Paleyfest: The Big Bang Theory on the baby, Sheldon & Amy’s sex life, and Leonard’s dad


CBS’s hit show The Big Bang Theory kicked off Day 5 of Paleyfest LA with a screening of March 31st’s episode ‘The Solder Excursion Diversion’, which features Sheldon revealing a dark secret to Amy. After the episode, moderator Ali Ward introduced the cast and crew on stage – creators and executive producers Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, showrunner/EP Steven Molaro,  Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, and Mayim Bialik.

The main topics throughout the night kept going back to Sheldon and Amy’s consummation of the relationship, Howard and Bernadette’s baby, and meeting Leonard’s dad. Molaro told Nerd Reactor on the red carpet earlier, “Obviously, Sheldon and Amy consummating their relationship has been on the backburner for a long time and we knew we were going to do it eventually. Maybe we did it a little sooner than we were expecting to, but that made it more exciting for us. There are times once we decided – are we going to do this? This is scary. Sheldon and Amy are going to have sex now. Okay, here we go. Let’s do the best that we’re going to do.” As for Bialik and Parsons reaction for the scene, they really did not expect it. Parsons was in disbelief that Sheldon would ever have sex, but really enjoyed filming the scene and couldn’t wait to be in bed again, “I look forward to doing it again.”

bigbangBialik tells the audience, “We didn’t think that was happening now! We get the scripts the night before we have a table reading and I typically don’t read them until the morning of the table reading. But this tape night, I happened to be going through the script and Jim and I passed each other in the hallway.” Parson responded, “I was going down to film a scene. And she said, “Did you read the next script?! And I, jokingly said.” Parson paused to scout the room for children, “Are there children here?” After assurance from the crowd, he continued, “What – do they f*ck?!”

Parsons joked, “We didn’t see it coming – no pun intended.”

Bialik told us backstage that sex wouldn’t be affecting their relationship in the future. “I think it’s really important to point out that Amy and Sheldon had what is arguably the longest non-sexual but intimate relationship on TV.” She adds, “I think it’s really neat  – Jim and I both agree – that we were already so close, so intimate, and connected as characters that coitus was something he realized ‘oh it’s something that should happen’ because it’s a thing. He actually put less emotional weight on it than she did. So it’s a really interesting and clever shift from the writers.”

As for the big life-changing moment for our married couple- Howard and Bernadette, Molaro said that wasn’t planned. It just happened organically. He tells us, “We are not a show that plans anything out. To be honest, the fact that Bernadette is pregnant wasn’t even in the outline. We were probably on page 34 of that script and I just said it, half kidding, while we were writing the script. A little wave went through the writer’s room. Why not? It does seem right. Screw it! She’s pregnant.”

Helberg, a father of two, told the audience about the pregnancy, “I was hoping Howard would give me some advice. I follow the writers. [I ask them] ‘What do I do?! You guys write this stuff.’ He joked he would advise Howard to not shake the baby, “I don’t do a lot of fathering.” He pleads with the writers to please make Howard a good dad.

The EPs announced Leonard’s dad will be appearing on the show and is none other than TV veteran Judd Hirsch. Galecki revealed that he was the one who recruited Hirsch to play his father, “I ran up to him and just kind of bombarded him with verbalization. I did share with him, and this is true, that when we were shooting the pilot I watched the first two or three seasons [of Taxi]. Not because I wanted to base Leonard on his character [Hirsch’s Alex Reiger], but the purpose that his character served in this group of people – just as much, at times, a voice of reason as he was just as confused as everyone else.”

The cast and crew reminisce on their nine years together on set and have become a family. Parsons  Galecki tells the audience, “There has been essentially the same group in the same room for over a thousand days now, yes, we have had our bad days and everybody wakes up on the wrong side of the bed but even during those days we’ve managed to work together in ways that are not just productive, but pleasurable. And I don’t know how many groups of people you can say that about. I’m so proud of this family.”

The cast and crew continued to praise each other for the work on the series. “None of the things I think up for Sheldon ever, ever compete with what the writers come up with,” Parsons said. Molaro credited the actors, “The actors are so brilliant and talented that they can take any two and put them in a scene and it’d be awesome.” Helberg summed up the lovefest between the writers and actors perfectly, “No, you hang up!”

Paleyfest LA is a must-attend pop cultural event produced by The Paley Center for Media that brings you together with the talent behind your favorite TV shows. Enjoy a screening of an episode or highlights of the featured program, followed by a panel discussion with your favorite stars live onstage, capped off by a Q & A with the audience.

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