The Big Bang Theory writers room panel is one of the best things about San Diego Comic-Con each year, and this year's panel conversation was no exception. Although at times The Big Bang Theory characters seem a little exaggerated or over-the-top, this weekend the writers team confirmed that several real-life stories have made their way into The Big Bang Theory plot. The first is a story about misremembering birthdays. The second involves a Fitbit. You can check out the full stories, below.
Showrunner Steve Molaro kind-of threw his writers under the bus when asked what real-life plots made their way into the Big Bang Theory. The showrunner can recall at least two times during Season 9 when real life informed the comedy's fictional storyline. The first has to do with Jeremy Howe, whose wife can't remember the actual date of his birthday. Here's what the writer had to say:
The birthday plotline came up in "The Platonic Permutation," when Leonard and Penny go to a Thanksgiving dinner for the first time as a married couple. Penny needs to look something up on Leonard's iPad, but when he tells her the password is his birthday, she can't figure out how to unlock the device. He rubs this in further by rattling off a slew of random facts about Penny's life, including her birthday!
That's not the only real-life story that made it into the latest season. Other series writer Saladin Patterson also admitted in the writing room that he tracks his wife with his Fitbit, which also wormed its way into the plot.
This didn't totally directly translate into "The Perspiration Implementation," but Bernadette did get Howard a Fitbit hoping to encourage him to exercise more. Like Saladin, she was totally tracking Howard's progress, which meant he went out of the way to build a device that would trick his Fitbit into thinking he was working out when he wasn't. It was pretty fun, and even funnier in retrospect when you look into that story's origins.
The Big Bang Theory has already been renewed for Season 10, and considering the nature of the storytelling on the CBS comedy, we can expect some pretty great stuff to come up. You can find out more about Season 10, here. And check out when your favorites will be returning to TV with the fall TV premiere schedule.