Season 3 Episode 12

Nine Wives

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jan 05, 2007 on CBS
out of 10
User Rating
178 votes

By Users

Episode Summary

Don, Charlie, and the team search for a polygamist who is on the run. The man is on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List for rape and murder.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
No results found.
  • Review

    Coming off a couple of strong episodes in a row, Numb3rs drops the ball big time in the lowest rated episode (using only my rating system as the judgment) of all time. Milly is back in this episode once again being seen with Alan - not my favorite character. She was devoloped for one episode to shake things up between Amita, Charlie, and Larry but then her character makes a random change. I feel like the change is supposed to be symbolic of her being with Alan, but I think its a writers coup-out to use a character just to shake things up for one episode and then let by gones be by gones. I thought the case was the worst to date, I hated the inbreding storyline and I couldnt wait for the episode to be over. I think the lowest I have rated a Numb3rs episode to this point was a 7.5, but this one easily takes the cake. Not my favorite storyline and I hope the next episode is able to pick this season back up because this is a massive fall in my eyes from a season that was just picking up momentum.moreless
  • The future of numb3rs, may they succed?

    When I put on the TV to watch this episode I became nervous. Numb3rs had never failed me before, but now when Dr. Larry Fleinhardt is gone the show most put some more into it. The episode was great as always. Polygamist cults are always creepy, and the whole plot about the girl who tried to break-out was great. But it was not the episode that got me thinking. It was how great this show really is, how it will survive even if some actors decide to leave, this will not include the family Eppes because if the leave the whole concept will be blown away. The point is in this episode Dr. Larry Fleinhardt and David Sinclair was gone. My two favourite actors were not there and I was getting more nervous about the show, will it survive? How will people respond? For the Dr. Larry Fleinhardt side-kick role to Charlie is tremendous and the three FBI-agents who works around Don has a great chemistry and the chemistry is not whole if David Sinclair isn’t there. But in my opinion it was showing all who watch the show, which potential Numb3rs really haves. All actors in the episode stepped out and were acting flawlessly. So in my opinion this episode was not about the plot, it was handling the future of Numb3rs and it succeeds.moreless
  • Ripped from the headlines.

    This could be a L&O episode where it is based On an actual true story about someone who is a polygomist and has over dozens of wives. Also he is wanted for murder and rape. As the Feds try to stop the man from murdering again and possibly marrying again. Well-written and well-acted!
  • This episode was one of the best of the year. The gang has to hunt down a polygamist who is known for rape and murders. He is also the leader of a religion, which makes this episode very intense.moreless

    Character development was great in this episode. Charlie begins the episode on a road trip to a math convention with Amita, even though they end up not going. Don and Millie also deny having a romantic date in this episode, even though you know they are interested in each other. Millie has an important part in this episode that also helps them solve this difficult case. Charlie uses his math knowledge, as usual, to help solve this case also. Although there is not as much math in this "Nine Wives" than usual, you will still love it! This episode was a classic one for Numb3rs.moreless
  • Current Events, Past Events, Interesting

    Okay ... when I was watching this show, I noticed a very odd jumble of comparisons. It seems our antagonist here is a polygamist who embodies the charactaristics of Sadaam Hussein, The Crazy Waco TX guy, and the Man who took that girl in Colorado. What I mean is ... we've got a Waconesque, child snatching, terrorizing polygamist. HOW INTERESTING. I think this eppy took pieces of some past events and some current events to create a really terrifying antagonist. I really thought it made for a very interesting, albeit disgusting (Half sister/mom ... ewww), show. The writing is always well done on this show, and of course the actors are sooo talented. I'm going to miss the references to the colors of food for a while though. Well done!!moreless
Joshua Malina

Joshua Malina

Howard Meeks

Guest Star

Teri Polo

Teri Polo

Rachel Willons

Guest Star

Alexandra Krosney

Alexandra Krosney

Josephine Kirtland

Guest Star

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Dr. Millie Finch

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Opening Numb3rs:
      100,000 POLYGAMISTS
      37 STATES
      11 RELIGIONS

    • Math used in this episode:
      Lévy Flights
      Inbreeding Coefficients
      Kinship Chains

    • We often see Charlie use his "Charlie Vision" to explain what he's doing, but this is the first time we've ever seen "Amita Vision" where she explains things in layman's terms.

    • Abner Stone (the cult leader) makes reference to Deuteronomy 21:15 in his speach, in defense of his followers using weapons. While the context of the verse does have to do with a man who has more than one wife, it does not have anything to do with what Abner was speaking about, nor are the words he quoted actually found in the Bible anywhere.

    • When Charlie, Don and Megan are discussing the case at the opening of the show, Don is pinning some pictures to a board. During the close-ups, you see him pin the picture of Abner Stone above a picture of the house and to the right of a group shot. But in all the long shots after that, the picture is pinned level with the picture of the house and tilted a different direction.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (4)

    • Music featured in this episode was "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash (opening scenes).

    • Guest star Teri Polo, who co-starred with Rob on Northern Exposure, said she was thrilled to be working on Numb3rs and it was like goofing around with her brothers; lots of fun and roughhousing. She declined wearing any padding for the final scenes at the house and admitted she liked being tough but got lots of scratches and bruises.

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: May 30, 2007 on Veronica
      Australia: June 12, 2007 on Ten
      New Zealand: September 23, 2007 on TV3
      Czech Republic: July 9, 2009 on TV Nova
      Finland: February 19, 2010 on Sub
      Slovakia: January 25, 2011 on JOJ

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


    • The events of the "Nine Wives" episode closely mirror those of the real-life case of Warren Steed Jeffs. This case was featured on programs such as America's Most Wanted and Larry King Live throughout 2006. Steed Jeffs was the leader of a religious cult, the Fundamentalist Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), and a polygamist. Like the cultist in this episode, he closely controlled the lives of his followers and taught them to revere him.