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"A Mother, a Child, and a Blue Man's Backside" is the eighteenth episode of the first season of the American sitcom Young Sheldon. The episode aired on April 12, 2018.


Mary bans Sheldon from reading a mature comic book and Sheldon decides it's time to stop living under Mary's thumb.[1]

Extended Plot[]

After Mary confiscates Sheldon's comic books, due to the rather explicit content in an issue of Watchmen, Sheldon demands to be treated like an adult and fails his every attempt to live like one, but a tornado warning reminds Sheldon of family values.


  • Guest starring:
    • Ryan Phuong as Tam Nguyen
    • Charlie Hankin as Randall
    • Cleo King as Mrs. Costello
    • Chris Wylde as Glenn
    • Corey Mendell Parker as Customer
    • Jonathan Brooks as Radio DJ, VO
    • Piort Michael as Emergency Alert, VO
  • Teleplay: David Bickel, Damir Konjicija & Dario Konjicija
  • Story: Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro & Teagan Wall


  • Title Reference: To be entered.
  • This episode was watched by xx.x million people with a rating of xx.xx (adults 18–49).
  • Total viewers including DVR users xx.x million.
  • Young Sheldon was ranked #x for the week ending xx April 2018.
  • This episode aired in Canada in April 2018.
  • The 1st Young Sheldon Cooper absent in cold open.
  • Probably not the first time the Coopers shelter from a tornado, and certainly not the last time (see "A Tornado, a 10-Hour Flight and a Darn Fine Ring").
  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fined the producers $272,000 for this episode, not because of the blue man's backside but because the episode's audio track includes an actual tornado alert sound. The FCC worried that the use of real alert sounds in TV shows would lead to alert fatigue.

Vanity Card[]


  • Mrs Costello, Sheldon's school guidance counsellor mentions Caltech, MIT, and Harvard as possible schools for Sheldon. Sheldon ends up working at Caltech, along with most of the gang in "The Big Bang Theory." In addition, Sheldon's wife attended Harvard after High School.
  • The Looney Tunes episode Missy watches on TV before the tornnado happens is "Rabbit Fire".


Mary: You need to come home with me.
Sheldon: No. I'm working.
Mary: There is a tornado watch. Let's go!
Meemaw: Oh, come on, Mary. We've had a watch every day for 2 months, nothing ever happens.
Sheldon: I think you're just worried I'm earning the money to send in my college application.
Mary: I am worried it is not safe out here. Let's go!
Sheldon: I can worry about my own safety, thank you.
Mary: I don't care if you think you're an adult. I'm your mother, and you will do as I say.
[A tornado warning siren sound effect is heard]
Meemaw: Well, that ain't good.
Mary: You believe me now? Mom?

Adult Sheldon: The good news was most of our neighborhood was spared. The bad news: my mother thought she had something to do with it.

Meemaw: Be careful.