Numb3rs (2005–2010)
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Thirty-Six Hours 

Two trains collide, a passenger train and a freight train carrying toxic chemicals. Don, Charlie and the team are brought to the scene, investigating a potential crime.


Rod Holcomb


Nicolas Falacci (creator), Cheryl Heuton (creator) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Morrow ... Don Eppes
David Krumholtz ... Charlie Eppes
Judd Hirsch ... Alan Eppes
Alimi Ballard ... David Sinclair
Dylan Bruno ... Colby Granger
Navi Rawat ... Amita Ramanujan
Sophina Brown ... Nikki Betancourt
Lourdes Benedicto ... Estella Ramirez
Larry Clarke ... James Malin
Mark Pellegrino ... Tim Hamer
Randall Arney Randall Arney ... Richard Cory
Antonio Fargas ... Jeffrey Knight
Tony Amendola ... Roman Markovius
Robert Neary ... Ed Clark
Johnny Chavez ... Ralph Ramirez


Just off a long stakeout, Don's weary team puts in another sleepless day-and-a-half when they become part of a rescue/investigation after a freight train transporting toxic chemicals crashes into a passenger train, obliterating the black boxes. As Charlie's bots map the site, Amita tries to determine the collision's cause, Nikki sees only one possible scenario, and David chomps at the bit as more victims are jeopardized. Written by layle

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Release Date:

21 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode aired later in the season than intended because a big train crash happened close to the original air date. Several scenes involving Charlie's loss of FBI clearance were cut as a result. One remnant of the cut story line is that Charlie wears an LAPD security pass at the train scene, not an FBI pass. See more »


A camera and hand can be clearly seen as Don pulls David away from the train near the start of the episode telling him that there is a toxic leak. See more »


Tim Hamer: [Frantically trying to summon help as the cargo train he and Cutty are driving is about to crash] Desert Pacific Rail, do you read me? Over!
Cutty Nagim: We're not gonna make it!
[Slams on the emergency brake; it does not work]
Cutty Nagim: I can't get it stopped!
Tim Hamer: Dispatch! This is Desert Pacific Rail! Dispatch, do you read me?
Cutty Nagim: Jump, Tim!
Tim Hamer: [Makes one last attempt] DISPATCH!
Cutty Nagim: TIM, JUMP!
[Tim jumps off the moving train, while Cutty stays behind the wheel as it crashes]
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Crazy Credits

[This appears on the beginning of the episode] 1.77 trillion revenue ton-miles 1.8 million carloads of hazardous material 3000 railroad stations 1.5 miles to stop See more »


Dead Man's Handle
Performed by Richard Thompson
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jumping the shark
19 June 2009 | by coachemSee all my reviews

While I still enjoy this show somewhat, it is rapidly going over the top. Sinclair, who has always been a good character, suddenly can't seem to control himself. Coinciding with his elevation in rank and responsibility, this is scary. Is this done so that his character can evolve somehow or to create deeper character development. And adding Sophina Brown as Bettancourt might rival the "Ted McGinley effect" as starting the jump the shark effect. She was the worst character on her previous show, Shark, and now her character's attitude and trouble-making has weakened Numb3rs. Just her hairdo alone scares me. I would really like this show to get back to being Charlie and his fellow "geeks" helping his brother and the FBI to solve cases.

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