10 Couples That Hurt The Big Bang Theory (And 10 That Saved It)
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While Leonard's concerns are valid, he forgot one very important thing - he is not supporting his girlfriend in the slightest. Leonard makes it very clear that he thinks this is a bad decision, proving that he has little faith in her acting abilities. While Penny has not had an Academy Award-winning performance yet, she would be much better off having his support.
However, not each one treats the relationship like a computer program. Upon reigniting their relationship in season five, Leonard and Penny are concerned with how they will deal with the problems that plagued them previously. In order to ensure that these problems do not continue, they agree to provide each other "bug reports" of their relationship. The reports consist of things that they would like the other to stop doing in order for them both to be happy.
It turns out to be a very big mistake. The reports end up hurting both of their feelings, and wind up being an excuse to just insult each other. Their intentions may have been in the right place, but the execution of the idea was not well done.
Despite his feelings for her, he even strives to comfort her when any other man has hurt her feelings. He even does this for her after their relationship is on hiatus. While this makes Leonard an admirable friend, it leaves one question unanswered - is this not weird for him since they used to be together? Having a healthy relationship with an ex is a great idea, but when there are still feelings being harbored, it surely complicates things. Despite each of them pursuing other relationships, Leonard continues to have feelings for Penny.
This must make it very difficult for him to comfort her while she is upset about another man. While Leonard should be commended for sticking to his friendship with Penny, this part of their relationship makes little sense. While this is a very admirable quality, it must have been incredibly frustrating for Leonard. However, one thing was missing from their relationship - Penny had not said "I love you" to Leonard.
In spite of him very quickly spilling his feelings for her, Penny was reluctant to let him know her true feelings. Perhaps Penny was too scared to let him know how she really felt? Or did Penny need more time to fall fully in love with him? Thankfully she forgave him before they finally got married. While Leonard's indiscretion was out in the open, Penny's came to light in a much more public way. While this is not infidelity, since she and Leonard were not together, what happened next impacted their relationship in a big way.
During their inebriated time in Vegas, Zack and Penny had a drive-thru wedding which they thought was not real. Leonard may have been unfaithful, but Penny was already married! Her career as an aspiring actress and full-time Cheesecake Factory waitress did not leave her with much stability. This would explain the fact that she has alluded to hiding credit card debt from Leonard. While discussing their upcoming marriage, Penny makes several comments about multiple maxed-out credit cards, as well as moving debt under her new Hofstader name.
Each time Leonard overhears this, she replies with "Nothing! Given Penny's pastit is incredibly likely that she has closets full of debt.
The sad part is that Leonard would be happy to clean it up for her. After finally tying the knot, the Hofstaders come to the conclusion that their relationship has changed.
Penny does not feel that Leonard is romancing her enough, and Leonard does not feel she is communicating well enough. They are both more than happy to sign it, even though it will surely cause them problems down the road. However, fans were happy that the agreement stated that Leonard could no longer play video games in his underpants while Penny was home. In fact, Sheldon once hypothesized that she had dated " men.
Leonard is much less experienced in the realm of dating.
During the series, he has had two serious girlfriends, and is shown to be very inexperienced with casual dating and flirtation. Meanwhile, Penny speaks both of these languages fluently.
Being closer to Penny certainly has helped Leonard understand women better. Perhaps Penny could bring out the white-board and teach Leonard something new. In a world where noogies and wedgies became a part of their daily routine, they each likely have very upsetting memories of school.
This is why it is so surprising that Leonard would marry someone who used to be a bully. While reminiscing about their time in school, Penny comes to the realization that she would have been considered a bully in school. In doing what she considered "pranking" other girls, it was actually bullying them. The real question is - how can Leonard be comfortable being married to someone who bullied others? Penny may be much more relaxed these days, but Leonard has not gotten over what happened to him in school.
Leonard's PhD and aptitude for science makes him the "brainy one", while Penny will never be mistaken for a scientist. These tropes have been well established through the series thus far.
However, every now and then there is a glimmer of a role reversal between the two. While Penny is regularly dumbfounded by some of the scientific concepts that Leonard brings up, she is not a buffoon.
She has shown her intelligence multiple times, and in different ways. In fact, she has shown to be very adept at chess, even besting Leonard at one point. Imagine how Leonard felt after she beat him?
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He likely kept the secret from the other scientists. Now for the real question - is Penny ready for three-dimensional chess? However, this may not be an easy discussion in the Hofstader household. When Howard and Bernadette begin having children, it naturally sparks the conversation between Leonard and Penny regarding their future.
This proves to be a point of contention between the two, as they arrive at two different conclusions. While Leonard is ready to start a family as soon as possible, Penny is more inclined to wait until later in life and focus on her career. Even before getting married, they were divided on the issue, especially considering Penny's family "tradition" of getting married while pregnant.
Beverly Hofstader comes to visit Leonard and meets Penny for the first time, her reaction is very simple. She easily manipulates Penny and makes her cry within moments of meeting her. Besides Stuart, he has struggled the most when it comes to finding the right person to be with. Emily was creepy, always seeming like she was one meltdown away from becoming fully dangerous. Raj has always been a softie at heart, doting and affectionate and protective — especially when dealing with his little puppy, Cinnamon.
Sometimes, opposites should just really never attract. However, this didn't stop him from pursuing relationships with people who were more emotionally available to him at the time. One of these early relationships was with Leslie Winkle, a fellow scientist played by Johnny Galecki's former on-screen love, Sara Gilbert. Their relationship was more one of a love-hate variety, and it was clear that it would never materialize into anything long term because of it, despite their shared academic interests.
As tempting as the nostalgia factor may have been, the series would have been better off avoiding the relationship altogether. Leonard and Penny From the beginning of the series, it was clear that The Big Bang Theory was going to be building toward a time when Leonard and Penny could be together. The nerdy underdog getting the girl of his dreams is a tried although admittedly sometimes tired and true trope that countless series have used, and TBBT was merely yet another in a very long line of them.
Leonard and Penny faces their fair share of obstacles on their journey toward being together — not least of all their own inability to commit or get over their own insecurities. However, in the end, the series began as their love story, and will likely end that way, too. Sheldon and Amy It was going to take some real suspension of disbelief to believe that Sheldon Cooper could ever be in a romantic relationship, no matter what woman he wound up with.
At first, when the series introduced Amy Farrah Fowler, it seemed like this would be doable: However, over time, Amy became an insufferable character, whose almost every line revolved around double entendres much like Howard in his years of being an annoying, single-minded pig. With her increasingly demanding personality, Amy began to push Sheldon to become a different man, more like the others in the group.
The Recombination Hypothesis
Overall, she did the opposite of changing him for the better. Bert and Amy Someone who did, in fact, bring out the best of Amy, however, was perhaps one of the most unlikely people of them all: While they did have their cuter moments, such as the time they communicated via text for an entire date, this relationship was clearly never going to go anywhere.
- Leonard and Penny: The story so far
Lucy never made any progress in becoming part of the group, which was more than understandable, given how overwhelming they often are.
The lack of any discernible chemistry between Kunal Nayyar and Kate Miccuci only made matters worse. While The Big Bang Theory has remained staunchly devoted to the pairings of Sheldon and Amy, and Leonard and Penny, the dynamic between Sheldon and Penny has had some of the most organic development in the entire series.
Over time, however, the two became unlikely acquaintances, and eventually, true best friends. When he met Bernadette, however, everything changed.
While Howard is definitely still a man child to this day, he and Bernadette are very much in an adult, loving, healthy relationship.