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Remember when we thought Leonard and Penny getting married was a big deal earlier this year when The Big Bang Theory debuted Season 9? Yeah, as it turns out that was nothing compared to what was to come just a few short weeks later.

You could say that the force awakened in Sheldon on Thursday night’s winter finale, “The Opening Night Excitation,” when he decided to skip the Star Wars premiere and to spend Amy’s birthday with her instead. His present? The gift of first-time coitus.

Um yes. We’d say after waiting five-and-a-half years that was definitely the gift of a lifetime for poor Amy. And it was a gift for viewers, too, thanks to a special guest star appearance by Bob Newhart, who reprised his role as Professor Proton. Well, a version of him anyhow since the actual character died in an earlier episode.

Of course as with any good romp between the sheets, it all started with a little foreplay. Sheldon had to decide whether he was actually going to skip the Star Wars premiere in order to spend Amy’s birthday with her. That’s where a dreamlike version of Professor Proton stepped in.

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“I just hope this isn’t a sex dream.”

But as we all know, Sheldon made the right decision in the end. Now, the next task was to ask Penny and Bernadette which they thought would be the perfect present: sending Amy on a knitting trip (solo), attempt to get her to play the harp with the L.A. Philharmonic, or coitus.

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This was pretty much our reaction too.

With that in the bag, the only thing left to do was tell Amy. Naturally, she had the best reaction of them all when Penny and Bernadette finally spilled the beans. (Hey, a girl’s got to get waxed for her first time you know!)

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“You shut your damned mouth!”

We get it, it’s like Christmas come early.

Meanwhile, back in Sheldon’s bedroom, Professor Proton reappeared, only to try and kill himself with a light sabre when Sheldon informed him the reason for his return visit was to solicit advice on his first time.

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“Well, it was worth a shot.”

Meanwhile, the rest of the guys got ready for their “first time” with Star Wars by inviting Wil Wheaton to come with them. Big mistake. Everyone knows Trekkies have to represent when it comes to these things.

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“Live long and suck it.”

Of course that excitement was nothing compared to what Amy was going through at her apartment, all in preparation for the big event.

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“This is different. Candles and music… it’s kinda spooky.”

Yeah, that’s pretty much how we expected Sheldon to react.

Anyhow enough foreplay already. With all that out of the way (and Amy talking Sheldon out of a contract during this litigious time), it was time to get into it.

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No, no, we mean really get into it.

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Oh come on guys.

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Now that’s what we’re talking about.

Oh, and back at the theatre? The guys were going through pretty much all the same emotions of nervousness and excitement. It was foreplay all over again.

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“I’m really nervous.”

“I know… we’ve been waiting so long for this.”

“We’ve built it up in our heads so much.”

Turns out everyone was worried for nothing.

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“Well I enjoyed that more than I thought I would… I look forward to your next birthday when we do it again.”

“That works for me!”

As luck would have it, the other guys were just as satisfied.

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Now that’s what we’d call a good night.

Sure, it wasn’t the fun Christmas-themed episodes of The Big Bang Theory past, but all things considered, it was an appropriate way to celebrate the opening night of Star Wars AND Amy and Sheldon finally consummating their relationship.

Until the New Year anyhow.

The Big Bang Theory returns Thursday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.