Heartwarming: The Big Bang Theory

Season One

Season Two

Season Three

  • Penny gives Leonard the best welcome home gift imaginable.
  • Overlooked because the joke is that Sheldon is Comically Missing the Point, but in "The Psychic Vortex" Raj and Sheldon managed to make two (quite hot) female friends with Abby and Martha. While Raj and Abby were making out and Martha hadn't figured out Sheldon's asexuality yet (but still enjoying each others company), she asked if she could stay with Sheldon in his room as the others weren't going anywhere tonight. He, of course, did not know what she was implying but agreed to let her in. As she sat on his bed he said, "Make yourself comfortable, I'll go ahead and sleep in Leonard's room tonight." All things considered, especially since Sheldon generally does not like people in his room, that was quite a gentlemanly thing to do.
  • Sheldon recognizing Penny as a close friend when she and Leonard break up.
    "I've taken great pains to accommodate for your presence in my life, it would be a shame for it all be a waste."
  • Penny and Leonard retrieving Sheldon from the comic store after their first fight. It showed that no matter how much he annoys the crap out of them, they really do care about him in the end. But that moment is really sweet.
  • In the Christmas episode (the one where Penny and Leonard's mother get drunk) Sheldon tells Leonard that when his biological family lets him down, he always has his surrogate family (him).
  • A small but sweet moment in "The Adhesive Duck Deficiency" is that when Penny cries out to Sheldon for help when she slips in the bathtub, he's more than willing to drop what he's doing to run over and help her. He then spends the rest of the episode taking care of her, granted in his own unique way. Most of Sheldon's actions in this episode could be seen as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming. He even sings 'Soft Kitty' to her.
  • An easily-missed one in "The Staircase Implementation", Sheldon in the flashback states that he chose his spot because it faces the TV directly, so no one can try to talk to him. In all present-day discussions of his spot, it's positioned so he can talk to everyone. Some viewers incorrectly regard this as a continuity error, but it's actually an extremely heartwarming Continuity Nod: as Leonard said, Sheldon was a lot worse back then, and having Leonard as his roommate for a couple of years clearly gained him an appreciation for having conversations.

Season Four

Season Five

  • Followed up in "The Russian Rocket Reaction," when Sheldon hugs Wil Wheaton, after Wil gave Sheldon an autographed Wesley Crusher action figure that Sheldon didn't get back in 1995, which started their entire feud.
  • This exchange subtly paid off later in the season when Penny intervenes to break up Raj's relationship with a Gold Digger. An awkward moment between Penny and Raj, like what happened at the end of Season 4, can lead to both parties being standoffish or reticent to be around one another. Penny feels guilty because she didn't know at the time that she was setting him up with a Gold Digger. Who does Raj go to when he needs to be consoled after the break-up in question? Penny.
    Penny: Raj?
    Raj: Hmm?
    Penny: Thank you for being my friend. (hugs him)
  • In S05 E05, Howard gets offered to go to the international space station, Bernadette ends up trying to convince him otherwise and even goes behind Howard's back to his mother. She ends up making amends with him and apologizes, her reasoning being that she'd be devastated to lose him and that he's her soulmate. To see Howard Wolowitz of all people get someone who cares and loves him that much and doesn't want to lose him is heartwarming.
  • In episode "The Isolation Permutation" when Amy and Sheldon cuddle despite his not caring for it, because he considers her his real close friend and constantly tried to help her through her pain of the issues with Penny/Bernadette see in the episode, not even Leonard got that much support in his worst moments earlier on.
  • Sheldon ''finally'' asks Amy to be his girlfriend. Despite it being in his typical, self-serving, emotionally-detached way, by Sheldon's standards it's awfully sweet and Amy recognizes it as such (at least until she had to abide by the Boo-boos and Ouchies Provision of the Relationship Agreement).
  • Sheldon giving Amy the tiara, and Amy's reaction to it. Doubles as a Moment of Adorable.
    Penny: You look beautiful!
    Amy: I course I do, I'm a princess and this is my tiara! (kisses Sheldon and bear hugs him)
    Sheldon: ...(to Penny) You're right, the tiara was too much.
  • A Couple from "The Recombination Hypothesis"-
    • Penny saved one of Leonard's inhalers after they broke up and gives it to him after make-up sex. He later uses that inhaler to try to bluff Sheldon out of divulging his whereabouts. View.
    • The entire episode was about Leonard figuring out what possible future he has with Penny. The majority of the story was a hypothetical scenario about what would happen if they got back together, which involves them struggling to communicate their feelings to each other and devolving into a purely sexual relationship with no emotional connection. He even says outright that all scenarios that go through his head end badly. Despite all that, his feelings for her are strong enough that he wants to give it another shot.
      Penny: Have you thought this through?
      Leonard: (nods) Yes and I think we should go anyway.
  • Penny and Leonard trying to take things slow and understand each other better through a relationship "Beta Test", which involved open communication and active attempts to fix the "bugs". It's all really sweet to see them want this to work out, and it shows how much they've grown and how much they really do care about each other.
  • Sheldon backing Leonard up when he was confronting his childhood bully.
    Sheldon: (to Leonard) I platonically love you, man.
  • In "The Hawking Excitation", Howard blackmails Sheldon into doing humiliating tasks in exchange of getting him to meet Stephen Hawking, to get back for all the insults Sheldon gave Howard. The last task he asks is a compliment, before revealing he already talked to Hawking about meeting Sheldon.
    • Sheldon meeting Stephen Hawking (who actually guests stars in the show), especially because all through the episode, you see how much it meant for Sheldon.
    • A small one, but it's kinda sweet to hear Sheldon say that he actually thinks Howard is very good at his job (he kind of spoils it by saying his criticisms are because he doesn't see the value in the job itself, but the feeling is still there)
  • Howard's apology to Bernadette in "The Stag Convergence," and everything following it.
    Howard: Tell her I'm really sorry. And if she doesn't want to marry me, I get it. But what I really want her to know is the guy that she is really disgusted by is the guy that I'm disgusted by, too. But, that guy doesn't exist anymore; he's gone. And the reason is because of her. So, if this relationship is over, let her know that she made me a better man, and tell her thank you.
    Penny: Oh my god, Howard! That's the most beautiful thing I've ever heard. And it came out of you!
  • Bernadette's father saying that he misjudged Howard and encouraging him to go into space. Getting that from a prospective father-in-law means a lot. This is especially heartwarming if you consider the fact that Howard's father left him as a kid.
  • The closing segment of the season finale... the whole thing. In the lead up to Howard and Bernadette getting married there had been some tension in the group, especially between Leonard and Penny over a horribly misjudged marriage proposal, but watching Howard's space launch Penny muses in awe that she didn't think he was actually going to go into space and Sheldon says with a tinge of jealousy "Boldly go, Howard Wolowitz." Bernadette and Raj both talk about how scared they are for Howard's safety and hold hands watching it happen. Penny reaches to hold Leonard's hand, which noticeably catches him off guard. But the biggest surprise is Sheldon, the poster boy for Hates Being Touched, reaching out to grab hold of Amy's hand. Amy's reaction says it all.
  • Special mention goes to Howard getting Bernadette a star-shaped necklace:
    Howard: Now, I'll need it back so I can take it to the international space station, so when I get back, I can give you a star that's literally been in space. (Beat) Take that, any guy who's ever bought you anything!
  • How about the Astronomic Zoom that revealed the heart on the top of the building? Pretty damn heart-warming!
  • In "The Pulled Groin Extrapolation"
    Leonard: [sarcastically] You sound like you had a great night.
    Sheldon: I did! How was yours?
    Leonard: Not bad. I had a lot more fun with Amy than I thought I would.
    Sheldon: What exactly do you mean by that?
    Leonard: Well, turns out she really knows how to help a guy loosen up and have a good time. Although, truth be told, my groin is a little worse for wear.
    [Sheldon hits Leonard in the shoulder with a Judo chop]
    Leonard: OW! Why did you do that?
    Sheldon: To send you a message. She is not for you!
    Leonard: What?
    Sheldon: NOT FOR YOU!
  • While not between the characters themselves, the bloopers for Season 5 show Simon, Johnny and Kunal talking near a makeshift panini press, but the machine malfunctions. Johnny grabs Simon and pulls him away in case something bad happens. Minor detail, but it is very nice to see the cast care for each other.

Season Six

  • Amy asking for Sheldon to tell her something from the heart. What he tells her is something so moving and completely out of character for him. It's about how he is a mix of things around her. He then admits he got it from the first Spider-Man movie. Which is kind of sweet when one realizes that Sheldon thinks everything through thoroughly, it says something that he chose to use that particular speech, since it raises the implication that even Sheldon thinks that speech was romantic!
  • When Sheldon finds out Penny is unsure about her relationship with Leonard and is considering ending it, Sheldon, after many awkward scenes with the two, simply says to her "Penny, please don't hurt my friend." Penny responds that's the last thing she wants to do.
  • With the first couple of episodes of the season being about Penny thinking about breaking up with Leonard, "Holographic Excitation" manages to turn it around in a very sweet way. Admitting she doesn't know what he does, with some prodding by she goes to his lab to attempt to show interest into his work. After trying too hard ("What's this?" "science equipment" "Oh, what's that?") Leonard slows her down and proves just how interesting and magical his work truly is, complete with a Carl Sagan-esque monologue about our place in the universe. He almost instantly becomes more attractive to Penny and she warmly smiles at him, saying "Sometimes I forget how smart you are." They even end up having sex in the lab!
  • "The 43 Peculiarity" had Leonard at his neurotic worst when jealous of Penny's friendship with a male British classmate. She plays it off as a funny quirk of his, but when he anonymously confronts the guy (and tries to pass off her boyfriend as being a dangerous guy with gang connections), she gets very annoyed with him. But towards the end of the episode they had this surprising conversation.
    Leonard: It's hard sometimes, everywhere you go, guys are always hitting on you even when I'm standing right there. And they're always taller than me... why's everyone taller than me!? You know what, this is all in my head, this is my problem and not yours.
    Penny: Leonard, why do you always do this? Listen to me, you're the one I am with, you know I love you, so can you please relax because you're driving me crazy!
    (both freeze as they realize what she said)
    Leonard: ...You know, that's the first time you said you loved me...
    Penny: (long pause) ...yeah.
    Leonard: Are we just gonna pretend this isn't a big deal?
    Penny: That's... that's exactly what we are going to do... (tearing up) because you're about to make me cry. And we both know if I start crying, you're gonna to start crying!
    Leonard: (also tearing up) You're right, you should go!
  • Howard dreads dealing with his in-laws because all his efforts to be friendly and talkative to them end up in laconic two-word responses. Upon being pushed by Bernadette to go fishing with her father, he later admits he feels the whole weekend would be futile and that they just don't mix. Mr. Rostenkowski admits he was pushed into the whole thing by his wife as well and offers to instead take Howard to an Indian Casino and teach him how to play Craps. It's especially nice because we knew Howard hadn't seen his dad since he was ten and now had something of a father figure.
    Howard: Thank you, sir.
    Mr. Rostenkowski: (little smirk) Call me Mike.
  • Upon meeting Amy, Sheldon finds she is ill, and attempts to leave. Amy points out their relationship agreement states that, "In the event of sickness, the other has to look after them." Sheldon however admits that merely applies in his case and walks off. Only to stop less than a yard away, before turning and going back to her, he then admits that he did agree to help her in this case and ends with "Additionally, you're my girlfriend and I care about your well-being." one of the nicest things he's ever said, made all the more sweet by the fact he's a borderline insane when it comes his personal hygiene, and is terrified of illness.
  • "The Bakersfield Expedition" is close to a Downer Ending because it had the guys car get stolen with all their important things while they were dressed up in Star Trek: The Next Generation costumes. They manage to get to a local diner to call for help, all the while being mocked everywhere they go (including a slushie being thrown at Sheldon on the side of the road). Raj insisted that they still try to make Comic-con while even Sheldon is admitting defeat, in one of the saddest moments of the series. When they finally get home, haggled and exhausted, they find Amy, Bernadette and Penny getting into a heated comic book discussion after trying to find out why the guys love them so much. The lesson ended up being that while the world may not appreciate you, you can always come home to those who love and accept you.
  • Penny really does ruin Valentine's Day for her and Leonard. They actually talk about it and she tells him how afraid she is of commitment, even though everything in their relationship is going great. So Leonard tells her that, instead of him proposing when she may not be ready, he will wait for her to propose. After a moment of consideration, Penny asks Leonard to be her Valentine. Really hammers home how well things are going between them this time around.
  • "The Closure Alternative" had Penny looking for something she's passionate about, due to her friends and boyfriend having a ton of things they're crazy about (Leonard's comic books and Bernadette being able to wipe out micro-organisms with her thumb), in the end she announces to Leonard she's really truly content with her life, due to having him and their friends around. Her life is exciting already.
  • Sheldon's present for Amy for Valentine's Day. Mostly because it shows how, despite making every effort not to, Sheldon actually does know Amy well enough to know what's important to her.
  • After years of only seeing Penny act a handful of times the final scene of "The Monster Isolation" has Leonard, Sheldon and Amy attend a class performance of A Streetcar Named Desire. What's actually nice about this scene is that while there are a few mild jokes (Sheldon excitedly waiting for the streetcars to show up) it is not meant to be comedic, Penny is doing a great job on stage and the others can't stop glowing over her performance. Even Sheldon. Sheldon did make a crack about how well she's doing on stage, yet she can't remember his orders. Still, he did compliment her work on stage, which itself is heartwarming from Sheldon of all people.
  • In "The Closet Reconfiguration," Sheldon accidentally reads a letter from Howard's father and is eventually convinced to tell everyone else. Howard, who never wanted to know what the note said, is hurt and upset. To make it up to him, each of his friends tell him a different thing that the note said, one of which is true. This way, he can both know and not know what the note said.
    • Made better by the fact that all the options (except for Sheldon's, which was very obviously made up) were sweet, heartfelt, and showed that no matter what that note said, Howard's father did love him.
  • Sheldon and Leonard tell "Professor Proton"/Arthur Jefferies (played by Bob Newhart) how much the Professor's old kids' TV show on science inspired them to pursue their current science careers.
    • Arthur, despite all that Sheldon put him through and Arthur having a heart attack, asks Sheldon to fill in for him at a children's party. Sheldon gleefully accepts as "Professor Proton Junior."
    • Sheldon singing "Soft Kitty" to Arthur.
    • The mere fact that Sheldon didn't remark on Arthur sitting in his spot has to count.
  • In "The Love Spell Potential", while playing Dungeons & Dragons, Amy and Sheldon get a love spell put on them. Amy gets upset at this, because the other guys think that their relationship is a joke. Sheldon thinks otherwise, saying that their relationship is very real, and wouldn't rule out an intimate relationship with her. After which, they begin to enact a love scene, Dungeons and Dragons style. If this was anyone else, Sheldon would never have done this in the older episodes. He really is growing as a person.
  • Raj is on a date with Lucy and pressuring her to send food back to the kitchen, she panics and ends up climbing out the bathroom window. There's a problem though, the gates are locked and she has to call Raj for help. While it seems funny, Raj confesses he likes Lucy because he understands her anxiety, and they kiss. Adorableness, thy name is Kate Miccuci.
  • Raj unexpectedly talking to Penny without a drink in his hand, thus defying his "selective mutism" trait that had been a core of his character from the show's start. in the Season 6 finale.
  • The season finale has Leonard getting a job opportunity working on a project headed by Stephen Hawking. There is an initial worry that Penny might be upset about him leaving but she supports him instantly despite knowing she was going to miss him dearly and even helps Sheldon deal with his own issues. What clinches it is their parting words in the car has an "I love you" exchange, which has been a problem for them in the past.

Season Seven

Season Eight

  • Sheldon explaining to Amy that he called Leonard and not her because he had failed, and he didn't want her to see him that way.
  • Penny and Bernadette reconciling independently, with Penny realizing that Bernie just wanted to help her, and Bernadette realizing that maybe she'd been riding Penny a little too hard. The two of them get together, and then suggest inviting Amy to go for drinks. It veers off into Funny Moment territory from there.
  • Leonard's speech to Penny in "The First Pitch Insufficiency" after going through several relationship tests with Sheldon and Amy (who so far scored most of them).
    Penny: Let's just take the test.
    Leonard: No no I don't want to.
    Penny: Because you know we're gonna do bad.
    Leonard: No because it doesn't matter, I don't care if we're a ten or a two.
    Leonard: Marriage is scary. You're scared, I'm scared, but it doesn't make me not want to do it. It just makes me want to hold your hand and do it with you.
    Penny: Leonard.... *touched*
    Amy: It would make me so happy if you said things like that.
    Sheldon: We got an 8.2, trust me, you're happy.
  • In "The Expedition Approximation", Sheldon and Rajesh are in a steam tunnel practicing for dark matter testing in abandoned mines. While down there, Sheldon confesses that switching to a new field of study at thirty was scary for him. To confort him, Raj tells him about how he was scared when he moved to America, comparing his plight to the Voyager probe floating out in space long after his mission was over. Unfortunately, the mood was ruined when Sheldon saw rats climbing on top of Raj and beat a hasty retreat.
  • In "The Misinterpretation Agitation," Penny and Amy forcefully march Dr. Lorvis back to his house when they find out he's locked the boys in his game room in order to flirt freely with them. Whatever faults Penny and Amy have, we see that their affection can't be won by some random stalker.
  • In "The Prom Equivalency" Sheldon tells Amy that he loves her.
  • In "The Clean Room Infiltration", Sheldon buys Amy a gift just to spite her as revenge for having to attend her Christmas party: since they had agreed not to exchange presents, Amy getting one would make her feel bad. Well, it turned out Amy did get Sheldon a present - Christmas cookies made from his beloved grandmother's recipe. Sheldon tastes one and says they're "Perfect. They taste like her hugs." It's enough to make him reconsider his feelings towards Christmas... until Raj tries to take one and Sheldon slaps his hand away.
    Sheldon: She loves medieval literature. Chaucer's her favorite. Her eyes sparkle when she watches old French movies. I enjoy how harp music causes her fingers to dance like she's playing along.
    Bernadette: Wow. You really do love her.
    Sheldon: I do. Now let's find the kind of gift that makes her feel small and worthless.
  • Penny and Amy are out shopping when they were discussing how when they get together, they mostly have fun Penny's way. Penny tells Amy how she came a long way from the lonely introvert she was when they met, albeit followed with a snarky comment before stating that they can go basket weaving at a museum if that's what Amy wants
    Amy: I promised myself, if I ever got friends, I'd do whatever they said. Really, I'm lucky you found me before a cult did.
    Penny: Well, you know, that was a long time ago. You're a different woman now. You're smart, you've got great friends, you've got a boyfriend, you're pretty, (Amy walks out of the dressing room cubicle in a mismatching and hideous outfit) you have zero fashion sense, but... Anyway, tonight we're gonna do whatever you want.
    • Sheldon finally giving the go-ahead for Leonard and Penny to move in together, beginning with one night per week. Their first night Sheldon spends sleeping on Penny's sofa.
    • Leonard and Sheldon have a heartfelt discussion on a lot of the things they struggle with as friends and roommates. Sheldon overtly admits that Leonard is his best friend and is fully aware of the sarcastic comments thrown his way. Both, comically, end up crying together.
  • Penny and Leonard putting an exhausted and over zealous Sheldon to bed, wherein they sing "Soft Kitty" to him and then comment on how adorable he looks asleep....as if he was their baby. It then turns into a CMOF when Leonard remarks on how easy it would be to smother him with a pillow.
    • Emily telling off the guys for playing the "Emily or Cinnamon" game with Raj, telling them that Raj has enough love for her and his dog. She promptly kisses him until she finds dog hair in her mouth...
      • In another episode, Raj ends up confessing to breaking his girlfriend Emily's dresser when snooping around her apartment. At first, she gives him some harsh words, but shortly after she forgives him, pointing out that their first fight was bound to happen. In a show filled with Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonistís, this was a surprising twist.
  • Seeing Leonard and Sheldon work together on a project in "The Troll Manifestation", and doing so with (more or less) complete respect for each other's abilities. Leonard almost instantly runs to discuss it once he got the idea, and is compounded by Penny not only making an effort to understand his work but is very understanding when he runs out on dinner together because of his epiphany.
  • When Howard hears of his mother dying, Sheldon wants to say something. The others, afraid that he'll say something inappropiate, try to stop him, but Howard lets him speak. Sheldon then says the most appropiate, and heartfelt, thing he's probably ever said.
    Sheldon: When I lost my own father, I didn't have any friends to help me through it. You do."
    • Taking it further, despite Sheldon not understanding many emotions, between the death of his father, his Pop-Pop and Professor Proton, grief and loss of a loved one is something he genuinely understands.
    • The toast to Mrs. Wolowitz (and by extension, to Carol Ann Susi) at the end of the episode.
  • Sheldon and Penny finding out in their "falling in love" game that they do love each other but more like a brother and sister (or sometimes Penny as a mother figure). Then Penny remembers fondly the day she met him and Leonard, being that it's been 8 years ago.
    • Albeit she should've been arrested for it, Bernadette threatening the airport employee to get the lost ashes of Mrs. Wolowitz in her and Howards' hands is this after hearing how guilty he felt about not spending enough time before she shortly died. It's nice to see despite how they bicker, she still loves him.
  • Amy gets mad at Sheldon for applying to the Mars colonization project without telling her. In the end, he concedes that spending the rest of his life on an inhospitable planet would be lonely without her, and offers to apply for a joint application so that both could go. The give each other a big hug, which would have been unthinkable of Sheldon in earlier seasons.
  • Once Sheldon discovers the a magazine article about an idea Leonard had that the two of them worked out together failed to mention Leonard (and instead just refers to Sheldon's "team"), Sheldon is genuinely upset and distressed about telling him. A huge difference from the credit hog he was in earlier seasons.
  • Amy and Sheldon's blanket fort. Neither of them had friends as a kid, and the pure innocent joy of the fort is adorable.
    • Sheldon wanting Leonard to ask to come in so Sheldon can exclude him, when Leonard indulges him, Sheldon states he just can't bear his glorious fort to be exclusive and invites him in. Though he can't be in "his" spot.
  • Penny vowing to help Leonard with re-paying his college loans despite him going crazy over her making more money than he does and her deciding to audition for "Clerks 3". Poignant considering he's being difficult with her and in the past, he did help her out financially.
  • Howard and his half-brother, Josh, bonding. Josh is impressed by Howard being an astronaut, sort of throwing the pitch, building a robot, and especially a robot arm to masturbate with. Oddly sweet when Howard proclaims him to truly be his brother.
  • How about the simple fact that Sheldon was going to propose in the first place because Amy was so upset? He went so far beyond his original characterization that he's almost another person entirely. Cue Mood Whiplash...

Season Nine

  • As it turns out, the Core Group (plus Stuart though he was trying to horn in) have been supporting Amy emotionally and telling her after the break up with Sheldon that she can find other guys worthy of her attention.
  • At their Vegas Wedding, Leonard had a prepared speech ready to go, while Penny did not. She insisted that he read his, which talks of astrophysics bringing them together. Penny tried an impromptu speech about how they are best friends, finding herself quoting "You Got A Friend In Me." When a confused Pastor wondering if she actually quoted the song from Toy Story she says with a grin "It's his favorite movie." and we cut to Leonard in tears.
  • Leonard admitting that he was trying to sabotage the wedding because he feels he doesn't deserve her, but she confesses that she's just as insecure as he is about "deserving" him. Then Leonard gets cheesy with his love proclamation and asks her "Penny Hofstader, would you stay married to me?" and they finally consummate the marriage in her bed.
    • Sheldon paying for Penny and Leonards' Honeymoon to San Francisco, before its revealed that he's joining them.


  • When Jim Parson first won a Golden Globe for playing Sheldon, by coincidence Kaley Cuoco ended up being the one to announce it on stage. You can see the surprise, love and excitement she had when reading his name from the card and they hug before and after his acceptance speech.
    • The cuteness of this really has to be explained fully. She opens the envelope, turns her head slightly to read the card... and her eyes widen, she gasps with a little "Oh my God! Jim Parsons!" and puts a hand to her heart, along with a huge grin. She then promptly starts squealing and bouncing up and down like a little school girl and gives him a huge hug when he comes on stage. In fact, she looks like she's more excited than Jim is.
  • After over 30 years in television, countless nominations for his previous shows only to lose every time, Bob Newhart finally received his first Emmy for the role as Professor Proton, at age 84.
    • The producers asked Newhart if they wanted his first guest appearance announced to the studio audience before filming began. He told them no, because he was worried the audience wouldn't recognize him and he didn't want to have to hear a tepid response (an understandable fear since his last major hit, Newhart ended over two decades ago). Which means the gasps of shocked recognition from the studio audience and the wild riotous applause that followed at his first appearance was completely genuine and unrehearsed. They weren't expecting him, but they knew him and loved him.
  • The Chuck Lorre Vanity Plate's can sometimes be dark and/or crude but the one at the end at the end of "Hesitation Ramification" bucks the trend in a nice way. The episode dealt with Penny getting a small break with a three-line bit in an episode of NCIS and she gets humiliated when her role and scene were cut out entirely. In a subplot with Raj and Stuart they were to talk with a nameless girl played by Lexie Contursi for a three line bit that also ended up getting cut for time. Lorre notes the irony and expressed regret on that part of the business, and the really nice thing is he didn't want her or her friends/family to worry that the part was cut because of the quality of her performance, the exact thing Penny was angsting over.
  • The Season 7 extras showed a fun experience the girls had after filming a scene where they are trying to act like adults and go to a tea party at a hotel, only to find it was mostly for little girls. Kaley, Melissa and Mayim each saw a little girl that was their "mini-me" and (with their parents permission) brought them to the main set to act as their stand-in just for fun. It's just adorable to see both the actresses having fun with the kids, but the kids are obviously enjoying themselves.
  • After working with Mike Massimino for Howard's trip into space, the cast returned the favor with a skype call to a friend of his actually on the International Space Station, Joe Acaba. They started off the call by introducing him to "an astronauts wife," Melissa Rauch still dressed as Bernadette and slowly the entire cast and crew came into view. Joe Acaba was very grateful and returned the favor by showing a real time image of Earth through a window.