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Penny (ex-girlfriend)
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Kurt is one of Penny's former boyfriends, with whom she lived with for four years after coming to California from Nebraska. A muscular, but not very educated man, Kurt is arrogant and condescending toward the likes of Leonard and Sheldon. Despite his infrequent appearances, he is initially Leonard's primary rival for Penny's affections and arguably the main antagonist of season 1. Though Penny considers him to be a jerk, it takes her some time to get over him, even though he has cheated on her.


Shortly after their breakup, Penny asks Leonard and Sheldon to get her television from Kurt's apartment, but Kurt apparently finds them irritating and for that takes away their pants in the pilot episode.


Leonard facing Kurt.

He and Penny ran into each other shortly before their first Halloween apart, and Kurt was able to convince her to invite him to her party, where he shows up in a Tarzan costume. He starts trouble with Leonard again, inadvertently driving an upset and drunk Penny into Leonard's arms, in "The Middle Earth Paradigm".


Facing Kurt to get back Penny's money.

Kurt was once arrested for urinating on a police car while drunk. When they arrested him, it turned out he had a slew of unpaid tickets as well as an outstanding bench warrant. Penny paid his fines to the tune of $1800 but was never repaid. Months later, Leonard learns about this fact from Penny and tries to convince Kurt to repay her. He rebuffs Leonard, but later does repay Penny, without telling her Leonard's involvement, in "The Financial Permeability". Kurt and Penny have a dinner afterwards.

However, it apparently has not led anywhere, as they are not dating in any following episodes, and Kurt has not been seen since. He is mentioned a couple of times in later episodes.



  • S02E19: The Dead Hooker Juxtaposition - Sheldon brings up Penny had Leonard and he get her television from her "ex-boyfriend" when she is complaining how Alicia uses the guys.
  • S03E06: The Cornhusker Vortex - Leonard mentions Penny's "huge ex-boyfriend" when he asks to meet her friends.


  • Kurt the giant.
  • Leonard facing down Kurt.
  • Kurt goes after Leonard.
  • Trying to get Penny's money back.

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Characters, Cast & Crew
Characters Main Leonard Hofstadter  ‧  Sheldon Cooper  ‧  Penny  ‧  Howard Wolowitz  ‧  Rajesh Koothrappali  ‧  Amy Farrah Fowler  ‧  Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz    Stuart Bloom  ‧  Leslie Winkle    The Social Group
Recurring Mrs. Wolowitz  ‧  Barry Kripke  ‧  Priya Koothrappali  ‧  Dr. V. M. Koothrappali  ‧  Mrs. Koothrappali  ‧  Lucy  ‧  Mrs. Mary Cooper  ‧  Zack Johnson  ‧  Dr. Beverly Hofstadter  ‧  Mike Rostenkowski  ‧  Emily Sweeney  ‧  Alex Jensen  ‧  Professor Proton  ‧  Althea  ‧  Cinnamon
Cast Regulars Johnny Galecki  ‧  Jim Parsons  ‧  Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting  ‧  Simon Helberg  ‧  Kunal Nayyar  ‧  Mayim Bialik  ‧  Melissa Rauch  ‧  Kevin Sussman  ‧  Sara Gilbert  ‧  Carol Ann Susi  ‧  John Ross Bowie
As Selves Wil Wheaton  ‧  Mike Massimino  ‧  Stephen Hawking  ‧  Katee Sackhoff  ‧ Steve Wozniak  ‧ Buzz Aldrin  ‧ Summer Glau  ‧ James Earl Jones  ‧ Carrie Fisher  ‧ Brent Spiner  ‧ Bill Nye  ‧ George Smoot  ‧ George Takei  ‧ LeVar Burton  ‧ Neil deGrasse Tyson  ‧ Brian Greene  ‧ Charlie Sheen
Crew Writers Chuck Lorre * (Creator)  ‧  Bill Prady * (Creator)  ‧  Steven Molaro *  ‧  Steve Holland *  ‧  Maria Ferrari *  ‧  Jim Reynolds *  ‧  Eric Kaplan *  ‧  Anthony Del Broccolo  ‧  Lee Aronsohn *  ‧  Dave Goetsch *  ‧  Tara Hernandez  ‧  Richard Rosenstock *
Directors Mark Cendrowski  ‧  Peter Chakos * (mainly as Editor)  ‧  Anthony Rich  ‧  James Burrows
Science consultant : David Saltzberg Director of photography : Steven V. Silver
Costume designer : Mary T. Quigley * Unit production manager : Kelly-Anne Lee *
Theme composer / performer : Barenaked Ladies Chuck Lorre Productions
also as Producer The Big Bang Theory : Full cast & crew on IMDb

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