Admittedly, by the end of the show, Sheldon and Amy had done much more than hold hands. But at first, Sheldon was definitely opposed to the hand. The relationship agreement provided that hands should not be held unless someone fell from a pitfall, received a vaccination or did not win the Nobel Prize. The full relationship agreement allows for certain cosmetic operations, since it says that “each party should not undergo cosmetic surgery unless it should look like a Klingon.” What seems funny is an allusion to Sheldon`s hatred for star trek change and love. But really, there`s something deeply troubling about a binding contract that dictates what a partner should look like. If her agreement stated that Amy had retained a certain weight or hair color or banned the use of makeup or contact lenses, the alarm bell would ring – and while cosmetic operations may not be as common as mascara, prevent an operation (there is no reserve in case of an accident, remember) is simply too far. Most couples already have this agreement, even if they don`t realize it! Sheldon and Amy wrote their birthday in their agreement, including “going to a beautiful restaurant and having conversations and having physical contact in a way that viewers would perceive as loving/intimate.” The ambitious idea of setting the boundaries of relationships gains popularity when another couple tries to solve problems in their relationship, they ask Sheldon to write them a relationship agreement tailored to their needs. The resulting document prohibits Leonard Hofstadter from playing video games in his underwear and prevents his wife Penny from saying that things are “correct” if they are not. And while we don`t discuss the fact that these are three situations where the hand can be considered necessary, the idea of not holding hands for the rest of the relationship is crazy – so much so that even Shamy has abandoned it. In many relationships, this is actually a kind of obvious one. Sheldon does require Amy to call the CDC to receive vaccination recommendations for a local (relative) road trip, although there is absolutely no need..
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