Numb3rs’ Trouble In Chinatown features the case of a missing FBI undercover agent, and a feud between rival Chinese gangs who deal in the black market. Psychic Samuel Kraft (John Glover) has returned and is working to help solve the case as well. Check out the short preview of the episode and review below:
The unspoken rivalry between Kraft and Don was a nice backdrop for the rest of the plot.
Charlie was even a little rattled by Kraft, as he used math to explain Kraft’s unexplainable way of finding leads to the case of the missing agent.
There was tension in the episode right away with the abduction of the undercover FBI agent. Shortly afterward, David and Colby’s plan to get some Chinese food for dinner goes haywire when two gangs begin a shoot out in the restaurant while they are waiting to order food to go.
John Glover’s (Smallville) portrayal of the mysterious psychic was great as he helped solved the case, and sufficiently aggravated Don and Charlie at the same time. Kelly Hu portrays Alice Chen, the determined agent who must find her missing agent. Her rapport with Don Eppes and especially Nikki Betancourt was great. Hu brought a seriousness to the role that really made her character appealing, and this brought out some new layers in the episode overall.
Charlie, Larry and Amita all had fun taking apart audio that was riddled with the sounds of gunshots, and firecrackers as the incidents took place on Chinese New Year. Interestingly, the cases centered around a Chinese tradition in which it’s believed that an unmarried life is incomplete. Families are said to make purchases of female corpses, or ghost wives and bury them with their dead sons, so the sons will not be alone alone in the afterlife. I was a little bummed about how things ended with Glover’s character, but it was cool to see Lex Luthor’s dad, Lionel Luthor on the show.