12:13 am - 04/02/2011

'The Big Bang Theory': Why is Leonard with Priya?


Yes, she’s hot. Like, ridiculously hot. Out-of-Leonard’s-league hot. I realize this, fellow Big Bang Theory fans. But that can’t possibly be the only reason that Leonard is interested in Raj’s sister Priya, right? After spending three seasons watching Penny and Leonard’s will-they-won’t-they-wow-they-just-did-now-what?, I’ll admit I was curious, and excited, about the prospect of a new love interest for the sitcom’s (much smarter than) everyman. (Not to mention thankful for the the fact that the show’s female perspective was about to get slightly more diverse.) But then the series gave us… Priya. The smart, grounded, practical — and did I mention hot? — Priya. Problem is, in the geeky, eccentric world of Big Bang, practical just doesn’t cut it.  

I suppose I understand the idea that like many men, Leonard would seek out his ex-girlfriend’s polar opposite for his next non-World of Warcraft conquest. (It’s the same reason Penny started dating Zack, played with perfect comic timing by Brian Thomas Smith.) Unfortunately, all of Penny and Priya’s opposing traits only make Priya seem that much less appealing. Penny is trustworthy. Based on her demand that Leonard stop being friends with Penny, Priya is not. Penny puts up with — and can be one of — the guys. Priya would rather resume her scheduled date night than participate in Sheldon & Co.’s shenanigans. And, perhaps most importantly, Penny is funny. Priya is most definitely not. (Strange, considering her brother is Raj, the character who often steals scenes with delightful one-liners.)

Now, this is no slam against the actress who plays Priya, Aarti Mann. In fact, she’s playing the part perfectly. The reason Big Bang Theory has Priya is the same reason Friends had Emily: To make us appreciate and pine for the Penny-Leonard romance the same way we appreciated and pined for Ross and Rachel after he met his future (and short-lived) British wife. And it’s working: As of late this season, haven’t you found yourself wondering just when those crazy kids Penny and Leonard will realize they’re meant for each other? After all, Priya is just too normal to exist in Big Bang Theory‘s geek-laced universe. And though we can imagine that Leonard would appreciate some normalcy after being surrounded by his outlandish friends, he’s just not normal enough for normal.

Who else agrees? And why do you think Leonard is with Priya? Is there any other possible reason than to replace Penny with Penny’s polar opposite?


I agree 100 % with this. I really hate Priya. No, I take that back, I don't hate her.....I DESPISE her. Seriously. She's so cold and all she does is bitch and complain. I hated that she didn't let Leonard play the game and I hate how she seems to think she's better than anyone. And I hate how she makes Penny stay away from not just Leonard, but all the boys. It's just a sitcom, but she makes me upset, lol. Oh and btw, how awesome and kickass wasn't Penny in the scene near the end when she helped them get their stuff back?!


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shanniesaysyo 1st-Apr-2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
he's with her to keep him from penny for awhile because once penny and leonard are together for real (again whatever) they wont know what to do with them

i dont like pryia but i kind of buy it. i know a couple of people who seem to be dating their bf/gfs just to kill time/try and get over someone else
ginormouspotato 1st-Apr-2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
they could work on trying to find someone for raj maybe? and finalise howard? and see whats up with sheldon?

even though im convinced sheldons asexual. :]
ms_manic 1st-Apr-2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
I think Sheldon does have some kind of sex drive, because there have been little hints. At one point this season he said something like 'the sexual appetite that afflicts us all', and in the pilot he and Leonard were going to donate sperm which would require... you know ;) I know he doesn't actually do it, but it's not because he physically can't.

I think he has no interest in love or relationships though, and there's something coming up in a future episode that suggests that he's always been that way. I think it might be too OOC for him to ever have a proper boyfriend or girlfriend.

I think about this waaaay too much ;)
hahahey 1st-Apr-2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
I didn't mind Priya until she started trying to put a wedge between Penny and Leonard. But seriously, I'm tired of them dragging out Leonard and Penny's relationship. If they're gonna put them together, then do it and let them be.

moviestar 2nd-Apr-2011 02:07 am (UTC)
msmargaritasalt 2nd-Apr-2011 02:24 am (UTC)
MTE. I'm getting sick of them dragging this out.
nami86 1st-Apr-2011 10:39 pm (UTC)
it turns like a new ross/rachel/emily version (with the "i don't want you to see her again"). i don't like that at all. i miss the first and second season sfm. it was pure gold!

Edited at 2011-04-01 10:39 pm (UTC)
ginormouspotato 1st-Apr-2011 10:39 pm (UTC)
i used to know a girl who was sort of like a toned down version of priya, i didnt like her very much.
waxandstrings 1st-Apr-2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
I hate how much they made Priya into a bitch to prop Leonard/Penny. She was perfectly nice and fine before, now all of a sudden we're supposed to hate her.

Either way, yes, Leonard is with her because she's hot. If the last four seasons of this show has taught me anything, it's that Leonard is just as shallow and can be just as douchey as any other guy. He ~fell in love with Penny as soon as he saw her because she's hot. He was infatuated with the new neighbor as soon as he saw her because she's hot. Same with Sheldon's sister, etc.
waxandstrings 1st-Apr-2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
Also, as much as I hate Leonard/Penny together and think they bring out the worst in one another and aren't funny and have no chemistry, etc, I'd prefer them to just be together than this unbearable jealousy/dragging out shit.

Edited at 2011-04-01 10:42 pm (UTC)
chilli_cheese 1st-Apr-2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
lol ikr? If anything, Priya seems more like a responsible adult and way too good for Leonard. Penny's too good for him, too. His character's just nerd wish fullfillment.
musicnextdoor 1st-Apr-2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
God, so much THIS.

I can't stand Leonard. He's a jerk to Sheldon, a whiny, self-absorbed drip in general, and a bad boyfriend to whoever he's dating at the time (inevitably someone too good for him -- what about Dr. Stephanie? She was awesome. What would she see in *Leonard*? Sparkling conversationalist? I think not.)
pikapika217 2nd-Apr-2011 12:23 am (UTC)
IKR! and I hate that they don't see their female colleagues as dating potential! because they're so cute & special, right? FUCK THAT
usako3000 1st-Apr-2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
As if the majority of women in the world would be okay with your boyfriend's ex girlfriend always just chilling at his house, eating his food and being a hottie while doing so.

The fact that they will most likely break up and he will get back together with Penny just furthur validates Priya's fear/want to keep her away.

I so hate how the woman is made the villain in these scenarios. Penny didn't immediately become 'one of the boys' either ... in fact a lot of the time she made Leonard feel as if he should give up his comics/fandom lifestyle.
sannao 1st-Apr-2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
"As if the majority of women in the world would be okay with your boyfriend's ex girlfriend always just chilling at his house, eating his food and being a hottie while doing so."

But she never lets her be there. When Penny was going out after giving Sheldon a cheesecake and she and Priya bumped into each other at the door, Priya just gave her that look and was like "Oh..?" in a really really bitchy way that said that she doesn't want Penny to be there at all....ugh, just hate her.

"in fact a lot of the time she made Leonard feel as if he should give up his comics/fandom lifestyle."

That was like in the first half of the first season, lol

usako3000 1st-Apr-2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
Never? That was like the first episode she did that after telling that to Leonard. And duh, she didn't want her to be there - that's what I said - as if the majority of women would be cool with their boyfriend's ex going to his apartment whether to just give a cheesecake or not.

Anddd...Priya and Leonard have been dating for like three episodes of a season...so what's the difference? Penny had a whole half season to relax her stigma.

Also, I say all this as a Penny/Leonard shipper...I think the article is retarded.
chilli_cheese 1st-Apr-2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
Ugh, Leonard is the worst character on that show. I do not like them making Penny pine for him now that he's got a girlfriend. He sucks.
rosalius_belle 1st-Apr-2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
This so much. That's why I haven't really been watching much this season.
sannao 1st-Apr-2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
Amy was hilarious, btw, last night

Amy: "Four women walk down the stairs, how many reach the lobby...?" LOL
thefreshchuff 1st-Apr-2011 10:57 pm (UTC)
Amy and Bernadette are becoming the highlight of the show for me.
killerqueen 1st-Apr-2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
For me too, plus Raj.
musicnextdoor 1st-Apr-2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
Totally. It would have been so easy to mess up in adding new females to the show and they've added so much. Love them both and scenes with the trio have become especially fun.
msmargaritasalt 2nd-Apr-2011 02:27 am (UTC)
THIS and Raj.
jennyholly2 1st-Apr-2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
i love amy.
spider_rogue 1st-Apr-2011 11:10 pm (UTC)
Amy is my new favorite tbh. ♥
neonchrome 1st-Apr-2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
the fact that she's ridiculously hot is why she's there. have you seen penny?! just another blonde.
sannao 1st-Apr-2011 10:57 pm (UTC)
I actually think Kaley Cuoco is way more beatiful than that actress playing Priya
jennyholly2 1st-Apr-2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
priya needs to leave. and take leonard with her tbh.
squishinator 1st-Apr-2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
Priya is annoying. How does Raj have such a wet blanket of a sister?
sannao 1st-Apr-2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
IKR?! So boring and not funny and she has no personality whatsoever
de_throned 1st-Apr-2011 11:14 pm (UTC)
Leonard/Penny have no chemistry. Sheldon/Penny shipper or not, Leonard/Penny sucks.

But then this show sucks now so w/e
robinsparkle 1st-Apr-2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
I'm not even a fan of Leonard and Penny tbh. They're boring and don't necessarily bring out the best in each other. Penny/Sheldon friendship ftw.
my_drama_only 1st-Apr-2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
That pic is amusing me way too much and I don't even watch this show.
sannao 1st-Apr-2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
teamdowney 1st-Apr-2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
I would be pissed if my WoW account was stolen. Mine was hacked once and I feel Sheldon's pain. I'm watching the episode now.
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