Season 4 Episode 9


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Nov 23, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Charlie works with the FBI to locate an extremely rare comic book that was stolen during a deadly robbery at a comic book convention.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • During a comics convention, an arrogant business tycoon displays a copy of a rare and valuable comic book titled Ultra World. Two masked gunmen then steal the one of a kind book killing a security guard. Don and his team begin their investigation.moreless

    As we saw at the start of this season on CSI: NY the main character of the show is unlucky at love as his girlfriend leaves him. I don't understand why the producers feel the main characters should not have happy romances. As always it was great to see Charlie help out his brother in the investigation. It was also good to see Charlie actively involved in the case when he participates in the auction. However Don being in La La Land over his girlfriend leaving him and the whole Vanity Fair subpolt were unneccesary. Terrific but not excellent episode.moreless
  • The funniest episode of Numb3rs!

    This episode of Numb3rs is about the world of comics and their creators. A rare comic is stolen while on display during a convention and a security guard is killed in the process. Charlie uses his math skills to help Don and the rest of the team solve the case. This episode was FILLED with comedic moments! I found myself cracking up over and over again. I loved the part where the fugitive jumps out his window in only a towel and David and Colby race like two school kids to determine who the unlucky sap is that'll have to tackle him! The best part was the guy trying to carjack two women who were way bigger than he was, got what he deserved! I was bent over with laughter when the FBI went to the senior home to get the other fugitive. It was kinda funny to watch the old people run in slow motion and hella funny to watch David get beat with a cane.

    Besides all the comedy, the show had a pretty good story line. Will Wheaton was a douche throughout most of this episode but he redeemed himself in the end.moreless
  • There's always room for change in someone's heart.

    At a comic book con a rare comic book is stolen. The book is put out on display by a man who can be best described as ridiculous man full of himself. In the end he redeems himself however.

    Charlie helps out in this show as the investigation takes many twists and turns about who set up the robbery and who killed the poor security guard. He again can solve the crime through his numbers that "he thinks are beautiful" paraphrasing Alan. One could see where this show was heading from the first few moments but I enjoyed all the humor thrown in just as well!moreless
  • Comic books can be scary business!

    Comic books can be a very scary business. As we find out on this episode. Where Charlie, who usually helps out his brother and team. Becomes a little more involved as he is in one of the auctions. And that the team without that, wouldn't had gotten their person. Wanted to hit that arrogant business tycoon out. As he acted like a Mr Know It All. Also it proves that federal agents aren't invincible at all. As Don and his girlfriend are on and off again. But this time, it seems like it is indefinately off. But that is what happens in tv that the main characters on every tv show aren unlucky in love.moreless
  • An episode rift with memories involves the theft of a graphic novel.

    When I first read about this episode I wrote a BLOG about it and the memories the casting sparked. Among the guest stars was Christopher Lloyd who so-starred with Judd Hirsh and a cast of many in Taxi. Last night they reunited for the first time since Taxi died from an untimely cancellation.

    In that BLOG I speculated that they might not even share scene but just being on the same set would be special.

    In a way I was right. The story line had Chris sharing the screen with Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz and the other leads. Judd who plays their father had scenes with Peter McNicol.

    However, when the crime had been solved, the bad guy was locked up and the rest of the cast went of to whatever, there was one scene. A scene filled with memories and subtle references to their previous characters. Chris' character mentions having written comics the 60's using the pen name, "Paisley McNasty". "I have a little trouble picturing you as a hippie". Judd says. What? Chris returns. They let it end there but for those who are in on the joke, what? Says it all. Christopher Lloyd's character on Taxi was a burned out casualty of sixties drug use. And this short scene was at least in my mind a salute, by two friends, to a wonderful time in the past.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Seth Marlow: So what's going on in here...(sees Amita)...oh hello, other than a very hot looking woman looking very hot.
      Amita: Oh Charlie, I'm sorry, I'm swept off my feet. I'm going to have to run off with this man because he's so smooth.
      Seth Marlow: Oh you mock me.

    • Megan: So should we run down a list of his associates, look for the trigger-happy psycho?

    • Charlie: (Reading from article) His brother Don, a Special Agent in the Los Angeles office of the FBI believes Charles Eppes has recently conquered the greatest challenge of friendship. "Charlie and I had our issues growing up."
      Don: To say the least.
      Charlie: (continuing with the article and quoting Don) "But if there's anything stronger than the bond between brothers, it's the bond between brothers who have become friends. Charlie is my friend."

    • Megan: (Telling the suspect what he would be charged with) Naked carjacking. That's the worst kind.

    • Alan: (To reporter) Charlie sees math as beautiful and he wants everyone else to love it as much as he does.

    • Charlie: Hey, I know who the forger is! (Don looks up from the TV) Yeah, it's Seth Marlowe!
      Don: Yeah? Can you prove that?
      Charlie: No, but I have a theory...and it's far too elegant not to be true.

    • Alan: Oh, you were into super heroes?
      Larry: Well, Daredevil, Fantastic Four. Of course my favorite was Galactus.
      Charlie: That's the guy who ate planets.
      Larry: Yeah, well, he was stellar Darwinism. He was necessary to the survival of the universe.
      Charlie: Huh?
      Larry: Yeah, he was the third force along with eternity and death.
      Charlie: Larry, he wanted to eat the Earth.
      Larry: But, he didn't.

    • Colby: (Handing the suspect back his towel to cover himself) You dropped your cape, super boy.

    • Colby: (chasing a man who just hopped out of the shower) Oh man. Who's gonna tackle this guy?
      David: Whoever gets there last.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates:
      The Netherlands: May 5, 2008 on Veronica
      Germany: May 25, 2008 on SAT 1
      New Zealand: March 15, 2009 on TV3
      Czech Republic: August 7, 2009 on TV Nova
      Finland: March 11, 2011 on Sub

    • This episode was rated TV-PG (LV) in its first network broadcast.


    • Seth: (talking to Charlie) Yeah, I can help you round up the usual suspects.

      This alludes to the line from the 1942 movie Casablanca where Captain Renault says: "Round up the usual suspects."

    • Alan (to Ross Moore): I - I have a little trouble picturing you as a hippie.
      Ross Moore (looking at Alan, surprised): Whaaat??
      Alan (hesitating, then, as though he had just made a silly mistake): Right!

      This exchange is an obvious joke between between re-united former Taxi co-stars Judd Hirsch and Christopher Lloyd, and a reference to Lloyd's role as drugged-out 60's fugitive Jim Ignatowski in that series (as well as Hirsch's character of fellow cabby Alex Rieger).

    • Miles Sklar walks past life-size cut-outs of Captain Kirk and Mister Spock.

      Wil Wheaton played Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Ironically, he is surrounded in one scene by conventioneers who are wearing the same Starfleet uniform which he wore as Wesley Crusher.