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OK, I'm deeply disturbed by something in Scrubs - Season 4, Episode 16. "My Quarantine."
Halfway through the episode, the Janitor makes a $5 wager with Chief Medical Officer Doctor Robert Kelso. The wager is whether or not the Janitor can repeat a feat of astounding accuracy (catapulting a cotton ball into a distant empty jar, which the Janitor had already done once successfully). Upon failing to repeat the performance, the Janitor says "double or nothing" and Chief Medical Officer Doctor Robert Kelso assents.
Some time later, another character - The Todd - tells Chief Medical Officer Doctor Robert Kelso that he is "up $600." Later, the Janitor makes a non-sequitur, asking others to give him $700. Later still, the Janitor states to Chief Medical Officer Doctor Robert Kelso that he does not have $700.
Here is the conundrum: Based on the assumption that the Janitor has failed each offscreen attempt at replicating his original feat of accuracy, how could he possibly arrive at either $600 or $700 in debt, considering the terms of the repeated wager was "double or nothing"? Failing the $5 wager, the next would be $10. Then $20. Then $40. Then $80. Then $160. Then $320. Then $640. Then $1,280. At no point can the Janitor's debt ever hit an even $600. Additionally, after failing the $600 bet as the episode implies, the next wager would have been for $1,200 even in that mathematically flawed scenario.
So, what is meant by all this? This question has troubled me for decades. Literal decades.