# Mathnet Season 1Episode 2

## The Problem of the Missing Baseball

Aired Weekdays 5:00 PM Feb 02, 1987 on PBS

## Trivia

• ### Quotes

• George: (after Howie recovers his father's missing baseball) You're a lucky kid to have a real autograph from Babe Ruth.
Howie: I'll say. A real baseball in a fake fireplace behind some fake logs, on top of some fake gold bricks.
George: Fake gold bricks?
Kate: Fake gold bricks?
Sampson: Fake gold bricks?! So that's where he hid them.
(George and Kate stare at him)
Sampson: Uh-oh. All right. You got me. I stole the gold years ago. I spent some time in prison. That's all behind me now. So...
Kate: So?
Sampson: Can I go now?
Kate: You're forgetting one thing, Sampson.
Sampson: Yeah?
Kate: We got you on a 484.
Sampson: 484?
Kate: Stealing a baseball.
Howie: Why'd you steal my father's baseball, Mr. Sampson?
Sampson: I didn't steal your father's baseball. I stole the house.
George: Why did you steal the house?
Sampson: It wasn't for sale, and I needed it.
Kate: There are plenty of other houses in the Greater Los Angeles area. Why this one?
Sampson: Well, it's like this. When I stole that gold, I had a partner. He got away, but also, he took the gold with him. And when I got out, I traced him here. He was living in this house when he got arrested for another crime. So, I knew he must've hidden the gold in this house.
Kate: So you put the nab on the house to get the gold.
Sampson: And it was here all the time. My partner built a fireplace out of gold bricks. Can you beat that? Should've known it, too.
Kate: Oh?
Sampson: He used to be a brick layer before he turned to a life of crime and corruption.
George: Would you say that crime does not pay?
Sampson: I sure would. Not the way I do it, anyway.

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