After a slide that read “In Loving Memory of Gayle Emerson, 1948 – 2020” appeared at the end of a recent episode of “Young Sheldon,” sources reported that the homage is exactly what show producer Mark Emerson’s deceased mother would have wanted.
“What a lovely way to honor her memory,” area man Shawn LePierre said after the episode aired, featuring an 8-year-old Sheldon Cooper rattling off quantum physics theories to raucous bursts of canned laughter. “I’m sure she’s looking down from heaven and wiping tears from her eyes. It’s really beautiful.”
“It’s touching that they were able to pay tribute by dedicating the episode to her,” he continued, referencing the 20-minute sitcom that follows the slapstick foibles of a child genius. “It’s not the same as dedicating a bench in her favorite park, or naming a fundraiser after her. No, throwing a 3-second screen at the end of this CBS spinoff comedy that acknowledges her passing is as good as it gets.”
At press time, The Oscars solemnly acknowledged deaths in the industry with a fleeting Powerpoint presentation.