Season 4 Episode 15

End Game

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Apr 25, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Don and his team investigate the kidnapping of the family of a Marine. It turns out, however, that the Marine is running from the law. A chicken-and-egg hunt ensues when the FBI searches for the fugitive Marine who is searching for his family.

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  • Don and the team continue their search for Cole Porter, a Marine wanted for murder. The case becomes more complicated when two of Porter's former compatriots kidnap his father and sisters. Plus, Charlie and his father have isues over "greening".moreless

    This is a good episode, but there is too much going on here to make this episode one of the better ones of the season. The story lines focusing on Don's relationship troubles and Charlie and his father's diagreements about converting the house to environmentally friendly technologies are a distraction and are totally unnecessary here. The focus should have been on the case involving Cole Porter because that is the main point of this story. While that part of the episode is well done, it does have its flaws as well. This episode is worth your time, but it's flawed.moreless
  • I enjoyed thss episode, a little more focus on Characters and their decisions than on the case, but I thought it led to a good episode over all.

    I like it when the episodes are well rounded in the characters, and I definitely thought that this episode did an excellent job of this. I thought it was really cool that it was a follow up on an episode before it, I had hoped they would do that sometime. Charlie seemed rather unneeded and underused, and a little annoying to me personally, but since he's not one of my favorite characters I don't really mind.. We did see Colby struggling with some of the army problems, which I love when they do, and David helping him through it, a nice switch from the last episode. He also gotta duke it out in a store, which I thought was fun to watch. Don still is going against the rules and will hopefully come to a head with that in an upcoming episode. He's starting to have some problems again, it had some resolution by the end, but we'll see if it lasts. He and Robin are sweet together, I jsut hope it lasts! And when did Liz get back??? She just seemed like one of the team again. Overall, not my favorite, but pretty good, it had some great character moments and growth so I give it a 9/10moreless
  • Not enough case focus.

    This episode was definitely different. It seemed to be more about personal lives than about the return of Porter. I thought it was interesting how they did have him return. Using his family as bait to get him to come back and out in the open, knowing he was a wanted man. But I thought there to much focus on personal lives. We had Larry's lack of ambition, turning the Ebbs house green, we had Liz giving Don girl advise and Colby dealing with his issues with his military service. I don't mind some character development using one or two characters at a time, not all of them all at once. I think too much personal focus takes too much away from the case/scriptmoreless
Bill Nye

Bill Nye

Bill Waldie

Guest Star

Sharif Atkins

Sharif Atkins

Clay Porter, Jr.

Guest Star

Derek Phillips

Derek Phillips

Ryan Ferraro

Guest Star

Aya Sumika

Aya Sumika

Special Agent Liz Warner

Recurring Role

Michelle Nolden

Michelle Nolden

AUSA Robin Brooks

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Clay Porter enters the abandoned house, he is immediately tied with his hands cuffed behind his back. When Ferraro lifts him up from the floor to use as a human shield in the standoff with the FBI agents, Porter's hands appear tied in front.

    • While in Afghanistan, Colby was stationed in the Kunar Province.

    • Opening Numb3rs:
      4 MARINES
      2 HOSTAGES
      1 WAR

    • In the scene in the morgue, Clay Porter's father can be seen breathing if one looks closely.

    • NCIS would have been involved with this investigation (if not the lead investigators) since one of the suspects was a Marine broken out of the brig, the other suspects were AWOL Marines, and the victims were the family of a Marine.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Liz apprises Don of the current status - Porter, Ferraro, and the hostages are still missing, and the helo pilot isn't talking)
      Don: A'right, so where is the "I told you so" ?
      Liz: You made the call you thought was right. It sucks being the boss. But you know what, it's not a democracy.

    • Alan: I know you guys are busy but I was wondering how the geo survey was coming.
      Charlie: Well, I've come to an inconvenient truth. The optimum site for our granary is right outside my bedroom window.
      Alan: I'm guessing you're not happy about that?
      Charlie: Considering for the last 30 years I have enjoyed an unobstructed view of our koi pond, no.
      Alan: You know we all have to make sacrifices Charlie.
      Charlie: I understand that Dad, but those koi and I have shared a lot together.
      Alan: You're gonna share a lot more when the polar ice caps start melting.

    • Liz: Ok so you're thinking if Ferraro and Porter are trained to act in a certain way, we'll be able to predict what their next move will be?
      Colby: Yeah. Maybe Charlie will be able to slap it into one of those algorithmic, geo-profiling, hot zone hot pocket deals.
      Don: Put it just like that when you ask him.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Charlie: I've come upon an Inconvenient Truth.

      This is a reference to the 2006 movie Inconvenient Truth, a documentary on Al Gore's campaign to make the issue of global warming a recognized problem worldwide.

    • Larry's participation on the D0 (D Zero) team refers to the scientists at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia,IL studying high-energy particle physics using the D0 detector. The team consists of some 600 physicists from 19 countries and 88 institutions around the world.