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Season 2 Episode 15

Episode 215

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The Mathnetters have visited the home of an elderly woman who is particpating in a television ratings service and found that the box that's supposed to record her viewing habits has been tampered with. They're involved in effort to find out what happened that caused the ratings of a program called The Mike Pliers Show to take a huge plummet. There was some sort of computer breakin and now households where people once watched The Mike Pliers Show are now recorded as watching The Vicious Vinnie Vermin Show. All of those people deny that they watch the program though. The Mathnetters return to the office, where George tells Kate that his wife Martha wants to invite her over for dinner. Kate doesn't sound too excited about the choice of cuisine, but says she'll come anyway. Kate and George discuss what's happening. They got back in contact with the eight sample families they talked with that were supposedly watching Vinnie's show and they all reported that someone claiming to be from the ratings service had come to do work on their ratings box. They decide to analyse the data and find 18 homes out the sample were supposed to be watching Vinnie. They talked to eight and none of them were watching it. George figures they can expect the rest of the 18 to say they weren't watching it either. Kate says that they actually can't be sure of that, but they do know that eight boxes were tampered with and that's pretty significant. They're getting a sketch of the man who apparently messed up the ratings right now. Mike Pliers brings them the sketch. They decide the person in the sketch looks harmless, but kind of familiar. Debbie Williams brings them one of the ratings boxes and explains that it had been altered to say that the television set was tuned to Vicious Vinnie. She's now going to head off to check out the other seven boxes. Kate notices something about the sketch. She draws a mustache on it. Now it looks like Wellworth Watching. She and George decide to head to Wellworth's home and have Mike Pliers come with them. They get to his house, but get no answer when they knock on the door. A nosy neighbor, a brain surgeon, comes by and tells them Wellworth Watching is never in at this time. She's also a fan of Mike's show. They return to the office and learn that in fact all the ratings boxings were tuned to Vicious Vinnie's show. They decide to go pay a visit to Vicious Vinnie, in person, while he's doing his show. They get to the studio and hide, while Vinnie spews his nonsense. Vinnie is busy teaching kids ridiculous stuff, such as that there are only two Great Lakes. He's been to all five and only two are anywhere near great. He also says that Chicago is the capital of Illinois. He then teaches that 0 times 7 is 7. This really outrages George, who knows full-well that 0 times any number is 0. Then, George seems to recognize something about Vicious Vinnie. George intercepts him as he's about to leave the set. He corrects Vinnie's misinformation and then removes phony glasses, nose and hairpiece. It turns out that he's actually Wellworth Watching. George asks him what the big idea is. Wellworth says that when they canceled his show, he swore he'd get back at the ratings service. He learned about computers and got himself a job at the ratings service. He figures he really showed them. He explains that he didn't even have to break into the office, he just hacked in from his home computer. He didn't even have to do anything with the numbers. He just altered the boxes. He's really proud of his scheme. He may be proud, but he's in trouble too. Backup help has just arrived and they're hauling him off. Mike Pliers then gets a call. He's back on the air. He thanks the Mathnetters, who exchange a high-five.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Barbara Feldon

    Barbara Feldon

    Anonymous Narrator (Season 1)

    Joe Howard

    Joe Howard

    George Frankly

    James Earl Jones

    James Earl Jones

    Chief Thad Green (Seasons 1-2), Booming Announcer Voice (Season 3)

    Gary Owens

    Gary Owens

    Lt. Dirk Niblick

    Larry Cedar

    Larry Cedar

    Various Roles

    Beverly Leech

    Beverly Leech

    Kate Monday (Seasons 1-3)

    McLean Stevenson

    McLean Stevenson

    Mike Pliers

    Guest Star

    Dick Sargent

    Dick Sargent

    Vicious Vinnie Vermin / Wellworth Watching

    Guest Star

    Toni Sawyer

    Toni Sawyer

    Brain Surgeon

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    Jim Thurman

    Jim Thurman

    Mathman's Instructor, Glitch, Minor Character Voices

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      • Kate Monday: Wellworth Watching.
        Wellworth: Okay. You've got me. Is this better?
        George: What's the big idea? You're responsible for having Mike Pliers Show taken off the air.

      • George: Listen, kids! There are five Great Lakes! Springfield is the capital of Illinois, and when you multiply any number by 0 the answer is always 0!
        Vicious Vinnie: Are you finished?
        Geogre: No, you are! (revealing Vicious Vinnie as Wellworth)

      • Kate: We'd been working on a case that involved television personalities, television programs and television ratings, but it wasn't as meaningless as it sounds. In fact, it was rather complicated.

      • Kate: You know something, partner?
        George: What's that?
        Kate: Wellworth Watching was...
        George and Kate: Well worth watching! (they laugh)
        Mathnet Announcer: Wellworth Watching, also known as Vicious Vinnie Vermin, was tried and convicted of a 417, breaking and entering a computer, an 812, using Emmitt Kelly's makeup to misinform kids and a 714.33, contaminating data. He was sent away from society for a gosh-darn long time.

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