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April 28th, 2009


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11:48 am - "The Fifth Man"
Anybody have squee about the newest episode of Numb3rs?!

I haven't gotten my comments down at real_numb3rs yet, due to an INSANELY busy weekend, but I watched it Friday night, and oh boy, what an ep.


--OMG DON WHUMPING HURTS SO GOOD. (Oh, come on, you can't make me believe you all haven't been waiting for this. *g*)

--The flatline moment was cliche to the nth power, but once again Numb3rs does what I love most about this show, and makes the reactions so clear and realistic that I can't be bothered by the cliche.

--Random crossfandom aside: watched rerun of West Wing ep "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen" yesterday, and Josh's injury is "a collapsed lung and ruptured pulmonary artery." Almost the exact wording as Don's injury. To any nurses out there: where exactly was Don stabbed, then? I can't quite tell from that scene itself.

--It's painful how much Charlie wants to stay with Don ("my place is with Don") and how the team and Alan push him away to do his math. It's like Charlie sees a chance to do the opposite of what he did when his mom was dying (run away to math), but life won't let him. OMG CHARLIE. *smishes him*

--Did I do the sums right? Charlie was up for at least 72 hours straight? He looked it, by the end.

--I adore how we got to see everyone react to Don's injury and to this case in different ways: Nikki with guilt, Liz with nostalgia, Charlie also with guilt, Amita with encouragement and hard work, David by becoming even more awesome than usual, and Colby by flipping out with a suspect. It's like "One Hour" in reverse; that episodes showed us how Don sees his team, and this one showed us how Don has shaped his team.

--I'm a little bummed that Larry wasn't in this episode at all. Partly because it kind of derails the post-ep fic I was planning on writing. *g* I can still do it, it'll just be a little different than I thought.



Supernatural, "Jump the Shark": We got Sam's "I'll take that as a compliment." To which Dean replies, "Take it any way you want to."

Numb3rs, "The Fifth Man": Don tells Charlie (again) "I never wanted this life for you." Charlie, "Neither did I." I cannot work out what he means there. Next ep, please?!



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From:juleself
Date:April 28th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
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To any nurses out there: where exactly was Don stabbed, then? I can't quite tell from that scene itself.

No nurse here, but... left side of the chest, somewhere between the 4th and 6th rib would be my guess. Radovic was much taller than Don and it looked like he stabbed the knife with a bit of an upward motion. It probably missed the heart by fractions, penetrated (or even perforated, given the size of the knife) the left lung and nicked one of the branches of the pulmonary artery in the process.

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From:izhilzha
Date:April 29th, 2009 06:50 am (UTC)
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That sounds like it should be about right.

Now I gotta watch the scene again (oh, the hardship)--that's one heck of a knife Radovic had, but Don's all kitted out with vest and whatever. *goes to look up Kevlar's construction and resistance to knife blades*
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From:feliciakw
Date:April 28th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
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Lots of nice subtleties going on here. Particularly loved Robin. And the story Alan (I almost typed "John" there. D'oh!) told Robin almost had me in tears.

The first time through, I kinda felt (as I've felt upon more than one occasion recently), that the ensemble is getting so big that things are getting split between the characters too much. There really wasn't any room for Larry in this ep, and that's . . . just not right.

I was glad to see Colby back though. \o/

I'm still half planning to do my SPN write-up, if I get a solid chunk of time. Maybe tomorrow. Lots of really good stuff there, too.
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 29th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I was impressed with the Robin bits. And oh, Alan, with his story about Don's birth, oh, wow. *hugs Alan*

The cast is getting a bit unwieldy. I feel like it took Liz, Nikki, and Robin to replace Megan, and that's kind of odd. I'm going to write a missing scene about Larry, though, because he really should have been in this ep.

Colby! Finally back from that "fishing trip" (I totally think he was really undercover somewhere). :)

(p.s. i just got an email, you are sending me a package! \o/)
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From:feliciakw
Date:April 29th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
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Bzuh? Package? >.> No, no package from me.

I don't know what you're talking about.

*whistles innocently*
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From:dawnebeth
Date:April 30th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
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Nurse here, and I'd agree with juleself, that sounds approximately where he'd be stabbed to have those injuries. However! He shoulda had a chest tube afterwards if he had a collapsed lung and blood in the chest cavity.

Oh, my charlie!! He looked weighed down with the guilt of it all--and I counted, he must be up for four days since he was up all night the day before Don got stabbed>

Great ep, I've watched it over once and wish I could do so again, but time...I could see Larry come flurrying back, all concerned because while the rest of the team would not have known how Charlie fell apart at Margaret's death, Larry would. Charlie showed incredible strength and growth from the first season and his early frailties.

Dawn
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 30th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
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Nurse here, and I'd agree with juleself, that sounds approximately where he'd be stabbed to have those injuries. However! He shoulda had a chest tube afterwards if he had a collapsed lung and blood in the chest cavity.

Thanks, Dawn! I figured they'd get something wrong. ;) I'm trying to gather up details in case I need to write a missing scene....

I could see Larry come flurrying back, all concerned because while the rest of the team would not have known how Charlie fell apart at Margaret's death, Larry would.

Yeah, exactly. We'll see what I have time to write, but there needs to be something about Larry regarding this episode. (I have hopes that Larry will be back for next ep, too, since it seems like that's really going to be an awesome Charlie ep.)
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From:dawnebeth
Date:May 1st, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
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One other thing is that there should have been more blood. If Don's pulmonary artery was nicked/cut/whatever, he would have been bleeding a lot. Nobody had any blood on them--particularly not Nikki, who was standing beside him (and hurt herself). But wouldn't David or Colby have gotten down and held a compress or something on Don's wound while waiting for the paramedics? Maybe not covered in gore, but a splash or two on their clothing?

Dawn

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