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- One-Scene Wonder Lalita giving Raj a What the Hell, Hero? "The Reason You Suck" Speech for being a boor on their date, calling her fat and his "future wife". Raj was being a boor, and as she points out, she hears enough of the old-fashioned Indian traditional stuff from her parents and she doesn't need to hear it from a guy that she only saw to get her family off her back.
- Following that up, Sheldon apologizing to Raj for stealing his date by accident, but pointing out to his parents that Lalita called Raj "boring" and drunk. Leonard is annoyed, but Sheldon is completely right.
- Leonard finally getting the courage to ask Penny out in the Season 1 finale. It's done as such an offhand thing, but it's one of the most victorious moments in the show.
- Penny blackmailing Sheldon into throwing Leonard a surprise birthday party. It was the first time she was "one of the guys" and not just the cute neighbor who had take-out with them once a week.
- In "The Nerdvanna Annihilation" after Penny's comments about his toys depresses Leonard into giving them away, Sheldon gives her one of her few well-deserved "The Reason You Suck" Speeches throughout the series:
Penny: What the hell's going on?
: Little Miss "grown-ups don't play with toys"! If I went into that apartment right now, would I not find Beanie Babies
? Are you not an accumulator of Care Bears
and My Little Ponies
? And who is that Japanese feline frolicking on your shorts? Hello, Hello Kitty
- When Penny kisses Leonard in the Halloween episode while she's drunk, Leonard makes sure it doesn't go any further, Penny kisses him good night at his door while he's still dressed as Frodo. When Penny's ex-boyfriend Kurt sees this after him and Leonard were arguing, Leonard delivers this gem right before he shuts the door.
Leonard: That's right, you saw what you saw, that's how we roll in the Shire.
- Sheldon taking on Leonard, Howard, Raj and Leslie Winkle in the physics bowl and fighting them to a draw. Although he was portrayed as the villain of the episode, it's one of the few times he shows that he is every bit as intelligent as he's made out to be.
- Even more impressive is the Russian janitor who wasn't really paying attention figuring out the answer to the question that left all five of them speechless after a simple glance.
- In the "Panty Piñata Polarization", Sheldon "bans" Penny from their apartment for getting "three strikes." Leonard, Raj, and Howard are too chicken to speak up for her, and the thing soon escalates into a full blown war between Sheldon and Penny, which is when this awesome exchange takes place.
Sheldon: Woman, you're playing with forces beyond your ken.
Penny: Yeah, well, your Ken can kiss my Barbie.
- Penny giving Sheldon Leonard Nimoy's Napkin. It's autographed, but she apologized because Leonard (Nimoy, that is) "wiped his mouth with it", prompting Sheldon to give her about 20 different baskets of fancy toiletries. When she says "SHELDON...!", he can only say, "I know, it's not enough is it?"
- Penny's scathing verbal comeback at Howard (after he's being his perverted and shallow self) is Awesome despite looking bad by episode standards, she is standing up for herself. She also then later tells him that he has his charms but needs to stop overcompensating, which leads to some Character Development for Howard.
Penny: I know you think youre some sort of smooth-talking ladies' man, but the truth is, you are just pathetic and creepy.
Howard: Um, so what are you saying?
Penny: Flirting? You think I'm flirting with you? I am not flirting with you, no woman is ever gonna flirt with you, you're just gonna grow old and die alone.
- Remember the episode where the university student Ramona becomes obsessed with Sheldon?
Leslie Winkle (to Sheldon): Preparing your papers for the International Museum of Dumbassery?
Ramona: There won't be any room until they get rid of the permanent Leslie Winkle Exhibit.
- Despite the others abandoning him, Leonard goes to convince Penny's ex Kurt to pay back the money he owes her. At first, it seems that he was only humiliated for his trouble, but later it turns out he actually succeeded. Sheldon actually praises Leonard for his actions, as even though Penny did not know Leonard's role in getting her the money, he refused to take credit.
Sheldon: "Well done Leonard. The true hero doesn't seek adulation, he fights for right and justice because it's his nature."
Leonard: "Penny's hooking up with her jerk of an ex boyfriend and I have indelible ink on my forehead!"
Sheldon: "That is your badge of honor, your 'warriors wound' if you will. I was wrong, minstrels will write songs about YOU."
- In "The Skank Reflex Hypothesis", Sheldon runs out and pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to inspire Leonard, Howard, and Raj while dramatic music plays. They actually run out and butcher the geology department, winning them the paintball trophy.
- Also a Funny Moment, as Sheldon, who is more or less agnostic, pulls out a parody of the Crucified Hero Shot and after he "dies" says, "If there is ever going to be a Church of Sheldon, this is where it started".
- Bernadette realizing she was in the wrong and trying to make it up to Howard.
- Sheldon successfully pranking Leonard in such a awesome and hilarious way after getting pranked by Howard, Raj, and Leonard repeatedly throughout the Halloween episode.
- In "The Ornithophobia Diffusion", Leonard hanging out with Penny and showing a spine by: making her pay her fair share and choosing the movie and not backing down.
- Amy coerces Leonard to be her date to a wedding, which he agrees to but is clearly not enthusiastic about it. Amy actually ends up being quite a charming conversationalist and Leonard is the wet blanket cause the wedding reminds him that he "has a kinda-sorta girlfriend 9,000 miles away." Amy calls him out on it by saying "I have a kinda-sorta boyfriend who is at home playing with model trains and you don't hear me bitching about it." Surprising enough, that actually works and they have a nice time dancing the rest of the night.
- Leonard finally standing up to his high school bully after letting him sleep the night at his place out of misguided good intentions.
- Leonard: "You call that a glow stick?" Even Penny looks proud.
- Stephen Hawking.
- "The Recombination Hypothesis" is about Leonard trying to figure out his feelings for Penny and whether or not they were just too different to have a future together. The entire episode is an extended Imagine Spot where he asks her out again but they start bickering and covering up their problems with sex. Just before being snapped out of his head, dream!Penny told him that he always overthinks things, and the first thing he does exiting the dream is ask her out despite the "Bad Ending" he conceived. Penny even asks if he thought this through and he replies with an exasperated nod "Yes, and I think we should go, anyways."
- Relatedly, one of the ideas brought up in his daydream was that he and Penny try a "Relationship Beta Test" where they actively communicate their frustrations with each other. He later suggests the same thing to the real Penny and she is intrigued. After a rocky start with the reporting system, they actually do end up communicating better and it working almost exactly as intended.
- Leonard's opening lines in his imagined date with Penny are awesome in their own way - he's confident, charming, and even flirts a little, showing just how much of an impact Penny has made on his social skills:
Leonard: So, Polly, tell me about yourself.
Penny: It's Penny.
Leonard: Oh sorry, yeah, awkward...
Penny: Okay, uh, let's see, I'm from Nebraska, and ever since I was little girl I dreamed of moving to L.A. and becoming a movie star. Anyway, after four years of acting lessons and waiting tables, I've done a hemorrhoid commercial and a production of Anne Frank above a bowling alley. So, you know, dreams do come true! Your turn!
Leonard: Ah, let's see. I am an experimental physicist at Caltech. Most of my research is with high-powered lasers and, oh, I've just gotten a big government grant to see if they can be used to knock out incoming ballistic missiles.
Penny: Wow! Can they?
Leonard: Oh, God no! The money's pretty good. And I use the equipment to make my own Bat Signal.
Penny: Bat Signal? What are you, some kind of nerd?
Leonard: Not "some kind of nerd." I am the king of nerds!
Penny: What does that mean?
Leonard: Well, it means if anyone displeases me, I don't help them set up their printer.
Penny: [laughs] You are so funny!
Leonard: [grins] Good! Remember that when I take my shirt off.
- In "The Flaming Spittoon Acquisition" Amy calls Sheldon lame for liking comic book's he responds "A) comic books employ storytelling through sequential art, a medium that dates back 17000 years to the cave paintings of Lascaux and B) you play the harp, like that's cool.
- Amy standing up to Sheldon and telling him that his behavior on date night — inviting Raj and generally being a Jerkass, is "Not okay."
- Sheldon telling off Howard and Raj, who were trying to find out what Sheldon does for an unscheduled twenty minutes each day behind Sheldon's back.
- He pranks them by using CGI to fake owning an interdimensional portal in a storage cupboard, pretends to be attacked by a tentacled monster, then sneaks up behind them while they're watching a CCTV recording of this on a laptop and throwing said monster puppet at them.
- Made even more awesome that Sheldon correctly surmised that the two would actually believe he could pull off the "wormhole generator" he was discussing at the beginning of the episode. Basically, in order for them to believe the CGI thing, they would have to think Sheldon might actually be capable of creating a device that teleports people to other universes! That they did shows how much stock they put in his skills.
- Game night that turned into a battle of the sexes, one in which the girls handily trounce the guys. Not only does Penny waste Sheldon in a wrestling match (with a "Take That!" Kiss leaving heavy lipstick on his nose), but it also may be the only time Penny could beat Sheldon in a math-based game.
- Sheldon, in "The Bakersfield Expedition", agreeing to go back home after the whole ordeal he and his friends went through. He showed remarkable self-awareness and maturity for his standards.
- A little throwaway line in "The Closet Reconfiguration", but when Howard says that he's in no mood for sex that night, it really hammers home that the guy Wolowitz used to be is really gone for good.
- For once, Leonard shows some spine and calls out Penny for ruining their Valentine dinner. His final joke at her expense was a great turnaround from their typical roles.
Will you be my Valentine? Leonard:
Sorry. Maybe next year. (gets up to leave with Penny shocked, after a moment he turns around)
I'm just kidding! Romance ninja!
- Howard calling out Lucy on causing Raj to have a Heroic BSoD.
- In "The Contractual Obligation Implementation", Sheldon answers Leonard's challenge to spend five seconds thinking of an idea for their project, to get more women into science. Sheldon spends less than two seconds and, instead of offering an idea, points out the fundamental flaw in everything Leonard's suggested so far — all Leonard's ideas target women who are at university level and by then, it's far too late to get them into science. For once, it's nice to see Sheldon showing that yes, he really is that smart.
- Raj finally overcoming his selective mutism, as soon as Lucy broke up with him.
- Leonard having fun ''on his own'' in the season premiere.
- Sheldon figuring out the riddle in the comic store first, despite being the last one to arrive and read it. To make clear the scale of this, he figured out the correct answer in ten seconds flat, getting it long before every one else, even Amy. Once again, it's nice to see him showing, that yes, he really is that smart. Compounded when he reads the map coordinates for a few moments, says "got it", and then actually GETS TO USE the bowling ball he had brought along.
- Amy telling off Sheldon for embarrassing her in front of her colleagues. Then, Leonard and Penny explicitly saying that Amy is right and Sheldon is wrong.
- In "The Romance Resonance", Howard plans out an event to celebrate the anniversary of his and Bernadette's first date, recruiting everyone to help out with an elaborate musical number he wrote himself. When their plans went sideways because Bernadette was quarantined over a mishap at work (exposure to a raccoon virus), he didn't miss a beat and they migrated over to the hospital, with him singing to her playing a keyboard and the rest providing back-up as she watched and listened through a window. The song ends up being awesome, heartwarming, and hilarious all at the same time.
- Penny gives Lucy her long overdue "The Reason You Suck" Speech, calling her out for treating Raj like dirt.
Penny: Okay. Um, youre Lucy, right? Im a friend of Raj Koothrappalis. Actually Amy recognized you.
Lucy: Wow. Hows he doing?
Penny: This is none of my business, but why did you break up with him in an e-mail?
Lucy: Oh, I dont know. I guess I thought it would be easier.
Penny: Yeah, I get that. Ill go get you your water. (Penny heads off and comes back) When you say easier, you mean easier for you, right? Cause it certainly didnt make it easier for him.
Lucy: Any chance I can get a different waitress?
Penny: Im sorry, this is rude of me. I will go get that water. (She heads off and comes back) See, just now you expressed your feelings to my face. How come you could do that with me, but not Raj?
Lucy: I dont know your e-mail.
Penny: You know what the worst part is? Youre sitting here, perfectly happy and hes at home, a blubbering mess.
Lucy: Oh, I thought you said he was okay.
- Regardless of how cruel he was, Sheldon's plan to teach Leonard a lesson in what its like to have OCD was awesome. He managed to manipulate his best friend into torturing himself and drove him to brink of the edge, all while barely lifting a finger. For a guy whose villainous roles are generally somewhere between a petty prankster and Egomaniac control freak, watching him play a Magnificent Bastard was awesome, and finally proved Leonard was right when he claimed he was just one "Lab Accident away from becoming a supervillain."
- Leonard outsmarting Sheldon and forcing him to admit that change is good by pointing out that the only reason Sheldon has his spot, which he loves, is because Leonard bought the couch and changed the apartment. Sheldon had no come back for that.
- Sheldon also gets one at the end of the same episode by managing to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. After they've already bought the table and are sitting around it about to eat (except him and Amy, who are still in their regular places), he manages to successfully get them to all come back, simply by playing on the girls' sympathy and subtly guilt tripping them by reminiscing over happy memories that they will never have again.
- When Sheldon is being completely unreasonable about Leonard and Penny 'betraying' him by hiding the fact that Leonard came home early from his expedition to the North Sea, Amy points out that Penny shouldn't be to blame. Sheldon then smugly tries to demand that Amy see his point of view, only for her to stand her ground despite him trying to manipulate her into agreeing with him.
Amy: Sheldon. Your fight's with Leonard. Pennys got nothing to do
Sheldon: Careful, Amy. The friend of my enemys girlfriend is my enemy.
Amy: Really? Is that so?
Sheldon: Yes. Youre either with me or against me.
Amy: You want to take the bus to work?
Sheldon: ...maybe theres a third option.
- Howard proves, finally proves, that he's just as smart as any one of the guys despite not having a doctorate.
- Him trolling Sheldon in the classroom was pretty amazing. As was his one-in-a-million shot. That was almost Luke's proton torpedo going in the exhaust port good.
- Sheldon also gets one for his response to Howard's challenge that he doesn't know anything about engineering. When the dynamic is reversed, he easily manages to answer Howards questions to him, proving that yes he really is that smart. The guy maybe a snobbish Jerkass, but he does live up to his own standards... but then again the questions where pretty basic (except the last one). Young's modulus is actually junior high physics class level in some Eastern European countries.
- Not the last one, mind you, about Poiseuilles law equation, proving that Sheldon doesn't know everything. Then again, he may have been coughing up the spitball instead of actually answering.
- In "The Space Probe Disintegration" we have Sheldon finally calling out Leonard for how nasty he is to him and his hypocrisy regarding Sheldon's behavior.
"You think you're so tolerant, but the truth is you're mean to me a lot. Yeah, you think that I don't notice all those sarcastic comments and eye rolls, but I do."
- Raj chews out Sheldon for abandoning him in the steam tunnel, calling Sheldon a physical and moral coward. Notably Sheldon doesn't disagree with him.
- The same episode, the girls decide to take a trip to Vegas. While you'd expect Penny to get drunk (as usual), but she refuses to take one sip of booze. Even when the girls go to a strip club, Penny just spends the time studying. For the resident party girl, that's impressive.
- In "The Intimacy Acceleration," Leonard, Amy, Raj, and Emily buy tickets to a "real escape game" (an actual type of entertainment that are basically real-life versions of online room escape games). The quartet is locked in a faux-scientific laboratory (complete with a zombie!) and told that they must solve challenging puzzles to find the key and escape. They proceed to do this in six minutes flat. It just goes to show that for as nerdy as these characters are, they're all extremely smart.
- It's also notable for being one of the first episodes where Emily gets to join the group in an activity that shows off her own intelligence, proving that she fits right in with them.
- The zombie's desperation really corks it. He's never seen anyone escape so quickly, and throughout the puzzle is begging them to slow down, trying to deceive them into thinking they're wrong, and as they leave is reduced to pleading that they remember their advanced degrees before they write a negative critique of the game.
- The first (and probably last) meeting of Mary Cooper and Beverly Hoffstadter. Leonard's mother has ever been a source of dread to the core group, save Sheldon, and can, at will, reduce most individuals to a blubbering mess of emotion. By contrast, Mary Cooper, though Innocently Insensitive at times, is much beloved by the group, and was not only able to hold her own in an argument with Beverly Hoffstadter, but caused the career psychologist to reevaluate her approach to parenting, while all she managed to do to Mrs. Cooper in return was cause her to lament that she hadn't been a better Christian.
- Though very sad, Amy's decision to take a break from her and Sheldon's relationship]] can count as one total for her growth. It's been mostly all take and no give on the part of Sheldon and Amy makes it clear that his actions and behavior really hurt her and that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jW4BF8WkQo she's not letting him get away with that.
- In "The Troll Acceleration", Leonard and Sheldon's theory has been released online to general acclaim, bar a single Troll who ridicules them on a personal level as well as academically. They work up the courage to confront the troll, who calls them up on Skype... turns out it's Stephen Hawking, in his second onscreen appearance in the show after appearing only in "voiceover" on a few occasions, who was just messing with them and thinks their theory is great. The greatest mind on the planet thinks that Leonard and Sheldon are onto something—it doesn't get more awesome than that.
- The first episode has Amy deliver "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Sheldon before breaking up with him after he asserts she shouldn't keep being single and childless at her age. This is enough to upset him and shock him.
- Wil's audacity in dressing up like Spock at opening night of The Force Awakens. On another level, the fact that he sees it as just a movie, reminding the guys that the world will keep on turning whether the movie is good or bad.
- In the end, the awesomeness of the movie reduces Leonard, Howard, and Raj to puddles.
- Let us not forget the massive and epic Shout-Out to Star Wars with THIS opening.
- For a first-timer, Sheldon is apparently very, very proficient in bed, as Amy's expression can only be described as grinning ear to ear in stunned silence.
- Well he did have Penny tell him what girls like. And "that book" they bought him...
- Furthermore in season 10 he states it took them hours.
- Howard's reaction: It's MARK FREAKING HAMILL!
- Penny gets one at the wedding where Amy's overbearing and emotionally abusive mother threatens to stop the wedding and tells her to "Park It!" and she gets another when she tells Mary Cooper to stop clapping and antagonizing and sit down.
- Amy's father had to cheer Penny.
- Anytime Penny takes a bad role seriously it's brilliant to watch notably her and Sheldon doing a dramatic reading of Sheldon's Star Trek fan-fiction or her scene in the "Serial Apeist" with Wil Wheaton.
- Cuoco actually getting the cast and crew to do a freaking Flash Mob, twice. Jim Parsons doing his "Bazinga" at the end sells it for the first one.
- Leonard for being an Iron Butt Monkey and being able to put up with Sheldon and help Penny become a better person.
- All hail Almighty Mom Mary Cooper, who can make Sheldon sit down, shut up, and behave with just a few words. She may not be nearly as academically intelligent as her son, but you have got to respect someone who can do that.
Now all I need is a healthy ovum and I can grow my own Leonard Nimoy!