Big Bang Theory fans will finally see Sheldon and Amy take a big step forward as — spoiler alert! — they consummate their relationship on tonight’s episode. The pair just reunited last week after Sheldon’s recollection of a Beach Boys song made him realize Amy’s importance to him. Tonight, Sheldon must choose between watching the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and being with Amy on her birthday.
It was revealed weeks ago that Sheldon will choose Amy and they will experience intimacy for the first time. As the Inquisitr reported, Big Bang Theory producers chose to make the announcement in a press release rather than risk a spoiler from the cast, crew, or studio audience present at the taping.
But for the cast members most intimately involved in the storyline, Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons, the revelation had its own comical spin. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bialik said she found out first by reading the script, and she inadvertently told Parsons, who used language Big Bang Theory fans would never hear from Sheldon.
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It happened when the two actors passed each other in the hallway between scene tapings of the previous week’s episode, as Parsons described.
“I was on my way to act. She had just finished her scene. She goes, ‘Did you read [next week’s] episode?’ I said, ‘What, do we f—?’ She goes, ‘Yes.'”
Both actors said they did not anticipate the storyline but like the way it was handled by the writers. In an interview with Vulture, Bialik responded to the question of whether Sheldon and Amy’s relationship is a healthy one.
“The fact is the most notable feature of their relationship is that they’re not sexual, which I don’t inherently think is a problem [Laughs].
“I think we’ve presented a couple who has a lot of mutual respect for each other and appreciate all of the quirky things about each other. Even if they’re unhappy about it at times, it’s something they tolerate and work through.”
Sheldon will be advised by his deceased mentor, Professor Proton, who appears in Sheldon’s dream, dressed as Star Wars character Obi-Wan Kenobi. Bob Newhart reprises his role of Proton. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Big Bang Theory executive producer Steven Molaro said the movie opening was a good opportunity to develop Sheldon and Amy’s plot line.
“With the idea of Newhart and the ‘Star Wars’ release coming up, it started to gel.
“The fact that we were able to find a way to blend ‘Star Wars’ with something for us on ‘Big Bang’ — it’s such an event for Sheldon and Amy, I couldn’t be happier with it.”
ET Online, whose writers claimed to have seen the episode, had high praise for the final product. The show focuses more on the anticipation of the event than the event itself. ET also included a picture of the series’ other characters — Howard, Raj, and Leonard — in a movie theatre. Sitting next to them, presumably using Sheldon’s ticket while he is with Amy, is Wil Wheaton. That’s another possible spoiler about the details of the episode.
Wheaton, best known as Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation — a rival sci-fi franchise to Star Wars — is dressed in a Starfleet uniform and Spock’s ears, clearly making reference to his own place in the sci-fi universe.
The Big Bang Theory airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. on CBS.
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