Season 2 Episode 4

Calculated Risk

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Oct 14, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Don and Megan are called to the murder scene when the CFO of a powerful energy company -- who was about to testify against her fellow executives -- is murdered at her home and her son is the only witness. Knowing there could be thousands of disgruntled ex-employees, Don asks Charlie to narrow the list.moreless

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  • Greedy for 315 millions!!!

    Danny Shay lost his mother because she knew who is behind the money! I can't imagine 6,000 people lost jobs because the "Junior" took people's money to keep money to himself! This episode is really awesome to watch! Don refused let Danny stay at foster care so Don decided to take him home under his dad's care. Alan told Don that he did right thing to do that. Charlie is annoyed and frustrated that kid told why, why, why? It is so funny and I laughs! Great episode!! I love it lot! I can't imagaine Charlie taking care of any kid! It will be nice of him!moreless
  • Review

    There were a couple of things I liked in this episode. The scenes with Don in the park with the Attroney were kind of cool. I thought that she would have been a one time wonder on the show, it as nice to see her return and spend some more time with Don. The lack of Amita in this episode was random and it was the first time that I can recall that she never showed up even to help Charlie for a little bit. I thought the case in question was a good one, with Charlie-Don and their dad having to take care of a kid who had just lost his mother. The inside job done by one of the executives son turned out to be a nice twist. Other then the lack of Amita and Charlie interactions, this episode was everything you would expect out of Numbers.moreless
  • The show would make a great PSA for Big Brothers of America. Too bad, the mommy got shot.

    This episode obviously plays off the demise of Enron. The company in question defrauded lots of people of lots of money. One of them was Larry. The whistle blower is a rich single mother who sone just happened to see the killer's car drive away.

    Charle follows the money trail. The math guru is able to figure out who the killer is by figuring out who had the most to gain by her death.

    There is a crazy red herring involved, and his part of the show just seemed like filler.

    The CEO of the company seemed a little weak despite being portrayed as being so powerful. His casting did not ring true.moreless
  • Everyone had a chance to shine in this episode.

    This was a well acted and written episode. It was Larry and Daniel's input that pointed Charlie in another direction when he stalled in his math. This didn't make Charlie any less the math whiz, it just showed another way to solve a problem. Don and his team did their jobs and solved the case without relying solely on Charlie's input. Especially entertaining is the Epps' family moments.
  • 10
    Great episode! Loved it! It just keeps getting better and better. There was plenty of math with great character development. Math is not the only thing that makes this show so uniquely great. The family aspect is equally important. The scenes with Don, Alan, Charlie and Daniel were priceless! This episode brought out the best in all the characters without sacrificing the story! Can't wait till next week!
Josh Eriksson

Josh Eriksson

Daniel Shay

Guest Star

Richard Fancy

Richard Fancy

Thomas Galway

Guest Star

Richard Cox

Richard Cox

Edward Barret

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The Math:
      Conditional Probability
      Fluid Dynamics
      Compound Interest.
      Decision Tree

    • Opening Numb3rs:
      6374 PINK SLIPS
      1 WITNESS

    • When Don has ice cream with the prosecuting lawyer, her Popsicle is in various states of consumption. There is a bar with one bite, an untouched bar, and one with many bites.

    • Why would Charlie think to ask Larry if he was doing okay financially? Just an episode or two ago Larry bought a beautiful antique car in very fine condition for cash. That was not the move of a man strapped for money.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Don: (to suspects) I'm assuming you all have permits for those bulges in your jackets?

    • Alan: (about Don) Some wise man once told him that it was all right to cry when he's sad, and um... this wise man, well... he's hoping that someday Don's gonna figure out it's okay.
      Daniel: A-are you that wise man?
      Alan: Well, that's another secret.

    • Colby: (to David) Let's see if we can get the whiz kid in here to give us a hand.
      (Charlie appears behind them, smiling.)
      Charlie: Whiz kid?

  • NOTES (3)


    • Colby: It's a white-collar fraud case. Nobody expected Martha Stewart to go down in a hail of bullets.
      Martha Stewart was convicted in 2004 of obstruction of justice and her part in an insider trading scandal. Parts of the sentence were jail time and a ban from her company's board. She resumed her role as Chairman of the Board in 2011.

    • Fluid dynamics
      Fluid dynamics is the subdiscipline of fluid mechanics that studies fluids in motion. Fluids are specifically liquids and gases. The solution of a fluid dynamic problem typically involves calculating for various properties of the fluid, such as velocity, pressure, density, and temperature, as functions of space and time.

    • Megan: I called WITSEC and they won't put a minor into custody without a court order.
      In the United States, the Witness Protection Program (also known as WITSEC) was established by the Witness Protection Act, which in turn sets out the manner in which the U.S. Attorney General may provide for the relocation and protection of a witness or potential witness of the federal government, or for a state government in an official proceeding concerning organized crime or other serious offenses.

    • Google Stocks
      Dr. Fleinhardt said he is financially sound because he hedged his bets with Google. In 2004, the information-organization giant filed for an IPO with stocks opening at $85 per share; within a year it rose to $280 per share making investors rich.