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The Big Bang Theory: Bob Newhart returning

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Bob Newhart is set to reprise his role as Sheldon’s childhood hero in an upcoming episode of The Big Bang Theory, EW has learned.

Though the former scientific TV show host Arthur Jeffries died in season 7, he’ll appear much like he did last time, as a ghostly Jedi apparition in Sheldon’s (Jim Parsons) dreams — which is quite fortuitous timing since Star Wars: The Force Awakens will debut hours after the episode airs. Arthur will lend a hand in helping Sheldon sort out his feelings and make a very important decision.

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The veteran Newhart star first appeared in the sixth season of the CBS comedy, earning the legendary actor his very first Primetime Emmy Award.

The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Newhart will appear in the episode slated to air Thursday, Dec. 17.