Season 1 Episode 7

Counterfeit Reality

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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.

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