Numb3rs: Take Out
(S03E14) Well, this is what I get when I ask for things. From the very first time I wrote a review for an episode of Numb3rs (and on numerous occasions since then), I've suggested ideas for making this show less of a procedural cop drama. Numb3rs could deal to take on some ongoing storylines. This show has what it takes and I absolutely hate that a show like The Unit is filling up a Tuesday night time-slot while Numb3rs flops around on Fridays.
So this is what I get. An out-of-the-blue story that has no basis for even existing.
Don was required to see a therapist regarding the case where he shot and killed Crystal Hoyle. Remember her? She kidnapped Megan? Apparently because Don killed her while Edgerton (Lou Diamond Phillips) was present, it brought some things into question. Is he trigger happy, etc.
This whole idea is crap if you ask me. Something like this needs to be built up. We needed scenes in previous episodes that proved Don was having a hard time with his job, dealing with what he does on a daily basis. Sure, he has his man to man's with Alan, but those are generally about Don's horrible love life. Now, out of nowhere, Don is torn up thinking his profession is just a series of dirty jobs that he has to clean up. Where does that come from? It seems to me that the main case wasn't solid enough to carry the whole episode, and this side story with Don was inserted simply to fill out the hour.
You have to admit that Mexican death squads hitting swanky Los Angeles restaurants seems a little bizarre. Not to mention the fact that they were basing their targets on reviews from a Zagat guide.
Honestly, just a sloppy episode all around and definitely not what I've come to expect from Numb3rs. Some bright points popped up though. Once again, cast-members from HBO shows made an appearance. Walsh from Entourage played one of David's informants and Bunk from The Wire was Don's therapist.
Speaking of David, he was back. His character has been absent for, what, two episodes now? So where was he? Don't bring someone back and not tell us why he was gone. Larry is gone because he's in space. David was gone because he was _______. Anyone? That feels so lazy to me and it's lousy because Numb3rs is a better show than that. But the ratings are decent and there's no indication that it will move to another night, so why get try and get creative? I'll tell you why. Because fans of the show will walk away. I'm getting close.