Aug. 27, 2013 at 6:13 PM ET
Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but in the case of "The Big Bang Theory," it doesn't necessarily mean Penny and Leonard. Try Penny and Sheldon instead!
With the experimental physicist (Johnny Galecki) away doing research for Stephen Hawking on the North Sea, it turns out his girlfriend, Penny (Kaley Cuoco), and roommate, Sheldon (Jim Parsons), lean on each other in his absence when the show returns for season seven next month, providing even more fodder for the #Shenny tumblr.
CBS released the story line for the special one-hour premiere on Tuesday, noting that "Sheldon and Penny share intimate secrets" while Leonard's pursuing his amazing career opportunity. (For Sheldon's sake, we hope Penny has more secrets to share than her past ... uhh ... coital adventures.)
We can't imagine that Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) will be too thrilled with this development, seeing as how she's been trying to get through to her non-emotive man for so long. Plus, she's a little greedy when it comes to sharing her BFF, Penny!
But if it's any consolation to her, it doesn't sound like things will end well for Sheldon, whose "feelings are crushed when Leonard returns." (Wonder if he'll once again lock himself in his room with multiple adopted cats to console himself while singing "Soft Kitty.")
As for Raj (Kunal Nayyar), CBS notes that he'll be consoled about getting dumped by Lucy via text, and Howard's (Simon Helberg) masculinity will be threatened by his relationship with his mother.
"The Big Bang Theory" returns Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. on CBS.