Wedding Bells for “Lenny” in this piece! Yay! There’s also some financial issues and some awkward bonding with Leonard’s mom, but that all comes with the territory.
In “The Hook-up Reverberation,” Raj tells the gang that Stuart didn’t get enough insurance money to reopen his store. The guys decide to give him the money and were enthusiastic about owning a comic book store. Leonard talks to Penny who wonders why they should even be talking about finances. Leonard say that they are getting married. Then Penny wonders if mounds of credit card debt will affect them financially. Duh!
Finances would later be a concern in “The Expedition Approximation.” Penny sells the car after getting one from the Zangen, and gives the money to Leonard.
However, he insists that she keep the money since the car was a gift, and he really doesn’t need it. After exchanging the money back and forth, they go to Howard and Bernadette for advice on how to deal with finances. This doesn’t work well as Bernadette and Howard get into a heated argument over Bernadette making more money, and Howard making unnecessary purchases.
During the visit, Penny and Leonard both agree that they should use the Wolowitzes’ situation as an example of what not to do in the future, so that money doesn’t get in the way of their love. Even though Penny is concerned about how Leonard will feel when she starts making more money than him, he assures her that things will be okay, given that his mother used to emasculate his father at everything, especially through finances, considering she makes/made more than him.
Later, they decide to have sex on the money put into a pile on their bed.
In “The Fortification Implementation,” Leonard and Penny appear on Will Wheaton’s podcast for him and Penny to talk about their horrible ape movie. Actor/director Kevin Smith calls in and is a big fan of the movie and he loved Penny’s performance. He wants Penny to audition for his new movie “Clerks 3”. Leonard reminds her that she already has a job. Penny and Leonard have an intense discussion about her career.
Penny reminds him that they could have a wonderful life if she becomes rich and famous. Leonard is just trying to protect her after all her other acting disappointments. Penny just wants him to be happy for her. He was happy for her when she got her current job that pays a decent wage. An argument ensues, of course.
In “The Commitment Determination,” Sheldon keeps pushing them for a wedding date.
The couple insists that they aren’t in a hurry. Thinking about the wedding details they decide on a small church wedding dressed in black tie tuxes and no releasing of butterflies.
Suddenly Penny smiles and sits close to Leonard. She tells him that she’s free that night. They could go to Vegas and just get married. Leonard agrees. Driving to Vegas, Penny is very happy and glad that they took their time to get to know each other. No surprises and no regrets. But, does Leonard have one regret.
He was drunk and made out with a woman on his North Sea expedition. Penny was not happy, but still wants to marry him. They are last seen still heading to Vegas to a wedding chapel.
In “The Matrimonial Momentum,” Penny and Leonard finally do get married in a little ceremony in a Las Vegas wedding chapel.
Leonard tells Penny, “Penny, we are made of particles that have existed since the universe began. I like to think those atoms have traveled 14 billion years through time and space to create us so that we could be together and make each other whole.” Penny is very touched and due to them being best friends, she quotes the song “You got a friend in me” to Leonard.
Leonard carries Penny across the threshold and everything seems okay until they start to kiss. Penny can’t help but think about Leonard with the other girl. Leonard tries to downplay the experience. He says he feels guilty every time he sees her. Penny finding out that he works with her and sees her on a regular basis is not happy at all. The last scene of them together is both of them arguing as they come up the stairs of the apartment building and they each go into their own apartments.
In “The Separation Oscillation,” Leonard has a nightmare that Penny got even with him by making out with Sheldon.
This spurs Leonard to try to make things right. He finally confronts Mandy, his kissing buddy from the North Sea, about the incident and it doesn’t seem to mean much to her. Leonard also realizes that he really was trying to sabotage the relationship. He went and talked with Penny and tells her. She too realizes the she has been trying to sabotage their relationship.
Leonard then confesses,
“I’ve loved you from the moment we met and I will keep loving you until the end of time.”
Penny is very touched and tells him that that was the most beautiful thing anyone has ever said to her. He follows with getting down on one knee and asks, “Penny Hofstadter, will you please stay married to me?” She replies “Aw, damn it, you topped it.” and they kiss. They head into the bedroom to formalize their marriage. Later Sheldon gives them a wedding present – a trip to San Francisco for the three of them.
Soon after, Leonard finally moves out of his apartment and eventually moves in with Penny into her apartment. The sleeping arrangements are still a little complicated. Even though they are living together in 4B, they sometimes sleep in 4A, in Leonard’s old room. This is due to Penny having a change of heart at the last minute after feeling sorry for Sheldon who was having a hard time dealing with his breakup with Amy and Leonard moving out.
In “The Positive Negative Reaction”, they discuss having children one day. Penny says she is not in a rush, but someday they can. Leonard adds that he thinks they would make amazing parents.
Later in the “The Line Substitution Solution,” Penny agrees to spend some time with Leonard’s mother, Beverly so that they can have a stable relationship.
It’s revealed that Beverly only had trouble getting along with Penny due to being upset about not knowing about the wedding, so they decide on having another ceremony for everyone being involved with it. Later that night in “The Convergence Convergence”, she tells Leonard about the idea of the redo ceremony, and that they can include their friends and family this time. Leonard agrees to this, and they also decide to invite his father. But of course, that doesn’t turn out so well.
Honestly, the highlight of Leonard and Penny’s financial fights for me was that Kevin Smith was mentioned in an episode. A bit off topic, but I’m a massive Kevin Smith fan. That’s it for the Lenny recap. I’ll probably do a Bernadette/Howard one next. Do they have a cute nickname? Can someone fill me in?