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The 5 best Amy Farrah Fowler episodes of ‘The Big Bang Theory’

In honor of the show's final season—and anniversary—premiere, we pick our favorites
By Dalene Rovenstine  Published on 09/24/2018 at 10:07 AM EDT
Mark Hamill as himself with Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) and Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) in the 11th season finale of 'The Big Bang Theory.' Michael Yarish/CBS

September 24 marks the day the last premiere ever of The Big Bang Theory will air—but it’s also the anniversary of the very first premiere ever. That’s right, the no. 1 sitcom premiered 11 years ago today. For the past decade, the show has allowed us to get to know Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, Howard, Penny, Bernadette and, of course: Amy Farrah Fowler. And while we love all the characters, we might be a bit biased in thinking Amy is the best.

In honor of the show’s start and end, we’ve picked out our favorite Amy-centric episodes from all 11 seasons. Scroll through the list below and be sure to take the poll at the end to let us know which one is your favorite! (Or let us know in the comments if we missed one you love!)

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'The Bow Tie Asymmetry'

Although it’s the most recent episode, ‘The Bow Tie Symmetry’ is still one of our favorites: The finale of season 11 saw the ultimate Shamy moment: Amy and Sheldon got hitched. The episode was chock-full of special faces, including Amy’s parents (guest stars Kathy Bates and Teller; pictured above), and we’ve never seen Amy looking so pretty and happy. It was a tearful episode that we won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

Read Mayim’s thoughts on filming the episode.

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'The Locomotive Manipulation'

Another great Shamy moment: when the two first kissed in “The Locomotive Manipulation,” an episode midway through season 7. For Valentine’s Day, the two celebrate with a train ride to Napa with Howard and Bernadette. Although Sheldon is wary of just about all of this, Amy anticipated and countered all of his concerns, and the allure of riding in a vintage train eventually won him over. Aboard the train, Amy feels ignored because Sheldon buddies up with a fellow train geek. She gets angry with her boyfriend for ignoring her on a romantic weekend and he apologizes by kissing her for the first time. Aww.

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'The Rothman Disintegration'

Amy has always had a friendship with Penny that verges on the level of obsession—and that came to a head in ‘The Rothman Disintegration,’ a season 5 episode. Just to say “thanks” for being her friend, Amy has a portrait commissioned of the two and gives it to Penny. It would be a thoughtful gift if it weren’t the size of Penny herself and unflattering to boot. After spending a friend day together, eventually, Amy realizes Penny hates it and gets upset—but Penny keeps it and hangs it in a place of prominence to save their friendship. Aren’t lady friendships the best?

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'The Scavenger Vortex'

In order to apologize for blowing off Raj’s mystery dinner, the gang goes on a scavenger hunt in season 7’s “The Scavenger Vortex.” But to mix things up, Raj pairs the group off into unusual twosomes. The result is Amy and Howard alone in a car together. Up until this point in the series, the two hadn’t interacted much—and they know it. At first it’s an awkward, quiet ride as they’d never been one-on-one together. But when the two bond over Neil Diamond and a rousing rendition of “Sweet Caroline,” their friendship is cemented into TBBT canon.

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'The Proposal Proposal'

And rounding out the list is one more Shamy moment we love: the proposal. The season 11 premiere, ‘The Proposal Proposal,’ picked up right where the season 10 finale left over: with Sheldon flying across the country to propose to Amy. However, things immediately go off-course when Sheldon gets a phone call from Leonard and Penny—and he answers (he couldn’t be rude). But when Amy hears him tell their friends that he realized Amy was the “only woman I ever wanted to kiss for the rest of my life,” she gets him to hang up so she can say yes. One more time: aww.

Read Mayim’s thoughts on filming this episode.

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