Sitcoms Online - Main Page / Message Boards - Main Page / News Blog / Photo Galleries / DVD Reviews / Buy TV Shows on DVD and Blu-ray

View Today's Active Threads / View New Posts / Mark All Boards Read / Chit Chat Board

The Big Bang Theory links at Sitcoms Online / The Big Bang Theory Photo Gallery


The Big Bang Theory - The Complete First Season

Buy The Big Bang Theory - The Complete First Season on DVD
/ Blu-ray/DVD
The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Second Season

Buy The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Second Season on DVD
/ Blu-ray/DVD
The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Third Season

Buy The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Third Season on DVD
/ Blu-ray
The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Fourth Season

Buy The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Fourth Season on DVD
/ Blu-ray
The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Fifth Season

Buy The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Fifth Season on DVD
/ Blu-ray/DVD
The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Sixth Season

Buy The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Sixth Season on DVD
/ Blu-ray/DVD
The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Seventh Season

Buy The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Seventh Season on DVD
/ Blu-ray/DVD
The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eighth Season

Buy The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eighth Season on DVD
/ Blu-ray/DVD

Sitcoms Online Message Boards - Forums  

Go Back   Sitcoms Online Message Boards - Forums > Current Sitcoms > The Big Bang Theory

Notices

SitcomsOnline.com News Blog Headlines Twitter Facebook Instagram RSS

Ricky Gervais Comedy Coming to Netflix in March; Two TBS Series Moving to TNT
Celebs Announced for Big Brother Season 2; New Comedy Russian Doll Comes to Netflix Feb. 1
Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of January 14, 2019)
SitcomsOnline Digest: IMDb Launches Free Streaming Service; Brooklyn Nine-Nine Sees Ratings Increase on NBC
Fri-Yay: The Return of Brooklyn Nine-Nine; The CW Spring 2019 Schedule
Adult Swim's First Sitcom Launches Feb. 1; Guest Stars Galore on YouTube Comedy
CBS Mid-Season Pilot Review: Fam - Premieres Thursday (Jan. 10); ABC Schedules Bless This Mess for April 16 Premiere


New on DVD/Blu-ray (November/December/January)

Step by Step - The Complete Third Season Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season Fuller House - The Complete Third Season The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season The Game - The Complete Series

11/01 - Episodes - Season 5
11/05 - Robin Williams - Comic Genius (includes Mork & Mindy)
11/06 - American Dad! - Volume 13
11/16 - Man with a Plan - Season One
11/20 - Step by Step - The Complete Third Season
11/27 - What I Like About You - The Complete Third Season
11/28 - The Great Indoors - Season 1 (The Complete Series)
12/04 - Family Guy - Season Sixteen
12/04 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season
12/18 - Our Cartoon President - Season One
01/08 - Family Guy - 20 Greatest Hits
01/22 - Fuller House - The Complete Third Season
01/22 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season (WBShop.com)
01/29 - Ballers - The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
01/29 - Crashing - The Complete Second Season
01/29 - The Game - The Complete Series
01/29 - Kidding - Season One
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-12-2019, 07:48 PM   #1
TMC
Member
Forum Celebrity
 
Join Date: Jan 09, 2001
Posts: 31,903
Default Big Bang Theory: The Real Reason Penny Doesn’t Want Kids

https://screenrant.com/big-bang-theo...s-real-reason/

Quote:
The Big Bang Theory's Penny gave a reasonable reason for not wanting to have kids with Leonard, explaining that she doesn't want to risk losing their perfect life together by getting pregnant and raising a family, but this might not actually be the truth. Early this season, Penny revealed that she doesn't want to have kids ever - which broke her husband's heart given his eagerness to have children. While the issue was never brought up again after Leonard suddenly agreed to his wife's wishes, it remains unresolved. After several episodes of totally neglecting the matter, the sitcom has finally shone a light again on the Hofstadters' lingering dilemma.

During the midseason premiere of The Big Bang Theory, "The Propagation Proposition," we saw the return of Penny's old boyfriend, Zack, who has become very rich and now married to Marissa. After a chance encounter between the ex-lovers, the Hofstadters found themselves hanging out with Zack and his wife. But what began as a harmless catch-up session quickly turned weird after the newlyweds asked Leonard to become the sperm donor for their child because, apparently, Zack is infertile. They want Leonard to donate specifically because of his intellect - flattering the experimental physicist and, to Penny's horror, prompting him to agree. This inadvertently resurrected their conflict about whether or not they should have kids, also exposing Penny's real feelings about wanting a baby.

Considering what we've seen with her character, it's hard to believe that Penny genuinely doesn't want kids because she's afraid they'll ruin her current life. She's always had maternal instincts - treating Sheldon with a lot of patience, helping Raj overcome his selective muteness, and being loving towards Leonard even before they got together. She’s way better in caring about others than Bernadette, who never exhibited these traits but turned out to be a decent mother and still a successful career woman. So what's really stopping her?

When Penny was introduced, she was portrayed as the stereotypical blonde. Sheldon mocked her intellect (granted he does this to everyone) and most of the time she just lets him. However, as she started hanging out with the gang and found real friends in Amy and Bernadette and a boyfriend who really loves her, Penny started to change - dressing up more modestly, growing up, and getting a real job. While she still mocked her nerdy friends, she also actually tried to fit in the group. However, although she's changed her lifestyle and appearance to better suit her friends, the harsh reality confronts her that she's not as smart as they are. And if she and Leonard have a baby, she may fear that the kids will take after her instead of their father intellectually - a central issue in "The Propagation Proposition."

Penny is street-smart and wise, but she's not as intellectually gifted nor academically accomplished as her friends. As established in early seasons of the show, her family isn’t the brightest as well. While there’s no doubt that Leonard will love his children no matter what, the thought of the public judging her future kids - particularly her stuck-up mother-in-law, Beverly - especially after seeing how cold she could be and how it affected Leonard growing up, may be unbearable for Penny. While Beverly, oddly, likes her, Penny knows how Leonard's mother repeatedly humiliated and cast him aside simply because he doesn't reach her standards. If her kids take after her, there's a good chance that they'll suffer the same fate (or worse). Perhaps he’d rather not have them at all than subject them to the same treatment.

This might be a little too dark for a sitcom like The Big Bang Theory, but at this point, writers of the show need to come up with something in-character to better sell Penny's decision about not having kids - especially with just 12 episodes left to wrap up the long-running story in a satisfying way.

Last edited by TMC; 01-12-2019 at 08:35 PM.
TMC is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2019, 08:09 PM   #2
Alan Brady's Hair
Member
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 30, 2014
Posts: 3,315
Default

Literally the exact same post from year and a half ago.
Alan Brady's Hair is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:27 PM.


Although the administrators and moderators of the Sitcoms Online Message Boards will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of the Sitcoms Online Message Boards, nor vBulletin Solutions Inc. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message. The owners of the Sitcoms Online Message Boards reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason.

VigLink badge

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.