After three years it has finally happened! And by “it,” we mean Waige getting together.
As teased in the trailer EW debuted last week, Walter (Elyes Gabel) finally professed his feelings for Paige (Katharine McPhee) at Happy (Jadyn Wong) and Toby’s (Eddie Kaye Thomas) wedding in Monday’s episode. (Fun fact: Elyes Gavel listened to The Theory of Everything score to prepare for that important scene). Obviously, Paige reciprocated those feelings. And, the next thing we know, the rest of the team discovers them hooking up in a closet (the same closet Happy and Toby were hoping to sneak away to).
“It feels like the circle is finally a circle, in a way,” Elyes Gabel tells EW. “Not to become totally spiritual about it, but it feels like this was the place that we wanted to go. It’s the conclusion of one part of the story, and it definitely opens up the opportunity for another story to be born as well.”
Whenever a will-they-won’t-they couple on a TV show eventually actually couples up, there’s often concern that the series will lose something or that fans will get bored since they finally got what they wanted. But McPhee doesn’t think that’ll happen here because their relationship is inherently complicated.
“I think that this is a unique love story,” says McPhee. “They already have so many challenges as it is with the little boy and working environment and also just the fact that he’s a genius and she’s a nongenius, and their personalities are in so many ways so different.”
So, what’s next for this new couple? Well, getting off of an island. Monday’s episode ended with Scorpion’s plane crashing, and when we pick back up next week, we’ll find them stranded on an island, Lost-style. But Walter isn’t letting the dire situation kill his vibe.
“Walter [makes] little efforts to be romantic in terms of picking a flower and saying sweet things, and Paige finds it a bit odd because the times he chooses to do them are odd,” says McPhee, adding that there’s a running a joke in the two-part finale about the newlyweds and Paige and Walter being sexually frustrated. “Paige is still trying to think in terms of work and getting off the island. So, there’s less physical stuff going on, which adds to their frustration of wanting to get off the island because they do want to express their feelings for each other.”
“He’s like a kid in a candy store with his new emotions, and he really wants to experience them,” says Gabel. “I think that’s the great joy about what Paige gives him — this ability to not be afraid of experiencing emotion and about really showcasing it and displaying it rather than dealing with all of those emotions inside.”
He continues, “I think it’s hilarious because he’s incredibly positive and overwhelmed with love rather than this miserable, fatalistic personality that maybe somebody on the island might have.”
Given the crisis at hand in the finale, Walter and Paige won’t get much time to figure out the mechanics of their relationship. However, McPhee promises that we’ll definitely see more of that in the fourth season finale.
“In the beginning, you’re going to see Walter and Paige go through that first phase of just complete new love with each other, almost as if they can’t control themselves gushing over each other perhaps sometimes during work environments, which would be deemed inappropriate, [and] sort of how the other team members deal with that, which I think would be a really cute addition to the team dynamic — them sort of grossed out by Walter and Paige gushing over each other,” says McPhee. “But what happens after that, I think, is going to be really fun to see: how long they can maintain a relationship that actually has legs, a future, and all that stuff.
Showrunners Nick Santora and Nicholas Wootton explain why it took four seasons to bring Paige and Walter together.
CBS’ Scorpion did something risky during Monday’s episode.
After four seasons, the procedural starring Elyes Gabel and Katharine McPhee finally “went there” and romantically paired Walter and Paige, with the hour ending in a mutual declaration of love (and steamy make-out session). To hear showrunners Nick Santora and Nicholas Wootton tell it, the decision has been building since the pilot and was done after a long and thoughtful consideration. Below, the exec producers open up about the perils (and rewards) of “will they or won’t they” storytelling.
For us, as writer-producers, the main question regarding any on-screen romance between characters in a TV show is “when”? When do they notice each other; when do they kiss; when do they finally get together and be partners for life? It’s a delicate procedure that has the potential for a distinct downfall for both the writer and audience because, ultimately, the courtship has to end. They have to (gulp) “get together.” The issue is that courtship is fantastic TV drama, while happy relationships are a snooze. There’s a classic Tolstoy quote on this. If I’m remembering it correctly, it goes something like, “The issue is that courtship is fantastic TV drama, while happy relationships are a snooze.”
In our experience writing on-screen TV romance, audiences can lose interest when the main characters finally couple up. The basis of drama is not the mutual thrill of Friday movie night on the couch sharing a pizza with your love. Courtship, however, is conflict gold: Are they opposites attracting? Are they too much the same? Do their parents disagree with it? Do their friends? Are they wrong for each other, are they too right? Also, courtship is fun to write: clandestine glances, a stolen moment in the coffee room, an accidental booze-fueled admission of attraction, a snog at the Christmas office party. These little moments can bolster the most staid procedural beats.
And audiences love them. They bring you into the story in a wonderful, intimate way. It’s the sweetest suspense.
But an audience can only take so much. They can become impatient waiting for their two favorite characters to finally stop beating around the bush. The moment fans see real chemistry, and sense where the story is going, they want to get there. Now. This is problematic.
With Scorpion, we’ve been building the Walter/Paige relationship since the pilot, and our audience has responded. It is the core relationship of the show, a pure instance of opposites attracting. The fans have noticed every nuance, enjoyed the flirtation, the awkward moments, the expressed (and unexpressed) affection. And fans have been clamoring for Walter and Paige to get together since the first episode. But we didn’t have that happen for a very simple reason. To have done so would have been a mistake and contradictory to what our specific characters would have done. Walter has no Emotional Quotient and Paige, as a single mom, is very careful as to who she lets into her life. Even though some fans wanted it, they are smart, and they would have instantly known it was all too soon and would have tuned out.
Further, when writing these storylines, there is a very high bar to clear. Some shows have handled the “will they/won’t they” with nothing less than mastery. The Office, Cheers and Frasier quickly come to mind. Viewers have seen it done right. And, as a result, they’ll recognize when it is done wrong.
What we’ve always known, since the pilot episode, is that once the unrequited became requited, the nature of the relationship would change and, so would the show to some degree. And we couldn’t tweak the show until we had established the show: established the characters, the tone, the format, the relationships. Now that fans of Scorpion really know the world that they visit every Monday night, we can confidently throw in a relationship wrinkle and turn Walter and Paige into Waige. Or Palter (which just sounds terrible).
The rules we adhered to were simple but followed closely: 1) Do not bring them together too soon; 2) Although they cannot be together, make sure you bring them closer in incremental steps; 3) After bringing them closer, make sure you sometimes have them take a step back after a few steps forward; and 4) when you do finally bring them together, do it in a big way and fully go for it.
But when we “go for it,” what will that look like? Will Walter and Paige be happy forever? Will there be hiccups and bumps? Will they break up and be apart again? Maybe bits and pieces of all three. But the bigger question, for us, and CBS, is will our fans enjoy it? With the team of writers, actors and crew that make up Team Scorpion, we are confident they will.
CBS announced “STAYIN’ ALIVE: A GRAMMY® SALUTE TO THE MUSIC OF THE BEE GEES”, a tribute of the Bee Gees’ amazing music catalog, and Katharine McPhee will be one of many stars who will perform and help celebrate.
Katharine will perform “Emotion” when the Bee Gees special airs on Sunday, April, 16 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/ PT) on CBS
*CBS RENEWS 18 SERIES FOR THE 2017-2018 SEASON*
*Pick-Ups Include the #1 Scripted Program/Comedy, the #1 Drama, the #1 New Series, the #1 New Comedy and the #1 Newsmagazine*
*5 Freshman Series Part of Network’s Early Renewals*
CBS today announced early renewals of 18 returning series for the 2017-2018 season, displaying the programming depth and stability of America’s Most Watched Network. Additional returning series pick-ups for next season will be announced at a later date.
The shows renewed to date include 6 comedies, 9 dramas, 1 reality series, 2 newsmagazines and a roster of hit programs across every night of the week. They also include the #1 scripted program/comedy THE BIG BANG THEORY; the #1 drama NCIS; the #1 new series BULL; the #1 new comedy KEVIN CAN WAIT; and the #1 newsmagazine 60 MINUTES.
In addition, 5 freshman shows are part of the Network’s early renewals, including BULL, KEVIN CAN WAIT, MACGYVER, MAN WITH A PLAN and SUPERIOR DONUTS.
Following are the renewed series to date for the 2017-2018 season:
· THE BIG BANG THEORY*
· BLUE BLOODS
· HAWAII FIVE-0
· KEVIN CAN WAIT
· LIFE IN PIECES
· MADAM SECRETARY
· MAN WITH A PLAN
· NCIS: LOS ANGELES
· NCIS: NEW ORLEANS
· SUPERIOR DONUTS
· 48 HOURS
· 60 MINUTES
CBS will finish the current season as America’s Most Watched Network for the 14th time in 15 years. The Network will announce its new fall 2017-2018 schedule on Wednesday, May 17 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
* Renewals for THE BIG BANG THEORY and NCIS were previously announced.
To stop a dangerous virus from spreading, Team Scorpion must locate a rare endangered monkey in the Amazon that has the antibody for the cure. Also, Toby and Happy see a counselor (guest star Penn Jillette returns) to prepare for matrimony, on SCORPION, Monday, March 13th on CBS
TEAM SCORPION MUST USE UNORTHODOX METHODS TO SAVE CABE’S LIFE WHEN A MISSION IN THE DESERT RESULTS IN EXPLODING SHRAPNEL, ON “SCORPION,” MONDAY, JAN. 2
“Ice Ca-Cabes” – When a mission in the desert results in exploding shrapnel that seriously wounds Cabe, Team Scorpion must freeze his body in order to save his life, on SCORPION, Monday, Jan. 2 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
CHEAT TWEET: #TeamScorpion’s latest case is their most personal – 2 save Cabe’s life! @ScorpionCBS 1/2 10pm #CBS http://bit.ly/2hBZdUb
IT’S CHRISTMAS EVE AND TEAM SCORPION’S MOUNTAIN GETAWAY TURNS DEADLY WHEN THEY COME ACROSS GUN-RUNNERS, AND RALPH IS KIDNAPPED WHEN THEY TRY TO ESCAPE, ON “SCORPION,” MONDAY, DEC. 19
“Wreck the Halls” – It’s Christmas Eve and Team Scorpion’s electronics-free mountain getaway turns deadly when they come across gun-runners, and Ralph is kidnapped when they try to escape. Also, Tim makes an important decision about his position with Team Scorpion, on SCORPION, Monday, Dec. 19 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
CHEAT TWEET: #HOHOHO #TeamScorpion! Have an eggnog w/ your fave geniuses! We’ve got an Xmas case! @ScorpionCBS 12/19 10-11pm http://bit.ly/2gNGLIb