Numb3rs has taken the first step towards the end. Many years ago I noticed a trend in television. When the writers and producers want an easy out, they bring in a "Super Villian". The super villian is all knowing and all powerful. No one can stand against the super villian, but the plucky band of heroes headlining the show always manage to stay one step ahead. The Numb3rs writers introduced the super villian tonight. He's an FBI agent that Don and Charlie must defeat in order to reinstate Charlie's security clearance and save Don's career. Numb3r's charm has always been the dynamics between the characters, and the way the characters work as a team to find the answer. Those dynamics were tossed away in favor of a cheap political statement. Unfortunately, it seems that the best replacement for those dynamics that the writers can provide is the fallback super villian. I rarely miss an episode of Numb3rs, but if this is the future, I'll find something else to do with the time. Super villians are ok for an episode or two, but they get boring very quickly.