Numb3rs

Season 2 Episode 1

Judgment Call

5
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 23, 2005 on CBS

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  • Trivia

    • Opening Numb3rs:
      18 YEARS ON THE BENCH
      947 CONVICTIONS
      265 DEATH THREATS
      1 GRUDGE

    • The Math:
      Scatter Plot
      Decision Theory
      Pi
      Conditional Probability
      Bayesian Spam Filtering - the process of using Bayesian statistical methods to classify documents into categories.
      Dark Matter - 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.
      Quantum Entanglement - 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.
      Origami - Origami only uses a small number of different folds, but they can be combined in a variety of ways to make intricate designs.

    • Megan has a two-year-old nephew who will not eat anything but buttered noodles.

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

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

    • 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.

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

  • 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, eventless, 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.

    • 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.

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

    • 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 So yeah... the mathematically correct term would be... (smiles) "more".

  • Notes

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

    • 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.

    • Diane Farr (Megan Reeves) and Dylan Bruno (Colby Granger) join the regular cast with this episode.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • This episode is rated TV-PG (LV).

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

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

  • Allusions

    • 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 Caucasians. Over time, the misnomer has become accepted terminology.

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