As Sheldon gets older, he becomes more and more like his “The Big Bang Theory” counterpart. This leads to the belief that the next season could and maybe should be the last as we circle around formative moments from his childhood. In the meantime, fans are enjoying nostalgic callbacks like Sheldon’s familiar struggle with understanding sarcasm. In the original series, he frequently leans on his friends to help him tell the difference between dry, sarcastic remarks and true statements with a simple phrase mimicked by @chimatronx – “Sarcasm?”
This is reflected in his adolescence, as we see in “Young Sheldon’s” recent episode, which fans are clearly loving. Another user, @NotYerAvgChick, also noticed the relation and tweeted, “Sheldon is still having trouble determining sarcasm,” with an accompanying GIF that emphasizes the irony. The engagement from fans indicates their appreciation of repeated references to “The Big Bang Theory,” which are always welcome in the prequel spin-off.
Sheldon’s misunderstanding provides comic relief during the intense episode and reminds us of the original series, as @OscarSm61194655 indicated. “He still hasn’t fully understood Sarcasms to this day!” they noted. These moments of levity at Sheldon’s hand balance out the episode’s more serious moments between George (Lance Barber) and Mary (Zoe Perry) as they continue to argue. It even unfortunately steals more attention from Missy (Raegan Revord), leading to her drastic, cliffhanger decision at the end of the episode.