Season 3 Episode 9

Waste Not

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Nov 17, 2006 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The problem of the disposal of toxic waste becomes real to Don, Charlie and the team when several children are injured after a sinkhole collapses underneath a school playground. Charlie attempts to help with the case, but faces opposition from his new boss.

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  • not a waste

    This episode features the most appalling crime in Numb3rs history, a construction company buries toxic waste beneath a school playground. If there was ever an episode where I wanted to see the criminals severely punished, this was it. It was also one of the most challenging to solve, but I love the final solution with David posing as an EPA agent. The other aspect of this episode is Charlie's new boss Millie. At the beginning, I just hate her cause she's such a huge jerk, but I like how it ends with her changing her attitude. It was a very disturbing episode, but I was glad to see that the criminals got what they had coming to themmoreless
  • A great episode to watch with popcorn and tissues (for some parts). Mille joins the math department with Charlie and Amita is so great, I wanted her to stay on this show permenantly.moreless

    This episode is the most excellent one!!!! I didn't know that Megan had a softer side when it comes to investigate this case and taking statements from the children's parents and Larry being the funny guy who never gives up trying to live at CalSci.

    This is the first time that I've seen David go undercover (which is so awesome) and seeing Don and his team in their FBI gear is so great (always waiting to arrest the suspects and in action - which is cool).

    If this rating system has been out of 1000, I should have given this episode a 1000 out of 1000 because it is well written and (thank goodness) that they have added something with a little humour in it.moreless
  • Charlie And Amita Begins Here?

    Charlie and Amita have been in a relationship since the very beginning of the season but this is the first episode where they even seem like that. I like the new boss introduced in this epsiode as she does her job - she splits Amita and Charlie and the two find out that they really do like each other alot more then maybe they have been showing. Larry scenes were comical but not really plot advacning like I would have liked. I liked the originality involved in the case. We pretty much knew the killers from the beginning of the episode we just had to use the math and some tricks to figure out how to catch them. I thought the fact that the man told everything he knew when he is under investigation was a little over the top, but I can forigve the writers for that. Alan being involved in the case was another cool scene. He is apart of the House it seems you never really see him anywhere else it was a nice change to see him out in the open. Overall a pivitol episode introducing a new way of looking at the case. Points for originality.moreless
  • Love the ending

    I haven't watched this show yet only watched half an hour of it. Lol at first when I saw this episode, I thought that this lady (Larry, Amita and Charlie's boss) broke up Charlie and Amita, cos I saw Charlie stomping out of the classroom, and hated her, but then I heard from my friend is that Charlie, Amita and Larry have a new boss and had to tell them what they had to do I thought that ain't too bad… though Charlie should be able to do what he wants!!! Leave him alone… lol. Larry living in a tube!!! Lol is Larry going to live with Megan!!! Why is their relationship so much better then Amita and Charlie!!!

    I love the end!!! I was wondering when Charlie and Amita relationship is going to happen!!! Finally!!! Show more!!!moreless

    This episode is not toxic waste. who would've thought to hide toxic waste under children's playgrounds? i certainly wouldn't have thought of it. I just loved the plot line, and the new board member-Milly.

    What else can you say. It's also a great show. I love the characters.

    Ok, here's some numbers for you:

    what is 111,111,111 x 111,111,111

    I'll tell you!

    Its 12345678987654321

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Joshua Malina

Joshua Malina

Howard Meeks

Guest Star

Russell Andrews

Russell Andrews

Duke Piermint

Guest Star

Terrence Hardy Jr.

Terrence Hardy Jr.

Malik Shabaz

Guest Star

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Dr. Mildred French

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Charlie: I know, it's been uh ... (goes over and starts kissing Amita)
      Amita: That was nice
      Charlie: I concur.
      (Millie walks in on the two of the about to start kissing again.)

    • Larry: Well, change is good.
      Charlie: Not always.
      Larry: Let me rephrase. Change is inevitable and those who adapt most quickly are most likely to survive.

    • Amos: Children should not have tumors on the spine!

    • Megan: Hi handsome!
      Larry: Hey, what are you doing here? Oh I'm sorry, is it Wenesday already or I missed our lunch? Forgive me.
      Megan: It's Monday!
      Larry: Oh, all right. Ok see you later.
      Megan: Hey, I just wanna have a conversation!

    • When discussing the school board representative's upcoming testimony
      Don: Do you think they'll whack her?
      Howard: No, they don't like to get their hands dirty.

    • (Larry and Megan are talking, and she grabs the end of a piece of dental floss hanging out of his pocket)
      Larry: Oh, that's just my... my floss...

    • (as Millie and Alan close the door on their way out to the movies)
      Charlie: Millie...
      Amita: Yep, Millie. Just think--she could be your boss and your step-mom.
      (followed by Charlie's nervous laugh)

    • Larry: Have you a bathtub?
      Megan: Why!?

    • Amita: (regarding Mildred) What is up with that woman?
      Charlie: I don't know about you, but I-I can't just pretend that woman wasn't here. I just saw that woman.

    • Charlie: (shouting in desperation) Dr. Finch! Mildred! Millie!
      Mildred: Have a good class.

    • Mildred: (to Charlie)0 Come on, face it. As far as math professors go, you are the Sean Connery.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Ochrana přírody (Protection of Nature)

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: May 9, 2007 on Veronica
      Australia: May 22, 2007 on Ten
      New Zealand: September 2, 2007 on TV3
      Czech Republic: July 3, 2009 on TV Nova
      Finland: January 29, 2010 on Sub
      Slovakia: January 20, 2011 on JOJ

    • Music featured in this episode was "Tonight" by Deccatree (ending scenes).


    • Mildred: I insinuated myself on AMANDA the giant neutrino telescope.

      The Antarctic Muon and Neutrino Detector Array or AMANDA is an deep ice telescope designed to look for high energy neutrinos from astronomic point sources in the Antarctic ice. It was replaced by the IceCube project in 2005.

    • Mildred: We used the steam tunnels to play Dungeons and Dragons when I was an undergrad.

      Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy roleplaying game, designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. Originally derived from miniature wargames D&D is widely regarded as the beginning of modern role-playing games and by extension, the entire role-playing game industry. However since D&D is a table-top game Mildred's statement that they used the steam tunnels indicated she was playing a form of LARP, (Live Action Role-Playing) in which players take on the characters from the game and physically interact.

    • Alan and Millie mention that they're going to see the new Bond film; The 21st film in the James Bond 007 franchise, Casino Royale, opened in U.S. theaters the night this episode aired.