Numb3rs

Season 4 Episode 14

Checkmate

2
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Apr 11, 2008 on CBS
8.9
out of 10
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128 votes
5

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Don runs into Robin Brooks during an investigation concerning informants and a chess master.

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  • Terrific side stories, lots of fun and happy endings

    10
    Plain and simple, this episode was just a ton of fun and extremely enjoyable to watch. Sometimes these shows get a bit heavy (I think Without A Trace is worst for that) and it's nice to see some uplifting humor and interplay between people that really like each other



    Charlie's bumbling efforts at some FBI training were hilarious, and the final outcome was good for a warm fuzzy. Don teasing Charlie and Megan getting in on the act by calling him Speed Racer after a very, very funny pursuit scene was priceless. The gym sequence where Charlie gets beat up and asks Don for some brotherly advice is also great.



    I'm a romantic at heart and so the scenes between Don and Robin and Larry and Megan add to the show. David and Colby's camaraderie and David's involvement with the young boy who's life was headed in a very bad direction were also special.



    Lastly, David's attempt to learn chess in one afternoon from Alan Eppes and his clumsiness at it were hilarious.moreless
  • No more skeletons (um, I mean really skinny women cops or prosecutors) in Don's closet! Would Charlie really attempt a high speed pursuit in his Prius? Can I pawn my bishop for $5? Deputy Larry Fleinhart.moreless

    7.9
    Okay - enough with the women coming on the show and Don already knows them, has been with them in one form or another, it ended badly, and now it's going to start up again. My eyes rolled so many times during the scenes with Don and the new "old girlfriend", I thought they might pop out of my head. What I am wondering is - can they not keep these actors on the show long enough for Don to have some type of long term relationship, or are they just trying to keep his character the perpetual bachelor. Mr. Unlucky in love, the tough cop (or FBI agent) who can't commit. Come On!! It's defintely in his character to have a lasting, loving relationship. But if they want the bachelor thing - then at least introduce a woman that Don has never had the chance to meet and piss off. Or hey, let's just not worry about a love interest for the elder Epps brother. His love scenes never really rang true for me anyway. Now, on to the "review" part. This was a pretty mediocre episode. Besides the comic relief of Charlie receiving FBI training, I was underwhelmed. This is what I lusted after on my DVR for more than a week, waiting with anticipation of that perfect moment that I could watch uninterrupted? I must be getting dumber in my old age, but the whole story line was confusing. Not as confusing as some other episodes from this series, but vague nonetheless. I did appreciate the chess aspect, or at least David's inability to excel. I am totally incapable of playing in any civilized manner - yet my 13 year old daughter can play with the best of them. But, an average episode of Numb3rs is better than most anything else. I am just so happy to be seeing new ones that they could remake an old Andy Griffith show story line, with Larry in the role of Barney Fife and I would be completely mesmerized.moreless
  • good episode...

    8.3
    This was a pretty good episode. The story was just ok, but the boy was a great character and I liked how he meshed with the black FBI agent guy (his name just suddenly slipped my mind) . . . I liked the idea of chess throughout the whole thing also. The main story line that I liked the most was Charlie going to the FBI academy place. He was terrible at everything, especially driving, but he kicked butt at shooting. He showed everyone up! ! Overall, it was an ok story, good characerization and character development, and some solid comedey.moreless
  • This episode was so much fun. It felt like the whole cast was back where it used to be, like the ep last week was so awkward and weird just because they had to find some common ground after the strike again.moreless

    9.6
    I loved Charlie having fun with the FBI training. And Don being all smiley around Charlie once more and not his usual broody self. I liked how close they seemed in the FBI gym, Don's advice to kick the guy in the balls and Charlie's smiley response that it was the same advice Don gave him in elementary school. That was fun!



    And Megan all happy just by watching Larry. Larry being all excited about the theory that he was working on...



    And David and Colby. I liked their little pats and friendly touching, how concerned Colby was for David in this ep, his "You okay?" when they saved him and the boy from the gang members, his advice to David to quit moping around and actually help the boy. Awesome!moreless
  • My first thought with this episode was "oh no, another one of Don's ex's". That guys commitment issues could choke a goat. Not a bad episode though. A few light moments with Charlie.moreless

    8.7
    With Charlie's antics as he gets a little FBI Self-Defense training, Amita and Larry carrying the algorithms and the young chess master passing messages for a gangster in chess plays, there was enough to stop the groan over the ex after a while. And mercifilly that relationship was rounded off well by the end of the story.



    I do hope no more old lovers turn up though and he gets a real relationship – or just stops trying. That whole "new case involving ex lover" thing is getting old. This episode seemed fragmented, I think because the direction wasn't as tight as usual. Numb3rs always has a lot of things going on at once in an episode, but with tight direction it generally flows – I just felt this one didn't flow as smoothly as normal…or maybe it was the mood I was in when I watched it.



    All in all, a good episode but with average (loose) Direction.moreless
Tequan Richmond

Tequan Richmond

Levi "Bishop" Holt

Guest Star

Marcello Thedford

Marcello Thedford

Reddick

Guest Star

Naleah Dey

Naleah Dey

Coral

Guest Star

Michelle Nolden

Michelle Nolden

AUSA Robin Brooks

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • (After an FBI Driving Instructor describes a scenario that will require Charlie to pursue a fleeing suspect)
      Driving Instructor: Ready ... Go!
      (Charlie tightens his safety belt, then adjusts the rear view mirror)
      Driving Instructor: What are you doing, Eppes? This isn't Driver's Ed - you're in pursuit!

    • Robin: You can be a real bastard sometimes.
      Don: Yea! My shrink said something like that!
      Robin: This shrink - has he taught you how to say "I was wrong" yet?
      (Don turns away in silence.)

    • Larry: When I'm stuck, I've always found the work pattern of a certain Englishman to be inspirational.
      Amita: Sir Isaac Newton?
      Larry: No, Sherlock Holmes.

    • Charlie: Ok everyone watch your step.
      Alan: Watch my step? I can't even see my step.

    • Charlie: According to my instructor, in the event of a firefight my best course of action is to get into a fetal position and call for my mama.

    • Charlie: Speed is fine, but accuracy is final.

    • David is playing (and losing) at chess on his computer.
      Megan: At least it's not porn.
      David: That would be Granger's computer.
      Colby: Only on Saturday nights.

    • David: I can't believe the International Olympic Committee considers this (chess) a sport.
      Megan: I can't believe you're this bad at it.

    • Megan: Hey speed racer, can I borrow him (Charlie) for a little bit?
      Driving Instructor: Take the afternoon.

    • Amita: Charlie, you're making such a mess, let me do it. (Takes the T-shirt from him).
      Charlie: Exact 180 degree fold, I guess this is what I should expect from a Masters in Combinatorics.
      Amita: Actually I used to work in the GAP in high school.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • (Megan enters the room where Larry and Amita are working on a problem.)
      Meagan: Look at you guys! this is kind of like when Captain Kirk used to beam down and leave Bones and Chekov in charge.
      Larry: No, actually, the chain of command was Commander Spock to Lieutenant Commander Scott to Lieutenant Sulu, and then during season 2 it actually went to Assistant Chief Engineer DeSalle.

      This is an allusion to the 1960's TV show Star Trek, starring William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk of the Federation starship Enterprise. Almost every show included Capt Kirk 'beaming down' to explore a new planet in some distant solar system.

    • Megan: Hey, Speed Racer...

      Megan calls Charlie Speed Racer. This is a reference to the anime series from the 1960s. It's also been made into a movie, which is set to hit theatres May 2008.

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