Season 2 Episode 2

Bettor or Worse

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 30, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Don and his team are called in when a woman attempting to rob a jewelry store in Beverly Hills is shot by a security guard. Charlie assists the FBI by using the keyless remote from the woman's car to help identify her and locate the store owner's kidnapped wife and daughter.moreless

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  • Kindergarten Teacher?!

    I can't Erica does so stupid and danger to help her younger brother for robbery! Erica know better! It is so cute when Don begged Charlie do his work for FBI Index. Charlie quickly want to help Don for kidnapping case. It worked and found the car and her home! Rasuch is connected in the middle of case! Rasuch started all things but it got him in very serious trouble, He have to go to prison. He is responsible for gambling and more. Wife quickly left him for good. He care about money because he gambled lot! Anyway, great episode!moreless
  • Review

    The long wait for the time that Charlie and Amita finally go out was a crush to anyone who has watched this series from the start. everyone was hoping that the two would have some kind of a romantic connection, yet the date at the restaurant just blew up in both of there faces. I hope that something is done about this storyline in future episodes. The only think I still find wrong with this series is again the lack of following up on something that happened in the prior episode. What happened with Don and the woman he went to dinner with? Did anything happen there?

    The case in this episode was random, with the father having his own wife and daughter kidnapped? A little wierd as far as the normal cases on numeb3rs goes.moreless
  • Kindergarten Teacher robs jewlry store to help brother. Come on! Hasn't she ever heard of tough love.

    No normal person is going to rob a jewlry store at gun point no less to help a good for nothing brother. You can't convince me of this. And then it turns out to be the owner who has his wife kidnapped on top of the sister robbing the store. Oh my god.

    I did like a lot of the math. Some of the equations were amazing. I love Charlie being brilliant. Except there is ONLY ONE GENIUS. Stop having the professional student/girlfriend come in and correct Charlie's math.

    The date scene was so painful to watch I had to turn the channel. I was afraid they were going to use their math to argue about which meal was economically a better deal. Come on! Charlie is too fantastic and bizarre to go steady with such a boring chick.moreless
  • A kindergarten teacher robs a jewelry store. What?

    Ok, gambling is big business. It is somewhat amusing that this episode comes out in the wake of a sports gambling movie. Too bad, neither of them commands attention. I'm betting they wish they had this one back.

    The jewel heist angle is right out of a Scooby Doo episode. The only thing missing was pulling off the mask to reveal the real crook.

    The math here was interesting. Who knew you needed a math professor to figure out keyless entry? I guess I am overly entertained by the illustrations that come up everytime Charlie starts explaining an equation.

    The highlight of the episode was the date gone wrong. It was a long time coming, and it didn't happen the way I thought it would. But somehow I have a feeling this is not the end of their sparking. Actually, I am betting on it.moreless
  • Geek Love

    Ep was a little to predictable, they are getting foreshadowing the twist way to much in this episode. They need to get away from the twist and just make a pure thriller episode, or pure action episode. Take a break and recharge the writing battery you could say. On the upside we did get to see a fine example of "Geek Love" in its beginning stages LOL.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Opening Numb3rs:
      1 POLAROID

    • The Math:
      Cellular Automata
      Farey Sequence
      Point Spread
      Pseudorandom Numbers

    • Don asks Stephen Logan if he is the owner of a 2001 Saturn Ion. Production of the Ion, however, did not begin until 2003.

    • When David Sinclair pretends to be a Jamaican delivery boy at the Logan residence, the character alludes to a previous role in which Alimi Ballard played a Jamaican delivery boy in FOX's Dark Angel.

    • It seems a little odd that the kidnappers have bound the hands and feet and taken pictures of the hostages with duct tape over their mouths, but when it comes to finding them at the end of the episode, their mouths are uncovered, so they can scream out. There seems no reason that the kidnappers would have made them any more comfortable.

    • What's the point of Charlie reverse-engineering that algorithm? He emails the program over to Don, saying it should mean something to the car manufacturer. One of those number sequences should do the trick because they are as unique as the algorithm. Surely the manufacturer can associate the right algorithm to one (or some) of those sequences. So there's no need for Charlie to do his math magic this time.

    • At one point, just after Charlie e-mails Don some info, he and his team are setting up outside the father's home. Close-captioning reads Don as saying "I don't see the Saturn. Everybody just hold." But nothing can be heard on the audio.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Larry: See, where you see two people, unable to talk about politics or movies...
      Charlie: Hey, movies I-I can, I can talk about... I just saw the penguin movie.
      Larry: I see two extraordinary minds that can communicate on the purest level a man and a woman can interface on. Okay, second purest.
      Charlie: ... geek love.
      Larry: No better kind.

    • Larry: Charlie, have you ever considered our place in the universe?
      Charlie: Certainly... every time we speak.

    • Alan: 3.5 is a ridiculous spread. I took the Jaguars and made $100.
      Don: What, you have a bookie?
      Alan: Do I need a lawyer?
      Don: Ahh, I'll let ya slide.

    • Charlie: Would you wanna do something with me after we're done here?
      Amita: Charlie, are you actually asking me out on a date?

    • Larry: (regarding Charlie and Amita's relationship) It becomes a black hole.
      Charlie: Mixing cosmic metaphors again, are we?

  • NOTES (5)


    • Charlie: Movies... I can talk about. I just saw the penguin movie.
      Charlie references the popular documentary of summer/fall 2005, March of the Penguins, a genre-bending film about emperor penguins in Antarctica.

    • Amita:Have you tried a 1-D cellular automaton?

      A cellular automaton is a collection of colored cells on a grid of specified shape that evolves through a number of discrete time steps according to a set of rules based on the states of neighboring cells.

    • Charlie:Fractions. We're looking for fractions. Specifically, a Farey
      In mathematics, a Farey sequence of order n is the sequence of completely reduced fractions between 0 and 1 which, when in lowest terms, have denominators less than or equal to n, arranged in order of increasing size.

    • Charlie: The most important application, at least for the bookie, is in determining the point spread.
      Spread betting is a form of gambling on the outcome of any event where the more accurate the gamble, the more is won and conversely the less accurate the more is lost.

    • Charlie: This is PeMS - the Freeway Performance Evaluation Monitoring System.
      The Freeway Performance Evaluation Monitoring System (PeMS) is a web-based tool that collects and stores traffic data from California's major metropolitan areas and processes the information so that it is easily analyzed and accessed over a standard internet connection. PeMS also has built-in analytical tools to facilitate traffic management and other tasks.