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Flora Douglas, Ph.D., was the head of the Wilmot Academy for Gifted Children, a private school in Dallas, Texas. She had a doctorate in noncommutative algebraic topology. She was married to Elliot Douglas, who had previously worked as an astrophysicist for NASA but had since retired. When Sheldon Cooper accompanied his parents for a meeting with Flora to enroll in the school, the Coopers argued that Dallas was far away from their Medford, Texas home, and Flora told them that she and her husband had hosted a student for the last several years and would be happy to do the same for Sheldon. After a while, Mary and George Cooper reluctantly agreed to allow Sheldon to try and spend a night there; however, they grew nervous and so George went to Dallas to take him home. Flora and Elliot Douglas are both seemingly not very religious, seeing as they do not say grace at the dinner table.[1]

Role in Season 1 of Young Sheldon[]

When Mary Cooper and George Cooper Sr. took their son, Sheldon Cooper, to a private school for gifted children in Dallas, Texas, they had a meeting with Flora Douglas in her office. While there, Sheldon noticed the plaque with her name on it on her desk displayed her degree, "Ph.D", following her name, and he pointed it out and asked what her doctorate was in. Flora told him that it was in noncommutative algebraic topology, meaning her dissertation research was in the branch of mathematics known as algebraic topology, thereby indicating that she was a mathematician or, more specifically, a topologist. She noted that Sheldon's letters of recommendation provided glowing reviews of his academic ability in his former school, his high IQ and spoke wonderfully of him as a person, stating that he had been "a delight in the classroom" and "fun." She was seemingly impressed with this and was ready to accept his enrollment into the school. However, since Dallas was quite some way from their East Texas home, the Coopers were reluctant to let Sheldon go to the school. Flora told them that she and her husband had been hosting a student for the last several years at their house, and welcomed them to let Sheldon stay at it too while studying at the school. Although they first argued for some days over whether it was a good idea or not, eventually the Coopers accepted the offer and drove Sheldon to Douglases' house to allow him to spend a night.

Flora Douglas at home

Flora Douglas welcomes the Coopers into her house.

When they came home to East Texas after having dropped Sheldon off at the Douglas house, George recounted how the meeting at their house had been, and said that they had been nice. A flashback was shown in the episode, showing that Flora and Elliot had been quite affectionate and welcoming.

Elliot Douglas and Flora Douglas at home

The Coopers meet Elliot, Flora's husband.

However, Mary, who had always been rather nervous about her son, had remembered it quite differently: She recounted that there had been something off about them, remembering Flora to have been crazy and practically screaming her welcoming words in a crazy manner. In her flashback everything was also colored blue, darkly lit and muted in color, and Flora and Elliot had had their hair messy and tousled, making them look like a crazy couple of people. She also recalled there having been an "underground lab", however George corrected her, saying that it was just a "finished basement."

Crazy scary Flora Douglas

Mary's warped recollection of Flora Douglas.

Scary crazy Elliot Douglas and Flora Douglas

Mary's warped recollection of the Douglases.

George's positive view of the family was shown to be the true one, as when the episode cuts back to show Sheldon having dinner with Flora and Elliot, they are once more calm and collected and friendly, and the coloring is warm and regular. At dinner, Flora asks Sheldon to "dig in," prompting Sheldon to comment that they haven't said grace. Flora tells Sheldon that they don't do that at their home. Sheldon then tells them that he is alright with that as he does not believe in God anyway, prompting Elliot to ask him why he says grace if he doesn't believe in God. Sheldon answers that he does it to make his mother happy. He also explains, while removing his dinner mittens, that he's wearing the mittens because he doesn't know where their hands have been. Flora, who's served them meat loaf with mashed potatoes and string beans, asks Sheldon if he likes string beans, to which he says "no, but I eat them" and proceeds to put one in his mouth.

Flora Douglas and Elliot Douglas at the dinner table

Flora and Elliot Douglas at the dinner table with young Sheldon Cooper.

At the Coopers' residence back in East Texas, the Coopers are getting restless, not sure whether it was such a good idea to let Sheldon stay at a strangers' house after all. In the end, George Cooper Sr. decides to drive to Dallas and get Sheldon back home.[1]

Personality[]

Flora Douglas seems to have been a loving and caring woman who, though seemingly not religious herself, does not seem to discriminate against people or acts of faith. She was also seemingly happily married to Elliot Douglas. She was happy to accept Sheldon Cooper into the private school she worked at based on the glowing letters of recommendation provided to her by his former school teachers, implying that she may admire and encourage talent and high achievement. She was also kind enough to host allow Sheldon to stay at her and her husband's home, and was accepting of the few eccentricities he had displayed while there.[1]

Appearances[]

Young Sheldon[]

Season 1[]

References[]

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