Luckily for fans, the hit CBS sitcom has now released the unaired clip online. But be warned, it’s a real tear-jerker. (Spoilers ahead.)
The deleted scene takes place after the couple’s nuptials. Emotions run high as the newlyweds unwrap an engraved pocket watch gift that Hawking (who guest-starred on the show) sent them before he died aged 76 in March.
Hamill described the scene as a “lovely, touching (& funny) tribute” to the iconic scientist:
Showrunner Steve Holland told The Hollywood Reporter it was hard for the sitcom “to be super timely” in honoring Hawking “because we shoot ahead of our airdates. “The wedding was a big episode and it seemed like a good chance to pay some tribute to him.”
The unaired scene stirred many emotions on Twitter:
Awwww The world should see this clip! It’s the best! I’m so happy you remembered & honored Stephen!!! ♥️
— Wanda #IShould’veKnownBetter #HideYourGhost (@wlwo51) May 11, 2018
What a wonderful tribute to #StephenHawking . Thanks for a great season and season finale! It was perfect!
— D. Reid (@Cool2bCorgi) May 11, 2018