Gearing up for the upcoming premiere of its 12th and final season, Kaley Cuoco shares two things she wants to happen in The Big Bang Theory before the series wraps up. The actress plays Penny in the show, one of its original five characters (alongside Leonard, Sheldon, Raj, and Howard), and the only female cast member before Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) and Mayim Bialik (Amy) were promoted to series regulars back in season 4.
Penny started as an aspiring actress, but after years of disappointment, she changed careers and is currently a pharmaceutical sales representative. After engaging in an on and off romantic relationship with Leonard, the two eventually got married. But since tying the knot, they have yet to decide what’s next for them. Considering that she’s been with the sitcom since the beginning, it makes sense that Cuoco has her own wish list when it comes to what she wants to see get revealed before the series ends.
Doing the promotional rounds ahead of The Big Bang Theory’s season 12 premiere, Cuoco appeared on CBS’ The Talk (via The Wrap), and shared her wish list of everything she wants revealed before the hit sitcom goes off the air. Surprisingly, Cuoco’s choices aren’t different from what fans want to happen. First, she wants Penny’s maiden name to be confirmed, and second, she wants the nonfunctional elevator in their apartment building fixed.
For 11 seasons, The Big Bang Theory has gotten away with not revealing Penny’s maiden name. Even though some of her relatives have appeared on the show, the family’s surname has never been revealed. When she married Leonard back in season 9, she became Penny Hofstadter, still without her original last name coming to light. Evidently, just about everyone wants the issue to get resolved before the show ends, but if it’s unknown if the the writers of the series agree or are intending to keep it a mystery – something for fans to talk about long after the sitcom has ended. With season 12 set to include a guest appearance from Keith Carradine as Penny’s dad, Wyatt, one would think that would present the perfect opportunity to finally settle the matter.
As for the broken elevator, Penny, Leonard, and Sheldon have all lived in the same apartment building for more than 10 years, and it’s somewhat surprising that Sheldon hasn’t nagged the building manager into having it fixed by now. Granted, he was technically the reason it got busted, but he still could’ve harassed whoever is in charge of the complex’s maintenance to have it repaired, and could’ve arranged for it himself when he became the president of the Tenants’ Association. Perhaps, just for fun, it’ll finally get repaired the moment the characters decide to move out of their apartments.