Waige fans probably came away from Monday’s (March 21) “Scorpion” wondering just how far new guy Tim Armstrong (Scott Porter) and Paige (Katharine McPhee) might take the spark between them, and how Walter (Elyes Gabel) will feel about that. Porter wants to assure fans not to get too worked up over Armstrong.

“Fans want a lot of things — and we love and respect the fans in a huge, huge way and we appreciate them. But ultimately if we did everything that the fans wanted all the time then a lot of shows could become a mess very quickly. I think being careful and playing the long game with a lot of these shows — like on ‘Scorpion,’ the long game with Walter and Paige is necessary. If Walter and Paige get together tomorrow and then you’ve got five more seasons of this, are the fans going to be happy with Walter and Paige together for 80 episodes?”

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Porter concedes that some fans might like 80 episodes of Waige, but for others, it could “get stale very quickly,” which is why interlopers like Armstrong are important to the show.

“When a guy like Tim Armstrong comes in and helps Walter evolve in a certain way and helps Paige see what her life could be like outside of Scorpion, these are very important developments. … At the end of the day, we want to do for the fans everything they want, but we want to do it over time and we want to do it only if it’s completely right, so we ask that the fans trust us and we promise we’ll deliver a product that they love.”

The former “Friday Night Lights” and “Hart of Dixie” star also says that he hopes fans give him a chance, because Armstrong isn’t just some two-dimensional military golden boy. He’s got a little gamer geek in him, which is in line with Porter’s real life, where he enjoys playing games like “Plants vs. Zombies 2,” “The Division” and “Destiny.”

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“In the second episode I’m in, there might be a little something to do with video games and Tim Armstrong, which is kind of life meeting art because I’m a huge gamer outside of the ‘Scorpion’ world. You see that Tim might have some of that in him as well, which makes him more attractive to a team like this and hopefully more attractive to the audience.”

“Scorpion” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."