Numb3rs: Season 3, Episode 19

Pandora's Box (30 Mar. 2007)

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Charlie splits his genius between solving a plane crash and the burglary at his home.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Geoff Pierson ...
CEO Aaron Helm
Mike Daley
Caroline Williams
Victor Morelos
Bob Tombrello
Phil Hadwin
Brian Keith Russell ...
John Wellner


Charlie splits his genius between solving a plane crash and the burglary at his home.

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This is the first episode since the character "Agent Megan Reeves"s introduction that actress Diane Farr is absent from the team, purportedly serving on special assignment with the Dept. of Justice. In reality the actress temporarily left the show to give birth to her first child, son Beckett, who was born in March 2007. See more »


According to the story, the villains are ultimately trying to get into the FAA's computer so that they can make the transponder readouts of certain planes, that appear on air traffic controllers' radar scopes, disappear. They are supposedly doing this so that they can have the codes of their drug smuggling aircraft disappear. In reality, if they want the transponder readouts of their aircraft to be off radar, the pilots of these planes need only turn off their transponders, and that is what drug dealers often do. While it is still possible to get a "skin paint" (where a blip on the scope, due to the reflection of the radar's beam off the surface of the plane) of each plane, with so many transponder readouts on the scopes, air traffic controllers would probably not notice a plane without a transponder. The very best the villains could do with their device is to make many legitimate planes' transponder readouts disappear from the scopes, thus causing confusion on the part of the air traffic controllers. In order to spot airplanes illegally entering the U. S. with their transponders off, tethered aerostats (balloons in the shape of small airships/blimps) carrying radar look downward. This equipment was responsible for giving Kuwait advance warning of the approaching Iraqi army at the start of the first Gulf War, thus allowing the Kuwaiti Royal Family, and others, time to get away. See more »

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