Title: The Running Man
Original Air Date: February 3, 2006
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* Colby: So this thing could be used to create a pandemic?
* Larry: You know that if you were to fall under similar scrutiny I would go beyond the boundaries of the observable universe to defend you and you know that.
* Ron: When you spend your life with nothing, you know what everything costs.
* David: Larry the kid you think is Ron Allan doesn’t exist.
* Alan: Isn’t it funny. The people that we’re closest to it’s easy to keep secrets from.
* Amita: Larry, your heart was in the right place.
Larry: Well intentioned ignorance is a slender defense at best.
* Megan: I’m so hoping you one of your cute little analogies for this.
Charlie: As a matter of fact, I do.
* Megan: He’s like a chameleon.
Charlie: More like a snake shedding successive skins.
* Amita: Charlie, I don’t know anyone who challenges themselves as relentlessly as you do.
* Charlie: Dad, I’m thinking.
Alan: That seems to be your perpetual state Charlie.
Synopsis: Some college kids are running on the track. A van pulls up to a non-descript location and several guys get out with cones. Charlie and Larry are talking math with the runner. The three guys that were in the truck are now climbing the side of a building. They break in through several holes they cut in the roof. They hack a retinal scanner and start wheeling a big piece of equipment out of the lab. The third guy pistol whips the man who was running earlier. Colby and David interview him. Turns out that the victim, Ron, is one of Larry’s assistants. A DNA synthesizer was stolen. It can make customized diseases. Megan determines it’s mostly likely an inside job. At Don’s office, they go over all the details that would have to be in place for this crime to take place. Now they suspect Ron might be involved. In Charlie’s office, Larry pops in and finds Charlie looking over old school work. When Charlie tells Larry that Ron is now a suspect, Larry gets upset. Larry finds sheet music and it’s composed by his mother. Megan and David interview Ron at the office. While Megan doesn’t think he did it, David does not share her opinion. David and Colby check out a suspect. The two are suspicious of him. Larry heads to Don’s office with concerns about all the suspicion on Ron. Larry pleads his case. David runs a background check and Ron Allan doesn’t exist. Megan gets a call. Ron’s cell is still live and they’ve tracked him. When they call it, a female has the phone. She says it belongs to her boyfriend, Phil Stark. She tells them he left yesterday to go camping. Charlie then shows them the sheet music. Alan tells them their mother was a gifted musician. Colby has a fence staked out. At the school, Larry is still distraught over Ron. Charlie has some kind of idea and runs to Don’s office. Charlie used his track times to try and narrow it down. But he finds him in three places. Megan searches these identities and more and finds he disappears along with an expensive piece of equipment. Don thinks it’s like a Groundhog Day scenario, only its success as a student he seeks. In the garage, Larry is buoyed as he has a new research assistant. Alan tells them how he and their mother met, but she kept her love of music from him. Back at the warehouse, that Colby has staked out they find they stolen synthesizer. They catch Gino in the act and haul him in. He tells them about who he bought it from and the cost. Colby and David storm the shop and find the guy dead. But now this shop is missing a plasma cutter. Now the team tries to figure out what he’s after. David gets an ID on the kid now. Charlie narrows in on Bendford’s Law to try and figure out what Ron is up to. They now think he’s going to rob the Ligo Lab. Above ground, the robbery starts. The team shows up at the Ligo Lab. Megan and David are at the track. The Ligo tunnel runs all the way under the track, which is 4 kilometers away. Don hears metal falling and he and Colby start running down the tunnel. Topside, Megan and David catch the two topside. Don gives chase to Ron and catches him. At Don’s office, Ron spills his guts. Don shows up at the house, but no one is home. He finds all the music on the table. In the garage, Charlie and Alan talk about his mom/his wife. They hear the piano. Don is playing some of the music. They both take a moment to cherish it.