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"Numb3rs" Con Job (2009)

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The Pollo Guapo take out

Author: jotix100 from New York
1 May 2010

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

FBI agent Don Eppes is puzzled by a heist that has netted the criminals sixteen million dollars in Arizona. The money was immediately wire transferred to different 'safe havens', ending up in the Cayman Islands. As far as Eppes is concerned it has all the signs that John Buckley, now serving time in federal prison, knows about who was the guy that did the job. Buckley offers to help in exchange of his freedom. That is a bit more Eppes was prepared to offer. Buckley warns Eppes not to be surprised the next robbery will be in Los Angeles to a jewelry store, something that strikes Eppes and Sinclair as a far fetched. After all, how much can thieves get from any particular store?

Well, as Buckley predicted, the next big job is not exactly where he predicted, but in the diamond exchange center, where millions are traded every day. When Eppes gets the call about the robbery, it is already in progress. The invaders have hacked the security cameras where cartoons are being shown. The thieves have invaded the center and have forced everyone to don maintenance suits. Thus the robbers are mixed with the victims.

In an attempt to get Buckley's input, they bring him from prison into the van where the control room has been set. Eppes gives Buckley what he wants. In exchange Buckley reveal the mastermind is his former prison roommate, Len Maddux, who has put into play a plan devised by Buckley. When Maddux asks for food, the FBI complies, three agents go in to deliver the chicken and fries that were demanded.

After the SWAT team enters the building, they are completely surprised when all the find are the victims. Maddux and his men have left already. They tie a woman employee, Lola Sacco, of the exchange as having made the call where the call came about the demands. But, as it turns out, she had given the phone to a gay co-worker, who had an affair with Maddux. In the confusion of chasing Maddux, Buckley, who is supposed to being locked in the trunk of the get away car, contacts Eppes. Little prepares us for what it's found in the trunk!

Another good episode of this remarkable crime series. Directed by Ralph Hemecker, and written by two of the creators, Cheryl Heuton and Nicholas Falacci, this chapter was great fun to watch thanks to the immensely clever appearance of Fisher Stevens playing Buckley, who steals the show. The regulars, Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch, Alimi Ballard, and the rest of the cast do their usual best for our enjoyment. A good story, well done.

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