The following post contains spoilers from the Scorpion Season 2 finale. Proceed with caution.
Dr. Toby Curtis, we can’t believe you didn’t see this coming.
Team Scorpion‘s resident shrink can psychoanalyze just about anyone, but when it comes to decoding the habits of his own girlfriend, he seems to have missed a tiiiiny detail these last few months: She’s already taken.
Just moments after his co-workers rescued him from certain death during Monday’s Season 2 finale, Toby finally got down on one knee and popped the question to Happy, complete with a so-cheesy-it’s-adorable song and a confetti cannon.
But the proposal went awry as Happy announced she was already someone else’s wife. She then fled Scorpion headquarters without giving any more details. (Hey, remember that time Toby accidentally stood Happy up on their first date, and she gave him the cold shoulder for weeks? That suddenly seems like a massive overreaction.)
Of course, Toby and Happy’s engagement-gone-wrong wasn’t the only romantic development in the season closer. As Toby wallowed in his rejection, he convinced Walter to get his head on straight and go after Paige, who had just left for a weekend in Lake Tahoe with Tim Armstrong. Walter, realizing that he had been a fool to let Paige go on the trip, admitted aloud to Toby that he loves Paige, before hopping in the car to win her back.
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We caught up with Scorpion executive producers Nick Wootton and Nick Santora, who revealed how the events of the finale will impact the show’s central relationships in Season 3. Plus, might we eventually meet other ex-Scorpion team members, who aren’t off their rocker a la Mark Collins? Read on for their insights:
TVLINE | At what point in the season did you know that (A) you wanted Toby to propose, and (B) you wanted to throw a huge curveball into Toby and Happy’s relationship?
NICK SANTORA: We knew at the beginning of the season that we wanted him to propose. We were talking about that last summer, and we knew we wanted to arc it out to the end of the season. But we didn’t know that Happy was going to be married to somebody else until around January.
TVLINE | Since you’ve already been renewed for a third season, how much have you already planned out, in terms of how this massive revelation will affect them?
NICK WOOTTON: They’re going to be affected very much so. This is certainly going to reverberate through the entire team. It’s our kicking-off point for the next season, for the emotional stories. How is this going to play out? Who is she married to? How did that happen? Where is that person? All of these things are going to be fodder for next season.
SANTORA: The resolution of it, and how it affects the team, will go on for a while. At the end of the day, Scorpion is a fun show. It’s made that way for a reason, and it’s a feel-good show. I wouldn’t expect [Toby and Happy] to be struck by lightning in any upcoming episodes, ending their relationship. [Laughs] Eventually, these characters and these relationships are all going to get where they need to be. It’s just going to be hard.
TVLINE | Early on in this episode, Mark Collins hinted at a major reason why Happy wouldn’t be able to accept Toby’s marriage proposal. Was he just messing with Toby’s head, or did he actually know Happy’s secret?
WOOTTON: Yes, we’re saying that he knows the answer. It’s the fun of that character. He’s a great lunatic, but he’s also part of this early Scorpion mythology that we don’t get into that much. He was there from the beginning, so he can give us insight into what they were up to before the show caught up with them.
TVLINE | Speaking of which, will we be seeing any other Scorpion origin stories in Season 3, or meeting other former team members?
SANTORA: We’ve talked about it. We did it in Season 1 of Prison Break [which Santora co-produced], and it really worked, where we just did an episode way back in the past before any of the characters were in prison. We saw who they were, what they were doing, revealed certain things, and we’ve always said that could be interesting with Scorpion — to see them in their early days and the forming of the team. We just have to find the right time to do it and the right way to do it.
TVLINE | Walter and Paige also had a really big moment in this finale, with Walter choosing to go after her. Will Walter’s realization that he loves Paige tee up a full-blown relationship, or are you planning to keep things slow between them?
SANTORA: It tees up more Waige. That’s as far as we can go. We can’t promise that in the first episode of next season, they’re going to be holding hands and running through a valley of golden flowers together. But at the same time, the Waige relationship will always be there. Even if it’s bubbling under the surface, even if they have relationships with other people, it’s always there. That’s our job — to keep it alive and let the audience know it’s not going anywhere.
WOOTTON: From what I’ve been seeing, it’s the pace of the Walter/Paige relationship [that the fans respond to]. They want more, more, more, which [speaks to] an obvious chemistry between these two actors and characters. What we’ve always tried to be honest [about] is: What would the reality of this look like for Walter O’Brien? Would he dive into a romantic relationship when his past has been so fraught with failure in that area? He doesn’t fail anywhere except in his personal life. Certainly, there are fans who want more faster, but as that proceeds down a very logical and, unfortunately for some, methodical path, the payoff will be even more sweet.
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