Season 3 Episode 15

End of Watch

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 09, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Don and the team reopen a cold case when an LAPD badge turns up at a construction site. When Charlie joins the investigation, they attempt to track down the owner of the badge, an officer who has been missing 17 years. Meanwhile, Alan is informed that he's being sued.moreless

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    Was it just me or did it seem like the acting in this episode was a little below the standards that we are all used to for this show? There were many guest stars and I dont think that many of them stepped up and really embraced the role. I was interested in the 17 years old case for about 30 minutes but after that I didnt thing the writers came up with a solid conclsusion that I was looking for. That and when I look at the whole episode I really didnt think there was much of a point to researching a 17 year old case. Numb3rs likes to bring back old guest starts, but I really wasn't feeling it once I looked at the episode as a whole at the end. The comittee/Alan being sued thing was decent, but nothing fantastic.moreless
  • LT Walker is back and just as crusty as ever.

    Will Patton (LT Walker) is a great character. An old school beat cop (what LT wears the street cop uniform after all) who carries all the prejudices of walking that beat. However, he remains open minded and is growing fond of Charlie's techniques (mostly because they lead to success). He continues in character and is sure a gang banger did the murder of the cop and won't believe anyone is reformed. In the end it was a bad cop and LT Walker takes that crusty edge out on the real perpetrator. It all just goes to show the LAPD and the FBI can get along, at least on TV.moreless
  • The reopening of a case involving the murder of a cop brings up evidence that someone else might have committed the murder.

    Decent episode. It didn't turn out like it would be expected. The case involves a dead cop named Everett who died while patroling gang territory. Lt. Walker (Will Patton) returns from the LAPD to team up with Epps and Charlie to find the real killer. Walker is adament that the cop's death is from an ex-gang member who vowed revenge for his brother's death but when the truth comes about an alternate suspect, he can't accept the truth.

    That's basically it in a nutshell. A decent character development episode for the Walker character. He is not a regular but the writers liked him so much they brought him back. LAPD corruption scandals are nothing new so the ending wasn't a total shocker but it was pulled of well.

    Generally cold case crimes are committed by the original suspect but oftentimes a new perspective is needed to find the real killer. Walker was obsessed and pig headed about the original suspect that he couldn't fathom any other explanations. Don and Charlie were the voice of reason here pulling up the evidence to show another explanation.

    In a sidestory they had Charlie's Dad being sued about a job he did many years ago but as expected nothing happen but it was a interesting way to keep things from being predictable.

    In the end, it all worked out. Walker, Epps and Charlie caught the real guilty party and Everett's killer was captured.moreless
  • A 17 year old cold case involving the death of a LAPD officer is reopened when new evidence is uncovered. Lt. Gary Walker joins forces with the FBI to solve the murder. Don's current love interest, Liz Warner aides in the investigation.moreless

    I didn't need to watch this episode twice to figure out what was going on. At first it appeared that the slain officer was killed by a former gang member, a cliche that is badly overused in today's crime dramas. The show gets no merits for creativity. A new suspect in the cops killing is found to have died of a drug overdose. Then a talk with the guy formerly suspected of killing the cop lead Don and Walker to an inside member of the LAPD. The only thing that I found interesting was Charlie coming up with a method for tracking the poison used to make the heroin, which leads Don and Walker to the person responsible for the cops murder.

    The only interesting thing about the show was Millie helping Alan out with his lawsuit and Amita seeking advice from Charlie regarding her reluctance to accept the position of Chairman of the Curriculm Committe. I did like the ending of the show, Don and Liz have a romantic date. I'm not a wrestling fan, but I'm already looking forward to next week's episode.moreless
  • I had to rewatch it to figure out what actually happened...

    This episode was confusing. It really took two watchings to understand what happened. And Liz was back. And Colby was missing. Overall... not a great episode.

    So it starts out with some kids finding an old police badge in an empty lot. It turns out that it belonged to a cop who was on Lt. Gary Walker's team (remember him? from the O.G.and Backscatter?) and disappeared 17 years previously. With Charlie's help, they find the guy's body. Then a bunch of stuff happens... something to do with a couple of gangs and a corrupt cop... and they find out who killed him.

    And there's a subplot with Alan getting sued.

    After watching it twice, I know what happened, but it's still kind of confusing. So if you missed it, you didn't miss much. Go watch Nine Wives or Rampage. They're better.

    Of course, i love every episode of numb3rs.moreless
Josh Clark

Josh Clark

Sergeant Ronald Jackson

Guest Star

Lance Reddick

Lance Reddick

Lieutenant Steve Davidson

Guest Star

Nike Doukas

Nike Doukas

Leigh Everett

Guest Star

Will Patton

Will Patton

Lt. Gary Walker

Recurring Role

Aya Sumika

Aya Sumika

Special Agent Liz Warner

Recurring Role

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Dr. Mildred Finch

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Opening Numb3rs:
      65,513 GANG MEMBERS
      561 MURDERS

    • Math used in this episode:
      Runge (Kutta Method)
      Laser Swath Mapping
      Collective Behavior
      Critical Path Analysis

    • At the grave site, Lt. Walker tells Don the bottle cost him $300.00. Lt. Walker is holding a bottle of Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky. At the price given by Lt. Walker, it must be the Blue Label.

    • His tombstone shows that Officer Everett died on May 7, 1990. He was only 22 when he died.

    • The badge found by the kid at the beginning of the episode had a number 5099

    • When Don and Lt. Walker are standing at the graveside of Officer Everett near the end of the episode, Lt. Walker is seen to throw some alcohol out of a bottle onto the grave. He hands the bottle to Don. After a little bit of conversation Lt. Walker has the bottle in his hand again and throws the alcohol on the gravestone for a second time (without Don having handed it back) but when the shot pans back it is Don who has the bottle in his hand yet again, when a second before Don had his hands in his trouser pockets.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Charlie: Um, laser swatch mapping.
      Lt. Walker: Take me back to school, professor.

    • Amita: There's some pretty heavy hitters, and it can be intimidating, I mean, maybe not for you.
      Charlie: Well I've seen you with the faculty, your very good.
      Amita: Some of the professors talk [pause] about us.
      Charlie: What.
      Amita: Oh it doesn't matter.
      Charlie: No just tell me who.
      Amita: What so you can protect me, look you can't, and you shouldn't have to, I'm just not ready for this.

    • Bradley: You people think my brother got what he deserved, well I think same might be said for this Cop.

    • Amita: Byzantines fighting side by side with Cowboys and Indians?
      Charlie: I had an imaginative childhood.

    • Alan: Oh, by the way Charlie, when I hooked up all these lights I may have blown a circuit or two.
      Charlie: A circuit or two?
      Alan: Yeah, I hope you had the system backed up with that laptop of yours in the garage.
      (Charlie frantically runs from the room to the garage)
      Alan: (To empty room) I was just kidding.

    • Lt. Walker: They found Officer Everett's Body.
      Jimmy Lopez: Who?
      Lt. Walker: Officer John Everett.
      Jimmy Lopez: That name don't ring a bell.
      Lt. Walker: Well, he was found buried in 18th Street Mexicali territory, so his name better start ringing some bells or I'm gonna ring your bell.

    • Millie: (to Alan) I love what you have done with the room. Very early American interrogation room.

  • NOTES (5)


    • The episode title, End of Watch, is a police idiom for the death of a cop by any cause. Within law enforcement, End of Watch, or EOW, is used to in place of the date of an officer's death. At police funerals, End of Watch is also used to indicate the date that an officer passed away.