After an engineering student at CalSci is found dead from an apparent suicide, Charlie convinces Don to launch an investigation after he reads the student's thesis which asserted that the architecturally magnificent Cole Center in Los Angeles is structurally unstable. Although reluctant at first, Don and his team discover that the student's findings were correct and uncover a dangerous and surprising conspiracy. Meanwhile, Alan prepares for a first date and convinces Don and Terry to join them, hoping they might rekindle their old romance.moreless
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Don and Terry dated each other earlier in their careers.
Alan and his wife met in the lunch line at work.
The exterior shots of the fictional Cole Center are of the Figueroa at Wilshire Building, located at 601 S. Figueroa Street in Los Angeles, California.
Running down the lead on the "shadow crews" Terry finds a man submitted to the ER at 2:30 am. The picture of the hispanic man they pull is the same as the picture of one of the suspects living in the Silver Creek area in the pilot.
The computer simulation doesn't really make sense. Simulations don't come out of nowhere. If the writer of the simulation didn't know about the flawed welding, the program wouldn't simulate the flaw and the simulated building wouldn't collapse. If the writer did know, why didn't he say so and save everybody else the trouble of looking for the flaw again?
Some of the objects on Cole's standing desk move around without him touching them. Look closely at the folders between shots.
There's an injury to Finn's arm, but it's never answered as to what really caused it.
How did Charlie manage to get to the upper 3rd of a 30+ floor building in the middle of the night?
When Don is talking to Terry about the double date, watch the way the sun shines on both of them from both camera positions. You can see each side was filmed in the afternoon at different parts of the day.
When we see the overhead shot from the bridge, the ground looks clean except where Finn fell. When Charlie brings Don in later, there's a bunch of dirt scattered all over the ground. Not to mention no police tape. Suicide is a crime, and would still render an investigation, and the area taped off. LAPD must not know how to keep a crime scene in tact.
Alan: I sure hope you like duck.
His Date: Oh yes I do, I have two, Paddles and Mr. Waddlesworth. Oh my God, I don't eat it!
Terry: It's a cat and dog thing, some guys like women that can handcuff them.
David: There's no conclusive forensic evidence.
Don: Yeah, well, that's what confessions are for.
Larry: Can I tell you a story?
Charlie: Yes, please, as long as it's not another parable from the lives of the great mathematicians.
Bob Mazelli: FBI? What'd we do wrong this time?
Terry: What did you do wrong last time?
Larry: In twenty years of teaching I have never received evaluation comments like these. Boring. Me. Intellectually, uh, inaccessible.
Charlie: I thought we came up on this hike to get your mind off this ridiculous thing.
Larry: I mean, one- one student even said I'm out of touch in cutting edge thinking in multidimensional theory. I mean, that one alone kept me up at night.
Alan: Look, it's my first date in over 35 years. I would like it to be memorable instead of low key.
Don: Low key and memorable aren't mutually exclusive. You know what my favorite date ever was? Pepperoni pizza at a laundromat.
Alan: Yes, which explains the conspicuous absence of grandchildren.
The music featured in this episode was "Used" by Brad Yoder (closing scene).
Alan's job as a retired city planner was chosen so that he would have an expertise unrelated to that of either of his sons, and that he would have had a job in which he met lots of people in the community and was tied into a lot of different groups. He's supposed to the be the guy who has a full social life, friends, interests.
The entire time Alan on his date, she is never once seen. This was done because the writers found it would be better if you never saw what Alan's "taste in women" was.
This episode was meant to play 5th, but was pushed up to 4th by CBS.
This episode was originally titled Bulldogs & Buildings.
This episode was rated TV-PG (LV).
Crew Clarifications: Larry Edwards (1st Company Grip), Liz Radley (Video & Computer Playback Supervisor).
Czech Republic: June 16, 2008 on TV Nova
Slovakia: October 7, 2009 on JOJ
International Episode Titles:
Czech Republic: Závada konstrukce (Fault of Construction)
The Fifty-Nine Story Crisis
The basis for the story was a real situation of an actual case of structural compromise in the Citicorp Center, a Manhattan skyscraper.
Don: It's Occam's Razor, you know. The simplest answer is usually the right one.
Occam's Razor, which Charlie explains at the end of the episode, states (in a simple form) one should not make more assumptions than are needed.
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