Numb3rs

Season 2 Episode 9

Toxin

2
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Nov 25, 2005 on CBS

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  • Trivia

    • It is stated that the drugs tampered with were over-the-counter medications, and that one of them was an asthma inhaler. Asthma inhalers are only available by prescription and cannot be purchased over the counter.

    • The Steiner Tree method may find the shortest route(s) between a set of points. HOWEVER it's not suitable for finding the route that a given person may be taking, because the person will only be taking the route if he's aware it's the shortest. A normal person will take a familiar route between two points. He may refine that route over journeys if he finds shortcuts - but he may go for years or never find that there was an even shorter route available... unless he uses similar mathematical techniques.

    • The MATH:

      The Steiner tree problem is a problem in combinatorial optimization. It is superficially similar to the minimum spanning tree problem: given a set V of points (vertices), interconnect them by a network (graph) of shortest length. The Steiner tree problem is to solve this problem when adding new vertices is permitted before finding the shortest network connecting them.

    • The foundations of negotiation theory are decision analysis, behavioral decision-making, game theory, and negotiation analysis.

    • Charlie: ...but information theory indicates there is a connection.

      Information theory is the mathematical theory of data communication and storage founded in 1948 by Claude E. Shannon. Modern information theory is concerned with error-correction, data compression, cryptography, communications systems, and related topics.

    • Colby Granger's hometown is Winchester, Idaho.

    • This is the first time a photograph of Alan and his wife is shown. Uncertainty Principle showed a photo of a younger Mrs. Eppes, but this one is of Alan and her when they are both older.

    • Opening numbers:
      375,000 Medications
      675 Billion dollars
      4 Drugs
      1 Manifesto

    • There's some continuity problems with the torch at end of the negotiation between Megan and Bob McHugh. At the last shot from behind the torch you see a small flame, but in the shot before and after this there's a large and wide flame, like the torch is about burn out.

  • Quotes

    • Ian: (Pointing at Charlie's scratchings on the sand) Does this mean anything to you two?
      Don: Yeah, only that he's probably right.

    • Edgerton: (greeting Don and Charlie) Professor and Agent Eppes, how can I fail to learn something today?

    • Don: Hold on! What are you doing?
      Megan: I'm a women. To a mountain man like Mchugh, I'm less of a threat.
      Edgerton: She's got a point.
      Don: She could also kick his ass but he doesn't know that.
      Megan: (laughs) I see what kind of big brother he was.

    • Don: The Marshalls come to arrest him, he barricades himself inside the house. Four days later in the middle of a negotiation for no apparent reason he opens fire.
      Edgerton: When did crazy stop being a reason?

    • Charlie:(To Larry on picking Charlie's brain) You're more than welcome to whatever scraps my brother leaves behind.

    • Charlie: It's not like I can whip up a magic formula for every single problem.

    • Colby:(After being introduced to Agent Edgerton)That's Edgerton?
      David:Yeah,you know him?
      Colby:That guy was a sniper legend in Afghanistan. You'd see his work everywhere, but you'd never see him. A colonel in special ops said he was the bastard son of Clint Eastwood and Yoda.
      David:(laughs)I'll get you his autograph.

    • Don: (to Larry) Hold on... you and Megan went out to lunch?
      Alan: (sardonically) Please tell me you ordered something other than white food!

    • (discussing gamma rays)
      Larry: A gamma ray burst will release more energy in 10 seconds than the sun will emit in its entire 10-billion-year life span.
      Don: Wait I got it... What's The Hulk's real name? Bruce Banner! Didn't gamma rays turn him into The Hulk?
      Larry: (opens front door) They come from the furthest ends of the universe and after 45 years we are still uncertain of their origin.
      Alan: And...?
      Larry:(smiling) And we're closer to an answer on that than the three of you are ever gonna get on this.
      (Larry leaves)
      Charlie: Megan?
      Don: And Larry...
      Alan: Now there's an image!
      (everyone laughs)

    • Agent Edgerton: (to Don and Charlie) I always have the best time with you guys.

    • Alan: (working crossword puzzle) Okay... 8-letter word for "egotistical."
      Charlie: "Conceited"
      Alan: "Conceited" is a 9-letter word.
      Charlie: (spelling) C-O-N-C-E-T-E-D
      Alan: (perturbed) Another person might think that our educational system has failed you completely, Charlie.

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