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Charlie helps Don and his team to find an arsonist who has set four fires so far with Molotov cocktails. Along with LAFD Arson Investigator Noah Stevens, the team will investigate the fire of an SUV that caused the death of a man.
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Friday December 16th, 2005
700 Arson Deaths;
Bill Nye was one of the inspirations for the show. Cheryl Heuton met him in 1994 when she was a journalist, and he talked to her for three hours about how fewer and fewer kids today are studying math and science, and how this was not only going to have a bad result for the nation and the world, it would also mean the loss of much beauty and understanding. With the success of NUMB3RS, the producers decided to bring Mr. Nye onto to the show as a recurring character. Bill plays a CalSci professor and scientist, Bill Waldie. He's the guy who runs the college's combustion lab.
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Megan: Wow! Cigarettes, Lighter, Spray Paint. Thought you guys were all about clean air?
Waldie: Creating the conditions for a backdraft? That's just cool.
Charlie: So what we are talking about really, is a fingerprint for fires.
Larry: A fireprint.
Megan: I guess that sometimes it pays off to be a know-it-all.
If the arsonist were really holding a camera to get the best shot, don't you think the salesman would have seen him?
Later in this episode, Megan says that about 300 years ago, London was burned to the ground. The guy who confessed to it wasn't even in London at the time and they didn't even know it until two days after he was hanged for the crime. Wikipedia reveals that the fire started on September 2, 1666, and that it was Robert "Lucky" Hubert, a French watch-maker, who confessed to the crime, possibly after being tortured. He confession was accepted adn he was convicted even though there was overwhelming evidence he did not commit the crime.
Megan refers to the two arsonists as Leopold and Loeb, a leader and a follower. She goes on to say that they were murderers in the 1920s. According to Wikipedia, they set out to commit the perfect crime, but both were caught and received sentences of life plus 99 years.