Season 2 Episode 9


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Nov 25, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

After four people nearly die from poisoning, Don learns someone is tampering with nonprescription drugs. When the perpetrator publishes a manifesto in a local paper, Don is led to believe the person may be a former employee of the drug company that manufactured the drug.

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  • Eppes Brothers

    Great Episode! It is better and cool action with Agent Edergton!! Charlie was so exciting to see him again so he made his TAs to do all grading papers. In the beginning, Charlie was busy with grading and exams. Then in the middle of this episode, Charlie quickly decided to made TAs to do his work, Thanks god he have TAs!! Megan is so cool FBI Agent, she works with team. Megan is really neat and hero for FBI. It make me more motive, and more thinking for my goal, future. Great Episode!! I love it! I love Eppes Brothers travel north to work with Agent Edergton!moreless
  • a great episode

    This episode had everything you need to call it a great episode of Numb3rs. Glad to see Edgerton is back. So he's called Ian ... I never really pictured him as an Ian ... I didn't really picture him as anything but I suppose Ian fits with the character. I like the whole larry and Megan interaction and as I've seen future episodes I know exactley what happens between the two of them ... I just want to see how they get there. liked how Charlie realised Edgerton was going to be working on the case so he gave all his work to his TAs to mark. Classic.moreless
  • Review

    I really liked the case in this episode. I felt that for the first time in Numbers series they had a case where the guy they were after the entire time actually wound up being an innocent man all along. I found that twist to be pretty cool. I thought the conversation at the end if exactly what I want to see more of in Numbers, but I know I never will. conversations about the characters personal lives are often short because of the case taking up 90% of the episode, but it would be interesting to see more character devolopment from this series. I thought the case was good overall, one of the better episodes of Season 2 I think.moreless
  • great episode, humor, fun, exciting plot!

    This was an amazing episode in my mind. The story was well developed and well planned. Kept me on the edge until the very end! I liked the small bits of comedy slipped into the midst as well. Such as, Charlie spelling conceited wrong, (conceted according to Charlie), then Charlie putting holes in the walls. I also like where theyre going with Larry and Megan, cool to see those two go on a date. (maybe Larry will get someone to carry his "wormholes" (first season)) very well done and ended nicely. I was also happy to see a picture of Alan and his wife in the beginning, good feeling. Still my favorite show and cannot wait until next new episode!moreless
  • The very reason I watch this show!

    "Toxin" was a fantastic episode. Everything was there...drama, excitment, understanable math, and my personal favorite--a threat to blow people up! Okay, seriously though, this was one of the best episodes of Numb3rs I've seen. The character development was excellent, especially between the Eppes trio. We learn that Larry and Megan have feelings for each other, which leaves me with mixed feelings, but I think I'm okay with it. In the end, it leaves the Eppes boys all on good terms with each other, which always makes me happy. Fantastic episode, can't wait till next week!moreless
Connor Trinneer

Connor Trinneer

Bob McHugh

Guest Star

Patrick O'Connell

Patrick O'Connell

Bill Yardley

Guest Star

Nick Kiriazis

Nick Kiriazis

Rob Evans

Guest Star

Lou Diamond Phillips

Lou Diamond Phillips

Agent Ian Edgerton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • It is stated that the drugs tampered with were over-the-counter medications, and that one of them was an asthma inhaler. Asthma inhalers are only available by prescription and cannot be purchased over the counter.

    • The Steiner Tree method may find the shortest route(s) between a set of points. HOWEVER it's not suitable for finding the route that a given person may be taking, because the person will only be taking the route if he's aware it's the shortest. A normal person will take a familiar route between two points. He may refine that route over journeys if he finds shortcuts - but he may go for years or never find that there was an even shorter route available... unless he uses similar mathematical techniques.

    • The MATH:

      The Steiner tree problem is a problem in combinatorial optimization. It is superficially similar to the minimum spanning tree problem: given a set V of points (vertices), interconnect them by a network (graph) of shortest length. The Steiner tree problem is to solve this problem when adding new vertices is permitted before finding the shortest network connecting them.

    • The foundations of negotiation theory are decision analysis, behavioral decision-making, game theory, and negotiation analysis.

    • Charlie: ...but information theory indicates there is a connection.

      Information theory is the mathematical theory of data communication and storage founded in 1948 by Claude E. Shannon. Modern information theory is concerned with error-correction, data compression, cryptography, communications systems, and related topics.

    • Colby Granger's hometown is Winchester, Idaho.

    • This is the first time a photograph of Alan and his wife is shown. Uncertainty Principle showed a photo of a younger Mrs. Eppes, but this one is of Alan and her when they are both older.

    • Opening numbers:
      375,000 Medications
      675 Billion dollars
      4 Drugs
      1 Manifesto

    • There's some continuity problems with the torch at end of the negotiation between Megan and Bob McHugh. At the last shot from behind the torch you see a small flame, but in the shot before and after this there's a large and wide flame, like the torch is about burn out.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Ian: (Pointing at Charlie's scratchings on the sand) Does this mean anything to you two?
      Don: Yeah, only that he's probably right.

    • Edgerton: (greeting Don and Charlie) Professor and Agent Eppes, how can I fail to learn something today?

    • Don: Hold on! What are you doing?
      Megan: I'm a women. To a mountain man like Mchugh, I'm less of a threat.
      Edgerton: She's got a point.
      Don: She could also kick his ass but he doesn't know that.
      Megan: (laughs) I see what kind of big brother he was.

    • Don: The Marshalls come to arrest him, he barricades himself inside the house. Four days later in the middle of a negotiation for no apparent reason he opens fire.
      Edgerton: When did crazy stop being a reason?

    • Charlie:(To Larry on picking Charlie's brain) You're more than welcome to whatever scraps my brother leaves behind.

    • Charlie: It's not like I can whip up a magic formula for every single problem.

    • Colby:(After being introduced to Agent Edgerton)That's Edgerton?
      David:Yeah,you know him?
      Colby:That guy was a sniper legend in Afghanistan. You'd see his work everywhere, but you'd never see him. A colonel in special ops said he was the bastard son of Clint Eastwood and Yoda.
      David:(laughs)I'll get you his autograph.

    • Don: (to Larry) Hold on... you and Megan went out to lunch?
      Alan: (sardonically) Please tell me you ordered something other than white food!

    • (discussing gamma rays)
      Larry: A gamma ray burst will release more energy in 10 seconds than the sun will emit in its entire 10-billion-year life span.
      Don: Wait I got it... What's The Hulk's real name? Bruce Banner! Didn't gamma rays turn him into The Hulk?
      Larry: (opens front door) They come from the furthest ends of the universe and after 45 years we are still uncertain of their origin.
      Alan: And...?
      Larry:(smiling) And we're closer to an answer on that than the three of you are ever gonna get on this.
      (Larry leaves)
      Charlie: Megan?
      Don: And Larry...
      Alan: Now there's an image!
      (everyone laughs)

    • Agent Edgerton: (to Don and Charlie) I always have the best time with you guys.

    • Alan: (working crossword puzzle) Okay... 8-letter word for "egotistical."
      Charlie: "Conceited"
      Alan: "Conceited" is a 9-letter word.
      Charlie: (spelling) C-O-N-C-E-T-E-D
      Alan: (perturbed) Another person might think that our educational system has failed you completely, Charlie.

  • NOTES (5)