I know I’ve already obsessed over this episode, but I can’t get over it, really. Like, this episode just felt different. If nothing else, it’s an acknowledgment by the writers that they understand why we love Sheldon and Penny’s friendship and chemistry. Sometimes we get things from Penny’s perspective, like in the Werewolf Transformation where she named all the things they’d been through together, and sometimes we get it from Sheldon’s, like last night, and when he thought she was remarkable.
Sheldon totally supports Penny’s career endeavors because, like so many fanfiction writers have always known, “we’re dreamers.” He gets her when Leonard doesn’t, because Leonard has never seen past Penny’s looks and her surface qualities. Sheldon doesn’t care about Penny’s looks (in theory; he does like to sneak some peeks, and during the yoga he couldn’t take his eyes off her) so he can see what lies beneath.
Plus, there’s the underlying sexual tension displayed with the yoga, and how Sheldon basically only talks about genitals and such when he’s in her presence. Although he has no interest in coitus, it’s interesting that it always seems to come up in conversation when he’s with her.
I KNOW this won’t mean anything in the future for the two of them; most Shenny episodes never have any follow-up or meaning later. Like, what happened to the friendship growing while Leonard was gone during the summer? They addressed it at the beginning of the season, and hasn’t been mentioned since. But when we get episodes like these when the chemistry between them actually matters, it makes me happy, and it makes sitting through the endless Shamy episodes a little easier, because at least we know that we aren’t crazy, there is something between the two of them, and it will outlast the two canon relationships that always seem to be missing whatever exists between Sheldon and Penny that we are so addicted to.
And now I’m late for work because I had to write all this about fictional people that I think about way too much. Worth it.