When The Big Bang Theory‘s big break up happened last season, Sheldon had a bit of a surprise for viewers. After he hung up on the Skype call with Amy — following her admission she wanted some “time” — he pulled a ring out of his desk. That left fans wondering if it indeed had the obvious implication: that he’d intended to propose.
While the audience discovered in the season 9 premiere that the ring belonged to Sheldon’s grandmother — his mother convinced him to hang onto it instead of giving it back — this Thursday Penny and Leonard will learn a bit more about what was in his mind during that fateful conversation in the spring.
In the CBS sneak peek of the episode, a still shot of the three friends around the kitchen table has a revealing caption.
“Penny and Leonard are shocked by Sheldon’s previous proposal plans.”
In a teaser clip for the episode, Penny and Leonard also learn Sheldon has a security camera and safe in the apartment, which is news to them.
According to the CBS press release, Sheldon is overcome with emotion while he’s interviewed by Adam Nimoy about his famous father, Leonard. But the emotions don’t come as the diehard Star Trek fan pulls out his napkin with Leonard Nimoy’s signature — they come when he’s reminded of his time with Amy.
As for Amy, she might be preoccupied with her new romantic interest — Dave. The specs on the episode provided by CBS reveal that Stephen Merchant is set to appear in the episode. He may have an even greater role in next Thursday’s episode, “The Mystery Date Observation,” as a major plotline is set to revolve around Amy’s date.
In real life, Adam Nimoy is working on a documentary to pay tribute to his father and to his most famous character. Nimoy ran a successful Kickstarter campaign this year, raising over and above his $600,000 goal. In a campaign video on the Kickstarter page, Nimoy explained that he and his father discussed doing a Spock-centric project before the actor’s death. After his passing in February 2015, the younger Nimoy decided to expand the scope of the film to focus on the actor as well.
Nimoy plans to have the film complete in time for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek‘s debut in 2016. Part of the funding, Nimoy explained, is to license the Spock images from the television series and films. Zachary Quinto has agreed to narrate the project, and several of Leonard Nimoy’s Star Trek colleagues are expected to be interviewed.
“[W]hat has become increasingly apparent as I continue to work on this project is that it’s also a personal journey. Although I had initially intended to take a somewhat detached, objective view of the subject matter, more and more people involved in this film have urged me to interject some of my own perspective on what it was like growing up with Mr. Spock in the house, and how Dad’s new-found celebrity and meteoric career affected my life.”
Perhaps fans won’t see Sheldon Cooper — or Jim Parsons — in the real life documentary, but they can enjoy the antics that are sure to occur on Thursday’s The Big Bang Theory. Also set to guest star is Wil Wheaton, who has a colorful history with Sheldon. They are sometimes friends, sometimes enemies, but the episodes are always entertaining.
The Big Bang Theory airs Thursday night at 8 p.m. on CBS.
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