Numb3rs: Season 4, Episode 10

Chinese Box (14 Dec. 2007)

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David is held hostage in an elevator at the F.B.I. building, and Don keeps brushing aside Charlie's suggestion to save David as an all-out assault is planned.



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Episode cast overview:
Max Devane
Jonas Grover
Sarah Blakely
FBI Tech (as Tymberlee Chanel)
Older Woman


Ben, who we learn is a laid-off FBI wiretapping subcontractor, runs through the metal detector in the lobby and shoots the agent who let him go. He then grabs a woman as a hostage and backs into an elevator, where David Sinclair confronts him at gunpoint and trades himself as a hostage if Ben will let the woman go. While Ben and David talk at gunpoint in the elevator, stopped between floors, Charlie Eppes tries a number of times to explain the "Chinese Box" theory to the agents dealing with the hostage situation. Meanwhile, the agents discover that Ben's seemingly paranoid story that he has been under surveillance turns out to be true. When agents try to quickly move and open the elevator, Ben manages to take David's pistol away and keep the elevator closed. Charlie convinces Don Eppes to let David call the shots to resolve this situation by showing Don the "Poison Cookie" game, implying that this also relates to the "Chinese Box" problem. Ben gives David his pistol back and tries to ... Written by KOakaKO

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Enrico Colantoni, who plays the hostage taker in this episode, began playing the regular role of a hostage negotiator on Flashpoint (2008), which was also broadcast in the USA by CBS. See more »

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Stuck in the elevator
24 May 2010 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

David Sinclair realizes he left his wallet upstairs when he decides to go buy his lunch. Unknown to him, a disturbed man, Ben Blakely, had shot an agent and forced his way into an elevator. A stand develops when both Ben Blakely and David Sinclair point their weapons to each other, something that might end in a tragedy for the one who is shot at first in the claustrophobic setting of an elevator stuck between floors.

The viewer is kept in suspense since there seems to be no apparent reason for Ben to behave in the manner which has already injured an agent. When the department starts digging into the motive, they find out Ben has been involved in some type of electronic snooping, but now he is being watched himself.

A dramatic rescue is planned. Agents will descend to the top of the elevator cap trying to eliminate the threat to David. Charlie, who happens to be in the building tries to explain his theory about a Chinese room, but he does not get a warm response to his proposal. Adding to the tense situation, Don Eppes and his team cannot differentiate between who is who in the blurry images they get from a device that gives out only shadows of the two men stuck in the elevator.

Ken Sanzel, who is part of the creative team of "Numb3rs" wrote the screenplay. Dennis Smith directed. Alimi Ballard, who plays David Sinclair is featured in the episode. The actor shows he has what it takes to project the desperate situation he is living. Enrico Colantoni is also fine as Ben Blakely.

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