When the TBBT started 12 years ago, Penny was a sweet, young, naive girl from Nebraska with the big dream of being a star in Hollywood.
Leonard, her neighbor and eventual love interest, pined over her for years. Watching the show over (and over, and over), I now see that Penny always had feelings for Leonard, but just didn’t admit to them.
For the first 8 seasons, I loved Penny. She was a girl chasing a dream. Now, I can’t stand her. She’s a mean spirited witch, especially to her long-suffering husband, Leonard.
Why do I no longer like Penny? Hmmm, where do I start? She is SO rude to Leonard. All the time. She puts him down, makes fun of his small stature, him in bed, you name it. Not to him most of the time, but she’s always putting him down to Amy and Bernadette.
When she got the job as a Pharmaceutical Rep, she wasted no time throwing in Leonard’s face that she made more money than him, when in reality, show owes him thousands of dollars from loans he’d given her in the past (he also bought her a car!!!). That is one thing that drives me insane about her character. It’s like she (ok, the writers) forgot the first seven years when Penny was broke and Leonard constantly paid for her food, even when they weren’t dating.
My biggest issue with her now, and sorry, this may be a spoiler if you’re not caught up, is she doesn’t want to have kids. That is so unfair to Leonard. She knows damn well that Leonard does and has always wanted kids with Penny. In the first episode of the series, she says how smart and beautiful their children would be. The fact that Penny just sprung this on Leonard makes her even more unlikable.
Leonard and Penny, as characters on the show, have really stalled out as a couple. They aren’t doing anything really. Amy and Sheldon have written a paper, Howard and Bernie have two kids, and Raj is looking for love. Penny and Leonard have done nothing for two seasons now, and quite frankly, their storyline is BORING.
I have a feeling that Peonard will end up with kids, but I’m just not loving this whole storyline. Or Penny.
Just my two cents.