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Mayim Bialik Reveals What It Was Like to Tape the Surprising "The Solder Excursion Diversion" Episode of The Big Bang Theory

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Over the course of some 200 plus episodes, it has become rather clear that Dr. Sheldon Cooper isn’t your average member of the male species. He’s obsessive, he’s quirky, and, sometimes, he’s just downright inappropriate. But thanks to Jim Parsons and the writers of The Big Bang Theory, he’s become this endearing odd bird that most of us can relate to at one time or another. That’s why the secret that was unveiled tonight worked so well. It not only advanced the character of Sheldon, but his relationship with Amy also. (SPOILERS AHEAD!)

The secret? Sheldon is a hoarder. In writing, it doesn’t seem like such a big deal. We’ve seen reality shows about it and know people who struggle with it, but somehow seeing one of TV’s most beloved characters deal with it almost felt like it was happening to us. There were jokes, sure, but thanks to how Parsons and co-star Mayim Bialik masterfully crafted their delivery, this was not only a major moment for Shamy, but for the viewers, too.

All of Sheldon’s memories, mementos, and junk (what else do you call a ziplock bag filled with old ziplock bags?) have been kept in a giant “Fortress of Shame” for years. This was no stockpiled closet like the one we saw in Monica and Rachel’s apartment on Friends. This was a craftily thought out storage unit that didn’t merely hold Sheldon’s lifelong possessions—it held the key to his emotions and way of life.

“Why do you feel you need to save these things?” asked Amy. “I’d like to think it’s nostalgia…” answers Sheldon, before adding, “I’m sorry if you think less of me.”

“I don’t,” assured Amy. And then our hearts broke with this: “Every time I come in here, I think less of me,” said Sheldon. “Because I’m a fraud.”

When’s the last time you heard that kind of exchange on a traditional comedy?

That’s why The Big Bang Theory is firing on all cylinders this season. It’s not afraid to take chances, tackle big topics, and throw in a curveball every now and then. After watching “The Solder Excursion Diversion,” we went to Emmy-nominee Mayim Bialik to get the lowdown on what set this episode apart from the others and why it ranks as one of her most memorable.

Glamour: You recently mentioned to me that this was one of your favorite episodes. I see why.
Mayim Bialik: I like when we get to see new and tender parts of these characters that people think they know so well. I also like that Sheldon is revealing something secret and private to Amy because he trusts her so much. It’s a really big moment for their relationship.

Glamour: Before we talk about the big reveal, Sheldon says, “I’m going to need you to sign a non-disclosure agreement.” Amy responds, “I signed one before we slept together. Why not now?” I found that choice of words interesting from Amy instead of saying “coitus” or “made love.” Did you, or am I making something out of nothing?
Mayim: Ha! Maybe making something out of nothing. I think coitus is really his word and not hers and the notion of making love is much more intimate. I also think in terms of how a joke sounds when it is said out loud, the expression “slept together” works much better here.

Glamour: Part of the brilliance of this episode was watching you delicately balance the humor and the emotion of Sheldon’s reveal. What was the most challenging scene or piece of dialogue?
Mayim: I think when Amy is trying to tell Sheldon that it’s OK and that she doesn’t have disdain for him or feel ashamed because of him that’s the tenderest moment. The episode was technically difficult because we were filming in a very cramped space, so that was definitely a challenge as well.

Glamour: There was a much heavier tone compared to other episodes. Did you and Jim approach the episode differently?
Mayim: We are usually pretty in sync, I think. I don’t think this episode was an exception. We both liked it, and it is sometimes fun to be separate from the rest of the plot and just have scenes together.

Glamour: Would you personally like to see an engagement between Amy and Sheldon happen by the end of season nine?
Mayim: It honestly didn’t even occur to me. I don’t really think much about the hovering potential engagement anymore. We are just back to making funny episodes about a couple trying to figure things out, I think. I guess I have a lot of patience!

Coming up next week: Leonard, Penny, Sheldon, and Amy spend time in a cabin alone in the woods. According to executive producer Steve Molaro, “They get into a spirited game of Never Have I Ever…” Co-creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre also revealed to Glamour that the show intends to explore much more about Penny’s job, as she reveals some uncomfortable truths to Leonard. Stay tuned for all that coverage and more next week!

An all-new episode of The Big Bang Theory airs next Thursday, April 7 at 9 P.M. ET.

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