Numb3rs

Season 2 Episode 3

Obsession

3
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Oct 07, 2005 on CBS
8.7
out of 10
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223 votes
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Episode Summary

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The FBI becomes involved in the stalking of a popular singer after she is threatened by an intruder in her house and reveals a series of threatening letters she's received through the mail. Charlie determines the letters are from two different people after analyzing the handwriting. When a photographer is found dead near the singer's house, Don believes the photographer was murdered and his death is somehow related to the stalking case.moreless

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  • Fame...

    10
    Larry brought new car, but it is very old car! Honestly, I don't like old cars. I love future cars anyway. Anyway, Charlie tried to get clear picture of stalker in Sklyar's home. This episode is kind okay. But it started to get boring of this episode. I want exciting, shocking episode. This episode is normal. Sklyar had affair with someone, because her husband is alway at work, filming in Europe. So she want to get more love. She is idiot, if she don't like her husband, why not she divorce or ? Anway, this episode is okay, bit boring, and very little exciting to watch.moreless
  • Review

    9.4
    I thought this was one of the better numbers episodes to date and mainly thats because I thought the case stood miles above some of the other ones that they have done. The math used in this case isnt something that any of us could really relate too, the gymnastics pun was just an elemnetary example of what Charlie was trying to do. I thought the case in general and who was behind the murder was a shock and I thought the ending to this particular show was great. I liked some of the personal conversations in this episode to. Between the mystery note and the new car. I only hope that numbers doesnt just lose the mystery note entirely, thought thats what they tend to do (lose random sub stories)moreless
  • An impressive episode about the harsh life of a star.

    10
    True, that is what most shows have an episode of, however this episode puts in an even darker light then most do. At first, it looked like an usual episode about how stars are not very glamourous due to the fact that they get stalked, however it goes even deeper. The murder of a photographer changes the episode. The photographer was going to take pictures of a famous rapper and the star so she takes action and... kills him. The fact is that that could happen to a star, they could be pressured so much that they feel that murder is a possiblity. The subplot of Charlie's secret admirer is also impressive. It just kind of blended into the main plot and it kept you wondering just as much. I must say that the math was interesting. So I give it with all honesty, a 10/10 due to all the impressive factors.moreless
  • Better than the first 2 episodes...

    8.0
    Finally numb3rs is back. It's educational, refreshing, and interesting. It allows the viewers to learn the math behind many common things that we take advantage of from day to day. It provides the right amount of educational information and most of all, illustrates it in such a way for audiences to grasp them easily.
  • It is hard to feel sorry for the rich and famous. They seem to have it all. However, this show highlights that many of them can't find happiness in the spotlight.moreless

    8.5
    Paparazzi is a term that has slowly seeped into American culture. There is big bucks in celebrity stalking. There is even bigger bucks in catching celebrity scandels. The female victim here is a famous singer married to a MIA actor.

    The coolest part of the show involves Larry's purchase of an antique vehicle. His love for the car as a thing of beauty parallels the singer's story.

    Oh, and Charlie has a secred admirer who is not his would be girlfriend. They did not reveal who it was, and they may never. This may be like the DA in the season premiere who seems to have disappeared. Apparently fame is fleeting.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Larry: '31 actually. Dawn of an amazing decade. FDR, Jesse Owens, Dirac's prediction of anti-particles. Yeah, our souls were rekindled.
      Charlie: I can't help but see it as seventy-year-old technology.
      Larry: You're just jealous because you can't drive a stick shift.

    • Alan: Since when does a college professor receive anonymous fan letters?
      Charlie: Are you kidding? Richard Feynman was a stud; he got marriage proposals by the dozen. Einstein was a true sex symbol.

    • Charlie: (about the note he's received) It's from someone who says she's a fan of my work on low dimensional topology. And she's a fan of my... hair.

    • Charlie: You're here for the photo enhancements. It's still, you know, enhancing.

    • Don: We got anything on him?
      Megan: Other than the fact that even stalkers don't take good pictures at the DMV?

    • Charlie: You know, this isn't the first time I've received a love letter. When I published my first article in the American Journal of Mathematics, I was invited to spend the weekend at a bed and breakfast in Santa Barbara.
      Larry: Yeah? Did you go?
      Charlie: Ah, I was 14. My mother had to break the news to a very embarrassed female professor at Berkeley.

    • Larry: For some reason they won't let us move the actual house.
      Alan: How inflexible of them.

    • Charlie: Agent Sinclair, you just happen to be talking to two card-carrying members of the North American Sundial Society.
      David: (unenthused) Oh. Let the good times roll.

  • NOTES (8)

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Larry: They say that Alfred Nobel's mistress had an affair with a very famous mathematician. So, naturally, Nobel wouldn't want to share his prize with his rival.

      Larry mentions the alleged rivalry between Alfred Nobel, whose will instituted the Nobel Prizes, and Gösta Mittag-Leffler, the mathematician who would have had a relationship with Nobel's wife.
      This legend is discredited though, for the two of them couldn't have had enough contact in their lifetimes, there is no historical evidence, and Nobel never got married after all. More likely, the thought of creating a Math Prize never occurred to Nobel, for he was only concerned about practical sciences.

    • Megan: ... will experience some form of stalking in their lifetime. It starts with flower ... and then letters ... and then dead bunnies.

      This is a reference to the movie Fatal Attraction. At one point in the movie, a pet bunny is killed.

    • Larry: '31 actually. Dawn of an amazing decade. FDR, Jesse Owens, Dirac's prediction of anti-particles.

      In 1928 the physicist Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac found a relativistic quantum-mechanical equation of motion for electrons, the so-called Dirac-Equation. This equation also contains solutions for a particle with the opposite electrical charge of an electron. After some confusion about the meaning of these extra solutions, in 1931, Dirac interpreted them as the not-yet found anti-particle to the electron, the positron. It was first observed in an experiment in 1932, which proved Dirac's interpretation right.

    • When Charlie was talking about the basketball hoop and all the equations were popping up, one of the equations was the Pythagorean Theorem. The formula for this equation is: a squared plus b squared equals c squared.

    • While building the mansion model, Charlie mentions Chvátal's Art Gallery Theorem. The theorem states that if the walls of an art gallery are made up of n straight line segments, then the entire gallery can always be supervised by floor(n/3) watchmen placed in corners.

    • Charlie: A camera has a device called a galvanometer...
      A galvanometer (named after Luigi Galvani) is an electromechanical transducer that produces a rotary deflection, through a limited arc, in response to electric current flowing through its coil.

    • Amita: Very Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
      Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) was film starring Dick Van Dyke about a professor who invents a magic car that can fly.

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