Numb3rs

Season 3 Episode 18

Democracy

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 09, 2007 on CBS
9.1
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164 votes
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Several area murders seem to be tied to voter fraud. Don, Charlie, and the team must find the killers before they strike again.

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  • A few things that erked me...

    8.0
    I had some issues with this episode, which is why I didn't rate it as high. Like what was the deal with the flash drive in the watch? Someone happens to mention, while looking at a pen, that all kinds of devices have flash drives in them. So they happen to find one in her watch? What are the odds of that? I bet Charlie could tell us...



    In this show, the little guy, Oswald also has a "analoguous moment" (my own dictionary) where we get to see an illustration of his explanation with the wine glasses which had previously only been afforded to Charlie, and once for Amita.



    What was with the showdown of staring between Don and Tuttle? it was a hokey "Guy driving by slowly and lowering his window" while Don was lowering his sunglasses for a "Staring Showdown". It was a tad cheap.moreless
  • Review

    7.7
    Nothing happened of importance in this episode. A couple of cool special effects when people were dying, but nothing big as far as story advancement. I wasnt all interested in the case and I thought this was a horrible episode to follow "One Hour", clearly the best episode of numbers ever. The acting was solid, I just didnt like the writing. There final capture was something that you could have seen coming, so even that didnt make up for the filler epsiode. I cant even get this review to one hundred words, I needed this final sentence to even make it there.moreless
  • Charlie and Don investigate Richard Tuttle, a wealthy billionare who is the prime suspect in a group of murders.

    7.5
    An let's get the rich person whose done a lot of horrible things episode.



    Charlie in the beginning gets a visit from a friend who gives him a list of people who mysteriously died. She ends

    up dying herself and Charlie knows this isn't a coincedence.



    He can't uncover the connection behind the deaths until Don and the team focus their attention on a billionare named Richard Tuttle. It seems all the people that died all worked for the person even though he says he never met them all.



    Later, we see the facts and what Tuttle is hiding. It was a decent episode straightforward to the end.



    I didn't care too much about this Oswald character though. He didn't do anything in this episode and was just there as comic relief basically.



    If there going to make a recurring character they need to make him more complicated than just a deadbeat kid whose very smart.



    They didn't really explain Megan's absence in the end but it surely will be explained near the end of the season.moreless
  • Great show about up to date issues.

    9.2
    I love this episode. Bringing back the old troubled character was genius, and could lead to more episodes for him. He plays off Charlie well. The topic of electronic voting machine tapering was well discussed, and handled. Even if you don't believe it is happening in real life, the idea of it made a great program. Charlie did a wonderful job of explaining different aspects of math theory as usual, and I really enjoyed his interaction with his boss, and the kid he was trying to convince to come to his college. They did a great job of hiding the actress who does Megan's real life pregnancy. I will miss her while she is gone to have the baby. I can't wait to see Megan and Larry back together on the show.moreless
  • A poor bit about an election fraud coupled with a series of murders.

    2.0
    It's obvious the writer and the director were new to this job. The camera shots were cliche, the dialogue was awful, and this episode made talented actors appear inexperienced. It is a sad day when good characters are given terrible material and having to work with a weak director. It forces them into the obvious, over-acting. Poor wirter, weak director. Great piece for a film class to learn from: what not to do. Judd Hirsch was the only redeaming light in the entire episode. Hopefully next week's episode will show more talent and creativity, and leave the writer and director of this episode behind.moreless
Jay Baruchel

Jay Baruchel

Oswald Kittner

Guest Star

Joshua Malina

Joshua Malina

Howard Meeks

Guest Star

Tim Monsion

Tim Monsion

Cliff Dawkins

Guest Star

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Dr. Mildred Finch

Recurring Role

Leslie Silva

Leslie Silva

M.E. Ridenhour

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Megan: How was she when you last spoke to her?
      Stacy Aliano: Distracted. But, that's Jane. One of those brilliant people processing four things at once.
      Megan: (laughs) I know the type.

    • Oswald: What are the odds of five people who know each other dying within two weeks?
      Charlie: About 700 million to one.

    • Alan: Great! Now I have two jaded, world weary sons!
      Don: And this one's got a shrink to prove it.

    • Tuttle: You're just one man.
      Don: Same as you, pal.

    • Charlie: You know you just broke the law with that little trick. The Law of conservation of angular momentum.
      Oswald: What, is Sir Isaac Newton gonna come and bust me?

    • Oswald: He shoots, he scores! Ohhh Oswald Kittner. Mercy rule?
      Alan: This has gotta be a Canadian hockey table.

    • Oswald: Unless there's a self perpetuating element involved like, er, nano-technology. OK, you know when you stack up champagne glasses & fill them with champagne, you only pour the champagne into the top glass & then it overflows to the others. It requires resources applied in one location then it spreads.
      Alan: Oh good god, another one?

    • Megan: And we need a witness who's willing to take them down.
      Jane: I'm...I'm just so damn scared.
      Megan: I know you are, but you're angry too.
      Jane: They picked the wrong computer geek to mess with!

    • Charlie: Yeah, a specialised program for people like you.
      Oswald:High school dropouts that are obsessed with fantasy baseball?
      Charlie: Gifted people who lack traditional educations.
      Oswald: That's a nice way of putting it!

    • (Oswald tells Charlie that he plans to apply to CalSci.)
      Don: You are right. That's another one.
      Alan: Well, we can always use one more.
      Don: Are you kidding me? They are taking over here.
      Alan: You're right.

    • Charlie: Hey, do me a favour. Go find Dr. Finch. Tell her we need a priority run on the super computer & you know, be convincing.
      Oswald: I'll tell her the fate of democracy's at stake.
      Charlie: I like that.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Possibly for legal reasons this episode created a fictitious 6th district for the character of L.A. County Supervisor Jason Brasher (Scott Waara). At the time of broadcast, L.A. County was divided into just five districts.

    • International Air Dates:
      Australia: August 21, 2007 on Ten
      The Netherlands: October 8, 2007 on Veronica
      Germany: February 10, 2008 on SAT 1
      New Zealand: October 26, 2008 on TV3
      Czech Republic: July 17, 2009 on TV Nova
      Finland: April 2, 2010 on Sub
      Slovakia: February 3, 2011 on JOJ

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

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