At the end of season 4 of ‘The Big Bang Theory’, Penny and Raj find themselves in the same bed together, but were they intimate with each other?
From the first episode itself, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ set course for a romantic relationship between Leonard and Penny. He was the geeky experimental scientist who never envisioned being in a relationship, let alone one with a beautiful woman. Leonard’s (Johnny Galecki) insecurities and desperate attempts to impress Penny (Kaley Cuoco) eventually charm her and the pair get together!
- Are Penny and Raj friends or more?
- How did they end up together in the same bed?
- Penny and Raj didn’t sleep together in the conventional sense
For Penny, on the other hand, the sitcom created a trail of dim-witted guys who matched the same personality that was written for her. There were Kurt and Doug, David and Zack, and the list goes on, but Leonard was always the one for her. Leonard and Penny’s characters went through a string of relationships before finding each other.
Leonard was with Raj’s sister Priya for a long time, and Penny was mostly heartbroken with the idea. So, naturally, seeing Penny “sleep” with Raj enraged viewers who expected to see Leonard in a relationship with her.
Did Penny and Raj really get intimate with each other though?
They found themselves in Leonard’s bed, but whether anything happened between them remains unclear. Keep reading as we uncover what really went down, or didn’t, that night!
Are Penny and Raj friends or more?
Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) might be one of ‘The Big Bang Theory’s’ most adorable nerds, but he has flaws too. The astrophysicist suffered from selective mutism which rendered him unable to speak with women, unless inebriated, of course. Women often found Raj’s insecurities as somewhat goofy and charming.
Raj always saw Penny as a potential crush more than a pal and tried to ask her out after they “slept” together. He also had a tendency to go after the women in his best friends’ lives, for instance, his feelings for Bernadette. Raj repeatedly attempts to sabotage her relationship with Howard and tries to make a move on her when they break-up.
With Raj being aware of Leonard’s unresolved feelings for Penny, his attempts at pursuing her make little sense. We get that the two were heart-broken and drank far too much wine, but it is still strange!
How did they end up together in the same bed?
When Leonard and Penny broke up for the first time, Leonard started to date Raj’s sister Priya. They were in a relationship for quite some time, and both Penny and Raj were disconcerted by the idea. As time passed, Leonard spent more time with Priya and less with his gang of friends. His constant presence in Raj’s apartment caused him to temporarily move out and into Sheldon and Leonard’s home.
The season 4 finale saw Sheldon leave Penny and Raj alone with loads of wine, which led to an unexpected situation to rise. Viewers see Penny and Raj drinking wine while talking about their misfortunes, laughing while being completely inebriated. The next thing viewers see is the two friends waking up together in Leonard’s bed, who look just as surprised as they are!
The gang sees them exit Leonard’s room together and is appalled at the sight, and Leonard looks heartbroken.
Penny and Raj didn’t sleep together in the conventional sense
The idea of Raj and Penny sleeping together was one of the biggest cliffhangers in the series!
Fans were annoyed at the idea while those who rooted for the pair celebrated! Of course, the celebration only lasted until season 5 arrived, and offered some clarity.
“We didn’t have sex in the conventional sense”, Raj says in the premiere of season 5, explaining what really happened. As it is, the pair had decided to go ahead with the deed, but some minor hiccups stopped that from happening. In simple terms, Penny and Raj tried to use protection to be intimate with each other, which didn’t work out and the two ended up falling asleep.
So while most fans assumed that Penny and Raj betrayed Leonard by sleeping together, the incident never really happened! Not as it was supposed to, at least!
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