Numb3rs: Season 1, Episode 9

Sniper Zero (15 Apr. 2005)

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Sniper attacks are occurring across LA but are all the attacks the result of one inexperienced marksmen or is a fad of sniper killings infecting LA?

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Several people are killed in L.A. by a sniper. Don brings in specialist FBI Agent Edgerton from Quantico, whose empathic approach goes against Charlie's pacifist nature, but when his own numeric analysis fails to clarify the case Charlie decides he must learns to shoot, despite dad Alan's worries Don shouldn't expose his brother to such dangers. First they believed in one serial killer, then the obvious racist suspect Wayne Osborne fails to fit, so Charlie fears it's a copy cat-epidemic, yet several cases fit the original sniper... Written by KGF Vissers

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When Charlie, first draws the x and y axis. He puts the 'x' on the vertical axis, and the 'y' on the horizontal. However, on an actual graph the x-axis is the horizontal and the y-axis is the vertical. See more »

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[This appears on the beginning of the episode] 1 Sniper 3 Rifles 4 Shootings 4 Deaths See more »

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Well I'll Be Damned...
31 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

You know how scientists and nerds get mad at "The Big Bang Theory" for getting their culture and jobs wrong? I have no sympathy. As a former Army sniper I cringe at the mere mention of a show having a sniper- centered episode. It is extremely rare for shows to even come close to not screwing up royally.

Then comes NUMB3RS. A show I only watched on Netflix out of boredom. And lo and behold, they have a sniper episode that gets nearly everything right. 300 meter center-mass shot? Yup, not impressive says the FBI sniper guy. He explains it's amateur hour. He even deconstructs the crappy hide-site the would-be sniper selected. Bad mouths the cheap yet somehow often-championed on TV Blazer rifle, and explains mechanics of long-range shooting like hear rate and breathing patterns.

I was dumbfounded. A relatively dumb show about solving crime with math and yet it came the absolute closest I've seen in depicting snipers by deconstructing all the crap other shows spout about us. The sniper in question turns out to be a simply a wannabe, which isn't a spoiler considering FBI sniper-guy says it flat out within the first three or four minutes, which explains why he uses the crappy techniques one would think a sniper uses from a lifetime of video games and bad TV.

All in all, it's still NUMB3RS, so either you like the show's premise or you don't. But as far as an episode goes, this one was a winner. A nice critique of crappy sniper tropes from other shows and movies. Hopefully the show does the same with all it's subject matter in other episodes.


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