Brenda Sparks (Melissa Peterman) may be deliberately seducing George (Lance Barber) to seek revenge on Mary (Zoe Perry) in Young Sheldon. Ever since the CBS comedy highlighted the idea that the Cooper patriarch could potentially start an affair with his newly single neighbor, fans have been wondering if this effectively creates Sheldon’s cheating story in Big Bang theories. Admittedly, it is far too early to confirm, as it is reportedly a few more years before this heartbreaking event occurs. Anyway, Young Sheldon seems to be setting up George’s affair so that the shift from a loving father to a cheating husband does not feel unbelievably abrupt.
CBS has dropped clues here and there about the future breakdown of George and Mary’s marriage, but it was only then Young Sheldon season 4 finale that it even tackled the looming tragedy. The episode titled “The Wild and Woolly World of Nonlinear Dynamics” started with Missy (Raegan Revord) dealing with boy issues, but by the end of the outing, the issue became so much bigger than that. The uprising at home led her father to confess for the first time that he is miserable and deeply unhappy. Do not want to make things worse, it Young Sheldon season 4 finale ended with George suddenly leaving home and going to a pub where he happened to meet Brenda. They decided to hang out and strongly suggest that this could be the start of a potential affair.
CBS has already released a few teasers in light of Young Sheldon season 5 is approaching release. Several of these official sneak peeks support the notion that George is initiating a marital relationship. The interesting thing, however, is that Brenda seems to be the one initiating contact, which is strange, given that Mary has been nothing but supportive of her ever since her own marriage broke down. It is possible that this is precisely why: she deliberately pursues George to hurt the Cooper matriarch.
Brenda and Mary have had a controversial relationship Young Sheldon. They have clashed over a lot of things; Brenda did not particularly like Maria’s self-righteousness, and she felt that the neighbor was too judgmental of her and everyone else in general. To be fair, Mary could really be overbearing (something that was more amplified in her performance on Big Bang theories). Brenda may feel inadequate or even angry with her, especially considering Sheldon’s academic performance compared to Billy’s (Wyatt McClure). After a while, however, the couple seemed to be attached to their common problems, specifically regarding their children and their future. The hostility is largely resolved, and Mary even rose to be a source of strength for Brenda when her husband left. Still, it’s probably the original issues Brenda had with Mary, still smoldering beneath the surface.
While Mary and Brenda are fundamentally different, their relationship with their respective husbands is similar. Both tend to yell at and gnaw at their spouses; George and Herschel Sparks (Billy Gardell) realized this, so they developed an unlikely friendship. Admittedly, it was not fully explored in Young Sheldon, it is clear that the show wanted to draw a parallel between the men. Going forward, however, the sitcom will not be able to revisit this budding relationship. As revealed in season 4, Herschel left Brenda after going through some marital problems. It is unclear what specifically caused the separation, but the breakup does not appear to be reciprocal, as Brenda is still struggling with the loss. Meanwhile, the Coopers stay together. Admittedly, they are going through their own difficulties, but none of them have given up their marriage – at least so far. Despite Mary’s ways, George remains a devoted husband to her and a good father to his children.
Given the state of her marriage to her neighbor, it is not out of the question that Brenda has developed some kind of anger toward Mary. As a proud woman, she does not want pity – especially not when it is from Mary who can be annoyingly holy. Originally, no one knew Herschel was moving out, but Brenda eventually told Mary after the Cooper matriarch checked on her neighbor when she heard about Billy fighting in school. Young Sheldon did not show how their subsequent conversation went down, but Mary seemed really worried about Brenda – so much so that she even arranged a girls night out with her and Meemaw (Annie Potts) afterwards.
Although Brenda seems to appreciate Mary’s efforts, it’s still possible that she’s crossed that the Cooper matriarch at the end of the day is a reminder of what she’s lost. Not only that, but Brenda may feel envious of Maria’s marriage. Although she understands that Mary has nothing but good intentions, being time together can be a secret for Brenda to spend time together. And since she’s too proud to admit this to Mary, she’s followed it up and made her bitter.
There are many ways to mess with Mary. To begin with, Brenda can target her insecurities about being excluded and start having more one-on-one time with Pastor Jeff (Matt Hobby). This will definitely make Mary Cooper insane as she was filled with jealousy when she found out the couple went for a walk without inviting her back Young Sheldon season 4. If Pastor Jeff is not a viable option, Brenda might be able to target Meemaw instead. It seems that she and Mary’s mother have many similarities, and after spending some time together during their girls’ night, it will not be so awkward to hang out again. That said, the most effective way to get Mary down is to ruin her marriage – something the season 4 finale set up.
Knowing well that the Cooper matriarch is too tight to do anything foolish that will result in her separation from her husband, Brenda can instead go after George. As seen in Young Sheldon season 5 trailers, she is very forthcoming to entice George to commit the catastrophic mistake of cheating on his wife. If she successfully splits up Mary and George, Brenda can find solace in the thought that she is not the only one who has a broken family. It can also be an ego boost to know that a committed family man like George would be willing to have an affair with her.