Fresh Ideas for The Big Bang Theory
I’ve been watching The Big Bang Theory, mostly in reruns, but I think we need an update. Here are a few fresh ideas, right from inside the show storylines itself. Here are a few suggestions:
Leonard and Penny
A Baby – to bring up the challenges and failings of both Leonard and Penny’s parents. Considering the failings of Leonard’s mother to actually love him, and make him earn her love, this is a goldmine.
Key Scene: After the baby is born
Mother: Do you think I could hold the baby for one cotton-picking minute? I held you as a baby.
Leonard: No – YOU’RE going to have to EARN holding the baby!
Don’t you finally think it’s time to give Raj a girlfriend of boyfriend? I’m tired of the Desperate Single Man shtick. Besides, we have Stuart for that.
Sheldon and Amy
Why don’t we let Sheldon or Amy be autistic? Either one can be a good candidate. Not every autistic person is Rain Man (which is now considered a slur, thank you very much)! Besides, it could be a conduit for his or her genius!
Also, my main beef with not giving Sheldon a diagnosis is that here is the thrust of the showrunners’ behavior:
We can mock autism as long as we don’t name autism.
Key Scene: Discussing the Diagnosis (I’m using Sheldon as the one with it)
Penny: So, all autistic people are like you?
Sheldon: Of course not. Not all autistic people are like me. I’m brilliant!
Leonard: You just insulted your own diagnosis.
Sheldon: No, I didn’t. Very few people are as brilliant as me, even if they are autistic.
Howard and Bernadette
Just bring Howard’s father into his life, and put a reality show filming the meeting. This one practically writes itself.
Key Scene: Daddy Comes Over
(John Wolowitz is a reality show king. He enters with a camera crew and a tacky suit.)
Howard: So, you’re Shmuel Wolowitz?
John: In the flesh.
Howard: What are you doing here in my house?
John: I’m your Daddy!
(Switch to reality show camera filming)
Howard: (Yelling) WHERE THE (BEEP) HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?!
(Howard jumps on John, pummeling him.)
(Switch to a TV screen with fight on it)
Bernadette: Nice going. And you were once an astronaut!
I don’t have to see these particular storylines. I was just throwing them out there.