When Charlie and Don are specifically asked for by a bomber who's rigged a bridge, it puts them on a trail of espionage in- and outside the states, and a devastating betrayal.
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The Taylor Ashby character's life story and specifics of death were inspired by the life and death of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. Litvinenko had been a high-level officer in the KGB and the Russian Federal Security Service, but in 2006, after whistle-blowing and claiming that the Russian government and secret service had been responsible for terrorist bombings that helped Vladimir Putin's election, Litvinenko became gravely ill. It was discovered that he had been poisoned with a rare and highly radioactive isotope of an element called polonium (210). From his deathbed, Litvinenko continued to speak out against the corruption he saw in the Russian government and even accused Putin himself of being behind the poisoning. He died from radiation poisoning on November 23, 2006. See more
During the cold opening when Charlie is asked the wheat and chessboard problem by Taylor Ashby he gives the answer of 18,446,744,073,799,551,615. The actual answer is 18,446,744,073,709,551,615. Later in the episode when Charlie is in the hospital with Ashby, he writes down the correct answer on the window. See more
[Quoting poem by Siegfried Sassoon
"Light many lamps and gather round his bed/Lend him your eyes, warm blood, and will to live... But death replied: 'I choose him.' So he went/And there was silence in the summer night/Silence and safety; and the veils of sleep/Then, far away, the thudding of the guns."
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References Diamonds Are Forever
What a Day
by Greg Laswell See more