The Big Bang Theory followed Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) and his close, science-loving friends as they navigated life as young adults.
And romance, particularly with Amy Fowler (Mayim Bialik), came with that, although Sheldon wasn’t exactly the romantic type.
Nevertheless, in season 7, fans finally got to see the “romantic” Valentine’s Day kiss of Sheldon and Amy on the train – but the moment in real life that brought the two closer together on screen was anything but romantic.
Sheldon and Amy’s romance was a long time coming
Sheldon and Amy first met on an online dating site after Sheldon’s friends signed him up on the site without his permission. Even, Sheldon wasn’t necessarily squeamish with the ladies and he never even found Amy his girlfriend. She sort of found them together, but there was a lot of mystery about Sheldon’s real feelings for Amy during the season.
It wasn’t until season 5 that Sheldon and Amy officially started dating, although there were hints all along. Still, the couple’s relationship developed slowly.
Until season 8, they didn’t really say “I love you” and the steps they took prior to that were hardly indicative of a relationship. Before telling each other they were in love, they did discuss moving in together, however.
For the duration of the series, their love lasted, and in the season 11 finale, the two got married.
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The couple’s first real kiss wasn’t nearly as romantic as it was on screen
Sheldon and Amy technically kissed once in Season 3, but the two weren’t officially in a relationship at that point. In season 7, however, Sheldon and Amy shared their first real romantic kiss, even if it was somewhat out of anger.
The two were traveling together on a train on Valentine’s Day when Amy finally got fed up with Sheldon’s lack of romance.
Out of frustration, he sarcastically started doing romantic things for her, which led to the kiss – which they both obviously enjoyed.
Although awkward, it had a romantic touch to it, since the two had not kissed during the series.
But in real life, things were completely different.
Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik discussed the kiss off-screen, and it turned out that Parsons had the flu. “You kept spraying around with Listerine or whatever to kill my germs,” Parsons recalled of Bialik’s reaction, according to USA Today.
“Hydrogen peroxide,” Bialik confirmed. “You were sweating. You had a fever. You were very sick.” Parsons then adds that he “wouldn’t have kissed” Bialik if he didn’t have to because he was so sick.
Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik reunited for new show
Parsons and Bialik have remained close friends since “The Big Bang Theory” ended in 2019. Now the two are working together on a new show, Call Me Kat.
Bialik plays the role of Kat, a 39-year-old single woman trying to prove to the world that she can be happy on her own.
Jim Parsons is working as a producer on the series, and it was he who pitched the idea to Bialik.
Bialik told Good Day New York that she and Parsons fell behind on production because of the pandemic, but the first episode of the series premiered Jan. 3 on Fox.