FBI Special Agent
Played by: Rob Morrow
Full Name: Don Eppes
Los Angeles, CA 91021*
Birth Date: July 15, 1967*
*Information is from a prop. Spoken dialog will take precedence in canon.
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Don was born at St Loren's Hospital in Los Angeles. Alan and Margaret attend sit-ins to protest the Vietnam war when Don is a toddler. Don is with his parents at a march when Alan is arrested.
Alan states Don has been self-reliant from a young age because of the attention Charlie received when they were children. One of Don's responsibilities is to walk Charlie home from school when the younger Eppes is in the third grade to protect Charlie from a bully. Don is also responsible for Charlie during a camping trip on Don's thirteenth birthday. Charlie disappears and Don feels it is his fault.
Don took piano lessons as a child from a Mrs. Petri. He is surprised as an adult to find his interest in law enforcement dates back to his childhood when he is given a toy gun by his Uncle Tommy. He also plays a lot of G.I. Joe with Kenny Caldwell. Don's parents enroll him in Little League as a way to get him to give up toy guns. By age eleven, Don needs someone other than Alan to throw batting practice for him. Don also plays hockey. According to Charlie, Don spends time burning dead insects with a magnifying glass.
He and Charlie attend the same high school and graduate the same day even though Don is five years Charlie's senior. Don does OK in classes, receiving average grades, though he finds it very hard to be Charlie's "idiot older brother". Don tried to read a math paper on friendship matrixes written by Charlie in order to learn new ways to pick up girls. He drives a VW through high school and plays baseball. He goes to college on a baseball scholarship. During his junior year, though not speicifed if it is high school or college, Don's batting average for that season is .293.
Don is a pro baseball player after college, playing for the Class A Stockton Rangers. He's a utility player batting right handed and he has trouble laying off low, outside pitches. In his last season with the team he bats .228 with 36 RBI's. When he realizes he will only be a mediocre baseball player, he signs up for the FBI entrance exam.
Don finds Alan has a file with the FBI for his protest activities while going through a background check for acceptance to Quantico. As of early 2006, Don has not read much of the file.
His current service weapon is a Glock 19; he has had this weapon for six years as of early 2010 and it is his second assigned weapon.
Don has been an FBI agent since 1995, graduating from the FBI Academy at Quantico. He's never really thought out his career path, instead straddling the line between field agent and management. His first assignment is in Detroit, Michigan. At some point Don has the wrong man arrested and convicted of a crime; that mistake still haunts him. He is mentored by Peter Fox when Don is twenty-five years old. During this time Don and Fox arrest two men on the Most Wanted List in the same day; a feat that has not been repeated before or since.
Some time after the Detroit assignment, Don works in Fugitive Recovery; his partner is named Billy Cooper. Don does not have good days while working in Fugitive Recovery and doesn't really miss it, though Billy swears Don is very good at it.
After leaving FR, Don teaches a tactical training course at Quantico, he needs to "reconnect with civilization" though he doesn't talk much about himself or his family. One of his students is Liz Warner. Don leaves his teaching position to run the Albuquerque, New Mexico FBI office. Don returns to California in 2002 and is a special agent in charge for the Los Angeles FBI Violent Crimes squad. As of late 2006 he has lived in a two bedroom apartment for about two years and has yet to unpack most of the boxes in the spare room.
He asks Charlie for help with a few of his cases starting in 2004, and now seeks his help often, and has had to defend Charlie's theories to the FBI brass; an 85% clearance rate for his cases helps in these meetings. He takes Charlie's safety seriously and has agents watching Charlie during various cases. Don knows the help Charlie provides is important, however he feels he is taking advantage of his younger brother and worries he is holding him back from becoming great. He does not like Alan participating in FBI cases, feeling it's too dangerous.
Beginning late in 2006, Don starts showing indications he is letting cases and his job get to him more. He acts more cynical and negative and in early 2007 he is ordered to see a psychiatrist in response to the Crystal Hoyle shooting in Two Daughters. Don is initially belligerant with Dr Bradford but after talking to Alan and Charlie he decides to give the therapist a second chance.
Through one session, Don describes various members of his team: he sees Megan as smart, tough, and fast on her feet. David is a good agent and Don can trust him with anything. Colby saw a lot that Don can't even imagine while overseas. Dr Bradford tells Don he doesn't really trust his team, and that Don needs to learn how to enjoy life. Don also admits in therapy sessions he is a workaholic with commitment issues. By late 2008 Don has stopped going to therapy. On meeting Dr Bradford again in conjunction with a case, Bradford tells him the things he needs aren't going to be found on a therapy couch. Don starts investigating the Jewish faith as a way to find something to hold onto.
In late 2008 Charlie has lost his clearance after sending information to a group of scientists in Pakistan. Agent Carl McGowan is in charge of the decision regarding reinstatement of Charlie's credentials. It is clear McGowan is more focused on Don's investigative methods than what Charlie did, and Don gives McGowan an ultimatum: either Charlie's clearance is reinstated of Don will leave the FBI. The ultimatum is not tested however as the ADIC goes against McGowan's recommendations of disciplinary action against Don and no clearance reinstatement for Charlie.
In early 2010, Don is offered the position of Special Agent in Charge at the LA office.
While in Virginia, Don meets and dates Terry Lake. He tells his father one of the best dates he ever has is pepperoni pizza in a laundromat which is also his first date with Terry. They do not pursue a relationship after graduation as they are assigned to different places.
While living in New Mexico, Don meets Nikki Davis. They date for awhile, but Don leaves her. He also meets and falls in love with Kim Hall. They live together and are engaged to be married when Don receives news his mother has been diagnosed with cancer. As a result, Don leaves New Mexico and returns to California. Kim sends him a letter with her engagement ring enclosed ending the relationship; she continues her career and now works for the Secret Service.
Also in New Mexico, in roughly 2002, Don has an affair with Leah Wexford, a witness in an organized crime case he is assigned to. Don has a sealed file with the FBI as a result of the relationship "full of reprimands" and he is not allowed to see her again once she is put into Witness Security.
Once back in California, Don dates Nadine Hodges a few times, but the relationship hasn't gone farther. Don also meets Terry Lake again as she is also working out of the LA office, however they do not rekindle their previous relationship as they feel their working relationship might suffer.
As of early 2006, Don is not in a serious relationship as he does not want to put someone at risk simply for knowing him. He does have at least one date with Robin Brooks an AUSA he talks to at a firing range, and by late 2006 is still seeing her. However the two breakup after about six months (Robin leaves Don). A week after this breakup Don has a date with Agent Liz Warner. In early 2007, Liz is transferred to the LA office; she and Don decide to try a relationship but want to keep things low key to avoid gossip. However once people start asking questions, Don and Liz tell the rest of Don's team in early 2007 they are dating; Liz also has a key to Don's apartment.
Don's relationship with Liz is in jeopardy after she finds out Don has several dates with Leah Wexford, now living in LA and still in the witness security program, as well as her hunch Don passed information to a gang member in a case. They soon separate as Don wonders why they are even together and fears it may be nothing more than a habit.
In early 2008 Robin Brooks returns to Los Angeles after successfully prosecuting a case in Miami. While under FBI protection, she and Don reconnect and start dating and sleeping together again. In late 2008 Don admits to Robin he wants her to have every opportunity, however he would prefer it if she looked for those opportunities in California where she could stay with him. By early 2010, Don and Robin are splitting tie between each others apartments. Don proposes marriage to Robin as a way to uncomplicate their lives somewhat; however Robin says no, for now. She will marry him when Don is really ready. In early 2010, at a family gathering for Charlie and Amita to say goodbye before leaving for England, Don again proposes to Robin and this time she accepts.
Don's reaction to his mother dying is consistent with his personality as self-reliant. He shows little emotion regarding her death, but is very angry with Charlie for not spending more time with their mother while he has the chance.
Don realizes the family is never very religious and wonders why. He's only been in a Jewish temple twice, once at age thirteen and again for his mother's funeral. After a case involving art stolen by the Nazis he asks his father for the names of family members who are in Germany at the time of the war and makes an effort to find out more about them. In late 2008, Don begins to attend services at a Jewish temple. He's tells his father and Larry about his religious journey but is hesitant to mention it to Charlie as he doesn't want to get in a debate with his brother who Don admits can be rather intimidating.
Don and Charlie are working on their relationship and get along much better as adults than they did as children, though there are still issues that have not been completely worked out; one of the significant ones being their mother's death. He does know Charlie bought the family home, and still enjoys coming over to the house on a regualr basis. Charlie discovers through a dream involving his mother that Don is most like Margaret in that they both are less sure about themselves compared to Charlie and Alan. By late 2007 Don and Charlie seem much more comfortable together and even double date a few times.
He and Alan talk regularly about sports, and Alan is aware of his engagement to Kim Hall. Alan refers to him as Donny quite often; a nickname Don doesn't seem to mind. Don is also beating Alan at gin as a result of learning to count cards from Charlie.
Don does some volunteer work, most notably with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
Don still enjoys watching baseball and is considering playing for the FBI's recreational team. He also likes watching hockey and plays tennis, golf and Frisbee golf and poker.
He enjoys a good rib-eye steak, and drinks both coffee and hot tea. According to Margaret (in one of Charlie's dreams) Don also likes pancakes.
He does not read tabloids. He's seen with cigars, but apparently doesn't light them. His favorite movie is the Preston Sturges comedy Sullivan's Travels.
He is handy enough with tools to help Alan put a new roof on the Craftsman house soon after Margaret dies.
In late 2009, Don buys a motorcycle, a Moto Guzzi Griso 1100. He thinks it's a way to get out on the open road more, Alan thinks it's Don's mid-life crisis mobile. Professor Lazlo tries to get Don to join a riding club for the socialization and to learn how to maintain the bike, so far Don has declined Lazlo's offer.
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