Charlie Isaacs Caps: S01E01 You Always Hurt The One You Love

Charlie: You don’t like fireworks
Frank: Bombs bursting in air? Nah, not much. 
Charlie: You read a paper of mine.
Frank: ‘New Approach to Nuclear Cosmology.’
Charlie: Right. 
Frank: Your approach wasn’t ‘new.’ 
Charlie: Judges of the Forbes Prize didn’t see a problem.
Frank: They wouldn’t.
Charlie: You know um after you rejected my paper, I read everything you ever published. 
Frank: You’ll do fine. Your Akley’s new toy, right? 
Charlie: Can I ask you something? What about the next war? What happens when Stalin’s got one, China, Shah of Iran? You know the story of the Golem? A rabbi wanted to protect the Jews of Prague so he built an automaton out of mud, brought it to life. First the Golem kills the enemies of the Jews and then it turns on the Jews themselves. See you couldn’t control it. He built Frankenstein’s monster. 
Frank: You’ve been to Prague, lately? There aren’t any Jews left. 
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Charlie Isaacs Caps: S01E01 You Always Hurt The One You Love

Charlie: Abby, what the hell did you do to Joey’s hair? 
Abby: They are reading our mail [continues packing suitcases]. 
Charlie: What?
Abby: The children have head lice, they are reading our mail? 
Charlie: He’s three years old, he can barely read his name. 
Abby: I mailed this yesterday [holds up a letter]. A private letter from me to my father and they made notes in the margins. 
Charlie: Who did?
Abby: I dunno who, spies, the army, I dunno. 
Charlie: Abigail.
Abby: This place, these people they are all crazy. We cannot, I will NOT stay here! 
Charlie: You’re hysterical. 
Abby: I can’t even tell him where we live, you know that I can’t even tell him that our house is painted green. 
Charlie: It’ll take some adjustment, that’s all. 
Abby: We are going back to Brookline and we can stay with my parents. 
Charlie: No! [slams suitcase closed] We are NOT going anywhere. Listen to me. This is our home, I made a commitment, it is done! We’re here till the end of the war. [Abby sits down and his nose starts bleeding, he wipes it away] Shit, it’s the altitude. 
Abby: Charlie, Charlie please why in God’s name would be stay here? 
Charlie: Okay, what I’m about to tell you is highly classified [he turns on music].
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Charlie Isaacs Caps: S01E01 You Always Hurt The One You Love

Charlie[drunk, knocks on his neighbor’s door] Abby!
Abby: Charlie! What on earth [pulls him inside] It’s this one. this one. Come inside. I was about to call the police, you know there’s no telephone in this place. [Charlie checks on Joey and goes to the bathroom] This is daddy’s brand [puts down bourbon] You can’t get this anymore. 
Charlie: You can if your work’s got AAA priority. 
Abby: Are you drunk? 
Charlie[lights go out, a glass clanking] Oh shit.
Abby: Charlie? 
Charlie: [urinating] That’s the whole street. [Abby lights a cigarette lighter as Charlie enters the room zipping up his pants] You know how many people live in um Berlin? Men, women, kids? 
Abby: I wrote a letter to my father, said you’d think about his offer. 
Charlie: No, jeez Abby, this is what I am. 
Abby: You are a loving father to our son and you are my handsome husband. 
Charlie: Take off your nightgown. 
Abby: Charlie. 
Charlie: [whispers] Joey’s out cold, he won’t hear us. 
Abby: It’s not Joey I’m worried about [looks to the street].
Charlie: [whispers] Oh, give them something to put in our FBI file. Hmmm? [Abby giggles]Hmm? [he kisses her]. 
Abby: [blows out lighter and walks away] Come on.
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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].
Charlie: Sir? 
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].
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Charlie Isaacs Caps: S01E01 You Always Hurt The One You Love

Charlie: Is that Frank Winter? 
Lancefield: Yeah
Charlie: I submitted my thesis to the Princeton Physics Journal when he was the editor. Six peer reviewers backed in for publication, he rejected it. 
Lancefield: Well don’t take it personally. He probably didn’t even read it. 
Charlie: He work for Dr. Akley too? 
Lancefield: [chuckles] No, no he’s got a band of misfits working on an alternate design.
Charlie: Design for what? 
Lancefield: [smiles] Forget about Winter’s group. They’re farm league Charlie. You’re joining the New York Yankees. 
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Lancefield: White badge is you key to the castle. Only scientists and army brass get em. Steno girls are allowed in the building but they don’t know squat. G.Is barely know what state they’re in. [all the scientists look at Charlie in awe] They all read your paper, passed it around like a Tijuana bible. [continues walking] You’re looking at the best equipped lab in the country. Two Van Der Graaf accelerators, our own cyclotron and the finest computer money can buy. [open doors] Computers! This is the youngest buck who ever won the Forbes prize. Say hello to Charlie Isaacs. 
Women: Hi, Charlie.
Lancefield: No lying down on the job girls. [Charlie looks all impressed then chases after him] We’ll need you answer some questions, everybody in the project has got to have security clearance. 
Charlie: What is the project? You still haven’t told me. 
Lancefield: I’ll leave that to Dr. Akley once we have your commitment. 
Charlie: How will I know what I’m committing to? 
Lancefield: Charlie. This is Shangri-La. We’ve got the highest combined IQ of any town in America and more Jews than Babylon. You’ll be wined and dined by the US Army until the Japs say ‘uncle.’ 
Charlie: Who knows how long that’ll be. 
Lancefield: Well, that all depends on us. [hands Charlie a folder]
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Charlie Isaacs Caps: S01E01 You Always Hurt The One You Love

Charlie: It’s gotta be north. Right? They said it’d be just like Cambridge, Harvard with sand. 
Abby: You know daddy’s offer still stands. It’s a good job, Charles.
Charlie: It’s a sales job. 
Abby: God forbid you think a PhD is a vow of poverty. You know business is a science. 
Charlie: The recruiter said I could be the next Enrique Fermi. He’s like the ‘Betty Grable of Physics’ 
Abby: No one’s ever heard of him.
Charlie: You think anyone heard of Galileo in 1590?
Abby: I bet Galileo knew how to read a road map. [Charlie look at her and Abby giggles and get in the car]
Charlie: Yeah, that’s north. [shouts] Joey! Come on. 
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Charlie: Stay in the car [he goes to investigate] [to man] Excuse me, hi. Is the circus in town? It’s just ugh where’s everybody going? 
Man: P.O Box 1663. 
Charlie: What’s the place called? 
Man: It aint, no name, no streets signs, welcome to nowhere. 
Charlie: Alright.
Abby[walks up to him looking at the town] Charlie this doesn’t look like Cambridge.
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