TBBT’s Mayim Bialik on Amy & Sheldon’s Big Night

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‘Big Bang Theory’: Sheldon and Amy sex episode awkward but sweet.

In anticipation of Thursday’s big love scene between Amy and Sheldon on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, Mayim Bailik and Jim Parsons sat down with Entertainment Weekly to explain why the time was right – and what, if anything, this does to their on-screen relationship.WHAT IT’S ABOUT The opening night of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” approaches, and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) faces a crisis — go with Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar)? Essays devoted to his asexuality, sexual orientation and overall social survival skills have graced publications big and small alike, sending viewers into a frenzy when the character finally settled into a relationship with Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik).

I honestly felt like there are so many different aspects of their relationship and this show, and I don’t feel like I definitively felt like, “Oh, it’s going to happen at some point.” I thought it might have become a nonissue, you know? He gets sage advice from the late Professor Proton, his childhood hero resurrected in ghostly form as a figment of Sheldon’s subconscious. “It’s hard for him (Sheldon) to understand that Amy won’t accept the fact that this is the premiere of ‘Star Wars,’ so I have to present that side,” Newhart said.

Finally giving in to coitus. “Believe it or not they have been dating on and off for five-and-a-half years now, and that was enough time for Amy to wait,” showrunner Steven Molaro told the Star. “It just seemed like the perfect culmination of their breakup story arc, especially with the upcoming release of Star Wars.” Helping the narrative along is none other than Bob Newhart, who reprises his award-winning role as Professor Proton. He doesn’t completely shut out Star Wars, consulting one of his science heroes, the late Arthur Jeffries (Bob Newhart), who is transformed into wise Obi-Wan Kenobi in Sheldon’s subconscious. He’ll appear in a dream sequence to give Sheldon some much-needed advice. “We thought for quite a while, that if and when Sheldon and Amy were going to be intimate that it was the perfect time for Professor Proton to come back and lend some fatherly advice to Sheldon,” Molaro adds. “This will bring them closer than they’ve ever been. The old Sheldon obviously wants to go to the movie, but the new, softer Sheldon – the one that sometimes speaks in a slow, dream-like voice, as if he’s stepping outside himself to express or perceive feelings – knows better.

Does that mean a new agreement could be pieced together in the future? “I have a feeling Sheldon will want one, and whether Amy will be OK with that or have a version that she’s very much in control of is all to be determined,” the producer hints. Parsons and Bialik, speaking on Bang’s set before the episode’s November taping, say they didn’t expect the plot turn, especially so soon after their characters had been split up. Sheldon may have first kissed Amy to prove a point, but 11 seconds later it became clear that he actually liked it a lot more than he thought he would. Turns out even a man who aspired to be as emotionless as Spock can get weak in the knees. “Any of these big moments for us with these characters, we feel a lot of pressure in the writers’ room.

Then, when I read it, it was absolutely fine,” says Parsons. “I feel they both reveal how unchanged they are by the event that happens, (but) not unpleased. … These are two people who we’ve watched be very intimate with each other as far as honest conversations, so when we’re actually shooting these scenes, it doesn’t feel out of place.” Ever the scientist, Sheldon approaches the intimate act clinically, matter-of-factly running a list of birthday-gift suggestions past Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) that includes this whopper: “Coitus with Amy.” “It was consistent with our characters,” Bialik says. “I think it’s an event (in their lives), and I think they’re going to go back to being exactly who they were.” However easily the characters adapt to their blissful union, it’s a seismic milestone in Sheldon’s development over nine seasons of Bang, which remains TV’s top-rated comedy. “Considering where we started 193 episodes ago, where Jim’s character was so alienated from human contact and being in touch with his feelings at all, it’s quite a journey,” co-creator Chuck Lorre says. “It’s not a stark departure. He surprises in this episode. “The Big Bang Theory” deployed a familiar and happy visitor from the past to break this particularly unbreakable ice, and as usual, Newhart’s Proton is the perfect icebreaker. It happened slowly.” “When they were officially broken up, I think we were a little nervous about it, but we were excited to see what that meant for them and how that affected them as friends,” executive producer Steve Molaro says. Molaro says he isn’t certain how viewers will react to Thursday’s episode, but he takes heart from the enthusiastic response to their first big kiss on a Valentine’s Day train ride during Season 7. When she couldn’t spit out the words “I love you,” he went first with a sweet little, “I love you, too.” “There was definitely some heated discussion about how exactly it should go down, but when we landed on the thought that Amy was struggling to get the words out, and that their first I love you was actually an I love you too, that seemed really interesting and appealing to us,” Molaro says.

But we can find out together.” “Sex on TV” has come a long way since the era when even a married heterosexual couple couldn’t be shown in the same bed together. A few years ago, if you had asked me if we would be discussing this story, I would have said, ‘Not a chance,’ ” he says. “So, I’m going to shut up now and not presume to know what’s coming.” It’s not that nervousness of like, “Oh, I don’t really know you and now we’re going to do it.” I’m just grateful my kids don’t watch the show. But he’s very aware that it’s still in play. “It won’t come up immediately, but it will certainly be addressed at some point in the near future. Just to be clear, Thursday’s episode is not, for example, some endorsement of premarital sex (as if that needed endorsing), or even an endorsement of sex (that, too).

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