A small tribute to the men and women of film production known as 2nds. Or 2nd ADs. The most important job the 2nd Assistant Director performs is handling the background extras. When you watch a movie or a TV show, every single person you see on film is part of the production. All those people walking by in the street or in the busy store behind the actors? Extras. On Numb3rs, everyone you see in the FBI office or at the campus of CalSci or anywhere else there were people moving in the background were paid, fed and often costumed. And the person in charge of every single one … the 2nd AD.
As you watch the video and the camera moves through Washington Square Park, watch the people moving by. Are they all just pedestrians walking wherever they want? Or are they being choreographed for a bigger purpose?
Look for a WOMAN IN A WHITE HAT as soon as you can spot her. (She is seen in the middle of the frame right at the beginning of the video.) She is not a crazy person wiggling her arms for no reason. She is the 2nd AD. She is the puppet master.
Go to the YouTube page for a more detailed explanation of background work, the 2nd AD and the events in the video.
If you are a true Numb3rs fanatic who loves to rewatch episodes, you can watch the extras in the background for some fun stuff, e.g. an FBI agent who walks by twice in the same shot or the CalSci professor who also appears in the FBI office as an agent.