(S04E12) "We need simulations for our game theory algorithm to determine what our next step should be as a couple." - Charlie
Nerds in love. Awww. If I started talking that way to my girlfriend... I'd probably be sleeping on the couch. Whenever Charlie starts talking like that, all I can think of is that throaty hacking/laughing sound that Professor Frink from The Simpsons makes.
Once again, Charlie and Amita were discussing about moving in together, and once again that's all it was -- a discussion. It's old at this point and frankly, I wish they would just get it over with. I was honestly hoping for some tension when Larry asked Amita to assist on his new research project; perhaps some jealousy from Charlie. No such luck. So if they're so happy together and everything is perfect, explain to me why they aren't living together?
The only reason I'm harping on the subject is because there wasn't much else going on in this episode. The case was very typical as far as cop procedurals go. Nothing outlandish. A local police officer was using his position of authority to rape women. Terrible, yes, but certainly not a fresh idea. It played out as your would expect and the second Don and his team started investigating the LAPD, it became obvious that the suspect would end up being from a different police department.
The one thing I didn't get? The LAPD sent an internal affairs officer to assist. Once it was determined that an LAPD officer wasn't to blame, why was she still helping out? Is that normal protocol? I suppose it would have been weird for her to just disappear mid-episode though.
The one interesting thing this episode did address (in more detail than usual) was Megan's tendency to get too personally involved in a case. We found out that she had a college roommate who had been raped and it bothered Megan over the years because she didn't think she had been a good enough friend after the incident. So now she seemed determined to right that past wrong.
The highlight for the episode was her admitting to Larry that she was imagining scenarios where she had the opportunity to kill the man responsible for the recent string of victims. She had the chance too, at the end of the episode. She could have shot the guy, claimed he raised his weapon, and no one would have said anything since Megan was alone with him for a few moments.
She held off though and while I suppose it was a "feel good" ending, it would have been much better if she had shot him. That's what I really thought was going to happen. Everything about Megan (and the deep connections she makes with all her cases) was leading up to that moment. The second she goes to far. We saw it in season two of Criminal Minds when Elle hunted down and shot that guy who got away and it turned into a great story. Granted, it was the set-up that wrote Elle out of the show, but that's not what necessarily would happen on to Megan. Just some food for thought seeing as how this is the last episode of Numb3rs for now. Maybe when the show comes back, Charlie can help with the WGA negotiations and mathematically compute the best contract for everyone involved...
This week's numb3rs: 200,780 sexual assault victims, 84% unreported, 1 in 6 American women, every 2.5 minutes
This week's math: Power
|Yeah, totally. No one would have second-guessed her.||28 (23.7%)|
|She did the right thing. He's guilty, but he still deserves to stand trial.||69 (58.5%)|
|She probably could have gotten away with just wounding him...||21 (17.8%)|