How is it that I get the sneaking suspicion that I might actually be learning some mathematical skills watching this show? Sure, when Charlie and Marshall (played by Roswell alum

Colin Hanks, who picked up the lengthy lingo really quickly) were waging their war of the nerds, half the time I didn't understand what they were saying, but these days I've started using terms like "algorithms" and "convergence." Must be the cool way Charlie breaks his tough things down with simple analogies like tonight's comparison to jigsaw puzzles. Actually I'm not the only one who is picking up some of the geek speak. Agents Sinclair and Granger are also starting to understand Charlie's language and even went to him for help with their quest to find a bullet and ended up using calculators and grids to solve their case. That's big progress. Charlie should look at that example the next time he thinks he's wasting his time helping the FBI. Also, quote of the night came when Charlie faced his arch-nemesis Marshall, and the nerds were not only battling over theories, but also over Amita's attention. Charlie told him that Amita was a brilliant mathematical mind and "no matter how hard you try, you are never going to convince her that this [holding up two fingers about an inch apart] is six inches." AC

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