Numb3rs

Assassin

Season 2, Ep 5, Aired 10/21/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Don uncovers a secret code that begins the hunt for a skilled and trained assassin, and the efforts by the FBI to save the life of a Colombian exile living in Los Angeles.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Judd Hirsch

    Alan Eppes

  • David Krumholtz

    Charlie Eppes

  • Peter MacNicol

    Dr. Larry Fleinhardt

  • Alimi Ballard

    David Sinclair

  • Rob Morrow

    Don Eppes

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • Interesting episode...

    By gopink, Nov 27, 2007

  • I keep watching every week...

    By OnePerCentClub, Apr 28, 2008

  • Review

    By cavanagh15, Feb 24, 2007

  • Doesn't live up to this good show.

    By thepackleader, Oct 25, 2005

  • Nothing special.

    By gsanroman, Oct 23, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Don: I’ll tell you what, you help me catch this guy and I-I’ll go to Aunt Irene’s next party, all right?
      Charlie: Deal.

    • Charlie: Hide and seek. Don: What are you talking about, like the kids’ version? Charlie: A mathematical approach to it, yes. See, the assassin must hide in order to accomplish his goal, we must seek and find the assassin before he achieves that goal. Megan: Ah, behavioral game theory, yeah, we studied this at Quantico. Charlie: I doubt you studied it the way that Rubenstein, Taversky and Heller studied two person constant sum hide and seek with unique mixed strategy equilibria. Megan: No, not quite that way. Don: Just bear with him.

    • Charlie: Aunt Irene hates you. Alan: No, she doesn't hate me. She was just a little disappointed at your mother's choice of spouse.

    • Don: So, does that make me a three-step thinker? Charlie: You keep working with me, you’ll get there soon enough. Don: Shut up.

    • Colby: You assaulted a federal agent with a deadly weapon. Henry: It was a Volkswagen.

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    Notes (5)

    • Music featured in this episode was "All Over" by Obscurities (Charlie listens to his headphones).

    • The character of Charlie and Don's Aunt Irene – spoken of, but not seen in the episode – was named after Cheryl Heuton's grandmother's sister's daughter (first cousin once-removed).

    • This episode was originally slated to play as the first episode of the season, but was moved back to third, then to its final airing of fifth in the season.

    • This episode was rated TV-PG (V).

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: May 22, 2009 on TV Nova Slovakia: October 26, 2009 on JOJ

    Trivia (4)

    • Opening Numb3rs:
      7522 COLOMBIAN EXILES
      1500 POLITICAL DISAPPEARANCES
      93 MURDERS PER WEEK
      1 ASSASSIN

    • The Math:
      Transposition Cipher
      Game Theory
      Paper Plane

      The game theory used in this episode was hide-and-seek game theory. Specifically, two-person constant-sum "hide-and-seek" with unique mixed-strategy equilibria as described by Rubinstein, Tversky and Heller.

    • The oil painting of Dr. Gary Lorden seen in the hallway outside Charlie's office was created to resemble the painting of Alfred P. Sloan in the CalTech math department.

    • Of all the possibilities that Charlie comes up with about possible staged accidents when he is interviewing Ruiz, he fails to mention the large stretch of water they are sitting by, which the killer later tries to use as a secret assassination.

    Allusions (2)

    • Don: A little Glenn Miller. A lot of chicks. What could be better? Don referred to Glenn Miller, an American jazz musician and band leader in the Swing era. After a very successful career, including many famous recordings, he disappeared under mysterious circumstances during World War II.

    • Amita: How's the hunt for Red October going? You know... the assassin?
      Amita references the 1984 novel by Tom Clancy, The Hunt for Red October. The 1990 John McTiernan film adaptation starred Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, and was dramatized by screenwriter Larry Ferguson.

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