Season 2 Episode 15

The Running Man

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 03, 2006 on CBS
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When a DNA synthesizer with the capability of customizing diseases is stolen from the campus where Charlie teaches, Don fears the thieves may be terrorists out to start or advance a bio-warfare program and also believes the theft was an inside job.

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  • Too close to home for the Dr's.

    Somewhat exciting, this episode is based around the campus, where a technically ambitous crime leads to suspects on campus.

    The setup scene is quite intense esp. with what happens to the at its end. Maths tends to play second fiddle to the action and emotional aspects of the plot. The truth behind the break-in is explained in a fairly pedestrian way, but it is the concepts behind it are interesting in their own right!

    This above average epsiode ends in an above average, if in an all to brief way. Yet, there is plenty of emotional drama which affects the Dr's and the sideplot of the Epps finding a lost "piece" of their mother. This is superbly woven into the episode and opens up the brothers and father grief, together with memories of their loved one.moreless
  • Review

    This was an okay episode, but nothing really jumped out at me as Amazing after just watching "Harvest" the episode before. There werent any real big action scenes that blew me away and the "outside the case" interactions werent anything amazing either. Findind out the another secret was hidden about Chrlie and Dons Mom wasnt all that interesting. We have all ready been through the "Look what we never knew about Mom" scenes in episode in both the first season and earlier this season, so I felt that the outside the case scenes were a bit repeated. The case itself was interesting, with the 30 something year old guy continually passing himself off as an 18 year old all this time. This episode shows why the show could be considered only "average" by some viewers. The regulars like Amita are written big in some episodes and small in others and theoutside the case stuff just sometimes dosnt bring the needed excitment and drama. Average episode thoughmoreless
  • Charlie clashes with Larry while the Eppes boys learns more about their dead mother.

    I'm either hot or cold with Larry. He is either the highlight of an episode or he absolutely makes my blood boil. This episode he did the latter. He has a somewhat poisonous relationship with Charlie. I don't like how Larry automatically assumes the worst with Charlie. Never is he 'oh, how nice, Charles.' He's always telling him off for being too full of pride or not spending enough time on his mathematical contributions to society (occasionally the two contradict each other). True, sometimes it is warranted, but not ALL THE TIME! Even Charlie going through his old school papers is perceived as narcissistic. So Larry is not my favorite person this episode.

    That said, I really liked the rest of it! I love that Margaret Eppes was a talented musician. It is sad that she never shared that with her boys, or else they might have been more willing to keep up with the lessons.

    Ron was a great character. He shows how one can crack under the pressure to perform in universities. Granted, he took things to an extreme, but it does show how much emphasis we put on people to prove their worth in this society.moreless
  • We need more like this

    This episode finally shed some light on the past that Charlie and Don had with their mother. And actually told us a little something more about their mother: She enjoyed composing music, and that was the reason that she had the boys take piano lessons as kids.

    In addition to that it was a strong episode that tied all of the mathematical loose ends together nicely into a unified whole.

    not only did we get a good explaination of what Dr. Fleinhardt does for a living, but the entire episode was sort of an analogy to it.

    Here we have a supposedly young, supposedly brilliant scientist, when in actuality he is just trying to steal "one last big score" to retire on. Using the same mathematical models that Dr. Fleinhardt uses to predict his black holes, they discover the not so young man's past and in the end catch up with him

    The episode ends on a nice note: Don playing one of the pieces of music that they discovered in the boxes in the garage.moreless
  • Well Done!!!

    I just love this show ... absolutely love it. This episode in particular was riveting since it really showed more development of the boys' mother. It's interesting how they've been able to persue the careers of their choices, and she gave up something so important to her to create that family. Wonderful. I love the way all of the characters work together. It wasn't long ago when some of the FBI agents were a bit wary of Epps and his "mathematical" formulas used to solve crimes. I hope this keeps up ... this is one of my very very favorite shows.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Contrary to the one shown in this episode, gravitational wave detectors are constructed far away from human settlements. Otherwise even influences like cars driving nearby would disturb the measurements because of their sensitivity. Only particle accelerators are build in the manner depicted here since their emitted radiation makes it necessary to build them underground anyway.

    • Opening numbers:
      10,000 Meters
      12.9 M.P.H.
      1 Finish line
      22:44:00 Minutes

    • Mrs. Eppes' full name was Margaret Mann Eppes and, not only had she been an attorney, she had been a gifted composer.

    • Benford's Law, also called the first-digit law, states that in lists of numbers from many real-life sources of data, the leading digit 1 occurs much more often than the others (i.e., about 30% of the time).

    • LIGO is the acronym for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. It also exists in the real world and consists of two detectors in Hanford (Washington) and Livingston (Louisiana). LIGO is being built by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

    • Rob Morrow is actually playing the piano himself in the final scene.

    • Don estimated the running track was 1 mile away from the LIGO lab to which Larry responded that it was 4 kilometers. First of all, 4km is approximately 2-1/2 miles (actually 2.48...). Even if Don is estimating, he is way off. And second, how did they run to the other end of the tunnel in less than a minute?

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Don: Ohh, that's why all those piano lessons with the nightmare women!
      Charlie: Petri dish with the lozenge breath.
      Don: Mrs. Petri.
      Charlie: One time she filed my nails for me.

    • (Charlie, Amita, and Larry are trying to figure out the next move of the thieves)
      Charlie: University of Hawaii's telescope. He worked with cosmic gravitational equations.
      Larry:That explains his knowledge for LIGO's raison d'etre.
      Charlie:Then, he worked with Beowulf computer clusters.
      Larry:LIGO has a Beowulf cluster.
      Charlie: Then, at MIT, he must have come in contact with lasers...
      Charlie: And photodetectors...
      Charlie: LIGO is the well-worn page.
      Amita:He's going to rob the LIGO lab.
      Larry:MY LIGO lab?!

    • Larry: Reliving past glories. That can be a dangerous narcotic.

    • Megan: What's the matter with this room?
      Colby: It could use vacuum cleaner.

    • Megan: What were you into sophomore year?
      Colby: Cheerleaders.

    • Larry: Well-intentioned ignorance is a slender defense, at best.

    • Charlie: You were unable to trace Ron Allen's history because he was careful to conceal his past. What he couldn't conceal, however, was the impact of his past.
      Megan: I'm so hoping you have one of your cute little analogies for this.

    • Charlie: Okay, uh, not to look a gift horse in the mouth, Larry, but the emotional rebound is, uh, is bordering on the manic depressive.
      Larry: Look, I'm taking solace in the fact that this man fooled everybody.
      Charlie: So, misery loves company.

    • Charlie: Let me ask you something. Did you actually think that I was jealous of Ron Allen?
      Larry: Well, I mean, yeah, maybe a scootch.
      Charlie: I'll be honest with you, you weren't exactly wrong. Not jealous of Ron. Not specifically.
      Larry: But...?
      Charlie: Well, you know, when I was a thirteen year old freshman, it wasn't much fun, but it was cool. Everything I accomplished was that much more impressive because of how young I was. And it was always, if he's able to do that now, can you imagine what amazing things he'll accomplish when he's...twenty-five. Now I'm thirty years old.
      Larry: Listen, listen. Paul Ernesh published more than fifteen hundred papers. He died, literally, at the chalkboard, at age eighty-three. C' haven't seen your best years yet, Charles.
      Charlie: No. ...But I'll never come ahead of schedule again.

    • Alan: She just didn't want me to know what a hard decision it was, that she gave up something that she really loved.
      Larry: For something she loved more, Alan, you can't lose sight of that.

    • Charlie: So, there are four states of matter: solid, liquid, gas, and when you superheat gas, plasma. Actually, you know what, there, there's five if you consider Bose-Einstein's condensates.
      Megan: Which we really don't need to consider, right?

    • Ron: It's the truth.
      Megan: You have to know how funny that word sounds as it comes out of your mouth.

    • Ron: All I did was level the playing field. Get my fair shot.
      David: Fair? Spend eighteen years dodging gangs, working to support your family, beating every odd out there just to get your high school diploma. You do that, and you can sit here and talk to me about what's fair.

    • Charlie: With a little math and a lot of luck, we can determine where the stone began its journey.

    • Megan: We just want to talk to him.
      Ron's Girlfriend: I don't see how you're going to do that.
      Colby: Why not?
      Ron's Girlfriend: He's in the desert. He left to go camping yesterday.
      Colby Great. So we'll go search the Mohave Desert.

    • Larry: You are casting a black cloud over a young man who's faced stupendous odds... a young man who had promise at such a young age.... it's incalculable.
      David: A young man who doesn't exist.

    • Don: What did you say about biometric sensor?
      Megan: Only five iris scans can open the security bolts.

    • Charlie: Dad, I'm thinking.
      Alan: That seems to be your perpetual state, Charlie.

    • Larry: (to Charlie) Color me idealistic, but I find it inconceivable that any student of science could sabotage the efforts of so many for short-term monetary gain.

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