Although Lea Thompson’s career has seemed relatively quiet since “Back to the Future,” in which she played Lorraine Baines McFly, she’s actually been keeping busy in the entertainment business. She lent her directorial talents to a Season 3 episode of “Young Sheldon” in 2020.
The episode in question, “Body Glitter and a Mall Safety Kit,” deals with Paige Swanson (Mckenna Grace) as she struggles with her parents’ divorce, starting to wish she wasn’t as intelligent as she is. After a talk with Dr. Sturgis (Wallace Shawn), Sheldon understands that what Paige needs is someone to listen. He displays a stunning level of maturity as he makes Paige a hot beverage — a reference to the parent show — and simply listens as she finally lets loose everything that’s bothering her.
Working on “Young Sheldon” was a great accomplishment for Thompson. In a tweet, she expressed her excitement and shock at having a chance encounter with the episode. “Always shocking to turn on the tv and accidentally see something I directed,” she said, adding the hashtags #blessed and #happytolaugh, showing fans that she truly has a love and passion for directing.
This isn’t the first time that Thompson has found herself in the director’s chair. In fact, she has a number of directing credits to her name, including eight episodes of “The Goldbergs” and six episodes of its spin-off, “Schooled.” She also directed two back-to-back episodes in Season 2 of “Star Trek: Picard” just before portraying Dr. Diane Werner in Episode 5.