"Bright Boy"
CI, Episode 2.02
Production number: E3205
First aired: 6 October 2002
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Teleplay By
Marlane Gomard Meyer

Story By
Marlane Gomard Meyer & René Balcer

Directed By
Frank Prinzi

The murder of a child services worker and a deputy mayor first has Detectives Goren and Eames tracking a physically abusive man until they discover the female victim's special interest in a child prodigy.




Main cast

Guest cast




"Looks like Webster had a passenger, sat close to him. Wore a purple cashmere sweater."
"Tight-fitting size 2 with a plunging neckline."
"Mm. That I can't tell from this."
"I can tell from the bull he was feeding his wife."

- Robert Goren and Alexandra Eames

"The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. It tests social adjustment."
"I remember this. We had to take it the last year of high school."
"So did we."
"How'd you do?"
"I had to go to my counselor's office and have a talk with the school shrink."
"How about you?"
"Me? I was so well adjusted, they elected me prom queen."

- Robert Goren and Alexandra Eames

"There can't be that many places in town that give mortarboards to baby Einsteins."

- Alexandra Eames

"Please, you are going to disturb the children."
"Are they working on that problem, on the board?"
"Yes, this is a special math tutorial."
"Really? These little kids are gonna solve that?"
"These are profoundly gifted children."
"You have to forgive my partner, Dr. Leonard, he's feeling very humble right now."

- Dr. Leonard, Robert Goren and Alexandra Eames

"I smell square one up ahead."

- James Deakins

Background information and notes

  • This episode was based on "genius" Justin Chapman. Justin's mother Elizabeth fabricated his test results, and made him study an IQ test booklet before taking the exam. This led to the world's highest IQ. Justin was the youngest person ever to enroll in a for-credit course at the University of Rochester. His grandparents wanted to have full custody over him, but Elizabeth remained his primary caretaker.
  • In this episode the Riemann hypothesis is mentioned; one of most important unsolved problems in mathematics, which has been an open question for almost 150 years, despite the effort of many respected mathematicians.

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