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The new Number is an old man, Lou Mitchell, who blows thousands of dollars each week while gambling at a New Jersey casino. While Finch and Reese try to work out how Lou does it, and why he's in danger, Carter helps a fellow detective framed by HR.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x18
Production Number: 2J7218
Airdate: Thursday March 14th, 2013

Director: Tricia Brock
Writer: Lucas O'Connor

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CTV) Mar 14, 2013
AU (Nine Network) Apr 15, 2013
UK (Channel 5) May 08, 2014


Guest Stars
Robert John BurkeRobert John Burke
As Simmons
Mike McGloneMike McGlone
As Detective Bill Szymanski (as Michael McGlone)
Clarke PetersClarke Peters
As Alonzo Quinn
Sterling K. BrownSterling K. Brown
As Detective Cal Beecher
Morgan SpectorMorgan Spector
As Peter Yogorov
Al SapienzaAl Sapienza
As Det. Terney
Ken LeungKen Leung
As Leon Tao
Ron McLartyRon McLarty
As Lou Mitchell
Michael RispoliMichael Rispoli
As Darien Makris
Jennifer Van DyckJennifer Van Dyck
As ADA Melinda Wright

Co-Guest Stars
Amy HohnAmy Hohn
As Jen the Dealer
Lisa BresciaLisa Brescia
As Kelly
Luis MorenoLuis Moreno
As IAB Detective Ginsberg
Bowman WrightBowman Wright
As Nigerian
Natalie ToroNatalie Toro
As Cashier
Jamie ChoiJamie Choi
As High Roller Dealer
Main Cast
James CaviezelJames Caviezel
As John Reese
Taraji HensonTaraji Henson
As Detective Joss Carter
Kevin ChapmanKevin Chapman
As Detective Lionel Fusco
Michael EmersonMichael Emerson
As Harold Finch


Leon is in an apartment with a young woman, Candi, throwing him on the bed and kissing him. She takes out a pair of handcuffs and cuffs him to the bedframe. As soon as he's secured, a Nigerian and his henchman come in and demand their money. Candi collects her money for turning Leon in and walks out. As the Nigerian prepares to cut out Leon's intestines, Leon warns him that they should leave while they can. Reese and Bear burst in and Reese makes short work of the Nigerians. He tells Finch that he's saved Leon, who wants to go a drink. Finch tells Reese that they have a new Number in Atlantic City and tells him to leave immediately...

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Episode Quotes
Leon Tao: Are you the Nigerian scammers? I can't believe you're actually Nigerian.

Leon Tao: It's not technically a crime to scam a scammer!
Nigerian: But it is a crime to cut out a man's intestines and make him wear them as a hat.
Leon Tao: Wait. You--you plan to kill me?
Nigerian: Probably.

Reese: I was an international spy, Finch. I know how to play baccarat.

Reese: Lou gave you the slip, didn't he?
Finch: When he deposited my keys in a tank full of crustaceans, I got the distinct impression that he didn't appreciate being followed.

Carter: I need you to tell me the truth about something.
Fusco: There's no Santa. It was your parents.

Lou Mitchell: So you think, uh, you think I'll be able to come back?
Finch: Maybe. Eventually.
Lou Mitchell: At my age, there's not much eventually left.

Leon Tao: It's not like I'm still crying over Candi, but it's always the same story, you know? You find a girl you like. She's tall, she's pretty, and it turns out someone paid her to handcuff you to a bed so they could murder you.
Reese: Same old story.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJonathan Nolan
Executive ProducerJ.J. Abrams  |  Bryan Burk  |  Jonathan Nolan  |  Greg Plageman
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Slack  |  Richard J. Lewis  |  Patrick Harbinson  |  Kathy Lingg  |  Amanda Segel Marks
ProducerMargot Lulick  |  Athena Wickham  |  Denise Thé
Co-ProducerMelissa Scrivner  |  Stephen Semel  |  Joshua Levey
Associate ProducerNoreen O'Toole
Production DesignerRick Butler (1)
EditorJohn Ganem
CastingMark Saks
Unit Production ManagerGail Barringer
First Assistant DirectorMichael Pitt (2)
Second Assistant DirectorChristian Vendetti
MusicRamin Djawadi
Music EditorTom Trafalski
Costume DesignerFrank L Fleming
Key GripTed Lehane
Set DecoratorRon Von Blomberg
Location ManagerPaul Kramer (2)
Property MasterRuth Dipasquale
Script SupervisorAnthony Pettine
Post Production SupervisorChris Risner
Re-Recording MixerKeith Rogers (1)  |  Scott Weber
GafferJim McCullagh
Director of PhotographyManuel Billeter
Story EditorSean Hennen  |  Erik Mountain
Stunt CoordinatorJeffrey Lee Gibson
Sound MixerNoah Timan
Main Title ThemeJ.J. Abrams
Visual Effects SupervisorChris Wright (4)  |  Jay Worth
Department Head HairBelinda Anderson
Casting AssociateJohn Andrews (1)
Department Head Make-upToy Russell Van Lierop
Original CastingApril Webster
Office Production AssistantMadeleine Nimoy
Assistant Location ManagerSteven Carrabajal
Charge Scenic ArtistEva Davy
Key Rigging GripJack Panuccio
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