Season 5 Episode 11

Arrow of Time

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jan 09, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A convicted criminal breaks out of jail, with thoughts of revenge, making Don face his past.

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  • Blast from the past: "Thrill Kill"-villain Bug (David Gallagher) broke out of prison in order to get back at Don, who shot his girl-friend and had him tortured. While Don drifts into a stage of apathy his team and his familiy are maddened with concern.moreless

    I am not getting why we have to be bored every episode with the spiritual enlightment of Don Eppes. One could have done so many things with the return of Buck and Don facing the measures he once took. But it was dull, boring and upright silly. And why did nobody in the team bother that Saint Don tortured a teenager?

    Eversince Megan Reeves left, I kind of have the feeling that somehow something is missing. It might be that she actually had a heart, a soul and a character. Sophina Brown is awesome but her character is so tough that it's dull to watch. The single funny thing was her taking a picture of Colby being buried under that unflatteringly shaped woman. Maybe it goes down the drain, just like other good series before Numb3rs. Platinum rule: one must wrap up a good seris as long as it's still good. THis has become stupid.moreless
  • I disagree!! This is by far the best episode of the season. I loved the interaction with Charlie and his father discuting the possibility of him joining the think tank.

    I disagree!! This is by far the best episode of the season. I loved the interaction with Charlie and his father discuting the possibility of him joining the think tank. I think the acting was excellent specialy the father when he told the story about charlie outsmarting him in math. But, I think the plot with Don struglling with the everyday challenges of his job is not very credible. Well, if you're doing this job for along as he did, you'll have a breakout point sooner in your carreer.

    In my book, the future couldn't be control only the present moment.moreless
  • The Past Returns and it's not good.

    Buck Winters returns. He's pissed and wants revenge. Overall this episode was really well written and just enough of everything. Plenty of math, drama but this time we have a taste comedy and even a gun fight. Winters escapes from prison and has a beef with Don. Don seems to be unfazed by the whole things but keeps everyone at a distance. His biggest fear being forced to kill. The team works towards tracking the escapees down and Don continues to grapple with the situation. Everyone is questioning Don's handling of the situation. In the end, I was really proud of how Don handled Buck and himself.moreless
David Gallagher

David Gallagher

Buck Winters

Guest Star

Adam Dunnells

Adam Dunnells

Rafe Lanksy

Guest Star

Paul Hipp

Paul Hipp

Gray McClaughlin

Guest Star

Aya Sumika

Aya Sumika

Liz Warner

Recurring Role

Michelle Nolden

Michelle Nolden

AUSA Robin Brooks

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (Colby and Nikki are tryinng to take down a female suspect)
      Nikki: Just punch her!
      Colby: She's a girl!
      Nikki: A girl must mean something different in Idaho.

    • Colby: Ok, hand, please?
      Nikki: (takes out phone and takes a picture) Something to remember when that next funny remark comes in your head.

    • (Charlie asks if Alan would like to join CalSci's Thinktank group)
      Alan: You know, I still remember the time when you asked me for, um, an estimate on the remainder term for a Taylor expansion of the hyperbolic cosine.
      Amita: That's a very specific memory, Alan.
      Alan: One never forgets the moments when one realizes he has nothing left to teach his seven year-old son about math.
      Chalie: Yeah, but... Look at everything else you've taught me about since then.
      Alan: I think you've just given me another very specific memory.

    • (Colby and David finish interviewing a suspect in his home)
      Colby: So how many things about that conversation didn't you like?
      David: Well, aside from cooperating before we even got in the door, confessing sideways to two felonies, and pointing us in the direction of another guy?
      Colby: Yeah, aside from that.
      David: A six-figure, a safe-cracker, he risks his dumb luck release...for pocket money.
      Colby: I'm still kinda stuck on that comment about my shoes.

    • (David and Colby show up at suspect's house)
      Colby: (knocks on door) Tim Pynchon?
      Tim: FBI? (David and Colby look at each other)
      Tim: Yeah, it's the shoes.

    • (Charlie is in the FBI office with an answer about how long it took the fugitives to make their escape rope out of dental floss)
      Charlie: 8 to 9 months.
      Liz: That's it? No bells, no whistles?
      Charlie: Oh, no, I mean I tracked the rates of floss being stolen from the infirmary, allowed for a parallel escape plans, blah blah blah, but ask me what's really interesting about this rope.
      David: Charlie, what's really interesting about this rope?
      Charlie: Boy, I'm glad you asked.

    • (Charlie, Larry, and Amita describe how they can estimate how long it took prison fugitives to make a rope of dental floss)
      Liz: So some... Floss math tells us when they get started so it might say something about...
      (Charlie, Amita, and Larry are all looking at each other)
      Liz: ...where they're going...what?
      Charlie: Floss math.

    • David: 127 rolls of floss... Which is a restricted item in prisons for this exact reason.
      Liz: Yeah, well, this and the fact that it's a great way to slice trhough someone's jugular vein.

    • David: (referring to a rope made of dental floss) It's 30 feet long...
      Amita: Floss is sold in containers of 20 to 150 yards... (gets questioning glances) I'm an informed shopper.
      Charlie: Just eyeballing the density of this rope, I'm thinking it's gotta be... 18, maybe 19 thousand feet.
      Larry: 3 and a half miles of dental floss, even assuming an average container size of 50 yards...
      Amita: Mm, 127 rolls of floss.
      Liz: You guys find new and special ways to freak me out all the time.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Air Dates:

      The Netherlands: April 12, 2009 on Veronica

      Norway: June 25, 2009 on TV2

      Czech Republic: June 8, 2010 on TV Nova

      Finland: May 1, 2012 on Sub