Leonard Hofstadter - Wikipedia
Leonard Leakey Hofstadter, Ph.D., is a fictional character in the CBS television series The Big Bang Theory, Penny (Kaley Cuoco) is Leonard's next-door neighbor and main love interest, and the teasing of romance . Sheldon and Beverly have a friendly relationship where they share details of each other's lives, with. I read an article that claimed there is a rumor going around that Leonard & Penny may be getting divorced in the series. Is this truly a rumor? If. Penny and Leonard have had some nice emotional moments on this season of " The Big Bang Theory," but the most recent episode just made.
Work[ edit ] Until the seventh season, Penny's main job was as a waitress at her local The Cheesecake Factoryalthough in the first-season episode " The Grasshopper Experiment " she trained as a bartender. It seemed that she occasionally picked up the bartending shift in the restaurant. Inwhen actress Kaley Cuoco broke her leg, Penny was shown working as a bartender in several season 4 episodes to hide the cast on her leg.
Her work at The Cheesecake Factory, was initially meant to be a temporary job for her desired profession as an actress, although her expectations are somewhat high and naive at the beginning.
She admits in season two that her plan was to be a waitress for six months and then become a movie star, and her back-up plan was to become a TV star. She regularly goes to castings, but often ends up unsuccessful, or finding the role being auditioned to be quite different from what she expected, as was the case when she thought she was auditioning for a cat food commercial and it instead turned out to be a casting for a pornographic film.
In the season one episode "The Loobenfeld Decay", she is cast in a production of Rentand in "The Terminator Decoupling" she refers to another of her roles as " Anne Frank in a theater above a bowling alley". Frustrated with her acting career, in the season five premiere, she briefly considers returning to Nebraska until landing a part in a commercial for hemorrhoid cream. In this episode Sheldon, who attended the show along with Leonard and Amy, is impressed with Penny's ability to memorize lines, but still couldn't remember customers' orders as a waitress.
In the season seven premiere, she was revealed to have had a topless shower scene in a low budget horror film named "Serial Apeist" when she first moved to California, which she did not realise had been uploaded to the internet until Sheldon revealed it was available online and the gang saw it on the day they met her.
She is devastated when her scene is cut, but later decides it is time to focus solely on acting; she quits her job at The Cheesecake Factory to devote herself to become an actress. Despite usually going to her neighbors for technical assistance when she has problems with her computer, Penny does have some mechanical skills of her own. When she was a child, she rebuilt a tractor engine on the farm where she grew up  and competed in a junior rodeo.
The next season has Penny admitting that she hates her job flirting with her customers for sales. Relationships[ edit ] Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki who portrays Leonard at PaleyFest Unlike the rest of the main characters, Penny is very outgoing and assertive, and has many romantic relationships over the course of the series.
She often dates, and in one way or another all the men have gone to her for dating advice.
In the fourth season opener, Sheldon estimates that Penny has dated men, and had sex with 31 of them. Penny strenuously denies it was ever that many. Amy asks Penny in the same conversation if, in light of her sex partners, she considers herself a " slut ", Penny responds uncertainly, "No.
She says she still loves him, even though he cheated on her. Howard also shows interest in her primarily sexualbut he is always rejected abruptly due to his unsettling approaches. Although Penny occasionally teases Raj for his inability to speak to her, she is sympathetic and kind towards him, and as with Sheldon, she almost always overlooks his idiosyncrasies and appreciates that his intentions are good. In the first-season episode "The Fuzzy Boots Corollary", Penny describes her approach after a failed relationship: This gives Leonard the opportunity to ask her out on a first official date.
When Sheldon asks her why she lied, she indicates that she is self-conscious about her comparative level of education. Leonard eventually learns the truth, but makes matters worse when he tries to encourage Penny to enroll in Pasadena City Collegeas Penny interprets his suggestion as an insult to her intelligence, and rebuffs him.
Beverly Hofstadter, causes Penny and Leonard to seek comfort in each other. They nearly have sex, but when Leonard comments in bed that she was attracted to him because of a psychological need to be closer to her father, her revulsion at this causes her to rebuff him. The first time, Penny and Stuart are interrupted by Sheldon, who argues at length with Stuart over whether Dick Grayson or Jason Todd should be Batman's successor, while Penny falls to sleep.
When she discovers that Leonard, Sheldon, Howard, and Raj will be spending three months at the magnetic North Pole for a scientific experiment, she becomes sad and gives Leonard a Snuggie and a long hug, that Leonard perceives as unusually long.
Although Penny dismisses the meaning into which Leonard reads the gift and the hug, she later admits to herself that it meant that she did not want him to leave. This is further implied in "The Justice League Recombination" when she indicates to Leonard that her reunion with Zack, and Zack's decision to have the two of them join the men in dressing up as the Justice League for New Year's Eve costume party at Stuart's comic shop is made difficult by her history with Leonard.
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She and Leonard share the same hotel room for the night and they almost have sex until Raj walks in on them. The next day, bored with the conference, Penny accepts a ride back to Los Angeles from Professor GlennBernadette's tall and attractive ex-boyfriend. Penny appears to be initially accepting of their relationship, but is later discovered by Amy to be heartbroken over it.
In the Season four finale, Penny reveals to Raj that she regrets breaking up with Leonard. However, even though she and Raj both agree to be friends, they get drunk and wake up in bed together, apparently both naked, the next morning. Leonard, Sheldon, and Howard discover Penny leaving the apartmentdeducing that they just had sex.
In the Season 5 premiere, Raj confides to her that they had not consummated their encounter, prompting Penny to refer to Raj as " Quickdraw " because of that. She spends the rest of the episode with Amyavoiding the men due to her embarrassment over her encounter with Raj In "The Ornithophobia Diffusion" Leonard and Penny go on a platonic date as friends, but after Leonard decides that he does not have to pay for everything or defer to her because they are not a couple, they end up bickering and sabotaging each other's attempts to socialize with members of the opposite sex.
Penny realizes that she finds Leonard's more assertive demeanor attractive, but when he regresses to groveling in order to have sex with her, she rebuffs him. On the spur of the moment in "The Recombination Hypothesis", Leonard asks Penny out on a date after he imagines what getting back with her might be like.
In "The Beta Test Initiation", their date goes well until Leonard asks about the status of their relationship. This causes conflict, due to Penny's subsequent admission that commitment frightens her, but they agree to take their relationship slowly.
On a spur of the moment while having sex in "The Launch Acceleration", however, Leonard proposes to her, causing Penny great distress. After discussing the matter, Penny declines his proposal, while affirming her feelings for him, and her desire to remain with him. In "The Decoupling Fluctuation", she wonders if she is really in love with him, but cannot bring herself to discuss it with Leonard. In "The Date Night Variable", Raj shows up unannounced at a private dinner of Penny and Leonard's, and inserts himself into their discussion of where their relationship is headed.
When Leonard complains that Penny has yet to say "I love you" to Leonard, Raj attempts to get her to say it, causing Penny to eject him from the apartment. At the end of the episode, Penny and Leonard discuss this, during which Penny casually mentions that she loves him, which Leonard notes is the first time she has said this to him.
In "The Egg Salad Equivalency" Penny learns that Sheldon's attractive assistant Alex asked Leonard out to dinner and eventually admits to Leonard her own insecurity about their relationship. After a major argument with Sheldon, Leonard suggests moving in with Penny in "The Spoiler Alert Segmentation", but she indicates that she is not ready for this. In "The Tangible Affection Proof", Leonard again tries to propose to Penny on Valentine's Day, but she expresses that she is not ready for this, and is unnerved by that level of commitment.
They resolve that when she is ready to get married, she can propose to him. In "The Bon Voyage Reaction", Penny deals with Leonard going off to Europe for a summer science assignment, resolving that they are more secure in their relationship.
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In "The Hesitation Ramification", Penny, inebriated and frustrated over the state of her acting career, proposes to Leonard, who is hesitant to answer, given the circumstances. Though this further frustrates Penny, she admits in the following episode, "The Occupation Recalibration", that Leonard did the right thing. By season 5, Penny has formed strong friendships with Doctors Amy Farrah Fowler and Bernadette Rostenkowski, and the three are often seen spending time together.
However, Amy and Bernadette occasionally prefer to meet without Penny, and often tease her incessantly. In the penultimate episode of season 7, "The Gorilla Dissolution", she and Leonard become engaged, after Penny realizes that it is not fame she wants out of life, but happiness with Leonard. Throughout season 8, a running gag is their reluctance to decide upon a wedding date.
In the season 8 finale, Penny asks Leonard to marry her that night in Las Vegas. Leonard happily accepts, but during the journey, after Penny expresses happiness that they will get married while knowing everything about each other, Leonard confesses to having shared a drunken kiss with another woman while on the boat in Europe, though he adds that the woman started it and he rejected her. Penny becomes hurt by the revelation, and even though she claims to forgive Leonard, there is clearly tension between them, leaving the season ending in a cliffhanger as to whether or not they will go through with the wedding.
At the beginning of season 9, Leonard and Penny marry, although not without some initial problems. They both reveal that they were subconsciously trying to sabotage their relationship, feeling unworthy of the other. After an aborted attempt for Leonard to move into Penny's apartment and live with his wife, Sheldon forces them to spend most of the nights a week in Leonard's old room.
Although CBS now refers to the character with the married name Penny Hofstadter, it has not been explicitly indicated in series whether she took Leonard's surname. Development[ edit ] In the original, unaired pilot of the series, the conception of the female lead was very different.
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.The Big Bang Theory - Raj explains the relationship of Penny and Leonard [HD]
Each time Leonard overhears this, she replies with "Nothing! Given Penny's pastit is incredibly likely that she has closets full of debt.
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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.
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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.