The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon and Amy Finally Have Sex: Was It Good For You Too?

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‘Big Bang Theory’: How Will Coitus Change Amy and Sheldon?.

In the early days of “The Big Bang Theory,” series co-creator Chuck Lorre spoke about the Sheldon character being asexual – or really, just choosing not to participate in the rituals of dating and mating, preoccupied as he was with science and related pastimes, from science fiction to comic books.During Thursday’s The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) finally consummated their relationship — and it couldn’t have been more perfect. So the long-awaited, much-ballyhooed consummation of his unorthodox relationship with Amy is either an intriguing evolution or a betrayal of the show’s roots and byproduct of “What do we do to keep things fresh in Season 9?” desperation, depending on one’s point of view. The episode featured Sheldon putting girlfriend Amy above his need to see the new Star Wars movie in a fine example of love for the emotionally stunted character.

On the other, the entire episode was about “Star Wars.” In fact, the show — currently the most-watched sitcom in the country — started by comparing what would be more important: “Star Wars” or sex. Rather than see Star Was: The Force Awakens on opening night with the gang, Sheldon opts to spend Amy’s birthday with her and deliver perhaps the best gift she could have ever wanted: coitus. Consider it the Chuck Lorre, multi-cam laugh-track version of Donna Martin finally getting laid. (Tori Spelling managed to hold out for seven seasons and 206 episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210. According to actress Mayim Bialik, who plays Amy, this was not a decision the producers and writers took lightly. “It’s really special to us that we’ve had a relationship that is the longest-running nonsexual romantic relationship you’ve seen on TV,” the former child star told Entertainment Weekly. One of Sheldon’s main qualities, in fact, is his almost complete lack of empathy, his sizable brain so preoccupied with scientific formulae and fictional minutia as to scarcely have enough room to fret about anyone else’s feelings.

Take that, Mayim Bialik.) In the run of TV’s most-watched comedy, it was an event big enough to warrant a press announcement weeks ago, alerting fans of the must-see “event.” Truth be told, in a series that has been on for nine seasons and seen its characters date, bone, marry, break-up, and reunite in every exhausting configuration, it’s quite remarkable that Sheldon and Amy’s first time in “The Opening Night Excitation” felt the way first-times really should feel: special. Because it’s a comedy, the pivotal moment is depicted with the prerequisite humor (Bob Newhart’s Professor Proton appears dressed as Obi-Wan Kenobi), but it’s also awkward, warm, and sweet. Perhaps that’s why the revelation that he was thinking about proposing – right before Amy, hurt once too often, broke up with him – came a bit out of left field. Whether they were hindered by previous relationships or by the ever-important search for extraterrestrial life, here are the pairs who took “will they or won’t they” to the extreme.

Since the titular couple in “Mary Kay and Johnny” became the first partners to share a bed on television back in 1947, networks have struggled with how to depict sexuality honestly. But the real surprises of the episode came when Sheldon not only enjoyed it but was also good at it — and revealed that coitus would be an annual event on Amy’s birthday. “That line speaks volumes as to where this fits into his life. The truth is out there as to whether the two became FBI special agents with benefits, but it was implied that they both dropped their suits in this season 7 episode. CBS wouldn’t allow “I Love Lucy” to use the word “pregnant” on air, so the program had to explain Lucille Ball’s real-life pregnancy (incorporated into the show) by saying she was “expecting.” While we’ve come a long way since then (“How to Get Away with Murder” featured gay interracial analingus this season), television—and American culture in general—still struggles with addressing the topic of virginity. As she put it: “After he stopped giggling, he seemed pretty sure of himself.” It all led up to the big scene, which played out with lots of typical jokes. (Sheldon: “I’m sorry, this is a litigious society.

Much of that has to do with the gifts of Parsons and Bialik, who have turned their fragile characters into a modern-day “David and Lisa,” having grown to love each other, however improbably, in spite of their respective quirks. I’m going to need verbal consent.”) Then, you saw the couple in bed together before and after — it’s broadcast TV, obviously, so none of the actual action. In horror films, women are commonly killed after they have intercourse for the first time, and the “Final Girl” is defined by her purity, which protects her from violence. Instead, the writers incorporated “Star Wars” at every turn, jumping back and forth between Sheldon’s friends in the “Star Wars” movie premiere and Sheldon and Amy in bed. From the very beginning, it’s just not something that holds a lot of interest for him.” For showrunner Steve Molaro, Sheldon’s annual (for now) remark helps put the spotlight on just how much the character has grown not only since the start of the series but also since the couple broke up. “That’s what we tried to strive for — incremental growth — but the characters still feel like the characters,” Molaro tells THR. “That’s what attracted me so much to that moment and that line.

Before they were on a break, they had fans breathlessly sipping cappuccinos and waiting for them to finally hook up, which happened in Ross’ (David Schwimmer) museum once various other suitors (we still love you, Paolo) were in the past. At a Hollywood Radio and Television Society event on Dec. 14, Lorre addressed the evolution of the characters, noting how he couldn’t have imagined Sheldon’s arc would lead in this direction. Yes, they’re going to be physical and, even though he liked it, once a year is good for him.” In terms of what happens post-coitus for Amy and Sheldon, producers are still figuring out what comes next for the couple.

But one thing is certain: their recent reconciliation helped set the stage for both the intimacy and improved relationship. “Certainly Sheldon’s character has the ability to do compartmentalize this and maintain his priorities,” Lorre says. “But this is now part of his psyche. It’s still hard to believe that the two were able to keep their hands off each other while spending an entire summer on his boat between seasons 3 and 4. Practically speaking, with CBS’ other comedies hardly setting the world on fire, the network has a strong incentive to keep this show as its anchor, meaning “Big Bang’s” future likely hinges on whether (or really, when) the cast will grow tired enough of doing it to be willing to walk away from those Carl Sagan-like checks. But somehow, Joey (Katie Holmes) kept demurring, and they waited to do the deed until more than halfway through season 4, when things finally heated up during their wintry cabin trip.

Russell Wilson and Ciara were treated like a public spectacle for their pledge to do it “Jesus’ way,” as the Seattle Seahawks quarterback claimed in an interview, while those who give it up “too late” are seen as innately weird—from Coldplay frontman Chris Martin (who lost his virginity as 25) to Judd Apatow’s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” Meanwhile, young Disney starlets make careers off their vows of chastity, as part of a brand model that sells sex while insisting that actually having it is strictly taboo. And to the writers’ credit, it’s certainly riskier to explore these relationship-driven dimensions than just another “The guys go to the comic-book store” episode. After countless furtive glances in the workplace, the two pals finally became more than just coworkers after starting a relationship in the season 3 finale. There’s no better example of this than the late-90s/early-2000s pop stars Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, who presented a reductive duality of female sexuality as either the Madonna or the whore. “Christina was able to monetize her position as the anti-Britney: a sexy star you could actually have sex with,” the Daily Beast’s Amy Zimmerman wrote. “But by maintaining her virgin status, Britney wasn’t rising above these sexual politics—she was also playing to a male fantasy, just one that required slightly less eyeliner.” While the purity ring made a comeback in the late 2000s with celebrities like the Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, and Miley Cyrus vowing to wait, these decisions tended to fall into the same reductive rhetoric. That said, there’s a long history of sitcom characters hooking up mostly out of sheer creative exhaustion – having run out of things to talk about – and ruining shows in the process.

Is he worth the effort and the work to be in a relationship with him?’ Ultimately, it came over the course of all these months of them being apart where for her, the answer is yes. And considering they both had to listen to countless “that’s what she said” jokes from their boss, they deserved to get a little something extra from their jobs. During the 2008 VMAs, host Russell Brand joked about the Jonas Brothers’ well-publicized abstinence pledges, and “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks came to their defense: “I just have one thing to say about promise rings. Which couple had the stronger on-the-job chemistry: Bones’ FBI agent and forensic anthropologist, or Castle’s mystery novelist and homicide detective? It’s not bad to wear a promise ring, because not everybody—guy or girl—wants to be a slut.” When it comes to sex, you’re clearly damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

This pair clicked a lot faster than Seth (Adam Brody) and Summer (Rachel Bilson) did, yet the toy horse–loving couple ended up in bed a lot sooner than the bad boy from Chino and his former debutante paramour. That problem is, of course, a product of America’s pervasive abstinence-only sex ed programs, which leads to false ideas of what sex is and isn’t. Whether or not she will be OK with that is to be determined.” “Broken up didn’t feel right for us and whether it’s sex or not sex, I prefer scenes where Jim and I get to engage like that.

And how was Amy and Sheldon’s first time? “Well I enjoyed that more than I thought I would,” Sheldon says post-coital, the camera panning to Amy and her sex hair. As Feeney and others attest, our damaging views of virginity even come down to the words we use to describe it: “taking a woman’s virginity” or “giving it up.” Feeney argues, “They characterize women as passive with something to lose, and men as the aggressors with something to gain.” “Losing” virginity is portrayed as many things—a rite of passage, a life-changing moment, an act that deserves punishment, or a decision that could ruin your life—but these also define it as a form of violence. There’s little consent, affirmation, or celebration in “taking.” That’s why we should celebrate television programs who depict human sexuality in ways that are more honest and reflective of its viewers actual experiences.

Luke (Scott Patterson) learned it was a good idea to hang on to the horoscope Lorelai (Lauren Graham) gave him, as their first date ended up with her wearing his shirt as she greeted the breakfast crowd at the diner the next morning. Although Americans, on average, lose their virginity around the age of 17, over a quarter of men and women between the ages of 15 and 24 have yet to engage in sexual contact of any kind. As for if Sheldon will always need the Jedi version of Bob Newhart’s Professor Proton to help him determine his major life decisions, that’s not something Lorre can even imagine. “Given where we are now and where I imagined we might be when we started, I can’t say no to that because it’s still amazing to me that we’ve come this far,” he says. “I have no idea what the future holds. But what makes this series so interesting isn’t so much the way it deals with those questions, but the greater will-they/won’t-they that drives the series.

For some, having sex is a big decision and a sign of commitment, many might view intercourse as primarily for pleasure, and others might not have it at all. That’s the fun of making a TV series: I don’t have to know; we’ll find out.” For his part, Newhart hopes to continue his history of popping back into the comedy once or twice a season. “I looked in the mirror one day and I said, ‘I’m not ready to quit yet.’ I still have my fastball. Well, it’s more of a will-he/won’t-he: Will Sheldon become more of a human, capable of feeling a full range of emotion and engaging intimately with his loved ones, or won’t he be able to reach that space—of love? His trepidatious tip-toeing into a world of human experience he probably thought he wasn’t even capable of has been the best kind of comedic fodder for the series as it wears on: the kind that is rooted in heart.

When showing glints of “normalcy,” an ill-suited word in this case but one that might represent the kind of emotional and social interaction Sheldon is working toward, it’s forever humorous to watch how quickly he’s able to pull out (so to speak) from connection or intimacy at the drop of a hat. “I look forward to your next birthday when we do it again,” he hilariously tells Amy after admitting he enjoyed having sex more than he expected to.

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