Numb3rs S01, Ep12 – Noisy Edge

Show: Numb3rs
Season: 1
Episode: 12
Title: Noisy Edge
Original Air Date: May 6, 2005


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Favorite Quotes:

* Charlie: I’m just surprised that math isn’t giving me an edge.

* Larry: The fact remains, we may not be alone.

* Alan: Golf balls don’t always do what you expect them too.
Charlie: Yeah well golf balls have to follow the rules of physics, just like any other object.


Synopsis: Don has Charlie look at cases, but they are better off with chaos theory. David comes in and tells them there is an unidentified flying object over LA. Don asks Charlie to try and predict a flight path. The military gets involved too. A family is having a bbq in their backyard and they see the UFO too. Charlie calculates it will fly over downtown. Don and David go to meet with the family who saw it. They also get the video. At the office, an agent from another department joins the team for the search. Charlie and Alan are golfing. Charlie is struggling. He gets a call from Don and uses it to escape. Charlie meets with the NTSB agent and Amita. They analyze radar data. But they can’t do it on a laptop. They ask Larry for some help. He lets them use some of his super computer time. Charlie’s math gets a flight path. It leads to the Staples Center. They brief the team on the new data. They check all the locations that the flight could have taken off from, but they strike out. Larry advises they focus on the plane itself. They overlap all 7 radar maps and think it’s a UFO. But the NTSB agent tells them it’s a human design. Charlie thinks it could have been a vertical takeoff. They visit a company that is running a contest for vertical takeoff. He gives them a few names of engineers who could pull it off. The former partner gives them the name, Gosnell. At the office, Don and David go over Gosnell’s criminal record. Out on the golf course, Charlie has lost his ball and can’t use math to find it. They try to find Gosnell by checking with his son. He’s shocked. They all head to his workspace, but both he and the plane are missing. Outside the hangar, there grass is burnt from the vertical exhaust. His son tells them the history of the project. David goes to talk to the most recent investor who is shocked to learn the plane flied. He gives them some additional information. In Charlie’s office, he compliments Amita on her thesis work. She informs Charlie she might get a second PHD in astrophysics. And that she wouldn’t be his student anymore. The NTSB agent rushes into the office with some more details to analyze. At the office, Charlie tells Don they found the plane. They head out to the search area. A junkyard is within the search area and they head there first. The NTSB agent locates the plane, with Gosnell inside and dead. She checks over the plane and determines it went down due to sabotage. Don tells him the rudder was tampered with and that his father was murdered. At the office, the NTSB agent can’t determine the plane’s flight path. Don goes to visit Charlie. They chat. Don tells him that their dad likes to play golf with him because it’s the one time he gets to teach him something. David calls, Croft sabotaged the plane. They bring Croft in for an interview. Charlie thinks that the servo was not being tampered with but being fixed. Don and David go back and visit Gosnell’s son again. Don and Alan head to the golf course and Charlie joins them. Alan senses Charlie’s frustrations but he tells him he loves it to make him happy.

Numb3rs S01, Ep09 – Sniper Zero

Show: Numb3rs
Season: 1
Episode: 9
Title: Sniper Zero
Original Air Date: April 15, 2005


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Favorite Quotes:

* Charlie: If I were in any real danger Don wouldn’t let me go. You know that.

* Charlie: It just seems like it’s all some kind of a sport to you.

* Charlie: You have an epidemic of copycat snipers.


Synopsis: A sniper looks down the barrel of his scope picking out a target, then fires. Don and his team are on scene. Charlie analyzes the data and pinpoints where the sniper was shooting from. Agent Edgerton also joins them. At headquarters’ Don gives the team the rundown. David runs in with a tip. At the house, Charlie and Amita are working on the ballistics. The tip is on a vehicle and it gives them a possible suspect. They hit his address with a search warrant. He’s not there but a large cache of guns and a defeated girlfriend are. Charlie gets a call, there is a new shooting. David and Terry interview a victim at the scene. Edgerton teaches Charlie about sniper techniques. Terry informs them there are two snipers. They catch the first suspect and interrogate him. Turns out he’s an informant. As the team patrols, it’s a ghost town. No one is willing to go out and possibly be shot. Alan brings Don lunch at work. He expresses his concerns about Charlie going to scenes. There is another shooting. Edgerton thinks Charlie might have been right all along. At the house, Charlie and Amita continue to try and crunch numbers. Back at Don’s office, Charlie does a presentation of the data, they are increasing in rate. His analysis demonstrates that it was a different shooter for each attack. It’s a chain of copycats. Don regroups and tries to solve each case individually. He solves each case. However, more cases are happening. Charlie thinks that some cases are linked to one sniper and others are just viral activity. He wants to learn to shoot a rifle to understand the mechanics. Alan and Larry play chess together. At the range, Charlie isn’t doing too well until Don tries a different technique and he hits the bullseye. At the office, the skill level of each shooter is assessed. He has detected a pattern that four shootings were done by the same person. The team narrows their search to try and find a common denominator. Don changes focus from the victims to where the shots were fired as it wasn’t about the victims. They were chosen at random. They come up with a suspect, Nathan. David interviews his mother and she kicked him out just before the shootings started. Information comes in about the suspect. He also picks a new location to shoot from. The locations he’s shooting from are failed jobs. They narrow down to two locations and request LAPD back up. Terry spots the van at their location. They start clearing the area. SWAT arrives and so does a helicopter. The suspect looks out the window and sees police and no targets. Until a car pulls up with Charlie. David gets him on the ground as the sniper starts shooting at him. Edgerton was waiting though and he takes the shot and gets the sniper. Back at the house Don talks with Alan. They just talk about his trip to the range and choose not to tell Alan that Charlie almost got shot. The three work together staining the house.

Numb3rs S01, Ep08 – Identity Crisis

Show: Numb3rs
Season: 1
Episode: 8
Title: Identity Crisis
Original Air Date: April 1, 2005


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Favorite Quotes:

* Don: Did I actually put the wrong guy in jail?

* Charlie: There’s a 4.9% chance that this is a coincidence.

* Larry: This is a real murder case. You’ve demonstrated the identification could be wrong, but not that it is wrong.

* Don: So is this math or logic?
Charlie: Same thing.


Synopsis: David, Charlie, Don and some other guys are playing poker at the house. Baseball gets brought up and Charlie volunteers Don to play on the FBI team. At a crime scene, Don, Terry and David are on scene. This death looks similar to several others they have seen. At the office, Don and Terry start breaking down the new case. Don pops into the house looking for Charlie. He begs him to look at a file to help him on this case. Back at the murder scene, large amounts of money are found hiding in various places around the house. They speak to a neighbor. He heard an argument around the time of death that was so loud it drowned out is opera music. They get told about an electrician and go to interview him. Terry and Don head over to Charlie’s office. He found out that the dead man was running a ponzi scheme using spoofing emails. Don asks Charlie to analyze his evidence. They bring in the dead man’s girlfriend. She admits that she gave him the list of email because she was being blackmailed. The neighbor identifies the electrician as being there that morning. Don and David go after the electrician and are forced to give chase. Don goes back and re-interviews the original suspect that he had convicted. He then goes and interviews the subject’s wife. He doesn’t believe that he did it. Back at the FBI office, Charlie has questions about a line up. Don goes back and talks to the first victim’s husband. Charlie and Amita are working in his office and Larry comes to visit. Terry interviews the witness again. She identifies the electrician as the murderer this time. A new print identification is done. It still points to the original suspect. Charlie questions the print expert. He gets a short lesson, but then gives her one on interpretation of shape. She’s able to prove it’s not Salazar’s print because a characteristic on this print his not on any of his prints. At the house, Larry brings up a good point. Charlie goes out to talk with Don about the case. Don and David go back to the batting cage and question people again. Don and David go to a school and see the school crest. They realize the school is the link. The music teacher has been replaced by a sub for the last week. The team storms the music teacher’s apartment but find him gone. He did leave prints though. They learn he’s a bad guy who’s committed murders for the Serbian Army. Both suspects are innocent. A special FBI team thinks they found him, but it was someone who bought the credit card off him. Charlie makes a connection to the suspect and the opera. He’s spotted at the opera. He starts to run. Don tackles him and his is arrested. The first victim’s husband confirms that his wife knew this suspect. She was having an affair with him. Don visits Cliff Hughes and tells him that he was wrongly convicted. He apologizes to him. He gets releases from prison. Don watches him reunite with his wife and child. Don is at the batting cage and Charlie tells him he’s analyzed his minor league batting stats.

Numb3rs S01, Ep07 – Counterfeit Reality

Show: Numb3rs
Season: 1
Episode: 7
Title: Counterfeit Reality
Original Air Date: March 11, 2005


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Favorite Quotes:

* Charlie: You don’t really care about the equation.
Terry: Let’s just say we can’t fully appreciate it.

* Charlie: I’ve learned a lot from you actually.
Don: Thanks.


Synopsis: A store is robbed and also a grocery store. Don and Terry arrive on scene. Six stores were robbed and three were killed. He got called in because the LAPD Detective wants to see if Charlie’s new video enhancement software can help. He takes on the case and Charlie and Amita help. Don recognizes an expensive gun and expensive watch on one of the robbers. The detective gets a call and the robbers have struck again. This time a house. In the house, they find a lot a good all paid for with cash. Terry found two teenagers in videos at each location shopping. They are the dead bodies in the house. One of the dead boys moms is interviewed. He paid her back all the money he owed her in tens. Don and David check out where they worked. Don finds some strange stuff on the floor of the warehouse. He finds some powder. It’s ink for counterfeiting money. A Secret Service agent confirms its old school high-end counterfeiting ink and paper. The ring has been being investigated for over 5 years. Charlie brings some ideas to the case. The agent running the case gets pissed. Back at the house Charlie is comparing the new counterfeit bills to the old. Charlie posits that they have a new artist drawing the bills. Don expands the search to art forgers. A woman got abducted a few days ago. She’s a skilled artist. They are able to get a few samples of her work comparison. She is the one they are using to draw the newest counterfeits. At the office Don is worried they won’t be able to save this woman. They come up with several plans to track down the counterfeiters. Charlie is using a probability algorithm to figure out where to look for more bills. The agent tells Charlie about her and Don being together. Charlie covers well, but she is still hurt. David goes to visit one of the retired counterfeiters. They show him the ink. He calls it near perfect. He tells them to check out Marty Blanchard. Apparently, he ratted this gentleman out so he has no issue ratting him out. Charlie talks to Don about Kim. They got a hit on the bills at a bar. Don and Kim leave to interview him. When they arrive he tells them he only had 20s from an atm. They have surveillance on the guy. He did a job and got paid in counterfeit bills. David and Terry go to see the other counterfeiter. She quizzes David about Kim. He hints that Don and Kim were together. As the printer pulls up men in masks do a drive by shooting. Blanchard is killed. They bring in some suspects but no one is talking. Mr. Hughes has come in to check on his wife. He gives him his wife’s art back. Charlie stops and talks to him outside. Back at the house Amita has popped in to check on Charlie. He tells her about the hidden messages in her art for her husband. Amita suggest analysis at different angles. It cracks the code. But she placed a set of numbers in it. It’s the address of a warehouse. David and Terry arrest the first counterfeiter. He admits he taught his sons how do to the counterfeiting. He gives them info. Margo is being held on the rooftop level. The storm the warehouse and are able to rescue Margo. He calls Terry to notify her husband. They are happily reunited. Charlie goes to visit Don. He found his missing box. They have a brotherly bonding moment.

Numb3rs S01, Ep06 – Sabotage

Show: Numb3rs
Season: 1
Episode: 6
Title: Sabotage
Original Air Date: February 25, 2005


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Favorite Quotes:

* Don: They day you take your kid to work you get in a wreck.

* Terry: So we need the key to crack the code.

* Alan: She likes you, you know? Aren’t you ever going to do something about that?

* Frank: Agent Eppes, there are a lot of trains out there. You can’t protect all of them.

* Don: I want you to know I don’t take for granted what you do.
Charlie: I never thought you did.

* Charlie: Math is the real world. Math is everywhere.

* Charlie: Math is nature’s language. It’s way of communicating with us, everything’s numbers.


Synopsis: A school bus is hit by a train. The conductor tried to stop the train but failed. The conductor released an emergency valve to try to save the kids on the school bus, but it cost him his life. Turns out the bus was empty, so he died trying to save kids that weren’t there. An investigator tells them it was a recreation of a prior train accident. The guy who caused the wreck left a note too. The note is some kind of code. Back at the office the investigator goes over all the train cases and their copycats. Charlie and Amita join them. Don fills Charlie and Amita in on the case. Charlie and Amita do a quick analysis. Charlie lists several ways he might be able to the code without the key. A train spotter turns into footage he filmed of the accident. He might have gotten footage of three people damaging the train. He also got the vehicle’s license plate. At Charlie’s office Charlie and Amita are surprised by Larry. Larry is hiding from another female professor who he just had an extremely romantic night with, simply because he believes it cannot be duplicated. He then makes a statement about the math department being the least sexually charged of all of them and this causes Amita and Charlie to share a look. Don and his team stake out the van used in the robbery. They attempt to lure the suspect out. They move in to find him dead in the kitchen. He’s also a railroad cop. His garage is filled with stuff that was on four of the sabotaged trains. Don gets another call from the man setting up the train wrecks. Charlie is at the house and Amita is waiting in the car. Alan gets mad at him for leaving her in the car and points out the fact that Amita likes him. Charlie and Amita has a train expert for some help. The expert invites Amita to dinner and she declines while Charlie feels a slight twinge of jealously. Back at Don’s office they continue to dig into train cases for a connection. It leads them to a warehouse that they raid. They talk to the people in the warehouse. Horizontal Bob is nowhere to be found, but they do get some information on him. Charlie and Amita are back at the school. They discuss the docent who hit on her. Amita tells Charlie that someone asking someone out is how you know if they like you. They find Larry and try to console him. The two continue working on the train case and discover that the numbers are from an NTSH report about a Cohone accident. Back at Don’s office the two tell Don and his team about what they discovered. Don wonders if the remaining digits are for a license. Turns out it was the license of the engineer who got blamed for the accident. They interview his wife. Turns out that there were issues with the breaking system that the train company covered up. Terry doesn’t think the engineer died in the crash and that he is sending her money. He is also the man he talked to at the warehouse. He called from a switch station. Don ups the security. Charlie analyzes the trains to see which is most like the one that crashed in the Cahone pass. Mrs. Milton comes into the office and tells them that Frank called her. He told her goodbye and now they are worried it will be a suicide mission. We then see Frank with explosives strapped to his body. Charlie sets up with the investigator at the switch station. Charlie finds a train nearly identical and its carrying nuclear waste. Frank is wearing a security uniform and the others walk right by him. But Don spots him. Frank uncovers his bomb. Terry comes around the corner and sees what’s going on. David comes upon the scene and he manages to disarm the bomb. Back at the office Amita tells Charlie she got Larry to ask the professor out again. Charlie is in the middle of asking Amita out when Don interrupts him. The team is at the house having a dinner. He then demonstrates the Fibonacci sequence. Amita walks in the room and all Charlie can do is stare at her.

Numb3rs S01, Ep01 – The Pilot

Show: Numb3rs
Season: 1
Episode: 1
Title: Pilot
Original Air Date: January 23, 2005


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Favorite Quotes:

* Don: I’m just happy for the help. We could use it.

* Don: This is not about numbers.
Charlie: Everything is numbers.

* Charlie: It’s not about predicting the next site. It’s finding what the sites have in common. The point of origin.

* Terry: In trying to avoid a pattern he wound up with one?

* Larry: Let me guess. You tried to solve a problem involving human behavior and it blew up in your face?


Synopsis: Don heads to the scene and meets David for the first time. They find a dead body. She was reported missing two days ago. She has been marked. The same way as 12 other rape victims, but she is the first one murdered. The coroner gives him the details. They go back and visit victim 12. She does clue in on him smelling of cigarettes. Don and Terry come back to the office to find David bringing the director up to speed on the case. On a steep street Larry and Amita are outside with Charlie. He’s working out ways to figure out how to make things go faster. At the house Don stops over for a shower and fresh clothes. Charlie unrolls a map Don left on the table. He’s looking at it when Don comes back down. Don is pissed he looked at the map. Charlie looks at the sprinklers and insists on showing Don something. He explains that from the pattern of the drops he can use math to determine the location of the sprinkler. He can locate where the killer lives. Don gives Charlie the run down on how serial offenders work. The next day he fills Terry in on Charlie. David has some new information from the coroner, the dead body had black truffles on it. Don wants the murder victim’s last day reconstructed. Charlie is in his office working on the map problem. Amita pops into his office to remind him of something, but she is taken with the math he’s done. She grabs a post it and writes “do not erase” on it and puts it on the board. Charlie runs to catch up with Larry. Later, Charlie and Amita head to the FBI office to present to Don and his team. He’s narrowed down the criminal’s home base to a very small area, Silver Lake. David runs in, the murder victim’s car has been found. One agent found evidence that someone was lying in wait. Don notices that you can see Fountain St and a previous victim from the parking garage. The murder victim wound up being a target of opportunity. He’s still stalking a previous victim. They rush to the house and find her dead inside. Back at the office a new plan is formulated. Don goes to Charlie’s map. They head to the hot zone, photograph each of the men and collect DNA from discarded items. Back at the house, Alan is teasing Charlie and Amita about being a couple. But she informs them that she has an arranged marriage set up back home. However, she has no intention of going through with it. Alan basically calls him and his brother dense in regards to certain matters. Charlie goes to see Don about the map. Victim 12’s data doesn’t match. She lied about where she was attacked. Don and Terry go to her work. Turns out she was still friendly with an ex-boyfriend. He gives Charlie the new location. At the office all the DNA is back and all the men are cleared. Charlie calls in with an updated hot zone. However, those 20 guys have already been cleared. Charlie is upset because the math didn’t work. Amita tries to calm him but it doesn’t work. She leaves. At the FBI office Don gets pulled from the case. Charlie rides his bike to the arcade to find Larry. He advises him to make his equation less pretty and neat. Charlie and Don both go back their office and look over the case file again. In a parking lot a woman walks to her car. The attacker is waiting in her car. At the house, Don, Charlie an Alan wrack their minds. Don informs Charlie he’s been taken off the case. Alan points out there is something they are both having trouble putting their finger on. They were assuming his base was just his home, but it could also be his work place well. The new map Charlie generates has two small hot zones. The suspect should have a link to both areas. With the new data Don’s able to narrow down to one suspect. The team is on board. Don, David and Terry go to his work. Terry searches the perimeter while they talk to him. He finds the brand on the bottom of a knife handle. He takes David hostage Terry sees a body through a window and breaks in. The sound gives Don the opportunity to shoot him. Terry finds the woman is not dead and gets the bag of her head, saving her life. Charlie is driven to the scene. Don shows him a parking permit for Silver City, he had lived there and recently moved. Charlie also saw that a woman’s life was saved.

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