Numb3rs

Under Pressure

Season 3, Ep 22, Aired 5/4/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Don, Charlie, and the team take on unknown terrorists who may be using nerve gas to undermine Los Angeles' water supply.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Alimi Ballard

    David Sinclair

  • David Krumholtz

    Charlie Eppes

  • Dylan Bruno

    Colby Granger

  • Judd Hirsch

    Alan Eppes

  • Rob Morrow

    Don Eppes

  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • Inconsistencies...

    By brandonkennard, Nov 20, 2007

  • A classic example of where this is all going to go horribly wrong if someone doesn't pay attention.

    By ccomley, Jun 29, 2008

  • Review

    By cavanagh15, Dec 19, 2007

  • Awesome

    By iluvmax, Sep 28, 2007

  • Dad helps on this case too!

    By JPPT1974, May 06, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Alan: That's why using the water system makes perfect sense, they don't need to spread the poison themselves, the city distribution system will do the work for them!

    • Suspect: You keep using that word, terrorist. I am a soldier, fighting a war America initiated. Your war against Islam. Colby: C'mon man. You're from Fullerton. Your name is Timothy.

    • Don: What? Charlie: When did this happen? This whole new attitude? Don: New attitude is gratitude.

    • Adams: Wait a minute, how do we know the water's their target? Charlie: Because my math says so. Adams: Is it really smart to put all our eggs in one basket based on math? Don: Yeah, if he says so it is.

    Notes (2)

    • International Airdates: The Netherlands: November 5, 2007 on Veronica Germany: March 9, 2008 on SAT 1 Czech Republic: July 23, 2009 on TV Nova Finland: April 30, 2010 on Sub Slovakia: February 9, 2011 on JOJ

    • Music featured in this episode was "Galvanize" by The Chemical Brothers.

    Trivia (2)

    • Math used in this episode: Social Network Analysis

    • Opening Numb3rs: 16 EXTREMISTS 7200 MILES OF PIPE 2.3 PARTS PER MILLION 1 COORDINATED ATTACK

    Allusions (2)

    • Episode Title: The episodes title is a reference to to the 1981 song by Queen & David Bowie of the same name.

    • Flip Cards: The example Charlie gives of changing the message in a stadium flip-card display without the card-flippers' knowledge actually happened at the 1961 Rose Bowl, when the Minnesota Golden Gophers played the Washington Huskies. The Rose Bowl stadium frequently hosted Caltech home football games, but a group of 14 Caltech students were miffed at the idea that their school's perennially weak team would never play in the bowl game itself. They heard that the Washington cheerleading squad planned a massive halftime flip-card show and decided to sabotage it. They stole the sheets with the plans, altered some of the fifteen displays, then replaced them. On the day of the game, 2 January, the card display went off as planned until the twelfth sign, which was supposed to be the image of a husky. The animal displayed looked more like a beaver. Image 13 was supposed to be the word HUSKIES. Instead it came out backwards: SEIKSUH. The cheerleaders thought this was just a glitch, and signalled for the 14th image. The cards flipped, and there, in front of the entire stadium and broadcast by NBC onto millions of television sets around the country, the Washington fans spelled out...CALTECH. The 15th image never appeared.

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