Young Sheldon (2017–…): Season 2, Episode 5 - A Research Study and Czechoslovakian Wedding Pastries - full transcript

Dr. Sturgis recommends Sheldon and Missy for a university research study on twins, and Mary is unhappy when the test results go to Sheldon's head.

While my sister and I
are twins,

we've always been different.

By the age of two,
I was reading books.

Missy was content to eat them.

By five, I had
a healthy appreciation

for a well-organized
work space.

My sister less so.

Which is not to say

she doesn't have qualities I admire.

Get it. Get it.

It's just a spider.
Calm down.

It's got eight
legs and fangs.

I see no reason to be calm.

Did you kill it?

- Yup.
- Are you sure?

You tell me.

The bond between twins
is an incredibly close one,

which is why I moved
1,500 miles to California

the first chance I got.

♪♪ Nobody else
is stronger than I am ♪♪

♪♪ Yesterday I moved a mountain ♪♪

♪♪ I bet I could be your hero ♪♪

♪♪ I am a mighty little man ♪♪

♪♪ I am a mighty little man ♪♪

- Hey.
- Hello.

You got a minute?

John has something
he wants to talk to you about.

I brought you kolaches.

Ooh, yummy.

Mmm. Mmm.

So, what's up?

You comin' to me to ask
for Connie's hand in marriage?


But if that were
to come to pass,

are you authorized
to bless the union?

He was joking.


- Tell him.
- Okay.

So, some colleagues of mine

at the university are doing
a research study on twins.

I told them about
Sheldon and his sister,

and they were most intrigued.

Uh, what kind of study?

It's a longitudinal

of environmental
and genetic factors

in the development of cognitive
and other capacities

in pairs of fraternal
and identical twins.

You asked.

Well, geez,
I don't... I don't know

if I want some scientists
pokin' and proddin' the kids.

Oh, but they wouldn't
be poked and prodded.

They just have to, you know,
answer some questions.

And maybe some
puzzles and tests.

That's not too bad.
Where is it?

- Houston.
- And it just got bad.

That's... that's a long drive.

It does pay $50 an hour
plus gas and expenses.


I told you to start with that.


No. See, Mary,
that's the best part...

there's no pokin'
and proddin'. Plus,

you know how much
Sheldon loves puzzles and tests.

I'm not sure.

Think about the money.

50 bucks an hour,
four or five hours a week.

That... that's more
than our mortgage.

I know, I know.

But Sheldon's already

about being different
from other kids.

I worry how this might
affect him.

You're being too protective.
He's a rock.

A rock?

Are we raising
the same child?

And what about Missy?

Aren't these tests gonna
make her feel bad

that she's not
as smart as Sheldon?

I'm not as smart as Sheldon.

Doesn't make me feel bad.

And we could put the money aside
for their college education.

That's a good point.

It's a great point.

I don't have to tell you,
times are changing.

Kids are pitching in.

Like that Webster kid on TV...

he's making buckets
of money for his parents.


I suppose we could
give it a try.

There you go.
I'll call Sturgis,

tell him we're in.

Baby, I'm getting
a fishing boat.

So, Sheldon, Missy,
we got some exciting news.

- Georgie took a bath?
- No.

And how come I don't get
exciting news?

This isn't about you.

But after dinner,
why don't you go rinse off?

- So, what's up?
- Well,

a couple of scientists
at the college

where Dr. Sturgis teaches
are doing

a research
study on twins.

They want to meet you guys,
ask you some questions.

Oh, boy, a research study.

Will they give us written tests?

- Yeah, I think so.
- Oh, boy.

Now, you don't have to
do this if you don't want to.

It's purely volunteer.

I don't want to do it.

- Why not?
- They probably just want to find out

why you're so smart
and I'm just average.

That's a little generous.

Why don't they want
to test me?

- Georgie, not now.
- 'Cause I'm available.

Listen, why don't we
just go there this Saturday

and give it a try?

And if you don't like it,
we don't have to do it again.

Or they'll love it,
and they'll do it till

they're 18, 19 years old.

I already love it.

My man. Missy?

I believe there might be
a Dairy Queen on the way there.

Can I get an Oreo Blizzard?

You know what I think?

I think you're smarter than him.

Dr. Thorpe and Dr. Pilson,

here are your
research volunteers,

Sheldon and Missy.

So nice to meet you.

Thank you for participating
in our study.

Always happy to help advance
our understanding of me.

I'm just in it
for the Dairy Queen.

All right.

Um, if you two wouldn't
mind waiting here,

we'd like to start by talking
to your mom, dad, and grandma.


Just to get some
background information

on the both of you.

Smart. Ask how old I was
when I completed potty training.

You won't believe it.

I'll do that.

Will you keep an eye on 'em?

Well, I'll try, but
if they start running,

you may never see them again.

Shall we?

We are on the clock, right?

- George.
- Hmm?

Boy, this
brings back some memories.

How come?
Well, when I was your age,

I was also taken to a university
to be studied.

Because they thought
you were really smart?

Because they thought
I was clinically insane.

And it wasn't just me.

Did you know that
when Albert Einstein

was a little boy,
his parents worried

there was something
wrong with him?

Because he couldn't
comb his hair?

No, that was a choice
he made later in life.

When he was young,

he wanted nothing to do
with other children,

and would often have
extreme temper tantrums.

He sounds like you.

I know.
Isn't it great?

Well, to be perfectly honest,

Sheldon has always avoided
children his own age.

Tell 'em about
temper tantrums.

They're not temper tantrums,
he just has strong opinions.


like when you yell
and stomp your feet,

and slam the door
off its hinge.

They're scientists.
You can't trick 'em.

And, as for Missy,
she's just the opposite.

Loves to be around people
and other kids.

Makes friends easy.

Does she have temper
tantrums as well?

She's very even-keeled.

Except for when she's eating.

You put your hand
near her face

when she's working
on a lamb chop,

she will bite off a finger.

Our daughter doesn't bite.

Right here,
Thanksgiving, 1986.

Was there anything unusual
about your pregnancy?

- No, not that I remember.
- Really?

You cried for, like,
seven months.

Those were tears of joy.

What about all those times
you punched me?

Punches of joy.

You're not gonna get much
out of Fred and Wilma here.

Why don't you just
get crackin' on the kids?

Okay, Sheldon, this first
battery of tests measures

basic problem-solving abilities.

Is the Kaufman test or the
Wechsler Intelligence Scale?

Are you familiar with those?

It's embarrassing,
but I enjoy a little light reading

in the bathroom.

Are you ready?

- Will I be timed?
- Yes.


Okay, Missy,

the first thing
we're gonna do is test

your problem-solving abilities.

- Okay.
- You ready?

I just have one question.

What's that?

Do you always wear
your hair up?

Uh, well, usually at work, yes.

I bet it looks cute down.

Thank you.

you're all set.

Is that camera
gonna be on?


Can you move it
over to that side?


If I've learned one thing
from school picture day,

it's that I look better
from that side.

Sure, I'll move it.


And bring it a little closer.

- How's that?
- Great.


- Whenever you're ready.
- Wait.

Do I have any Oreos
in my teeth?


- Ready to start?
- One last thing.

Did you ever think of wearing
that white coat with a belt?

You should.

'Cause you have
a very nice figure,

and it's lost in there.

Hey, check this out.

Did you see
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids?

- No.
- You should.

'Cause there's a lot
of good science stuff in it.

Kudos on the question

"Which train gets
to St. Louis first?"


I have to tell you something.

Why don't you
finish the test first?

This can't wait.

The other doctor's
got a crush on you.

Oh, dear Lord.

Oh, um...

I don't...
I don't think so.

Let's get back to the test.


Why? What did you see?

When you're not looking,
he stares at your tushy.


Imagine if you
wore the belt.

Clever girl.

That would accentuate
her buttocks.

I can't watch.
Switch it back to Sheldon.

Hot dog, syllogisms.

If all squares
are parallelograms,

and all squares
are rectangles,

then some parallelograms
are rectangles.

Who was this test
made for, children?

I'm bored.
Turn it back to Missy.

Go ahead.

This question about a train
going to "S-T" Louis

makes no sense.

It's okay to guess.

Take your time, baby.
The meter's running.

Well, thank you all very much.

This was a great start.

Thank you.
Did you have fun?

I got to take a test
on a Saturday. Heck yeah.

He's like a young version of me,
but without corrective shoes.

Missy, what'd you think?

The tests were
just okay,

but I like Sandra.

Well, thank you, Missy.
I like you, too.

All right,
we'll see y'all next Saturday.

You bet we will.

Good God, George,
have a little dignity.

Are you doing something
different with your hair?

No, uh, why?

No reason, just looks nice.

Thank you.

Um, uh, what do you think
about maybe stopping

for a drink after,
to discuss the test results?

I would like that.

Oh, yeah.

Get down.

- We're home.
- Hey.

- What you watching?
- Soul Train.

I like trains.

It's not that kind
of train, dummy.

Well, that seems
like false advertising.

Ooh, you sexy little thing.


I do not like what this study
is doing to Sheldon.

What're you talking about?
He had a great time.

All the way home
all he could talk about

is how that doctor thought he
was so smart. It's not healthy.

Would it make you
feel any better

if I told you how much money
we made today?

No, it would not.


- Really?
- Cash.

Okay, well, still, I...

I'm not interested
in profiting off my children.

You see, honey, that's where
you and I are very different.


Sheldon, what do you think

is happening in this picture?

Easy. There are four chimpanzees
in a living room.

Okay, but what can you
tell me about them?

They're not behaving
like chimpanzees.

Anything else?

Chimpanzees don't drink tea.

Is that it?

Well, I suppose
it might be coffee,

but they don't
drink that either.

Anything interesting
about their body language?


I think they found
his kryptonite.

Missy, what do you think
is happening in this picture?

The girl monkey on the couch

is telling the
guy monkey a secret.

Must be something juicy,
'cause he's smiling.

Anything else?

It might be dirty,

'cause this girl monkey
is sending

the kid monkey out of the room.

He doesn't want to go.
He looks sad.

Is that all?

The monkeys on the couch
are drinking tea,

so it's a tea party.

Okay, very good.
Let's look at another picture.

I'm not done.
The monkey in the painting

is wearing an old lady hat,

so she's probably
a meemaw monkey.

She's not
at the party,

so she must be bowling or dead.

Well, Missy
won that round.

It's actually
not a contest, George.

This is Texas.
Everything's a contest.

A woman in a doorway.

Anything else?

She's holding her head
with her hand.

And what do you think
that means?


Wouldn't you rather ask me
about trains going to St. Louis?

Good gravy, she's sad,
Sheldon, come on.

Oh, she's very upset.

I don't know why.

Oh! Maybe she wasn't invited

to the tea party
at the monkey house.

Also, she's wearing a belt,
like you are.

Nice going.
Very cute.

And I'm loving the hair.


A lion sitting in a chair,
holding a pipe.


But what do you think
is on his mind?

How should I know?
Maybe he's wondering

why he's posing
for a silly picture

instead of eating a gazelle.

Anything else?

What exactly are we doing here?

I thought the purpose
of this study

was to find out how smart I am.

That's what we're doing,

but there are different kinds
of intelligence.


There's only one kind
of intelligence...

George, Sheldon's getting upset.

I don't like it.

All right, I'll just
change it back to Missy.

You are an insightful
young lady.

I don't know what that means,
but thank you.

It means perceptive.

You see things most people miss.

My name is Missy... go figure.

Have you always been that way?

I guess so. I think when
you're on your own a lot,

you get good at seeing
that kind of stuff.


My dad does football
with my older brother,

so they're like a team.

And my mom and meemaw spend all
their time fussing over Sheldon,

so they're like a team, too.

So no one's on your team?

It's just me.

Oh, Lord.

Hey, what's up with you
and Dr. Pillsbury?

Dr. Pilson?

I don't know what
you're talking about.


You can't say
'cause we're on camera.


A little late for me
to start cooking.

- Why don't we stop somewhere for dinner?
- Really?

The five of us?
That's kind of pricey.

Would you rather
buy a fishing boat?

You're a blabbermouth,
you know that?

Missy, we're gonna
eat in a restaurant.

Where would you
like to go?

I get to pick?

- Mm-hm?
- Why don't I get to pick?

Because your sister's
getting to pick.

It's not just about you
in this house.

What do you think, baby?

I pick...

Red Lobster.

You got it.


There goes our per diem.

Out of an
I formation, it's the option...

George, you got a minute?

- What's up?
- Not you.

- Him.
- What?

Sheldon told me that we get paid
to go to that college

and answer their questions.

Yeah, so?

I want to know
how much we're making.


'Cause I want my fair share.

Is that so?

What do you think
your fair share is?


Hm, guess that sounds right.

So how much are we making?

$7.50 a week.

- Really?
- Really.

Well, I want half that.

Which is?

Hang on.


Can we put on Soul Train?


There's a girl on there
I kind of want to marry.