Wyatt

WyattWyatt is the father of Penny, her brother Randall and her sister. Wyatt is married to Susan and they live near Omaha, Nebraska. As is the case for Penny and all of her family, we don't know Wyatt's surname. Wyatt is played by Keith Carradine.

Wyatt has been shown as a caring father who wants the best for Penny, particularly in the kind of guys she dates and the life choices she makes. In particular, Wyatt rooted for Penny and Leonard as he was fed up of her dating "the skateboard idiots, the white rappers and all those sweaty dumb-asses with their backwards hats." Wyatt says he wants "grandkids before I die, and I want them to grow up in a house without wheels."

Appearances and Mentions

In The Maternal Capacitance, when Beverly Hofstadter met Penny in the hallway of the apartment, Beverly started psychoanalyzing Penny and got her to discuss her childhood. Penny described her childhood as wonderful but as their conversation continued, Penny admitted her father wanted a boy, leading Penny to try being good at sports. Penny told Beverly that Wyatt called her "Slugger" until she got her first training bra and then he stopped playing catch with her.


In The Maternal Congruence, when Beverly Hofstadter visits town again, she asks Penny if her father had "finally come to terms with his little slugger growing breasts". Penny said her father sent her a football and catcher's mitt for Christmas, "so I'm going to say no."


In The Boyfriend Complexity, Wyatt visits Penny in Pasadena causing Penny to pretend to still be dating Leonard. After Leonard is confused when Penny kisses him, she confesses that she told her father they got back together as Leonard is the only guy he's ever approved of. The pair act like they're a couple until Penny grows tired of the pretense, telling Wyatt the truth. Despite Wyatt's initial anger at Penny for lying to him and not trusting him to support her no matter what, he is soon begging Leonard not to give up on Penny.


When Penny's acting part on NCIS is cut in The Hesitation Ramification, Penny is seen talking on the phone to her father, who wonders whether Penny's part was cut because she was too pretty. Penny tells her father she doesn't need him to come out to Los Angeles to kick Mark Harmon's ass.


In The Bachelor Party Corrosion, Penny calls Wyatt to tell him that she and Leonard got married the week before. Wyatt's first question is whether she is happy, and when Penny says she is, he says he's happy for her. Wyatt says he recognizes how hard it is to tell someone something if it's going to upset them, since he accidentally backed over her pet pig with his tractor a year ago.

Trivia
  • When Penny first mentioned her father in The Maternal Capacitance, she refered to him as "Bob".
  • As Penny grew up on a farm and her father has mentioned driving a tractor, it's assumed that Wyatt is a farmer in Omaha.