The Big Bang Theory: Bob Newhart Returning to Aid Sheldon Next Month

The Big Bang Theory‘s Sheldon Cooper has a “very important decision” to make next month, one that’ll require the use of the Force — and some help from a familiar face.

Emmy winner Bob Newhart will reprise the role of Arthur Jeffries in the CBS sitcom’s Dec. 17 episode, TVLine has learned. Naturally, Newhart’s character will once again appear as a ghostly Jedi, this time to help Shelton “sort out his feelings” and reach a crucial conclusion.

This marks Newhart’s fourth trip to Big Bang, having played Arthur once in Season 6 and twice in Season 7. His first episode, 2013’s “The Proton Resurgence,” clinched the legendary comedian’s first-ever Primetime Emmy Award.

Coincidentally (or not), Newhart’s appearance as a Jedi spirit also comes just one day before the national theatrical release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Pumped for Newhart’s return? Let’s hear about it in a comment below.

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  1. Mommaknowsbest says:

    Love Bob Newhart, love his character on BBT – I say make him a more frequent guest!

  2. Gerald says:

    Awesome!!!!! Love the Ghost Jedi Dr Proton. Although I am sure many markets will be screening Star Wars on the THursday night is special screenings.

  3. Azerty says:

    Meh, I have never been a fan of the character.

  4. Chris says:

    I wonder if the plot will coincide with the release of the new movie and Sheldon needs advice about Amy before the premiere, causing Sheldon to contemplate going to the premiere or talking to Amy and Sheldon ultimately choosing Amy over the new Star Wars movie release.

    • John NYC says:

      That might be a little TOO prodi=uct placement, though it could be good comedy).

      • peterwdawson says:

        Hopefully they don’t end up in that weird bit like where they played The Old Republic but basically never called it that. I get not wanting to do the product placement thing but, well, people use products. You just gotta not overdo it.

  5. J.Norman says:

    I don’t know. I like Bob Newhart, but when you start relying too much on dream sequences and recurring ghostly apparitions , then you are starting to get into jump the shark territory.
    We’ll see

    • suzi says:

      I disagree. Bob Newhart won a Emmy for his very funny and pretty popular portrayal of Professor Proton–bringing him back pre-Star Wars is smart, no way indicating a drop in quality. IMO, of course.

    • Diane Raetz says:

      Under normal circumstances, yes. When it’s TBBT featuring Jedi Knight Professor Proton, heck no. That fits seemlessly into the show’s mythology

  6. cuius says:

    Starting to move into final-seasons-of-HIMYM territory

  7. Shari says:

    We absolutely LOVE Bob Newhart and the Dr. Proton episodes are among our favorite episodes of BBT! Bring ’em on! And our thanks to Mr. Newhart for doing these amazing episodes!!!

  8. James says:

    AWESOMENESS!!!!! Dr. Proton is Sheldon’s “Obi-Wan” a force of guidance in his life. Having this episode come out before the “new” Star Wars movie is genius (Touche!)

    Knowing that Dr. Proton has “met” Amy and understood how she and Sheldon were a match can only give this episode a force awakens towards Sheldon and Amy. I can not wait!


  9. SW says:

    I have been a fan of Bob Newhart since back in the day but.. His work on the BBT cracked me up like nothing else he has ever done. Goes to show you are never to old and it’s never too late to impress! Go Bob!!

  10. LW says:

    Really looking forward to next week’s episode with Bob Newhart as Professor Proton! Have loved Bob’s work for years and it’s incredible how well his guest spots “fit in” with the show.

    Unlike most sitcoms that seem to grow more stagnant the longer they are on- Big Bang Theory has been the opposite– it seems to grow stronger and become better with each season and it’s continuing to grow in popularity! It may be one of the few to make it past “the 10 year” mark as we still see these characters growing and developing.