Numb3rs S3E7 Script

Blackout (2006)

(bell rings)

Last week, on Numb3rs...

No real witnesses.

Broad daylight here and no one saw a thing?

Agent Eppes? Yeah, Liz Warner, right?

Don was my tactical training instructor up at Quantico.

All right Agent in Charge, come here. What do you got?

Looks like Tabakian was paying for drugs by fixing races and laundering money at the same time.

Two overdoses, a fatal hit and run --

Tabakian's got to be behind this.

Last time we were this close, he killed my witness.

Ivan Tabakian? FBI.

Got a warrant for your arrest.


This time we got a witness you can't touch.

I just heard some things about you and a certain federal prosecutor?

Did you?

Don Eppes with the same woman for more than a week --

I don't know, some might call it progress.

Depends who you ask, right?

(pounding techno music plays)

A wonderful place to be

The birds are singing

Dreams that are sent to me

Everyone's waving...

I owe you, Eppes.


You saved my night from being a total disaster.

Hey, look, I don't see how anyone could stand you up anyway.

Will you keep this between you and me?

Word gets out I use an Internet dating service, I'm going to take some serious crap.

Yeah? I don't know, I'm having a hard time imagining that.

Take away my badge and gun, I'm just like anybody else.

Course, you try and take it away, I'm likely to kill you.

See? That's my point.

Thanks for dinner.

A beautiful place to be

So I don't know why

You're telling me something You sure you want to do this?

You've got this whole settled life.

This prosecutor girlfriend.

Yeah. Maybe you're right.

So ready to see you

So ready to see you

So ready to see you

So ready to see you...

(cell phone rings)


Nah, it's going to be late.

I don't know how late. Just late.


(wrench clatters)

Hey, uh... no, it's fine. It's nothing.

I just dropped the phone. That's all.

But I need to go.

All right? Don't wait up.

(tires screeching)

So ready to see you

So ready to see you...

(phone rings)

Mine or yours?

(ringing continues)

So ready to see you... It's mine.


Yeah, Eppes.


All right. I'm on my way.

(hangs up)

You got my clothes off, and now you're going to leave?

Yeah, someone blew up a power plant.

Homeland's involved, and...

What do you think? Should I come back?

Nah, I have to get up early.

You have to get up early, huh?

How early?

I'm locking the doors at midnight.

All right.

♪♪ Just got the all-clear from LAFD.


Power company's taken the station off-line.

Don, if this is terrorism, it's pretty low-end.

A few thousand customers spend the night in the dark.

Or it could be a test run, you know, for a bigger attack.

DAVID: This is the worker right here. Doing routine maintenance.

And the driver?

Must have gotten out before the fire and taken off.

(indistinct voices)

Hey, check this out.

DAVID: Somebody jammed a 2X4 in the gas pedal?

Yeah, looked like it was wedged in there pretty tight.

So, there was no driver.

Hey, guys, thanks for staying late. Sorry.

That's cool, I could use the overtime.

We don't get overtime, Granger.

Yeah, I know, and it's a shame, 'cause I could really use it.

Anyway, here's what we got on the victim, Randy Syles.

31 years old, he's married with two kids.

How long's he been with the power company?

Well, he's not, actually, not officially.

This substation is owned by Renault Energy, and they're in the middle of a labor dispute.

The union's been on strike for six weeks.

So, he's a scab?

Union workers must have loved that.

There's your motive.

Have a printout on the truck that was used.

It's not going to help us much, though.


DAVID: Yeah, early this afternoon.

Echo Park area.

MEGAN; Echo Park?

That's really far from the crime scene.

So, this guy steals a car, drives it 20 miles and into a power station?

How-How's he get home?

Means we're looking for multiple suspects.

Yeah, we're gonna need to get a list of the local union members.

Yes, and cross-reference it against addresses in Echo Park.

Yeah, I'll check with Homeland, see if they're picking up any terrorist chatter that is related, you know?

You got somewhere to be?

Not anymore.

You got this wire coiled too tight.

No, it's not too tight.

It's wrapped too tight. You didn't leave enough --

Don't touch it, okay? Hey, play nice!

Hey, if you two are gonna fight over your toys, I'll have to take 'em away.

CHARLIE: This is not a toy, Dad.

This is an electrostatic lifter.

How does that work?

Well, there's some serious disagreement about that, whether it's Biefeld-Brown effect, ionization of the corona wires, simple dielectrophoresis.

ALAN: Boy, I'd hate to be in the room during that debate.

You laugh, but it's a heated issue.

Okay, let's see what happens when we apply a little current.


Wow! That is amazing!

Well, unless you can do that with my car, I still say it's a toy.

DON: Hey!

What's with all the candles?

You guys didn't lose power, did you?

Yeah, it was out just a few hours ago.

Someone blew up a substation down in Mission Hills.

ALAN: Mission Hills?

How in the world would we be affected by something so far away?

It's called a precautionary broad-line reduction.

The operator simply shuts the power off till they can restore balance.

Right, the thing you have to remember about electricity -- it can't easily be stored, so generally, it has to be consumed within milliseconds of being produced.

LARRY: Yeah, which means for the power companies, it's a constant game of balance between electricity production and consumption.

CHARLIE: So, when this substation in Mission Hills failed, then there would have been a surge in other areas.

ALAN: So, the operators shut down all the large areas until the balance is restored, right? Right.

DON: What happens if they don't do that, Larry?

Worst case scenario, cascading failure.

CHARLIE: It's just like that game, Jenga.

You know, the game with the tower of wooden blocks.

Except in this case, the substations are just like the individual blocks.

Many of the blocks can be removed without having a great effect on the entire system as a whole.

However, if the wrong block -- or in this case, substation -- is knocked out, well, then... then yeah, the whole system could come crashing down.

What, like the-the huge blackout back East, a couple, what, three years ago?

Right, 50 million people left in the dark because of the failure of a single switch.

ALAN: You think someone who did this tonight had something like that in mind?

LARRY: Well, if so, I can't imagine we've heard the last of them.

WOMAN: I talked to him on the phone just minutes before it happened.

He was there, you know, and then... suddenly he's not.

Maybe you should have a seat.

I'm sorry.

I'm acting like a crazy person.

I can't believe he's dead.

Mrs. Syles, we know your husband only worked for Renault for a short time.

Since the strike.

The pay was so much better than his usual job.

But do you have any idea if he received any threats for crossing picket lines?

He tried to keep it from me, but... he got calls.

I know he did.

That's why he started working at night.

Figured he'd have less chance of running into trouble.

You really think that someone killed him for trying to earn a living?

MEGAN: We're not sure yet.

You know, emotions run really high during a strike.

People think their livelihoods are in danger.

Someone had to do the work.

Otherwise, people would be in the dark.

Like the station that failed two nights ago wasn't one of Robbie's.

He said that was just poor maintenance.

A substation failed two days ago?

Boyle Heights.

The night before last, Renault Energy had another substation go down.

No way.

No, and they blamed it on wear and tear.

Because of the strike, they can't keep up with the maintenance program.

All right, well, it ain't a coincidence, then.

Why not? I mean, coincidences, after all, are an absolutely valid mathematical occurrence.

Two failures in two nights, I mean, they're related.

And if they are, then Randy Syles wasn't the target last night.

So... they're after substations?

It doesn't rule out the striking workers, because every blackout is bad PR for the energy companies.

DON: I don't care about the PR;

I'm worried they're gonna crash the entire grid. Right?

Cascading failure.

Yeah, but wouldn't they need to knock out every substation to do that?

No, just the right one.

Look, if a cascading failure is what they're after, then yes, I-I may be able to predict where the next attack will come from.

Yeah? How do you do that?

Load flow analysis.

Just get me the usage and current flow figures from the power company.

I can do that. And then a load flow analysis could tell us which substations are most critical -- the ones that are most likely to be the next target.

All right, we'll get you what you need.

Hi, Charlie. Hey.


What's up?

You left these last night.


Hey, that was fun.


Hey, I'm sorry...

No, you don't have to explain.

No, no, no, we ended up going way past midnight, so...

I mean...

I appreciate it, but I really did just come by to return the glasses.


I've got a meeting upstairs.

Now, really.

It's cool.

All right, thanks.

Don't get me wrong, Eppes.

I wouldn't say no to a rain check.

All right, well, I'll keep my eye on the weather.

See you later. Yeah.

That was a quick visit.

Yeah, she, uh... just had my glasses, so...

Is everything all right with you and Robin?

Yeah. I got to get Renault Energy on the phone.

(crackling buzz)

Look at how much energy we actually consume.

This is amazing.

Yeah, and how much paperwork goes with it.

This is staggering.

I didn't know you guys were still here.

What are you doing?

CHARLIE: We're trying to determine which substation we'd attack if we wanted to black out most of Southern California.

Please don't tell me this is something for Senior Ditch Day.

It's Don.

LARRY: Hey, did I never tell you two how one year in graduate school I attempted to live without electricity?

They had electricity when you were in graduate school?

LARRY: Yeah.

Yeah, and thank you for that, Charles.

Why would you want to go without power?

Was this some Thoreau's Walden Pond phase or something?

No, it had to do with some girl I was dating.

Sandra Darwinkle -- yes, that was her real name.

Anyway, this is back a ways. This is back during the energy crisis.

The first one.

LARRY: And again, I thank you for that, Charles.

Anyway, she thought that if she and I went off grid that it might make a political statement.

And of course, I was just thinking it might get me...


Eh... crudely put, but yes.

Did you?

Well, there is, of course, my obsession with dental hygiene.

CHARLIE: She caught you with your electric toothbrush, didn't she?

Uh, the Waterpik, yeah.

But with the same result.

Anyway, thus ended my relationship with Sandra Darwinkle.

CHARLIE: All rightie, you know what? I think I have it.

So if I wanted to cause a cascading failure, then this is the substation that I would attack.



Maybe Charlie's wrong.

There's no activity at this power station.

DAVID: Math says this is the spot.

Hey, you think Megan ever comes up here with Fleinhardt?

Oh, come on.

When you gonna give that whole thing a rest, dude?

I'm just saying, that guy's into his classic car, he doesn't have anywhere to live, leaves him with pretty severely limited options.

You are obsessed, man. That is crazy.

Why is it so hard for you to get it through your head that those two like each other?

Come on, you're telling me you don't think that that's just the slightest bit weird?

I don't think about it.



(electrical zapping)

DAVID: Whoa, look at that.

COLBY: They must've crashed out another power station.

They hit it.

Not here they didn't.

DAVID: Then which one did they hit?

How'd they do it?

Looks like they threw a little piece of rebar across the transformer grid and it caused a short.

That'd bring the whole thing down?

Oh, absolutely.

Yes, rebar, is it?

Yeah. That's metal.

Highly conductive.

Yeah, that would provide a pathway from the high to the low sides.

Get a power surge... drives the transformers way beyond their capacity -- boom.

We were having dinner, and all the lights went out.

So? Don's briefing the mayor.

60,000 customers lost power tonight.

This is not where Charles and I predicted they'd strike next.

No, we were staked out up on Mulholland.

And they hit here instead?

The question is why.

Think the real question is who.

Our prime suspect group doesn't make any sense anymore.

The striking workers?

Yeah, this power station is owned by an independent company.

It has nothing to do with Renault Energy or the labor dispute at all.

So that means that terrorism moves back to the number one slot.

MAN: Agents, LAPD found a body along the north perimeter.

Oh, dear. Come on.

The company said they didn't have anybody on, so he can't be a worker.

Then I think we just found our next suspect.

He must have climbed the fence to throw the rebar.

Still holding on when it shorted out.

Electricity -- always looking for someplace to go.

Jumped to that fence post as a ground.

And then made use of this poor gentleman as well.

Got no I.D. on him.

There's no way we're going to get any prints off these hands.

They're way too charred. Car keys, cell phone?


Were his pockets turned out like that when you found him?

Yeah. I didn't touch anything.

Somebody went through his pockets?

I'm guessing whoever he was working with cleaned him out to make sure we couldn't I.D. him.

What's this on his neck?

It's a prison tattoo.


Cell block in Chino. He did time there.

Well, then let's get his photo, and we'll fax it over and see if anyone recognizes him.

Alejandro Munoz -- he's a Salvadorian national released from Chino about six months ago after serving a four-year stint for dealing drugs.

Any ties to terrorist organizations?

Still checking.

All right, so Charlie, explain to me why the attack happened in Silver Lake and not up on Mulholland.

Well, my guess is we were wrong.

See, we assumed that the objective was a cascading failure, remember?

So you don't think that's what these guys were after?


So, wrong on suspect, wrong on motive.

DAVID: I think I have a line on Munoz's accomplice.

Cell phone records.

Last three days he traded more than a dozen calls with one number.

I traced it back to a guy named Lyle Donahue.

An electrical engineer, and former member of the State Utility Commission.

Former member?

It gets kind of interesting.

He helped stage a phony power shortage back in 2001.

Made a fortune when the prices shot up.

He was caught.

It's called utility price manipulation.

Served two and a half years.

In Chino, same as Munoz. Yeah.

So all of this has to have some effect on utility prices, right?

COLBY: So you think Lyle Donahue is back to his old game?

Makes sense. He's not a player anymore.

Maybe he's found a new way to manipulate the power market.

By crashing substations.

COLBY: Or hiring old prison acquaintances to do it for him.

DON: All right, well, let's get this guy Donahue in here.

Set up his phone, his house, credit cards, the whole nine yards.

Hey, Charlie. Hey.

I was thinking about you last night.

Is that right?

I was preparing a lecture.

And I found an interesting article on synapse reflexivity.

I thought you might fit it into your cognitive emergence theory.

Oh, thanks.

Another load flow analysis?

Yeah. The FBI has a new suspect.

Former utilities commissioner.

I guess they think that the attacks are an attempt to influence utility prices.

The outages cause spot fluctuation in the demand market.

So I guess if you made the right investments and you hit the right targets, you could do pretty well.

If you hit the right targets, you could do very well.

These guys aren't hitting the right targets.

What do you mean?

Well, if you really want to influence utility prices, there are so many other substations to go after that would have greater impact.

Then what's all this about?

I don't know. Who knows, right?

I mean, all they've really accomplished is a few localized blackouts.

Charlie, the focus so far has been on the global systemic objective.

First the cascading failure, now market manipulation.

Yep, that's right.

Well, you're treating the outages as if they're a secondary by-product.

And what if they aren't a by-product?

What if they're the objective?

What if?

Hey, Donny, I didn't even know you were here.

Yeah, I left this here the other night.

So, uh, you think you're going to be around for dinner tonight?

Or do you already have plans with Robin?

No plans.


I could have sworn I remember you talking about a concert, but, um...

So how are things going with you two, huh?

They're fine.


What is it, we can't talk about it?

Do I need a security clearance to get information about you and Robin?

Dad, what are you doing?

What? I'm not doing anything.

Yeah, your little interrogation here.

All right, I was talking to Charlie earlier.


And he told me some woman came around to see you at work.

A woman, n-not Robin.

And, um, he said it was fairly obvious that something was going on between the two of you.


Donny, uh, do you remember we were talking about how you wanted things to work out between you and Robin? And...

I mean, you can't have a relationship if you're not gonna commit to it.

Yeah, well, Dad, I'm not doing this, okay?

I'm not Charlie, and, I...

(phone ringing)


DAVID: Don -- Lyle Donahue, engineer.

We've been sitting on his credit cards.

He just used one.

Uh, bar up on Sunset, corner of Gardner.

All right, you know what, take it.

Get Megan and hit it. We can't wait.

All right.

I'm doing the best I can.

How? By carrying on with another girl?

See you later.

Have you seen this guy? (rock song playing)

I don't think so. That's funny, 'cause you just ran his credit card less than 20 minutes ago.

What's the name? Donahue.

Lyle Donahue.

Here it is.

Lyle Donahue.

He's not the guy in the picture.

Kid over there.

He and his buddies are running a tab.

Got a kid running -- he's headed for the back door.

COLBY: All right.


Where do you think you're going, huh?

Kid, where'd you get the credit card from?

So which one is it?

It's that one there.

Oh, boy. I didn't do it.

He was that way when I found him.

It's Donahue.

Single shot to the back of the ear.

A little too professional for, this bozo, don't you think?

MEGAN: Donahue must have been dead when he got the credit card.

We all realize that this means there are more players involved than just the Salvadorians and Donahue.

Maybe some other investors in his little pricing scheme.

Found Munoz, made the connection to Donahue.

Someone wanted to make sure we didn't take that chain any higher.

Yeah, but who is that somebody, and how high is that chain going to go?

Hey, we've all been going in the wrong direction.

All right, Charlie, just relax. We just found Donahue, all right?

Oh! Did you talk to him? Did he, did he tell you?

No, Charlie. He's dead. Somebody shot him.

DON: This is much bigger than price fixing, I can tell you that.

I'm sorry, but this has nothing at all to do with price-fixing.

What do you think it has to do with?

I... I don't know, but it's about the blackouts.

It's about the blackouts.

I mean, at first they seem unrelated and disparate, but when I looked at them in the context of set theory, they had a lot in common, so just...

Just pay attention.

So there have been three substation attacks.

Each of these caused a blackout in a particular region.

This is the area hit by the first blackout, the Boyle Heights substation failure.

This is the second, caused by the outage that killed that maintenance worker.

And here's the third.

Okay, so the three overlap in one area?

Right, to a statistically significant extent.

All right, so why blackouts three nights in a row?

Well, that must be Donahue's objective.

To take down these blocks.

Okay, so what...? Uh... Cover up a heist, knock out a security system...

And there's a lot of stuff in that area.

There's banks and brokerage houses, museums, but I haven't seen any reports of break-ins.

Charlie, the thing is, we're pretty much looking at most of downtown here.

Is there any way to be more specific?

This is the best I could do with what I had.

That's not all you have.

We just found this pad in Donahue's car.

And it's filled with calculations.

These are Dantzig-Wolf decompositions, network interdiction strategies...

It's-It's pretty high-end stuff.

Can you use any of it to figure out where he was gonna try to black out?

Yeah, yeah. I'm gonna need to take a look at these.

In the meantime, I'll see who else Donahue was in bed with.

Maybe that's who murdered him.

Hey. Wait, wait. Listen.

This, this little conversation you had with Dad.

Oh. Yeah. Um...

Sorry. I just...

No, you're right.

You're right -- I had no right to tell him about you and Agent Warner.

Yeah. Exactly.

I don't know.

You seemed to be getting along real nicely with Robin, you know, and... you just seemed a lot happier.

Well, Charlie, you don't know what you're talking about, okay? So, I mean, I appreciate the thought, but...

All right?

Sorry. Thanks.

Go ahead, take a look and let me know what you come up with.


CHARLIE: None of the three substations attacked directly affect the downtown area.

You know, they're too far out, like Boyle Heights and Mission Hills and Silver Lake.

No, the blackouts were due to the broad-line reductions.

The operators just shut the area down.

Right, right.

So Donahue did these calculations in order to predict the human operator's reaction to his attacks? I mean, that's... that's so impressive.

Impressive, yes, but it gets us no closer to discovering his intended target, does it?

No. I know.

I, I've performed every particular permutation I could possibly perceive of.

I've gone over and over these three attacks.

I can't narrow it down.

What about the other substations that affect downtown?

What about them? He didn't choose the others.

Yeah, that's precisely my point -- why not?

Presumably because they would not result in a blackout that included his target.

An exclusionary approach?

Run calculations on the other substations, see what area of downtown is omitted.

Plus, it is a more powerful approach than the one you're using.

LIZ: You know what, I'll catch you later, all right?

I'll catch up with Don.

What do you say, gents? How you doing?

What? Downtown two days in a row, huh? Lucky me.

Forget it, Eppes.

You already blew your one chance with me.

No way. I thought I was getting a rain check.

You remember our, um, drug dealer friend operating out of the racetrack?

Yeah. Tabakian?

He's decided to cooperate and help us go after the Salvadorian cartel that was supplying them.

Oh, yeah, well that's a good get for you, huh?


Bottom line, Tabakian and I are gonna be shacking up in a safe house... in San Diego.


While he spills everything to the U.S. attorney. So...

You know when you take off?


I gotta run. We're gonna process him, but, uh...

I'll call you when I get back.


I'll make sure it doesn't rain. (chuckles)

You know, my brother can do things with math.

It's, uh... he's a genius.


Got it.

You narrowed down the area? Yeah.

So it turns out, there are 12 substations whose failure would have directly or indirectly caused a downtown blackout.

Overlaying the boundaries of the three attacks gave us an initial target area.

Yeah, but, Charlie, that area was too big.

It's too vague. No, I know.

Mapping the three blackouts was just the first step.

The real key was examining the substations that Donahue did not attack.

He rejected the nine others as targets because the blackouts they would have caused didn't include this area.

COLBY: You say this is the area that he wanted to black out?

'Cause that's only a couple blocks from here.

It's the J. Edward Rice Building.

The Rice Building.

Yeah, right. Rice. What?

That's the downtown Federal Detention Center.

Donahue's choreographing a prison break.

(indistinct voices)

MAN: I don't really know how we can take any more precautions against a breakout if you can't tell me which prisoner you're talking about.

Right. Well, we're working on that.

As soon as we get the name, we'll get it to you, okay?

What about the power-failure scenario we were discussing earlier?

Well, there's no denying it.

Everything here runs on electricity.

Cells open and close electronically.

Locks are automated.

We rely heavily on surveillance cameras.

Yeah, and what happens if the power gets cut totally?

We're screwed.

45 guards.

2,200 prisoners.

But that's exactly why the detention center has a backup system.

We have four 30-megawatt generators.


Anytime we fall off the power grid, they automatically kick in.

Right. And where are they at?

Sub-basement, totally secure and no inmate access.

DAVID: For the last three nights during the blackouts were there any incidents?

Anyone trying to get to the generators, maybe trying to disable them?

No. Powered us through, no problems at all.

Look, if-if, if these blackouts are someone trying to get to us, they haven't done their homework.

We're the last place to feel any effect.


You look awfully contemplative.

Is it pondering some mystery of the universe?

Hardly. I'm pondering the Federal Detention Center.

Oh. Charles said you suspect some possible jailbreak.

Yeah, but there's 2,000 prisoners and I can't connect any of them to Donahue.

I don't know who he was working for.

How do you know Donahue was working for someone else?

Well, there has to be someone else.

Someone murdered him.

No, I'm not questioning whether someone else was involved.

I think that much is a matter of near certainty.

Okay, now you're just confusing me.

Well, what I mean to say is...

You see, all along you've been applying a kind of bottom-up analysis.

It all started with the unfortunate gentleman who was electrocuted.

Alejandro Munoz.

That's right, and then you worked your way up to Donahue and now you're working up to someone above Donahue.

That's standard procedure.

We're always looking for the bigger fish.

Yeah, but how do you know you're even fishing in the right direction?

You see, in 1959, Richard Feynman gave a very famous lecture.

It was called, "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom," and it altered the thinking of a whole generation of scientists because it changed their focus to thinking smaller and smaller instead of larger.

Now, see, you've gone from Munoz to Donahue, and now you're looking even farther up the chain.

Perhaps you need to go in the opposite direction.

You're suggesting that the plan to blow up the substations just started with Munoz.

I think it's worthy of consideration.

You're a genius.

Head of the class.

DON: Look, the prison is immune to blackouts.

Hey, guys. How do you mean, "immune"?

Well, they have a backup system.

The recent blackouts didn't even ruffle their feathers.

There's the possibility of other targets in the area.

Yeah, but I'm not wrong about the prison.

Charlie, three nights in a row, the backup generators kicked in and-and there was no impact.

Listen, you cannot have an event in a closed system without subsequent impact on that system.

All right. Impossibility.

Don't go all Isaac Newton on me.

We'll go take another look at the map, all right?

Sir Isaac Newton.


We just found the link between the prison and the blackouts.

Tell me again how I'm wrong.

A link to Donahue?

No, it's Alejandro Munoz.

Turns out Munoz is Salvadorian.

Has close family ties to a major drug cartel.

The same cartel that was supplying the drugs to Tabakian's operation at the Southland Downs racetrack.


COLBY: Yeah, and he's currently being held in the Federal Detention Center.

It's gotta be who they're trying to break out.

Tabakian had a deal with the U.S. Attorney to testify against the Salvadorians.

COLBY: Well, then, maybe the blackouts were an attempt to cover a hit, try and get an inmate close enough to him to shank him or something.

DON: No, no. The guy's in solitary.

I mean, they're not gonna let anyone near him.

DAVID: And besides, the blackouts didn't have any effect on the prison operations.

I don't understand how they're part of the plan.

Well, the blackouts had to have had some impact.

We were there. They didn't.

You said the prison ran their generators three nights in a row.

How are the generators fueled?

On diesel, Charlie.

That's a pretty large facility.

They'd have to have burned through a lot of fuel.

MEGAN: Okay, so what if that was the plan?

The first three just run the fuel tanks dry, and the fourth night they're in the dark.

Yeah, but they're not gonna just let the tanks go dry.

I mean, they'd just call up and get an emergency order of fuel.

DON: It's the truck.

It's the truck. It's-It's an unscheduled delivery.

DAVID: Oh, they get that truck in there, they will have a way to break Tabakian out.

Yeah, but wait a minute.

Don just said that he's testifying against them.

I mean, why are they gonna spend the time coming in to break him out?

Be a lot easier to just kill him.

They're going after him. This isn't a break out.

These guys are trying to break in.

MAN (on P.A.): Opening Sally port one.

Fuel transport coming in.

Hey, you guys are right on time.

(silenced shots fire, man groans)


Hey, how are you doing? Liz Warner, FBI.

I'm processing out a prisoner, Ivan Tabakian.

No weapons allowed inside the prison, Agent Warner.

You're gonna have to check that here.

Thank you.

I can't get Liz.

COLBY: Probably no cell service inside.

I'm still not getting anything from the prison switchboards.

Fuel truck.

I got a man down.

Is he dead?


Thing's empty. It's a Trojan horse.

The guys are already inside the prison.

SWAT's out on a call right now -- it'll be at least 20 minutes.

All right, look, we got 45 officers in there on our side, right?

Yeah, but their guns are locked in the armory -- it's gonna take time to distribute them.

If we wait, it's over -- I say we make our move.

Let's go.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane Verano.

Nice to meet you. Special Agent Liz Warner.

I'm gonna be heading the transport and safe house detail.

I just have some paperwork for Mr. Tabakian to sign, then he's all yours.

No problem.

Hey, you guys... (silenced gunshots)

Hey! FBI. You've been breached.

You got guys in here with weapons.

They already killed one of your guys -- get some men to the armory and break out the weapons.

Go, move! Megan, go with him!

Got it, got it.


Mr. Tabakian.


This is even better than I expected.

(alarm buzzing)

(P.A.) Attention all personnel! Attention all personnel!

Be advised, the entire facility is now on lockdown.

Hey! Where's the utility room!

End of the corridor! Go left!

All prisoners, return to your cells immediately.

All prisoners, return to your cells immediately.

We have a deal.

You have to protect me.

The entire facility is now on lockdown.

This is a mandatory lockdown.

You move, I'll put a bullet in your head.

Don't move!

How many more in there?

It's clear, you guys can come on.

Let's go!

This is too hard to defend.

Don, we got to go.

DON: Liz, come here.

Come on.

DON: All right.

It's clear.

Clear on this side.

You guys stay close.

You hear gunshots, you get to the ground.

All right, put him in the guard station up there.


Get down!

Get down!

Is he all right? (groaning in pain)

We got a prisoner down! We need EMT right away!

MAN: Copy that, medical team four minutes out.

Got no pulse.

All right? Yeah.

Okay, just keep breathing, keep breathing.


How is he?

The bullet passed clean through.

They don't think it hit any vitals, so... he'll live.

You guys saved his ass, Epps.

Not to mention what you did for me back there.

Hey, now, don't sweat it. You kidding?

But now I owe you one.

Well, that's just the way I want it, so...

You know I don't like being in debt.

No? What are you gonna do about it?

Get even.

All right, I'm ready for you, tough guy.

COLBY: Hey, Don.

You got the warden waiting in his office to talk to you.

All right, one sec.

I got to run. Mm-hmm.

I want to get him out of town before they have a chance to try again, so...


What are you guys doing up so late?

Hey, hey, Charlie told me what happened today, and, uh, we were worried.

Well, he was worried.

I-I just stayed up to savor an "I told you so" moment while it was still fresh.

Hold on, we dealt with this. Did we?

There-There was so much going on.

Accusations about my math being shifty.

All right, Charlie, have your moment, go ahead, say it.

I told you so.

I told you so.

All right, there you go.

Well, that's about as much brotherly love as I can take tonight --

I'm going to bed.

Yeah, I'm done, so I'm gonna hit the hay.

Hey, look, uh... about Robin.

Yeah, I said we-we're...

I mean, we're sorry, you know?

Well, she broke up with me.

About a week ago.


She dumped you. Shut up.

No, no, look, Donny, uh, I'm, uh, I'm really sorry.

What happened?

You know, it takes two, and, uh, I guess she didn't want to be one, what can I say?


Well... you know, maybe she'll change her mind.



Hey, now, wait a minute, wait a minute.

That-that's a good sign, isn't it?

You're not the one that pulled the plug.

You were willing to go through with it.

That's a good sign, isn't it?

A step in the right direction?

I guess, if you say so.

Hey, look, I'm not really tired.

There's got to be something good on late night.

You know, that's when they play the classics. Let's...

I mean, if we're gonna stay up, then I'll just pop some popcorn, and...

Guys, you don't have to do this. ALAN: Do what?

Seriously, go to bed. I'm okay.

Hey, come on, you don't even live here -- why are you telling us what to do?

(song to Taxi playing on TV)

All right.


Don't mention it.

(theme to Taxi continues)