When Amy gives Penny a giant portrait of the two of them in Season 5 Episode 17, “The Rothman Disintegration,” Penny’s discomfort is palpable. She and Bernadette quickly lie down in the unflattering painting. “[It’s] so ugly,” they claim. Bernadette adds: “Do you like pictures of yourself where you look like a man?”
Fans on Reddit were decidedly less critical of the painting. “She doesn’t look like a man,” wrote u/SkatingGeek. “They overpriced how ugly the photo is.” Similarly, u/TooBusyforReddit wasn’t blown away by the artistry, adding, “The painting itself isn’t as bad as the show would have you believe.” Fans agree that the gift’s exceptionality stems from its massive size, quite too not to mention the grandiose setting, more suitable for a museum than for an apartment in Pasadena. Boasting that the portrait is 12 square feet, Amy adds a gag of vision that outweighs the ugliness of the painting itself.
Redditors also agree that the cringe factor comes less from the content of the painting than from the gesture itself. “I think the picture itself is quite nice,” wrote u/BodaciousToad. “But I think it’s an odd gift to give to someone.” Amy adds to the absurdity of the gift when she admits it cost $3,000.
While the painting is an unnecessarily glaring gesture, it accurately depicts the relationship between Amy and Penny – the former confident and clueless as she puts her arm over Penny, who in turn is overcome with discomfort. Penny can at least console herself with the fact that, thanks to a few touch-ups, those portrayed are no longer naked.