When I heard the news that Kaley Cuoco, who plays Penny on the very funny “The Big Bang Theory,” had broken her leg in a horse riding accident over the weekend, I was sad for her. I’m sure that hurt.
(Sorry, Kaley. Occupational hazard.)
But I have to admit — then I got kinda excited. Although Kaley is taking a week off the show to mend, and the show will then shut down for an already scheduled week-long hiatus, Penny having a broken leg seems to open the door to endless TBBT hilarity.
Were the writers this happy?
First, they have to decide if they are going to use the broken leg in the storyline at all. Seems like a given to me; TBBT uses the apartment stairwell as a setting too much to simply hide Penny’s cast behind a coach, shopping bag or tight camera angle (devices used by sitcoms for years to hide stars’ pregnant bellies).
So, they have to begin by explaining where Penny disappeared to during her medical leave week. Might be a great opportunity to suggest a new man in her life. A romantic ski trip, perhaps…a bad fall on the slopes. She comes back with a ginormous cast and a great looking guy to help nurse her back to health.
He’ll annoy the hell out of Le0nard and will be someone new for Sheldon to terrorize. And you know Penny will never hear the end of her falling. I’m sure there is a terribly confusing scientific reason as to why she shouldn’t have fallen in the first place.
I like it.
TBBT, feel free to use the idea to get started…but you’ll have to bring me on staff to flesh it out. Have your people call my people to talk money.