Season 5 Episode 1

High Exposure

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Oct 03, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Don's team gains a new member, while Charlie must deal with the ramifications of losing his clearance.

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  • The fifth season begins with the murder of two rock climbers. Don's investigation of the case is hampered by the fact that Charlie is unable to help due to having his security clearance revoked.moreless

    It's good to see that "Numb3rs" has not lost its edge as it begins season number five. This episode works on every level. Writing, acting, story and suspense. Another high point is the return of Lou Diamond Phillips. He always adds some excitement to the show. I hope we see him more often as "Numb3rs" carries on. One negative point is the character of the special prosecutor. Since she is very attractive it's almost a dead giveaway that she will be sleeping with Don soon. Enough of this nonsense. Give Don a steady girlfriend! I certainly think he deserves it!moreless
  • The episode looks into the death of 2 rock climbers. It involves a considerable greater amount of intensity and side story.

    This was a pretty good episode overall, and it seemed to break the psuedostandard episode format that some episoded of numb3rs have fallen into (especially in season 2). Like every episode, however, the story was still fresh and unique. The side story with Charlie and his struggle without having his security clearance was certainly well done. I personally enjoy how Numb3rs were fluidly integrates the side stories of these characters lives without having it rule the show. (ie even though the episodes fall in sequence and the side stories progress, you can still skip a few episodes and follow along because each episode also has its own individual fbi case.)

    The one thing that annoyed me the most was the megan's replacement. This former LAPD cop just doesn't cut it for me, and she's definitely no megan. Of the three major female fbi agents they've had on the show, megan was certainly the best, and her leaving the show certainly does take away some of its magnificence.moreless
  • good episode

    Don and the team investigates the deaths of two climbers and the thievery of uncut diamonds. In the end, they find the four killers in the mountains and everyone is ok. I didn't think the story in this episode was very interesting. Don was in trouble and Charlie came to help... I didn't really like the Charlie loosing his clearance story line. It was obvious he's going to get it back and it's obvious that he was going to help the FBI without the clearance anyways. The random (I haven't seen that many episodes...) agent that was in this episode was interesting and I liked him, but it just seemed that they made a stupid excuse to have him in the episode. What was he there for? Overall, not a good premiere, but still was a solid episode.moreless
  • Good Episode, Boring Case

    Not exactly the premiere you would expect but at least there is some continunity. We start off with Charlie being on the outside of the FBI's good graces. Don's trying to play Switzerland, but it's a challenge. Now I liked the rock climbers coming across a plane crash and finding something unexpected. But the bad guys I found really hard to believe and got bored with with really easy. I like Robin wanting to come to Charlie's rescue and reaching out to Amita was nice. It's like she wants to be a part of the family. Ian coming back was a great surprise and hope he returns again. Overall I didn't like the case, but liked the episode.moreless
  • Welcome Back

    Many of the series I watch had mind blowing finales last season. Numb3rs disappointed me. While I liked High Exposure, I was underwhelmed with the premiere.

    The show starts with Charlie walking out of the courthouse. All the charges were dropped. The trouble with his not having security clearance back is a subplot in the episode.

    The real story revolved around rock climbers, diamonds and murders. The story was never cut and dry. There was some mystery involved before all the pieces fell in place at the end.

    The promo for next week deals with getting Charlie's clearance back.

    It was a fait accompli that Charlie would be exonerated in court. There is similarly no suspense in wondering if Charlie will get his security clearance back. I am waiting for more drama as the season progresses than I see in the first two episodes.moreless
Ben Crowley

Ben Crowley

Peter "Pete" Fuller

Guest Star

Joanna Canton

Joanna Canton

Theresa "Skeet" Kuhlman

Guest Star

Myk Watford

Myk Watford

Alex Rezar

Guest Star

Sophina Brown

Sophina Brown

Nikki Betancourt

Recurring Role

Lou Diamond Phillips

Lou Diamond Phillips

Agent Ian Edgerton

Recurring Role

Michelle Nolden

Michelle Nolden

AUSA Robin Brooks

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • David: Don's not going to like this.
      Ian: Well, we can argue about that after we save his ass.

    • (Charlie and Alan are discussing whether he should pursue getting his clearance back)
      Charlie: Dad, all I need to do my work is a notebook, pencil,...
      Alan: And lots of chalkboards.

    • (Ian, Alan, and Larry are playing pool)
      Larry: I shall call this shot "The Fleinhart Boson."
      (balls shoots off table and clatters around the garage)
      Ian: "The flying" what?
      Larry: It's what I intended. Let's see either of you take your shot from behind the dryer!

    • Amita: Larry, this analysis is pretty deep stuff. Do you know how to do it?
      Larry: I know get it done.

    • Larry: Did you know that more small planes have disappeared in the Continental U.S. than in the Burmuda Triangle?
      Amita: Really?
      Larry: So they said on Mythbusters.

    • Ian: (Trying to remember Larry's last name) What about that other guy? Flintstone? Fierstein?
      Colby: Fleinhart.

    • David: (To Ian, about the mountains) There's a lot of innocent people up here: kids, families, hikers, puppies.

    • Colby: We'll need to find somebody who knows the mountains.
      Ian: Boo!
      David: (Turns around and seeing Ian walking towards them) Yeah... maybe we can see if Ian Edgerton's around.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Larry: Transporting diamonds is possibly a more dangerous job than Alaskan crab fisherman.

      This alludes to the Discovery Channel show Deadliest Catch, which chronicles the lives of the captains and crew aboard Alaskan crabbing boats.

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