Fans, who watched the Season 4 premiere of Young Sheldon till the end, had a wonderful surprise waiting for them.
The Big Bang Theory‘s favorite couple — Amy Farrah Fowler (played by Mayim Bialik) and Sheldon Cooper (portrayed by Jim Parsons) — reunited to make a sweet revelation.
The episode focused on the high school graduation of 11-year-old Sheldon (played by Iain Armitage) and his fear about going to college which caused him to have a meltdown during an interview with a local TV station.
The fear of him being in the world alone prompted an insightful conversation with his twin sister, Missy (Raegan Revord), who was also graduating from elementary school.
The episode concluded with Sheldon, who was valedictorian, delivering a moving graduation speech. At the end of the speech, the voiceover is done by Parsons as adult Sheldon to say that the party was not that bad after all.
And he went on to drop this wonderful revelation about the character’s life with Amy: “This one wasn’t so bad. It was the best graduation party I had ever been to…until the one we had for my son, Leonard Cooper.”
This is a reference to Sheldon’s best friend, Leonard Hofstadter, portrayed by actor Johnny Galecki in The Big Bang Theory.
Sheldon went on to confess that he wanted to name his son Leonard Nimoy Cooper but Amy would not allow him.
Bialik as Amy comes on to say: “Be happy I let you name him Leonard!”
Sheldon replied: “Okay, okay!” Amy said: “Love you.” Sheldon replied: “Love you too.”
Steven Molaro, who co-created Young Sheldon with Chuck Lorre, spoke to Glamour about the special episode by saying: “[Laughs.] It was not in the script when it was [intended as] the season three finale. It was something that came up when we were gearing back up to work.”
When asked who came up with the idea, he explained: “I did. In my mind, I always thought Sheldon would want his son’s name to be Leonard Nimoy Cooper. I’ve kind of had that joke for a while. And when I added it in, I thought it would be nice to hear Amy say, “No.” [Laughs] We gave Mayim a call, and she was happy to do it. We had fun recording it. It’s pretty neat we have this ability—in little ways here and there—to keep The Big Bang Theory story alive.”
He added: “It is an interesting thing because there are no rules here. There are no rules to what can happen in narration, so why can’t there be two people talking? I always felt it was important that Big Bang as a show could end, but the friendships shouldn’t. I wanted to know the morning after that finale they’d all still be in that building. So it’s something very comforting to know that group is still in each other’s lives.”
To the question of how many children Sheldon and Amy have, he decided to tease the loving fans by saying: “I know how many I think, but I don’t want to say it yet because I don’t want to make anything official. I have my own personal ideas about these kids and what they’re like, and how Sheldon feels about them, but I don’t know what will become of reality through narration or not. Because of that, I’m hesitating to give you details, but I have thoughts about it.”
Fans of the iconic series loved the little nod.