Season 1 Episode 8

Identity Crisis

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Apr 01, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary


A man wanted for stock fraud is found garroted in his apartment, and the crime is eerily similar to a murder committed a year earlier; a case Don closed when an ex-con confessed. Now, Don must re-investigate the old case to determine if he put an innocent man in jail. He asks Charlie to go over the evidence to see if he missed anything the first time around.


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  • Logic, it all makes sense

    What an interesting case. You got a new suspect in a murder case similar to one that happened a year ago. Two suspects looking alike and only one of them did it, or maybe didn´t? Don probably made a mistake by putting the wrong man in jail. As new evidence comes up it gets confusing but at the same time it all makes sense: Is it true that every fingerprint is unique? Has it been proven? Charlie´s statement about it is very convincing. I say that as long as human beings are involved in these kind or procedures, mistakes can happen. LGmoreless
  • Review

    I liked this episode for the case, hated it for the lack of personal connection between the characters.

    The case was really good, with connecting something from over a year and a half ago with something that had just recently happened. I liked the emotion that guy that had been put incorrectly into jail showed throughout the episode. In the end he was realeased from prison, which I thought was a great ending to the episode.

    The part I didnt like about the episode was again, this episode was all the drama about the case in question and nothing about the charcaters in there personal lives. Cahrlie and Anitas storyline remains undone and it needs to be finished soonmoreless
  • A man is found garroted in his apartment, and the crime is reminiscent of a murder committed a year earlier, a case in which an ex-con confessed.

    I really enjoyed this episode. I sat back and enjoyed the ride, loving the plot at each pivotal moment. In addition, I can relate to second-guessing oneself.

    Don is outside of his comfort zone, he is doubtful of his own investigative methods, and Charlie is glad to help. I believe he revels in the fact that his brother needs his help. Charlie needs to be important in Don’s life. Don has been distant in the past. Charlie most recently became conscious of this fact when he learned that Don was living with Kim, a Secrete Service agent, back in Albuquerque (Episode 7). Charlie has spent most of his time sitting on the sidelines of Don’s life. When Don needs his help, this brings their relationship toward mutualism.

    The sibling relationship dynamics keeps it interesting. What will we learn next?moreless
  • The error in DNA testing.

    One of the great this about this show is the educational ability of it. Charlie is a character that can truly get you excited about math. Maybe even people who wouldn't normally think twice about it. This episode actually deals with mathematical error. Espeically in DNA profiling and testing. Not only that but Charlie also makes references to the absolute error that can come with finger print analysis. While people believe that DNA evidence and fingerprints are fool proof, they simply aren't even close. In this episode we also learn some more about Don and his personality quirks. Juries really should be thinking a little longer and maybe a little harder when faced with DNA and finger print evidence.moreless
Janan Raouf

Janan Raouf

Mikelle Peters

Guest Star

Angela Paton

Angela Paton

Mrs. Janas Meloy

Guest Star

Molly Hagan

Molly Hagan

Fingerprint Technition

Guest Star

Navi Rawat

Navi Rawat

Amita Ramanujan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Opening Numb3rs:
      23,360,309 ACCUSED
      1,541,809 CONVICTIONS
      10,160 EXONERATED
      2 SAME MO

    • The Math:
      Paper Folding
      Geometric Progression – A sequence of numbers where the quotient of two successive numbers is constant.
      Pyramid Scheme – A non-sustainable business model that promises high returns for very little investment.
      Random Match Probability – Used in relation to DNA evidence to calculate the frequency of a random sample match in a population.
      Schrödinger's Cat – In quantum mechanics, this is an exercise used to illustrate questions surrounding subatomic theory.

    • Don originally got into college on a sports scholarship for baseball. After realizing he wasn't good enough at the game, he knew he wouldn't be anything great professionally. He took the FBI entrance exam the next day.

    • Look hard at the CD player Mark turns down. The CD isn't spinning.

    • When David pulls out his gun, why did he choose to do it when he was by the pipes? Why didn't he do it at a more appropriate time, like after he jumped the fence and had Jose in his sights?

    • When Mark signs the piece of paper identifying Jose as the killer, he signs his name "Midrle." How did they get Mark from Midrle?

    • Terry says that sending out email that appear to be from someone else to get account info is called "spoofing." It's more correctly called "phishing" although spoofing is often used while phishing.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Don: So what's the possibility that these two murders could have been done by different people?
      Charlie: Okay. According to the FBI's crime stats, in the entire country three or four people are killed by garrote every year. Now five percent of total murders in the United States take place in Los Angeles. Assuming that he didn't get the idea from the first killer... 4.9 percent chance that this is a coincidence.
      Don: Yeah, I knew it'd be slim.

    • (Charlie explains to Larry the numbers he's working on.)
      Charlie: We're trying to say that we shouldn't be debunking the traditional method of identifying suspects through police lineups, even though it's seemingly unreliable.
      Larry: Okay, I just... yyyyyeeeeaaaaahh. (walking out) I would just consider the implications just very carefully, you know. Cause, this is a real murder case, isn't it? I mean, someone has died. I mean, yes, you're demonstrating that the identification may be wrong. It's just you haven't proven it was wrong.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Charlie: If I folded the paper 50 times, how high would the stack be?
      The world record for doing so was performed by Britney Gallivan in 2001. She still holds the record for folding it 12 times.