Season 3 Episode 13

Finders Keepers

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jan 12, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

After an extremely expensive yacht sinks in the middle of a race, Charlie is put between a rock and a hard place when Don and the NSA need his help on two separate cases.

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  • Another pointless trip

    They didn't need to go all the way out to the boat to hear about what Charlie thought he could do with the data they needed to collect. The actual data that Charlie got was from Colby, and Colby had it prior to them going back out the the barge. They never got any of the other data... So essentially, they went out there for nothing. Knowing what I do about L.A., that would have been one hell of a trip out to the marina for nothing. They arrive and talk about what Charlie could do with different pieces of data, Colby says he has the fuel usage, and engine hours, then they leave... Ouch.moreless
  • Review

    I thought this was one of the better episodes of the season simply because this was the episode that showed that losing Peter in "Killer Chat" isn't going to be that big of a deal. Dianne Farr (Megan) is obviously pregnant in this episode that I didnt notice before so it looks like she is going to be doing a lot of sitting down in the next few episodes and may have a couple of episodes off. I thought the episode showed itself in the outside the scene character devolopment aspect and the case itself. I like the math Charlie used in this epsiode as well as his demenstration to the NSA - making it nice and simple to make us understand what he is talking about. I thought Don's character devolopment was exceptional in this episode with him and Liz Warner making it offical at the end of the episode - it seems that Liz was only holding back because of Don's past and if Don is able to get over that we could seea pretty big character switch in the upcoming weeks or he'll begin to break down if Liz and him dont work out.moreless
  • So now we're getting to know Millie? And she's OK after all?

    I think I know what's happening with Millie. It must be something they teach in TV writers' school. Any time you write a new boss into a show, it is mandatory that he/she be at first unlikeable. In fact, the more liked the old boss, the more hateful the replacement. Then after a couple episodes, start giving the newbie some personality, some redeeming qualities, a reason to get invested emotionally and voila -- new boss is OK after all. To cite a few examples of bosses that grew on us: Dr. Camille Saroyan on "Bones"; Dr. Kerry Weaver on "ER"; Colonel Potter on "M.A.S.H."; ADA James Conlon on "Close to Home"; General Cresswell on "JAG"; Director Jenny Shepard on "NCIS"; and Lt. Thomas Bale on "NYPD Blue" -- remember how hateful this former Rat Squad boss was at first?

    In this ep, Millie reveals her rebellious past in which she dropped out for 3 months to go sailing; she saw Charlie working on FBI/NSA projects on university time and didn't get all radical; and she actually went to the trouble of learning chess strategy only because Alan likes the game so much. Aww, maybe she's OK after all.

    I was kind of surprised that the NSA didn't postulate early on that the yacht didn't actually sink -- don't they have think tanks for such? Pretty good plot idea to have the racing yacht pick up sensitive missile guidance systems in Singapore to be delivered in LA. Poor plotline to say they "were tracking" them, though. If they knew where they were, why didn't they swoop down on the yacht at sea and confiscate them?

    I liked that Don stood up to the NSA guys when they threatened to yank Charlie's security clearance. I know we were supposed to feel good about the eventual interagency cooperation. But isn't counter-terrorism on US soil the primary mandate of the FBI since 9/11?

    We did get to see a good outcome, but it's scary how easily missiles -- even poorly made ones -- might slip into the US on a container ship. It was also nice seeing Don be the one who is ready to see where it goes with Liz. The other factor that this ep had that has been tabled somewhat this year is the fraternal interplay between Charlie and Don. It really pained Charlie not to be able to tell Don about NSA. This was a lot like early eps in the series. Oh, and Charlie got to renew his first love -- fluid mechanics!moreless
  • By far the best episode all season

    I loved this episode. It was the first episode all season in which Don calls Charlie buddy. Excluding episodes 1-3, and 5, which I haven't seen. I loved the part where Don wants Charlie to help him but Charlie says he can't but can't tell him why. He got upset, Charlie got upset it reminded me of season one. When Don defended Charlie to the NSA agents was really good too. The brother relationship that's been missing all season was finally brought into play. Only bad part was Millies and Liz's involvement. My favorite episode from season three.I hope there'll be more like it.moreless
  • Reminds me of SeasonOne. Genius Charlie is back. And the brotherly interaction, which has been absent this season, was great.

    I think this was the best episode this season, if not one of the all time best. The show was well written, solid story, good conclusion. The crime seemed real and the investigation did too. I like how the FBI/NSA conflict turned around and did not get dragged out. Charie's math was relevant.

    I thought Charlie the Genius stood out strongly in this episode. I thinks it's great when he wows people. I like the conflict between Don and Charlie; they are both so good at this type of interaction. I think Millie is become so funny. She is also very smart, but does not outshine Charlie, which is how it is supposed to be. Great to see a "normal" looking woman doing an important character.

    I even thought Liz was OK, and I like that they seem to want to keep the romance in the background.

    And, as always loved the Eppes family moments, and Millie's presence did not mar the scene. Finally, my show is back!!!!moreless
Leslie Silva

Leslie Silva

Coroner's Investigator

Guest Star

David Clennon

David Clennon

Mel Oliver

Guest Star

Titus Welliver

Titus Welliver

Agent Graves

Guest Star

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 (4)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Charlie: I gotta tell ya, from a mathematical standpoint the designs for this yacht are absolutley amazing. It almost has me thinking about getting back into my fluid dynamics work again.
      Alan: Ohh. I mean abandon your cognitive emergence theory.
      Charlie: I said almost.
      Alan: Oh good, because I remember the damage some of those fluid dynamics experiments did on the pond in the backyard.
      Charlie: Oh, all the koi lived.

    • (Millie enters Charlie's office)
      Millie: Charlie, Charlie. Sorry, quick question for you. How good is your Dad at chess?
      Charlie: Oh he's good. He'll give you a real game.
      Millie: Uh oh. I'm afraid I may have misrepresented my abilities just a little bit.
      Charlie: You don't play chess?
      Millie: No, I do. I mean I can. It's a game, I'm good at games. There's like what, there's a queen and a crown.
      Charlie: Ohh boy.

    • Alan: Yeah, I hadn't thought about that.
      Charlie: Yeah.
      Alan: Maybe I should think of changing some of my strategy.
      Charlie: Maybe you take this whole thing a little too seriously.
      Alan: Charlie, it's chess. Need I say more?

    • When discussing why the FBI was involved with the dead diver.
      Colby: Did the bullet hole in the wetsuit have anything to do with it?
      Coroner: No, it's the bullet hole in the diver that really clinched it.
      Colby: Glad to see those four years of medical school weren't wasted.

    • (Speaking to the National Security agents after they recover the weapons)
      Don: Let's get together sometime for some beers.
      Agent: Several.

    • Millie: Poker? Against the Eppes ladies? Are you kidding?

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Honba za pokladem (Treasure Hunt)

    • International Air Dates:
      Australia: June 26, 2007 on Ten
      The Netherlands: September 3, 2007 on Veronica
      New Zealand: September 30, 2007 on TV3
      Czech Republic: July 10, 2009 on TV Nova
      Finland: February 26, 2010 on Sub
      Slovakia: January 26, 2011 on JOJ


    • Colby: Come on, Captain Nemo.
      Granger references the fictional character featured in Jules Verne's novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870). He has a submarine, called Nautilus.