Numb3rs: Season 3, Episode 3

Provenance (6 Oct. 2006)

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The robbery of a painting that unexpectedly turned to murder, has the team exploring a disputed provenance and possible insurance fraud.



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Episode credited cast:
Jack Tollner
Arthur Ruiz
Joel Hellman
Peyton Shoemaker
The Art-Authentication Board Member
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Hotel Manager
FBI Agent


When a painting is stolen from a museum and a person is killed. The owner claims that he thinks a woman who is a Holocaust survivor who claims that the painting belonged to her family and that it was taken by the Nazis. But the owner claims that his father got it from a man who was saved by his father. Eventually the painting's authenticity is questioned. Written by

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Written by Leonard Cohen
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Song at the end
8 October 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite episodes in the Numb3rs series, which itself is a favorite of mine. The stories are all tightly woven and have the added feature of introducing the mathematical side of forensics.

This episode always leaves me a bit misty-eyed at the end. Gena Rowlands gives a brilliantly poignant performance. It also shows a softer and more reflective side to Agent Eppes played by Rob Morrow. As younger brother Charlie Eppes, David Krumholz also breaks out to show that even a genius can be frustrated by the human condition. Judd Hirsch is perfectly cast as the father and Peter McNichol exposes a new side to his characters persona.

The haunting song at the end is "Hallelujah" written by Leonard Cohen. I believe the artist performing it for this episode is k.d. lang. It is included on her CD "Hymns of the 49th Parallel"

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