Spoilers for last night’s episode of The Big Bang Theory are in the following paragraphs. If you don’t want to know what happened, please check out one of our other lovely articles.

Well, the inevitable has finally happened. After devoting 10 full episodes to the Sheldon and Amy breakup—including some bad dates and some missed chances to get back together--last night The Big Bang Theory finally got back on track. We’ve known for a while now that Shamy would eventually be getting back together, but here’s how The Big Bang Theory let the plotline play out in “The Earworm Reverberation.”

It wasn’t clear early on in “The Earworm Reverberation” that this would be the week Sheldon and Amy would make progress. Sheldon was stuck with a particularly tough problem. He had a song stuck in his head and he couldn’t figure out what it was, a common problem that I’m pretty sure everyone watching could empathize with. While Sheldon was perplexed by the musical puzzle, Amy was busy trying to psych herself up for another date with Dave—the guy who just talked and talked about her ex while they were on their first date. It honestly didn’t seem as if it would be a day that would see the two individuals finally come together and make amends.

Eventually, Sheldon made an offhand reference about Brian Wilson, which led him to conclude the song is “Darlin” by The Beach Boys, a track that basically talks about all of the stuff Sheldon had been dealing with regarding Amy during Season 9. He then rushed to Amy's apartment to explain to her why he had been thinking about her. It was a bold play that paid off, both for Sheldon and for fans who have been waiting weeks for The Big Bang Theory to go in a more stable direction with the two characters. Check it out, below.



If you don’t have time to watch the video, what Sheldon had to say to Amy was surprisingly simple, but heartfelt. Here’s what he had to say:
Amy there was a song I couldn’t get out of my head. Eventually I realized the song was about you, and like that earworm, I couldn’t get you out of my heart. So, what I’m trying to say is, you’re my heartworm—the metaphorical kind, not the poodle killing kind… Amy, if you want to be my girlfriend again, I really, really want to be your boyfriend.

And with those words, Amy and Sheldon were back together. (We’re going to skip over all the awkward side comments from Dave, as they made a naturally tender moment a little too sitcom-y, no offense to Stephen Merchant.)

All of this, of course, is going to lead into next week’s big winter finale. Three weeks ago, showrunner Steve Molaro revealed that Amy and Sheldon will finally consummate their relationship, five years after they’ve gotten together. Due to Sheldon’s generally proclivities, I didn’t think that would be coming quite so soon—especially since Sheldon and Amy had problems being intimate before and they’ve spent the entire season apart. Molaro has said the decision has been made precisely because it is unexpected. Also, you have to pull people in to get those ratings before the show goes off of the air during the holidays, amiright?

I honestly thought a few weeks ago that Amy and Sheldon might get intimate even before they got together, but The Big Bang Theory apparently didn't want to be quite that unexpected, so instead we'll see the newly reunited couple in bed together. According to the preview, Amy is even going to wax...

While most shows are already on hiatus, CBS will air one more episode of The Big Bang Theory before the holidays. You can tune in to catch the winter finale on Thursday, December 17 at 8 p.m. ET.

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