Producers of The Big Bang Theory got a jump on potential plot leaks after they filmed their mid-season finale. Instead of waiting for a rogue crew or audience member to spill the details, they issued a press release to tell fans — spoiler alert! — Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler would consummate their long-celibate relationship.
Now, stars Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik are revealing what it was like to shoot the scene and what it means for their characters. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Parsons said the step forward was in some ways easier on Sheldon than on Amy.
“[B]ecause of Sheldon’s somewhat odd relationships, he ends up feeling a little less anxious about it than she does because it hasn’t been built up in that way for him. This is not something he’s been waiting and waiting for. As he says to Professor Proton, ‘I understand the mechanics.'”
For her part, Bialik said the issue was handled appropriately, given the sensitive nature of the topic for Sheldon and Amy. The couple dated for five years without any physical intimacy, save the occasional kiss. After their breakup at the end of Season 8, both Sheldon and Amy had considered dating other people — Amy actually took the plunge — and it’s not yet been revealed how the couple will come back together for their big moment on the December 17 episode.
“We had to be careful and walk the fine line between nervous and excited because you don’t want it to feel like, ‘Ew, Maybe she’s not ready; maybe he’s not ready.’ It’s so much in the words but there are a lot of subtleties.”
Parsons and Bialik spoke with Entertainment Tonight on-set and revealed neither of them saw the plot twist coming. Parsons was “very surprised,” but felt good about the development after he read the script. Bialik said she was nervous about how it would be handled but ultimately thought it was “tender” and “sweet.” You can see their comments to ET in the video below.
[Spoiler alert! The following contains new details about the December 17 episode of The Big Bang Theory, “The Opening Night Excitation.”]
THR revealed more about how Sheldon and Amy’s big date comes to be — so stop reading if you want to be surprised. The episode coincides with the day the new Star Wars movie hits theaters. So, naturally, the Big Bang Theory producers wanted to integrate it into the show’s plot. While all of the guys plan to go see the movie, Sheldon is faced with a dilemma: see the movie or spend time with Amy, who is celebrating her birthday.
Sheldon eventually decides to be with Amy, after consulting with his childhood hero, Professor Proton, who appears to Sheldon as a ghost in Jedi gear, as he had shortly after his character’s death. Bob Newhart reprises his role for which he earned the only Emmy of his career. Newhart praised Bialik and Parsons’ performances in the episode.
“It’s wonderful seeing them — each time they rehearsed it, they had some wonderful and very funny scenes.”
Although Sheldon plans to surprise Amy with the suggestion they progress physically in their relationship, Amy gets a heads-up from Penny and Bernadette, an element that Bialik said was “smart.”
A quick look at The Big Bang Theory‘s IMDB page reveals there is only one more new episode before “The Opening Night Excitation,” and as it stands, Amy and Sheldon are still just friends, despite her expression of willingness to reconcile. The IMDB synopsis of the December 10 episode, “The Earworm Reverberation,” notes Amy seems to be giving Dave another chance and Sheldon, for an undisclosed reason, gives her an ultimatum.
The Big Bang Theory airs on CBS.
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