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David Underhill
David underhill
Character
Gender
Male
Occupation
Experimental Physicist
Series Information
First episode
Portrayed by
Penny meets David Underhill

Penny and David Underhill meeting.

Dr. David Underhill is a MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and a very successful physicist, with Leonard excited to be working with him. His observation of high-energy positrons has provided the first conclusive evidence for the existence of galactic dark matter and Dr. Gablehauser said if David wanted to set something up in the photomultiplier lab, Leonard would be able to give him a hand.

After Sheldon and Howard assert that Dr. Underhill made all the work Leonard has done useless, Leonard hypocritically says "the guy was just in the right place, at the right time with the right paradigm-shifting reinterpretation of the universe. He got lucky." Once David approaches Leonard in the cafeteria about their work examining the radiation levels of photomultiplier tubes for a new dark matter detector, Leonard gives him several phone numbers to reach him and states he is a big fan.

Ecstatic to go to the gym with him, Leonard reveals David is a Black Diamond skier, collects vintage motorcycles, plays in a rock band, and is good at impersonating Stephen Hawking's computer generated voice like Howard.

Meanwhile, with his leather jacket, motorcycle, and handsome looks, Penny is shocked (as most of the physicists she knows are indoorsy and pale) to know that David is a scientist and starts dating him, prompting her to state that she is into science, is the "Queen of the Nerds", and that she always wanted to tour the university - facts that Leonard contradicts because he knows that she is not into science, as she has never expressed interest, and she always turned down his offers to provide a tour of the university for the last year and a half, reasoning she had yoga to attend.

They break up as she is dismayed to find out he is married. He took some naked pictures of Penny before he removed the naked pictures of his wife. When she tells Leonard, at first, all he hears is that David was taking naked pictures of Penny. Leonard is confused as to why Penny thinks she is not smart enough to date him but can date David, and cries, "David Underhill is ten times smarter than me! You'd have to drive a railroad spike into his brain for me to beat him at checkers! Next to him, I’m like one of those sign-language gorillas who knows how to ask for grapes!" To which Penny retorts, "Dave is not smarter than you. He’s an idiot."

TriviaEdit

Interestingly enough, Michael Trucco also plays Samuel T. Anders on Battlestar Galactica, of which the guys are avid fans.

GalleryEdit

  • Leonard collaborates with a MacArthur fellow.
  • Penny meets Dave through Leonard.
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Characters, Cast & Crew
Characters Main Leonard Hofstadter  ‧  Sheldon Cooper  ‧  Penny  ‧  Howard Wolowitz  ‧  Rajesh Koothrappali  ‧  Amy Farrah Fowler  ‧  Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz    Stuart Bloom  ‧  Leslie Winkle    The Social Group
Recurring Mrs. Wolowitz  ‧  Barry Kripke  ‧  Priya Koothrappali  ‧  Dr. V. M. Koothrappali  ‧  Mrs. Koothrappali  ‧  Lucy  ‧  Mrs. Mary Cooper  ‧  Zack Johnson  ‧  Dr. Beverly Hofstadter  ‧  Mike Rostenkowski  ‧  Emily Sweeney  ‧  Alex Jensen  ‧  Professor Proton  ‧  Althea  ‧  Cinnamon
Cast Regulars Johnny Galecki  ‧  Jim Parsons  ‧  Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting  ‧  Simon Helberg  ‧  Kunal Nayyar  ‧  Mayim Bialik  ‧  Melissa Rauch  ‧  Kevin Sussman  ‧  Sara Gilbert  ‧  Carol Ann Susi  ‧  John Ross Bowie
As Selves Wil Wheaton  ‧  Mike Massimino  ‧  Stephen Hawking  ‧  Katee Sackhoff  ‧ Steve Wozniak  ‧ Buzz Aldrin  ‧ Summer Glau  ‧ James Earl Jones  ‧ Carrie Fisher  ‧ Brent Spiner  ‧ Bill Nye  ‧ George Smoot  ‧ George Takei  ‧ LeVar Burton  ‧ Neil deGrasse Tyson  ‧ Brian Greene
Crew Writers Chuck Lorre * (Creator)  ‧  Bill Prady * (Creator)  ‧  Steven Molaro *  ‧  Steve Holland *  ‧  Maria Ferrari *  ‧  Jim Reynolds *  ‧  Eric Kaplan *  ‧  Anthony Del Broccolo  ‧  Lee Aronsohn *  ‧  Dave Goetsch *  ‧  Tara Hernandez  ‧  Richard Rosenstock *
Directors Mark Cendrowski  ‧  Peter Chakos * (mainly as Editor)  ‧  Anthony Rich  ‧  James Burrows
Others
Science consultant : David Saltzberg Director of photography : Steven V. Silver
Costume designer : Mary T. Quigley * Unit production manager : Kelly-Anne Lee *
Theme composer / performer : Barenaked Ladies Chuck Lorre Productions
also as Producer The Big Bang Theory : Full cast & crew on IMDb

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