TVLine revisits the episode that started it all. No, not the unaired, 2006 pilot that only exists in the deepest, darkest corners of the Internet, but the reshot pilot that became The Big Bang Theory‘s actual series premiere, which aired on Monday, Sept. 24, 2007.
Our rewatch left us with more questions than answers. Among them: What ever happened to Penny’s screenplay? Was Sheldon getting pantsed a blessing? And where would Howard be without Bernadette?
All of the above barely scratch the surface. We’ve also made note of several in-hindsight continuity gaffes (which serve to underscore just how much the show and the central gang evolved since the pre-Amy Farrah Fowler era). And while much has changed since Penny first moved into Apt. 4B, there’s been at least one constant. (Hint: It involves a certain seating arrangement.)