First, SPOILER ALERT if you’re not up on Big Bang Theory!
Sheldon and Amy seemed a perfect couple when they first met. They’re both scientists, both severely nerdy, and socially awkward. However, from early on, Sheldon always had the slight advantage. Sheldon decided the status of the relationship. He decided when they were just friends. He decided when they become “boyfriend/girlfriend”, and he drew up the “relationship agreement”. While he had the advantage, he did have to consider Amy of course. After all, Amy drove him to start the official relationship by temporarily dating Stuart (the comic book guy) to make Sheldon jealous. But even then, Sheldon was calling most of the shots. Well, the short version of their history is that from time to time, Amy would nearly end it, and Sheldon would give in a little more.
If they both started out socially awkward with nearly identical personality types, why was it Amy who always wanted more, and it was Sheldon who would give in just a little each time? Both became friends with Penny, and here’s the important part. Penny is friends with both, seems to care about them both as individuals, but has always been rather neutral about their relationship. Penny pushed each of them to break out of their shells. Amy was easier than Sheldon. It wasn’t long before Amy was going out for drinks with them, dancing, expressing her attraction to other men, such as the loveable but incredibly dumb Zack. While Amy broke out of her shell, Sheldon only peaked out of his. Amy then attempted to help him more, but with little success.
In the end, Sheldon was too self-absorbed, and too determined to stay in his comfort zone, and Amy had enough. And so, Season 8 ended with Amy saying she needed some time to think about them. Season 9 begins with Sheldon chasing after her, but doing a poor job of it. It was too little, too late. Who would have thought that SHELDON, yes, SHELDON, would be chasing after Amy while SHE is the run rejecting HIM?! This is the same Amy who pretended to be sick just so that Sheldon would take care of her, according to the terms of their “relationship agreement”. Well now, for once, Amy has the advantage.
I don’t know what will happen with them, but I think they’ll get back together. I normally embrace the principle “male comrades before women who sell their bodies for money” (AKA “Bros before hoes”). But in this, I’m on Team Amy. She’s been wonderful to him, and he doesn’t show her enough appreciation. I know it’s hard for him to deal with people in general, including Amy, but while they can be forgiving and patient, he needs to meet them, especially Amy, half way. If they do get back together, Amy will likely have the well-deserved upper hand for a while. Sheldon will have to come back on her terms this time. Amy is a cute, nerdy girl with a personality that is just outgoing enough now (thanks to Penny) that she will have other options. Sheldon? Unlikely. He’s beginning to realize just how good he had it.
When we last left off (Season 9, first episode), Sheldon concluded on an angry note. He’s finally going through what most men go through in their teens. It needs to happen. It’s unpleasant, but healthy. He’ll be angry at women, angry at Amy, but it will pass. I hope that before they get back together, which I’m sure they will, I hope Amy dates around a little. She could use the XP, and dating “normal” guys might remind her what is so unique about Sheldon. For all his faults, he’s certainly one of a kind.