Shamy fans, how you doing? Still breathing? Because aside from an engagement, there hasn’t been a more adorable or dare I say it—sexy—episode of The Big Bang Theory for Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler.
In the latest episode—titled “The Gyroscopic Collapse”—we saw Raj move out of Penny and Leonard’s apartment, and the military take over Sheldon, Leonard, and Howard’s gyroscope project, thus putting them out of a job. But the biggest moment came after Amy told Sheldon that she was offered a summer position at Princeton University as a visiting researcher.
Sheldon understandably needed time to process the news. His work project was just pulled out from under him, and now he’s about to “lose” his girlfriend, too? The last time he went through so much change, he boarded a train and went away for months on end. It did not end well.
But after Leonard points out that Amy will only be gone for a few months, and he needs to be more supportive, Sheldon finds Amy and tells her he knows he should be a better boyfriend and this will be a wonderful opportunity in her career. He’s sincere, he’s honest, and for truly the first time, you get the feeling that Sheldon finally understands what it means to have a partner. The words on the page were simple, but in the brilliant hands of Jim Parsons, the scene was anything but.
Then, Amy pulls Sheldon into a passionate kiss. After, Sheldon says, “I know it’s not your birthday, but if you’re interested…”
Stop the freaking presses.
But it doesn’t stop there: Sheldon suggests he and Amy engage in “frenzied lovemaking.” Then they do.
This is major. Sheldon and Amy have sex once a year. Only on her birthday. And they call it coitus. Well, not anymore! Times have definitely changed.
Sheldon is a creature of habit. He doesn’t do anything out of order or spur of the moment. And he never messes with tradition. So not only does Sheldon completely throw all logic out the window, but he genuinely wants to be physically intimate with Amy. He’s growing up before our eyes.
Amy can’t believe any of it, either; Mayim Bialik once again steals the moment with a quick, “I am [interested]!” Sheldon gives her a warning, but it’s the best kind: “Just to be clear, I’m not being intimate to keep you from going. I’m just warning you…if you find yourself 3000 miles away and craving a hit of this (as he points to his body), I can’t Skype it to you.”
Then, as Raj is preparing to move out across the hall, he, Penny, and Leonard hear Shamy pretty much shouting “whoopee” from the rooftops, and Amy telling Sheldon that his form of stimulation is highly efficient. TBH, I thought I’d never see (or hear) the day.
In the last scene of the episode, Amy prepares to head off to the airport, and Sheldon tells her that he wants to Skype with her everyday. “And just remember,” he says, “that I am proud of you and support you in all that you do. And if you find yourself working with a male scientist who is as smart as me, as tall as me, and has hair like Thor, then step away from the situation and call me immediately.” Has there ever been a better, more sincere goodbye speech? To understand Sheldon, you have to realize that these sentiments were pretty much his version of Shakespeare.
Of course, what’s interesting is that next week’s season 10 finale is all about the return of Sheldon’s former admirer, Dr. Ramona Nowitzki (Riki Lindhome), while Amy is away. I’m not the least bit concerned that Sheldon might be tempted by Ramona (though the picture below might make you think otherwise), but I am thinking that Amy’s absence—coupled with Ramone’s possible advances—might make Sheldon realize that he wants to officially commit to Amy for good.
In other words, perhaps it’s time to dust off that engagement ring?
The season finale of The Big Bang Theory airs next Thursday, May 11, on CBS.