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For those who don't know what this means, in TBBT, Amy gives her friend a painting to celebrate their friendship. Mayim Bialik's character had the painting done for a whopping $3,000. It shows Amy and Penny smiling. The painting became one of the sitcom's most memorable props soon after it was introduced into the series' narrative. You can watch the full scene here:
Mayim Bialik opened up about this one in Jessica Radloff's book The Big Bang Theory: The Definite, Inside Story Of The Epic Hit Series. And she revealed that there was a remarkable detail to be discovered on the painting, which was not planned at all: apparently, Amy's hand on Penny's shoulder was not originally intended to be seen on the picture. This is why it appears much larger than it should.
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“The size of the hand was definitely shocking when I first saw it. She was really huge. Kaley and I posed for a few photos which the painter relied on but originally my hand wasn't on his shoulder so that was added later. It's definitely not my hand. Every time I look at the painting, all I see is this huge hand!” explains the actress.
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Of course, the paint is also used for a few gags in The Big Bang Theory – however, the size of the hand is not mentioned. Instead, the humor of the situation is that Penny would like to throw the painting in the street, which of course she doesn't, by love for her friend. In real life, the artwork is in the office of series creator Chuck Lorre.
This article was written in collaboration with our colleagues at Filmstarts.