Numb3rs

Counterfeit Reality

Season 1, Ep 7, Aired 3/11/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Don learns that counterfeiters are at work producing small-denomination bills, and they have taken an artist hostage to draw the images for the fake money. If the missing woman isn't located soon, Don fears she will be killed when her work is finished on the phony cash. The counterfeiters have already murdered at least five people, two of whom stole money from them. The case is made more difficult for Don when his former lover, now a Secret Service agent, is assigned to it.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Judd Hirsch

    Alan Eppes

  • David Krumholtz

    Charlie Eppes

  • Alimi Ballard

    David Sinclair

  • Rob Morrow

    Don Eppes

  • Andrew Dettmann

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Review

    By cavanagh15, Jan 30, 2007

  • Charlie helps Don find counterfeiters. I really liked the interaction between Don and Charlie when Charlie finds out he had lived with Kim. And also the scene at the end.

    By lritt, Jun 24, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Kim: You and your brother are a lot alike.
      Charlie: You think so? Most people can’t get over how different we are.
      Kim: Well, yeah, the interests are pretty different, but the approach, this one part exuberance, two parts obsession, is identical.

    • Charlie: People’s shopping patterns. Patterns can be quantified into equations.
      Kim: Um, the Secret Service and the Treasury Department have been working on this problem for decades, okay? Predicting money flow, tracing counterfeit in circulation, it’s unpredictable, there are too many variables.
      Charlie: That makes it challenging, not impossible.

    • Alan: You must have some kind of sixth sense. I buy rib-eye and you just materialize.
      Don: Well, actually, I... Did you say rib-eye? And, like, a baked potato?

    • (Charlie returns the box Don was looking for.)
      Don: You opened it? What is with you, man? Even when we were kids, you were always going through my stuff!
      Charlie: You always had cool stuff.

    • Charlie: Now, we don't often think about it, but someone must have drawn this design, right?
      Don: Right.
      Charlie: I want you to think of that artist... as a runner on the beach. He's leaving footprints, which record every decision he makes. Faster, slower, closer to the water, further away. Now these are counterfeit bills. A second artist trying to copy the original ... a second runner. Now, when that second runner tries to follow the exact same path as the first, it's impossible. Even if he's being careful, he can't match the footprints without leaving evidence of himself. Different foot different stride... that's how you spot a forgery.

    Notes (6)

    • The music in the final scene was "Falling" by Heavy Hitters.

    • This was the first in a series of new episodes CBS ordered after the success of the first episodes.

    • This episode is rated TV-14.

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: July 7, 2008 on TV Nova Slovakia: October 13, 2009 on JOJ

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Padělaná realita (Counterfeit Reality)

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    Trivia (9)

    • Opening Numb3rs:
      6 ROBBERIES
      3 MURDERS
      1,230 DOLLARS
      1 ARTIST

    • The Math:
      Guilloché Patterns – A pattern formed by two or more curved bands that interlace to create a circular design.
      Wavelet Analysis – A mathematical principle that cuts data into different frequency components then studies the components matched to their scale.

    • Don and Kim both worked at an office in Albuquerque. He proposed to Kim, but left abruptly when his mother became ill. Kim then went to work for the Secret Service.

    • The security strip on the fake $10 note is in the wrong place. The strip is on the right side of the face, not the left, for that particular bill.

    • In the final scene when Charlie takes over the box of belongings to Don, Don complains about it being 2 AM, but it is clearly daytime outside.

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