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: [a pumpkin falls in the background and shatters on the ground like glass, startling Alan
] What the hell was that? Dr. Larry Fleinhardt
: A Cal Sci Tradition. Every Halloween the students drop pumpkins from the highest point on campus. Alan Eppes
: From the roof of the library?
[Another pumpkins shatters
] Dr. Larry Fleinhardt
: Yeah, the tradition further holds that the pumpkins be dipped in liquid nitrogen to intensify the explosion. Alan Eppes
: Well in that case, I'm starting a new tradition: The frightened student dash.
[Runs down the stairs as another pumpkin drops
: [Charlie walks in to his office to find his dad and Larry pulling pumpkins out of a liquid nitrogen bath
] Oh no, please don't tell me you're encouraging this. Alan Eppes
: Now, don't blame Larry. This was my idea. Dr. Larry Fleinhardt
: Yeah, your father though it would help him connect to the younger students. Charlie Eppes
: Well then, what's your excuse? Dr. Larry Fleinhardt
: I just like watching things explode.
: I hear Robin's back in town. Don Eppes
: Yeah, I'm really happy she's back. Alan Eppes
: Did you tell her that? Don Eppes
: Not yet, not in words, no. Alan Eppes
: You know, it's guys like you that make Beyonce sing that "Single Ladies" song.
: [Quoting poem by Siegfried Sassoon
] "Light many lamps and gather round his bed/Lend him your eyes, warm blood, and will to live... But death replied: 'I choose him.' So he went/And there was silence in the summer night/Silence and safety; and the veils of sleep/Then, far away, the thudding of the guns."
: We? Charlie Eppes
: Amita and I. We're driving down together. Alan Eppes
: Oh. A romantic weekend away together. Charlie Eppes
: Well, we will be driving through wine country.
: Hey listen, I want to ask you guy something. Um, it's her birthday coming up and I want to get her a gift. Something, I dunno. I just don't know what. Don Eppes
: It's just a question of what you want to say. Alan Eppes
: Well how about, happy birthday? Charlie Eppes
: You know, two mathematicians from University College of London actually recently addressed this, this very same question. Alan Eppes
: Mathematicians? English mathematicians? Charlie Eppes
: They used game theory to analyze the best characteristics of a courtship gift. Don Eppes
: Well, no offence Charlie, but it sounds like two math geeks who don't date much. Charlie Eppes
: I do take offence.
: Larry, I'm going to give you the same advice I've given to all the geniuses I know. Dr. Larry Fleinhardt
: Which is? Alan Eppes
: Don't be an idiot.
: I'll be home later for dinner. Alan Eppes
: OK... I'm goin' out for dinner.
: Listen, Charlie, when you're dealing with the Government... it doesn't hurt to have more than just the *facts* on your side.
: Charlie thinks math is beautiful, and he wants everyone to love it the way he does.