TV Friendships: ‘Scorpion’ season 3 and the future of Walter and Toby

Scorpion -Some of the best friendships on TV are often the most dysfunctional ones, and there are few better examples of that on TV right now than Walter and Toby from “Scorpion.” Just consider their history so far, their frequent fights, and the fact that they are in many ways polar opposites of each other. Walter is hyper-analytical and often robotic; meanwhile, Toby is extremely emotional, to the point that he can be overbearing to some of the people around him.

When these two are getting along, it’s great. When they are fighting, it’s also great. We just want to see more of them, and this article in our TV Friendships series is about finding a way to make that happen.

Where they left off – Where do we start with the things that went wrong? For one, they bickered so much that they eventually entered counseling with Penn Jillette as the therapist, and they’ve also dealt with tension about Walter’s policy on office relationships (which he created at first, ironically, for himself — which he may be about to break because of the way that season 2 ended). There was a good moment in the finale where Toby helped to encourage Walter to go to Paige and admit to how he was feeling.

Where they could go from here – Why not do an episode that forces them even further to address everything that has happened? We’ve seen pieces of that here and there, but it’d be fun to see an entire episode that was themed entirely around these two are forced to work together with almost no help from anyone else, and really recognize each other’s strengths in a way that they do not always get a chance to. It would give them a chance to bond, and while we don’t ever want to see them free of bickering (it makes the show fun), it would be nice to have further reminders of why they are so great a team.

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