Seven seasons in, The Big Bang Theory has scored its most-watched finale and its first award for being “not funny.” Or so joked exec producer Steve Molaro, who phoned Entertainment Weekly Radio to accept our reader-voted Season Finale Award for Best Serious Moment in a Comedy for the train station scene.
“《生活大爆炸》（The Big Bang Theory）第七季季终集不仅打破了前几季的最高收视记录，还首次斩获了一个喜剧类剧集‘不好笑奖’。”执行制片人史蒂夫·莫拉罗（Steve Molaro）调侃道，他已通知Entertainment Weekly之声表示接受这个“喜剧类剧集最佳严肃时刻”奖了。此奖项由观众投票评选，而该剧获奖的原因是本季季终集中火车站一幕。
The goal of the finale, as Molaro puts it, was to “chip away at Sheldon and break him down to the point where he just needed to leave to process everything.” The university wouldn’t let him change his field of study. Newly-engaged Leonard wanted to talk about new living arrangements (as did Amy). And the comic book store burned down. Leonard and Penny found an overwhelmed Sheldon at the train station and decided they needed to let him go. With the writers not yet back to work, Molaro won’t say how much the experience will change Sheldon, only that it will affect him.
Watching Penny kiss Sheldon’s cheek goodbye got Molaro choked up. But the half hour also packed enough laughs for readers to vote it Funniest Finale. Molaro shares his favorite joke in the interview below.