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  • Episode Guide
  • S 6 : Ep 16

    Cause and Effect

    Aired 3/12/10

  • S 6 : Ep 15

    Growin' Up

    Aired 3/5/10

  • S 6 : Ep 14

    And the Winner Is ...

    Aired 2/5/10

  • S 6 : Ep 13

    Devil Girl

    Aired 1/29/10

  • S 6 : Ep 12

    Arm in Arms

    Aired 1/15/10

  • Cast & Crew
  • Rob Morrow

    Don Eppes

  • Aya Sumika

    Liz Warner

  • David Krumholtz

    Charlie Eppes

  • Judd Hirsch

    Alan Eppes

  • Alimi Ballard

    David Sinclair

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  • show Description
  • We all use math every day… Inspired by actual cases and experiences, Numb3rs depicts the confluence of police work and mathematics in solving crime. An FBI agent recruits his mathematical genius brother to help solve a wide range of challenging crimes in Los Angeles from a very different perspective. Numb3rs stars David Krumholtz as Charlie Eppes, Rob Morrow as Don Eppes, Judd Hirsch as Alan Eppes, Alimi Ballard as David Sinclair, Navi Rawat as Amita Ramajuan, Peter MacNicol as Larry Fleinhardt, Dylan Bruno as Colby Granger, Aya Sumika as Liz Warner, and Sophina Brown as Nikki Betancourt. Created by Cheryl Heuton and Nicolas Falacci, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, David W. Zucker, Cheryl Heuton, Nicolas Falacci, Andrew Dettmann, Don McGill, Ken Sanzel, and Lewis Abel are executive producers. Numb3rs is produced for CBS by Scott Free Productions in association with CBS Television Studios and Post 109.moreless

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  • Quotes (844)

    • Amita: (to Charlie after he rides an aerodynamic kart with no propulsion) 21.07 seconds, 68.3 miles per hour. No one would ever guess you don't have a driver's license.

    • Alan: (to Charlie) There's one thing you and your brother have in common, on some things... you're both very thorough. Other stuff... you completely miss.

    • Charlie: The problem involves finding an origin point from evidence provided by scattered effects. Larry: Somehow I doubt we're talking about orbital paths and black holes.

    • Larry: Okay, hooray for making things go faster,but I fail to see how this will provide me the necessary mathematical breakthroughs I need to redefine the fabric of the cosmos.

    • Larry: Charlie, you’re a mathematician, you’re always looking for the elegant solution. Human behavior is rarely ever elegant.

    • Don: Who’s up? Alan: Shawn Green. Don: Ohhh, Green. Four games without a hit; he’s due. Charlie: There’s no statistical evidence for a batter being ‘due’. Don: I say he gets a high fast ball, he smacks it out of the park. Alan:(aside--To Don) This is a tape of yesterday’s game. Don: (quietly) I know. I read the box scores. Alan: Oh. (Shawn Green hits a home run.) Alan & Don: Ohhh! Charlie: Hey, that was an anomaly. Don: Something like that, Charlie. (Alan chuckles.) Don: (To Alan, quietly) Shut up, Dad.

    • Charlie: Hey, what’s going on? What are you doing here? Don: Just making sure you don’t take complete and total advantage of dad. Charlie: Are you kidding? He wouldn’t know what to do without me.

    • Larry: Here's a discussion: Why is it we remember the past and not the future? Charlie: That's a tough one, Larry.

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    Notes (427)

    • Although MIT refused to allow filming on campus, the cast and crew of Numb3rs spent two days filming the first pilot in Boston with Dr. Tony Chan of UCLA's physical science department as a consultant. David Krumholtz was the first person cast and won the role of Charlie. Other original cast members were Len Cariou as Alan, Gabriel Macht as Don, Peter MacNicol as Charlie's mentor, Anna Deavere Smith as Don's boss, and Jennifer Bransford, Michael Rooker, and Alimi Ballard as FBI agents. Navi Rawat was cast as an MIT graduate student. The unaired pilot was presented in the Season 1 DVD.

    • When the FBI is checking out all the names of the 50 men in the area, some of the names on the board are members of the crew.

    • The song to which Charlie is listening on his headphones while working on the first equation is "Inertia Creeps" by Massive Attack.

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Sériové vraždy (Serial Murders)

    • International Show Titles: Czech Republic: Vražedná čísla (Murderous Numbers)

    • International Air Dates: Sweden: April 29, 2005 New Zealand: July 20, 2005 on TV3 Brazil: August 7, 2005 Australia: August 15, 2005 on Ten Germany: September 5, 2005 on SAT 1 Netherlands: September 17, 2005 United Kingdom: October 5, 2005 Czech Republic: May 26, 2008 on TV Nova Slovakia: October 2, 2009 on JOJ

    • This episode was rated TV-14 (V).

    • The opening theme came from "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads.

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    Trivia (571)

    • The T-shirt Charlie is wearing in the final scene says, "I don't know Karate but I know Karazy."

    • The first victim is described as having "no wounds or ligature marks," although she has a brand on one cheek and rope burns on her wrists.

    • Charlie's middle name is Edward, and he does not have a driver's license.

    • When they're in the arcade, Larry still has two credits on the game he is playing, and yet he digs quarters out of his pocket, as if he needs to put in more quarters to continue to play.

    • With a winning chance of 1 in 41 million, playing 20 tickets a week, even after 40,000 years, the chance of winning the lottery at least once would only be around 63.7%, and not a guaranteed win as Charlie seems to indicate with his calculation.

    • In the original pilot, they are watching a Red Sox game, and Nomar Garciaparra is batting.

    • In this episode, and throughout the first season, the laptop computers used by Charlie and the FBI are Dell Inspirons.

    • Some of the math used in this episode was the 11-dimensional supergravity theory, probability and projectile motion.

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    Allusions (136)

    • Larry: Evariste Galois. Brilliant mathematician, not unlike yourself, tackling the hardest problems in his day. Évariste Galois (1811-1832) was a French mathematician. He made major discoveries in the analysis of polynomials and was the first mathematician to link group theory and field theory, which were until then disconnected mathematical areas.

    • Charlie (explaining the math to Walt Merrick and other agents): Let's do an elementary demonstration. This is part of a quote by Richard Feynman, a late physicist of CalTech, who said: "Let's try an elementary demonstration, and when I say elementary, by no means do I mean elemental"

    • Charlie: Say I couldn't see the sprinkler… The sprinkler example was based on an article in Popular Science magazine written by Dr. Kim Rossmo.

    • The Spanish Flu: There is much discussion of the 1918 outbreak of this flu, and they say that 600,000 people were killed in the US, though the actual figure is usually presented as 675,000. It is interesting and horrifying, though, to note that in just 18 months, the virus killed anything from 50 million people to 100 million people, depending on which figures you take, and because it was a worldwide pandemic, right at the end of the war, it's probably impossible to estimate the exact number. It's also interesting to note that this flu killed more people in that time than those killed in World War 1 or those killed in the four years of the bubonic plague. The virus also targeted the young and healthy, whilst most flus go for the young, old or weak. And as a last note, during the 25 or so years that AIDS has been around, 25 million people have died. The same number died in just 25 weeks of the Spanish flu.

    • The Fifty-Nine Story Crisis
      The basis for the story was a real situation of an actual case of structural compromise in the Citicorp Center, a Manhattan skyscraper.

    • Don: It's Occam's Razor, you know. The simplest answer is usually the right one.
      Occam's Razor, which Charlie explains at the end of the episode, states (in a simple form) one should not make more assumptions than are needed.

    • Riemann's Hypothesis: First formulated in 1859, this is an unsolved math conundrum dealing with the number of zeros in Riemann zeta function.

    • 367 Dahlia Avenue The kidnappers' address is a subtle reference to one of Los Angeles' most notorious unsolved murders. Elizabeth Short, a young woman known as the Black Dahlia, was murdered in 1947 and her body was dumped in a vacant lot in downtown Los Angeles. The crime has generated a lot of speculation as well as many books, movies, and articles.

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  • Fan Reviews (249)
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