Although last week’s episode had emotions running high following the death of Walter’s (Elyes Gabel) sister Megan (Camille Guaty), “Scorpion” executive producers Nick Santora and Nicholas Wootton say Walter will be taking on a new problem that he has never had to solve before — his feelings.
“There is certainly some [romance] coming up for everybody,” says Wootton. “We have a lot of those stories going through the end of the year.”
So Walter and Paige (Katharine McPhee) — will they or won’t they?
“Fans of TV shows say they want the make believe [couple] to get together, but if they got together episode five of season one and they’re sure to be unsatisfied,” says Santora. “Most relationships take a while.”
The EP further explains that the show’s relationships are just as calculated as the tech team’s algorithms used to solve cases. He shares that before sparks fly, they must always consider the dynamic of the group.
“Walter and Paige have serious obstacles; they’re effectively different species,” says Santora. “Walter is a genius and she is not a genius. Paige can process emotions in a way that Walter can’t.”
Although Happy and Toby are together, Santora interprets that it would be risky for the same to happen for Walter and Paige since the former is the chosen leader of the group. Wootton also shares that the genius’ inexperience with romance prompts them to proceed with caution.
“This is where they screw up in the world. Calculations, electronics, computer stuff they don’t screw up. This stuff they cannot get right,” he reveals.
Wootton adds, “There is sort of a lot in place going towards people trying to work out these emotional puzzle pieces and these algorithms that they just have no basis for in their experience and they screw up.”
According to the two EPs, the romantic storylines are being taken very seriously. Santora warns that watching a love life develop within Scorpion won’t necessarily be the cutesy storytelling that we are used to seeing onscreen.
“Watching geniuses try to work a romantic relationship is like watching a group of chickens play catch with a gasoline cantaloupe,” Santora describes.
“Scorpion” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.