Numb3rs: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (23 Jan. 2005)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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When a rapist proves a little too difficult to find for the FBI, Agent Eppes and Agent Lake utilize Agent Eppes' genius mathematician brother, Charlie, to discover the rapist's point of origin.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Silber
Walt Merrick
Roland Haldane
Karl Calhoun ...
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A serial rapist who marked his victims by branding continued his escalating gravity by committing is presumably first murder. FBI Special Agent Don Eppes is in charge, under Agent Walt Merrick, of a massive investigation. Don's brother, professor Charles 'Charlie' Edward, a mathematical genius, takes a single peek at the map of the thirteen crime locations at their dad Alan's -and still Charlie's- home and claims he can roughly calculate the common point of origin: the rapist-killer's home. Charlie analyzes and applies such variables as the safety zone and the spontaneous non-randomizing of human 'arbitrary' choices, and achieves a 4/5 probability, as tested on earlier serial killers. Charlie's academic friend Dr. Larry Fleinhardt suggests he should concentrate on true mathematical challenges rather than 'trivial' real-life distractions. Charlie's prediction shows 87% chance for a zone with only 75 men, but no judge will grant a search order based on Charlie's work, so DNA is taken ... Written by KGF Vissers

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I'm in Love with Charlie Epps!
4 July 2011 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

I had sincerely hoped that "Numb3rs" would have a long & exciting run. Coming from me, that is usually a jinx. Alas, the run was long (in TV-time) of 5 seasons.

Realistic relationships underlie the entire series; Charlie is both geek AND educator. I love that Charlie has all of the real emotions: fear, anger, pride, innocence, confusion, etc. It must be difficult for Dad and Don to keep up with a mind that moves at the speed of light (I'll let Charlie explain the theory).

As with all series with solid character development, it was hard to see the epic end. I'm happy to be able to get my fix on a regular basis to keep my fantasy love affair with Charlie alive. Wouldn't it be great if they did a "reunion" show (at least 2 hours long).

=^ ^=

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