The Janus List

Season 3, Ep 24, Aired 5/18/07
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  • Episode Description
  • In the midst of investigating a serious bomb threat, Don and Charlie uncover a secret that could change their lives and the lives of the team forever.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Alimi Ballard

    David Sinclair

  • David Krumholtz

    Charlie Eppes

  • Diane Farr

    Megan Reeves

  • Dylan Bruno

    Colby Granger

  • Judd Hirsch

    Alan Eppes

  • Fan Reviews (19)
  • Thrilling and Phenonmenal

    By AvatarBlue, Sep 03, 2010

  • colby is found out to be a triple agent and his life is in a list of double agents is told

    By callensgirl, Mar 24, 2010

  • Wonderfully plotted and great finale for season 3.

    By patjlu, Jul 29, 2007

  • An amazing episode

    By samranck, Sep 21, 2007

  • Review

    By cavanagh15, Dec 19, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Ashby: If you find The Janus List, trust it!

    • Charlie: Hey Don, what's going on? Don: I don't know, you got me. But we're about to find out. (Don turns on outward bound communications to Ashby) Don: This is Agent Don Eppes. Ashby: What was your Junior Year batting average? Charlie: .293 Ashby: That would be your brother. I'd really like to meet him. Professor Eppes is out here in 7 minutes or the next bomb goes off.

    • Charlie: (trying to move Ashby when he sees a mystery man) So I have an FBI... you know, I work for the FBI. Lois: Can you protect him? Charlie: Well, actually I'm a mathematician.

    • Charlie: You know I'm always ready to help you no matter what. Don: So a face to face with this guy crosses the line? Charlie: Frankly, yeah.

    • Ashby: I'm a speed dial away from collapsing this bridge.

    Notes (4)

    • International Airdates: The Netherlands: November 19, 2007 on Veronica Germany: March 23, 2008 on SAT 1 Czech Republic: July 27, 2009 on TV Nova Finland: May 14, 2010 on Sub Slovakia: February 11, 2011 on JOJ

    • Music featured in this episode was "What a Day" by Greg Laswell.

    • This episode was rated TV-PG (LV) in its first network broadcast.

    • Diane Farr (Megan Reeves) returns from maternity leave with this episode.

    Trivia (6)

    • When David visits Dwayne alone at the prison, the US flag filling the screen has 48 stars, so it is pre-1959.

    • Math used in this episode:
      Straddling Checkerboard
      Bacon's Cipher
      The Wheat and Chessboard Problem
      Knapsack Algorithm

    • The license plate on David's red Jeep is 5WHGO61.

    • This is the first time we see a Don vision when he sees the G major scale pattern on the bombs on the bridge.

    • Opening Numb3rs: 6 BUGS 7 BOMBS 8 QUESTIONS 2 DAYS TO LIVE

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    Allusions (3)

    • Don: He screamed something about a "Janus List." Allister: It's an old spy fiction--a master list of double agents and traitors. Megan: Janus, the two-faced Roman god. But how do you know it's a fiction? As stated, in Roman mythology, Janus was a two-faced god, and it was from Janus that both the name of the month January and the term "two-faced" originated. In this episode, the Janus List refers to of U.S. agents who are actually double-agents working for other governments. Despite Allister's claims of it being merely a fiction, it turned out to actually exist.

    • Alan: "Light many lamps and gather round his bed… " The lines quoted at the end of the episode are a slightly abbreviated version of the last two stanzas of Siegfried Sassoon's "The Death-Bed." The writers omitted the last three lines of the first stanza below. Light many lamps and gather round his bed. Lend him your eyes, warm blood, and will to live. Speak to him; rouse him; you may save him yet. He’s young; he hated War; how should he die When cruel old campaigners win safe through? But death replied: ‘I choose him.’ So he went, And there was silence in the summer night; Silence and safety; and the veils of sleep. Then, far away, the thudding of the guns.

    • The bomber Taylor Ashby's poisoning was rather clearly an allusion to Russian agent turned dissident Alexander Litvinenko, whose poisoning made quite a few headlines in late 2006. The Russian government was suspect but never proved to be his assassin when Litvinenko a former KGB agent turned dissident attempted to publish a book critical of Vladimir Putin.

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