Originally Posted by hooked01
I took Sheldon's transformation to be a little more disturbing. He seemed to be exhibiting the baser behavior of his father who liked drinking and did not have a high regard of women.
That's what I meant by "unresolved issues." Little boys look up to their fathers, no matter how much of a pig they actually are. A boy like Sheldon, who has so much difficulty processing social cues from other humans, would become very confused by the conflicts between his filial feelings, his objective perceptions, and his other needs. And with Sheldon, the issues remained not only unresolved but suppressed, but still triggerable under the right circumstances, as with a father-figure watching football on Thanksgiving.
In the real world, if I were a close friend of Sheldon's, I would see this as an opportunity to help him illuminate and resolve some of those feelings, since he has clearly acquired some skills in processing social and emotional content in recent years without necessarily applying them to his feelings about his father before.
In the sitcom world, of course, it was just an opportunity for him to slap Amy on the butt and for her to privately express something other than outrage.