Title: Better or Worse
Original Air Date: September 20, 2005
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* Don: I hope that shot didn’t just kill three people.
* Amita: Charlie, are you actually asking me out on a date?
* Megan: Oooh, just the kind of little brother that could complicate a sister’s life.
* Don: Until dead bodies are found this is still a search and rescue.
* Larry: I see two extraordinary minds that can communicate on the purest level a man and woman can communicate on.
Synopsis: A woman goes into a jewelry shop. She approaches the owner. She informs him she has his wife and daughter. He hands over diamonds into her purse. An associate tells a security guard. He tries to stop her, thinks she is pulling a gun and kills her. Don and his team are on the case. Colby confirms the kidnapping is real. At Don’s office, he briefs everyone on the kidnapping. Charlie brings by the geographic crime index that Don asks. Don tells him about the kidnapping case. David and Colby interview the jewelry shop owner. He doesn’t want the FBI involved. Now they will surveil him. Charlie and Larry work in Larry’s office. Larry has his software and antenna set up. The remote has a rolling code. At the office, Megan is examining the diamonds and the security video. The woman could be a victim too. Charlie is working in his office. Amita comes by to visit. He tells her about the case and she offers to help. Charlie asks her out on a date and she accepts. At the office, Megan can’t find medical records for Jane Doe, because the only work she’s ever had done is a nose job. Charlie sends Don an algorithm which will help locate the car. The car owner turns out to be Erica Logan. An older man is at the house. He’s her father. Her father is confused by what’s happened. David gets a call, the wife’s car has been found. At the office, Megan is trying to break down Erica Logan. That evening, Charlie and Amita are on their date. They can’t talk about anything but work. It’s gets quite awkward. Back at Don’s office, Colby tracks down the brother. He’s got a rap sheet and they go to pick him up. They hear a horse race and see someone inside, but he runs. They catch him. They tell him about his sister. They ask about the kidnapped mother and daughter. Turns out he’s working as a bookie. Charlie tells Alan how bad the date went. Alan tells him not to give up. Don comes in and tries to help. He tells Alan about the kidnap victims and that they haven’t been found. Don and his team can’t track the bets from the bookie. Alan recognizes a set of numbers. It was the football scores from this weekend. Charlie can use the point spreads to figure out who were the bettors. He has got a bank account for the backers and kidnappers. David looks at the names listed and find the owner of the jewelry store, the husband of the kidnap victims, is one of the losers. David has the names of the betting business. Don shows the photos to the brother. His sister was stealing the diamonds to keep her brother from getting killed by the backers. Colby gets some new phone records. Rausch got a call from his wife’s cell phone. All merchandise was inventoried, but not the repairs. All the repair jewelry has been taken by him. Charlie tells them about a freeway tracking system to help track him. He can give them a generalized area he is likely in. Following Charlie’s map, they find his car. He’s still in the car. They didn’t give the family back because he didn’t pay in full. Turns out that Rausch took part in setting up the kidnapping. Back at the office, Don and Megan are upset they were played. But they know the two are still alive as of half an hour ago. Charlie asks Amita for help. In his office, they brainstorm trying to track down the payments. He comes up with the thought of tracking fractions. It leads to a place in San Pedro. Don and his team surround a warehouse. They storm it and find the brothers but don’t’ find the missing women. They search the entire area, including docks and boats. They hear someone yelling for help and find them both. They reunite them at the FBI. When his wife learns the truth she is furious. Charlie is in the garage playing air hockey. Larry comes to visit. Larry points out that they don’t have to talk about something other than math. They play a game of air hockey.