In case you missed last week’s episode of The Big Bang Theory, the guys meet up with one of Leonard Hofstadter’s former high school bullies, Jimmy Speckerman, in the attempt to glean an apology from the former classmate. In the process of the episode, however, it is revealed that while all of the other characters of the show were victims of bullying, Penny herself was in fact a bully.
In one of the two plots that run the course of the episode, Penny tries to make amends for her previous bad behavior. She phones girls she went to school with to apologize for bullying them. Of course, none of them want to hear the apology and would rather just be left alone. Nagged by the guilt, Penny searches for another way to relieve her need to make amends. On the suggestion by Bernadette and Amy, Penny decides to donate a significant amount of her clothing to charity. In the process, the girls discover a wealth of very nice and free clothing and combat their urges to go “shopping” at the clothing donation box.
Meanwhile, Leonard Hofstadter, Sheldon Cooper, Howard Wolowitz, and Raj Koothrappali wait to rendezvous with Jimmy Speckerman at the local bar. When Speckerman arrives, he reveals that the only reason he reached out to Leonard was because he has an idea which he needs a “nerd” for. Leonard proves to be too nice and is in the process of politely turning Speckerman down, when Sheldon steps in to rescue him. Sheldon tells Speckerman that he is a terrible person, who terrorized Leonard as a student, only Leonard is too weak to say anything about it.
Leonard tries to stop him, but Sheldon simply looks at him and says, “Leonard, I platonically love you man, but face it: you’re a mess.”
Towards the end of the episode, Speckerman appears on Leonard’s doorstep completely drunk to apologize for bullying him in school. Leonard lets Speckerman crash on his couch for the night, thinking the hatchet has been buried and everything will be fine. Rather, when Speckerman wakes up the next morning, he is back to his terrible bullying self, and Leonard tries to unsuccessfully kick him out of the apartment. The episode ends with Leonard and Sheldon running down the stairs and out of the building.
In a funny twist of events, both Leonard and Penny come to face their pasts and move beyond the issue of bullies as children. Stay tuned for more great news and summaries like this one for “The Speckerman Recurrence” here.