Young Sheldon Ending’s Penny Revelation Confirms Big Bang Theory’s Worst Crime Against Her

Young Sheldon Ending’s Penny Revelation Confirms Big Bang Theory’s Worst Crime Against Her

Penny smirking in The Big Bang Theory
The Young Sheldon ending unexpectedly name-drops Penny, but aside from the shoutout, it also secretly highlights The Big Bang Theory’s worst crime against the character. While the first half of Young Sheldon’s series capper is devoted to the aftermath of George’s death, its final 30 minutes shift its focus to looking at the future of Sheldon. Bringing in Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik as adult Sheldon and Amy is meant to bring the socially-inept genius’ arc full circle, which it does. Beyond that, it also provides new information about the Pasadena gang five years after the nerd-centric sitcom wrapped up.

Ideally, the rest of the Pasadena gang would have appeared in the Young Sheldon finale. Unfortunately, despite hopes that the prequel would stage a brief The Big Bang Theory, that wasn’t the case since the focus of the two-part ending was on Sheldon and the Coopers. There were some clues, however, about how the rest of the fan-favorite friend group is doing, including the suggestion that Leonard may be dead post-The Big Bang Theory. While his arc is left vague, the Young Sheldon finale made sure to have a direct reference to his wife, Penny.

Young Sheldon’s Ending Confirms Penny Is Still Passionate About Acting
Penny Passes Her Passion For Acting To Sheldon And Amy’s Daughter.In the final moments of the Young Sheldon ending, “Memoir,” Sheldon and Amy from the future wrap up their conversation about going to their son, Leonard’s hockey game. That’s when Amy reveals that their unnamed daughter wants to start acting lessons, to which her husband answers exasperatedly that they shouldn’t let Penny babysit anymore — a reference to Leonard’s wife’s life-long dream to be an actress. It was the reason why Penny moved to California and was the crux of her arc in the earliest seasons of The Big Bang Theory until she was forced to change careers.

Penny eventually became a successful pharmaceutical sales rep, earning more than Leonard at the end of The Big Bang Theory. However, Sheldon’s revelation about her still being interested in acting after more than a decade since the end of the nerd-centric sitcom emphasizes how unsatisfying her ending was. Despite being part of her original storyline, The Big Bang Theory never really took Penny’s dream seriously. She was often mocked by Sheldon and her failures were often played for laughs, although in reality, they were demoralizing. Learning that acting remains her passion in the future is saddening.

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