However, Raj is on his way to reunite with Emily, and chooses to be with her. However, Raj later starts seeing Claire again while at the same time dating Emily. She and Raj continue to date, but they keep their relationship casual with no commitment. When she meets Raj's friends, Claire begins to realize that Raj has been dating multiple women, and successfully tricks him into admitting it. In season 10, Raj reveals that he is now single, having broken up with both Emily and Claire at the ladies' behest.
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Dan Stephen Root is a senior member of staff at Zangen, who first appears in "The Locomotion Interruption" when he interviews Penny for a pharmaceutical sales representative position as a favor to Bernadette. Penny realizes that the interview is not going well so she ends it and starts to leave. As a favor, she asks Dan not to tell Bernadette how badly she did because she is kind of scared of her. Dan says that he thought he was the only one who was scared of her. They start to bond, agreeing that Bernadette is something of a bully.
Dan comments that she has that squeaky little voice, and that everyone else thinks she is SO nice. He had to cut one of Bernadette's research programs, but was too scared of her to do it. Dan and Penny both agree not to tell Bernadette about the results of the interview. Later Bernadette is talking to Howard at home, and tells him that it is hard to believe, but Penny got the job. She feels that it is because Dan really loves her. Dan reappears in "The Champagne Reflection", when Penny makes Bernadette face up to her bullying ways. Dan is still afraid of Bernadette, and tells the story of how she yelled at him and his grandson after they lost the three-legged race at the company picnic.
His grandson called her the mean kid with the big boobies. Bernadette is horrified when she realizes how everyone perceives her. Her father had taught her to be tough and she can be cruel with some of her comments without even knowing it. She says she thought she was the sweetest person she knew, and should be in a tree baking cookies like a Keebler elf. She goes to apologize to Dan and discovers that, owing to everyone's fear of her, they have been paying for her daily coffee even after the company stopped doing so something they accomplished with a swear jar kept for Bernadette's sake ; and have given her the private use of a toilet that was meant for everyone.
She now feels like she has to leave the company and starts crying. Desperate for her to stop, Dan promises to keep paying for her coffee, and even offers to get her an espresso machine. Bernadette has found a new way to get what she wants. Dave is recently divorced because his wife left him for a French chef. When her friends try to find Amy a date on a dating mobile app , they see a text message from Dave, and Amy reveals they have already gone out together for coffee.
Sheldon is about to propose to Amy for closure when he sees Amy and Dave share a kiss after their date.
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When Amy and Dave later go out again for dinner while Penny, Bernadette, and a reluctant Leonard spy on them , he shows an unusual fascination with Sheldon, which discomforts Amy. He considers Sheldon and Leonard to be physics superstars and idolizes them.
He later gets an opportunity to meet Leonard and shake his hand after Leonard has to relieve himself while spying on their date, and with great excitement, Dave announces that he will never again wash his hand. After Sheldon rejects Amy's proposal that they be a couple again, Amy once again tries dinner with Dave, who goes out of his way to refrain from mentioning Sheldon, knowing how uncomfortable that subject made her previously.
Sheldon then suddenly arrives and professes his love to Amy, and the two mend their relationship, leaving Dave to awkwardly excuse himself and invite Sheldon to meet again on his way out. Denise Lauren Lapkus is an employee working at Stuart's comic book store with an amazing knowledge of comic books. At first, Sheldon doesn't like the change, but starts to like her because of her comic book knowledge and that she figures out his preferences in comic books.
After annoying Amy when Sheldon keeps talking about her at dinner, Amy goes down and demands that Denise teach her enough about comics to make it appear that she likes them. Denise declines until she learns that Mark Hamill is going to be there. Denise is amazed by his knowledge and calls him hot. Denise invites Stuart to move in, but he backs off not wanting to ruin their relationship.
In episode twenty-two of season 12, "The Maternal Conclusion", they move in together after convincing Denise's creepy roommate Mitch to move out. Eric Gablehauser Mark Harelik is the head of the Physics Department, the group's boss at the university. When he first starts working at the university, he fires Sheldon after Sheldon insults his intelligence.
Eventually, Gablehauser rehires Sheldon after he and Sheldon's mother display a mutual romantic interest. Gablehauser later hosts the Physics Bowl,  and gives Raj attention when he is featured in a People article for discovering a planet. Koothrappali Brian George is Raj's father in India.
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His wife and he communicate with their son via Skype and constantly try to arrange dates for him. They want their son to marry a woman of Indian descent, and give them grandchildren. Koothrappali is a gynecologist , drives a Bentley , and employs servants. Koothrappali enjoys Doogie Howser reruns, which are apparently new to India.
In season four, Dr. Koothrappali becomes angry with Leonard when he learns that his daughter, Priya, is dating Leonard without his knowledge. According to Sheldon, the Koothrappalis are " Richie Rich rich". The Koothrappalis go through a rough patch in their marriage, culminating in them separating in season eight around the time of their 40th wedding anniversary, with Dr.
Koothrappali moving out and Mrs. Koothrappali setting fire to his car.
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Koothrappali makes his first physical appearance on the show in season eight, visiting the main characters at a Christmas party after the divorce. Koothrappali later cuts off Raj financially when he buys a helicopter drone, but Raj manages to turn the situation around by pitting his father against his mother. He also asks his father to give advice to a nervous, pregnant Bernadette. Koothrappali Alice Amter is Raj's mother in India. Koothrappali is especially worried that, despite Raj being old enough to marry, the closest they have to a daughter-in-law is "that little Jewish boy Howard".
She also had some anger towards Leonard when it became apparent that he was dating Priya without her knowledge.
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Following their divorce in season eight, Raj mentions that his mother bought the book Eat, Pray, Love and used it to set fire to her ex-husband's car. Koothrappali makes her first physical appearance on the show in "The Graduation Transmission", where Raj uses the Koothrappali's divorce to get money from her when his father cuts him off financially, and pits her against her ex-husband. Janine Davis Regina King is a human resources representative working at the university.
She first appears in season six after Sheldon offends his assistant Alex while trying to solve a problem regarding her crush on Leonard, leaving Mrs. Davis to handle Alex's sexual-harassment complaint against Sheldon. Sheldon tells Mrs. Davis his belief that she, like all women, is a "slave" to her sexual "urges", unaware that his remarks are racist and sexist. In his attempt at defense, Sheldon rats out what he considers similar behavior by Raj, Howard, and Leonard, prompting Mrs. Davis to summon them to her office, as well. Davis later serves on the tenure committee that is considering Raj, Sheldon, Leonard, and Kripke for a vacant tenured position, causing each of them to try to win her favor.
Sheldon, in his effort to earn the position, offends her once again by giving her the box set for the miniseries Roots. Despite this, Sheldon is still short-listed for tenure, even if he offends Mrs. Davis yet again by giving her what he thinks is a traditional handshake originating in African American communities. In season seven, Mrs. Davis says that she is recently divorced because her husband cheated on her, and Raj attempts to strike up a conversation with her at a university mixer.
After offending her, Raj apologizes, and the two talk about their troubles. Following the mixer, while Raj is insistent that Mrs. Davis and he had a "moment", Howard disagrees.