Numb3rs

Structural Corruption

Season 1, Ep 4, Aired 2/11/05
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  • Episode Description
  • After an engineering student at CalSci is found dead from an apparent suicide, Charlie convinces Don to launch an investigation after he reads the student's thesis which asserted that the architecturally magnificent Cole Center in Los Angeles is structurally unstable. Although reluctant at first, Don and his team discover that the student's findings were correct and uncover a dangerous and surprising conspiracy. Meanwhile, Alan prepares for a first date and convinces Don and Terry to join them, hoping they might rekindle their old romance.moreless

  • 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)
  • If you're looking to see why "Numb3rs" breaks the crime show mold, look no further.

    By jamoon2006, Oct 23, 2007

  • Review

    By cavanagh15, Jan 28, 2007

  • Unorthodox, but I like it.

    By whiteraven2005, May 01, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Alan: I sure hope you like duck.
      His Date: Oh yes I do, I have two, Paddles and Mr. Waddlesworth. Oh my God, I don't eat it!

    • Terry: It's a cat and dog thing, some guys like women that can handcuff them.

    • David: There’s no conclusive forensic evidence.
      Don: Yeah, well, that’s what confessions are for.

    • Larry: Can I tell you a story?
      Charlie: Yes, please, as long as it’s not another parable from the lives of the great mathematicians.

    • Bob Mazelli: FBI? What’d we do wrong this time?
      Terry
      : What did you do wrong last time?

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    Notes (9)

    • The music featured in this episode was "Used" by Brad Yoder (closing scene).

    • Alan's job as a retired city planner was chosen so that he would have an expertise unrelated to that of either of his sons, and that he would have had a job in which he met lots of people in the community and was tied into a lot of different groups. He's supposed to the be the guy who has a full social life, friends, interests.

    • The entire time Alan on his date,  she is never once seen. This was done because the writers found it would be better if you never saw what Alan's "taste in women" was.

    • This episode was meant to play 5th, but was pushed up to 4th by CBS.

    • This episode was originally titled Bulldogs & Buildings.

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    Trivia (12)

    • Opening Numb3rs:
      150 FEET
      15 MPH
      04 SECONDS TO IMPACT
      1100 COLLEGE SUICIDES PER YEAR

    • The Math:
      Pendulum
      Foucault's Pendulum.
      Occam's Razor
      Fluid Dynamics

    • Don and Terry dated each other earlier in their careers.

    • Alan and his wife met in the lunch line at work.

    • The exterior shots of the fictional Cole Center are of the Figueroa at Wilshire Building, located at 601 S. Figueroa Street in Los Angeles, California.

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    Allusions (2)

    • 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.

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