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  • 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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  • 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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  • Quotes (757)

    • 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.

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

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

    • Amita: Actually, I'm spoken for, Mr. Eppes. Back in Madras my parents arranged for marriage to a family friend. A nice Hindu banker from Goa.
      Charlie: Really? Getting married...
      Amita: God no, he's a total ass.

    • Charlie: Sorry, I was busy working on something. I know I'm supposed to be going through some equations for you.
      Larry: Yes, I had wondered if I had gotten the time wrong, or the place, or, uh, quite possibly, the dimension.

    • Larry: Evariste Galois. Brilliant mathematician, not unlike yourself, tackling the hardest problems in his day, but he got distracted. He got caught up in politics, in romance...
      Charlie: I know where you're going with this...
      Larry: ...and at the age of twenty he was killed in a duel, and who even knows what he might have accomplished.
      Charlie: I would say I'm actually pretty good at avoiding duels.

    • Larry: And Charlie... when you're working on human problems, there's going to be pain and disappointment. And you've gotta ask yourself... "is it worth it?"

    • Don: This is different... it's not about numbers.
      (He walks away.)
      Charlie: Everything is numbers.

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    Notes (444)

    • 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.

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

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

    • 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.

    • While the pilot was being filmed at CalTech, the producers were using some offices in the astronomy building. One of the set designers unplugged a computer that just happened to be the one computer that downloads data from the Hubble Telescope, which took the Hubble offline for about 90 minutes. On the same day, CalTech also got word that one of their physicists won a Nobel Prize, so they were in a good mood and very nice about the computer mishap.

    • In the pilot, Charlie's office is a room at CalTech dressed to look like a professor's office. It was Mick Jackson's idea to hang the little prism in the window.

    • Navi Rawat's character, Amita Ramanujan, was named as homage to Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920), the East Indian math genius.

    • There were two pilots. The unaired first pilot was set in Boston, with Charlie at MIT. Don was played by Gabriel Macht and Alan was played by Len Cariou. The family surname was Emrick. The FBI boss had a much larger role, and was played by Anna Deveare Smith. The character of Terry was a smaller role, and was played by Jennifer Bransford. Don's partner in the first pilot was a man, played by Michael Rooker. The actors who were in both pilots were David Krumholtz, Peter MacNicol, Alimi Ballard, and Navi Rawat.

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    Trivia (559)

    • Opening Numb3rs:
      0600 TIME
      594-E4 MAP GRID
      772-04 CASE NUMBER

    • The Math:
      Geographic Profiling
      Probability Theory
      Eleven-dimensional Supergravity Theory
      Projectile Motion

    • The setting in the pilot where they find and kill the rapist is the kitchen of the historic old Ambassador Hotel, just yards away from where Robert Kennedy was shot.

    • This episode has many hints in the background as to the problem of the episode Charlie is focusing on. If you look closely, you'll see several sprinklers in the backgrounds of many scenes.

    • At the beginning of the episode Don is driving a silver Mitsubishi 4-door sedan, license plate number 4Q49902.

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

    • Alan has a bird, but this is the only episode in which it is seen.

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

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    Allusions (132)

    • 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.

    • "I don't know Karate but I know Ka-razy."
      Charlie's t-shirt in the final scene has this quotation on the front. It is a misquotation that has made a lot of money for many people. The quotation comes from a lyric in the song "The Payback" on James Brown's 1973 album The Payback. The correct lyric is, "I don't know Karate, but I know Kai Razor." Kai is a brand of straight razors, and hiding razors in a mouth is an old form of fighting, or prison fighting now.

    • 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 I 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.

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  • Fan Reviews (251)
  • Found This Show Late & I'm Confused Why NCIS Gott 11+ Yrs But Not numb3rs.

    By LanceMiller1, Jun 10, 2015

  • DUMB & boring

    By christinamaz, Oct 04, 2014

  • Too bad for the History part!

    By emiliabarbosa942, Feb 02, 2014

  • Great Show!!!

    By madelinegonzalez52035, Oct 05, 2013

  • continue

    By Dromero86, May 21, 2013