Big Bang Theory Boss Reveals Plot of 100th Episode: 'It Is a Little Risky'

Call it the “The Moving Forward by Moving Backward Paradox.” For its 100th episode, The Big Bang Theory is revisiting Penny and Leonard’s thwarted romance — and the sitcom’s own origins.

“We’ve been watching over this year how in small ways the relationship was talking at them,” exec producer Chuck Lorre told TVLine Thursday night at a bash celebrating the milestone. “The friendship is going well, but then we throw in a moment where she was drunk and [said] she regretted breaking up with him. So, although it is a little risky, it felt like the right thing to do, to explore Leonard and Penny again in the 100th episode.

“It felt true to the characters,” he added, “that they would want to try again.”

Not only that, but it also felt true to the series itself. “When we wrote the 100th episode, we went back and watched the pilot,” explained exec producer Bill Prady, because “we wanted to circle back to the inciting incident for [everything], which is when Leonard, who has Sheldon  [pulling] him away from the world, meets Penny, who pulls him toward it. So, that’s what we set out to explore in the 100th episode.”

Is it safe to intuit from all this that Penny and Leonard do get back together? Yes, probably… and kinda-sorta. “That relationship isn’t done,” Prady confirmed, “but it’s also not easy. Penny and Leonard have a special connection, but they are going to have a hard time of it.”

So might viewers. “Not everything is quite as it seems,” teased Simon Helberg (Howard). “There are some twists and turns.” However, added Kunal Nayyar (Raj), the outing doesn’t have so many twists and turns that we’ll be thinking, “‘Why the heck is all of this happening? What show am I watching?’ It is not a gimmicky episode.”

“It’s a very weird way,” concluded Lorre, “that the episode plays out. I hope people like it.”

I have a sneaking suspicion we will. What do you think? And are you relieved/excited/nervous to see the show reunite Penny and Leonard? (Reporting by Carrie Bell)

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  1. Alfred says:

    I think leonard and penny will be together till the end. The very last episode of the show will be a leonard and penny wedding (I know it sounds clique) Howard and Bernadette will break up when Howard goes into space because she would’ve slept with raj. And “shamy” will stay the same.

  2. TBBT Rules says:

    There is definite romantic chemistry between Penny and Sheldon that goes beyond brother and sister. It’s more like best friends and who better to have a future with than someone who you know very well.

    They either don’t know what they’re feeling or they do know but don’t want to accept it because they are so different. But the two of them have a deep understanding of each other…moreso than anyone else on that show.

    I would LOVE for them to get together but only toward the end of the series. Doing so any earlier would kill TBBT.

    Shenny all the way!

  3. jokey says:

    whatever people say……i think penny and leonard should be together

  4. Schuler says:

    I think you guys are crazy here it is:
    Penny goes to Leanord
    Bernadette stays with Howard
    Amy still has her weird relationship with Sheldon
    And raj is still the woman fearing creature he is when he is not at a bar!

  5. Schuler says:

    Ok yeah I didn’t read Jokey’s before that but thank you!

  6. Schuler says:

    Hey wait does anyone else notice that like half the characters are from Roseanne? Mrs. Cooper leslie winkle and even our beloved Leonard hoffsatter however u spell it? Just sumthin that bugs me

  7. Jordyn says:

    I think leonard and penny are a perficte mach. So I do think they are geting back together because since penny said “it was stupid to leave you” or somthing like that and since mabey leonard mite break up with raj’s sister because she is going back to india. Or he is because he suggested it in the first place.