Season 5 Episode 21


Aired Friday 10:00 PM May 01, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Still reeling from Don's brush with death, Charlie aims to redeem himself by tracking down a serial killer.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • "Numb3rs" marks its 100th episode with Charlie still feeling guilt over Don's brush with death. To deal with his remorse, Charlie works dilligently with Don's team trying to track down a serial killer who struck again recently.moreless

    This episode is one worth remembering. Not just because it is a milestone episode, but because it's well written and acted. Another reason is the slight deviation from the norm this episode takes. With Don still in recovery, it was good to see Agent Sinclair as the head man on the team. Alimi Ballard gives a very good performance in this episode.(Far better than the episode 12:01am where he was so concerned about his vacationing partner Agent Granger.). While it's good to know Don will return in the next episode, it's nice to see other characters stand out. Entertaining episode.moreless
  • Best Numb3rs episode this season!

    Seriously, best Numb3rs episode this season and a perfect 100th episode! Loved it from the beginning till the end =)

    Best parts :

    1) The references to the Pilot : * Larry's speach to Charlie (helping him solve the problem) * Charlie doing his math with his headphones on (missed that simple and kinda childish Charlie from S1) * Charlie and Larry in CalSi * The music * The ending-with the brothers walking together

    (Well, obviously I am a fan of the show =) )

    2) David asking "May I take this one" =) Lmao. I didn't actually remember that only David and Charlie are in the team from the Pilot (not counting Don, coz he's the boss and Amita&Larry coz they joined later)

    3) Alan's speach about the brothers and Don&Charlie's exchanged looks

    4) The actual case though, was kinda complicated and a twisted (seriously, why did they have to show us the bloody child's clothes??) but it still was interesting

    I can go on for a long time, because I'm so excited about this episode. It was awesome, missed that old Numb3rs vibe.. Just hope next episodes and next season (there would be a next season, RIGHT??? ) would be even better =)moreless
  • Charlie's Coping Mechanism

    I appreciated the fact that they explored delved deeper in to Charlie's post-traumatic reaction to Don's stabbing. He's not oblivious to the connection of his new obsession with the invisible serial killer to his need to compensate for the error made when Don got stab. He has some people believing he's overreacting but some also believing he's on to something. I love the irony of Charlie having doubts about Mark Horn's focus on the first victim. When they put the pieces of the puzzle together, the picture is a very scary one. I loved the line Charlie gives of how he deals with trauma and crisis it was perfect.moreless
  • Brilliant 100th episode. They threw in several little references to episodes from previous seasons which was a lot of fun for devoted fans. The plot was similar to the first episode's and was true to the show's original plot. A truly perfect episode!moreless

    100 episodes, wow! The show is still strong. This was an amazing episode. I was so happy to see that it really stuck to the original plot of the show. Some of the episodes from this season have been going off to sub-plots, but I was thrilled that these last two episodes really stuck to the relationship between Charlie and Don the way it was in Season One. The acting was great, especially on David Krumholtz part, he played his role as Charlie very believably. The ending was really sweet and reminded me why I watch the show!

    100 Episodes Strong,

    now hopefully Numb3rs will make it to 100 more!moreless
  • A serial killer is on a killing spree..

    So Charlie is obsessed with work after Don's almost died in the hospital.

    He designes a cluster theory, which at first is considered only post traumatic stress behavior due to his brother's accident.

    But as the killings pilled on, and more facts are thrown into the mix with the help of our geek conspiracy friend (who I forgot the name by the way..), everyone starts to believe it's the real deal.

    Aside from the geek guy's weird behaviour, I like how Don was just playing it cool. He's been having that identity and religous crisis since he shot that woman in the car with the sniper rifle. But now he seems focused and calm. Good for him. Hope to seing him in action in the next episode!

Josh Gad

Josh Gad

Roy McGill

Guest Star

Brian Howe

Brian Howe

Robert Posdner

Guest Star

John Rubinstein

John Rubinstein

Gene Evans

Guest Star

Matthew Yang King

Matthew Yang King

Matt Li

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When the FBI tech is talking about Kim Rossmo's work he is referring to Robert Pickton's serial killing of sex trade workers in Vancouver.

    • During the scene with Colby and Liz in the car during the stakeout, they discuss the movie Sea of Love. Colby asks if Liz is a Pacino fan, and she replies that she's a Michael Rooker fan. Michael Rooker played Don Eppes' partner in the original unaired pilot of Numb3rs.

    • Opening Numb3rs:
      2,260 MURDERS
      100 EPISODES

    • In the opening numbers, the bottom right quadrant notes "100 EPISODES." This is the 100th episode of Numb3rs.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Alan: Yeah, I was worried before that you two had grown so far apart that I was the only thing you had in common. I figured that after I died, you might spend years not seeing each other, but, um, to tell you the truth, I'm not worried about that anymore.

    • Alan: It's a home improvement project I hope you'll both help me out on.
      Don: Well, I already told you I would.
      Alan: Alright, so front and back yard landscaping, take a look.
      Charlie: You're asking him about it? What about me? I own this house.
      Don: Oh yeah, like you care what hedges he puts out.
      Charlie: Point made.

    • (Larry sides with Roy on encouraging Charlie to look at a piece of evidence he found)
      Roy McGill: Thank you, astrology dude! (puts arm around Larry's shoulder)
      Larry: (pats Roy back) Astronomy.

    • Larry: Well, whatever is missing, it lies beyond all of this. You seek to quantify a single individual as some simple, elegant mathematical pattern. But this universe is full of all these odd bumps and twists, and so are people. Perhaps your approach needs to be less elegant, more complicated.
      Charlie: Haven't we had this conversation before?
      Larry: Well, cosmologically speaking, everything that happens, has happened before.

    • Charlie: You got stabbed, how can you be so calm about it?
      Don: Well I survived, for one thing.
      Charlie: Who are you? What have you done with my brother?

    • Larry: Charlie you're living and working out of boxes now. You've become a previous incarnation of me!

    • (Team members are discussing all the links and possible coincidences in the case to determine whether it is a serial killer or not)
      Charlie: Even I have to ask... What are the odds?

    • Charlie: This is weird, knowing who the killer is and not being able to prove it.
      Larry: It's not unlike that period between forming a theory and finding the proof that supports that theory.
      Charlie: Well most theories don't relocate, switch identities, and resume killing people.
      Larry: No, not that we know of.

    • Charlie: Some people drink, some gamble. I analyze data.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Air Dates:

      The Netherlands: June 21, 2009 on Veronica

      Norway: September 3, 2009 on TV2

      Germany: February 20, 2010 on Kabel 1

      Czech Republic: June 22, 2010 on TV Nova

      Finland: July 10, 2012 on Sub

    • Music used in this episode was "Heaven" by I Monster and "Numbered Days" by Eels.

    • Michelle Feynman, who played the mother in the scene where a boy is trying to TP a house, is the daughter of Richard P. Feynman. He is the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician and physicist on whom Cheryl Heuton and Nicolas Falacci modeled the Charlie Eppes character.