Numb3rs: Season 2, Episode 16

Protest (3 Mar. 2006)

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The bombing of a recruitment office puts Don and his father at odds, and brings an agent out of retirement.



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The bombing of a recruitment office puts Don and his father at odds, and brings an agent out of retirement.

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The explosive device
17 May 2010 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

A crudely made explosive device is planted near an army recruiting station. While there is only minor damage to the place, an innocent bystander getting money from an ATM next door, is instantly killed. Don Eppes, and the FBI get involved. As the facts are being examined, agent Thomas Lawson arrives at headquarters to give his input on the explosion, which, according to him, bears a similarity of the bombs that were planted in 1971. According to Lawson, the incident has all the markings of having been set by Matt Sterling, who has not been seen in quite some time because he disappeared from the face of the earth. Lawson, who worked in the original case, is dead set in his theory that Matt is doing it again, in spite of the fact, he has been hiding for more than thirty years without ever being tied up to another crime.

Unfortunately for the agents, Sterling is a puzzle. He cannot be located. Matt's wife, Hester, and daughter Laura, would love to find him. They are saddened about his disappearance. Same goes to his former associate, Sarah Kemple, who in fact, appears to be hiding something from the FBI. The interview with a construction contractor, Jack Bennett, reveals a much changed man. Bennett, now a Republican, knew of Matt Sterling during his college days. His own son, Adam, who works with him, is another story; in fact, at the conclusion of the story, all the leads point out to Adam as knowing a lot more about the man planting the bombs.

During the course of discussion of the case, an interesting fact emerges. Don and Charlie's father, Alan, knew about Matt Sterling during his college days. Alan, was among the students that in 1971 protested the war, but not having anything to do with the bombs. Charlie devises a plan where the social networks pays off well as he relates the principals in the story. In fact, the FBI had questioned Don about Alan when he first applied for the job. It was well known where the father's sympathies lay during his youth.

This episode was written by the creators of the series, Cheryl Heuton and Nicolas Falacci, and directed by Dennis Smith. The strength of this chapter lays in the excellence of the guest cast. Robert Forster, Concetta Tomei, Mary Kay Place, and Ray Baker, mix well with the regulars.

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