Numb3rs

Season 2 Episode 1

Judgment Call

5
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 23, 2005 on CBS
8.3
out of 10
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258 votes
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Episode Summary

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Don and Charlie investigate the murder of a judge's wife who was shot in her garage. It's unclear whether she was the intended target or her husband, who was hearing a death penalty case involving a gang leader. As the investigation continues, Don reconnects with a prosecutor whose life may also be in danger.moreless

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  • Season premiere?

    10
    This episode is not interesting but I wish this episode should not start with season premiere! It should be special or exciting episode to attract audiences. But the show have two new casts: Megan and Colby. I likes Megan lot, she is more motivated and very active. I never liked Terry Lake. I am glad for Megan. This episode is bit bored because there is nothing exciting scenes to watch. Charlie should get his hair trimmed and cut hair bit more, lol! But I am really glad Numb3rs are back for second season!! Way to go! I am so happy about it!moreless
  • Changes afoot...

    8.3
    With this episode, the second season of "Numb3rs" begins with some losses to the cast and some additions. Gone, and missed, is Sabrina Lloyd as Terry Lake. Stepping into her place are Megan Reeves and Colby Granger (played by Diane Farr and Dylan Bruno, respectively). While both have grown on me, I initially was very unhappy with the changes. Farr at times acts and sounds like a teenage girl, while Bruno seems to have been brought in for the "beefcake" action appeal. Shows have a tendency to tweak casts to add "hotter" actors and actresses, which makes me suspect this is why Farr was brought in. Her necklines start to plunge, but she manages to still convey some professionalism as an FBI agent.



    Fortunately, the rest of the formula that kept the show strong in Season 1 still appears to be present. Larry is around to offer cosmic digressions, Charlie and Don's interplay is still fresh and the case provides an interesting investigation and outcome. "Numb3rs" starts a new chapter, and for the most part, it starts out on the right foot.moreless
  • Review

    8.3
    The new cast of characters was interesting and I think this eipsode served to try and get them into the spotlight a little with the jobs that they now have around the office. Terri has been replaced with another woman just like her, so no big difference there and we now have a brand new guy on the force who really didnt have to replace anyone...he just gave St. Clair a new partner to work with. I like the two new characters and how they were introduced.



    The case was okay but nothing really speicail. There wasnt a lot of math that went into finding out who the killer(s) were. Don having dinner with the female prosecutur was interesting, as I thought Charlie would be the one that started dating first. Filler Episode, but still goodmoreless
  • Charlie and Don are back, but this time there are a couple of new faces surrounding them. The math is toned down a bit, and the drama is turned up.

    8.5
    What are the chances that math would be the reason all these cases get solved? Slim and none. However, television requires a certain suspension of belief. In this case, it is pretty easy not to pay too much attention to the math mumbo jumbo. The acting of the main characters and their interaction between each other is worth the admission price.

    The killer here and the motive are telegraphed fairly early. However, this show is really more about the chase than the catch. The departed female lead is not missed. The new female is barely used. However, she does seem to want to be there, and that is a real plus.moreless
  • This episode became too much about character development causing the plot to suffer. However, there were a few moments that made us remember why the show is great.

    5.0
    I felt the show became too much about introdicing new characters and creating new interactions. They should've focused on the plot a little more.



    Also, the math in this episode was explained a little too quickly.



    Larry's character is still for me the best part of the show, and I really liked the part about his all white food and it meaning that he was obsessive. He makes me laugh everytime he opens his mouth.moreless
Stephen Quadros

Stephen Quadros

Lance Dolan

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Jamie Sorrentini

Jamie Sorrentini

Stacy Manning

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Gary Perez

Gary Perez

Hector Machado

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • When Charlie calls Don to explain why the man speaks in math, the phone is already dialing before Charlie even touches a button.

    • Megan Reeves and Colby Granger join Don's team in this episode.

    • Larry: (referring to quantum entanglement) Einstein called it "spooky action at a distance".

      Einstein wasn't happy with the notion of quantum entanglement that measuring one particle of an entangled pair would affect the other one instantaneously no matter the distance between them. This seemed to violate the speed-of-light limitation on any action set by Einstein's theory of relativity. The problem has since been solved because it is impossible to transfer information using just this method, and the speed-of-light limitation is only valid for effects by which information can be transferred.

    • Megan has a 2 year old nephew. She mentions that he will not eat anything but buttered noodles.

    • The MATH used in this episode was: Scatterplot, bayesian spam filtering, and conditional probability.

    • "Danny" Phan's name on his rap sheet was Duc Lu Phan.

    • Opening numbers:
      18 YEARS ON THE BENCH
      947 CONVICTIONS
      265 DEATH THREATS
      1 GRUDGE

    • Terry Lake returned to Washington to try and work things out with her estranged husband.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Larry: You know that term "dark matter" has always perplexed me. It fallaciously implies that the 95% of our universe that cannot be observed is some amorphous, event less, emptiness.
      Amita: I'm sorry?
      Larry: I guess it's all too human. Instead of admitting to the present limits of our knowledge we just declare things to be unknowable.

    • Charlie: So what's the difference between my math and a partial fingerprint?

    • Don: It's a working dinner.
      Alan: Which explains the working dinner cologne.
      Don: I never ruled out the possibility of some kind of quantum entanglement.
      (Alan looks at Charlie)
      Charlie: That's not one of mine.

    • Charlie: Let's go, I'm driving.
      Don: Yeah, well, that's not incentive.

    • Larry: After considerable inner debate, I find that the risks of human contact are, are more than compensated by the rewards.
      Don: I'll keep that in mind.
      (Don walks away)
      Larry: (To himself) That was not clear.

    • Alan: So, Charlie tells me you were shot at this afternoon, hmm, again?
      Don: Oh, yeah? Well what Charlie should have said was, uh, it was more like.... I was in the vicinity of the shooting, let's put it that way.

    • Larry: Girls in the fifth grade are 95% unknowable.

    • Colby: What biker gang doesn't ride Harleys?
      David: The urban kind. Besides, only investment bankers can afford Harleys any more.

    • Don: I'm not dating anyone.
      Alan: So I noticed.

    • Charlie: Boy, I coulda just taken the bus back to CalSci and went home.
      Don: Well, you were about 15 seconds too late with that thought.

    • Colby: (to Don and David) We've been assuming that he went for the judge and got the wife.
      Don: We've been looking at this all wrong!

    • Don: (Pointing gun at Raymond and shouting) Don't move! I'll put a bullet in your back!

    • Charlie: Not necessarily. We could make a basin filter.
      Megan: I could if I had any idea what that was.

    • David: Unless someone was trying to do you a favor.
      Danny: Who would do me a favor?
      David: That's what I'm trying to find out.

    • Charlie:(to Don and Nadine) I was at the DMV. They gave me my learner's permit back again.
      Nadine: Again?
      Charlie: I may have mishandled my learner's permit the first time around, although I still take issue at the methodology utilized in radar speed detection.

    • Nadine: So I heard Terry Lake transferred to Washington.
      Don: ah...yes...actually. I guess she wants to give her marriage a second shot.

    • Don: Four shots... point blank... Ain't a surprise - that's premeditation.

    • Megan:(to Don and Charlie) That's right. There's also family members, friends, co-conspirators, friends... the possibilities are exponential...
      Charlie: Uh... exponential... would mean that the growth rate is proportionate to its size. So yeah... the mathematically correct term would be...(smiling) more.

    • Don: ...And from what I can tell from this equation...
      Charlie: Expression, Don.

  • NOTES (7)

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Larry: Hey Don, are you familiar with quantum entanglement?

      Quantum entanglement is a quantum mechanical phenomenon in which the quantum states of two or more objects have to be described with reference to each other, even though the individual objects may be spatially separated.

    • Charlie: Origami. In origami, there are six basic folds: mountain, valley, diagonal, fold & unfold, reverse, turnover.

      Origami is the art of Japanese paper folding. The word literally means "paper folding" in Japanese and refers to all types of paper folding, even those of non-Japanese origin. Origami only uses a small number of different folds, but they can be combined in a variety of ways to make intricate designs.

    • Larry: You know that term "dark matter" ... it has always perplexed me.

      In cosmology, dark matter consists of matter particles that cannot be detected by their emitted radiation but whose presence can be inferred from gravitational effects on visible matter such as stars and galaxies. Estimates of the amount of matter in the galaxies, based on gravitational effects, consistently suggest that there is far more matter than is directly observable. In addition, the existence of dark matter resolves a number of inconsistencies in the Big Bang theory, and is crucial for structure formation.

    • David: (to Colby) You can't sell wolf tickets to a hardcore banger.

      The phrase "wolf ticket" is a corruption of an African-American slang expression for the practice of verbal intimidation, "sellin' (or passin' out) woof tickets," that was misinterpreted by whites. Over time, the misnomer has become accepted terminology.

    • Bayesian filtering
      Bayesian filtering is the process of using Bayesian statistical methods to classify documents into categories.

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