Season 2 Episode 5


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Oct 21, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

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.

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  • Interesting episode...

    Charlie and Don discovered there will be assassin. I am getting lot of impression that Charlie talked about his experience at NSA in the past. Ruiz was so frustrated that he can't protects himself or tired of FBI protect him too. This episode is really great. I can't believe it that Amita didn't tell Charlie that she can't go to concert because she had to go to San Diego. Why she tell Charlie a last minute, god! Amita is so stupid to not tell him. Charlie did got a concert tickets from friend or his student. Amita think Charlie can't get a ticket! Amita need to grow up and should think Charlie can do it! Great episode!moreless
  • I keep watching every week...

    I like how Charlie gets close to every victim or their families, he´s the human side of the investigation. Amita is so ungrateful. Charlie buys the tickets for her and she had already made plans? I hate her!

    Poor Gabriel Ruiz. He had his own life away from all the danger in his country and they find him. Can you imagine being told that there is no safe place for you? I understand why Charlie feels like committed to be with his father, but living with him doesnt mean that he has to be with him all the time. Don, however, tells him that they should leave his father alone, but somehow their father is their responsibility, not only Charlie's. It was an in interesting case, however, I dont understand how the two agents at Ruiz house didnt think of the guy who saved him as a suspect.

  • Review

    I thought that the episode started out kind of slow, got kind of intense once the assassination plot started coming together, then the ending was kind of not what i was looking for. I feel like the real case behind everything didnt get solved. Most of the time I feel like the case has been completed when the killer is killed, however this time I felt there was still something more behind the case that we didnt really get to see. The non-case drama in this episode was pretty irrelevant. Amita and Charlie dont seem to be going anywhere and anything Don had with the lawyer at the beginning of the episode seems to have dissapered. All in all it was an average episode of numbers, I just thought the ending could have been written bettermoreless
  • Doesn't live up to this good show.

    I have to say that this episode was under the normal standards for numb3rs. I usually enjoy it very much. I believe this episode was mostly disappointing. Too much of a covert ops deal with this episode. It felt really weak and poorly done. Which is quite out of character for this show. I didn't enjoy the bit of character development. Charlie gets a real feel for the danger that Don is in everyday. Something that Charlie doesn't really think about. Now if Charlie would realize just how much danger he put himself into by helping we wouldn't have a show.moreless
  • Nothing special.

    This episode wasn't the best but it was good. I think Charlie should have worked at least a little bit more to crack the code. Besides that the producers should check their facts better, the Condor Operation was signed by Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay. Not Colombia.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Opening Numb3rs:
      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.

  • 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.

    • Charlie: What are you doing here?
      Don: Hey. Well, I'm ready to party like it's 1899.

    • Don: So what does all your behavioral science training tell you about a grown man who still lives with his mother?
      Megan: Probably about the same as two brothers still mooching meals at their dad's house three nights a week.
      Don: Hey, technically it's my brother's house, but o-okay, Megan, I-I see how it's gonna be.
      Megan: (grins) I just call 'em like I see 'em.

    • Alan: (to Charlie on assassinations) When it's done right you never do find out who did it. Kennedy...Dallas...'63. They're still waiting for an answer on that one.

    • Don: (catches paper airplane) Who made this?
      Charlie: Me. Why?
      Don: (examines the plane) Wings are a little thin here buddy.
      Charlie: Forgive me if all my years of advanced applied mathematics take issue with that assessment.
      Don: Yeah... well... you'll forgive me if all my years of high school detention say I'm right . Go ahead... you make those wings wider... it'll fly.

    • Larry: How'd you come by all this hard data on assassination techniques?
      Charlie: I have a friend at the NSA who has a friend at the CIA.
      Larry: Yeah, don't even tell me.

    • Larry: A Fleinhardt? When did my name become a predicate adjective?
      Charlie: When your students started using it that way.

  • NOTES (5)


    • 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.