Square One TV - Season 3

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Episode Guide

  • Square One Video Jukebox
    MTV's "Downtown" Julie Brown presents 8 of Square One TV's music videos: "Wanna Be," "Square Brothers," "Combo Jombo," "Rappin' Judge," "One Billion is Big," "Nine, Nine, Nine," "Less Than Zero," and "Infinity." According to Julie, Square One TV made 48 music videos up until now and these are about 17% of them, all in stereo.moreless
  • Episode 340
    Episode 340
    Episode 40
    One last reminder: One Million seconds=11 ½ days; The Mathathon does its final break with swordfighters, graphing pledges, and a bear; One last reminder: One Billion seconds=32 years; The final visit to Michigan Stadium: How many ping-pong balls would fill the Stadium to the top? followed by "Angle Dance" video as seen in Season One Mathnet: The Case of the Unkidnapping, Part 5moreless
  • Episode 339
    Episode 339
    Episode 39
  • Episode 338
    Episode 338
    Episode 38
  • Episode 337
    Episode 337
    Episode 37
  • Episode 336
    Episode 336
    Episode 36
  • Episode 335
    Episode 335
    Episode 35
  • Episode 334
    Episode 334
    Episode 34
  • Episode 333
    Episode 333
    Episode 33
  • Episode 332
    Episode 332
    Episode 32
  • Episode 331
    Episode 331
    Episode 31
  • Episode 330
    Episode 330
    Episode 30
  • Episode 329
    Episode 329
    Episode 29
  • Episode 328
    Episode 328
    Episode 28
  • Episode 327
    Episode 327
    Episode 27
  • Episode 326
    Episode 326
    Episode 26
  • Episode 325
    Episode 325
    Episode 25
  • Episode 324
    Episode 324
    Episode 24
  • Episode 323
    Episode 323
    Episode 23
  • Episode 322
    Episode 322
    Episode 22
  • Episode 321
    Episode 321
    Episode 21
  • Episode 320
    Episode 320
    Episode 20
  • Episode 319
    Episode 319
    Episode 19
    "Math-a-Thon" Superguy visits Math-a-Thon to discuss combinatorics (as used in Episode 110) and pie chart predictions. "Exclusive Music Video" Wanna Be sung by Bobby McFerrin "Backstage with Blackstone" Blackstone figures out the mystery among four papers with numbers after one is turned over. "Beasley and Schneider's Binary Sieve" Beasley determines the secret number among triangular numbers. "Mathnet: The Case of the Unkidnapping, Part 4"moreless
  • Episode 318
    Episode 318
    Episode 18
    "Square One Challenge" A rare feat on this Square One TV game show, as Naomi and Kenny play the perfect game, ending in a tie! "You Call The Angle" Is Sean correct when he talks of 540 degrees? "Arthur on Phone" Arthur participates in a number-trick. Take any number, add 7, multiply by 2, subtract 4, divide by 2, and subtract the original number. The answer is always 5. Repeat of a segment first shown in Episode 218. "Ball Bouncing Inside Rectangle" An animation shows that the angle of incidence equals the angle of reflection. "Michigan Stadium Quiz" How many frisbees would it take to cover the field? "Mathnet: The Case of the Unkidnapping, Part 3"moreless
  • Episode 317
    Episode 317
    Episode 17
    "But Who's Counting?" Wilma Wright and Orva Wright do battle, vying for the best possible product from a three-digit and a one-digit number. "Mathman" Mathman is supposed to eat only symmetrical polygons. "Math-A-Thon" Interview with René Descartes and lecture on estimation. "Mathnet: The Case of the Unkidnapping, Part 2"
  • Episode 316
    Episode 316
    Episode 16
  • Episode 315
    Episode 315
    Episode 15
  • Episode 314
    Episode 314
    Episode 14
  • Episode 313
    Episode 313
    Episode 13
    Skits in this Episode Included, But Were Not Limited To: "Person on the Street - Pizzas" If you eat one pizza a day, how long will it take you to eat one million pizzas? People give answers, but the correct answer is 2700 years. Similarly, it will take 2,700,000 years to eat one billion pizzas. National Geometric Repeat of a segment that first aired in Episode 114.moreless
  • Episode 312
    Episode 312
    Episode 12
  • Episode 311
    Episode 311
    Episode 11
  • Episode 310
    Episode 310
    Episode 10
  • Episode 309
    Episode 309
    Episode 9
  • Episode 308
    Episode 308
    Episode 8
  • Episode 307
    Episode 307
    Episode 7
  • Episode 306
    Episode 306
    Episode 6
    Skits in this Episode: "Dirk Niblick: Door to Door Boar Part 1" This Dirk Niblick Segment finds Dirk's young neighbors, Fluff and Fold Noodleman involved in a candy sale operation. They've signed up with a door-to-door business, which gives them candy bars to sell. The operator of the business tells them to go out and sell the candy bars and he'll give them 1/10 of the money they collect. They decide to go to Dirk Niblick to find out if this is a good deal. In the process, they break down his door, when they his piano playing, which sounds awful. They thought something was wrong. After dealing with this, Dirk addresses their question. He says that they could do quite well with this arrangement. 1/10 is the same 10%. Therefore, if they were to sell, say, $10 worth of candy bars, they would make $1. If it were $100, then they would earn $10 and so on. So Fluff and Fold go out and sell the candy bars and return for their pay. They collected $250 and are given $25. The operator of the business then tells him he's giving them a raise. He's raising their pay to 1/20, or 20%. Fluff and Fold think this is great. As the segment goes to break, the announcer asks us to consider a blackboard, on which is written 1/10=10% and 1/20=20%. What is wrong with this picture? "Mathman: Percentages > 1/2" Mathman is asked to eat all of the percentages on the board that equal > 1/2. Mathman correctly identifies several such percentages, including one that is even greater than 100% and eats them. However, he incorrectly decides to 10%, causing him to be eaten by Mr. Glitch. "Dirk Niblick: Door to Door Boar Part 2" Fluff and Fold Noodleman go once again to get their pay. They raised $300 and the operator of the business gives them $15. They go excitedly to Dirk Niblick and tell him that they're doing very well. They even got a raise! They were making 1/10 and now they're making 1/20! Dirk Niblick asks them to repeat what they said. They say they got a raise to 1/20? He thinks they've been cheated. He shows them 1/20 is actually 5%. Their pay "raise" was actually a pay cut. He decides to use a picture to help out. To demonstrate 1/10, he draws a rectangle and divides it into ten equal pieces. He then shades in one of them to show 1/10. He then takes another rectangle and divides it into 20 equal pieces. He shades in one and, as Fluff and Fold can see, the piece is clearly smaller. They've been gypped! They return to the operator of the business and make him give them the remaining money they should have gotten: $45. They then quit the business. As the episode ends, they return to Dirk Niblick. They also tell them that they disposed of the remaining cookies, on the keys of his piano. Dirk complains that that'll cause the piano not to work. They tell him that's the point. "What's My Number: 77" A skit involving a math trick for finding the number 77. Mathnet: "The Case of the Swami Scam Part 1" As the episode opens, upbeat music plays, continuing from the previous Mathnet in which the Mathnetters took a plane flight to an assignment in New York. The music transitions to the traditional "Dragnet" music as Kate Monday continues to make her intro. Inside, she meets up with George Frankly, who is wearing a funny hat. They introduce themselves, flashing their badges. The officer there shows her badge as well. Then, their Captain, Joe Greco, comes. He tells them that their just going to have to take his word that he's the captain, since he left his badge in his coat pocket. They're shown to their new office, as Joe introduces them to their case. It would seem that there are several people in New York who have been swindled. They received a tip from a phony swami on the winner of a horse race and lost $5,000 for the tip, as well as the money they bet on the horses. Kate Monday and George Frankly find these people to be incredibly gullible, but decide to get to work on the case. They notice a pattern in the people who were robbed: they all seem to be rather wealthy. As they're working, George gets a phone call, complaining of a lost dog. He tells the caller that they have the wrong department, but at the caller's insistence, he takes a description of the dog: it has a tail, it's named Fido, so on and so on. He promises to forward the information to the proper department. Not long after, a man comes into the office, but motions to leave. He says that he's looking for a couple of "cops from L.A." They tell the man, Benny Pill, that they are the "cops from L.A." Well, mathematicians, rather. Benny doesn't believe it at first, wondering where their sunglasses are. But George informs him that not everyone from L.A. dresses like that. Benny tells them that he can be of help to them, as he "packs." Kate questions the meaning of "packs." George informs her that it means he drives a cab. Benny wonders if George hasn't been to New York before. George starts to tell him that they won't be needing his services right now, but Kate decides otherwise. They leave, saying "Let's roll." They decide to pay a visit to those who were ripped off. As they pay each of them a visit, they find that in each case, they received a series of accurate predictions from the swami, which led them to believe that the prediction regarding the horse race would be accurate. However, in each case, the horse they chose lost. In fact, some did so bad, that one claims that the racer kept a diary as he was "racing." Kate and George, after finding that the last person who got ripped off isn't home, return to the office, where they try to look for patterns. They think they've found one: everyone that they talked to is a retired lawyer. However, when they check the profession of the last person, it doesn't seem to match: he's a teacher. Then, Kate gets a call from that person. He just got back home from his class and got their message. He gives basically the same story as the others. Then, Kate asks him a question: what he teaches. When she gets off the phone, she tells George that they may have a pattern after all: the class this last person teaches is law. He's a retired lawyer.moreless
  • Episode 305
    Episode 305
    Episode 5
    "Person on the Street" The person on the street asks ordinary people the question: "If someone is paid $10 a day, how long will it take for him or her to raise a million dollars? And then, how about a billion dollars?" "Million to Trillion" A booming voice relates the numbers Million, Billion, Trillion in terms of seconds. "Stadium Football Filling" The show continues its infatuation with the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, at Michigan Stadium (capacity: over 101,000). How many footballs would it take to fill the Michigan Stadium to the top? "Mathman: Hexagons" He can only eat hexagons (i.e., six-sided figures, which does not exclude concave polygons.) "Whatsina Name for Math" The first installment of Square One Challenge pits Kenny vs. Shalyn in a new format. With each question, two members of the SQ1TV cast give answers. It's up to the contestants to figure out whether the cast members are telling the truth or bluffing. Contestants' responses are shown in a "sets" diagram. "Peter Piper" John Moschitta Jr. recites Peter Piper numerous times: words per minute are measured. Repeat a segment first shown in the program's first season. "Mathnet: The Case of the Ersatz Earthquake Part 5" George puts the earthquake predictor to the test by asking her the outcome of a future football game. She falls for George's trap, because the teams George asks about, do not exist.

    Just as this case ends, Kate and George get an assignment from the New York City Police, who are investigating another future-reader. Thus George and Kate head for the East Coast.moreless

  • Episode 304
    Episode 304
    Episode 4
    "Math-a-Thon Installment" The second pledge break of the season sees regular Cris Franco interviewing the late René Descartes, who discusses the Cartesian plane. Later in the pledge break, Reg and Larry estimate how close Square One TV is to its goal. The thermometer has no marks between 0% and 100%, but they estimate that 40% of people have called in pledging to mathematics. "Positives vs. Negatives War" Recycled from the first season (and now in a letter-box format), the war between the Positives and Negatives wages on. This time three of each are flushed (toilet sounds), because -3 plus +3 equals 0. "Lost at Sea" How easy is it for sailors who are lost at sea to divide zero sea biscuits? "Elvis for Math" Cris, impersonating Elvis, says that math is more than "pushing numbers around." "But Who's Counting?" After a year's absence, But Who's Counting? returns, but with Monte Carlo spinning the big wheel and no Amber. This year, competition is down to single-contestant showdowns. Whatsina Name plays against O. My Word to create the largest possible five-digit odd number. One new wrinkle: the Wild Spin – after the fifth spin, contestants may choose to replace one of their digits with the number that comes up on the Wild Spin. "Mathnet: The Case of the Ersatz Earthquake, Part 4" Back at Ma's Lockup late Tuesday afternoon, Kate and George talk with Officers Sam and Steve about the earthquake that struck City Hall and nowhere else. After they play "What Do We Know?", Steve and Sam scope City Hall. Kate and George meet Sybil Divine at her hotel room. Sybil refuses to reveal her identity. At Mathnet HQ, Debbie reveals that Sybil Divine is an alias for one Disappearing Wanda, a former magician's assistant on the Bungling Brothers' Circus. She had done time once for lifting circus receipts. In the years to follow, she had been arrested and charged on numerous other fraud counts, but never convicted on any of them. Kate and George go to the roof of City Hall, where they meet Fred C. Dobbs, the longtime maintenance chief. Dobbs says he has discovered a vibration exciter, a device used to test the stablility of buildings under earthquake conditions. The vibration exciter was not on the roof Monday, but it was there by the time of Sybil's press conference. Kate and George surmise Sybil's people planted the exciter on the roof Monday night and timed it to go off during the press conference. Now George is planning to expose Sybil as a faker. For that, she must make one more prediction.moreless
  • Episode 303
    Episode 303
    Episode 3
    "Close Call" The popular little game show takes on a new format. Arthur and Luisa ask the audience in advance to estimate the number of bottle caps on a bird feeder. The audience member whose estimate comes closest joins two other contestants (as in The Price is Right) for the main game. The next two estimation games are scored by a new estimate-o-meter. On it is a range of numbers; the better a contestant's estimate, the more points he/she gets. Lyle, Jessica, and audience member Thomas are asked to estimate the number of characters in a hieroglyphics panel, as well as the length of a column made from squares. "Math Pitch" George Washington kids us not: mathematics is more than arithmetic. "Exclusive Music Video: Tappin' The Rhythm" Guest Savion Glover tap-dances through a song about the different kinds of notes that fill up one bar on a music staff. "Animation: Beasley and Schneider" Mr. Beasley (Dirk Niblick's neighbor) answers the door to one of General Schneider's number puzzles. This is the first number puzzle: name the prime numbers between one and nine inclusive. "Savion Glover for Math" Savion Glover does a pitch for mathematics from the set of Tappin' The Rhythm. "Debbie Allen in Dancing to Health and Back" This was virtually the same piece on two-dimensional shapes Allen did in Episode 110, but with a different voice-over to start the sketch. "Elvis for Math" Cris Franco, impersonating Elvis, says that mathematics is a tool, just like a hammer. "Mathnet: The Case of the Ersatz Earthquake, Part 3" Everyone in L.A., especially the media, wants to pay Sybil Divine for that earthquake prediction. Kate and George meet with Los Angeles Mayor Quail [sic]. George shows a table of the Mayor's options. Back at the Mathnet offices, George checks his seismograph with alarm. he earthquake that hit City Hall during Sybil's press conference, did not register on his seismograph. He and Kate make a few quick phone calls. There were no detonations from bombs or construction companies. And Geological Society instruments can tell the difference between these and real earthquakes.moreless
  • Episode 302
    Episode 302
    Episode 2
    "Never Give Up On Math" A segment helps viewers to figure out the area of a lawn by using math. "Dirk Niblick - Your Stereo is Running on One Ear, Part One." Fluff and Fold are getting bamboozled again by Microft MacBerger. Fortunately, Dirk Niblick of the Math Brigade is there to help them use math to solve their problem. "Music Video: The Jets - Infinity There Is No End" The Jets sing about the concept of infinity - noting that no matter how high you try to count, there'll always be a higher number. This segment is later used in the Square One TV Video Jukebox - and there may be a numerical error in one of the crawls. "Dirk Niblick - Your Stereo is Running on One Ear, Part Two" Fluff and Fold's biggest mistake was not in the math, but in dealing with Microft MacBerger. "Time Check" Since 55% of the show is over, how much is left? "Math Makes It Work" Parody of insurance commercials centers around a lemonade stand. "Phone Call - Number Trick" Repeat of a segment first shown in Episode 228. Beverly takes the call to do a mathematical-operations chain. Whatever number she chooses to start, the answer will always be 2. "Mathnet: The Case of the Ersatz Earthquake, Part 2" The alleged earthquake-teller appears to have made her prediction hit right on the head.moreless
  • Episode 301
    Episode 301
    Episode 1
    Wanna Be Bobby McFerrin sings an exclusive music video about the power of math. "Mathathon" A new program feature parodies traditional telethons and features clips from past programs about finding area. "1000 vs. 1 Million" A booming voice relates the amount of time for one thousand seconds to elapse, then one million seconds "What's My Number?" A binary sieve sends up What's My Line? The panelists ask yes-no questions to reveal The Number is 56 "1 Million vs. 1 Billion" A booming voice relates the amount of time for one million seconds, then one billion seconds "Mathnet: The Case of the Ersatz Earthquake Part 1" Kate and George set out to prove that an assumed earthquake-predictor is a faker.moreless