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Numb3rs (2005 - 2010) Season 1 Review, part 1

This mid season replacement show features Don (Rob Morrow of ‘Street Time’) and Charlie (David Krumholtz of ‘Serenity’) as brothers who solve bizarre crimes that happen in LA about once a week. It was executive produced by the brothers Ridley and Tony Scott.

Pilot
This had a different look from the rest of the series. David is starting out in the FBI. Don works with Terry Lake (Sabrina Lloyd of ‘Sliders’) and Megan and fat Colby haven’t arrived yet. FBI Agent Don Epps is trying to find a crazy. He asks his idiot maths genius brother Charlie for help.

Charlie’s colleagues Larry (Peter McNicol) and Amita bores. Charlie likes Amita but TPTB drop Don/Amita hints that they would abandon after season 1. Don and Charlie’s father Alan (Judd Hirsch) looms and has a pet bird that is never seen again. Charlie won’t admit he’s wrong, Larry blathers like he is on drugs but everyone treats him like he is the messiah, Don and Charlie work together and solve the case This was okay.

Best Line:
“Shut up Dad.”

Uncertainty Principle
Charlie predicts when bank robbers will strike. Don chews gum while on stakeout. When Don and his team try to arrest the robbers, a massive gun battle erupts. Don’s obvious stunt double nearly gets blown up and then a robber steals Don’s gun and shoots him with it. Twice.

Charlie freaks out over Don nearly dying and hides in the garage. It is revealed he also hid in the garage when his mother was dying. Alan tells Terry that his sons graduated high school on the same day. Also Charlie was declared a genius at age 3 and Don was neglected by his parents as a result. The robbers plan a big robbery in a plot that ‘Elementary’ would recycle. Don and his team foil the thieves and all is well. This was good.

Best Lines:
“They came prepared for war.”

“How does somebody go from no criminal record to firing on Federal agents with an assault weapon?”

“I got a scrape during an incident.”
“Scrape? From what?”
“Well, a bullet, if you have to know.”

“Where’s the money.”
“In the bank.”

“Your brother goes into a dangerous confrontation with heavily armed felons, and you prepare him with a lecture on the movement of subatomic particles.”

“Statistically you’re dead now. Do you understand what that means? A man aimed a gun at your head and fired. The fact that you survived is an anomaly and it’s unlikely to be the outcome of a second such encounter.”

Vector
The Spanish Flu strikes in a flurry of bad acting. The CDC show up in the form of CCH Pounder. Don and Charlie try to work out who caused the outbreak and it leads to a scientist (J.K. Simmons of ‘Dark Skies’). This was okay.

Best Lines:
“How do you forgive yourself if you’re wrong?”
“You don’t. We can’t be wrong.”

“You transferred bio-hazardous materials across several state lines. I can’t begin to tell you the trouble that puts you in.”

Structural Corruption
Larry gurns. A CalSci student, Finn, kills himself and Charlie makes it all about him, blaming himself for blowing the student off. Charlie asks Don to prove it wasn’t a suicide. There is bad acting, Don is a big brother and works for big brother, Alan had a terrible date and it is revealed Finn was obsessed with a building that has wind deflection issues.

The self obsessed drama queen Charlie picks a fight with Don. Alan learns Terry and Don dated while at the FBI Academy. There are twists and this was okay.

Best Lines:
“We’re not even in class and still my students run away from me.”

“You never mentioned that you had a Fed for a brother.”

“You and the pendulum need to leave.”

“Alcohol. Lots of alcohol.”

“I sure hope you like duck.”
“Yes I do. I have two. Paddles and Mr Waddlesworth. Oh my god! Oh I don’t eat it!”
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