Two and a Half Males’s Melanie Lynskey Is Younger Sheldon’s New Philosophy Professor — Watch Sneak Peek

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Young Sheldon: The College Years are upon us — and TVLine has an exclusive first look.

In Thursday’s episode (CBS, 8/7c), Sheldon’s first day at East Texas Tech is derailed by his new philosophy teacher, Professor Ericson, played by none other than Two and Half Men‘s Melanie Lynskey — aka Charlie Harper’s stalker-turned-wife-turned-captor Rose.

In the following video, the future astrophysicist interrupts Ericson to dispute Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu’s butterfly parable — but the professor is not so easily intimidated by her 11-year-old pupil. She even manages to stump the boy genius with an anecdote about a long, strange trip at a Grateful Dead concert.

 

Thursday’s Young Sheldon is the first of three consecutive new episodes, after just one new episode aired in January (due to pandemic-related production delays). In that episode, Sheldon’s mentor Dr. Sturgis revealed to Mary that he had taken a new job working on a supercollider, and he would no longer be on campus to look after Sheldon as he’d promised her in Season 3’s finale.

Sturgis’ sudden career change was steered by real-life obstacles brought on by the pandemic. Portrayer Wallace Shawn is based in New York, while the Big Bang Theory prequel films in Los Angeles. “(He) will be in upcoming episodes, (and we’ll be) shooting pieces in New York to mesh into the show,” series co-creator Steve Molaro previously told TVLine. “He will be back a little bit later in the season, but it does present a challenge (right now).”

Are you looking forward to Lynskey’s guest turn on Young Sheldon? Hit the comments with your reactions.

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