Season 2 Episode 1

Judgment Call

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 23, 2005 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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:
      1 GRUDGE

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

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Poslední soud (Last Trial)

    • International Airdates:
      Czech Republic: May 18, 2009 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: October 27, 2009 on JOJ

    • Music featured in this episode included Drift Away (Dobie Gray), The Ace, The Only (Atlas Plug) and Techanother by GB featuring TECH.

    • This episode is rated: TVPG-LV.

    • This episode was actually going to be the 2nd in the season, after "Assassin," but was moved up to the first episode of season two.

    • Larry's very funny "white food" scene was originally in the first pilot (filmed in Boston), but wasn't used in the pilot filmed in California.

    • The opening sequence has been extended to include the new cast; a few changes are made to the opening narration; and the background music during the opening has been enhanced.

  • Allusions

    • 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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