Howard and Bernadette had one of the most entertaining relationships on The Big Bang Theory. Together, they walked down the aisle and had two children, a girl and a boy. However, these children were never shown on the series, and the real reason was recently revealed by the production team.
The Big Bang Theory ended in 2019 on CBS after 12 seasons, breaking viewership records and making fans around the world laugh with the quirky antics of Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Penny (Kaley Cuoco), Howard (Simon Helberg), Raj (Kunal Nayyar), Bernadette, and Amy (Mayim Bialik). Despite their differences, they managed to form a genuine friendship.
On The Big Bang Theory, many in the friend group became couples. The first among them were Howard and Bernadette, who got engaged in Season 4 and, right before Helberg's character went to space in Season 6, got married on the rooftop of the building where Leonard, Penny, and Sheldon lived.
Howard met Bernadette in Season 3 through Penny, who was her coworker at the time. Since then, Howard ceased to be the quirky single guy who pretended to be a playboy but was actually desperate for female attention. After their wedding, in the “The Positive Negative Reaction” episode of Season 9, Bernadette announces to a shocked but elated Howard that she is pregnant with their first child, revealing it was conceived in Sheldon Cooper's bed.
In Season 10 of The Big Bang Theory, she gave birth to their daughter, Halley Wolowitz (named after Halley's comet). In the following season, Bernadette finds out she's pregnant again. Soon after, the couple welcomes their son, Neil Michael Wolowitz, named in honor of the legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong.
The Big Bang Theory Producers Didn't Want Children on Set
While the children were significant to the plot, fans of The Big Bang Theory never saw them throughout the series. The only time fans got a glimpse of Halley (Sailah Nicol) and Neil (Nate Ash) was in the finale of the hit CBS comedy. In the episode titled “The Stockholm Syndrome”, the children are shown as Howard and Bernadette bid farewell before heading to Stockholm to attend Sheldon's Nobel Prize ceremony.
“It was intentional to leave them out earlier so we didn't have to deal with working with young kids on set all these years. It seemed like a fun little Easter egg to include them at the end.”
According to showrunner Steve Holland, Howard and Bernadette's children were not featured in the comedy because the producers did not want children on the set. He also noted they hadn't planned on showing the kids in the finale. But creator Chuck Lorre thought it would be a good idea.