Season 9 of “The Big Bang Theory” has been nothing if not a year of major change. With some members of the gang having kids, others breaking up and some thinking about popping the question, it seems like things will continue to change as the CBS show moves through to Season 10.
The latest in this torrent of major change to the hit sitcom’s dynamic may take a step away from the character’s personal lives to examine one of their professional lives. As any “Big Bang Theory” fan will know, Penny’s (Kaley Cuoco) career has been one of the most tumultuous parts of her life since being introduced in episode 1. She spent most of the show’s run working as a waitress/bartender at the Cheesecake Factory in order to supplement her ailing acting career. After a string of small parts left her unhappy with the direction her life was taking, she quit the acting game and joined her friend Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) at her pharmaceutical company. As Glamour points out, some fans weren’t on board with the decision because it meant a big loss for the character — her dream.
She’s worked there since Season 8, but it looks like that’s going to change soon. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Steve Molaro said it’s time to revisit Penny’s career once again.
“We’re starting to think about where Penny is in her life professionally,” he said. “While she’s doing well in her current career, she may not be in love with it. There will be another step.”
Penny actually making money for once has been a big deal on the series in the most recent episode. Now that she’s married to Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Penny has been enjoying a relatively normal income for the first time in her life. Meanwhile, her friends are having their first baby, so it’s possible that she’ll feel inspired to grow up and take another step on the road of life. However, EW reports that Cuoco herself revealed that the new career move won’t involve a return to acting, so it’s anyone’s guess what will happen next for her in the latter episodes of Season 9.
“The Big Bang Theory” is currently on a break for the NCAA championship, but will return with episode 19 of the latest run on March 31.