Mathnet

Season 2 Episode 3

The Case of the Deceptive Data

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Aired Weekdays 5:00 PM Oct 03, 1988 on PBS
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A shocking development in the rapidly-deteriorating TV scene: The Mike Pliers Show, a once-popular local children's show about the titular private detective,has been canceled, much to George's anger. The president of the Mike Pliers Fan Club wants to know the truth behind its axing. With the Mathnetters at her side, she learns that it all comes down to ratings and Nielsen boxes. But these numbers do not seem to add up.

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Joe Howard

Joe Howard

George Frankly

Beverly Leech

Beverly Leech

Kate Monday

Mary Watson

Mary Watson

Debbie Williams (Season 2 - Mid Season 3)

James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones

Chief Thad Green

McLean Stevenson

McLean Stevenson

Mike Pliers

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Nedra Volz

Nedra Volz

Myrna Breckenspan

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Dick Sargent

Dick Sargent

Wellworth Watching/Vicious Vinnie Vermin

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    • (Kate enters the office, where George rants to himself)
      Kate: Morning, George. Good weekend?
      George: (to himself) It's outrageous.
      Kate: Your weekend was outrageous?
      George: I'm not gonna take anymore of it.
      Kate: Had you been taking more of it, George?
      George: Who do they think I am?!
      Kate: Who do they think you are, George?
      George: John Q. Public! That's who! Now, I've got some rights! (suddenly notices Kate; calmly) Oh. Good morning, Kate. How was your weekend?
      Kate: Not as outrageous as yours. What's wrong with you? I've never seen you act like this before.
      George: Do you know what they did at DDB?
      Kate: DDB?
      George: Ding-Dong Broadcasting?
      Kate: Channel 14?
      George: Yes! They cancelled The Mike Pliers Show!
      Kate: They did, did they? That's too bad, I guess.
      George: Too bad? Too bad?! Mike Pliers had the best local kid's show in Los Angeles, and he's cancelled!
      Kate: Mike Pliers was private detective who solves crimes by using his head?
      George: Using his head, and not his fists. It's an outrage that they would take a show like that off the air!
      Kate: Why did they take it off the air, George?
      George: I don't know, but I'm about to find out.
      Kate: Really? How?
      George: I did something I have never done before, Kate. I made a fan call.
      Kate: You mean a phone call?
      George: A fan call. I called the president of Mike's fan club and asked her to come down here.
      Kate: It's wonderful, George.
      George: Then I called Mike Pliers, his very own self. They're both due any minute.
      Kate: I can hardly wait.
      George: So can I. I mean, I idly stood by when they cancelled Love That Duck, and I did NOTHING when they took Whose Shoe is This off the air! But no more!
      Kate: George, I'm sure Ding-Dong Broadcasting had good reasons for taking Mike Pliers off the air.
      George: Well, I'm not, and I'm gonna get to the bottom of this. When it comes to important issues, people have to stand up, Kate...
      Kate: Sit down, George.
      George: (takes his seat) ...and be counted!

    • George and the Little Girl: When you're surrounded by creeps and liars,
      grab your decoder and call Mike Pliers!

    • Announcer: (during Watching's mugshot) Wellworth Watching, also known as Vicious Vinnie Vermin, was tried and convicted of a 417: Breaking and entering a computer, an 812: Using Emit Kelly's makeup to misinform kids, and a 714.33: Contaminating data. He was sent away from society for a gosh darn long time.

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