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Young Sheldon: Meemaw's Relationship Timelines
2023/07/10

Connie, known to Sheldon as his beloved Meemaw in Young Sheldon, was an important presence in Sheldon's life — but who does Meemaw end up with? Since the series is ongoing, no one knows yet whether Meemaw and Dale will be endgame. At the end of the day, however, Meemaw's priorities are her grandchildren. Meemaw was arguably the one Sheldon was closest to, and the person with whom he confided. She drove Sheldon to school when he was taking advanced classes, helped him through troubled times, and was always there for him when he needed her, whether it was to play video games or just enjoy one another's company.

Connie, aka Meemaw, was also there for her daughter and other two grandchildren. However, Connie had a thriving social life of her own, too, where she enjoyed time with friends, gambling at the casino, running her laundromat, and even dating. Following the death of her husband, Connie actually had a pretty healthy dating life with some memorable beaus. So far on Young Sheldon, Meemaw has seen three separate men, but only had two serious relationships, prompting many to wonder, "Who does Meemaw end up with?". It's quite possible that she and Dale Ballard continue their relationship for the rest of the show, but that remains to be seen.

Before Young Sheldon: Pop-Pop

Audiences knew from The Big Bang Theory that Pop-Pop had passed away when Sheldon was very young. So when Young Sheldon hit the air, the prospect of Meemaw's dating life as a potential plot thread, along with the question "Who does Meemaw end up with?" was at the forefront of viewers' minds. For much of her adult life, Connie was married to her beloved husband, Mary's father, and Sheldon, Georgie, and Missy's grandfather, Charlie. Known as Pop-Pop, he and Connie had a wonderful marriage. Pop-Pop, who Sheldon described as the only member of his family who actually encouraged him to pursue a career in science, died of complications from surgery.

However, he also shared the same ego and narcissism as Sheldon. Charlie passed in 1985 when Sheldon was just five years old and he and Connie were likely married for decades, where they had three kids together, including Mary. It was clear that Pop-Pop would always be the love of Connie's life, as evidenced when she got upset at John for wearing her husband's old blazer she was attempting to sell in a garage sale. However, it was time for Connie to move on and work on finding love again, prompting the question "Who does Meemaw end up with?".

Season 1, Episode 19 - Episode 21: Meemaw & John Sturgis Meet & Start Dating

An unlikely pairing, John Sturgis was socially awkward and completely opposite to Connie, but he was also one of the best supporting characters on Young Sheldon. Yet she fell easily for his quirks and charms and the pair soon began dating in season 1, episode 19, "Gluons, Guacamole, and the Color Purple." After several successful dates and a blunder in which she must leave his lecture hall for distracting him too much, they take their relationship to the next level in episode 21, "Summer Sausage, a Pocket Poncho, and Tony Danza," when John cooks dinner for her, and she invites him to stay the night.

Season 1, Episode 22: Meemaw Dates Ira & John At The Same Time, Then Dumps Ira

Connie and Ira never really dated though he expressed an interest in doing so, but the question "Who does Meemaw end up with?" was never so poignant as when she briefly dated Ira and John at the same time. In episode 21, "Vanilla Ice Cream, Gentlemen Callers, and a Dinette Set," Meemaw goes out on a date with Ira but finds that they aren't compatible. Ira tries to win her back — by buying her furniture — but she stands her ground. John confronts Ira when he finds this out, infuriating Meemaw, but Ira backs off. In the meantime, Sheldon has been watching this all very closely and draws up his first-ever relationship contract.

Season 2, Episode 1 - Episode 6: Meemaw & John Date While John Tries To Help Sheldon

John and Meemaw's season 2 relationship is undeniably sweet, as John continues to help Sheldon with his academic endeavors, growing closer to the Cooper family in the process. There are a few bumps here, as Meemaw has to tell John not to praise Paige too much in front of Sheldon in Young Sheldon season 2, episode 2, "A Rival Prodigy and Sir Isaac Neutron," and John tries to get Sheldon and Missy to participate in a twin study in episode 5, "A Research Study and Czechoslovakian Wedding Pastries." Otherwise, this is a peaceful time in Meemaw and John's relationship.

Season 2, Episode 7 - Episode 10: John Upsets Meemaw, But They Admit They Love Each Other

While Meemaw doesn't end up with John, the seemingly mismatched pair loved each other. In season 2, episode 7, "Carbon Dating and a Stuffed Raccoon," Meemaw decides to have a garage sale. However, a fight arises when John puts on Pop-Pop's old jacket and Meemaw struggles with the loss of her husband, being one of the few times Young Sheldon dealt with serious issues. The two quickly reconcile and continue on their merry way until episode 10, "A Stunted Childhood and a Can of Fancy Mixed Nuts." John expresses an interest in driving and Meemaw tries to teach him — to disastrous results. However, the two express their love for one another.

Season 2, Episode 11 - Episode 20: John Proposes To Meemaw & Meemaw Rejects Him, But They Stay Together

John and Meemaw's romance had viewers asking "Do John and Meemaw get married?". John was obviously wondering this as well, as he tried to propose to Meemaw in season 2, episode 20, "A Proposal and a Popsicle Stick Cross." John takes Meemaw out to a restaurant and gets down on one knee, but Meemaw is one step ahead. She tells him that she's already been a wife and doesn't want to repeat that chapter of her life. She would, however, like to remain a couple. John believes this is the only way people will know they're in a relationship, and as a later token of reconciliation, Meemaw announces their relationship in the newspaper.

Season 2, Episode 21 - Episode 22: Meemaw Takes John To A Casino & John Shows Signs Of Depression

The query "Who does Meemaw end up with?" starts experiencing signs of complications nearing the end of Young Sheldon season 2. Meemaw takes John to her favorite place, the casino, in season 2, episode 21, "A Broken Heart and a Crock Monster." He's wholly out of his element but eventually joins in the fun when Meemaw gets a lucky streak. However, John's happiness is short-lived as he falls into a deep depression in episode 22, "A Swedish Science Thing and the Equation for Toast," due to the Nobel Prize announcement convincing him he will never win one. Sadly, John has a breakdown and is checked into a mental hospital.

Season 3, Episode 1 - Episode 4: John Stays In A Mental Hospital & Dr. Linkletter Puts The Moves On Meemaw

Audiences were asking "Who does Meemaw end up with?" once again when John was in the mental hospital, and someone else immediately shows interest in her. Connie didn't date Dr. Linkletter, but while she was in a relationship with John, she attended the school with him and Sheldon, and met Dr. Linkletter there in season 3, episode 2, "A Broom Closet and Satan's Monopoly Board." He immediately flirted with her. Even after he found out she was with his coworker, he continued to flirt with Connie until she completely shut him down. They are one of the couples that would have made a lot of sense on Young Sheldon but never happened.

Season 3, Episode 5 - Episode 6: John & Meemaw Break Up, Meemaw Dates Ira For The Wrong Reasons, & Meemaw Gets A Date With Dale

Unfortunately, after this, Connie and Dr. Sturgis don't get back together. After John was released from the mental institution, Connie still had feelings for him and wanted them to try and work on things. But John believed it was best that they break up in season 3, episode 5, "A Pineapple and the Bosom of Male Friendship," so Connie would not have to bear the burden of his mental health challenges. She was so upset that she threatened to call Ira to ask him out on a date, but she didn't get the reaction she wanted out of John when he agreed that it was a good idea.

After the breakup, audiences were asking once again "Who does Meemaw end up with?," but she found her next relationship relatively quickly. After going out on a date with Ira and admitting to his face that she did it to make John jealous in episode 5, Meemaw meets baseball coach and sports gear store owner Dale Ballard in Young Sheldon season 3, episode 6, "A Parasol and a Hell of an Arm." Meemaw confronts Dale for not letting Missy on to the baseball team because she's a girl, and Dale finds himself impressed with her vigor. He asks her out on a date, and Meemaw accepts — and Missy makes the team.

Season 3, Episode 7 - Episode 10: Meemaw & Dale Date, John Is Jealous

It was one of the saddest moments on Young Sheldon when Missy was upset about not being able to play on the baseball team, but Dale relented and he and Meemaw began their relationship proper. However, Dr. John Sturgis is still in the picture as a friend of the Cooper family, and it's clear from the start that Dale and John don't get along. John tries unsuccessfully to spy on Dale in Young Sheldon season 3, episode 10, "Teenager Soup and a Little Ball of Fib." This eventually prompts Dale to question Meemaw on why she ever dated him, but Meemaw defends John.

Season 3, Episode 11 - Episode 14: John & Dale Don't Get Along, Dale Continues To Help Missy

The Dale-John-Meemaw triangle comes to a head in Young Sheldon season 3, episode 13, "Contracts, Rules and a Little Bit of Pig Brains," when they all end up on a camping trip together. The installment mainly sees Dale making fun of John and all of his eccentricities and the two have an argument. It ends with John leaving the campsite, much to George's displeasure. Though Meemaw doesn't end up with John, their prior relationship is a source of incredulity for Dale, who at least spent the earlier half of the episode helping Missy lead their team to victory.

Season 3, Episode 15 - Episode 17: Meemaw & John Meet Dale's Ex-Wife June, June Stirs Up Trouble

Reba McEntire was one of Young Sheldon's best guest stars, and she plays Dale's ex-wife June. People begin asking "Who does Meemaw end up with?" again when Meemaw runs into Dale's ex in episode 15, "A Boyfriend's Ex-Wife and a Good Luck Head Rub," and she reveals some troubling things about their past relationship. The two end up hitting it off and are joined at the restaurant by John. Later, John asks Meemaw if June would be interested in him, and Meemaw gives him June's number. While June rejects his advances, she stirs up trouble by telling John he should hold out for Meemaw, as Dale is sure to mess up the relationship.

Season 3, Episode 18 - Episode 19: Meemaw & Dale Commit To Exclusivity

The answer to "Who does Meemaw end up with?" became a little clearer when she and Dale decided to make their relationship exclusive in Young Sheldon season 3, episode 18, "A Couple Bruised Ribs and a Cereal Box Ghost Detector." After questioning Georgie on the matter, Meemaw asks Dale point-blank if he's seeing anyone else. Dale admits that he isn't, though both of them are still friends with their exes John and June. The pair decide to make their relationship exclusive — but it doesn't last all that long.

Season 3, Episode 20 - Episode 21: Dale Proposes & Meemaw Rejects Him, Dale Breaks Up With Meemaw & Meemaw Teaches Dale A Lesson

Dale and Meemaw's weekend getaway goes awry in Young Sheldon season 3, episode 20, "A Baby Tooth and the Egyptian God of Knowledge." The couple goes to the casino and Dale leaves Georgie in charge of his store. After a lucky streak, Dale and Meemaw hit the bar where she tells him to enjoy his retirement. He, in turn, proposes to her and tells her that he loves her. Meemaw of course rejects his sudden proposal, and Dale just up and leaves, breaking up with her. In the meantime, Georgie finds out that one of the customers emptied the cash register right under his nose.

While audiences are left wondering "Who does Meemaw end up with?", the installment ends with Georgie paying Dale back for the robbery with his own money, and Dale firing him. In season 3, episode 21, "A Secret Letter and a Lowly Disc of Processed Meat," Meemaw is incensed over Georgie's termination and decides to take matters into her own hands. She tries to appeal to Dale on the phone, but he won't budge. In turn, Meemaw takes Georgie on a ride, and together they egg Dale's sporting goods store.

Season 4, Episode 1 - Episode 4: Dale & Meemaw Get Back Together

Audiences didn't have to ponder "Who does Connie end up with in Young Sheldon?" long, as she and Dale get back together in Young Sheldon season 4, episode 1, "Graduation." Dale shows up at her house with flowers and also gives Georgie his money back. Dale forgives Georgie, which solidifies his and Meemaw's reconciliation. Meemaw tries her hardest to convince Dale to give Georgie the job back, despite the admitted egging, which he does.

Season 4, Episode 5 - Episode 9: Meemaw & Dale Work Out Their Issues Through D&D, Meemaw Attends Dale's Son's Wedding

While Dale and Meemaw have reconciled, they're clearly on shaky ground as their issues surrounding the botched proposal come to light in Young Sheldon season 4, episode 5, "A Musty Crypt and a Stick to Pee On." The two hash it out in front of an unwitting Sheldon during a game of Dungeons & Dragons. Nevertheless, their relationship continues and Meemaw feels awkward when Dale invites her to his son's wedding in episode 9, "Crappy Frozen Ice Cream and an Organ Grinder's Monkey." She does attend, but Dale becomes perturbed by his ex-wife June's much younger date and Meemaw loses her liking for June when she finds out June only brought her date to upset Dale.

Season 4, Episode 10 - Episode 18: Dale & Meemaw Are Happy, Dale Tries To Get Meemaw To Focus On Her Health

No one was asking "Who does Meemaw end up with?" in the middle of Young Sheldon season 4, as Meemaw and Dale's romance is going strong. The two get on relatively peacefully both on and offscreen. June and Meemaw reconcile, but when Dale is forced to get a colonoscopy in episode 14, "Mitch's Son and the Unconditional Approval of a Government Agency," he suggests that Meemaw get one as well. Meemaw adamantly rejects this idea at first, but after a game of pool, the pair decides to go together.

Season 5, Episode 1 - Episode 7: Dale & Meemaw Help June Recover & Get Into An Argument

While June didn't stir up enough trouble to cause audiences to ask "Who does Meemaw end up with?", she did cause a bump in the road for Dale and Meemaw when June injures her knee in Young Sheldon season 5, episode 7, "An Introduction to Engineering and a Glob of Hair Gel." Both Meemaw and Dale take care of June in the installment, and she proves to be an easy patient. However, Dale admits to Meemaw while the couple is at dinner that he had to help June shower, which causes a massive argument. They don't break up, but it comes close.

Season 5, Episode 8 - Episode 15: Meemaw's Gambling Room Is Successful & Dale Helps The Family

One of Meemaw's season 5 arcs includes her opening up an illegal gambling room — and making a killing at it. While Dale has his concerns, he's mostly supportive of the endeavor. In the meantime, Dale helps Missy get through her baseball slump in Young Sheldon season 5, episode 9, "The Yips and an Oddly Hypnotic Bohemian," and gives Georgie advice on how to deal with Mandy in episode 15, "A Lobster, an Armadillo and a Way Bigger Number." While things are nice for the two during this time, viewers soon find themselves asking "Who does Meemaw end up with?" as season 5 progresses.

Season 5, Episode 16 - Episode 22: Meemaw & Dale Break Up, Dr. Linkletter & John Try To Cheer Her Up

Connie, who has good and bad traits like the rest of the characters on Young Sheldon, may have been happy with Dale. However, Connie's desire to keep going at a quick pace with her gambling room was completely opposite to Dale's desire to retire and slow down in his golden years. Because of their different mindsets about the future, Dale decided to end things with Connie, leaving her heartbroken once again in Young Sheldon season 5, episode 16, "A Suitcase Full of Cash and a Yellow Clown Car." Both Dr. Linkletter and John hit on Meemaw in episode 18, "Babies, Lies and a Resplendent Cannoli," making her feel slightly better.

Season 6, Episode 1 - Episode 9: Dale & Meemaw Maintain A Flirtatious Relationship

There's a fair amount of confusion surrounding when Dale and Meemaw's relationship rekindles on Young Sheldon, as their season 6 reunion seems to happen offscreen. Dale assists in getting Meemaw and Georgie out of jail in the Young Sheldon season 6 premiere, and Meemaw offers to pay him back with a sexual favor. The two are seen together again in episode 5, "A Resident Advisor and the Word 'Sketchy'," when Dale is unsure about her plans for expanding her gambling operation and the pair go to a diner. It's a strange time and one during which audiences are definitely wondering "Who does Meemaw end up with?".

Season 6, Episode 10 - Episode 22: Meemaw & Dale Get Back Together, But Meemaw Loses Her House

There are talks that season 7 could be Young Sheldon's last, meaning unless the pair has a cataclysmic breakup, Meemaw ends up with Dale. The two are revealed to be officially dating again in Young Sheldon season 6, episode 10, "Pancake Sunday and Textbook Flirting." The rest of the season sees the pair relatively happy, with a few minor bumps and bruises along the way. However, their relationship might soon be tested as a tornado decimates Connie's house in the Young Sheldon season 6 finale. She'll be staying with Dale temporarily in Young Sheldon season 7, but audiences will have to wait and see what that does for their relationship.

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