For the most part, science nerds and pop culture geeks comprise the main “Big Bang Theory” cast. The likes of Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki), Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik), and Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) wear their nerdiness on their sleeves and rarely shy away from sharing their immense knowledge on a variety of topics. On the other hand, there’s Penny Teller Kaley Cuoco Leonard and Sheldon Cooper’s (Jim Parsons) neighbor of pretty average intelligence who makes up for her lack of book smarts with an abundance of street smarts something most of her friends lack.
Despite her thorough understanding of the world on a non-scientific level, Penny often ends up on the wrong end of jokes and snide comments from the rest of the “Big Bang Theory” gang. Her not having a doctorate or an intimate familiarity with topics like “Star Trek” or theoretical physics make her the odd one out. Naturally, this has caused some tension between her and the other characters now and again, but at the same time, it has set her up for some fun narrative moments. Take, for instance, the episode “The Comet Polarization,” where she discovered a comet via Raj’s telescope.
While her discovering a comet could’ve gone a long way in boosting her status among her accomplished colleagues, within the “Big Bang Theory” fanbase, Penny’s find has caused some frustration.
Upon the comet’s discovery The Comet Polarization focused on Penny and Raj’s conflict over who could rightfully lay claim to finding it. Penny spotted it, yet Raj owned the telescope and positioned it for her to see. If you ask the “Big Bang Theory” Reddit community, you’ll find that many folks side with Raj on this one. Not only did Penny have nothing to gain professionally from finding it, unlike Raj, but she did the least of the legwork between the two of them. Many agree that her desire for recognition was selfish and overkill, considering how little she contributed to the find.