Season 3 Episode 19

Pandora's Box

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 30, 2007 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • The plane crash "Air New Zealand 901" mentioned on "Pandora's Box", was an Air New Zealand plane that crashed into Mount Erebus, Antarctica on November 28, 1979. All people on the flight were killed.

    • About 11 minutes in, Colby tells the company CEO, "All of the passenger bodies have been moved to the LA coroner's office." Then several minutes later (at about 17 minutes into the episode), he says, "I just want to know what's so valuable that someone's willing to crash a plane and kill six people in order to get it," and looks sadly over at the six bodies still covered with white sheets at the crash site.

    • Math in this episode:
      Heterogeneous Poisson Process
      Deconvolution Algorithm
      Strange Loop Theory

    • Opening Numb3rs:
      6150 FEET
      275 MILES PER HOUR

  • Quotes

    • Charlie: Uh, you ever hear of "squawk"?
      Colby: Yeah, it's a seagull who wakes me up every morning.

    • Ian:(To Daley after he gets into his car) I bet I can pull the trigger before you can hit the gas.

    • Don: Yeah, relax you got the fifth best shot in the country covering your ass.
      Ian: Hey, fourth. You don't wanna ask how I moved up one spot.

    • Alan: (after Don tells him to call the police about the break-in and Charlie leaves for the plane crash) Two sons that solve crimes and neither one cares.

    • (Charlie takes Ian's muffin and throws it to the ground for a demonstration.)
      Ian: You shouldn't come between a man and his fiber!

    • Millie: This house is kind of weird.

    • Millie: (to Alan) No. No chess. I win. You pout.

    • Mike: I've been thinking. Maybe I'll take my chances with Homeland Security.
      Ian: Fifty says the kid rabbits.

    • Charlie: I can't believe it. Right in the middle of my lecture!
      Alan: Charlie, I'm as embarrassed as you are.
      Charlie: You were snoring!

  • Notes

    • International Airdates:
      The Netherlands: October 15, 2007 on Veronica
      Germany: February 17, 2008 on SAT 1
      New Zealand: November 2, 2008 on TV3
      Czech Republic: July 20, 2009 on TV Nova
      Finland: April 9, 2010 on Sub
      Slovakia: February 4, 2011 on JOJ

    • Music featured in this episode was "Naked as We Came" by Iron & Wine (ending scenes).

  • Allusions

    • Episode Title:
      An allusion to the first woman in Greek mythology. The great god Zeus ordered her made as part of mankind's punishment for Prometheus' theft of fire. According to Greek mythology, she opened a box containing all the evils of mankind: greed, vanity, slander, lying, envy and pining. As she went to close the box to try and mitigate the damage she had done, she managed to keep in the last 'evil'- hope.