Season 3 Episode 1


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 22, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Don has a problem. Crystal Hoyle and her boyfriend Buck are going on a robbery and killing spree. Their terror is spread over seven states, and Charlie is called in to help. However, problems between Alan and Charlie may hinder Charlie's concentration.

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  • The third season begins with Crystal Hoyt and her 15 year-old boyfriend Buck are robbing and killing their way across the American southwest. Charlie determines that they may be heading to Los Angeles after studying a map of their crime spree.moreless

    CBS is determined to get the new season started off with a vengeance. First with the premier of CSI and now with Numb3rs. That is not a bad thing however. This episode grabs the viewer right from the openeing sequence and never lets up. Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz and the rest of the cast, in my opinion, give their best performances to date. Lou Diamind Phillips once again is terrific. I hope we see more of him this season. You just don't know where this episode is going with all of its twists and turns. Fantastic.moreless
  • It was good

    I thought that this episode was well written but lacked in certain qualities that other episodes of Numb3rs usually gives. I love watching the Bonnie and Clyde thing maybe the irst time or even second or third but eventually you get bored of watching when the same plot line jumps from programme to programme. I do however think Numb3rs made it unique and gave it the edge that it deserved. I think that this episode would do a lot better as a season opener rather than a season finale and it would gain higher ratings. All in all a good episode and I hope Megan is ok... of course she will be.moreless
  • Review

    Solid beginning to the third season after the seaosn two finale left more to be desired from this seires. I found myself more interested in the brief scenes of everyones personal life then in the case itself. I like Anita and Charlie sharing a little moment and having Anite still going to be in the show. Megan and Larry have that weird little on screen connection I cant quite describe...look at the two of them and I dont think I would see it but they have that chemisty during the scenes. The case wasnt that good - but the ending was pretty decent with Megan getting kidnapped by the woman, who is a good special guest star for the record. This episode takesaway from the standard Numbers formula by showing us the killers and then following them from the beginnign. Most we dont know until the end the identity of them, but it was an interesting twist in this episode.

    The show is trying to spice up the season with something new and I think they did that - the case just moved along slow. And that could be explained by the two-part opening.moreless
  • Wow!!! Good episode to begin after season 2 last episode.

    Man!!! I have to wait for another week to watch part 2!!!! I miss read this episode, I really thought that Charlie wasn’t happy about this dad leaving, but I was wrong, Alan seem more surprise that Charlie was alright. Well that was my impression.

    Glad that Amita is staying, I knew that already from last season because NZ is about one season behind America. So yeah.

    So Amita and Charlie, Larry and Megan, interesting, love relationship on the show, hope it last.

    Till next week!!!moreless
  • The Bonnie and Clyde theme has been done to death.

    The Bonnie and Clyde theme has been done to death.

    Lou diamond Phillips brings a great deal to this episode, the night vision shooting was well done and he fits that sniper part.

    The highlight of the episode I think was the part when Larry smashes with a sledge hammer a cinder block on Charlie’s chest, the expression on Don’s face was so genuine that I really believed it.

    The baddies were, well, not so bad, the kid when not shooting people for no good reason seem too innocent and the teacher was just not intimidating even with a grenade on her hand. Most memorable quote “Bad memories last a long time” utter by Megan.

    Sadly not one of their best episodes, especially for a two part season premier, hopefully the conclusion will be more compelling.moreless
Colin Campbell (II)

Colin Campbell (II)

Meth chemist

Guest Star

Georgia Hatzis

Georgia Hatzis

Lydia Campos

Guest Star

Andy Mackenzie

Andy Mackenzie


Guest Star

Lou Diamond Phillips

Lou Diamond Phillips

Agent Ian Edgerton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Charlie: (explaining math to Ian and Don) You know I, I've been running expressions assuming a dog chasing a cat. But its actually a dog chasing a cat, chasing a mouse!
      Ian: I thought it was an airplane?!
      Charlie: Oh well, cats and dogs work better now.

    • (Larry drives away and Megan heads for her car.)
      Crystal: Not exactly the type of guy I pictured you with.
      (Megan goes for her gun)
      Crystal: I really wouldn't if I were you.

    • Megan: (To Larry) Well, I didn't run away from home at 16, but I didn't walk either. And unlike Crystal, I can live with most of my decisions. Does that make you uncomfortable?
      Larry: (Shaking his head) I'm a man who lives in hotel rooms, and sleeps on couches.
      Larry: Does that make you uncomfortable?
      Megan: Noooo, I find it oddly attractive.
      Larry: You constantly put me in mind of the M57 Nebula, with these endless layers upon layers of complexities.
      Megan: You know, I don't think I will ever get tired of being compared to the M57 Nebula.

    • Colby: The only thing a teacher ever gave me was detention.

    • Alan: Larry, I'm going to give you the same advice I give to all the geniuses I know.
      Larry: Which is?
      Alan: Don't be an idiot.

    • Don: What? You got a hunch?
      Charlie: I don't get hunches.

    • (Crystal shoots the car salesman)
      Buck: I thought you said we didn't have any secrets!
      Crystal: That's not a secret.
      Buck: Really? What the hell do you call that?
      Crystal: Pile of dead bones.

    • Don: (About Alan choosing a new condo) should get one with a tennis court.
      Alan: I don't play tennis.
      Don: Yeah...but I do!

    • Ian: Knowledge plus a guess...where I come from, that's a hunch!

    • (Buck pulls out a dollar)
      Buck: Doesn't look good.
      Crystal: Richer or poorer, baby!
      Buck: Just like the midget Elvis preacher said!

  • NOTES (7)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Vražedná série (Murderous Series)

    • Music featured in this episode was "Fly Away" by Lenny Kravitz (opening scenes).

    • This was originally written to be just one episode with a police officer being kidnapped midway through. The producers asked Ken Sanzel to make it a 2-part episode. They decided that Megan should be the one kidnapped to make the 2nd part more dramatic.

    • International Air Dates:
      New Zealand: July 7, 2007 on TV3
      Czech Republic: June 23, 2009 on TV Nova
      Finland: December 4, 2009 on Sub
      Slovakia: January 10, 2011 on JOJ

    • Beginning with this episode, the third season has done away with the opening sequence and instead scrolls the names of the cast, crew, and guest stars across the bottom of the screen during the episode.

    • This episode was rated TV-14 (V) in its initial network broadcast.

    • Cheryl Heuton and Nicolas Falacci were credited as the creators of the series of this episode.


    • Larry: You constantly put me in mind of the M57 Nebula, with these endless layers upon layers of complexities.

      M57, also known as the the Ring Nebula and NGC 6720 is 2,300 light years from Earth in the constellation Lyra. It is not visible to the naked eye; through a telescope, in visible light it looks like a multicolored ring. If it is viewed at other wavelengths, including infrared, ultraviolet and radio telescopy, it reveals a far more complex structure, which Larry was using as a metaphor for people being more complex than they appear at first study.

      It is usually referred to as the Ring Nebula rather than by its catalog numbers.