Square One TV - Season 1

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Episode Guide

  • Episode 175
    Episode 175
    Episode 75
    Skits in This Episode: "Hold It, Nobody Eat" When three cast members order a slice of pizza and Arthur orders half a pie, Cris cuts the pie in eighths. Since he has a slice left over, he returns the pie to have it recut. "The 5:19 Blues" Repeat of a segment that first appeared in Episode 147. "Hold It, Nobody Eat 2" Cris returns with a pizza cut in sixths - a slice for three cast members and half a pie for Arthur - but must return it to be recut when Luisa arrives and wants a slice. "Dropped Coin" Repeat of a segment that first appeared in Episode 131. "Hold It, Nobody Eat 3" Cris returns yet again with a pizza cut in eighths - a slice for four cast members and half a pie for Arthur. But what are they going to do when Reg arrives? "EB: Number Pattern: Square Numbers" This short animation illustrates a number pattern involving square numbers; square numbers are the sum of consecutive odd numbers starting with 1. "Arthur Benjamin - Squaring II" Arthur Benjamin, a mathematician from Johns Hopkins University, can perform complicated calculations in his head. He demonstrates short-cuts for squaring 2 and 3- digit numbers to a group of children. "Countin' Out the Rhythm" This song, staged in a very urban setting, illustrates that there are 4 beats to every musical measure. The song also stresses the idea of subdividing each measure into 8 and 16 beats as well. (Note: This segment first appeared in Episode 116.) "Sale!" Using only the digits 3, 5, 6 and 9, a clerk must create the lowest possible total price for a set of stereos and speakers. "Mathnet: The Trial of George Frankly Part 5" Kate proves that George could not have possibly left the island and committed the crime because weather conditions would not have allowed the plane to maintain its usual speed. (Note: This segment first appeared in Episode 120.moreless
  • Episode 174
    Episode 174
    Episode 74
    Pop-ups tell you how much of Square One TV has elapsed as you watch the following: "Exercise" How to equally split pails of milk among 3 farmers. "Groaning Wall" With Freddy Kohler - a parody of Freddy Krueger. "Animation" Parallel vs. perpendicular lines "Music Video" Perpendicular Lines - Repeat of a music video shown earlier in the season. "Groaning Wall" Another segment with Freddy Kohler "Animation" The people who animated Turkey Television for Nickelodeon in 1985, are back for one last CTW effort. How can a girl carry her bird, her cat and birdseed to an island if the boat is only big enough for her and one of the items? "Peter Piper" John Moschita, renowned for his fast-talking, says Peter Piper at three speeds. The graph shows the different rates in words-per-minute. "Animation" We see how the girl can carry her cat, her bird, and birdseed. Groaning Wall: w/ Freddy Kohler (again) "Bumper" A transformer is shown. "Mathnet: The Trial of George Frankly, Part 4" Repeat of a Mathnet case first shown in Episode 119.moreless
  • Episode 173
    Episode 173
    Episode 73
    Pop-ups tell you how much of Square One TV has elapsed as the following sketches are played: "Spade Parade" Who tried to steal the Des Moines Duck? pt. 1 "Animation" Can seven cows form a rectangle? Not really, since seven is a prime number. "Spade Parade" The Case of the Des Moines Duck, Part 2 "Percentages Commercial" This commercial advertises percentages using the jingle "with discounts, it counts." "Exclusive Music Video" 8% of My Love - repeat of a video shown earlier in the first season. "Riddle of the Genie" What combination of nickels and dimes add up to $1.20? "News Interruption!" Square One TV is interrupted for a news interruption. "Mathnet: The Trial of George Frankly Part 3" Repeat of a Mathnet case first shown in Episode 118.moreless
  • Episode 172
    Episode 172
    Episode 72
    More pop-ups show how much of Square One TV has elapsed as the following scenes play themselves out: "Mathman" Mathmanmust eat only the Factors of 18 "Quality Control" In a factory that values quality control, Harry & Elmo must put cubes into crates. They have a work order for 360, something that seems impossible until they arrange the cubes orderly into a crate. "Music Video" An exclusive music video called Think encourages viewers to use their brains. "Caraway Street" CTW borrows unto itself for parody as human-sized Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street consider the cost of owning a puppy. "Newsroom Interruption" Square One TV is interrupted for a newsroom interruption. "Positives and Negatives" The war between the Positives and Negatives continues: this time, the Negatives win (as they almost always did): -6 + 3 = -3 "Backstage with Blackstone" Blackstone predicts how red and green candies vary in number. "Animated Commercial" Plant-A-Spoon seed kit, comes in two colors. Planting 3 seeds guarantees a matching pair. "Mathnet: The Trial of George Frankly, Part 2" Repeat of a Mathnet case first shown in Episode 117.moreless
  • Episode 171
    Episode 171
    Episode 71
    At intermittent times during this show (and the next four), a graph shows how much of Square One TV has expired. "Oops!" Twitch E. Room makes a ruler mismeasurement. "Mathematics 'R' Us" Smilin' Al sells Perimeter Measuring Evaluator "Music Video" Rcycled run of Metric Electric Lover by Dodo "Animation" A variety of beautiful symmetry patterns are shown. "Donna Who?" Discusses a confessional as two theater ushers miscount theater sections. "But Who's Adding?" A parody game-show "Mathnet: Trial of George Frankly, Part 1"moreless
  • Episode 170
    Episode 170
    Episode 70
    Skits in this episode: "The Adventures of Spade Parade, Part 1: Baseball" "Music Video: Percents by The Bank Notes" "The Adventures of Spade Parade, Part 2" "Time Check" "Harry's Hamburger Haven Commercial Shoot" "Mathnet: The Problem of the Trojan Hamburger Part 5"
  • Episode 169
    Episode 169
    Episode 69
    Sketches include: Exclusive Music Video: Angle Dance (recycled from earlier) The difference between Area and Perimeter Arthur needs seed and fencing for his lawn. Another Exclusive Music Video: Burger Pattern featuring The Fat Boys McMath: parody of Shakespeare's Scottish play, in which the witch sisters ask McMath for the largest dimensions possible for a garden surrounded by 48 feet of fence. Mathman is instructed to eat only Even Numbers. Animation: Can 13 cows try to form a rectangle? Not really, since 13 is a prime number. Mathnet: The Problem of the Trojan Hamburger, Part 4.moreless
  • Episode 168
    Episode 168
    Episode 68
  • Episode 167
    Episode 167
    Episode 67
  • Episode 166
    Episode 166
    Episode 66
  • Episode 165
    Episode 165
    Episode 65
  • Episode 164
    Episode 164
    Episode 64
  • Episode 163
    Episode 163
    Episode 63
  • Episode 162
    Episode 162
    Episode 62
  • Episode 161
    Episode 161
    Episode 61
    Sketches in this episode: "The Predictors" "Change Your P.O.V." "Multi-Gloves Commercial" "Animation: Pebble" "But Who's Adding?" "Animation: Number Nine" "Time Check" "Mathman" "Mathnet: The Mystery of the Maltese Pigeon, Part 1"
  • Episode 160
    Episode 160
    Episode 60
    Skits in This Episode Included, But Were Not Limited To: Music Video "Less Than Zero" "Person On The Street: What is a Googol?" Another segment in Square One TV's "Person On The Street" series featuring Moon Unit Zappa. People are asked what a googol is. Many answers are given, but only one is correct. The correct answer is that a googol is one million million. (Repeat of a segment that first aired in Episode 139) "Moon Unit Zappa For Googols" Moon Unit Zappa tells a story about googols. (Repeat of a segment that first appared in Episode 139)moreless
  • Episode 159
    Episode 159
    Episode 59
  • Episode 158
    Episode 158
    Episode 58
  • Episode 157
    Episode 157
    Episode 57
  • Episode 156
    Episode 156
    Episode 56
    Skits in this episode included: "The Adventures of Spade Parade: The Three Brothers Problem, Part 1" The 1940s detective drama spoof returns after many weeks with a new mystery. Spade encounters a female diner owner who has just had something lifted. She knows the culprit is one of three triplet brothers. Spade needs to know something different about the triplets. Finally the diner owner admits the triplets order hamburgers at her diner, but that one eats hamburgers with relish, another with ketchup, and the third with anchovies. "There's more than one way to solve any problem" "The Adventures of Spade Parade: The Three Brothers Problem, Part 2" Spade Parade makes a table and, after asking the diner owner questions, determines which of the three triplet brothers is the culprit. "Mathman - Factors of 18" Repeat of a segment first aired in Episode 108. "Fortune Teller" Cynthia tells the uniqueness of amicable numbers. With a man and a woman for her audience, the fortune teller says 220 and 284 are amicable because the factors of one number (apart from the given number) add up to the other number. "Time Check" A voice over says "this much" of SQ1TV is over. We see the fraction 58/100. "Stick Problem" Viewers are given a stick display of six squares and challenged to rearrange two sticks and have four squares all the same size with no sticks left over. "Animation" Eleven cows try to arrange themselves in a rectangular shape. The only way they can "accomplish" this is to have one thin rectangle of 11 cows in one row, because 11 is a prime number. "Backstage with Blackstone" Blackstone performs a trick involving three cup trics. "Mathnet: Problem of the Dirty Money, Part 1" Repeat of a segment first aired in Episode 121.moreless
  • Episode 155
    Episode 155
    Episode 55
    Skits in this episode included: "King for a Day" Repeat of a sketch first aired in Episode 123. "Time Check" 23% of SQ1TV is over, leaving 77% of SQ1TV to come. "Mathman" In this game, Mathman must eat only multiples of four. "Person on the Street" Given the question, "What is a quadrilateral?", several people on the street answer incorrectly before the last person gets it right. "Animation: An Interesting Game of Football" An underdog team is ready to play football with some bruisers on an odd-shaped field. One fence and a bunch of bushes makes the field a trapezoid, which the underdog team uses to its advantage. In the second interesting game, a large section of the same field is swamped by excess rain. That gives both teams a badly-shaped quadrilateral field, and again the underdogs find a way to score often. "Animation: Quadrilateral" A quadrilateral breaks, and all its corners join at a single point, showing the four angles of a quadrilateral add up to 360 degrees. "Fraction Rap" Repeat of an opening bumper and music video first aired in Episode 125. "Animation" Two men need to change their point of view when faced with the challenge of putting 11 elephants in four pens, keeping an odd number in each pen. "SQ1TV Tease" Cynthia says SQ1TV is recommended for those with math aches. "Mathnet: The Trial of George Frankly, Part 5" Repeat of a segment first aired in Episode 120.moreless
  • Episode 154
    Episode 154
    Episode 54
    Skits in this Episode: "Point of View" Cris talks about changing your point of view to introduce the next segment. "Clowning Around" In this sketch, a clown has to move from the outer ring to the center platform of the circus floor, without touching the ground. He must use two wooden boards, each of which are 6 1/2 feet long, to reach the platform, which is seven feet away, and the boards must not touch the ground. After examining the problem, the clown succeds, but falls onto the ground anyway. "Person on the Street" Square One TV's roving reporter asks this question of people on the street: What is a palindrome? After several attempts, one person finally guesses that a palindrome is a word or phrase that reads the same backwards and forwards, and then a woman points out that this can also apply to numbers. "Palindrome" A musical number. The vocalist (Arthur Howard) sings about palindromic numbers and how to reach them by reversing and adding. He goes from a tango to a waltz to a disco beat. (Note: This segment first appeared in Episode 112. "Animation - Palindromes" When 67 is reversed, the number 76 is added to 67 to get 143. That number is reversed and the answer is 341, which is added to 143 to get a palindrome - 484. This process is done with 68-68 + 86 is 154, 154 + 451 = 605, 605 + 506 = 1111. "The Groaning Wall" Harry Blackstone tells jokes with Luisa, Cris, and Reg. "Backstage with Blackstone" After flipping a deck of cards, Blackstone asks Luisa to cut the cards in half. Then he asks her to count the cards taken off the deck and take that number of cards from the cards she cut. Then, Blackstone has Cris memorize the card at the bottom of the selected pack as the deck is reassembled, and gives Luisa a list of magic phrases. He then spells the chosen phrase one card at a time and finds the selected card! It's because by cutting the deck about halfway, there would be about 26 cards and by subtracting the digits, there would be 18 cards left. Then each magic phrase has 18 letters, so the chosen card would be on the last letter. "Zero Cones" Three blue negative cones run into three positive orange cones. One by one, each pair of plus and minus cones gets flushed through the ground, leaving -3 + 3 = 0 "Mathnet: The Trial of George Frankly Part 4" In Court, the witnesses (the bank teller, the customer before "George," and the bank president) all swear that they saw George rob the bank and get into his car afterward. George proves inefficient in representing himself, and the prosecutor is too zealous to have George proven guilty. Luckily, the tape of the robbery gets broken by the careless bailiff, and the pilot from Fishmonger airlines, Wiley Monger, is called in to prove George's innocence. Wiley, however, proves it would be possible for George to have been flown to the mainland from 7:45 AM to 8:15, and with the Three hours it takes to drive to Los Angeles, George would have arrived in time to rob the bank. The pilot then claims he flew George to the mainland and saw him drive to L. A.. Knowing the pilot is lying, Kate demands that George give her the weather information in the Great North Woods for the day of the robbery, but George is nervous, fearing he'll be convicted.moreless
  • Episode 153
    Episode 153
    Episode 53
    Skits in this episode included: "Friendly Bank" Gangsters rob an unimaginably friendly bank. The tellers prove just how friendly they are when the gangsters can't seem to divide the stolen money evenly. "Time Check" Since .31 of SQ1TV is over, how much is left? "Count On It" Repeat of a music video first aired in Episode 103. "But Who's multiplying?" In this installment, Michael plays against Arturo. "Animation-Tetrahedron" Various 3-D shapes float across the screen. One of them, the tetrahedron, unfolds to show it is made up of four equilateral triangles. "Miracle Zero by Jip Industries" Repeat of a sketch first aired in Episode 131. "Mathnet: The Trial of George Frankly, Part 3" Repeat of a segment first aired in Episode 118.moreless
  • Episode 152
    Episode 152
    Episode 52
    "The Mike Merv Show Show" Hinted to in Episode 137, The Mike Merv Show Show finally airs. Dim-witted Mike's guest is Ali Haji-Sheikh, then place kicker for the New York Giants. Ali shows, via a film of his kicks, how the angle of a kick determines how far the football will go. "Music Video" Larry Cedar sings I'm Just An Average American "Backstage with Blackstone" Blackstone performs another amazing trick that involves math. "Mathman" Mathman's mission is to eat only even numbers. "Castaways" It's easy for castaways to divide 0 sea biscuits. "Animation" An animation demonstrates that any number times 0 is 0. "Rappin Judge" Repeat of a segment first shown in Episode 102 "Mathnet: The Trial of George Frankly, Part 2" Repeat of a Mathnet segment first shown in Episode 117moreless
  • Episode 151
    Episode 151
    Episode 51
    "But Who's Counting?" The parody game-show pits the Boones vs. the Goodmans. "Person on the Street" The person on the street asks people what a pentomino is. Pentominos play a part in "Make a Box," featuring Cynthia Darlow. "Animation" Pentominos making patterns and large rectangles. "Sketch 763" It's said that the sketch. could not be written. So it wasn't. It was ad-libbed. In it, Frank Lloyd Wrong (first seen in Episode 104) discusses his restaurant, which profited only 27¢. "Exclusive Music Video" Darling sings Perpendicular lines "Mathnet: Trial of George Frankly, Part 1" Repeat of a Mathnet case first shown in Episode 116.moreless
  • Episode 150
    Episode 150
    Episode 50
    Skits in This Episode: "I Love Lupy" Lupy gets a new job cutting licorice, so she can pay off a ming vase she accidentally destroyed. She has to cut two-foot strands of licorice into five inch and seven inch pieces. This won't be an easy task, because the company frowns upon wasting licorice, going by the credo, "Waste not, get fired not." Lupy finds that cutting one strand from each strand isn't enough. "Battling Cones" -Seven negative blue cones clash with five positive orange cones. After a battle, two blue cones survive, showing that -7 + 5 = -2 "I Love Lupy Part 2" Lupy tries to cut 4 five inch strands, but finds she has four inches left over. Three seven inch strands also doesn't work, because there are three inches left over. Even when Lupy cuts three five inch pieces and one seven inch piece she still has two inches of waste licorice. In the end, Lupy figures out that a two foot strand of licorice into two five inch pieces and two seven inch pieces. Unfortunately she still has some wasted licorice, which she promptly eats. The boss doesn't notice a thing, and thanks her by giving her a jumbo pack of licorice. "Doggieweight Championship" Sugar Ray Leonard, in a boxing-style match, is supposed to weigh a dog in three rounds or less. In the first round, Sugar Ray tries to coax the dog onto the scale, but it won't work. Round 2 has Sugar Ray weighing a cinderblock because it has the same size as the dog, but the cinderblock is too heavy. Finally, Sugar Ray picks up the dog and finds their combined weight. He then subtracts his own weight to find the dog's weight, and wins the match. "Think" A music video by Third Hand. The group tries to help a young boy who doesn't have enough money for the bike he wants. Third Hand suggests ways to approach the problem and find a solution. "Mathnet: The Problem of the Passing Parade Part 5" Repeat of a Mathnet segment which first aired in Episode 115.moreless
  • Episode 149
    Episode 149
    Episode 49
    Skits in this episode included: "Mathematics 'R' Us" Smilin' Al Gorithm has been asked to tone down the price of his function machine. Using the "-3" as his function, he takes the price down to $18, $15, $12, $9, $6 and finally $3. A customer does him better: using the -3 function to turn the price to nothing. "Mathman" Repeat of a sketch first aired in Episode 101. "Lazy Guys, Part 1" Cris plays two guys called Divided By 1 and Multiplied By 1. Both are dressed as old-time country bumpkins, not doing anything to change numbers. "Mathman Sabotaged" Another Mathman game is about to start, but Glitch cheats, eating Mathman before the announcer can finish his spiel. "Celebrity Kitchen" Talk show host Donna Who (who we will see on her talk show set during Episode 171) is visiting Superguy. He has been busy making three cakes: one each for his superfriends. Because he needs to multiply each ingredient of the recipe by three, he calls on his function machine. It's the gadget we saw at Mathematics 'R' Us, now equipped with a "x3" function card. "Lazy Guys, Part 2" The country bumpkins again, or more correctly, two old men called Plus Zero and Minus Zero. They don't worry about boredom because they don't change a number that comes in contact with them. "News Interruption!" Reg reports a film strike in Hollywood. "Slides at 11:00." "Cabot and Marshmallow" Cabot shows Marshmallow that shapes have "rotational symmetry" if they can fit into a hole more than one way. First off, Cabot inserts a square peg into a square hole four ways because the square is a regular polygon. The circle hole accommodates the circular peg every which way Cabot inserts it. But the irregular polygon can only fit in one way, so it isn't rotationally symmetrical. "Bumper" A voice-over leads us into the next music video. "Nine, Nine, Nine" Repeat of a music video first aired in Episode 102. "Animation" In another demonstration of rotational symmetry, a five-pointed star rotates around a center point, and it fits into a star-shaped hole five ways. "Mathman: The Problem of the Passing Parade, Part 4" Repeat of a segment first aired in Episode 114.moreless
  • Episode 148
    Episode 148
    Episode 48
    Skits in this episode included: "Mathman" Mathman must eat only the factors of 24. "But Who's Multiplying?" Another edition of the game with two kids quickly multiplying two factors to for the right products. "Oops!" This one is a real shocker. Because someone couldn't correctly multiply 603 by 7, a bridge collapsed. (Footage shown was of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge swaying and collapsing in 1941.) "Warning!" Repeat of a sketch first aired in Episode 114. "Executive at Meeting" It's an executive's birthday, and he's all excited. He figured out how many people can sit at each table using division. "Time Check" You've already seen 40% of SQ1TV, and the show asks how much remains. "Jenny Didn't Call" Repeat of a music video first aired in Episode 122. "Backstage with Blackstone" Blackstone has a trick involving a cyclical number: 142,857. Multiply that number by any digit from 1 to 6 and the digits of the cyclical number remain in sequence. "Animation: Cyclical Number" Adding on to the Blackstone segment, a voice-over accompanies the cyclical number 142,857 as it is multiplied by 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. "Mathnet: The Problem of the Passing Parade, Part 3" Repeat of a segment first used in Episode 113.moreless
  • Episode 147
    Episode 147
    Episode 47
    Skits in This Episode Include: "Mathematics R' Us" Smilin' Al Gorithm tauts rounding off numbers. One example is how he rounded 9.72 to 9.7 "Music Video: Round it Off" The House Band, on the album "Live at Tilley's," sings of how to round off numbers to make things easier: round up if it ends in 5 or more, round it down if it's less than five." (Note: This segment first appeared in Episode 119.) "Art Store" An artist goes into an art supply store. "Animation - Area" The segment shows how a 6 x 8 rectangle is calculated to 48 square units. "The 5:19 Blues" A girl sings the blues about numbers that aren't rounded off. As she gets to the train station at 5:20, she realizes that although rounding off works on lots of numbers, don't round off the time the train leaves. "How Much is Left" This much (.41) of the show is over, but don't despair: there's this much (.59) left to come. "But Who's Counting" Another installment of Square One TV's parody game show, "But Who's Counting." "Mathnet: The Problem of the Passing Parade Part 2" Repeat of a Mathnet segment that appeared previously in Episode 112.moreless
  • Episode 146
    Episode 146
    Episode 46
    "Number Squaring Trick" Arthur Howard, on the phone, learns a trick for squaring numbers ending in five. "Talent Agent - Square Numbers" Broadway talent agent Mr. Biggs wants a Broadway song about square numbers. "Bureau of Missing Numbers" What are distinct characteristics of 36? They'll need to know if they're going to find it. "Animation" This animation features dancing squares. "Exclusive Music Video" The classic Square Brothers' Perfect Squares. Repeat of a segment first shown in Episode 101. "Your Map Commerical" Repeat of a segment first shown in Episode 102. "Mathnet: Problem of the Passing Parade, Part 1" Repeat of a Mathnet case first shown in Episode 111.moreless
  • Episode 145
    Episode 145
    Episode 45
    Immediately after the titles, a voice over reminds us we've seen one thirtieth of Square One TV. Now twenty-nine thirtieths are to be seen: "Phoneymooners" A Venn Diagram shows groceries bought for Raccoon Hamburger Fry. Seems four things were bought twice and another four were not bought at all. "Sybil Sawyer (Pt 5.) A segment that details wood used vs. wood wasted in furniture. "Oops!" A segment about ruler measurement. As the Planet Spins Buying too much carpet for L-shaped room "Music Video: Square Song" Before the song, there's a disclaimer about it being edited for television. Cris Franco sings the lead in this song about squares. "Backstage with Blackstone" Blackstone does a trick involving 10 cards, face up/face down. "Claymation Creatures" The war between the Positives and Negatives rages on, showing that 1 + -12 = -11 Mathnet: The Problem of the Missing Baseball Part 5 Repeat of a segment first shown in Episode 110moreless
  • Episode 144
    Episode 144
    Episode 44
    Skits in this Episode Included: "Cabot and Marshmallow – Wooden Candy Bars" Repeat of a segment first aired in Episode 108. "Sybil Sawyer, Part 4" Hollywood reporter Sybil Sawyer is still in the woods, learning how people estimate the amount of wood in a log. "Oops!" A new segment finds a man making a mistake when multiplying decimals. The end tease ("Oops! is brought to you by erasers") is repeated by mistake. "Bumper: Please Stand By" "Bulletin" Now that SQ1TV is back on, they can deliver a late-breaking news item from the local courtroom. A jester was accused of making a bed too small for the King to fit in. The problem was, the King had made measurements for the desired bed using his big feet. The jester copied the measurements with his small feet, After exhausting testimony, the jester was found not guilty. "Time Check" Tease informs viewers they have already seen .44 of SQ1TV. "Mathman" This time, Mathman must eat only multiples of 6. "Countin' Out The Rhythm" Repeat of a music video first aired in Episode 116. "But Who's Adding?" Repeat of a game first aired in Episode 117." Mathnet: The Problem of the Missing Baseball, Part 4" Repeat of a mystery segment first aired in Episode 109.moreless
  • Episode 143
    Episode 143
    Episode 43
    Skits include, but are not limited to: "How to Build a Bridge" "Sybil Sawyer, Part 3" "International House of Bologna" "Mathnet: The Probem of the Missing Baseball, Part 3"
  • Episode 142
    Episode 142
    Episode 42
    "Polling" A pollster for the Candidate Zagursky for Mayor campaign thinks he has had a good sample for his poll. But he finds his sample is biased: He called all people with last names starting with Z. They are are all related to Candidate Zagursky. "Sybil Sawyer, Part 2" How biologists measure the perimeter and age of trees. "Time Check" An announcer tells us that 20% of the show has passed. "Polling - Again" The Candidate Zagursky for Mayor pollster hass since polled the people at the local Post Office. But the sample is still biased: Zagursky worked at that Post Office for 15 years. "Backstage with Blackstone" The number nine plays a role in the number of coins on a table. "Polling 3" Finally, the Candidate Zagursky for Mayor pollster has done a random sample. It shows that Candidate Zagursky doesn't have a chance of winning. "Multiples of 1-10" A diagram shows all of the these multiples. "Bumper" Glitch, Mathman's nemesis, gives a hint to the secret code in the upcoming music video. "Superspy" Repeat of a segment that first aired in Episode 117. "Spending" A president (Reg E. Cathey) asks advisors for help in spending the allowance that Nancy gave him. He has to work the problem in the parentheses first. "Mathnet: Problem of the Missing Baseball Part 2" Repeat of a Mathnet case that first aired in Episode 107.moreless
  • Episode 141
    Episode 141
    Episode 41
    Skits In This Episode: "News interruption: One Way to Never Reach Zero" "Moderately Frightening Stories" "Mathman: Multiples of 5" "Battle of the Bulge Caterers" "Time Check Bumper" "Sybil Sawyer, Part 1" "Warning about the Upcoming Music Video" "Exclusive Music Video:Angle Dance" "Nancy Lieberman" "Ball Ricochet" "Mathnet: The Problem of the Missing Baseball, Part 1"moreless
  • Episode 140
    Episode 140
    Episode 40
    "Let's Do A Deal, Part 1" In this send-up of Let's Make a Deal, two contestants are chosen from the audience and given a choice of two treasure chests. One has two gold coins and two lead coins, the other has more gold coins and many more lead coins. First, they must choose one of the two chests and, once that's done, they must pull out a gold coin from that chest. If they do, they move to another chance game. "Exclusive Music Video: Ghost of a Chance" Repeat of a segment first shown in Episode 111 "Let's Do a Deal, Part 2" Now the contestants must choose from a pile of four pencils, three of which are unsharpened. If they pick all the unsharpened pencils, they will win the treasure hunt prize. "Backstage with Blackstone" Blackstone takes playing cards from a deck. The highlight of the trick comes when the assistants must choose one of five cards with different sayings, including "Choose This Card Here" and "Let The Mystery Begin." What they don't know just yet, is that each saying has eighteen letters – and Blackstone was able to take exactly eighteen cards off the deck. "Mathnet: The Problem of the Missing Monkey, Part 5" Repeat of a Mathnet segment first shown in Episode 105.moreless
  • Episode 139
    Episode 139
    Episode 39
    "So-Fari, So-Goodi, Part 1" Lady Huxbey talks of her unfortunate attempt to feed the elephants in the jungle. In her field report, she finds a hawker, Jungle Clyde. He says she must buy a map of jungle from him if she wants to feed the elephants. The cost: half the peanuts Lady Huxbey brought with her, plus one more peanut. "Person on the Street" What is a googol? "Animation" Graphics show that a googol is ten to the hundredth power. (Not to be confused with the googol animation that appears in the 3-2-1 Contact episode called "Measurement: How Many? How Much?") "So-Fari, So-Goodi, Part 2" Jungle Clyde explains Lady Huxbey must buy a map of the animals from him if she wants to feed the elephants. The cost: half the peanuts Lady Huxbey has left, plus two more peanuts. "Googol Commercial" Moon Unit Zappa discusses one googol and how she can write it easily. "So-Fari, So-Goodi, Part 3" Jungle Clyde explains Lady Huxbey must buy a map of the elephants from him if she wants to feed the elephants. The cost: half the peanuts Lady Huxbey has left, plus three more peanuts. Lady Huxbey is appalled to find she has only four peanuts left. But Jungle Clyde leaves her with his monkey and a puzzle: If she can tell him how many peanuts she started with, he will give all the peanuts back to her. "Time Check" Shows how much of Square One TV has gone by "So-Fari, So-Goodi, Part 4" Lady Huxbey has written down the problem: X ÷ 2 - 1 – the result of that ÷ 2 - 2 – the result of that ÷ 2 - 3 = 4. If she works backwards, she can correctly determine the number of peanuts she started with. But she cannot get the peanuts back from Jungle Clyde. "Bureau of Missing Numbers" Terri Ryan seeks the missing number 10, having first determined the properties of then number. "Exclusive Music Video: Burger Pattern" The Fat Boys have gone through a pattern in the number of burgers they have eaten for lunch each day. Each time they order an increasing triangular number of hamburgers (1, 3, 6, 10). Now they should order 15 burgers to keep the pattern going. "Burger Pattern Bumper" How many burgers would The Fat Boys order tomorrow? "Mathnet: The Problem of the Missing Monkey, Part 4" Repeat of a Mathnet segment first shown in Episode 104moreless
  • Episode 138
    Episode 138
    Episode 38
    Skits in this Episode: "Odd Number Strike" Newsanchor Eugene Gummm covers the odd number strike. Number 107 insists it is because the odd numbers prefer to be called uneven. Gummm then interviews some people negatively affected by the odd number strike: chef Julia Kitchen, rock star Mick Stagger, a race car driver, and a city bus driver. Gumm then promises to keep covering the odd number strike because his office is on an "uneven"-numbered street. "Animation" A two row pattern of blocks shows odd and even numbers. "Math Rap - Music Video" Kurtis Blow raps to his students about mathematics. "But Who's Counting?" The Kurkendalls from San Simeon, California compete against the San Simeons from Kurkendall, California. The object is to place five numbers that come out on a number wheel to obtain the largest possible five digit number. In the first round, the number wheel comes up with a first digit 5, then second digit 3, third digit 1, fourth digit 4 and fifth digit 0. The contestants reveal their numbers. The Kurkendalls came up with 40,513 whereas the San Simeons came up with 5,341. So the Kurkendalls win the first round. They play a second round and this time the numbers come up 3, then 2, then 8, the number 6 and finally a 9. The reveal shows that the Kurkendalls got 89,623, while the San Simeons could only muster 86,932. The Kurkendalls win first prize - all they can eat at their favorite restaurant, while the San Simeons get half of all they can eat. Had either team scored the best possible answer, they would have won the bonus prize - two tickets to next week's game. (Note: This skit appeared previously in Episode 106.) "Your Head" Repeat of a skit that appeared previously in Episode 105. "The Phoneymooners" Alfie is building a doghouse, which included odd pieces and even pieces. He gets annoyed when he runs out of odd pieces, but Throckmorton proves that even pieces can be made by putting two odd pieces together. "Mathnet: Problem of the Missing Monkey Part 3" Repeat of a Mathnet segment that first appeared in Episode 103.moreless
  • Episode 137
    Episode 137
    Episode 37
    "Ratings Analysis" The centerpiece sketch is set at HBC, a Rival network trying to gain inroads on Square One TV's ratings. The bar graph demonstrates that SQ1TV has had great success with Mathnet, Callous, and March of History. Their duds include The Mike Merv Show Show (which we have not seen yet, but it's coming) and Ken & Barbie (which we will never see). In other words, Square One TV actually has no duds. "Commercial - Your Head" Karl Malden impersonator advertises the estimating and rounding skills of your head. Repeat of a segment that first aired earlier in the season. "Exclusive Music Video" Cristobal sings Sign of the Times "Time Check" An announcer tells us that we've seen 40% of the show so far. "Backstage with Blackstone" A magic trick with famous magician Harry Blackstone. "Mathman" Mathman is instructed to eat only Factors of 60. "Animation" An animation features quadrilaterals - shapes with four sides such as squares and rectangles. "Mathnet: Problem of the Missing Monkey, Part 2" Repeat of a Mathnet case that first aired in Episode 101.moreless
  • Episode 136
    Episode 136
    Episode 36
    "Harry's Hamburger Heaven" A commercial shoot for the fictional restaurant. "Which is Best" An analysis of whether it's best to use decimal (.4), fraction (4/10) or percent (40%). "Music Video" Arthur sings Action at the Fraction Bar "But Who's Multiplying" The newest edition of the parody game-show. "Animation" Numbers and liquid are mixed in different glasses. "Battle of the Bulge Caterers" The caterers attempt to divide 18 popsicles for 12 guests "2001 Parody" This parody of 2001: A Space Odyssey features two astronauts attempting to stop their computer, Hank, from repeatedly singing "Row, row, row your boat." One of them decides to have Hank run a program, which Hank accepts, having to run the program until it is finished: Step 1, start with three; Step 2, add four; Step 3, stop if the answer is even, if not go back to Step 2. Of course the program can never be finished. The astronaut asks us to try the same program, but reminds us that we'll never reach an even number. The astronauts themselves wind up singing "Row, row, row your boat," and the closing title reads: The end? "Animation" An animation features a snowflake shape and fractals. "Mathnet: Problem of the Missing Monkey, Part 1" Repeat of a Mathnet case that first aired in Episode 101.moreless
  • Episode 135
    Episode 135
    Episode 35
    Skits in This Episode: "The Colon Commercial" "Joke Glasses Party" "Time Check" "Backstage with Blackstone" "Exculsive Music Video: Apple Rap" "Bumper" "Coatrack" "Pentagram Animation" "Mathnet: The Problem of the Trojan Hamburger, Part 5"
  • Episode 134
    Episode 134
    Episode 34
    "Commercial Shoot for Stephan's Stereo" This segment attempts to find out what works best: decimal, fraction or percent? "Animation - Conversion" An animation shows viewers that 75% = 75/100 = .75 = 3/4 "Welcome Back, Blotter" In this sendup ofWelcome Back, Kotter, Mr. Blotter's birthday presents are not finished; only a precentage is done each time. "Don't Despair" "8% of My Love" Repeat of a music video that first aired in Episode 107. "But Who's Counting?" For the only time, Monte Carlo has kid contestants in his parody game-show. It's their task to make the largest 5-digit number. "Commercial - Your Head" A commercial promotes your head, saying that it estimates. "Mathnet: The Problem of the Trojan Hamburger Part 4" George learns that the abandoned balloon was the one that was rented and that it was reshaped to fit in the hamburger. Debbie informs that Mathnetters that Hans Ballpeen returned home and Beulah is ecstatic to have him back. Hans tells the Mathnetters that the kidnappers forced him to cut a diamond, which makes the Mathnetters nervous about the disappearance of the Despair Diamond, especially since Hans says that the diamond weighed over 200 carats. When Kane hears that the diamond was cut into 7 pieces and can no longer be traced, he is furious. As Kate and George leave the mansion, George points out that as Hans works as a clown for children's birthday parties, his wife made many balloons for a party, all of which contain...helium.moreless
  • Episode 133
    Episode 133
    Episode 33
    Skits in This Episode: "Phone Call: Fibonacci" "Backstage with Blackstone: Fibonacci Sequence" :Bumper on Fibonacci Sequence" "Mathman: Eat Percentages > 1/2" "The King's Stooges" "Person on the Street: What is a Tessellation?" "Exclusive Music Video: Tessellation" "Mathnet: The Problem of the Trojan Hamburger, Part 3"
  • Episode 132
    Episode 132
    Episode 32
    Skits in This Episode: "Eagle Express, Part 1" "9 Feet Exchanged" "Eagle Express, Part 2" "Exclusive Music Video: Metric Electric Lover by Dodo" "But Who's Adding: Samantha vs. Valerie" "Interruption" "Mathnet: The Problem of the Trojan Hamburger, Part 2"
  • Episode 131
    Episode 131
    Episode 31
    Skits in this Episode: "Mathematics R' Us: Place Value Holder" "Bumper (Larry)" "Battle of the Bulge Caterers, Part 1 --- New Version" "The Misteaks" "Battle of the Bulge Caterers Part 2" "Time Check" "War of Positives and Negatives: -9 +4 = -5" "Subtraction Commercial" "Miracle Zero, a Product of Jip Industries" "Mathnet: The Problem of the Trojan Hamburger, Part 1"moreless
  • Episode 130
    Episode 130
    Episode 30
    "Interruption!" A newsreader quotes the Mathematician General's report: "Averages can be misleading." The Phoneymooners The two have helped moving the furniture and books of the Racoon Lodge. But Throckmorton is only taking five alumni books, which drives the average down. It's better, says Ralph, for the three to carry an equal number of books. "Nebbish the Grocery Bagger, Part 1" He doesn't pack the groceries right, breaking a dozen eggs in the process. "Exclusive Music Video" An music video called Count on It teaches viewers about counting. "Nebbish the Grocery Bagger, Part 2" He tries again, and this time he crushes a loaf of bread. "Time Check" .34 is a decimal fraction that shows how much of Episode 130 is left. "Nebbish the Grocery Bagger, Part 3" This time he puts the canned good in the bag first. It's a good move, but his later packing harms a cream puff. "Commercial Survey" Quacks are polled on what cures a Headache. Some recommend things such as a steak over the face. "Nebbish the Grocery Bagger, Part 4" Nebbish learns from all his mistakes and packs the bag correctly. But Who's Adding? Anthony and Jada compete in this parody game show. "Square One TV Pitch" Cast member Cris Franco pitches Square One TV, saying that problem solving is their main concern. "Mathnet: The Mystery of the Maltese Pigeon, Part 5" Kate senses Maureen O'Rilley has the Maltese Pigeon, and Noel is asked to help find out for sure.moreless
  • Episode 129
    Episode 129
    Episode 29
    "Matinee Movie" A promo hints to the eventual broadcast of Cartablanca. (Repeat of a segment first shown in Episode 107) "Perfect Squares" An exclusive music video performed by The Square Brothers. (Repeat of a segment first shown in Episode 101) "Oops!" A subtraction error, with the equation 300-163= , leads to disaster. Viewers are shown what went wrong and how to not make the same mistake. "Cartablanca" Repeat of a segment first shown in Episode 107 "Percents" A music video about percentages by the Bank Notes. "Mathman: Percentages" In order to win a free game, Mathman must eat only percentages that are less than ½. "National Geometric: The Search for the Giant Squid" Repeat of a segment first aired in Episode 114. "Soultions Warning" The voice of Barbara Feldon tells viewers to understand what kind of solutions they are looking for when solving problems. "Mathnet: The Mystery of the Maltese Pigeon, Part 4" Kate and George see through Maureen O'Rilley's alibi. Thinking the Maltese Pigeon seen in Monday's episode was a fake, they speak to one of O'Rilley's employees: an ice sculptor. But there had to be another trick up O'Rilley's sleeve if the Pigeon was to disappear within three hours. Kate and George discover the secret back at the museum.moreless
  • Episode 128
    Episode 128
    Episode 28
    Skits in This Episode: "Suds: Raffle Ticket, Part 1" "Person on the Street: Dodecahedron" "Animation: Dodecahedron" "Suds: Raffle Ticket, Part 2" Grempod and Blotmo: sponge candy "Suds: Raffle Ticket, Part 3" "Tony and the Togas: The Mathematics of Love" "Backstage with Blackstone: Coin Tricks" "Mathnet: Mystery of the Maltese Pigeon, Part 3"moreless
  • Episode 127
    Episode 127
    Episode 27
    Skits in This Episode: "Eagle Express, Part 1: Distance Between Detroit and Chicago" "Exclusive Music Video: Draw a Map by Lewis and Clark" "Eagle Express, Part 2: Cistance Between Detroit and Tulsa" "Appliance Pull, Part 1" "Fortune Teller: Arthur's Age" "Appliance Pull, Part 2" "Don't Despair" "Mathnet: Mystery of the Maltese Pigeon, Part 2"moreless
  • Episode 126
    Episode 126
    Episode 26
    Skits in this Episode:

    "Data Headache: Line Graph"

    This installment of Square One TV's series about using charts and graphs to solve a data headache features the line graph. Ms. Weatherby has a data headache from keeping track of corporate profits. The announcer tells her to use a line graph to keep track of her information, and it works for her.

    "Pie Chart"

    In medieval times, the Dra-Ma guild (dragon maintenance guild) uses a pie chart to keep track of how much it costs to raise a dragon and the percentage of the cost that each expense (food, dragon litter, lighter fluid, charcoal) entails.

    "Graph of Love"

    In a 50s rock and roll styled video, a teenager uses a "graph of love" to indicate how much love she feels throughout the course of a year. As each month passes, the number with which she rates her feelings goes up and down, and in the end, fortunately, it's a perfect ten!

    "Backstage With Blackstone"

    Blackstone's got more tricks up in this sleeve. This installment features the "invisible deck of cards." Blackstone asks Larry to pick a card from an invisible deck and give mathematical instructions to the suit and value of the card. Using this information, when Blackstone makes the card deck appear, the card Larry selected is face down in the deck.


    Repeat of a segment first shown in Episode 101.

    "Infinity - Paintings on a Wall"

    A segment involves a woman reading in her room. The picture on her wall shows what is exactly happening in her room. As the camera zooms in in the picture, it continues to do so, as there are an infinite number of paintings in the picture.

    "And on..."

    A repeat of the continuation of the "Infinity" song that first aired in Episode 101.

    "Mathnet: Mystery of the Maltese Pigeon Part 1"

    A mysterious woman, Maureen O'Reilly, asks the Mathnetters to find out how many people will be able to attend when she displays the famous Maltese Pigeon statue at a museum. The statue is worth "a king's ransom" as it is centuries old, made of valuable crystal, and encases a large sapphire in its stomach. After the Mathnetters check to see if the pigeon is safely placed in the museum, George, who was smitten with Maureen when he first saw her, is informed that the pigeon is missing.moreless
  • Episode 125
    Episode 125
    Episode 25
    Skits in This Episode: "Amazing Story of Nines, Part One" "Animation: Hexahedron" "Amazing Story of Nines, Part Two" "Animation: Pentagon Pyramid" "Amazing Story of Nines, Part Three" "Music Video - Change Your Point Of View by Obelisk" "Backstage with Blackstone" "Fraction Rap Bumper" "Music Video - Fraction Rap" "Mathnet: Problem of the Dirty Money, Part 5"moreless
  • Episode 124
    Episode 124
    Episode 24
    "Mathman" Mathman is assigned to eat only Prime Numbers "Matinee Movie" Matinee Movie is about to hold a Dialing for Factors call-in. The winner must name the factors of a large number. That leads to the movie, Mr. Bland Builds His Dream House (a Laurel and Hardy parody). Mr. Bland, garbage dealer, wants Stan and Olie to make a rectangular window with 17 panes. It doesn't look pretty, until Stan breaks a window pane. Back in the studio, Matinee Movie searches for, and gets, a winner in their Dialing for Factors game. Part two of Mr. Bland Builds His Dream Houseshows how many different rectangles can be made from 16 window panes. Matinee Movie wraps up after another fine mess that Stan has gotten himself and his partner into. "Newsroom Interruption!" Square One TV is interrupted. "Time Check" A time check points out how much of the show remains. "Bureau of Missing Numbers" The Bureau of Missing Numbers is assigned to trace the fascinating number 9. "Nine, Nine, Nine" The House Band at Tilley's performs this exclusive music video. It reveals the fascinating secret of the number 9, that the digits of multiples of it always add back up to nine. "But Who's Adding?" The newest installment of the parody game show. "Mathnet: The Problem of the Dirty Money, Part 4" The fourth installment in this Mathnet case.moreless
  • Episode 123
    Episode 123
    Episode 23
    Skits in this Episode: "King for a Day" "Person on the Street" "The Trapezoid Monks" "Mathman" "Daddy Knows Different: Parts 1 and 2" "Music Video: Roman Numeral Blues" "Oops!" "Mathnet: The Problem of the Dirty Money, Part 3"
  • Episode 122
    Episode 122
    Episode 22
    Skits In This Episode: "March of History - Parts 1, 2 and 3" "Concave vs. Convex Shapes" "Backstage with Blackstone - Coin Trick" "Parity sequence" "Exclusive Music Video: Jenny Didn't Call" "Mathnet: The Problem of the Dirty Money, Part 2"
  • Episode 121
    Episode 121
    Episode 21
    What are the common multiples of 15 and 18? You'll see them when two clowns enter at special times of the hour throughout the show and do silly things. "But Who's Counting?" It's another search for the best possible sum between a three digit number and a two digit number. Q mu less calculators, a previous sponsor, is not acknlowedged in this parody game-show hosted by Monte Carlo. "Common Multiple Man" Cris Franco plays a misfit of science who can instantly figure out common multiples for several numbers. "Exclusive Music Video" In "Less Than Zero," Stanley O'Toole is so bad at everything he does that the judges give him negative scores. Not to be confused with the "Less the Zero" song performed by George Frankley and Pat Tuesday in Season Five, a.k.a. "Don't Leave; You Stay; I'll Go." "The War between the Positives and Negative Begins!" +5 + -3 = +2 "Remainder of show Bumper" This bumper tells us how much of the program is left. "Rutabagas vs Square One TV" Larry Cedar does a superb John Cleese imitation as he shows bar graphs comparing the number of people who watch Square One TV to the number of people who eat rutabagas. "Mathnet: Problem of the Dirty Money, Part One" A strange case in which three trucks are stolen and then mysteriously returned.moreless
  • Episode 120
    Episode 120
    Episode 20
    Skits in This Episode: "Warning About Prime Number" "Callous 101st Anniversary Assortment "Bureau of Missing Numbers 101" "Le Prime Club" "Square Dance" "Multiplication Class" "Mathman: Fractions Smaller Than ½" "Mathnet: The Trial of George Frankly, Part 5"
  • Episode 119
    Episode 119
    Episode 19
    Skits in This Episode: "Round Off!" A game show that involves racing to a bell, and the first player to ring the bell has to round off a number. The first number is 3467, which must be rounded off to the nearest ten. One contestant, Belinda, does this with 3470. The next number is 33633, which is to be rounded off to the nearest hundred. Barry, the other contestant, gets 33700, but that doesn't work because the correct answer is 33600, to which 33633 is closer. The next number is 42656, which should be rounded off to the nearest thousand. Barry succeeds with 43000, but none of the contestants win because they each got one right, and the game is over. "Cabot and Marshmallow" Cabot gyps Marshmallow out of theater tickets by rounding off. Each ticket was $13, and there were 4 tickets, so 13 is rounded down to 10, and 4 is rounded down to 0, so Cabot points out that 10 times 0 is 0. Music Video- "Round It Off" A music video about rounding numbers. "Bumper" A bumper working in the theme of the episode. It only takes 8 seconds to introduce the next sketch, but Beverly will round it up to 10. "Backstage with Blackstone" Blackstone puts nine paper clips on the table, and asks Cris and Luisa to move any number of paper clips from the right to the left. Blackstone figured out how many were turned because the first paper clip was turned upside down, unlike the others, so he was able to count from it. "Animation - Triangle" A boy and a girl in class are both thinking about a triangle-he's thinking about three angles, she's thinking about three sides. Mathnet: The Trial of George Frankly Part 4 The fourth part of the Mathnet case in which George Frankly is put on trial for robbery. (Note: This segment repeated in Episode 154 and Episode 174.)moreless
  • Episode 118
    Episode 118
    Episode 18
    Exclusive Music Video: "Perfect Squares" Rodney and Painter, Part 1: Square Numbers Masterworks Theatre presents "The Trojan Pie" Rodney and Painter, Part 2: Triangular Numbers "The Groaning Wall" Rodney and Painter, Part 3: Square and Triangular Numbers Interruption: Square Number Defined "But Who's Multiplying?" Mathnet: "The Trial of George Frankly, Part 3"moreless
  • Episode 117
    Episode 117
    Episode 17
    "Animation: Perimeter" The perimeter of a shape is measured out in units. "Oops! Perimeter" In 1968, a hippie was supposed to find the perimeter of an 8-inch by 5-inch rectangle. He only came up with 8 + 5, or 13 inches, causing a disaster. He should have taken 8 + 5 and then multiplied by 2, to find the length of all the sides of the rectangle combined. "Bandanas" Cowboys who had just purchased 5 head of cattle need to find out how much fence they'll need, as each cow needs 20 square yards of space. Thus, they figure that the fence should cover 100 square yards. The schoolmom helps them find the rectangle that uses the least fence, and it's 10 X 10, which covers 100 square yards, but only needs 40 yards of fence. "Newsroom Interruption" This just in: Rectangles of the same area can have different perimeter. "The Math Mimes Two mimes, Rene and Marcel, find a loop of rope and make different rectangles with it. Marcel points out that rectangles of the same perimeter have different area, but Rene gets frustrated from reminding him not to talk. Finally, things get too much. "Bumper" A bumper that introduces alphanumeric code as a segue for the upcoming musical number. "Superspy" In this music video, "Mae East" sings about alphanumeric code. Using alphanumeric code you can send supersecret messages back and forth to your friends. "Bumper" A voice over demonstrates another alphanumeric message that translates to "I Want Dessert"." "Sculpture of Geometric Shapes" An animated segment in which a doctor examines X-rays from a sculpture of geometric shapes and explains their geometric implications. "Game Show: But Who's Adding" This is similar to "But WHo's Multiplying" except it involves adding. The two players move their rings on the board and call out the sum of the numbers in order to cover three numbers on the board with their color. "Mathnet: The Trial of George Frankly Part 2" George Frankly tells Kate of a plane service from Nomanisson Island to the mainland. That would mean putting more than 300 miles on his odometer. George and Kate go to Crusty's Garage, where George had his car checked before leaving for the Great North Woods. The odometer reading on the bill versus the odometer reading now, suggests George did rob the Next to the Last National Bank.moreless
  • Episode 116
    Episode 116
    Episode 16
    Skits in This Episode: "I Love Lupy - Elephants pt. 1" A parody of the classic show I Love Lucy. "Measurement of a Cat" Cynthia and Reg measure a cat using a framing device. "I Love Lupy pt. 2" The second half of the "I Love Lupy" skit. "Warning" Square One TV is interrupted for a warning. "Countin' Out the Rhythm" A music video. "Mathman (bumper)" A bumper to the upcoming "Mathman" segment. "Mathman: Factors of 12" In this installment of Square One TV's parody of Pacman, Mathman must eat all of the factors of 12 on the board, or else be eaten by Mr. Glitch. "Backstage with Blackstone: 3 Coins Puzzle" Blackstone takes us backstage for another neat math trick. "Mathnet: The Trial of George Frankly Part 1" Having come back from vacation, George learns that there was a bank robbery at the Next to the Last National Bank and when watching the surveilance tape, George learns that he's the one on tape! George sets out to clear his name by going to the bank and the bank's president recognizes George as the robber. Hesitant, he checks George's bank records on the computer database and finds that $250,000, the amount stolen in the robbery, was deposited in George's account shortly after the robbery. This leads George to figure that he must have done the robbery!moreless
  • Episode 115
    Episode 115
    Episode 15
    Skits in This Episode: "Voiceover" A voiceover introduces the viewer to "Sketch #241: Daddy Knows Different." "Daddy Knows Different" Daddy and his son Rusty show the proper way to break dishes. "Apple Rap" A rap music video. In this rap, Johnathan tells his shrink about his after school apple-peeling job. He can peel 40 apples in an hour, but his co-worker, Maria, peels 80 apples in an hour. The psychiatrist diagnoses him with "apple envy," but Johnahan explains that his boss asked him and Maria to peel 360 apples and he doesn't know how long it will take aboth of them to peel 360 apples. He then realizes that both he and Maria can peel 120 apples in an hour, so it will take him three hours. His problem is solved, just as his session ends. "Animation" An animation in which circles change to hexagons and then to a pattern with hexagons and six pointed stars. "But Who's Counting" In this installment, the Barberras and the Meads face off against each other. "Bar Chart" A commercial which shows how to use a bar chart to solve a "data headache." "Mathnet: The Problem of the Passing Parade Part 5" Resolution of the case in which Steve Stringbean is kidnapped.moreless
  • Episode 114
    Episode 114
    Episode 14
    Skits in this Episode: Opening teaser: What would you do if your name was what? "Cabot and Marshmallow" Marshmallow knows that Cabot has set him up with a date, and Cabot tells him that her name is What, which leads to a "Who's on First" style routine. What is arriving from 50 miles away, but What is coming on horseback. The horse goes 10 miles per hour and stops every hour for a ten minute break. Amidst the comedy, Marshmallow figures out that What will take 5 hours and 50 minutes to arrive and since What left 5 hours and 40 minutes ago, What should arrive in ten minutes. Cabot and Marshmallow are surprised that What just arrived, but then realize that What actually took 5 hours and 40 minutes to arrive. What doesn't take a ten minute break after 50 miles because What has already arrived. Marshmalow answers the door, and What says, "Hi. What's the name!" and Marshmallow faints. "Newsbreak" "Watch out for averages that are much too small" "Whither Weather" A Weather report indicates that there is an average snowfall of 7.5 inches. The nerdy security guard Lester explains that he measured the snow in six different locations on the roof because the snow fell unevenly When the weatherman asks him how he made the measurement, Lester becomes a flamboyant show-biz style announcer and presents slides of his research. He measured 11 inches at point A, 7 inches at point C, 1 inch at point D, 3 inches at point E, and 11 inches at point F. Becoming his nerdy self, Lester explains that the total is 45 inches. He then divides by 6 and comes up with .75 inches but the weatherman explains that it isn't possible because the lowest depth was 1 inch. Lester admits he made a mistake and that the average is 7.5 inches. Lester then has to leave because someone stole all the typewriters, and he leaves, reminding the weatherman to...SIGN OUT! he means sign out. "WARNING" If you tie the laces of your right shoe to the laces of your left shoe, by the end of the show you will have forgotten about it and when you get up to go the other room, you will fall down and squish your nose. So don't do it. "Hyram Potenuse: Square Rap" A rap video about squares. It explains how Squares have four equal sides and four equal angles, and how squares occur all around. And six squares form a cube. Bumper Larry Cedar: "Square One TV-When you care enough to think the very best." "Person on the Street" What is a rhombus? Many answers are given, but the correct answer is that a Rhombus is a geometric figure with four equal sides and the opposite angles are equal. "Backstage with Blackstone" Blackstone pulls four aces from a deck of cards and gives one to Beverly. He then asks Arthur to rol a die and mmultiply the number on top by two. He does, and then adds two as Blackstone says. Blackstone then asks him to multiply the number by five and then subtract the original number, then add the digits. Arthur's answer is ten, and the ace in Beverly's hand changes to a ten! Blackstone explains that the answer is always ten if the steps are followed correctly. Reg enters and informs Blackstone that the tigers have all lost their stripes, so Arthur and Beverly leave with Blackstone to help paint them. "Animation" In a series of animations of thre dimensional shapes, a cube is highlighted and unfolded. "National Geometric: The Search For the Giant Squid" In a spoof of the National Geographic specials, Jaques Gustave searches for the giant squid. During his voyage, a rookie navigator informs the crew that they are 10 centimeters away from an iceberg. Panic endues, but Gustave doesn't even see an iceberg through the periscope. The navigator explains that he measured 10 centimeters on the map between the iceberg ans the ship, but Gustave explains that 1 centimeter on the map does not mean one centimeter in reality, and that on the map he's using, one centimeter represents 10 kilometers. Because of that, the iceberg is 100 kilometers away. Gustave is glad that the navigator has mastered the map and can also locate the giant squid, but he keeps making other measurements that bore Gustave. Mathnet: "The Problem of the Passing Parade Part 4" The Mathnetters attend a press conference and explain how they use mathematics to find Steve Stringbean. Back at the office, Rimshot and the Mathnetters attempt to decode the message, "Please do what these peo-ple say." Rimshot decodes the notes as F, F, F, E flat, G, F, and E flat, so they spell FFFEGFE, which doesn't work. The mathnetters get another call in which the kidnappers want the money frozen in a 350 pound block of ice which is to be dumped into the ocean. George doesn't know why, and Kate asks the forensics lab to work on the ice problem. Rimshot doesn't know why Stringbean is singing off key, but finds the answer in the end- Steve is singing the kidnappers' telephone number!moreless
  • Episode 113
    Episode 113
    Episode 13
    "The Groaning Wall"

    "Samurai Mathematician"

    "Diet Lite Wet" Comm. Shoot

    "Mathman" Fractions = 1/3

    Music Video: LCD

    "Good Sports: Fractional Baseball"

    New rules give a team ¼ of a run for each base a player reaches (sketch features actual footage of Mets-Cubs game at Wrigley Field)

    Time Check: 54/100 seen

    "Oops!" 4212 ÷ 6 = 702

    "Mathnet": "The Problem of the Passing Parade, Part 3"

    At the hideout, George encounters sheet music titles 75 Trombones. Back at Mathnet HQ, the kidnappers call, putting Steve Stringbean on the phone with a dull musical message: "Please do what these people say."moreless

  • Episode 112
    Episode 112
    Episode 12
    "The Paper Rase" John Hillerman impersonator advises Ned Flimsy, "You must round up" up the cost of Ned's law books "Exclusive Music Video" The Fat Boys perform "Burger Pattern." "But Who's Counting?" In this parody game-show, contestants must make the largest possible sum from a 3-digit number and a 2-digit number (Promotional consideration by Q mu less calculators) "Music Video" It's a Palindrome discusses numbers that are same backwards and forwards. "Mathnet: The Problem of the Passing Parade, Part 2"moreless
  • Episode 111
    Episode 111
    Episode 11
    "After the Interruption" This is a warnning about the upcoming probability tricks… "Cabot & Marshmallow" The pair play a game of "Heads You Win, Tails I Lose" to demonstrate the probability of one. "The Improbable Spinner Win" A carnival barker tries to swindle a lady into playing an unfair spinner game. He would win if the wheel stops on green, which takes up ¾ of the wheel. "Cabot & Marshmallow - Shelled!" The pair does "The Old Shell Game" without a pea, demonstrating the unfair game with a probability of zero. Music Video: Ghost of a Chance This music video, performed by Five Factorial!, shows a pizza delivery man trapped in a haunted house. It demonstrates a situation in which the old saying "a ghost of a chance" takes on a much more literal meaning. Wide Wide World of Sports You've Never Heard Of This spoof on ABC's The Wide World of Sports presents a Handshakes Tournament. The two sportscasters draw out triangular numbers to show how many total handshakes the winning team must complete. "Backstage with Blackstone" Blackstone performs a trick with a series of objects on the table: a key, a ring, a watch, a wallet, a thimble, a bracelet, a telephone, and a dictionary. Blackstone asks Larry to choose an object and spell its name one letter at a time with each tap of his magic wand. When Larry says stop, Blackstone's hand is on the selected object because each object has a different number of letters in its name. He would put his hand on the key for the first tap, on the ring for the fourth tap, then on the watch, then the wallet, and so forth. "Mathnet: Problem of the Passing Parade, Part 1" Kate and George plan the time and security precautions for Burbank's parade honoring rock musician Steve Stringbean. But a call comes through that Steve has been kidnapped.moreless
  • Episode 110
    Episode 110
    Episode 10
    Sketches include fare such as "Superguy," "Combinatorics" and the fifth part of the Mathnet case about a missing baseball.
  • Episode 109
    Episode 109
    Episode 9
    Warning: Sketches in this episode contain odd numbers. "The Phoneymooners" How do you determine the number of bricks needed to fix a hole in a brick wall? "Look for tens," says Throckmorton. "Square One TV Interruption" To find approximate area, do what was just done in that last sketch. "Film Insert" Tugboat Operation in New York Harbor "Backstage with Blackstone" A segment with this famous magician explores heads and tails on a coin. Multiplication Music Video: "Sign of the Times" A music video sung by Cris Franco about mathematical signs. "Mathman" Following the episode theme, Mathman's task in this segment is to eat only odd numbers. Mathnet: The Case of the Missing Baseball, Part 4moreless
  • Episode 108
    Episode 108
    Episode 8
    Skits in This Episode: "Suds - Popcorn Sizes" A man goes up to a theater popcorn stand to order popcorn. He's asked by the cashier - cast member Reg E. Cathey - what size he wants and is told that there are three sizes available - large, larger and largest, for $1. The customer seems interested in the largest size, since he has a big family, but wonders if there's anything larger. In fact, he says that he wants some that's twice as wide, twice as tall and twice as deep. It turns out the cashier does have that and he whips it out. He then asks the customer for $8. The customer thinks that surely he's made some mistake - he should only be paying two dollars. But the cashier explains that by doubling all of the dimensions, he ended up with something that was eight times as large and he proves it - by removing eight of the "largest" size popcorn boxes from this jumbo box. The customer finds this very interesting, but says that he won't be needing the popcorn after all. They've been spending so much time chatting that the movie has ended. He leaves, yelling to his kids that he has an interesting math fact to tell them. "Oops! Decimal Addition" A skit that highlights a common mistake made with decimal addition. "Up Next - Sketch 395" A short bumper that says that the sketch coming up is Sketch 395. "Cabot and Marshmallow - Wooden Candy Bars" Cabot has three model candy bars, all made out of wood. He shows to Marshmallow and asks him which one he'd buy. Marshmallow quips that he would never buy a wooden candy bar. So Cabot tries again: if they were real candy bars, which would he buy? Marshmallow points to one and says that he would buy it because it's the largest. Cabot asks what his reaction would be if he told them they're all the same size. Marshmallow makes a motion to leave, saying that something must be wrong with Cabot. So Cabot demonstrates, by multiplying the dimensions of the candy bars (one for example, looks like a Hershey bar, long but flat, whereas another looks like a Kit-Kat, not very wide and kinda tall), that they actually all contains the same amount of chocolate. Cabot asks that now, knowing that information, which candy bar Marshmallow would want. Marshmallow says he still wouldn't want to eat a wooden candy bar and leaves. "Commercial Parody - Fractions Album" "Country" and "Western" talk about a Country Western album featuring songs that are all about fractions. Titles include such numbers as "You Made Me Feel Like a Jerky Nerd When You Told Me That One Half is Much Larger than One Third" and "8/16 of His Love He Pledged to Me, But I Just Laughed, Though It Sounds Like a Lot, It's Really Just One Half." "Music Video - Tesselations" The Square One TV cast, with lead singers Reg E. Cathey and Larry Cedar perform a song called "Tesselations." Lines include "We're talkin' about tesselations / Geometric shape senstations..." and "Who's got time for Good Vibrations? We've got to use our imaginations. Ooh ooh, tesselations! ..." "But Who's Multiplying" A game that pairs two contestants, Brigitte and L'Wanda. The objective is to get three numbers in a row on a board by multiplying two numbers using rings. Normally you only get move one ring, but if it's the first turn of the round, or if your opponent messes up, you get to move both rings. Best out of three rounds wins. "Mathman - Factors of 18" Mathman is asked to eat all of the factors of 18 on the board. Unfortunately, he fails and is eaten by Mr. Glitch. "Groaning Wall" A skit featuring a groaning wall. "Mathnet: The Case of the Missing Baseball Part 3" The third part of the case of the missing baseball has the Mathnetters searching after the house of an old woman which has gone missing and apparently contains a valuable baseball signed by Babe Ruth.moreless
  • Episode 107
    Episode 107
    Episode 7
    Skits in This Episode: "Zero's Therapy Session" The number Zero is having an identity crisis, feeling that the number zero is unwanted. The sketch focuses on mathematical attributes of zero. "Desert Mirage" A man stranded in the desert comes across a mirage: Shari Belafonte-Harbor is selling lemonade in the desert for 26% of a dollar. It's actually real, but he only has a quarter, which is 25% of a dollar. "8% of My Love" In a high school setting, cast member Cris Franco sings about how he loves different things a certain percentage as they come out of his locker, but he still has enough left to give his girlfriend 8% of his love. "Matinee Movie" An introduction to the film Cartablanca, a parody of the classic black and white film Casablanca. This parody involves a man and a woman separated by love, war, and a French Customs Official who knows how to guess someone's weight. "Bumper" 40% of the show is over, but don't despair, there's 60% to come. "Harry's Hamburger Haven" The first of three sketches featuring Samuel the commercial director. The line in a fast food commercial is ".7 more French Fries" but Samuel doesn't lke it, so his assistant tells him to use 7/10 instead. He does, but still isn't satisfied-so he uses the other option-70% more French Fries. However, the actress in the commercial realizes this and points it out instead of saying her line. Samuel asks her her last name. She says it's Fonatine, just like Samuel's boss. Samuel and his assistant nervously reply, "You're wonderful." "Cartablanca" The parody film of the classic Casablanca. The customs official informs those about to leave that the plane can only carry 2500 pounds and rounds up each passenger's weight and subtracts it from the limit to make sure that the plane isn't above the weight limit. This makes for a romantic subplot like that in Casablanca. "Yes, Sir, General" A military private keeps saying "Yes General, SIr!" and demonstrates that there are six ways to say any three different words: Yes, sir, general Sir, General, Yes Yes, General, Sir General, Sir, Yes General, Yes, Sir Sir, Yes, General. "Mathnet: The Case of the Missing Baseball Part 2" The Mathnetters return to the spot where Mrs. MacGregor's house was an find Mrs. MacGregor in a tent. She explains that a man wanted to buy the house but she refused, and he was wearing glasses, which he left behind when he stole the house. As the mathnetters puzzle how the house was stolen, an informant tells them that he doesn't know where the ball is but while it was stolen, his TV reception went out. Back at the office, Ginny concludes that the glasses could have 38 possible owners. Howie calls the mathnetters to remind them that his father will return in three days, and he needs it back by then. George mentions that the house "couldn't have just flown away" but Kate adds, "Or could it?"moreless
  • Episode 106
    Episode 106
    Episode 6
    "SQ1 Sports - Robin Hood -Archery - Highest Odd Score" An archery competition set in the "Robin Hood" story in which the objective is to get the highest odd-numbered score. The target has areas labeled 9, 7, 5, 3 and 1. Currently, Robin Hood has 34 points, while Sir Guy has a perfect score, 36. The commentator talks with the organizer of the competition, the Sheriff of Nottingham. He thinks he was the perfect scheme. The rules say that they have to shoot six times. However, with only odd numbers on the target, it's impossible for their score to be odd. Therefore, he gets to keep the gold and neither of them win. They return to the competition, where Sir Guy and Robin Hood both get perfect nines. It's a crucial moment. Sir Guy shoots and hits for another nine. It's no longer possible for him to get an odd number. Then, in a surprise move, Robin Hood, turns around, faces the opposite direction and shoots. Since he didn't hit the target, his score remains at 43, an odd number. He wins and gets the gold. The commentator asks if he's going to give it to the poor like he normally does. He says that he isn't, instead, he's keeping it all for himself. "Cabot and Marshmallow - Paying back $5" A skit about paying back $5. Cabot owes Marshmallow $5, so he tells him that he will not pay him one dollar every day for five days. To illustrate this, he puts five ones up on a markerboard and adds them up to five. Marshmallow thinks something is fishy. So he puts five zeros on the markerboard, which add up to zero. He doesn't like Cabot's offer, so Cabot makes him a new offer, he will not pay one dollar for seven days. Marshmallow takes the offer. "Person on the Street - Dodecahedron" In this segment, people on the street are asked what a dodecahedron is. Many strange answers are given, but only one person is correct - a dodecahedron is a twelve-sided, three-dimensional geometric figure. Other answers include that it's "something to eat" or "a cube with the angles cut off." "Dodecahedron Animation" A dodecahedron floats by, unfolds, and closes up. "But Who's Counting - Kirkendalls v. San Simeons" In this segment of "But Who's Counting," the objective is to get the highest number. "Angle Dance" A song by "Plane Geometry" from the album "No Record Deal Yet." Aired with a parody content warning immediately before it, saying that the following contains graphic descriptions of different types of angles and that viewer discretion is advised. Cast member Larry Cedar, the lead singer (dressed up in some sort of punk/gothic? look), backed up by the other cast members, sings about angles. "Mathematics in Basketball" A profile of female basketball player Nancy Lieberman, who discusses the use of mathematics in basketball. "Ball Bounce" An animation in which a ball bounces around inside a box. Eventually, it bounces and goes out the exit of the box, ending the bouncing. "Mathnet: The Case of the Missing Baseball Part 1" Kate and George get a call from a toy store clerk who claims that some kids were playing baseball and lost their baseball. They arrive at the scene where the ball was lost, and ask why the missing baseball was so important. Howie, one of the children, informs the Mathnetters that the ball was his father's, and it was signed by Babe Ruth. Howie makes it clear that if he doesn't get the baseball back before his dad comes home from his buisness trip, "he'll rip me to shreds!" Kate and George learn that the ball went over right field and ponder if the ball landed in a house there. The crabby old owner, Mrs. MacGregor, insists that the ball wouldn't be at her house, but Kate and George search around, and come up empty. They also spot a billboard in the area, and assume that the ball bounced off the billboard. Back at the office, Ginny, head of the computer lab, illustrates several possibilities where the ball bounces off the billboard. Knowing that the angle of incidence equals the angle of reflection, the Mathnetters conclude that if the ball bounced off the sign, it would have landed near the house, and if Mrs. MacGregor's door was open, the ball would be in the house. George calls Mrs. MacGregor and asks her if her door was open, When she says it was, he realizes that the ball must be at the house, and asks if he may search the house. Mrs. MacGregor says that's easier said than done, because her house is missing!moreless
  • Episode 105
    Episode 105
    Episode 5
    Skits in this Episode: "Prime Number Television" A network executive is looking for shows for his new primetime lineup. The catch is that he only wants shows that have prime numbers in the title. Some are suggested, some of which are rejected because the numbers aren't prime. Others are manipulated so that they are made into prime numbers when they weren't before. "Percents" A music video by the "Bank Notes." "Your Head" Tauted as the best calculator in the world, Your Head is demonstrated as two teenagers figure out a tip from a restaurant bill. "28%" A message that informs us that we've already seen 28% of the show, so there's still 72% to go. "Cure For a Headache" In this commercial parody, designed to teach us about percentages, we learn that a large percentage of doctors recommend wrapping a rainbow trout around your forehead as a cure for a headache. "But Who's Counting - Chases v. Skirts" In this installment of Square One TV's parody game show, "But Who's Counting," the object is to make the largest sum, using two three-digit numbers. "Interruption" Square One TV is interrupted for a "news interruption." "Mathnet: The Problem of the Missing Monkey Part 5" In this final segment of "The Problem of the Missing Monkey," George Frankly and Kate Monday go to the HOLLYWOOD sign to nab the man dressed as a gorilla climbing up it. George goes up and tries to talk him down, but gets no response out of him. Drastic measures about to be taken when suddenly Grunt's friend Jane comes and reveals that it's not somebody dressed as Grunt up on the HOLLYWOOD sign, it's actually Grunt! It turned out the impostor actually got locked in Grunt's cage. Grunt is rescued successfully and the impostor who was committing the robberies is sentenced to a good, long prison term.moreless
  • Episode 104
    Episode 104
    Episode 4
    Skits in this Episode: "The Mathematics of Love" In this segment, a singer finds himself in ancient Rome, where he's given a song to sing about the mathematics of love. However, he keeps getting stopped because whenever he reads one of the Roman numerals, he reads it as if it were an English letter, for example, instead of reading II as "two," he reads it as "I-I." Finally, he learns the meanings of the various Roman numerals and sings the song as it was meant to be sung. "Oops - Measurement (12 cm)" A man was supposed to measure a piece of wood, and came up with 12 centimeters. The problem was that he didn't start the piece of wood at the 0 cm mark, so the correct measurement was 13cm. "Frank Loyd Wrong - Building to Scale" Architect Frank Lloyd Wrong was supposed to build a building according to his blueprints, where 1 inch represented 20 feet. His wealthy customer realizes that he didn't understand the concept of scale, and only built the building the same size as it was drawn. She retaliates by shrinking Mr. Wrong with a reducing ray according to the 1 inch = 20 feet scale. Frank Loyd Wrong is a parody of the name of the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. "Shoemaker & Elves Sketch" In this version, the shoemaker sues his elves because they made the shoes too small. They didn't understand the 1:2 ratio on the chart, which means they should make the shoes 2 inches in size for every one inch. Instead, they made them the other way around, which is why the shoes are too small. "Comedy Right Now" A stand up comedy routine in which the comedian complains parodies Rodney Dangerfield's classic complaint: "I get no respect" by saying "I get no perspective." He describes how he found everything 1/8 the size of what it was, which relates to proportion. The punchline is that he accidentally woke up in his daughter's dollhouse. "Mathnet: The Problem of the Missing Monkey Part 4" In this fourth installment of the Problem of the Missing Monkey, it's determined that there may be somebody out there who is actually posing as a gorilla in a gorilla suit. Then a call goes out - the man in the Grunt suit has been spotted climbing the giant "HOLLYWOOD" sign.moreless
  • Episode 103
    Episode 103
    Episode 3
    Skits in this Episode: "Spade Parade - The Yucca Puck Case" This is a parody of an old style detective movie, I.E. Sam Spade. Only the detective in this case is named "Spade Parade." His client explains the situation. She's trying to get some information from three men, the "Wisenheimers." The problem is that she can't figure them out. One of them always lies, one always tells the truth and one sometimes lies, but sometimes tells the truth. She doesn't know which is which. Can Spade solve the case? Stay tuned to find out. "Mathman" Mathman is asked to eat only numbers on the board that are less than .5. He does well for a little while, correctly eatin the numbers .31 and .499. However, he then eats .51, causing him to be eaten by Mr. Glitch. "Spade Parade Part 2" A return to the "Spade Parade" case. We learn that the Wisenheimers are named Tom, Dick, and Harry. Tom always tells the truth. Dick never tells the truth. And Harry only sometimes tells the truth. Using logic and questioning, Spade Parade is able to successfully figure out who Dick and Harry are. From this, he finds Tom, who is able to tell the truth to his client. Unfortunately, Tom is also a bit of a blabbermouth and starts babbling on about matters of truth that he really oughtn't be getting into. "Less Than Zero" A number featuring cast member Arthur Howard as "Stan," as a complete klutz when it comes to various sports and gymnastics. Discusses the concept of negative numbers. "Still Watching?" The viewer's asked if they're still watching. They're also asked to get out a pencil in paper so that they can play along with the next game. "But Who's Counting?" The first ever installment of Square One TV's parody game show, "But Who's Counting." Complete with cheesy host "Monte Carlo" and fake contestants. In this episode, the "Fitzgeralds" are competing against the "Doles" - Dosi and Robert Dole. (Get it? "Dosi Dole!") The objective is to place five numbers that come out on a number wheel to obtain the smallest possible five digit number. In the first round, the number wheel comes up with a first digit 2, then second digit , third digit 7, fourth digit 6 and fifth digit 5. The contestants reveal their numbers. The Fitzgeralds came up with 22,576 whereas the Doles came up with 56,272. So the Fitzgeralds win the first round. They play a second round and this time the numbers come up 7, then 7 again, then 4, the number 5 and finally a 2. The reveal shows that both the Fitzgeralds and the Doles came up with the same number: 25,477. Since the Fitzgeralds won the first round, they win the game. They receive first prize, a load of bricks. The Doles, the runners-up, receive second prize: two bricks short of a load. "Pie Chart" An advertisement for the pie chart - for solving a "data headache." "60% of Square One TV" Viewers are advised that they've already seen 60% of Square One TV and are asked to figure out how much of it there is left. "Count On It" An upbeat number about how math is "here to stay." Among other math concepts, it mentions fractions and graphs. "Warning!" A warning that when solving a problem, you should remain "cool, calm and collected." "Mathnet: Problem of the Missing Monkey Part 3" At the Mathnet office, Grunt's friend Jane is trying to argue that it simply isn't possible for Grunt to be committing the robberies that have been hitting the area. Gorillas require fourteen hours of sleep a day and Grunt simply doesn't have the type of energy it would take to pull this off. They decide to head over to Balboa's, the pizza place that was robbed in the previous episode. They examine the footprints left by the robber and determine that it wasn't the gorilla. They conclude that there must be another robber in a different place. Could there be two gorillas on the loose?moreless
  • Episode 102
    Episode 102
    Episode 2
    Skits in this Episode: "American Blandstand" A parody of Dick Clark's American Bandstand. The host needs three people to help with a segment called "Rate That Record." In another parody, this time of the classic Star Trek, two people, a parody Captain Kirk and Spock materialize on the stage. It seems they've materialized on 20th century Earth by accident, but the host doesn't care. He's going to have them play. Their names are "Sprock" and Captain "Curt" of the Starship "Interface." Since he needs three people, the host calls up one more contestant from the audience: Josie, from South Philadelphia, who's really excited to be on American Blandstand. He plays a music clip from a song called "Zoo Rumble" and takes everyone's scores for it: 50, 72 and 64. From these scores, he's able to find the average: 62. He then plays another clip from a song called "High Steel." It get scores of 80 and 98. However, Captain Curt really dislikes like and rates it a 20. The host computes the average... 99? Sprock finds this average to be illogical. After all the average can't be higher than any single one of their ratings. It turned out the host accidentally divided by two. The actual average was 66. So that piece wins, by four points. At the end, Josie is conflicted. She wants to go into space with Captain Curt adn Sprock, but she also wants to stay in South Philly. "That can be arranged" is heard and Josie's top half is beamed up, while the rest of her dances on Blandstand.

    "News Interruption" A Square One TV interruption for an important piece of news: an average score can never be higher than the highest score. Film at eleven.

    "Rappin' Judge" The Rappin' Judge presides over the case of an old lady who claims a skateboarding girl took her pie.

    "Backstage with Blackstone" Blackstone demonstrates a math trick using a dime and a penny. Using this trick, he's able to determine whether a particular coin is in the person's left hand or right hand. He then does the trick again, using a nickel and a penny. In the case of the second trick, there's no actual math involved, purely psychology. He's able to figure it out based on the amount of time the person takes to think before answering his question.

    "Nine, Nine, Nine" A country western number by "The House Band" about a special property of the number nine. It seems that nine is a special number when it comes to multiplication. You can multiply any number times nine, then add the digits of the number you get and they will always add up to nine. It even works with larger numbers. For example, sometimes the digits of the number you get may add up to something like 18. But it still works, as 1+8=9. "Warning" A warning that when solving a problem, it helps to know what type of solution you're looking for. "Your Map" A kid's going on a trip and he's pulling the old "Are we there yet?" routine. So the driver of the car (his brother?) shows him how to use the scale on a map to figure out what time they'll get to their destination. "Mathnet: Problem of the Missing Monkey Part 2" Kate and George head to the zoo, where they find that the combination lock to Grunt the gorilla's cage has been unlocked. They also speak with the zookeeper, who tells tem about Jane Rice Burroughs, a friend of Grunt's. They return to their office, where they try to figure out Grunt's path with the aid of a map and a compass. The office intercom sounds and Grunt's friend Jane is admitted into the office. They consider the combination with her. With 36 numbers, there are 36*36*36, or 46,656 combinations. Of course, you also have to go in the right direction. Kate and George suggest that although it's highly unprobable that Grunt could have unlocked it, it is possible. Jane doesn't think so. She thinks that someone gorilla-napped him. One reason for this: Grunt has a doll that's always with him. However, it's not with him now, it's still in his case. Then, they get another phone call. A pizzeria was knocked down. All of the money was taken and two "large pies" - to go. That's not good because as Jane explained, Grunt's favorite snack food is pizza.moreless

  • Episode 101
    Episode 101
    Episode 1
    Skits in this Episode: "Infinity" Members of the Square One TV cast sing a song about how no matter how high you count, you'll never reach infinity. "News Interruption" Square One TV is interrupted for a "news interruption." "Mathman" The first ever installment of Square One TV's parody of Pacman. Mathman is asked to eat all of the multiples of three on the board. He does so and wins a free game. "Mathematics Problem - Always Three" Cast member Arthur Howard takes a phone call. The person on the other end of the line tells him to write down any number and no matter what number he writes down, his result will always be three. He tries the number ten. He's told to add five, double what he has, subtract four, divide by two and subtract the first number. To his surprise, it works. He tries it again on his own wiht another number, seven. He then takes another call, supposedly from the Queen of England and asks her to try it. "And on..." The people from the infinity song are still singing. It just goes "on and on..." "Battle of the Bulge Caterers" This segment features the "Sandwich Squad." Their mission is take make eleven different sandwiches using only meats ham and turkey and the cheeses swiss, provoloni and American. They find that only combining cheeses and meats won't work. 2*3=6, but they need eleven sandwiches. So they decide to do "plain" sandwiches, ones with just meat or cheese. With five different meats and cheeses, this brings them up to eleven. There's still a problem though, the group they're competing against also made eleven sandwiches. One of the crew has an idea - how about a sandwich with just bread? Some at first think this is silly, but then they realize he's done it. A bread sandwich will put them over the top to twelve sandwiches. Unfortunately, the skit has a sad ending, as the entire order ends up being canceled. "Oops! - Subtraction" A skit showing how to avoid a common mistake involving subtraction. "Square Numbers" A music piece performed by the "Square Brothers." They sing about square numbers, for example, four is a square number as 2*2=4. 14 is not a square number, although somebody wants it to be. There aren't any two whole numbers that can be multiplied to make 14. However, if you put a 4 at the end of it, then it's a square number. 12*12=144. "Bureau of Missing Numbers: 14" A parody on the idea of a "Bureau of Missing Persons." It seems the number 14 is missing. The investigator at the bureau considers some facts about the number. It's not a square number. It is a multiple of 2. It's not a prime number as it has more factors than just 1 and itself. However, it is one more than a prime number, number 13. After some investigation, the number 14 is found on a football jersey. It's returned to its proper place, between 13 and 15. "Mathnet: Problem of the Missing Monkey Part 1" The first ever installment of "Mathnet," the parody crime-solving series featuring mathematicians George Frankly and Kate Monday (replaced by Pat Tuesday in Season Four.) At the beginning of this episode, their office gets a call about a Ten-Four store. It's been burgularized... by a monkey. They get there and find that only stuff like fruits and vegetables was stolen. Kate is suspicious of the whole situation. They get another call in their patrol car. There's been another robbery. They speak with store-owner who describes a similar incident. Returning to the office, they get yet another call about a robbery. Then another call, only this time it's not about a robbery. It's the local zoo. Their gorilla, Grunt, is missing. "And on..." The last hurrah of the "Infinity" singers.moreless