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Dr. Larry Fleinhardt
Of all the possibilities that Charlie comes up with about possible staged accidents when he is interviewing Ruiz, he fails to mention the large stretch of water they are sitting by, which the killer later tries to use as a secret assassination.
The oil painting of Dr. Gary Lorden seen in the hallway outside Charlie's office was created to resemble the painting of Alfred P. Sloan in the CalTech math department.
The MATH in this episode was based on hide-and-seek game theory; specifically, two-person constant-sum "hide-and-seek" with unique mixed-strategy equilibria as described by Rubinstein, Tversky and Heller.
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Don: You work it out with Dad about Aunt Irene's party and your concert?
Charlie: Oh, you know what, I, uh, I couldn't even get the tickets.
Don: So you don't have a date with Amita?
Charlie: No, eh, no big deal.
Don: Charlie, when are you gonna start living your own life and realize Dad can take care of himself? Look, I'll tell you what, you help me catch this guy and I-I'll go to Aunt Irene's next party, all right?
Charlie:Just a, uh, word of advice.
Charlie: Make yourself scarce when the slow music starts.
Don: Oh. Dad, you're the designated dancer.
Alan: No, she hates me.
Charlie: Why don't you ask Don?
Alan: No, Don's too busy.
Charlie: I'm busy, too.
Alan: Yeah, I didn't mean it that way. Anyway, this isn't about you, it's about me.
Alan: (as he walks away) You do realize who has to dance with her now.
Charlie: Hide and seek.
Don: What are you talking about, like the kids' version?
Charlie: A mathematical approach to it, yes. See, the assassin must hide in order to accomplish his goal, we must seek and find the assassin before he achieves that goal.
Megan: Ah, behavioral game theory, yeah, we studied this at Quantico.
Charlie: I doubt you studied it the way that Rubenstein, Taversky and Heller studied two person constant sum hide and seek with unique mixed strategy equilibria.
Megan: No, not quite that way.
Don: Just bear with him.
Charlie: Aunt Irene hates you.
Alan: No, she doesn't hate me. She was just a little disappointed at your mother's choice of spouse.
Don: So, does that make me a three-step thinker?
Charlie: You keep working with me, you'll get there soon enough.
Don: Shut up.
Colby: You assaulted a federal agent with a deadly weapon.
Henry: It was a Volkswagen.
Charlie: What are you doing here?
Don: Hey. Well, I'm ready to party like it's 1899.
Don: So what does all your behavioral science training tell you about a grown man who still lives with his mother?
Megan: Probably about the same as two brothers still mooching meals at their dad's house three nights a week.
Don: Hey, technically it's my brother's house, but o-okay, Megan, I-I see how it's gonna be.
Megan (grins): I just call 'em like I see 'em.
Don: Uh huh, all right.
Alan: (to Charlie on assassinations) When it's done right you never do find out who did it. Kennedy...Dallas...'63. They're still waiting for an answer on that one.
Don: (catching paper airplane) Who made this?
Charlie: Me. Why?
Don: Wings are a little thin here buddy.
Charlie: Forgive me if all my years of advanced applied mathematics take issue with that assessment.
Don: Yeah... well... you'll forgive me if all my years of high school detention say I'm right . Go ahead... you make those wings wider... it'll fly.
Charlie: Basic rule of secret assassination... be the first respondent. I think you were face-to-face with Condor.
Alan: See, Charlie, the thing about kids is... you can't make them into what you want.
Larry: How'd you come by all this hard data on assassination techniques?
Charlie: I have a friend at the NSA who has a friend at the CIA.
Larry: Yeah, don't even tell me.
Amita: Charlie, where did you learn all this stuff about assassination?
Charlie: If I told you that, I'd have to kill you.
Amita: Okay, seriously...
Larry: A Fleinhardt? When did my name become a predicate adjective?
Charlie: When your students started using it that way.
International Episode Titles:
Czech Republic: Nájemný vrah (Assassin)
"All Over" by The Obscurities
Czech Republic: May 22, 2009 on TV Nova
Slovakia: October 26, 2009 on JOJ
This episode is rated: TVPG-V.
The song in Charlie's headphones was "All Over" by Obscurities.
This episode was originally slated to play as the first episode of the season, but was moved back to third, then to its final airing of fifth in the season.
The character of Charlie and Don's Aunt Irene, not seen in the episode, was named after Cheryl Heuton's grandmother's sister's daughter.
Don: A little Glenn Miller. A lot of chicks. What could be better?
Don referred to Glenn Miller, an American jazz musician and band leader in the Swing era. After a very successful career, including many famous recordings, he disappeared under mysterious circumstances during World War II.
Amita: How's the hunt for Red October going? You know... the assassin?
Amita references the novel by Tom Clancy, The Hunt for Red October, and the movie based on the screenplay by Larry Ferguson.
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