Numb3rs

Obsession

Season 2, Ep 3, Aired 10/7/05
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  • Episode Description
  • The FBI becomes involved in the stalking of a popular singer after she is threatened by an intruder in her house and reveals a series of threatening letters she's received through the mail. Charlie determines the letters are from two different people after analyzing the handwriting. When a photographer is found dead near the singer's house, Don believes the photographer was murdered and his death is somehow related to the stalking case.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Chase Hoyt

    Paparazzi #1

  • Robert Port

  • John Behring

  • Samaire Armstrong

    Skyler Wyatt

  • Alimi Ballard

    David Sinclair

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • Fame...

    By gopink, Nov 26, 2007

  • Review

    By cavanagh15, Feb 13, 2007

  • An impressive episode about the harsh life of a star.

    By sky_vista, Feb 11, 2006

  • Better than the first 2 episodes...

    By thern84, Oct 10, 2005

  • It is hard to feel sorry for the rich and famous. They seem to have it all. However, this show highlights that many of them can't find happiness in the spotlight.

    By danasdude, Oct 24, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Larry: ‘31 actually. Dawn of an amazing decade. FDR, Jesse Owens, Dirac’s prediction of anti-particles. Yeah, our souls were rekindled.
      Charlie: I can’t help but see it as seventy-year-old technology.
      Larry: You’re just jealous because you can’t drive a stick shift.

    • Alan: Since when does a college professor receive anonymous fan letters?
      Charlie: Are you kidding? Richard Feynman was a stud; he got marriage proposals by the dozen. Einstein was a true sex symbol.

    • Charlie: (about the note he's received) It's from someone who says she's a fan of my work on low dimensional topology. And she's a fan of my... hair.

    • Charlie: You're here for the photo enhancements. It's still, you know, enhancing.

    • Don: We got anything on him? Megan: Other than the fact that even stalkers don’t take good pictures at the DMV?

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    Notes (8)

    • The music played in this episode included "In the Waiting Line" by Zero 7.

    • Larry's new car is owned by Peter MacNicol who lent it to the show.

    • The model of the house built using various boxes was designed by members of the Numb3rs art department, which is headed up by Production Designer, Bill Eigenbrodt. They worked from photos and diagrams of the real house and construction took nearly half a day.

    • The scene with the lavender-scented note from Charlie's secret admirer was added as a tribute to David Krumholtz's fans, who really are obsessed with his hair.

    • Zero 7 is one of Nick Falacci's favorite music groups.

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    Trivia (5)

    • Opening Numb3rs:
      1,000,000 WOMEN STALKED
      170K CELEBRITIES
      4400 MURDERED
      1 OBSESSION

    • The Math:
      Trigonometry
      Curvelet Analysis
      Forensic Information System for Handwriting (FISH)
      Spherical Trigonometry
      Art Gallery Problem

    • Larry's new car in this episode is a 1931 Ford Model A.

    • Charlie wrote his first mathematics paper at age 14 for the American Journal of Mathematics.

    • Charlie has a secret admirer (who likes him for his mind and ... hair).

    Allusions (7)

    • Larry: They say that Alfred Nobel's mistress had an affair with a very famous mathematician. So, naturally, Nobel wouldn't want to share his prize with his rival. Larry mentions the alleged rivalry between Alfred Nobel, whose will instituted the Nobel Prizes, and Gösta Mittag-Leffler, the mathematician who would have had a relationship with Nobel's wife. This legend is discredited though, for the two of them couldn't have had enough contact in their lifetimes, there is no historical evidence, and Nobel never got married after all. More likely, the thought of creating a Math Prize never occurred to Nobel, for he was only concerned about practical sciences.

    • Megan: ... will experience some form of stalking in their lifetime. It starts with flower ... and then letters ... and then dead bunnies. This is a reference to the movie Fatal Attraction. At one point in the movie, a pet bunny is killed.

    • Larry: ‘31 actually. Dawn of an amazing decade. FDR, Jesse Owens, Dirac’s prediction of anti-particles. In 1928 the physicist Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac found a relativistic quantum-mechanical equation of motion for electrons, the so-called Dirac-Equation. This equation also contains solutions for a particle with the opposite electrical charge of an electron. After some confusion about the meaning of these extra solutions, in 1931, Dirac interpreted them as the not-yet found anti-particle to the electron, the positron. It was first observed in an experiment in 1932, which proved Dirac's interpretation right.

    • When Charlie was talking about the basketball hoop and all the equations were popping up, one of the equations was the Pythagorean Theorem. The formula for this equation is: a squared plus b squared equals c squared.

    • While building the mansion model, Charlie mentions Chvátal's Art Gallery Theorem. The theorem states that if the walls of an art gallery are made up of n straight line segments, then the entire gallery can always be supervised by floor(n/3) watchmen placed in corners.

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