Charlie Isaacs Caps: S01E01 You Always Hurt The One You Love
Secretary: You’re crooked.
Charlie: Oh [she fixes his tie] Thank you. [she opens the door and he walks through] Dr. Akley.
Akley: [pours drinks] ‘A New Approach to Nuclear Cosmology’ [walks towards him and hands him a drink] I wish I’d written it.
Charlie: I have not seen real bourbon since Pearl Harbor.
Akley: Well I’ve got friends in high places. It’s called a signing bonus. Charlie Isaacs, tell me why you’re here [he closes the blinds].
Akley: You drove 2,000 miles, you uprooted your family to a state with more [pulls down screen] cattle than people. What do you want?
Charlie: To serve my country. I tried to enlist, flat feet [giggles].
Akley: Yeah well I think we can put your, skills to better use. [turn on projector] We’re waging a war of ideas, [Charlie studies the equations] now this war will be fought on the battlefield but make no mistake, the peace will be won with brains not braun. Now forget about code breaking, forget about uh meteorology, optics…
Charlie: You’re building an atomic bomb.
Akley: We prefer to call it a ‘gadget.’ I walk most of the new boys through the math, they still don’t see it.
Charlie: I was told I’d be working in a radar lab.
Akley: Well I’m sorry for the smoke and mirrors, we can’t exactly advertise [turns off projector]. [opens blinds] Dr Everert at Harvard says you’re the quickest study he’s seen in years. He also says you wanna help your people, I understand you have family in Poland.
Charlie: A bomb like that umm gadget, the burn radius would be miles wide, the gamma rays alone would be impossible…
Akley: Charlie, Charlie, Charlie [pours drink]. You can grow old and die writing white papers on field quantisation, a hundred savants will read you work, maybe ten will understand it or you can join my team and you can watch the apple fall with Newton [offers his glass to Charlie which Charlie clinks].