Jim Parsons (Sheldon)
I worked my ass off on it! You have no idea how well memorized I was. Sheldon has so much to say sometimes — it's not as bad as it used to be — and it was really dense and it was clear to me that the humor that was built into this was only if these dense pieces flowed very easily. I drilled the shit out of it! I was very scared — and excited to present it to them — but scared because I knew that once the train started, if I messed up, I didn't know what would happen. I remember getting through the first one and it went just like butter. It was a lovely time and I thought, "I bet they'll let me go [on]." It was a long scene and I thought they'd do a call-back. They said, "Great, let's do the next one." I said, "Oh God," and they asked if I wanted to take a moment. I said no; if I went out in the hall I'd freak myself out. So I just plowed through. Obviously, it went OK. I remember it all so vividly. That's one of the things about the 200th episode that freaks me out so much — I remember every step of the way with a certain vividness.