Throughout The Big Bang Theory, Penny and Raj had a great friendship dynamic. Here are their best moments as friends.
The power of friendship is the driving force behind The Big Bang Theory’s success. The bond between Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, and Howard has proven itself time and time again. Even when the group found their girlfriends and wives, their bond only grew. However, two friends in the group who aren’t talked about nearly enough are Penny and Raj.
While TBBT fans could never let go of the fact that they got physical in Leonard’s bed, their friendship surpassed that speedbump. They had some of the best moments in the show and should be celebrated for it.
In the 10th season, Raj cuts himself off from his dad and tries to make a life without financial assistance. After moving out of his expensive apartment, he moved into Penny and Leonard’s apartment, staying in Sheldon’s old bedroom. Unbeknownst to Leonard, Penny and Raj became incredibly close.
Raj knew all about Penny’s work drama, they wore matching clothes, they did morning yoga together… Leonard felt like the third wheel and no longer wanted Raj living there because he was jealous of their bond. And while Leonard hated it, fans adored it.
9 Romantic Astronomy
In the seventh season, Raj was excited about being involved with two women (Emily and Lucy) at the same time. While talking to the group over dinner, Penny asked Raj what “romantic astronomy” met. How was Raj supposed to make astronomy romantic? Raj warned Leonard that his story was “some powerful panty-dropping stuff” but continued with the story anyway.
Grabbing Penny’s hand, he tells the story of two of the brightest stars in the night sky and how they come together once a year for one night of passion. The look on Penny’s face said it all — his story worked. Leonard, of course, was annoyed that he gave Raj his blessing because Penny was obviously in awe.
8 “What Is Solder?”
When Howard and Leonard needed additional help in the lab, Bernadette and Penny stepped up to help with soldering. While Penny had no idea what soldering was, she felt important and empowered to be working in the lab. But when Leonard and Howard ditch the girls for a movie and lie about it, Raj steps in and works with Penny and Bernadette in a hilarious way to get back at Howard and Leonard. Watching Penny, Raj, and Bernadette work together made viewers wish there was more of these three.
7 When Penny Made His First Grasshopper
In the early seasons, Raj wasn’t able to talk to women due to his shyness. But when Penny began bartending at The Cheesecake Factory, she practiced her cocktail-making skills with the guys. After she made Raj a Grasshopper, Raj was suddenly brave enough to talk to Penny.
As it turned out, as long as Raj had a sip or two of alcohol, he had the courage to talk around women. This was the start of their beautiful friendship.
6 Penny Always Defends Raj
It’s a long-running joke that Penny is physically stronger than the guys and can be intimidating when she’s serious. This side of hers comes out, especially when she’s defending those she loves.
In one scene, Penny sees Raj’s ex-girlfriend Lucy at The Cheesecake Factory and took it upon herself to berate her for ghosting Raj without reason. Penny did this again when her friend Emily from the gym used Raj for his money. Although Penny and Raj weren’t always the closest, she protected him.
5 Their First Conversation Without Alcohol
In the sixth season, Raj and Lucy break up, which left him in a dark place. He called himself “unlovable” and hid out in his apartment. Penny stopped by Raj’s apartment to check on him and allowed Raj to vent and cry in front of her. After a few minutes, Penny reminded Raj that his emotions were probably “just the booze talking.” But when Raj said he hadn’t drunk anything since the night before, a lightbulb went off. Raj was finally able to talk to Penny without alcohol! This was a monumental moment in their friendship.
4 Help In The Romance Department
No one goes to the ladies for help more than Raj. When it comes to work, family, and relationships, no one is a better listener for Raj than Penny, Bernadette, and Amy. All three women have a unique perspective and always help Raj when he’s in need. One of the best moments was when Raj’s ex-girlfriend Emily gave him a very expensive gift for Valentine’s Day and he wasn’t sure how to handle it. Penny and the girls tried to help Raj but it only forced him in Emily’s arms by the end of the night.
3 Girls Nights!
The closer Penny, Amy, and Bernadette became, the more girl’s nights they had. While the guys got together to play games, read comics, or watch movies, the ladies were at Penny’s apartment sipping wine and catching up. On rare occasions, the ladies went out dancing. And adorably, Raj wanted to join them. Raj seemed to have a better time with the girls on girls’ nights than with the guys on guys’ nights.
2 Were Anu & Leonard Good Enough?
It wasn’t just Penny who defended Raj from his exes, Raj also made sure that Leonard was treating Penny right. The two always looked out for each other, even if it wasn’t showcased enough.
When Raj began dating Anu, Penny and Bernadette took it upon themselves to meet her privately to make sure she was good enough for their friend. Likewise, Raj tried forcing himself in between Leonard and Penny when he found out that Penny had never said “I love you” to Leonard. He knew that she loved Leonard and wanted her to face her fears and admit it.
1 The People Magazine Party
When Raj was recognized by People Magzine for his work in astronomy, the honor went to his head. He started acting differently in front of his friends, which made them distance themselves from Raj. With no one to accompany him to the People Magazine party, Penny shamed everyone else for not supporting Raj and happily joined him for the event. Raj ended up overdrinking and making a fool of himself but Penny was right there making sure he got home okay.
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