We are dead serious when say the penultimate scene in last week’s Big Bang Theory series finale was exceptional.
In what is believed to be a first for the CBS sitcom, the tense sequence — which found Mayim Bialik‘s Amy dispensing some tough love to Jim Parsons‘ Sheldon after he alienated his friends for the umpteenth time — was completely, deliberately jest-free.
“I don’t know that we ever actually in 12 years wrote a scene that intentionally didn’t have a joke in it,” showrunner Steve Holland marvels to TVLine. “Earlier in the week that scene had some jokes in it and we were watching it [during rehearsal] and it just didn’t feel right… It felt like we had earned that right to have a scene between these two characters that was actually real and raw and where we didn’t need to cut that moment with a laugh.”
Amy’s come-to-Jesus talk with Sheldon was, of course, the catalyst for the poignant pre-tag closing scene wherein Sheldon ditches his planned Nobel Prize acceptance speech and instead uses the opportunity to pay tribute to his dispirited squad (watch the scene again here).
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“It gets heavy,” Holland concedes of Sheldon and Amy’s throw down. “[But] I think that darkness felt earned.”