veronica went on to live a life devoted to God and help feed the poor, even helping her older sister, who she said previously had been arrested, start a literacy program for female inmates.
  • Sheldon is upset when nobody recognizes his costume is Carl Sagan. When one woman gets it right at the end of the episode, Sheldon smiles happily and fist bumps in celebration.
     Episode 10 - A Stunted Childhood and a Can of Fancy Mixed Nuts 
  • Paige and Missy encouraging Sheldon to play with them. Sheldon kept saying "no" of course, but it's the thought that counts. And when Paige warns Sheldon that he'll grow up to be socially stunted if he keeps rejecting people, she says it with genuine concern instead of mockery.
  • Connie telling John that she loves him whether he can drive or not. And John, of course, reciprocates.
     Episode 12 - A Tummy Ache and a Whale of a Metaphor 
  • Missy sleeping in Sheldon's bed to feel close to him when he's having surgery at the hospital.
     Episode 16 - A Loaf of Bread and a Grand Old Flag 
  • Sheldon's support of communism has resulted in the entire Cooper family being persecuted. One moment that sticks out is Georgie Eating Lunch Alone, until Veronica sits down with him. She knows that sitting with Georgie will tarnish her reputation and that Georgie wants more from her than just friendship, but she chooses to do so anyway, since she's smart enough to know it's just a misunderstanding.
     Episode 17 - Albert Einstein and the Story of Another Mary 
  • Once George finds out Mary is pregnant, he goes to Principal Petersen to ask for a raise, and Tom gladly gives it to him. Even after Mary miscarries and George says he doesn't need the raise anymore, Tom still gives it to him.
     Episode 20 - A Proposal and a Popsicle Stick Cross 
  • Georgie goes above and beyond to clean out his room so Veronica can stay there; to the extent of fishing out his secret porn stash and even throwing away some of his clothes. While it's obvious that he's doing it for certain reasons, he never once pressures Veronica into anything, he just simply asks if he can spend some time with her.
  • Veronica is wonderful with both Sheldon and Missy. She accepts Sheldon's bathroom schedule, and kindly answers his difficult questions about her personal life. She then takes the often neglected Missy out to get milkshakes, giving her some much needed one-on-one attention.
  • When Veronica's mother's boyfriend Clint shows up to force Veronica to come home, Georgie immediately steps between them and stands up for her. When things turn nasty, George Sr. doesn't hesitate to step in, especially when Clint grabs Georgie by the shirt. George Sr. then calmly asks Veronica if she wants to go with Clint, and when she says no, he ends up punching Clint in the face when he refuses to leave her alone.
    Episode 21 - A Broken Heart and a Crock Monster 
  • Georgie is surprisingly supportive of Pastor Jeff, offering up his room so Jeff could spend the night away from his wife. And then Georgie goes to church the next Sunday so that he can "support [his] pal".
  • The subplot of Sheldon and Missy teaming together to collect donations for the church. It's one of the few times that Missy and Sheldon get along without bickering. And Sheldon is an atheist, so it's that much sweeter that he is more than willing to help his mother out with her church duties despite his aversion to her beliefs.
    Episode 22 A Swedish Science Thing and the Equation for Toast 
  • As Sheldon sits alone listening to the Nobel Prize announcements, Older Sheldon narrates that he always felt alone. We then see a series of shots of children and what they are doing at the same time, gradually revealed to be his future friends from The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon finishes his narration pointing out that he was glad he was wrong about being alone.
    • Also heart-warming in a meta sense as it aired right after The Big Bang Theory's finale, giving TBBT fans one last look at the other characters after saying goodbye almost an hour earlier (there was a half-hour behind the scenes special between the two)

Season 3

     Episode 2 - A Broom Closet and Satan's Monopoly Board 
  • Coach Wilkins talking about how close he and his wife are is fairly touching.
  • George realizing that he's been taking his wife for granted and takes Mary out to dinner.
  • Missy tells a lie to Pastor Jeff when he calls looking for Mary (when Jeff asks her what she's doing, she says she's watching TV when in reality, she was playing with a Ouija Board). She feels incredibly guilty about it and is afraid she'll go to Hell for lying to a pastor. She immediately calls Jeff back to confess. Jeff gently assures Missy that she's not going to Hell and that she has been forgiven.
  • Robin asking Pastor Jeff to marry her.
     Episode 3 - An Entrepreneurialist and a Swat on the Bottom 
  • Georgie buys a $100 necklace for Veronica with the money he made selling candy. Veronica turns it down because she's uncomfortable accepting a gift that expensive. Later on, he leaves another one on her car that he made out of the candy. A big smile forms when she opens it.
     Episode 4 - Hobbitses, Physicses and a Ball with Zip 
  • George spends the episode teaching Missy how to play baseball to impress a boy, and she shows talent for pitching. When she's devastated to learn the boy likes another girl, George comforts her as best he can. Afterwards, they play catch just for the sake of it.
     Episode 9 - A Party Invitation, Football Grapes and an Earth Chicken 
  • Sheldon dresses up and pretends to be Spock to attend Billy Sparks' birthday party, and Billy shows interest in Sheldon's role-play, even if the long words fly over his head. Despite Mrs. Sparks' chagrin that the boys weren't engaging in "normal" activities, the two of them genuinely get along and have fun...until the chicken poops on Sheldon.
  • Mary and Brenda coming to terms, when Mary admits that it was wrong of her to force Sheldon to come to the party (for both boys) and Brenda shows some sympathy for how isolated Mary feels her son is, while finally acknowledging Billy's own eccentricity.
     Episode 12 - Body Glitter and a Mall Safety Kit 
  • Sheldon willingly listens to Paige's troubles. Keep in mind that Sheldon doesn't like Paige very much and she had earlier placed stolen body glitter in his backpack at the mall (which, thankfully, no one gets in trouble for), yet he still recognizes that Paige needs help. He also offers her a hot beverage to comfort her, something that would be a staple of Sheldon's character in The Big Bang Theory.
  • Georgie offering to pay to have the A/C in George's truck fixed. Sure, he's only doing it to ease his own discomfort, and George's pride stopped him from accepting it, but it was still a nice gesture and a glimpse into the future, since The Big Bang Theory reveals that Georgie was the one to support his family after his father died.
     Episode 13 - Contracts, Rules and a Little Bit of Pig Brains 
  • Missy crying during the baseball game, worried that she's going to cost her team the game if the opposing batter hits the ball. With a Motivational Lie from Coach Ballard, she pitches and the boy strikes out, ensuring a victory.
     Episode 16 - Pasadena 
  • In what's presumably Sheldon's first airplane ride, he freaks out upon hearing the stewardess' safety instructions & learning something could possibly go wrong with the plane & wants to leave. As George tries to get Sheldon to relax, he cites "Star Trek" calmly and accurately by persuading him to pretend that he's Mr. Spock aboard the Enterprise, while George takes on the role of Captain Kirk. Once seated again, George tries to comfort Sheldon by holding his hand, but Sheldon objects since Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock don't hold hands. But after thinking about it for a moment, he says he can make an exception this time.
  • Meta: Seeing the iconic Cal Tech canteen set from The Big Bang Theory again can definitely put a smile on old fans' faces.

     Episode 19 - A House for Sale and Serious Woman Stuff 
  • Pastor Jeff and Robin announce that they're having a baby.
  • Missy is about to play baseball against her boyfriend Marcus and is worried that he won't like her anymore if she strikes him out. After some convincing from Connie, Coach Ballard pulls Missy from the game and lets another player pitch. That alone is a sweet gesture from a man who claims he has no feelings. Then, when the team is losing, Missy insists on entering the game and she ends up striking Marcus out. In the post-game congratulations, Marcus takes his defeat well and locks hands with her.

     Episode 21 - A Secret Letter and a Lowly Disc of Processed Meat 
  • George helping Sheldon make a video to convince Mary to let him go to college.
  • Mary and Brenda bonding over drinks.
  • Sheldon's video for Mary ends with Dr. Sturgis praising him and offering to let him join the college, suggesting that their friendship has mended. Even before that, Sheldon's high school teachers and principal all express genuine praise and well-wishes for Sheldon (except for Mr. Givens).
  • Meemaw and Georgie teaming together in order to stick it to Coach Ballard as payback for dumping Meemaw and firing Georgie. The episode ends with the two throwing eggs at his store.

Season 4

     Episode 1 - Graduation 
  • Sheldon says that the graduation party his family threw him was his favorite... until he threw one for his son - Leonard Cooper.
  • Sheldon's Principal is genuinely happy for him when he becomes valedictorian.
    • Later, we see him comfort a student who is going through Teen Pregnancy.
  • Dale is apologetic towards Meemaw for his behavior in the last season, making amends by re-hiring Georgie and giving his money back.
  • Dale toasting Sheldon, especially considering that the two don't really interact much.
  • When Sheldon freaks out about not being ready for graduation, he and Missy have a heart to heart discussion about confronting fears. This scene is probably the best representation of their relationship.
    Missy: I get it.
    Sheldon: What do you get?
    Missy: Why you don't want to go to college.
    Sheldon: I doubt that you do.
    Missy: You're scared everything's gonna be different. And it'll be hard. And you're gonna miss the way that it was.
    Sheldon: How do you know that?
    Missy: 'Cause that's how I feel.
    Sheldon: You're scared.
    Missy: Yeah.
    Sheldon: So what do we do?
    Missy: I guess be scared and do it anyway.
  • In Sheldon's valedictorian speech, he thanks Missy for giving him the courage to take such a big step.
    Sheldon: I'm not comfortable speaking in front of crowds. But there's a technique to reduce stage fright: to focus on one person in the audience and deliver it just to them. That's what I'll be doing today. If it weren't for this person, I wouldn't be here right now. They've taught me a lot. And it's by their example that I found the courage to move forward in this new and exciting chapter of my life. Missy, this is for you. Change can be scary, but I know we're going to be fine. Because like you said, it's okay to be scared. We just have to do it anyway. So if any of my fellow graduates are nervous about the future, know that you're not alone. I suggest that you all try to be as brave as my twin sister. That's my plan.

     Episode 2 - A Docent, A Little Lady and a Bouncer Named Dalton 
  • George finds himself unprepared to handle Missy's first period. When the cashier at the drugstore notices this, she takes out time from her job to help him.
  • The senior docent is actually quite patient with Sheldon's Innocently Insensitive comments and overenthusiasm. He does ultimately fire him, but he tries first to tolerate him (even when Sheldon criticizes a brochure that he wrote in front of customers) and to explain gently what he's doing wrong.
  • Mary and Georgie connect over their shared love of the movie Road House.

     Episode 5 - A Musty Crypt and a Stick to Pee On 
  • In the RV, Wayne tries to mediate between Mary and George and gets them to try a trick he and his wife use: saying something that they appreciate about each other. George tells Mary that he appreciates how she takes care of the house and the family, and Mary responds that she appreciates George's hard work and all the sacrifices he makes. Both are clearly touched by the other noticing their efforts.

     Episode 6 - Freshman Orientation and the Inventor of the Zipper 
  • Sheldon, worrying about making a good first impression during orientation, asks Missy which bow tie he should wear. Missy, despite having a dim view of Sheldon's dressing style, asks him to show her the options again and then offers a considered decision...and the advice that Sheldon shouldn't wear a bow tie.
  • George helps Pastor Jeff put together a crib, which leads into a discussion about fatherhood and Jeff's fears about failing at the job and being restricted from cool activities. George tries to reassure him, and ultimately fires up his old motorcycle, allowing Jeff to do something cool before the baby arrives.

    Episode 18 - The Wild and Woolly World of Nonlinear Dynamics 
  • Georgie making Mary some soup and toast after she and George had a fight. It was condensed soup and he didn't add water to it, but it was still a nice gesture on Georgie's part.
  • Sheldon catches Missy running away. Rather than telling on her, he decides to go with her. Yes, she ripped up his autographed picture of Professor Proton. Yes, he said he hates her moments before. Yes, he's only doing so because Connie said it was a social obligation for him to protect his younger sister (by two minutes), but it's still quite sweet of Sheldon to wander into the woods at night with no adult supervision.
  • Missy and Sheldon make peace with each other in the woods. Sheldon by giving Missy decent advice about not changing who she is just to please a boy and Missy by apologizing for tearing up his Professor Proton picture.

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