I practically threw my remote at the television in excitement over the ending of this week’s The Big Bang Theory titled “The Earworm Reverberation.” For those who missed it, Shamy was finally reunited, and it felt so good!
After several torturous days trying to figure out what the earworm that was stuck in his head was (don’t you hate it when that happens?), Dr. Sheldon Cooper finally realized it was The Beach Boys’ “Darlin'” and the reason it was in stuck in his head was that it reminded him of none other than his ex-girlfriend, Amy Fowler. The lyrics to that song are so sickeningly sweet that I’m surprised someone as logical and methodical as Sheldon could possibly take the time to appreciate them:
“Don’t know if words can say, but darlin’ I’ll find a way to let you know what you meant to me. Guess it was meant to be. I hold you in my heart, as life’s most precious part. Oh darlin’ I dream about you often; my pretty darlin’ (Darlin’ you’re so fine). I love the way you soften my life with your love. Your precious love. I was living like half a man; then I couldn’t love, but now I can. You pick me up when I’m feeling sad. More soul than I ever had. Gonna love you every single night cause I think you’re too outta sight.”
Specifically, it was the lyrics “I love the way you soften my life with your love” that reminded him of Amy. He says she is like the dryer sheets of his heart – she has warmed his once legendarily scientific, cold edges. Like the earworm, he can’t get her out of his heart because she’s his heartworm (but not the poodle-killing kind, he assures us). He immediately rushes over to her apartment to tell her he can’t live without her, interrupting her rebound date with Dave (guest star Stephen Merchant), who can’t help but enthusiastically cheer them on when he shouts, “Kiss her, you brilliant fool!” (Sheldon is, after all, his nerdy idol.)
And kiss her, he did! I think that was one of the best television kisses I’ve ever seen (maybe only behind Sam and Diane on Cheers, Ross and Rachel on Friends or Niles and Daphne on Frasier). It was just the right amount of passion and longing and all the rekindled fireworks I’ve been waiting for all season. Who knew Sheldon had it in him? What person alive doesn’t want the person they love to sweep them off their feet in a steamy kiss while acknowledging that they’ve made their life better? Shamy is not only back together, but they appear to be stronger than ever. They really love each other! And next week they’re going to prove that love for each other when they finally engage in the act of coitus – a moment five years in the making. Will I sound like a total creeper if I acknowledge that I can’t wait to finally see them do it? It’s not the act itself, but what it symbolizes.
It’s a momentous event in that it proves that Dr. Sheldon Cooper is not a robot, but a warm-blooded human being after all. As I acknowledged after “The Spock Resonance,” Sheldon’s character has enjoyed tremendous growth and development the past few seasons. He’s no longer the egotistical, clinically cold physicist who abhors all signs of human emotion (okay, arguably he is still a little like that and maybe a part of him always will be), but at least now we know he is capable of giving and receiving love, and we have Amy Fowler to thank for that. Sex is far from being the only or most important aspect of a healthy, happy romantic relationship. However, it is a basic human need – emotional and physical – and I’m looking forward to seeing how sex changes the way Amy and Sheldon look at each other and feel about each other afterwards. I’m hoping it only further strengthens their bond with one another. Maybe now he’ll finally give her that engagement ring they keep teasing us with!
My nerd cup runneth over with excitement about next week. Not only is Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens finally coming out in theaters, but I’m pretty happy that Bob Newhart will be the special guest on what promises to be an explosive episode of The Big Bang Theory.