The Big Bang Theory recently revealed that Sheldon Cooper’s childhood hero, Professor Proton, would appear on the December 17 episode to help him make an important decision. Now Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the episode was taped on Tuesday night and it marks a milestone for Sheldon and his former girlfriend Amy Farrah Fowler: they spend the night together.
EW said that the show producers choose to release a statement about the episode rather than risk a spoiler leak, since the show is taped in front of a live audience. The website published a quote from executive producer Steven Molaro.
“After over five years of dating, we felt the time was right for Sheldon and Amy to finally consummate their relationship. And we’re so excited for the audience to see the journey over the next several episodes.”
As the Hollywood Reporter said, the revelation might not mean much on other television shows, or for non-fans of The Big Bang Theory. But those that have followed the show know Sheldon’s reluctance to engage in any kind of intimacy. The couple shared their first kiss a couple of years into their relationship, and just last season first used the words “I love you.”
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That expression of love came in an episode entitled “The Prom Equivalency,” when the friends re-created a prom they never experienced in high school. In response to teasing about what might happen “after” prom, Sheldon panicked, fearing Amy might expect them to consummate their union. At the end of last season, Amy broke up with Sheldon by saying she needed time to reassess their relationship.
In the early seasons of The Big Bang Theory, Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon, was often asked if the character was on the autism spectrum. He asked the producers, who told him that Sheldon Cooper does not have a label, be it Asperger’s or anything else. The writers prefer to think of the character as just “Sheldon-y.”
The CBS announcement confirms that Sheldon and Amy will indeed reconcile. The characters both experimented with other relationships in the early episodes of this season. Amy revealed she’s gone on coffee dates, and Sheldon asked his friends to set him up with someone after seeing Amy receive a good night kiss from another man.
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The latest episode, last Thursday’s “The Mystery Date Observation,” found Amy on a date with a man who turned out to be obsessed with Sheldon’s scientific work. Sheldon, meanwhile, rejected the woman who successfully completed a puzzle with him as the prize, because she was mere seconds late in doing so.
The episode was enough for Vulture writer commentator Kimberly Potts to beg the producers to simply put the couple back together and have Amy demand more respect from Sheldon.
“Here’s hoping Amy’s disappointing time with Dave doesn’t mean she’s willing to forgive and forget all the ways Sheldon has mistreated her in the past, because, for one, she deserves better, and two, Sheldon has yet to apologize and offer her a better relationship in the future.”
Perhaps the next step of intimacy is a sign that a better relationship is on the horizon for Sheldon and Amy. The Big Bang Theory is contracted to stay on the air at least until the end of season 10, and both Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik will be part of the cast.
The Big Bang Theory airs Thursday nights on CBS.
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