Season 2 Episode 6

Soft Target

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Nov 04, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Don and his team are summoned to locate the person who released potentially lethal gas in the city's subway system.

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  • Not exciting...

    I can't believe this show don't have lot of exciting, action episode. There is no motivation, more active! What is wrong with season two anyway?! They need exciting episodes! This episode is not that bad, bit good episode. I can't believe it that FBI picked wrong Army team to get arrested or prepare to caught either. It is very interesting that Charlie and Don graduated together as age 13 and age 18... Very interesting. I can't believe they wrestled on front lawn to fought to pick girl to prom! Don won. I felt really bad for Charlie who never goes to prom... Great Episode!moreless
  • This episode is, unfortunately, the fare fed to civilian audiences which improperly leads the ignorant to anti-military sentiments. It was difficult to find anything accurate to redeem this entertaining voyage into fantasyland.moreless

    Almost invariably, when the visual entertainment industry does a piece on the military, those who serve get the short end of the stick. Everything from awards & decorations to unit heraldry, from military protocols to unit objectives is taken from some cauldron of civilian fansasies. This unrealistic, imaginative episode was no exception. Perhaps, some day, the visual media will get it right, but today is obviously not that day. A few minutes' research would go a long way in taking a fairytale into the realm of believability and making a positive step toward restoring public acceptance in the credibility of the media in general.moreless
  • Hello

    I just watched this episode and thought i would write my review for it so here goes. I liked the episode but it probably wouldn't enter in my top ten list. I really enjoyed watching how Charlie and Don interacted with each other and learning how they were in high school. I think it made them the wonderful people they are today. As I watched this episode there was nothing about it that made it unique from other episodes and others programmes who have had the same idea. I just thought while watching it that they could have done something else differentley to make it stand out. I would have watched it anyway despite the lacking of a better ending because Numb3rs is still awesome.moreless
  • Didn't really add up ...!!

    I didn't like this episode much, I thought the plot was weak, the wedding side story was very unrealistic; I mean who is that girl?! She just appeared out of nowhere after years of separation and Alan's throwing her a wedding at his place ... Charlie's place!! Didn't make sense.

    The main plot wasn't that good either, they got the chain of custody all wrong, why in the world would Homeland Security let the FBI handle such a case?!

    It also looked as though the math was forced into the plot, it was logical but it "looked" unnecessary.

    Aside from that, the rest was fine, the humor was ok, I liked the personal interaction between Don and Charlie, after all, personal interactions are the this show's best feature.moreless
  • Review

    I thought that this was another case that was really random in its story writing. The bad guys that Don and Company were going after for almost 85% of the episode turned out to be the wrong group of guys to begin fact the man who led the mission on the subway wasnt even caught at the end of the episode. I think this episode took the easy way out as far as the case goes and really could have been written much much better. I really thought that the guys that go after the high security locations was a cool threat, but to have it turn out to be one random guy who was working with the leader of Homeland Security actually bummed me out. I thought the drama in this case was kind of interesting, learning a little bit about the drama between Don and Charlies past. I thought the wedding was a little much but it gave them insentive for a lot of personal disscusion.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Opening Numb3rs:
      28350 Chatter intercepts
      15000 Soft targets
      11 Anti-terror exercises
      1 Mistake

    • The Math:
      Lattice Points
      Gaussian Dispersion Model
      Faraday's Law of Induction
      Percolation theory – In mathematics, percolation theory describes the behavior of connected clusters in a random graph
      Linear Discriminate Analysis – LDA is typically used as a feature extraction set before classification

    • Larry (to Charlie): Do you know anything about phosgene gas?

      Phosgene is a major industrial chemical used to make plastics and pesticides. It was also among the first and most potent chemical weapons used in the first world war, being responsible for the major part of the 85,000 soldiers who died due to chemical warfare in this war.

    • The opening scene in the L.A. subway was filmed from midnight to 6 a.m. in the morning.

    • Charlie's high school yearbook reveals his favorite color is gray, his favorite season is fall, his favorite vegetables are "all geometric-based greens," his favorite person is Galileo, his favorite artist is Tolchuck, and his favorite writer is Washington Irving.

    • Don and Charlie are supposed to be five years apart. They both graduated from high school in the same year when Don was 18 and Charlie was 13.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Megan: You don't think a bomb is enough of a good motivator?
      Don: What part of his personality says he can take a suggestion?

    • Charlie: And just think how happy Dad would be if one of us married a doctor.
      Don: I think he'd be happy if I married someone with a pulse.
      Charlie: At this point?
      Don: Yeah.

    • Larry: None of this explains why I always get stuck sitting between the great-aunts and the cigar smoking cousins.

    • Don: Oh, see, I'm sorry. I didn't realize the FBI takes orders from Homeland Security.

    • Megan: (to Colby) Emotions aren't rational, Granger. Revenge is just an emotion.

    • Alan: (to Don) That's what he needs, a seminar from the dateless wonder.

    • (After Alan asks Charlie to help with a party he's throwing at Charlie's house)
      Charlie: I'm providing house... you provide labor.

    • Glen Nash: I hate to pee in your cornflakes.

    • Charlie: ...Remembering that brings back other stuff.
      Don: Like what?
      Charlie: Like what it was like to be Don Eppes' 13-year-old braniac brother.
      Don: Aw come on, Charlie, don't start, it wasn't that big of a deal.
      Charlie: Well, for you, but high school sucked for me, Don. I was a little kid, everyone was years older than me. And yeah, there was this one girl who didn't treat me like a little kid. She was nice to me.
      Don: Well, it was no easy trick being your brother either. You know, you're five years younger than me, we were in the same grade... I'm like an idiot next to you. So I'm sorry if I was better than you at something.
      Charlie: Whatever man... You're the one that asked.

    • Houseman: (to Charlie) Agent Eppes! Am I here for a math lecture or a substantive discussion of the problem at hand?

    • Charlie: (to Alan and Don sarcastically) Isn't it nice having a living history of embarrassing moments from my childhood?

    • Megan: Your boss always this reasonable?
      James Grace: To stop the drills now... it's like turning the Titantic.
      Megan: The Titantic hit an iceberg!

  • NOTES (4)


    • James Grace: To stop the drills now... it's like turning the Titantic.

      Alluding to the theory that had the Titanic hit the iceberg head on, rather than turning, it would have sustained a great deal less damage, and possibly been able to remain afloat.