Young Sheldon – S07E03 – A Strudel and a Hot American Boy Toy | Transcript

Sheldon explores Germany behind Mary's back. Missy attempts to pull a fast one on George Sr. and Meemaw and Dale adjust to living together.
Young Sheldon - S07E03 - A Strudel and a Hot American Boy Toy

Young Sheldon
Season 7 Episode 3
Episode title: A Strudel and a Hot American Boy Toy

Original air date: February 29, 2024 (CBS)

Plot: To save money on long distance calls, George starts writing letters to update Mary. Mary is rather touched and writes back with her own updates and tells George how much she loves him. Sheldon wants to explore the German trains by himself but Mary forbids it. He starts lying about where he goes, but loses his bag on a train after getting off for food. Missy takes another call when he asks her for help. Sheldon explains the situation to the police officers and walks back, during which he is chased by a small wiener dog. Missy eventually calls Mary about what happened before Sheldon walks in. He lies about where he was and Mary writes to George about how he squirms with guilt. Georgie writes his own letter to Mandy that she enjoys. Missy’s new friend Taylor is a boy, to keep George in the dark, Missy lies that he is gay and George falls for it. Meanwhile, Connie moves in with Dale and they adjust to living together.

* * *

MARY: Absolutely not.

SHELDON: But we’re in Europe, the birthplace of the modern rail system.

It is also the birthplace of the guillotine. You’re not playing with that, either.

SHELDON: But I’m a college senior and I know more about trains than Richard Trevithick.


SHELDON: He built the first working steam locomotive.

I don’t care. You are not gallivanting around Europe on a train by yourself.

SHELDON: German children ride trains by themselves all the time.

When you become a German child, we’ll talk.

SHELDON: (growls)

(sighs) Richard Trevithick? How does he know these things? … Oh, George wrote me a letter.

GEORGE: Dear Mary, hope you and Sheldon are having a great time in Germany.

(sighs) So great.

Got the phone bill the other day. It was a whopper. Oh. I figured maybe, instead of calling, we should try the good ol’ U.S. mail. Everything here is fine. A little crowded since the tornado, but it’s bringing us together.


Missy, I got business to tend to.

MISSY: I’ll be out in a second.

Is she almost done? I got to shower.

There’s a line or a hose out back. Take your pick. (sighs)

Count of three!

And our granddaughter is getting more fun every day.



What is wrong with you?

It was just peek-a-boo.

You’ll be happy to know your daughter made a new friend. Taylor. And they’ve been hanging out a ton.

Where’re you going all dressed up?

I’m not dressed up, and I’m going to the mall with Taylor.

When do I get to meet this girl?

Soon. Gotta go.

(sighs) Okay, let’s do this.

♪ Nobody else is stronger than I am ♪

♪ Yesterday I moved a mountain ♪

♪ I bet I could be your hero ♪

♪ I am a mighty little man ♪

♪ I am a mighty little man. ♪


Ooh, she wrote back. Saving money already.

MARY: Dear George, it was really nice to get your letter. It reminds me of when you were in Vietnam, except this time, I’m the one in a foreign country and the enemy is Sheldon.


The other day, he wanted to go riding around Germany, by himself, on a train. But I put a stop to that.


SHELDON: (speaking German) I’m disobeying my mother. Shh.

GEORGE: Your mom’s been going through a rough patch since she lost the house, but she’s a strong woman. You’d be proud of how well she’s dealing with it.


What are you doing?

Taking one of your beers. What are you doing?

Writing Mary a letter.

Too cheap for a phone call?

You know how much those things cost? Tank of gas to say, “I miss you.” Besides, this is nice, writing back and forth, kind of like when I was in the Army.

Oh, she writing you back, too, huh?




My house blows away, I don’t even get a damn postcard.

Well, you should write her first. That’s what I did.

Well, I’m not her cheapskate husband.

Heads up, I might kill your mother before you get back.

SHELDON: Oh, 7:19 to Frankfurt. Birthplace of the frankfurter. That’s a must-see.

(knock on door)

Sheldon, can I get you anything?


You sure? Cup of tea?

SHELDON: I’m fine.

Hot chocolate?

SHELDON: Why are you badgering me?

Whoa, what brought that on?

SHELDON: Nothing. Everything’s fine. I just have to study.

(sighs) Is this about the train?

SHELDON: What? No. What train?

Are you still mad that I won’t let you go alone?


Well, I’m sorry to hear that. Someday, when you’re a parent, you’ll understand.

SHELDON: I’m sure I will.

Okay, then.

SHELDON: Dear Missy, I’m sure you’re surprised I’m writing to you, but I have a secret and I have to tell someone or my head will explode.


SHELDON: The other day, against Mother’s orders, I rode a train by myself.

(scoffs) What a loser.

♪ Because you’re mine ♪

♪ I walk the line ♪

♪ Because you’re mine ♪

♪ I walk the line… ♪

MEEMAW: George tells me you and Sheldon are having a good time in Germany. Things here are finally settling down. I moved in with Dale, which has been great. He’s been so supportive and patient…

Could you play another song?

I’m working on this song.

My last nerve is what you’re working on.

Well, you got to practice if you want to get good.

For what? You’re 74. You gonna play that song in hell?

Look, this is my house, and in my house, I play the guitar.

I thought you said your house was my house.

And in your house, there’s a guy who plays the guitar, and he’s getting pretty doggone good.

(plays muffled notes)

(groans) Oh.

Guide’s here.


Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett. What does she see in him?

Women love musicians.

Man, I got to learn to play guitar.


So your love for me will deepen?

Nice save, Romeo.

Oh, look. Another letter from Mom.

Aw. I think it’s so romantic, you two writing to each other.

It’s just ’cause he’s a cheapskate.

It can be both.

Well, I think it’s sweet.

Well, I can write you a letter if you want.

Please don’t.

Why not?

‘Cause your spelling makes me sad.

GEORGE JR.: I can use small words.

MARY: Dear George, I really loved your last letter. Who would have thought that I would have a love affair in Germany and that it would be with you. I miss you all so much, but it sounds like everyone is doing great. By the way, Missy’s new friend Taylor, is that a boy or a girl?


GEORGE: I’ve included some Polaroids of your granddaughter and your hot American boy toy. Don’t feel bad for being confused about Missy’s friend. He is a boy, but don’t worry, I’m on top of it.

Taylor’s a boy?


So when you went to the movies with him, he was a boy?


And when you went swimming at his house, he was a boy with his shirt off?

I never said he was a girl.

No, I said he was a girl and you didn’t correct me.

I don’t remember who said what.

Yes, you do. And that is the last you’re seeing of Taylor.

Dad, it’s not what you think. He doesn’t like me like that.

He’s a 13-year-old boy. He likes all girls like that.

He’s 15, and he doesn’t.


And he really doesn’t.

The hell does that mean? … Oh.


So, he’s like a… gal pal?



So, can I go to his house and watch a movie?

No other boys’ll be there?

Just him and me.

All right, then.

Thanks, Daddy.

GEORGE: It’s a different world, Mare. I’m proud of Missy for keeping an open mind, and, shoot, I’m proud of myself.

By the way, I told my dad you’re gay.


DALE: Hey. Have you seen my guitar?

No. Why?

I could’ve sworn I left it in the bedroom and now I can’t find it anywhere.

That’s weird.

Did you hide it?

I can’t believe you would accuse me of such a thing.

Did you?

Did I what?

Hide my guitar.

♪ Because you’re mine ♪

♪ I lost my mind. ♪

Well, give it back.

Only under certain conditions.

That guitar has been here way longer than you have.

You want to see it again?

What conditions?

First of all, if I’m out of the house, you can play it all day long.

That’s reasonable.

I’m a reasonable lady. Number two: You cannot play the same song for more than five minutes.

No, no, no, no. That’s not how practice works. Repetition is the key to mastery.

Ten minutes.


It’s in the closet behind the rain coats.

Well, thank you.

(Dale begins playing) ♪ Because you’re mine ♪

Hold on, let me get my egg timer.

♪ Because you’re mine. ♪

SHELDON: Auf wiedersehen.

Where you going?

SHELDON: Library. (whispers): In Frankfurt.

Have fun.

SHELDON: As much as I hated lying, I loved trains just a little bit more.

GEORGE JR.: Dear Mandy, there are so many things I love about you, it’s hard to know where to start. But I will. Sure, I could go on and on about your beautiful… B-E… Where does the dang “U” go? …pretty… boobs. But what’s more important is what’s underneath: Your heart. Oh, yeah. That’s good.

Can I cash out?

Oh. Sure.

Hey, question– if you sneak into the bathroom to watch a woman shower, is that romantic or creepy?


That’s what I thought.

And when you’re alone in the shower…


SHELDON: Oh. (in German) Yes indeed. I’m sure you get this all the time, but you are a lucky, lucky man.


SHELDON: (in German) Getting paid to ride around on a train, all day, every day.

(In German) My wife left me for another man.

SHELDON: (in German) I’m sorry. But on the upside, more train time for you.

Ja. (in German) Weirdo.

SHELDON: (in German) Goodbye!


(snoring stops)



What– What the hell?


What are you doing?

Wh– I’m just putting nose spray in ’cause you’re snoring.

Well, that’s no reason to stick something up my nose.

I’m sorry.

I mean, if anybody snores, it’s you. I mean, just look at that honker.

That’s not very nice.

What’s not nice is you violating my nose.

It’s not gonna happen again. Hey, but listen, now that you’re up, why don’t we just spritz the other nostril–

Don’t you dare!

Okay, okay.

And for your information, you fart all night long.

It’s ’cause of your cooking. Quit feeding me fajitas.

SHELDON: Dear Missy, I’m currently on my fifth train ride exploring Germany and the nations of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. It’s often referred to as a dual monarchy because the Hapsburg ruler was both the emperor of Austria and the king of Hungary. Speaking of hungry… strudel.

♪ ♪

(whistle blows, engine hisses)

(door closes)

SHELDON: Wait! Wait! Warten! Warten! That’s German for “wait”!

SHELDON: As you can see, they did not warten.

(speaking German) Collect call. Medford, Texas, United States. 409-356-6049. Sheldon Cooper.

(phone ringing)


OPERATOR (German accent): I have a collect call from Sheldon Cooper. Do you accept the charges?

Sorry, my dad said it’s too expensive and–

SHELDON: Missy, please, it’s an emergency!

Fine. I accept.

OPERATOR: Go ahead.


SHELDON: I’m stranded in a train station in Weinheim, Germany, and I can’t call Mom because I lied about–

Sorry. I’m getting another call.

SHELDON: Wait, don’t–

Hello? Oh, hi, Taylor. Nothing. What’re you up to?

SHELDON: Missy! Missy? Missy…

GEORGE JR.: …and not just ’cause you’re naked in the shower– ’cause you’re naked and all sudsy. It’s like watching MTV, but in the bathroom. Well, I hope that didn’t sound creepy, but you’re so pretty I can’t stop looking at you, even with clothes on covered with CeeCee’s spit-up.

Oh, you’re reading my letter. I’ll come back.

Oh, now you want to give me privacy?

So, it was creepy, huh?

It was.

Where you going?

Well, I’m gonna go take a shower. Maybe I’ll leave the door unlocked.

Well, all right.

SHELDON: (in German) … And all my money is on the train and I have no way to get back to Heidelberg.

It’s okay, young man, we speak English.

SHELDON: But not as well as my German, so stay with me. (in German) So can you free up a squad car and give me a ride?

(in German) Should we drive him?

(in German) You want to sit in a car with him for an hour?

(in German) Good point. He is annoying.

(in German) You said your mother’s in Heidelberg, why don’t we call her and have her come get you?

SHELDON: (in German) No! She thinks I’m at the library.

(in German) You lied to your mother?

(in German) This is very bad.

SHELDON: (in German) I know. So how about that ride?


♪ I’m walking, yes, indeed ♪

♪ And I’m talking about you and me ♪

♪ I’m hoping ♪

♪ That you come back to me ♪

♪ Yeah ♪

♪ I’m lonely as I can be. ♪

(shower running)

MANDY: (gasps) Oh God!

GEORGE JR.: Dad, get out!

MANDY: Why didn’t you lock the door?

GEORGE JR.: I didn’t want to miss anything.

MARY: …I’ve been sitting here staring at your picture, thinking about all the years we’ve been together and how I may have taken you for granted the last few. I do appreciate you, I do love you, and I’m sorry I don’t say it enough… or say it at all. So… rest up because when I get back, I’m gonna show you how mu–

(phone ringing)


Mom, it’s me. I know I’m not supposed to call, but Sheldon called and said he’s in trouble.

Sheldon’s at the library.

No, he’s not. He’s stuck at a train station somewhere in Germany.

When did he call?

I don’t know. Two, three hours ago…


You know, this is expensive, I should go.

Oh. I’m gonna kill him.

What are you doing?

I’m gonna go sleep in the other room so we don’t bug each other.

And leave me here all alone?

I thought you’d be happy.

Well, my nose might be happy, but the rest of me won’t be.


Unless you’re leaving because my snoring is so bad. Alleged snoring.

Alleged snoring?

I’m going half-deaf in this ear from your alleged snoring.

Well, there must be a way to compromise.

Compromise? There’s no compromise. You won’t let me spritz your nasal passages.

Even if I did, that’s not gonna stop the tear gas coming out of your pants.

Onions in, onions out– We talked about this, you know.

(“I’m Walkin'” by Fats Domino playing)

(dog barks nearby)

SHELDON: Oh, dear.


SHELDON: (grunts)

Uh, hello? Police? Sprechen English? Good, good. Um… My little boy is lost at a train station. No, I don’t know which one… Um, he’s, uh, five foot ten… Well, he’s little to me! … Never mind. What happened to you?

SHELDON: Tough day.

At the library?


Where’s your other shoe?

SHELDON: When I was leaving… the library, a wild dog attacked me.

Oh, sweetie, no.

SHELDON: I fought him off, but at the price of a loafer.

Where’s your backpack?

SHELDON: I guess he got that, too.

Well… that all makes sense, Sheldon, if that’s what really happened.


Okay, then. Why don’t you go lie down?

SHELDON: I will. I’m tired from all the things that happened…

At the library.

SHELDON: At the library.

MARY: Instead of punishing him, I’m letting him think he got away with it. The guilt is eating him alive. I wish you were here to enjoy it with me.



Is it okay if Taylor and I hang out in my room and listen to music?


Just keep the door closed so I don’t have to hear it.

You got it.

Probably gonna listen to show tunes.


(“The Blue Danube” by Johann Strauss II playing)


(farting and snoring continue)


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