Season 2 Episode 7


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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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