So, first thing’s first: what was just lame with tonight’s episode. I’m feeling irritated, so forgive me if my tone comes across as needlessly cross.
So great job, writers! You succeeded in making your own canon ship look retarded! At least you coulda tried to sell it to me if you were gonna make the whole episode about it, but nope! Didn’t even try, didja?
But simultaneously, I have to thank the writers for their failed Lenny, because it just solidifies the reasons why they will never be meant for each other in the end.
But instead he sleeps with other people quite easily and the reason for this is because, in the end, all that mattered was the sex. Highly unhealthy relationship, really. This is also why he DOES decide to ask her out to dinner after his 20-min long imagination (even though that very imagination already told him everything would fail) - because the imagination ALSO told him he would at least get sex once, maybe even two times, and that’s enough to steel him to ask her to a doomed dinner (because hey, the sex makes it all worth it in the end, doesn’t it?)
DEER LORD WHAT A GROSS RELATIONSHIP. I’m sorry, but just think about it. Where is the respect Penny should have?! Where is the real love?! Where is the moral “sex is not everything”?!
….So all in all, I just want to laugh. Everyone was freaking out over omgyes-this-episode-will-be-so-full-of-Lenny! or ohNO-this-episode-is-ALL-Lenny! when actually, it was neither. Writers, if you trolled us intentionally, then good for you.
Because actually this episode, which was supposed to define the future for the characters, shot the Lenny ship in the foot. They’re just a couple that has sex, angry sex, lonely sex, I-just-want-sex sex. Nothing else. There is no love, no chemistry, no spark. I’m sorry Lenny, but you really are a sinking ship.
And despite the fact that this episode irritated me for its unecessary pointlessness, and also made everything confusing (so I thought you wanted Lenny but now you’re kinda killing it?!) it makes me hopeful and happy too. Because the way I see it, the next episode (and everything after) can go in only two ways. One is the Lenny way (if you just must insist on it) - where Leonard and Penny go on the date and actually, contrary to all of Leonard’s premonitions, things go splendidly and Penny realizes she’s ready to love Leonard back. From there things can only continue to go Lennily - and hopefully they really do fall in love in the end (in the genuine sense), for as much as I would abhor this path, if Lenny must BE then this is the only way it should be.
However, there’s the much more appealing path of, yes, Shenny. It’s how I’d wrap up this series, in any case. All along Sheldon and Penny have had far more chemistry together (even when they stand together they just look fuggin’ cute) and when you think about it, that’s what a good story is made of. It’s what BBT is made of. It’s about how a street-smart girl comes into a group of book-smart boys, and they all grow together, bouncing off each other and learning from one another what they lack. It’s about opposites attracting, and about extreme parallels being the perfect halves of a circle.
Where Sheldon lacks, Penny more than makes up for, and vice versa. Leonard is bordering normalcy, to be honest, and he simply doesn’t need Penny (except for wild sex omg!) unlike how Sheldon could use her as a friend, a sister, a “mother”; a barkeep who will listen to his woes, a caring girl who will sing Soft Kitty and keep him company when he’s sad, lonely, or sick, a friend who will take care of him because he’s “special” and needs a kind of attention that only Penny seems to know how to give (aside from his mom ofc). She’s got a kind heart, she always cares about him in the end (no matter how much he irritates her) and she’s actually there for him far more than “best friend” Leonard ever is.
I mean, as everyone knows, there’s more than enough reasons why they should be together. There’s the superficial, where they look far cuter together than Leonard and Penny, but there’s also the meaningful, where they have dynamics and great reactions to each other and don’t just view each other as sex objects. In fact, in that field, Sheldon would treat her with the most respect out of any man she’s ever known, I’m sure, and she really could use that. He wouldn’t be chasing her because he wants “coitus”, he’d be chasing her because he is actually capable of feeling love (deep down in that robot heart). Out of all 4 boys, he’s actually the most genuine, honest, and caring, and while his rude and accidentally-insulting snarky replies often make him seem like a jerk, he never means any of it. He hardly ever knows they hurt, in fact - it’s all a part of his innocence. When his friends really need it, he helps them as best he can (despite his reluctance of human touch and his lack of knowledge on the act of comforting) and every mistake he makes is actually through the notion of goodwill (he just tries to be helpful, but sucks at it). He never judges a girl for how much pleasure she can give him. He sucks at actually being mean intentionally, he can’t lie for his life, and despite his constant ribbing at Penny’s CC-education, he actually does respect her. He holds “high hopes” for her, he’s always willing to converse with her and teach her things, and most importantly, he trusts her enough to tell her things he doesn’t tell any of the guys. Likewise, she’s always coming to him for advice and just someone to vent to. They’re very comfortable with each other, used to each other, able to deal with each other - they actually have the healthiest, most normal “friend” relationship of them all. They have chemistry.
So in the end, what I think will happen is Shenny. Maybe the writers are gonna leave it off till the very last minute of the very last episode, but it will happen. Maybe it will be something small, like finally seeing Penny lean over to give Sheldon a kiss on the cheek (head canon also includes him finally getting the Nobel Prize) and saying, “Hey beautiful mind, want to go out for a celebration?” And Sheldon replying, “Now Penny, I’m the one who got the Prize and not you….but yes, I’d like that.” It would be something cute, funny, and conclusive all at the same time, that tells us that Penny and Sheldon are now together in the end, and Leonard is with Amy (or w/e), Howard and Bernadette are married, and Raj finally has someone too. We might be tortured with ambiguity until the very last moment, and teased evilly with Lenny scenes, but that ending itself will be enough to make a 7-season long (or however long it will be) show the perfect story. For even if it’s something as small and short as a kiss on the cheek, it will be enough to warm the heart of every shipper out there (and not just of Shenny), I’m sure.
(And if I am proven wrong, I will jump off the Golden Gate and die, because life will not be worth living).
You see, Penny has changed Sheldon and he her, and together they have both grown, become better adults, and will come to understand love the day she finds that she can have a really nice, decent, smart man who isn’t “easy” at all, while he finds that he actually is capable of, and wants love, just like everyone else. In fact, they’ve been turning themselves into perfect material for each other all along. Sheldon has taught her things for Leonard, to lessen up the “dumb” a bit, and Sheldon has taught her to just go for it and see if things can actually work out in ways she wouldn’t expect (Schrodinger’s!). On the other hand Penny has taught him how to treat Amy right, how he should listen to her, apologize, what the right kind of gift to get is, etc. Penny’s taught him how to be more “normal” a bit, or at least widened his understanding of social conventions, and he has also made her more of a “geek” and “nerd”.
In fact, Shamy is just a stepping stone, in my view. I’m sorry to say this, but I think Shamy just has to happen to actually open up Sheldon’s possibilities with love, and also make him more ready for Penny. (Sorry Amy!)
And for those of you who argue that Sheldon is going to be forever incapable of love, I think that’s bullcrap. The writers have given enough proof on that front already, and I dont mean with Amy. Sheldon is always acting like he’s perfect and insusceptible to the “common man’s” feelings, but actually he can feel jealous, betrayed, hurt, angry, sad, lonely - everything. It’s shown on many occasions now. Likewise, he will also be capable of love - it just has to be unlocked and he has to stop telling himself that he can surpress it. As Penny said to him, “You know people think you are this weird robot man who’s so annoying all the time and you totally are. But then it’s like that movie Wall-E at the end. You’re so full of love and you can save a plant and get fat people out of their floaty chairs.”
I think that this is the true outline of the story, revealed all the way back in season 3. Writers, if everything you have hinted at, leaked, suggested, and foreshadowed really will ultimately come true and result in a wonderful, sweet, meaningful ending, then I will applaud you eternally. You will have done a wonderful story and BBT will be legendary.
(…And you really have to, because the Lenny ship’s been burning for a while now, and it’s time to find a new ship to sail and re-energize this show back to what it’s really about. Let’s make the characters happy and let’s give em what they deserve; no more tears, no more shouts.)
Sorry for the long ass rambling, guys. You can see how passionate I am about this cant you, LOL.