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Dr. Larry Fleinhardt
The T-shirt Charlie is wearing in the final scene says, "I don't know Karate but I know Karazy."
The first victim is described as having "no wounds or ligature marks," although she has a brand on one cheek and rope burns on her wrists.
Charlie's middle name is Edward, and he does not have a driver's license.
When they're in the arcade, Larry still has two credits on the game he is playing, and yet he digs quarters out of his pocket, as if he needs to put in more quarters to continue to play.
With a winning chance of 1 in 41 million, playing 20 tickets a week, even after 40,000 years, the chance of winning the lottery at least once would only be around 63.7%, and not a guaranteed win as Charlie seems to indicate with his calculation.
In the original pilot, they are watching a Red Sox game, and Nomar Garciaparra is batting.
In this episode, and throughout the first season, the laptop computers used by Charlie and the FBI are Dell Inspirons.
Some of the math used in this episode was the 11-dimensional supergravity theory, probability and projectile motion.
The technique Charlie uses to find the criminal is known as Criminal Geographic Targeting, more commonly known as geographic profiling. Former Detective Kim Rossmo of the Vancouver Police Department is one of the pioneers of this technique, and his company, Environmental Criminology Research, has developed a computer program called "Rigel" that performs exactly the same kind of analysis Charlie uses in this episode. It is in use by the RCMP, the ATF, and Scotland Yard.
The setting in the pilot where they find and kill the rapist is the kitchen of the historic old Ambassador Hotel, just yards away from where Robert Kennedy was shot.
594-E4 MAP GRID
772-04 CASE NUMBER
1 MURDER VICTIM
At the beginning of the episode Don is driving a silver Mitsubishi 4-door sedan, license plate number 4Q49902.
This episode has many hints in the background as to the problem of the episode Charlie is focusing on. If you look closely, you'll see several sprinklers in the backgrounds of many scenes.
Alan has a bird, but this is the only episode in which it is seen.
The word "anomaly" is misspelled on a map that Charlie shows to Don. That came about because while they were shooting the scene, the director Mick Jackson suddenly decided he wanted that word written on the map. There weren't any prop or art department people around at the time, so David Krumholtz wrote "anomoly." It was then established that Charlie is not a good speller, which is common among mathematicians.
At the end, when they showed the woman with a bag over her head, you could clearly see her face through the bag. If she'd had the bag over her face as she was killed the bag would have been foggy because of her breath.
Amita: (to Charlie after he rides an aerodynamic kart with no propulsion) 21.07 seconds, 68.3 miles per hour. No one would ever guess you don't have a driver's license.
Alan: (to Charlie) There's one thing you and your brother have in common, on some things... you're both very thorough. Other stuff... you completely miss.
Charlie: The problem involves finding an origin point from evidence provided by scattered effects.
Larry: Somehow I doubt we're talking about orbital paths and black holes.
Larry: Okay, hooray for making things go faster,but I fail to see how this will provide me the necessary mathematical breakthroughs I need to redefine the fabric of the cosmos.
Larry: Charlie, you're a mathematician, you're always looking for the elegant solution. Human behavior is rarely ever elegant.
Don: Who's up?
Alan: Shawn Green.
Don: Ohhh, Green. Four games without a hit; he's due.
Charlie: There's no statistical evidence for a batter being 'due'.
Don: I say he gets a high fast ball, he smacks it out of the park.
Alan:(aside--To Don) This is a tape of yesterday's game.
Don: (quietly) I know. I read the box scores.
(Shawn Green hits a home run.)
Alan & Don: Ohhh!
Charlie: Hey, that was an anomaly.
Don: Something like that, Charlie.
Don: (To Alan, quietly) Shut up, Dad.
Charlie: Hey, what's going on? What are you doing here?
Don: Just making sure you don't take complete and total advantage of dad.
Charlie: Are you kidding? He wouldn't know what to do without me.
Larry: Here's a discussion: Why is it we remember the past and not the future?
Charlie: That's a tough one, Larry.
Amita: Actually, I'm spoken for, Mr. Eppes. Back in Madras my parents arranged for marriage to a family friend. A nice Hindu banker from Goa.
Charlie: Really? Getting married...
Amita: God no, he's a total ass.
Don: He's out there somewhere... and so is his next victim.
Charlie: Sorry I was busy working on something. I know I'm supposed to be going through some equations for you.
Larry: Yes, I had wondered if I had gotten the time wrong, or the place, or, uh, quite possibly, the dimension.
Larry: Professor Charles Edward Eppes.
Larry: So this is what distracts you from helping me, your friend, your colleague, win the Nobel prize for my eleven dimensional super-gravity theory?
Don: He's doing his job, making sure I haven't missed anything. Have I missed anything?
Terry: No. Except several days worth of sleep.
Terry: Did he talk about having watched you, as if he knew your routine?
Karen: He didn't say. His attitude was like I didn't have an existence outside of what he was doing to me.
Larry: Evariste Galois. Brilliant mathematician, not unlike yourself, tackling the hardest problems in his day, but he got distracted. He got caught up in politics, in romance...
Charlie: I know where you're going with this...
Larry: ...and at the age of twenty he was killed in a duel, and who even knows what he might have accomplished.
Charlie: I would say I'm actually pretty good at avoiding duels...
Larry: And Charlie... when you're working on human problems, there's going to be pain and disappointment. And you've gotta ask yourself... "is it worth it?"
Don: This is different... it's not about numbers. (Walks away)
Charlie: Everything is numbers.
When the FBI is checking out all the names of the 50 men in the area, some of the names on the board are members of the crew.
The song to which Charlie is listening on his headphones while working on the first equation is "Inertia Creeps" by Massive Attack.
International Episode Titles:
Czech Republic: Sériové vraždy (Serial Murders)
International Show Titles:
Czech Republic: Vražedná čísla (Murderous Numbers)
International Air Dates:
Sweden: April 29, 2005
New Zealand: July 20, 2005 on TV3
Brazil: August 7, 2005
Australia: August 15, 2005 on Ten
Germany: September 5, 2005 on SAT 1
Netherlands: September 17, 2005
United Kingdom: October 5, 2005
Czech Republic: May 26, 2008 on TV Nova
Slovakia: October 2, 2009 on JOJ
This episode was rated TV-14 (V).
The opening theme came from "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads.
There were two pilots. The unaired first pilot was set in Boston, with Charlie at MIT. Don was played by Gabriel Macht and Alan was played by Len Cariou. The family surname was Emrick. The FBI boss had a much larger role, and was played by Anna Deveare Smith. The character of Terry was a smaller role, and was played by Jennifer Bransford. Don's partner in the first pilot was a man, played by Michael Rooker. The actors who were in both pilots were David Krumholtz, Peter MacNicol, Alimi Ballard, and Navi Rawat.
While the pilot was being filmed at CalTech, the producers were using some offices in the astronomy building. One of the set designers unplugged a computer that just happened to be the one computer that downloads data from the Hubble Telescope, which took the Hubble offline for about 90 minutes. On the same day, CalTech also got word that one of their physicists won a Nobel Prize, so they were in a good mood and very nice about the computer mishap.
In the pilot, Charlie's office is a room at CalTech dressed to look like a professor's office. It was Mick Jackson's idea to hang the little prism in the window.
Navi Rawat's character, Amita Ramanujan, was named as homage to Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920), the East Indian math genius.
The episode was originally set to air on January 28th, but was pushed up to Sunday the 23rd following the NFL's AFC Championship Game.
Larry: Evariste Galois. Brilliant mathematician, not unlike yourself, tackling the hardest problems in his day.
Évariste Galois (1811-1832) was a French mathematician. He made major discoveries in the analysis of polynomials and was the first mathematician to link group theory and field theory, which were until then disconnected mathematical areas.
Charlie (explaining the math to Walt Merrick and other agents): Let's do an elementary demonstration.
This is part of a quote by Richard Feynman, a late physicist of CalTech, who said: "Let's try an elementary demonstration, and when I say elementary, by no means do I mean elemental"
Charlie: Say I couldn't see the sprinkler
The sprinkler example was based on an article in Popular Science magazine written by Dr. Kim Rossmo.
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