Warning: The following post contains spoilers from this week’s episode of Scorpion.
That faint song you hear in the distance is the sound of Scorpion fans everywhere breaking into the “Hallelujah Chorus.”
After three long seasons of will-they-won’t-they, Walter and Paige finally — finally! — confessed their love for each other (and then some) during Monday’s episode, just moments after friends Happy and Toby tied the knot.
Of course, at the top of the hour, the mood between the two was significantly chillier, given that Walter had dismissed Paige from Team Scorpion in the previous installment. But when Paige returned for Happy and Toby’s nuptials — and essentially planned the entire ceremony herself — Walter at last worked up the courage to tell her how he’s been feeling:
“I fired you because I’m in love with you. I’ve been in love with you since shortly after we met. And I have spent years trying to process how that should be handled. Perhaps it’s not something that is supposed to be handled. Maybe it’s something that just is. And I know you don’t feel the same as I do, and that’s OK. But I just wanted you to know.”
Paige’s response? “Walter, I’m in love with you, too.”
No sooner had Walter and Paige admitted their feelings for each other then they were caught making out in a utility closet (!!) at Happy and Toby’s reception… and were promptly dragged away for their next case. But just as they were settling in for their flight to French Polynesia, the aircraft went down — and nothing ruins the honeymoon phase like a downed plane, you know?
For a breakdown of Walter and Paige’s long-awaited moment, TVLine chatted with Scorpion executive producers Nick Santora and Nick Wootton, who also teased what’s to come for the couple in the Season 3 finale and beyond.
TVLINE | When had you come to a decision about getting Walter and Paige together this season — and, more specifically, at Happy and Toby’s wedding?
NICK SANTORA | In June, before we even started writing and we were just talking about the arc of the season. We’ve always known we wanted to bring Walter and Paige together, and we thought it would be fun to bring them together in the romantic setting of someone else’s wedding. We pull them apart, then we bring them together at a wedding, and it’s a romantic spot, and they go for it.
TVLINE | Did Elyes Gabel and Katharine McPhee know about this before any other cast members? How did they react?
NICK WOOTTON | We always have a dinner every year with the cast at [co-star] Robert Patrick’s house at Christmas. It’s a lovely event. We tell them where we think we’re going to be heading as the season goes into its second half. I think that’s when we told them what was going to be happening, which was the wedding, and [Paige and Walter] getting together in a closet. We laid it out to them then.
SANTORA | They like the back-and-forth of the relationship. Elyes and Kat have never wanted those characters to get together too quickly. They knew that it might be a short-term satisfaction but long-term, people might feel they were ripped off from watching a courtship go on for a long time. They’ve always wanted it to take a while. But when it finally came to fruition, they were quite excited.
TVLINE | In a situation like this, when a TV relationship has been long in the making, fans might not want them to break up or encounter any real drama anytime soon. How do you guys hope to maneuver around this relationship in a way that doesn’t split them up immediately?
WOOTTON | We’ve obviously seen it done on other shows, successfully and unsuccessfully. What we really pay the most attention to is our own internal clock, in terms of what we think is organic for these guys. Obviously, you want to see a honeymoon period. We’ve been building to this, so let’s play it. But then you have to start to complicate these things, or else it’s just a happy good time. And a happy good time is not necessarily dramatic. You need to make it realistic, and you have to throw in complications and make it continually interesting as the seasons go on. How we plan on doing that is in the very early planning stages, but it will not be the world’s smoothest ride. Walter’s not the easiest person, and to throw them into bliss indefinitely would be inauthentic to what we’ve set up.
TVLINE | Walter’s emotional development has been a major factor this season. Now that he’s a slightly better communicator than in Seasons 1 and 2, how will that change the way you write him and Paige as a couple?
WOOTTON | He’s learned from her, but he’s learned from her in a very intellectual way. He does feel it, but he processes it through a computer first. It’s through his brain, which is very scientifically oriented. So he’s learned, but he also analyzes things to death, and he’s not the smoothest cat, as we’ll see in the two-part finale. He’s a fairly clunky romantic. He’s just not good at this. The romance center is underdeveloped, where the rest of his brain is so overdeveloped. So there’s a lot of fun to be had there.
TVLINE | What impact will the finale’s plane crash have on their newfound romance?
WOOTTON | They’re stuck on an island, and they can’t really get together. They can’t have these amazing, private moments — and neither can Toby and Happy. Everybody’s a little frustrated.
Your turn, Scorpion fans! Are you happy to see Walter and Paige together at last? Did Happy and Toby’s wedding live up to expectations? Drop a comment below with all of your thoughts!