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Family Dynamics and a Red Fiero is the ninth episode of the second season of the American sitcom Young Sheldon. The episode aired on November 15, 2018.


Sheldon studies his family for a psychology project, and Thanksgiving dinner turns into a family fight when George Sr. is offered a job in Oklahoma.

Extended Plot[]

In 10th grade, students are allowed to choose an elective class. Sheldon chooses psychology 101 out of all the other available choices, which include wood shop, introduction to agriculture, and wrestling. He enters the class and immediately asks questions. George tells Mary that he may have a new job. It is a coaching job in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a far distance from their home in Texas. Mary is against a potential move because the children already have been established in town. Sheldon overhears them argue and goes back to his room; he starts recording for his psychology class. Missy asks about the purpose and her Janet Jackson tapes should not be overridden. Sheldon says his work would be spoiled if Missy knew about its content. John Sturgis is invited over while they make food. Georgie is throwing football with his dad, and talking, while Sheldon watching. Georgie is asked where he desires if he moves, to which he mentions several locations. George asks Sheldon if he ever imagine himself leaving Medford. Sturgis comes and out he is able to catch a ball but is bad at throwing it. While Sturgis is outside, Mary asks her mother about George looking at a job in Tulsa. Meemaw is convinced during dinner time to convince George to not move, and it would be devastating to leave away.

Sheldon and Missy are watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade on TV. George comes into the room and gauges their feelings about moving away and what would they miss; Missy would miss their friends and their friends miss her. Sheldon stays neutral in the entire situation.

That night at Thanksgiving dinner, Sturgis eats with them. They talk. Mary immediately declares her thankfulness for what she has. Missy says she is thankful for family, school, and everyone here. Missy is thankful for two Ghostbusters cartoons. Meemaw is thankful for her kids next door, and would be heartbroken if they leave. John Sturgis is thankful that Connie is in his life and for things that he is even there; he is thankful in spite of his own parents were terrible. Georgie is thankful for his job at the tire shop, and Allyssa Milano. Sheldon could not do anything because he is thankful. Finally, George is very thankful that he lives in this country and allows him for taking a risk to go to opportunity. Finally, the secret is out after someone says this out loud. George wanted to take the family to Oklahoma, but Mary puts her food down; George leaves outside. At this time, Sheldon, had a sudden realization that he does not want to work on homework.

Everyone afterwards is silent. Mary is crying with her mom. Missy and Georgie watch TV. Sheldon is sitting outside reading psychology, and Sturgis talks to him; Sheldon reveals he was supposed to observe people for a hypothesis. George pulls up in a Pontiac Fiero. That night, George and Mary ague about the dinner. Sturgis thanks for the dinner, and gets puled away by Meemaw. George takes a ride at night, but the engine blows. At morning, the kids eat breakfast while they are excited for school. Georgie wants to drink coffee, but is told to put it down by Mary. At school, the teacher has all the students present their findings for the class. Tam gives a brief message about his finding that economic development is more important to immigrant families than celebrating a day where they celebrate and eat until they pass out; he found that his dad will die from stress and his mother will move into his place with him and his “Hot American Wife”. Sheldon proves his information that he has a lot of drama in his house. After school, he is driven home by Meemaw and wants to go to Radio Shack.

George is given the tour. He talks to the coach. A small talk between the two, as he is impressed with he new locker. The interviewer apparently is from East Texas, and trying to fit in. He arrives home, and tells the family he has declined the offer for a job because he does not want to live in Oklahoma.

Sheldon in a voice over comments he at the time did not know the sacrifices made by the parents. One night, Meemaw has Sturgis over and throws a food item at him, witnessing his fast reflexes.



  • Title Reference: "Family dynamics" refers to Sheldon's psychological study on his family. "A Red Fiero" refers to the 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT offered to George by the University of Tulsa, as a means of recruiting him for their coaching position.[1]
  • This episode was watched by xx.xx million people with a rating of x.x (adults 18–49).
  • Total viewers including DVR users xx.xx million.
  • Young Sheldon was ranked xx for the week ending 18 November 2018.
  • This episode aired in Canada on November 15, 2018.


  • This episode was viewed by 10.77 million viewers.[2]


  • The Thanksgiving Parade shown on the television is from 1989.
  • During Thanksgiving dinner, Missy declared she was grateful that there were two “Ghostbusters” cartoons. Annie Potts (who plays Meemaw) played receptionists


  • Sheldon: Are we sleeping there? Do I need to bring pajamas?
  • George Jr.: Just sleep in your underwear.
  • Sheldon: In my underwear? I hardly think so.