Dr. Larry Fleinhardt
Math used in this episode:
Target Selection Theory
Megan said Larry is going to be on the Space Shuttle for six months, she meant the Space Station. There are a number of problems with the "Larry in Space" storyline:
1) If he was a Payload Specialist on a NASA mission, he wouldn't be staying on the Space Station. He would be part of the shuttle crew, and NASA has not used Payload Specialists in awhile (primarily due to the two shuttle disasters).
2) As a non-astronaut he wouldn't be eligible for Expedition Crew (Space Station crew). The Expedition Crew is typically composed of a commander and two flight engineers, all astronauts.
3) Even if Larry was Expedition Crew, he would have been in training in Houston for at least the year before launch.
Project MKULTRA was the code name for a CIA "mind control" program from the early 1950s until 1963. The project involved the use of drugs, notably LSD, to alter brain functioning and it was carried out on unwitting non-volunteer subjects, most often prisoners and brothel patrons.
In 1972, the CIA destroyed most of the documents related to MKULTRA, though some records made it to the National Security Archives.
Some conspiracy theories claim that MKULTRA was linked with the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
Alan is stated to be out of town on a consulting job. (hence, at the end, this is the 2nd episode that does not end with a family moment).
Megan speaks French because she used to date a hockey player.
At the restaurant when the camera shows the psychiatrist lying on the ground the camera shows five bullet holes but only two have blood surrounding them.
Larry: Let me get this right... You're actually comparing my brushing the heavens with your barely post pubescent moustache?
Charlie: No, I'm just being realistic.
Larry: It's a very fortunate thing for you that I am on the verge of fulfilling one of life's dreams.
Charlie: Fortunate for me?
Larry: That's correct, because with a less ebullient frame of mind, I might well just bop you on the nose. Excuse me...
Don: You all right? (Megan gives Don a strange look) About, Larry?
Megan: Yeah well, it's hard to feel badly when you feel so proud but, yeah the timing sucks. Why do you ask?
Don: I dunno. (shrugs) Charlie seems to be struggling, and I just thought, (struggling with words) I'm just, trying to take care of my own, so.
Megan: Oh, well, that would explain the throbbing vein in the middle of your forehead. (rubs Don's forehead) Thank you. (Megan leaves room)
Don: Yeah, well, I'm here if you need me.
Larry: Listen, I realize this relationship has not been exactly.... forward-leaning. I do want you to know that my heart will remain yours in my absence.
Megan: While in a space capsule? With three guys? I should hope so!
Larry: You know what I mean.
Megan: I do know what you mean. But maybe, tonight, we should just lean forward, a little.
Larry: I believe that's my copy of the Quarterly Review of Cosmology?
Charlie: Yeah, it is ...
Larry: Why are we engaged in combat over it?
Colby: She speaks French.
Megan: She dated a hockey player.
Charlie: (To Larry--about when he wanted to grow a mustache) You said my hair folicles had not reached critical mass!
Colby: After Charlie's analysis turned up empty, we realized...
Charlie: Yes, we.
Megan: (when talking about Larry being in space) I would rather watch you from the privacy of my bedroom.
(after Don hit Agent Raymond)
Megan: (to Raymond) I'd stay down unless you wanna get hit again.
Megan: Autopsy results are in. Death from a gunshot wound to Minh's head.
Colby: We need an autopsy to tell us that?
Charlie: Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
Colby: David, apologize to the man for saving his life.
Colby: A = B = C = D. It's like one of Charlie's equations. Can't believe I just said that.
Charlie: I have known Larry Fleinhardt for fifteen years. He's not going anywhere.
Music featured in this episode was "I'm Alive" by Jeremy Kay (ending scenes).
International Episode Titles:
Czech Republic: Projekt Brutus (Project Brutus)
International Air Dates:
The Netherlands: May 16, 2007 on Veronica
Australia: May 29, 2007 on Ten
New Zealand: September 9, 2007 on TV3
Czech Republic: July 7, 2009 on TV Nova
Finland: February 5, 2010 on Sub
Slovakia: January 21, 2011 on JOJ
This episode was rated TV-PG (LV) in its first network broadcast.
Larry: Mens sana in corpore sano.
Continuing the Roman theme, this Latin phrase literally translates to 'a healthy mind in a healthy body' and is from Juvenal's "Satire X."
Don: Larry's got the right stuff.
The Right Stuff was a 1979 novel and 1983 film chronicling the lives of the Mercury 7, the first seven astronauts selected for the NASA space program.
The government program, and the episode title, "Brutus" refers to Marcus Brutus because the subjects of the program were intended to go back into the midst of their friends and assassinate them. The psychiatrist activating the subjects is aware of this allusion and uses the name Marcus as well as Brutus.
Marcus Junius Brutus was the most infamous assassin of Julius Caesar because Caesar considered him a good friend.
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