3. Penny’s Situation and Career
Penny wanted to be an actress in the beginning of the show. She is a starry eyed kid from a small town who had moved to California to make it in movies. Things were not working out the way she would have liked so she started working as a waitress at a local Cheeesecake Factory to pay off the bills.
That Penny never became a big star is one of the most refreshing parts of The Big Bang Theory. Realistically though, it is a difficult to fathom how that she’s able to afford such a nice apartment on a waitress’ salary! This by the way is also an issue with F.R.I.E.N.D.S.with recent studies showing that the gang couldn’t have afforded their apartments inn expensive New York City.
The show tries to sweep making jokes about how broke she is, just like what F.R.I.E.N.D.S.would do with Joey. He was a struggling actor. He had one role on a soap opera but he spent much of the show looking for work occasionally landing bit part roles. Similar to Joey’s situation with Chandler, Penny received a lot of financial help from Leonard. Penny is just a doppelganger of Joey.
Her career path is ditto same as Rachel’s, who started off working as a waitress while she sought out something a little more glamorous. Rachel eventually, managed to turn her financial situation around after finding a well-paying job. The bottom line of both stories is the same – if you chase your dreams long enough, you’ll eventually end up with some random job. That job probably doesn’t have anything to do with your passion.
Ever wonder how come the gang of six always gets the same seats, in which is perhaps the busiest city in the world? Anyone who’s ever lived in New York City knows that the most unrealistic part OFF.R.I.E.N.D.S.is precisely that. No, you just do not always get the same couch at their favorite coffee shop.
Likewise the gang on The Big Bang Theory is always able to essentially get the same table whenever they go to The Cheesecake Factory, although not as blatantly as in F.R.I.E.N.D.S. It’s a common trope in sitcoms. The set department isn’t going to build a brand new table every time the show needs a restaurant scene.
However, it still is noteworthy that both shows regularly rely on the entire cast meeting at the same restaurant and always having enough space open to fit their exact needs. The restaurant is always super busy except for where the characters need it to be less busy. Very convenient indeed. Both shows could be retitled The Luckiest Customers on the Planet.