Season 2 Episode 7


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Nov 11, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When a father is killed in a home invasion, Don and his team investigate the connection between the murder and a rash of robberies in the upscale community.

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  • Two Math Geeks of Princeton...

    Charlie and Marshall are fighting and enemy to each other for years! I am so glad they became friend in the end of this episode! They did made a peace. Marshall is really glad that he helped FBI caught three murderers. What a good team work! I really like this episode because of Marshall and Charlie. Amita seemed like Marshall lot but she don't want to socially and she want to focus her work and classworks well. Charlie seemed really suprised that Larry and Amita like Marshall lot because he is great conversationalist!! Great episode, I love it and I hope Marshall will come back to Calsci for visit! I hope so or I wish!moreless
  • from geek to geek

    I enjoyed this episode a lot. I liked the entire plot line but the best part of this episode was the fued that Charlie and Marshall Penfield (him and Charlie went to Princeton together) had. I liked the idea that all the while Penfield was acting like a jerk and trying to get a rise out of Charlie, especially by hanging out with Amita, and Charlie was doing the same and trying to get a rise out of Penfield. The two characters bounced off each other so well that they made the episode far more entertaining. Once again Charlie proves to be the genius he is.moreless
  • Here is an episode when everything works!

    This is an episode that proves that Numb3rs is one of CBS’ best dramas. The opening scene shows why this show works. It’s all counts on the brothers, Don and Charlie. Rob Morrow and David Krumholtz have the perfect on-screen dynamic that makes their characters’ relationship believable and fun to watch. In the screen where David and Colby tell Don that his brother is starting to freak them out, Don handles the situation perfectly. He basically says, "yeah, he’s a freak, but so what he’s my brother." In this episode the intensity of geeky math and the intensity of the FBI merge seamlessly to create one griping hour of television. Colin Hanks guests stars as a rival of Charlie who seems to be out to destroy Charlie’s life-time achievement. The "math fight" between Hanks and Krumholtz is flawless. This is one of the best episodes.moreless
  • Charlie needs to relax

    Charlie was very stressed during the whole episode, like he doesn't like or stand competition. So Amita goes out with this guy and she refuses Charlie's concert invitation? I don't think I like her anymore.

    I also don't think Charlie is wasting his time helping his brother because I think his job is great. Charlie makes me think of those people that want to do a lot but can't fully finish everything. However, with a brain like his, he can do wonders. And the father is always there giving his sons advice and comfort whenever they need it.

    I think Megan is a great addition to the show, but I'm still not convinced if she and Don have chemistry, but they work well together. Also Peter MacNicol's character is very good, playing someone he could only play.

    So these two men were associated with other two to attack people and steal valuable objects and finally killing them.

    Good how two great minds finally solved their differences and talk things out. LGmoreless
  • Review

    I think this episode was really good in a way and really terrible in a way. First - the really good way. The Charlie scenes with the other math professor from Princeton were really exciting to watch. To watch them go back and forth over math and the relationsip with Amita actually brought some humor to the show for the change. I enjoyed watching Charlies theory get torn apart, only for him to fix it near the end of the episode and get expired to maybe do some more math equations again. The bad way - I think the cases in this second season are starting to take a turn for the worse. The past 2-3 cases have been really average. This one was no different, with seemingly random connections able to point out the killer. Being able to find a bullet in the ground months after it had been shot? I mean I know Charlie is good at math, but I found the bullet search a little to unreal for me.moreless
Colin Hanks

Colin Hanks

Marshall Penfield

Guest Star

Devin Sidell

Devin Sidell

Student #1

Guest Star

James Lancaster

James Lancaster

Store Owner

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Alan says that he's working on a 5,000-piece puzzle. However, if one counts the number of pieces that make up the length and width (approximately 35 x 30), it is actually only a 1000-piece puzzle.

    • The MATH in this episode includes: Group theory and projectile motion.

    • The Pie 'n Burger is an actual restaurant in Pasadena frequented by students and faculty who attend Cal Tech.

    • Opening numbers:
      7 Home invasions
      $3.6 Million-stolen
      2 Murders
      2 Antique lamps

    • Charlie says GPS satellites are on a geo-synchronous orbit. That's wrong. They're on an intermediate orbit between geo-synchronous and low Earth orbit. At geo-synchronous altitude, satellites orbit the Earth every 24h. GPS satellites orbit every 12 hours.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Charlie: I need to devote myself to something significant in my field...important to other mathematicians.
      Alan: Yeah, you know what I think, Charlie? I think your life's work should be what you find important.

    • Roley: Did you, uh, brought money, right?
      Megan: Oh, I brought better than money!
      Agents: (Showing up) FBI! FBI! FBI!

    • Colby: Your brother is starting to freak me out a little bit.
      Don: What? Just a little?

    • Larry: Wisdom and genius: rarely present in equal abundance.

    • Larry: You're a talented theoretician with an ego problem.

    • Charlie (Regarding cell phones) : Do you two realize what's in here?
      Don: Well, in your case a whole lot of unanswered voice mail, I can tell you that.

    • Charlie: The only keg party I ever threw [in college], he stole the keg.

    • Larry: You know, Don, you and I are very alike. We are both focused on large possibly unattainable goals. Me trying to explain the workings of the universe...
      Don: And what am I doing? Trying to take all those unworkable workings and put them in jail. Yeah good luck to both of us.

    • (the FBI has caught the actual three robbers and murderers, the lead guy is pushed against the window and sees the baby doll in the car)
      Warren: Hey, what's that?
      Megan: Shut up, can't you see the baby's sleeping?

    • Marshall: You were always testy when challenged... Ya know, I was talking about that with Amita...
      Charlie: You were, were you? Marshall, do whatever you like... just you remember... Amita's a sharp mathematician so no matter how you try you're never gonna to get her to believe that this (holds up two fingers an inch apart) is six inches.
      Marshall: (smirking) I bet with you that subject's never come up.
      Colby: (to David) ooooo... math fight!

    • Amita: I love jigsaw puzzles.
      Larry: ...and I love pizza.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Sinclair: (on finding the stolen lamp) Maybe you should rub it three times and find out what it's about to say to you.

      A reference to the story of Aladdin and his magic lamp, from which a genie appeared when Aladdin rubbed the lamp.

    • Larry: A little too Big Brother to me.
      Big Brother was the symbol of The Party in George Orwell's 1984, which describes a totalitarian dystopia in which the government controls every aspect of life, including one's thoughts.