Season 1, Ep 11, Aired 4/29/05
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  • Episode Description
  • A senior computer-science researcher working on a classified government project is found murdered in his Hollywood Hills home and data has been stolen from his computer. The investigation reveals the victim was going through a bitter divorce and was trying to keep his wife from getting his money. Charlie also learns the project on which the man was working might have involved baseball.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Judd Hirsch

    Alan Eppes

  • David Krumholtz

    Charlie Eppes

  • Peter MacNicol

    Dr. Larry Fleinhardt

  • Alimi Ballard

    David Sinclair

  • Rob Morrow

    Don Eppes

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Review

    By cavanagh15, Jan 31, 2007

  • A murder causes Charlie to rethink the consequences of his own consulting work.

    By kateyvic, Aug 15, 2006

  • A fine example of how I like this series. It's inspired, believable and just well written.

    By t_a_k, Sep 26, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Larry: Real science is discovery, Charles, it's not invention. The truths are there whether we find them or not.

    • (Charlie is surprised that his parents almost split up when he didn't notice anything wrong.)
      Alan: Charlie, that's how parents argue in front of their children. They disguise big things as little things.

    • Charlie: Einstein said that one has time for either science or family, but not both.

    • Charlie: Mathematics can be much more lucrative than most fathers think.

    • Scott: What'd you want?
      Charlie: I'm trying to figure out how you could kill a man. How you could kill a fellow scientist... to steal his work.
      Scott: Is that why you think I killed Dr. Hoke? For money?
      Charlie: You weren't jealous of his accomplishments.
      Scott: His accomplishments. Is that was you call them? I grew up in West Oakland. Anyone I grew up with, who isn't dead or in prison, is flipping burgers or driving a truck. And it's not too difficult to guess what Dr. Hoke's formula would have said about putting a computer lab up in my high school. That computer lab saved my life. And next year it's going to save somebody else's.
      Charlie: And killing Dr. Hoke accomplishes that? You think it stops there?
      Scott: Well, in the last century, the Nazis used the theory of eugenics to stop the poor from reproducing. Eventually, they justified just killing the sick ones.
      Charlie: You can't compare that to this.
      Scott: Actually, that's a perfect comparison, 'cause what Jonas was doing was taking away a person's chance at life. It's taking away someone's hope, and I did what I had to do to stop that before it started.
      Charlie: That makes you a murderer.
      Scott: Have you ever thought about your own work?
      Charlie: ...What about my work?
      Scott: Well, you consult for the NSA, don't you?
      (Charlie nods slightly.)
      Ahh, of course you do. So you gonna tell me that everything you do will be used for good, all the time?
      Charlie: What's your point?
      Scott: Well, you're asking me how I'm gonna live with myself... look in the mirror. Ask yourself the same question.

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    Notes (6)

    • Joseph Gordon-Levitt was dressed to look like a younger Charlie (including his hair) so the underlying relationship between the two would look more personal for Charlie on camera.

    • Sabrina Lloyd left the show during the production of this episode. However, her character did appear in one scene. She appeared in no episodes filmed after this.

    • Joseph Gordon-Levitt co-starred with David Krumholtz in Gil Junger's 1999 film "10 Things I Hate About You".

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: August 4, 2008 on TV Nova Slovakia: October 20, 2009 on JOJ

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Oběť (Sacrifice)

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    Trivia (3)

    • Opening Numb3rs:
      91 THINK TANKS

    • The Math:
      Van Eck Phreaking
      Sabermetrics - The study of baseball performance through statistical analysis.

    • Alan and his wife were thinking of divorcing when Charlie went to Princeton.

    Allusions (5)

    • Charlie: In World War II, submarines were equipped with bathythermographs...
      Bathythermographs are designed to find warm water because the difference in acoustical properties of warm and cold water bend the signals of sonar making them less accurate. A submarine could hide below a layer of warmer water in an attempt to avoid being hit by accurately dropped enemy depth charges.

    • Don: What was that one book? About the Orioles GM...
      Charlie: Moneyball.
      Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game was a successful book that looked into the use of sabermetrics and how it was used to create ball clubs.

    • Charlie: ...Hoke was developing a pretty sophisticated application of Sabermetrics.
      Sabermetrics is the analysis of baseball through objective evidence, especially baseball statistics. The term is derived from the acronym SABR, which stands for the Society for American Baseball Research.

    • Tech: It was an antenna.
      Charlie: A Van Eck phreak.
      Tech: ...but at a far more sophisticated level.
      Van Eck phreaking is a form of eavesdropping in which special equipment is used to pick up telecommunication signals or data within a computer device by monitoring and picking up the electromagnetic fields (EM fields) that are produced by the signals or movement of the data. This electromagnetic radiation, with the proper equipment, can be captured from computer displays that use cathode ray tubes (CRTs), from printers, and from other devices.

    • Scott: Well, in the last century the Nazis used the theory of eugenics to stop the poor from reproducing.
      Eugenics is a social philosophy which advocates the manipulation of human reproduction for the purposes of attempting to improve the human species over generations in regards to hereditary features.

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