Viewers learned from the first episode that Leonard had strong feelings for Penny. The two of them being neighbors really gave them a fighting chance in their relationship. From neighbors, they became friends, and that friendship soon grew into love. However, these two had their fair share of ups and downs throughout 12 seasons. Leonard may have done some incredibly nice things for Penny but he also hurt her many times. From the car that he bought her to the time he kissed another woman, here are five of the nicest (and rudest) things he’s ever done to Penny.
HE MADE HER FEEL DUMB FOR GETTING MARRIED TO ZACK
During one of Penny and Leonard’s many breakups, she rebounded with a guy named Zack. Zack was, essentially, everything Leonard wasn’t. He was tall and in shape but he was also very—for lack of a better word—dumb. Leonard was always fascinated by Zack’s curiosity in science but never liked him since Penny had obviously been with him. However, when Penny and Leonard eventually do get back together, Leonard learns that Penny married Zack in Las Vegas.
Unbeknownst to Penny, she thought those Las Vegas weddings for fake… This enraged Leonard and he made her feel dumb for thinking her wedding was fake. But as we all know, his anger was an emotional response to Penny marrying Zach while turning down Leonard.
HE BROUGHT HER A SNOWFLAKE FROM THE NORTH POLE
Penny and Leonard’s entire relationship changed when he went to the North Pole for three months to work on an experiment with Sheldon, Raj, and Howard. When he came back to California, he and Penny couldn’t keep their hands off of each other.
He even brought her back a gift from the North Pole: a snowflake. Considering how rare snowflakes are, this was a gift she cherished.
HE MADE HER TAKE CARE OF SHELDON WHEN HE WAS SICK (AS HE WENT TO THE MOVIES)
The more fans got to know Sheldon, the more they understood why Leonard hid from him on special occasions. Now, we all love our Shelly but he’s not the easier person to be around when he’s sick. He’s needy when he’s healthy but it’s a whole other ballgame when he’s sick.
Knowing how clingy Sheldon is when he’s ill, Leonard fled the apartment for the entire day and left Penny to take care of him. Penny eventually found Leonard and gave him a piece of her mind but it was still a selfish thing for him to do.
HE PRETENDED TO DATE HER AGAIN TO SAVE FACE FOR HER FATHER
During one of Penny and Leonard’s many breakups, the two always stayed friends. Sure, times got weird for them (especially when they started dating other people), but there was always a genuine love there.
When Penny’s dad came to visit her, however, she didn’t have the heart to tell him that she and Leonard broke up (because he loved Leonard so much), so she practically forced Leonard to be her pretend boyfriend for the weekend. Leonard, of course, ate up the attention but knowing how much he really loved her, it had to take a lot for him to pretend to date her when he wished he still was.
HE CHEATED ON HER
Not only did Leonard cheat on Penny while he was away at sea but he told her this on their spur of the moment wedding night!
It was shocking for fans to hear that Leonard was unfaithful because he was always the person in the relationship who didn’t trust Penny. So for him to turn the tables and kiss someone else (while Penny never did) was totally uncalled for. Lucky for him, Penny forgave him but it was still an unjustifiable action.
Hmm.. It was a bit selfish of Leonard.
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