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"A Solar Calculator, a Game Ball, and a Cheerleader's Bosom" is the fifth episode of the first season of the American sitcom Young Sheldon. The episode aired on November 23, 2017.


Sheldon struggles with newfound popularity after utilizing statistics to help the football team.[1]

Extended Plot[]

Sheldon uses sports analytics to help his school's football team, coached by his father, win games. At the game George refuses to send in the punting team. The first attempt fails, but the second one leads the Medford Wolves to an overwhelming victory.

In the weeks that followed, Sheldon's advice to his father generates a winning streak for the team. However, the streak brings about more popularity and affection than he can handle. After leaving one of his classes, Sheldon is met with a mob of students cheering him on. Hugging him, kissing him, tossling his hair, and other displays of affection. One cheerleader even grabs him by the head in order to let him rub his face in her breasts. The last straw is when a boy picks him up of the floor and screaming in celebration as he spun him around the halls.

Georgie struggles with his father neglecting him in favor of spending time with Sheldon, while Missy and Tam revel in Sheldon's new popularity. Meanwhile, Meemaw also asks for his advice regarding her sports bets. Sheldon gets a B+ on a math test due to his exhaustion after accompanying Tam to a party and decides that he cannot keep helping the team and continue giving Meemaw advice. He tells on his family to Mary, which prompts her to reprimand them on their actions. George begins ignoring Sheldon again for being a "snitch" and reconciles with Georgie.



  • Title Reference:
    • A Solar Calculator: This is what George Sr. gave him.
    • A Game Ball: The dirt-covered football George thinks of as a reward for helping him win the game.
    • A Cheerleader's Bosom: When Sheldon was hugged by a cheerleader, his face was in her bosom.
  • 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 November 2017.
  • This episode aired in Canada in November 2017.
  • Ray Liotta, who plays Vincent in this episode, was referenced by name in The Conference Valuation.


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Sheldon: I could end up as a drug addict. Or a lawyer.