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Why Penny’s defiance of Sheldon actually improved their relationship

Sometimes a good friendship starts with a good exchange of insults.

It’s no secret that The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper has a lot to cover. Throughout the series, viewers have wondered how those around him can even live with his personality full of endless quirks and sarcastic comments.

Raj, Howard, and even his roommate and best friend, Leonard, shared moments of genuine frustration with him that often turned into conflict. An outsider in her circle of friends, Penny did exactly what many viewers felt was necessary: ​​she stood up for herself.

In Season 2 Episode 7, “The Panty Pinata Polarization,” the beginning of Penny and Sheldon’s true friendship is officially established with their iconic line, “Well, your Ken can kiss my Barbie.” For anyone else, that insult might have been the last straw that broke the camel’s back before the contact was severed.

For Sheldon, however, that was exactly what he needed to hear.

Penny set some pretty strong boundaries, which made communicating with her that much easier for Sheldon. What we might interpret as pushing a person’s boundaries beyond the point of no return could actually be trying to figure out what’s appropriate by talking to the person and their reaction takes notice.

So not only did Penny’s quick defense give viewers one of the most perfect comeback lines of all time, it also drew a line Sheldon would never cross again. Unless, of course, he wants to get into a full-blown conflict.

Because Penny was so open about when he was crossing the line and how the things he said were inappropriate, Sheldon began to trust and rely on her understanding of social cues. Of course, it took both characters a while to come to terms with their differences, but it all led to one of the most beautiful relationships on the show.

If you want to rewatch The Big Bang Theory and see everything that led to Penny and Sheldon becoming the good friends they were, you can stream the show on Netflix or MAX.

Source: startefacts.com

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Laura Turner

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