At last, lovemaking for Sheldon, Amy on 'Big Bang Theory'

At last, lovemaking for Sheldon, Amy on 'Big Bang Theory'

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — In the same week, "Star Wars" returns & scientists-in-love Sheldon & Amy finally consummate their relationship on "The Big Bang Theory." Could even the geekiest fan ask for more?

On Thursday's episode (8 p.m. EDT, CBS), Jim Parsons' Sheldon & Mayim Bialik's Amy have sex for the first time, with each other or anyone else, more than six TV seasons after meeting through an online dating site.

But let the stars of the top-rated comedy tell you approximately it.

p>"Amy's been eager all along for a different kind of connection, yet it's actually initiated by Sheldon," Bialik said.

"Sheldon's eager for her to know she's special to him, & this is one of the items on the list that he feels could show that," Parsons said.

So romantic! And how explicit is the scene?

Bialik: "More than we thought. We're in bed."

Parsons: "Well, of course we are. We aren't going into the back of a car."

Bialik: "I thought we would just talk approximately it when it finally happened."

Parsons (dismissively): "Oh, no!"

Bialik: "There's a before & there's an after. There's no during."

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens," out Friday in the real world, is used as a comic device throughout the episode & even threatens to derail the couple's coupling.

After deciding to donate Amy the gift of sex on her birthday, Sheldon realizes there's a conflict with his opening-day movie ticket. He gets sage advice from the late Professor Proton, his childhood hero resurrected in ghostly form as a figment of Sheldon's subconscious.

The tremendous Bob Newhart returns as the professor, grandly decked out in Obi-Wan Kenobi robes.

"It's complex for him (Sheldon) to understand that Amy won't accept the fact that this is the premiere of 'Star Wars,' so I have to present that side," Newhart said.

His delivery is as droll & his timing as impeccable as ever, Newhart milks the scene for all it's worth.

"Can I obtain out of this muumuu now?" Proton asks after counseling Sheldon.

"Those are the robes of the Jedi, the guardians of peace & justice in the galaxy," Sheldon replies.

"And they don't wear underwear," the professor complains.

Parsons & Bialik moreover make the most of the smartly — & sweetly — written episode, stumbling toward intimacy with tender regard for each other.

Series executive producer & co-creator Chuck Lorre, a master of network TV comedy whose credits include "Two & a Half Men," ''Mike & Molly" & "Mom," had a look of eager anticipation when he arrived for the episode's taping last month at a Warner Bros. soundstage.

"It's thrilling to see how far these characters have grown," Lorre said afterward. "We would never have anticipated that they would have progressed to the point where they're having real, in-depth relationships."

"It happened rather naturally, slowly, incrementally, yet it's really delightful to obtain to see it play out," he said.

While newer cable & streaming comedies such as "Veep" & "Transparent" are reaping more Emmy & Golden Globe attention these days, "The Big Bang Theory" audience is steadfast.

Each episode is getting nearly 21 million views within seven days after it airs, up 10 percent compared to last year.

It's set to return for another season, No. 10. And after that?

"As long as we're telling satisfactory stories & the audience still wants to watch, why not?" Lorre said. "We're having a tremendous time making the show, & hopefully a little of that gets on television."

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Lynn Elber is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. Her work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/lynn-elber & she can be reached at lelber@ap.org & on Twitter at https://twitter.com/lynnelber

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