So, was it good for you?
As promised and (heavily) promoted, Sheldon and Amy went all the way to Sexy Town in Thursday’s sweet, funny, satisfying Big Bang Theory — and now showrunner Steve Molaro is kissing and telling all about the couple’s long-awaited coitus date.
Also in the below Q&A, the EP weighs in on Amy’s ‘lost’ waxing scene, shares a timetable on the big engagement-ring reveal, looks ahead (somewhat reluctantly) to the show’s big 200th episode, and comes clean about a certain Force Awakens “spoiler.”
TVLINE | First up, the big question: How did you get the rights to the Star Wars theme?
[Laughs] Once we decided we wanted to do that scroll at the very beginning, it became very important [to acquire the music]. We’ve had a great working relationship over the years with everyone at Star Wars. We asked, they looked at what we were doing and they said yes. Thankfully, it resolved itself quickly and easily. We were lucky.
TVLINE | What was the most hotly debated aspect of this episode in the writers room?
For a while it was just, “Are we really going to do this?” Sheldon and Amy being intimate has been floating around in the air for the five and a half years that they’ve been dating now. As we were winding down this little breakup arc, it seemed like the perfect ending place. And we knew that the Star Wars premiere was coming. And we knew there was a possibility the opening might coincide with our [fall finale]. So, as those planets started to align the more and more we got excited about it.
TVLINE | So when you conceived the breakup storyline, you didn’t know that it would ultimately lead to them having sex?
No. I think we knew at some point that they would reunite, but this was an added step that was surprising to even us.
TVLINE | You only have 20 or so minutes to tell this story. Was there anything you had to cut? I was surprised we didn’t see Amy getting waxed.
Is that something you really wanted to see, Michael? [Laughs]
TVLINE | Kind of.
I’m going to keep that in the back of my mind. [Laughs] I’m sure she’ll have it done again and [perhaps] we will follow her on that adventure.
TVLINE | Was there anything you had to cut, either from the script or the telecast?
No. We’re really happy with how it turned out. We did the best to handle it in a way that honored the characters and was as close to honest — in a sitcom — that you can be. We were also really happy with how the Star Wars [B-story] allowed us to take some [comic] pressure off the Sheldon-Amy moments, and let those scenes play more real. We had this other storyline to [cut] to that was, hopefully, going to be funny.
TVLINE | Where do Sheldon and Amy go from here? Is the fact that they’re now sexually active touched on later in the season? Or are you just sort of moving on from this subject?
I think we will move on until the next time we talk about it. Sheldon in that moment has a very clear plan in mind at the end of the episode. It’s a chance for us to take a little breather from the weightiness of the Sheldon-Amy relationship and put the spotlight on some of the other amazing relationships and characters that we have on our show.
TVLINE | The guys loved Force Awakens, yet this episode was shot almost a month ago. Did you have some inside intel that it was going to be good?
I have a lot of faith in [director] J.J. Abrams [Laughs]
TVLINE | When might Amy find out that Sheldon has an engagement ring?
I don’t know. But I promise you that we haven’t forgotten about it. It will come back up again this season.
TVLINE | Your 200th episode is right around the corner. Are you planning anything special?
I don’t know. I know it’s a milestone for us, but how much does that really resonate with viewers? Is that a thing?
TVLINE | Yes, it is. Confirmed.
Well, maybe that waxing episode… If we do it I’m going to put you in the waiting room.
TVLINE | Have you started talking about doing something special?
We’re just starting to talk about it now. And, yes, there is an expectation to [do something special].