Season 2 Episode 15

The Running Man

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 03, 2006 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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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