Season 1 Episode 7

Counterfeit Reality

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 11, 2005 on CBS
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Don learns that counterfeiters are at work producing small-denomination bills, and they have taken an artist hostage to draw the images for the fake money. If the missing woman isn't located soon, Don fears she will be killed when her work is finished on the phony cash. The counterfeiters have already murdered at least five people, two of whom stole money from them. The case is made more difficult for Don when his former lover, now a Secret Service agent, is assigned to it.


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    The case itself was a good one. I really liked the way that Charlie found out where the hostage was located, thought Im very surprised that he couldnt have found that out much earlier in the episode.

    Learning a little bit about Dons past life was interesting, with the Secret Service agent and himself forced to work together after a seemingly bad breakup that eneded because of Dons mother getting sick. Learning that Don was about to make a huge committment a couple of years ago really says a lot about him.

    The one thing I dont like about this show is not following up on things they create in certain episode. In the episode before this one Charlie is about to ask Anita out before Don interupts. In this episode, Anita hardly makes an apperance and there is not further conenctions between the two. I hope this solution is solved in the next episode or two.moreless
  • Charlie helps Don find counterfeiters. I really liked the interaction between Don and Charlie when Charlie finds out he had lived with Kim. And also the scene at the end.

    This was a terrific show. I liked Don's interaction with Kim. Sort of bitterly friendly. When Kim tells Charlie that she lived with Don, Charlies reactions were so believable. Without saying a word the actor conveyed surprise and embarrassment. I especially liked the end scene in Don's apartment. It was painfully touching. You can tell Charlie really feels bad that his brother had been distant, and Don got it and attempted to open up.moreless
Jennifer Carta

Jennifer Carta


Guest Star

Michole White

Michole White

Agent Ramos

Guest Star

Geoffrey Rivas

Geoffrey Rivas

Det. Ray Reynolds

Guest Star

Navi Rawat

Navi Rawat

Amita Ramanujan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Opening Numb3rs:
      3 MURDERS
      1,230 DOLLARS
      1 ARTIST

    • The Math:
      Guilloché Patterns – A pattern formed by two or more curved bands that interlace to create a circular design.
      Wavelet Analysis – A mathematical principle that cuts data into different frequency components then studies the components matched to their scale.

    • Don and Kim both worked at an office in Albuquerque. He proposed to Kim, but left abruptly when his mother became ill. Kim then went to work for the Secret Service.

    • The security strip on the fake $10 note is in the wrong place. The strip is on the right side of the face, not the left, for that particular bill.

    • In the final scene when Charlie takes over the box of belongings to Don, Don complains about it being 2 AM, but it is clearly daytime outside.

    • Don takes a team of people to the warehouse. All of them have helmets... except Don. Wouldn't it be wiser for Don to take a helmet with him considering the situation?

    • When Charlie runs in to tell the agents he found the message, the camera slowly zooms in on the agents while Charlie says, "It was in the counterfeit bills." Listen carefully, the line was dubbed in during post-production.

    • Blanchard gets shot in the back with a high powered weapon (one that can go through a human body), but Sinclair doesn't have a scratch on him after pulling him out of the way?

    • In the photo of Don and Kim, the style and length of Kim's hair would indicate it was taken just prior to the episode. Also, the photo isn't weathered enough to have been in the box for three years.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Kim: You and your brother are a lot alike.
      Charlie: You think so? Most people can't get over how different we are.
      Kim: Well, yeah, the interests are pretty different, but the approach, this one part exuberance, two parts obsession, is identical.

    • Charlie: People's shopping patterns. Patterns can be quantified into equations.
      Kim: Um, the Secret Service and the Treasury Department have been working on this problem for decades, okay? Predicting money flow, tracing counterfeit in circulation, it's unpredictable, there are too many variables.
      Charlie: That makes it challenging, not impossible.

    • Alan: You must have some kind of sixth sense. I buy rib-eye and you just materialize.
      Don: Well, actually, I... Did you say rib-eye? And, like, a baked potato?

    • (Charlie returns the box Don was looking for.)
      Don: You opened it? What is with you, man? Even when we were kids, you were always going through my stuff!
      Charlie: You always had cool stuff.

    • Charlie: Now, we don't often think about it, but someone must have drawn this design, right?
      Don: Right.
      Charlie: I want you to think of that artist... as a runner on the beach. He's leaving footprints, which record every decision he makes. Faster, slower, closer to the water, further away. Now these are counterfeit bills. A second artist trying to copy the original ... a second runner. Now, when that second runner tries to follow the exact same path as the first, it's impossible. Even if he's being careful, he can't match the footprints without leaving evidence of himself. Different foot different stride... that's how you spot a forgery.

  • NOTES (6)