Season 3 Episode 23

Money for Nothing

Aired Friday 10:00 PM May 11, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

$50 million dollars in medical relief is up for grabs after the shipment is stolen. But there's a catch—someone other than the FBI wants to recover the shipment. Don and the team find themselves pitted against black marketeers in a deadly race for the supplies.

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    I didn't really like the sotryline in this one. We saw a storyline very similar to this in season two with some power and money hungry guy trying to get his money back and I felt like I was watching the seaosn episode only a season later. Again Larry has "left" the show, which surprised me considering he came back from 24 so that he could work on Numbers. I thought the side story was pretty boring as well, but that tends to be the case for most of the numbers episodes. The last couple of epsiodes really got me going leading into the finale but this one felt like a step back. With such hype for the finale I hope that it can live up to the standards that the show is giving itself for it.moreless
  • After three years the brothers finally say what's on their mind!

    A great episode. The overall storyline about the medical supplies and the money was good. I think the morality message came across and made us also realize that the world really needs those passionate people to help other less fortunate people. What would have happened if Dr Matthews had cracked and given the combination? It is those people that make a difference and luckily mr Shannon saw that too.

    Even though it was just a side story to the episode, for me the development of Don gave this episode something extra. For the last few episode Don started working on himself and in this episode we already see some positive results; He is not refusing therapy anymore and is actually cooperating, he bravely makes an effort to put his commitment issues aside by telling his team about his relationship with Liz (which makes it more official and therefore serious), and he speaks his mind with Charlie.

    The conversation between the brothers in the last few minutes of the episode was icing on the cake. Not only had we been waiting for this discussion between Don and Charlie for almost three years, but also the acting (especially David Krumholtz) was incredible. The hurted look on Charlie's face when Don tells him that everything is always about him and the straight from the heart confession of Charlie that he loves working with his brother; this is exactly what Don needed to see and hear. Just as Charlie needed to see Don's smile....

    well done!moreless
  • I don't want to put spoilers here so you guys can refer to the synopsis.

    This episode is of course an episode where everything is bound to finish nice nice and happy happy, which is probably not always the case in those kind of events where large amounts of money are involved and the true victims are thousands of miles away. Nice to discover about these financial schemes that we would not hear about otherwise.

    It was still an interesting episode and when you forget about the somewhat easy way of magically coming up with visual representations of algorythms, Charlie's stuff is interesting and appears real enough.

    That part about the FBI dad was pretty funny too.moreless
  • Leading up to season finale!

    This will lead up to the season finale and that

    It was a great show. As the team tries to

    Find money stolen worth of $50M as they aren't alone in

    Trying to find the money. As other crooks want to stay

    One step ahead of the FBI to get the money before

    Someone does get hurt or worse. Can't wait for next week's

  • It was a good episode and it ended on a good note.

    There weren't any big surprises in this episode, and it was actually weird doing that exercise on the two guys where one is lying and the other one is telling the truth, but I thought that it was a good episode.

    It wasn't just about the math or the scenes, it was actually with the way the show ended. The millionaire decided to give up his claim on the money and just give it to the more important cause. It would do the whole world a lot of good if there were more people like this man. It also serves as a lesson that in the end, money doesn't really matter. Especially when you see all those kids who are really sick and are helpless without money.

    It was also good to see the brothers in the therapy session and the episode did have its share of funny cracks with Don finally revealing his relationship with Liz.

    Still can't wait for the finale. Hopefully we can be able to see Larry and Megan together then. :Dmoreless
Lisa Gay Hamilton

Lisa Gay Hamilton

Sari Kinshasa

Guest Star

Chris Conner

Chris Conner

Dr. Dan Matthews

Guest Star

Caralyn Kozlowski

Caralyn Kozlowski

Gwen Owens

Guest Star

Aya Sumika

Aya Sumika

Special Agent Liz Warner

Recurring Role

Wendell Pierce

Wendell Pierce

William Bradford

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Frank Tibbet was shot in the shoulder by one of the mercenaries, but later on when he is apprehended in the hideout he appears unaffected by it.

    • If Liz has only been in the FBI for four years, Don could not have been her instructor at Quantico. Don worked in Quantico after Fugitive Recovery, and after Quantico he worked in Albuquerque, and for the past five years he has been working out of L.A.

    • Math used in this episode:
      Dijkstra's Algorithm
      Greedy Algorithm
      Study of Microcredit and Micro-loans

    • Liz is 1/16 degree Cherokee Indian, and has been with the FBI for four years.

    • Opening Numb3rs:
      710,000 ZAMBIAN ORPHANS
      50 MILLION U.S. Dollars
      4 TEAMS
      1 TRUCK

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Bradford: So, Don, how do you feel about working with Charlie now?
      Don: I just always feel like I'm taking advantage of him, you know, like I'm using him or something.
      (walks past Charlie avoiding eye-contact)
      Charlie: (looks at Don surprised, shakes his head)
      Bradford: Charlie?
      Charlie: I love...(Don turns to look at him)... I love working with my brother.

    • Sari: Loans as little as $100-$500 and 97% repaid.
      Colby: 97%. Wow. That's so hard to believe.
      Charlie: Why are capitalists so surprised that capitalism works?

    • Bradford: You talk a lot about your work, but I want to go a little further. What else is in your life?
      Don: Wha...., that I'm a workaholic with commitment issues, that has a hard time trusting people isn't enough?

    • Don: You were.. actually walking home?
      Charlie: Well, yeah cause once I.. once I got to the road it was pretty easy.
      Don: I mean he's eight.
      Charlie: I like walking. You know that's like.. that's my sport. You got hockey, you got baseball. I walk.
      Don: Like.. like speed walking?
      Charlie: No, like normal.. You've never taken a walk?

    • Don: Guys, I know there's been this talk going on and I just want to say in the name of full disclosure that Liz and I have in fact been seeing each other. Okay?
      Liz: Oh God..
      David: Okay.
      Colby: That's another mystery solved.

    • Charlie: Hey, how you doin'? I'm Charlie.
      Sari: Sari Kinshasa.
      Alan: And I'm Alan.
      Sari: Hello. You're FBI agents?
      Charlie: I'm an FBI consultant.
      Alan: I'm an FBI… dad.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: September 26, 2007 on Ten
      The Netherlands: November 12, 2007 on Veronica
      Germany: March 16, 2008 on SAT 1
      Czech Republic: July 24, 2009 on TV Nova
      Finland: May 7, 2010 on Sub
      Slovakia: February 10, 2011 on JOJ

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


    • Sari Kinshasa is working for a fund helping people of Zambia, while Kinshasa is also a capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, once also was know as Zaire between years 1971-1997.

    • Colby: ...And his heart grew three sizes that day.

      This is a reference to the book by Dr. Suess How the Grinch Stole Christmas in which the Grinch's heart grew three sizes after he brought Christmas back to Whoville.

    • Episode Title:

      The episode's title is a reference to the 1985 Dire Straits song of the same name.