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 that they have taken an artist hostage to draw the images for the fake money. If the missing woman isn't located soon, Don fears that 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 (7)

    • Charlie: So uh, you and Kim? Kim, Kim and you. Don: Yeah. Charlie: That a umm, that a serious thing? Don: Yeah. Charlie: Seems kinda weird I didn't know about it. Don: Well, I don't know who you dated 3 years ago.

    • 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.

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    Notes (5)

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

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

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

    • This episode is rated TV14.

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

    Trivia (9)

    • The MATH: Guilloche 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.

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Don takes a team of people to the warehouse. All of them have helmets... except Don. Wouldn't it be wiser for Don to take a helmet with him considering the situation?

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