Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot22 September 2011
When the social security number of a young prosecutor comes up, Reese and Finch work together to figure out if their person of interest is the victim or perpetrator.
Season 1, Episode 2: Ghosts29 September 2011
Reese and Fimch are given the Social Security number of a teenager killed two years ago, questioning the infallibility of the Machine; Finch flashes back to the Machine's origin, and how it was developed.
6 October 2011
The latest number is an ex-soldier who's now part of a gang that specialize in robberies. Mr. Reese goes undercover, infiltrating the gang. This triggers memories of Jessica.
13 October 2011
Reese and Finch surveil their latest POI, Dr. Megan Tillman, while she's on call and after hours to unravel the threat surrounding the promising young physician.
Season 1, Episode 5: Judgement20 October 2011
When the Machine produces the social security number of a judge renowned for his tough sentencing, Reese and Finch have the added challenge of investigating a POI who wants nothing to do with their brand of vigilante justice.
Season 1, Episode 6: The Fix27 October 2011
Mr. Reese goes as the new driver of fixer Zoe Morgan in order to decide if she's a victim or perpetrator. When Zoe listens to a recording she isn't supposed to, she becomes the target of a pharmaceutical company.
Season 1, Episode 7: Witness3 November 2011
The Machine identifies a school teacher who witnessed a mob hit as their next POI and Reese and Finch rush to save his life.
Season 1, Episode 8: Foe17 November 2011
When Reese and Finch discover that their latest POI has connections to Cold War Soviet espionage circles, they quickly learn how covert ops were handled in a world before The Machine.
Season 1, Episode 9: Get Carter8 December 2011
Reese and Finch's game of cat and mouse with Detective Carter becomes infinitely more complicated when The Machine declares that she is their newest POI.
15 December 2011
As Detective Carter deals with the fallout from her recent encounter with Reese and Finch, The Machine ups the ante for the duo by giving them four Social Security numbers instead of one.
Season 1, Episode 11: Super12 January 2012
Reese works the computer while Finch does the legwork with their latest POI, a building super who keeps too close an eye on his tenants. Meanwhile, Detective Carter may finally get her long-awaited glimpse into a case.
Season 1, Episode 12: Legacy19 January 2012
When Carter finally comes face-to-face with Reese, he urges her to join forces to help with their latest POI, a scrappy young woman from the wrong side of the tracks who turned her life around and became a lawyer.
Season 1, Episode 13: Root Cause2 February 2012
Finch and Reese run surveillance on a man who's been unemployed for eight months without his family knowing. Angry that he's been fired, he may pose a threat to society.
9 February 2012
The Machine identifies Darren, a teenager whose brother was just murdered, as the next POI. Meanwhile, Finch is growing concerned that the son of his former business partner is dangerously close to finding out about The Machine.
Season 1, Episode 15: Blue Code16 February 2012
Reese discovers there's more to the story after he infiltrates a smuggling ring to get close to his latest POI.
Season 1, Episode 16: Risk23 February 2012
The Machine leads Reese and Finch to Wall Street when a sharp young trader at a major investment bank becomes embroiled in a multi-million dollar financial scam.
Season 1, Episode 17: Baby Blue8 March 2012
When Moretti gets released from prison, Carter and Mr. Reese team up to protect him from Elias. Meanwhile, Finch's new number is an eight-months old baby girl, whose mother has just been murdered.
29 March 2012
Finch and Mr. Reese are going after a person who seems to be leading a double life. However, they soon realize there are 2 people with the same social security number; one of whom is in danger and one who's an impostor.
5 April 2012
Elias is finally ready to eliminate the dons and become the leader of the underground.
26 April 2012
In 2012, Mr. Reese goes undercover as a security guard to prevent a robbery. In 2010, CIA plan to eliminate two of their best agents.
3 May 2012
Finch gives Mr. Reese the day off as it's his birthday and chooses to work the new number with Fusco. FBI start looking into the murder of Jessica's husband.
10 May 2012
Finch and Mr. Reese are tailing a spy working for the NSA. As he gets too close to finding out about the Machine, the Government are out to get him.
Season 1, Episode 23: Firewall17 May 2012
Reese is trapped next to a person of interest in a part of the city extremely controlled and needs the help of Finch, Fusco and Carter.
27 September 2012
Mr. Reese breaks Finch's code of communicating with the Machine in order to save the new number, Leon, who stole money from some Aryan outlaws. He then convinces the Machine to help him find Finch.
Season 2, Episode 2: Bad Code4 October 2012
Detective Carter and Mr. Reese go to Texas to look into Root's past. Root shows to Finch that the people who bought his Machine are evil. Mr. Reese finally finds Finch.
Season 2, Episode 3: Masquerade18 October 2012
Mr. Reese becomes the new bodyguard of the daughter of a Brazilian diplomat who parties with the wrong type of people. Finch finds it hard to readjust to society after his kidnapping.
Season 2, Episode 4: Triggerman25 October 2012
Mr. Reese and Finch try to protect a man involved in organized crime that has a bounty on him.
1 November 2012
The FBI are getting closer to the head of HR. Mr. Reese tries to prevent a young journalist that likes taking risks from being killed. To avoid getting media attention, Mr. Reese starts dating her. Fusco is playing double.
8 November 2012
John and Zoe go deep undercover as husband and wife to get close to a person who's been using a dead guy's identity for the past 15 years.
Season 2, Episode 7: Critical15 November 2012
Leon is trapped for his own protection. A medical doctor faces a difficult decision. Detective Carter encounters agent Snow.
Season 2, Episode 8: Til Death29 November 2012
Mr. Reese and Mr. Finch try to stop a rich married couple from killing each other.
Season 2, Episode 9: C.O.D.6 December 2012
Finch and Mr. Reese try to protect a taxi driver that is being chased by the Estonian mafia. HR try to make a deal with Elias.
Season 2, Episode 10: Shadow Box13 December 2012
Reese and Finch's latest number is twenty-six year old Abby Monroe, who they expect will be the target based on basic information they have about her. She is a past honor student having received a degree in engineering. She worked the past year for Homes for Our Returning Heroes, a military charity that supports returning veterans financially, that job Reese and Finch surmise in honor of her brother who was killed in Afghanistan. She, however, left that job to work instead for the city planning department. Their belief that she will be the target does not diminish when they and Carter find out that she was fired from the charity for stealing, that she committed a minor theft while at the planning department, and that she is associated with a veteran name Shayn Coleman, who too has committed some major thefts of late. Abby seems like she has been trying to live off the grid for the past week, leading to their belief that she is running away from someone or something. When Reese and Finch catch up with Abby and Shayn and discover what they're up to, they have to decide what to do based in part on the illegal nature of their plan. Meanwhile, Donnelly offers Carter a temporary secondment into the FBI, with the job having the strong possibility of being permanent. The secondment is specifically to work on the "suited man" case, with Donnelly and his team getting new information about John and his whereabouts. Detective Beecher wants to pursue a relationship with Carter about which everyone seems happy except Fusco, who doesn't yet trust him. And Fusco keeps an extra eye out on HR's activities as he is worried about his own connection to Davidson's death.
Season 2, Episode 11: 2 Pi R3 January 2013
Special Agent Donnelly has Reese, along with three other men, in seventy-two hour custody on Riker's Island. With Finch's help, Carter is in unofficial charge of helping Reese get out of custody without disclosing to Donnelly that Reese is indeed the "man in the suit" that Donnelly considers the most dangerous man on the loose. Although Carter has a plan to do so, she may find that tenacious Donnelly may not let Reese and the other three go so easily if he has not yet found out which one is the man in the suit. Meanwhile, Finch, largely with Fusco's help, is handling their next number, that of Brooklyn high school student Caleb Phipps. Caleb is an average student and comes from a poor family, living alone with his single alcoholic mother, whose drinking problem may stem from the grief over the death of Caleb's older brother, Ryan, two years earlier. Ryan, who was with Caleb at the time and who witnessed the incident, was pushed into the path of a subway train, although official reports state that he fell onto the tracks accidentally. Caleb seems to be having problems with the drug dealing gang at school, who may be targeting him. Finch also learns that Caleb's average grades masks the fact that he is a mathematical genius. In uncovering the reason why Caleb hides his genius, why the accident report on Ryan's death was a manufactured lie by the transit cop, and what Caleb's connection to the drug dealers is, Finch may find out who Caleb is the target of, or conversely who he is targeting.
10 January 2013
Finch and Carter are trying to get Reese out of Riker's, where he is still being kept prisoner by Donnelly. Meanwhile, Fusco is working alone in the next number.
31 January 2013
As Donnelly escorts Carter and Reese to their incarceration, they are ambushed, their attacker who kills Donnelly and abducts Reese. That attacker is Reese's old and supposedly deceased ex-partner, Kara Stanton. Reese is not the first old colleague who she has abducted, the other being their old boss, Mark Snow. She has bombs strapped to their chests, and places them on a collective task, which she monitors remotely, and threatens to blow them up if they don't comply. They have to figure out her motives to uncover what her mission is. Meanwhile, Donnelly's death places Carter in an emotional conundrum of self-preservation versus leaving the scene of a crime. Finch convinces her that she needs to leave the scene, so that they plus Fusco can try to find Reese to save him before Kara completes her task and/or before she kills Reese.
7 February 2013
The next number Reese and Finch work on is that of Logan Pierce, a self-made billionaire, whose social networking website, friendczar.com, which he founded and still operates with his best friend and partner, Justin Ogilvie, is going public in 72 hours. This IPO has the potential to be the largest in history. Reese and Finch believe Pierce is the intended target as his reckless and win-at-all-cost mentality has resulted in him making many enemies. These potential enemies include competitors, all of whom friendczar has crushed many in immoral ways, and his own company colleagues who feel that he is too reckless to be an effective CEO and is thus a liability. Reese quickly learns that it will be not easy to follow Pierce as he lives by his own rules, which is made all the more easy for Pierce by his extreme wealth. As such, Reese decides a different than traditional tact is required to protect Pierce. But Reese and Finch also realize that being a wealthy computer expert, Pierce has the potential to be a problem for them in the future. Meanwhile, Fusco contemplates telling Carter of his less than clean past as she delves into murders with which he was involved.
14 February 2013
Reese and Finch get jobs as a bellhop and concierge respectively at the upscale, 700 guest Coronet Hotel where the next number, Mira Dobrica, works as a maid. They figure that whatever will happen by or to Mira will happen at the hotel since she works 60 hour weeks there. Mira is a streetwise woman, who arrived in the US in 1999 as a refugee from the war in Kosovo. Reese and Finch believe she will be the target. Figuring out who the perpetrator is will be difficult as the 700 guests are primarily unknown. After their initial stint at the hotel, they believe the case will have to do either with the illegal side operations of the hotel's front of house manager, the overly officious Derek Fowler, something in Mira's background from the Kosovo war, or whatever their old friend Zoe Morgan is working on, she who is wandering around the hotel. What they are unaware of is that they have an outside threat from two different parties that have been tracking them. Meanwhile, SAIC Brian Moss, reading through Donnelly's old files, re-offers Carter a field op position with the FBI. Carter agrees to the hiring process, the only part about which she is nervous is the mandatory polygraph test, most specifically as the questions may relate to Reese and Finch. Finch gives her some pointers on how to get over the polygraph. The test process and results aren't exactly what Carter anticipates.
Season 2, Episode 16: Relevance21 February 2013
Sam Shaw and her associate Michael Cole recieve the relevant numbers from the machine, but Reese and Finch must help them, before is too late.
Season 2, Episode 17: Proteus7 March 2013
Coinciding with a storm hitting the eastern tri-state area which may require evacuation of coastal residents, the machine has not provided any numbers in three days, leading Reese and Finch to believe that there might be something wrong with it, especially what Stanton may have done to it prior to her death. When the machine does provide a number, it provides six men simultaneously, five who are officially missing or have ceased their electronic footprint. Reese and Finch decide to focus on the sixth, Jack Rollins - Finch at his New York apartment, Reese at his rented home on Owen Island just off the northeast tip of Long Island - while Carter is tasked with finding out more about the missing or off-the-grid five. Their early guess is that their unknown perpetrator has killed the five taking over their identity moving from person to person, Rollins the next on the list. A common bond between their three individual investigations is Special Agent Alan Fahey, an FBI paper pusher. By reading the missing persons and off-the-grid files of the five, Carter sees Fahey's name, he who has noted a similarity between the five cases. Fahey also shows up at Owen Island looking for Rollins. Reese, acting as a US Marshall, and Fahey team to find what may have happened to a now seemingly missing Rollins. But because of the storm, those few who did not evacuate have convened at the small police station with Reese and Fahey, those people who include the local dipsomaniac bartender, a young grocery store clerk, a just married couple from out of town, an out of town developer, a fisherman and a drifter along with the sole deputy on duty. As they get further into their investigation, Carter and Finch individually come to the conclusion that the killer is one of those stuck on Owen Island. The problem becomes getting that information to Reese as the storm has shut down much of the communications and transportation networks. Reese and Fahey would then have to figure out which one he is. During this process, Carter tries to find out what baggage Beecher is carrying that cost her the FBI position, which is all the more difficult as Beecher himself presses her to find out why she has suddenly turned cold on him.
Season 2, Episode 18: All In14 March 2013
Reese and Finch head to Atlantic City for their next number, that belonging to Lou Mitchell, an irascible, widowed and retired watch repairman, who, like many of his age, has a small electronic footprint, meaning that Reese and Finch will have to use other means than electronic to follow him. In viewing Lou's activities, Reese sees a man living on a fixed income but who is constantly at the casino and constantly losing, over the past few months in the order of several hundred thousand. But Reese also sees some visual signs that he may have been involved with the mob in his younger days. But in following Lou's movements, Reese and Finch see that Lou is not alone in his goings-on although he does not acknowledge those others, who are all seniors like himself, and they don't acknowledge Lou or any of the others. When Reese and Finch learn what Lou is up to and why his number came up, they want to intervene through the casino to prevent the incident involving Lou from happening, but penetrating through the high security of a casino may not be that easy. Meanwhile, Detective Szymanski has been implicated in illegal activities just before he was to testify at the trial of immigrant drug lords. Carter believes he has been set up and that it may have to do with HR. What Carter uncovers on trying to free Szymanski may place her life jeopardy.
4 April 2013
The next number the machine dispenses is for Monica Jacobs, a senior vice-president with Rylatech, a computer networking firm. Monica is highly regarded as a rising star in the business. She is seemingly fiercely loyal to the company, which was built from nothing by its now wealthy owner, Martin Baxter. Because of the nature of the business, Finch is more qualified than Reese to go undercover within the highly secured company. Finch sees what he believes is corporate espionage on Monica's part, but learns that she has uncovered information about the death of a junior colleague, Justin Lee. It's her digging up this information that has made her the target. Finch has to discover the nature of Lee's death to find who is trying to kill Monica and why Lee was killed. Meanwhile, Carter, with Fusco's help, tries to figure out if Beecher is directly involved in Szymanski's death. Finch knows that Elias is working behind the scenes in maneuvering around this issue. And Reese helps a past number on what he considers an unfinished case, the affected party who may not want his help.
25 April 2013
Reese first catches up with the latest number, Dr. Richard Nelson, when he is being awarded the title of professor emeritus at a lavish dinner banquet. Dr. Nelson is a well respected and renowned cardiac surgeon and researcher, with his credentials suggesting that he is the target. That is indeed the case, but Reese and Finch are too late: someone has poisoned Dr. Nelson after he ingested something at that banquet that was slipped into his food or drink. Dr. Nelson first believes that Reese is the culprit, but Reese convinces him that he is only there to help find who did it, even if Reese cannot save him as he finds out the poison is radioactive, which is eating Dr. Nelson's insides and which also means that he will probably die within 24 hours. Reese, Finch and Dr. Nelson have to find out what Dr. Nelson ate or drank that was the source of the poison, and wade through the many facets of his life to find the killer. Among the suspects are Dr. Nelson's estranged daughter Molly, or someone tied to the drug trial - for which Dr. Nelson sat on the review committee - which denied that drug's approval at the eleventh hour. Meanwhile, Simmons threatens Fusco to keep on playing ball with HR or else. Simmons is good on his threat as internal affairs does come knocking on his door regarding the disappearance of Detective Stills. Although he did not kill Stills, he did bury the body. Carter didn't want to hear about Fusco's shady past before, but she now has to determine if she will help him or let Internal Affairs find what Simmons wants them to find.
Season 2, Episode 21: Zero Day2 May 2013
It's been ten days since the machine has provided a number, which means Carter has had ten days of dead bodies piling up. Finch discovers that a company called Decima is responsible for the virus which is causing these problems of inconsistency. The machine finally does dispense a number, it belonging to Ernest Thornhill, whose business of late has been buying up pay phone companies. As Finch and Reese track Thornhill, who they have yet actually to see, they find out some important information about him and exactly why the machine dispensed his number. But also aware of that fact is Root, who, using her own brand of persuasion, convinces Finch that they need to work together to battle Decima and the virus. Reese becomes aware that Root is back in the picture, he who gets some help from an old acquaintance in tracking Finch and Root. Their competing goals will all come to a head at midnight Eastern time, when the virus is scheduled to do its job. Meanwhile, Carter, in conjunction with providing assistance to Reese, tries to find out more about who killed Beecher. She is unaware that her quest may put her life in jeopardy.
Season 2, Episode 22: God Mode9 May 2013
Reese and Finch team up with surprising allies in a race to save The Machine from Root and the mysterious international organization, Decima, who have both re-emerged with dangerous agendas.
Season 3, Episode 1: Liberty24 September 2013
Nobody knows where the Machine has now relocated itself, but it is still in contact with both Finch and, by association, Reese and their new partner Shaw, as well as Root. Still institutionalized, Root may have a short term problem in dealing with her psychiatrist, whom she sees as being stupid, and from whom she has not been provided access to any electronic devices including telephones. Carter, now demoted to patrol following her HR-initiated wrongful shooting incident, has her own new primary agenda. She has also not told Finch or Reese of her association with a past number. And the Machine has dispensed another number to Finch, that of navy sailor, petty officer second class Jack Salazar. Upon first sighting, Reese, despite or partly because he chose the military over a prison sentence for an assault five years earlier, likes Salazar, a man who seems to stand up for his principles and his friends and who knows how to take care of himself using his fists. After Reese loses track of him, he may be difficult to relocate since he is one of approximately 4,000 sailors in town for the day on fleet week. They will learn that the Machine-identified situation in which Salazar is involved is in part related to his recent activities off the coast of Africa, those activities for which others are highly interested without his knowledge.
1 October 2013
The next number the machine dispenses is for Wayne Kruger, an Internet genius and head of a company called Life Trace, which allows people to find others through information readily available already on the web. However, Finch learns that Life Trace's primary goal, its money making venture, is as a data broker, selling the information it gathers to people who will pay for it. As Kruger prepares to make what is perhaps the biggest deal of his career, he wants to be as open and transparent as possible with his prospective clients... or so he says. Finch, Reese and Shaw also learn that there was a class action lawsuit against Kruger and Life Trace by people who were ultimately hurt by the information that was provided through the site. They believe Kruger is the target, as someone or some people, probably a coalition of those behind the lawsuit, want to expose Kruger in very public means for not being as open concerning his own life as he purports. They have to wade through the list of several hundred of those involved in the lawsuit to find who is targeting Kruger most vehemently. Meanwhile, Carter, in order to work days, decides to go into the trainer's program. As such, she receives a rookie partner, Officer Mike Laskey. Carter doesn't want Laskey to be an obstacle to her missions - to find Beecher's killer and assist Finch and the team whenever required - but she may have a different viewpoint when she learns more about Laskey's own motivations.
8 October 2013
The next number the machine dispenses is for Ian Murphy, a young man who lives off his investments. Years earlier he was a struggling college student who inherited $100,000 which he now has in a diverse portfolio of investments. Reese and Shaw initially follow him on a date. While Reese decides to check out his apartment, Shaw continues her tail. What they both find leads them to believe that Murphy is the perpetrator, stalking then killing the long list of women he meets through online means and of whom he has been keeping detailed dossiers. There is at least one woman dead already, Dana Wellington, and another, Jenna Lakritz, missing. Reese devises a plan to trap Murphy using the feminine wiles of their slightly expanded team of Carter, Shaw, and Zoe Morgan. The one of the three that Murphy eventually chooses finds a story a little more complicated than they originally thought. Meanwhile, Root knows that someone will soon be coming to kill her. Using information from the machine, she devises a plan to escape from the psych ward, about which she is up front with Dr. Carmichael, who dismisses her rantings as that of a crazy woman.
15 October 2013
The next number the machine dispenses is for Vanessa Watkins, a hard-nosed prosecuting attorney who, when Finch and Reese first meet her, has just reported her husband, Jeremy Watkins, missing from their yacht. While Vanessa has put away many a criminal over her storied career, Jeremy has let many go as a flashy and high-priced defense attorney. As her number came in after the report of him missing, they know Jeremy's presumed death is not the reason for the number, yet they don't know if Vanessa is the target or the perpetrator. They learn that the lead investigator on the case of Jeremy's death, Detective Cameron, is looking at her for her husband's murder as all evidence found thus far implicates her. Cameron's main problem?: he doesn't have a body, and thus needs Vanessa to confess to make a conviction stick, which she may or may not know. They will also learn that Cameron has a personal vendetta against her, which places a major obstacle in tracking her as she tries to elude Cameron. As Finch and the team wade through the story of the complicated lives of Jeremy and Vanessa - including their unlikely personal coupling - they find that Vanessa knows her law and is resourceful and strategic in her every surprising move. They may not learn if she is the target or the perpetrator without getting the story directly from her. Even then, as she is a lawyer who knows how to spin, they have to act the judge and jury in their own court of opinion in evaluating her story. Meanwhile, as Carter assists them on this case, she finds that she has to be careful around her new rookie partner, Laskey. She doesn't yet know how careful she truly has to be.
Season 3, Episode 5: Razgovor22 October 2013
Shaw is tasked to stay close to a 10-year-old identified by The Machine, who is wanted by the Russians. Meanwhile, Carter's mission to bring HR to justice risks exposure.
29 October 2013
Reese and Finch go on separate missions. Finch has noticed that Shaw has been less responsive than she even usually is and he sends Reese to go find her. Reese initially discovers evidence that Shaw was abducted, but later finds more evidence that she may have gone willingly with her abductor: Root. He has to find what Root is up to, she who has been in contact with the Machine, which is feeding her information for her latest mission requiring Shaw's assistance. In the meantime, Finch works on their latest number, that of Timothy Sloan, an estate investigator for the New York Public Administrator. Finch is pretty sure that he is the target because of what he has found during one of his investigations. Finch will learn that that investigation is of Jason Greenfield, who died two weeks ago of a heroin overdose and whose case file is not Sloan's. It is Sloan's personal connection to Greenfield and Greenfield's activities as a computer hacker that are the key. And Carter learns a little more about the workings of HR when Laskey voluntarily reveals a bit of himself to her.
5 November 2013
While Finch still keeps Root hostage, he who can't understand why the Machine is in contact with her, he is the first to make contact with their latest number, that of hypnotherapist Hayden Price. The fact that his credentials seem made up, and that the therapy session in which Finch has with him seems more like a fishing exercise to obtain answers to secret website questions, lead Finch to quickly come to the conclusion that Price is a con man, out to bilk his patients. However, he still believes that Price is the intended target. In following Price's world, Reese, Shaw and Finch unexpectedly intersect with Carter, who, with Laskey by her side, is still trying to find out the head of HR to bring them down. One of Price's clients is antiques dealer Sven Vanger, who they learn has been laundering money for HR in a somewhat creative manner. They have to find why Price's life may be in danger because of his connection to Sven and indirectly to HR. But Price's true profession begs the question that if he's conning someone, could someone in turn be conning him?
Season 3, Episode 8: Endgame12 November 2013
Finch receives 38 numbers at once from the Machine. He discovers they are connected to an unknown player who is inciting an all-out war between HR and the Russian mob.
19 November 2013
Danger closes in when the epic battle to bring the criminal organization HR to justice reaches new heights. And when the Machine suddenly gives out Reese's number, the POI team faces their greatest threat yet.
26 November 2013
The team seeks justice for Carter's murder, but Finch realizes that one person may go too far in the battle against HR. Meanwhile, NYPD officer Patrick Simmons' number comes up.
Season 3, Episode 11: Lethe17 December 2013
Flashbacks to Finch's adolescence provide insight into his creation of The Machine. Also, the team receives the number of an already dying man, and Reese leaves the POI team behind in the aftermath of the war with the crime organization.
Season 3, Episode 12: Aletheia7 January 2014
Finch, Shaw and Arthur Claypool are able to escape from the clutches of Control, after which Arthur demonstrates that he has more lucid moments than he initially lets on. He informs Finch and Shaw more about Samaritan, and what from that project still exists, which is what Control was after. As the threesome try to protect Samaritan, they are tracked both by Control's team, led by Hersh, and Vigilance, led by Collier. Control has other issues on her mind, namely dealing with Root, who tries fruitlessly to explain to Control her relationship with the Machine, which Control believes rightly belongs to her. Meanwhile, Reese and Fusco are still in Colorado. In their current situation, they are able to have an uninterrupted philosophical discussion/argument about the nature of their work with Finch and with the Machine.
Season 3, Episode 13: 4C14 January 2014
Under the assumed name John Wiley, Reese is making his escape from his life with Finch and the Machine by taking a one-way flight to Istanbul. He is however diverted onto another flight via Rome. Initially believing it is all Finch's doing, Reese soon learns that he was placed onto that Rome flight by the Machine, who provides him with the next number in the form of a seat number on the plane. "4C" is occupied by a young man named Owen Matthews, who is accompanied by who Reese recognizes as two federal marshals. Reese initially has no intention about doing anything about Owen until the two marshals are taken out. With Finch's help and direct questioning, Reese learns that Owen is involved with a case of an online drug ring headed by a man code named Sphinx, Owen the site designer who is the only person who can identify Sphinx. Reese and Finch learn that there are many people on the plane after Owen, the only person who Reese trusting being the first class flight attendant, Holly. While Reese, with Holly's help, does whatever he needs to find anyone after Owen while protecting Owen from being killed, Finch learns that one of the organizations after Owen is the International Security Agency (ISA), Shaw's old employers. As such, Finch sends Shaw on her own mission to find out the ISA's interest in wanting Owen dead.
Season 3, Episode 14: Provenance4 February 2014
Reese rejoins Finch in New York, but when the team receives the number of a highly skilled antiquities thief, a surprising turn of events finds them planning a heist which could land them all in jail.
Season 3, Episode 15: Last Call25 February 2014
Finch goes undercover in an emergency call center to protect a 911 operator, but it soon becomes clear that the threat reaches further than the team could have anticipated.
Season 3, Episode 16: RAM4 March 2014
A flashback to the early days of Finch's operations reveals secrets and connections with far-reaching implications.
Season 3, Episode 17: Root Path18 March 2014
The Machine tasks Root to find a janitor who has a mysterious past. However, when her presence endangers him, the Machine sends his number to Finch as well.
Season 3, Episode 18: Allegiance25 March 2014
The team gets involved in a case of international politics when a former government contractor stalks a U.N. diplomat. Meanwhile, an adversary tries to take advantage of Root.
1 April 2014
Reese, Shaw and Finch are too late for their latest number, Leona Wainwright, as she is killed in front of Reese and Shaw's eyes. They know that Leona was killed by Vigilance for information she would have had unwittingly with regard to the Machine as a federal government employee. Finch decides to take Fusco to Washington DC to see if they can discover what information Vigilance wants, which is probably housed somewhere in Leona's physical or virtual office. Their problem is that the FBI is also involved in the investigation, which means that the Bureau has first access to all relevant information regarding the case. Root is getting her own information from the Machine as to Vigilance's involvement with Leona's death and what they will do to obtain whatever information they are looking for. Leona's death also causes nerves to rise within the politicos in the know, that nervousness which funnels its way to Control. Meanwhile, Reese and Shaw feel like they are being punished by Finch in dealing with the next number, that belonging to lawyer Matthew Reed. The punishment as they see it is that they are forced to go undercover as former high school classmates of Matthew's, he who is attending his twenty year high school reunion in Westchester for the weekend. Reese and Shaw figure that Matthew is the target as he seems unwelcome at the reunion by many, who believe he killed his girlfriend at the time, Claire Klein. After a fight with Matthew, Claire was found dead in Matthew's car on graduation night. Although there are open taunts toward Matthew regarding Claire's death, there are also subversive public ones by an unknown person, probably the perpetrator, meant to scare. The most likely candidate as the person after Matthew is Doug Hemmill, who was Claire's male BFF. Reese and Shaw's task in finding out what is going on with Matthew is made all the more difficult by masquerading as the people who have a certain and largely unknown history with those at the reunion, and by what Finch, Fusco and Root are dealing with in DC.
15 April 2014
News of Northern Lights has hit the media, meaning that the team's work has become more difficult if only because of the public eye on what is happening. While Shaw heads off with Root on her next assignment, Reese heads to Washington DC to reunite with Finch for their next number, that belonging to Illinois Congressman Roger McCourt. Finch's initial guess is that they are heading into uncharted territory as he believes that McCourt is not only the target or the perpetrator of an individual crime, but also that his number is related to terrorism or national security regarding Decima trying to get Samaritan up and running, which, if happens, means the end of their own lives. McCourt sits on the Rules Committee which controls legislation. He has been an outspoken opponent of government surveillance, and thus could be a target for Decima as opposed to Vigilance. They learn that McCourt likes to see himself as a deal maker, one where all sides end up happy. When Reese eventually learns why the Machine provided his number, Finch, Reese and Shaw know that they truly are moving into uncharted territory as they come across a moral dilemma about what to do in the situation.
Season 3, Episode 21: Beta29 April 2014
Decima hunts down Reese and Shaw using Samaritan's feeds. Meanwhile, Greer sets a trap for Finch by targeting his former fiancée, Grace.
6 May 2014
Decima has completed its beta test of Samaritan and has now shut it down temporarily as Greer has to get the politicos, namely Garrison, to buy into the need to purchase it in the name of national security. Greer needs this to happen as they require the government feeds for Samaritan to operate properly. With Finch now being held by Greer and Decima, Reese believes that their first priority should be to retrieve him. However, Root, in her continuing contact with the Machine, convinces Reese and Shaw that the Machine is telling her that Finch, for the time being, is safe, and that they have to deal with the next number. As the Machine does not have an overall picture of what will happen, it provides five numbers for the team to investigate on its behalf. Some of those numbers are for people familiar to the team, which gives them a good idea if these numbers are the targets or the perpetrators. The fifth number is one who they have to do some digging to discover the person's identity. But as they work through the process, they will find that they must get into bed with unusual bedfellows all in the name of the bigger goal. Meanwhile, Root enlists some special help with her specific task. Finch and Greer, being together, have a philosophical chat about what they see as the purpose of their respective machines. And in flashbacks, the reason behind Collier being involved with Vigilance is presented.
13 May 2014
The team takes desperate action in its race to prevent Samaritan from coming online and making them its first targets. Meanwhile, the months-long battle with the anti-surveillance terrorist group Vigilance comes to a shocking conclusion.
Season 4, Episode 1: Panopticon23 September 2014
Required to assume new identities created by Root, the team tries to adapt to their new lives, but a new number complicates things.
Season 4, Episode 2: Nautilus30 September 2014
Harold reluctantly agrees to help John protect a young woman who is participating in a dangerous and deadly game, meanwhile Shaw works with a group of thieves as her new cover identity.
Season 4, Episode 3: Wingman7 October 2014
Finch recruits Fusco to stick close to the latest POI, a professional "wingman", but learning how to approach women soon becomes the least of his worries. Meanwhile, Reese must find a way to play by the rules at his new day job as the Machine sends Finch and Root on a mysterious errand.
14 October 2014
The next numbers the Machine provides are for fourteen-year-old Malcolm Booker, and his eight-year-old sister, Tracie Booker, who are in foster care as their mother is incarcerated on a conviction for illegal firearms possession. Reese, who is tasked with finding them, quickly learns that they are the intended targets, as they stole $500,000 in drug money from the Brotherhood, a gang led by the unknown Dominic. Reese knows of the Brotherhood because he helped put in jail one of the gang's higher ups, Link, who is now out. The DEA is interested in the case, their head agent being Erica Lennox, who decides to work in conjunction with Reese as she knows there is a mole in the DEA working for the Brotherhood. When Reese and Lennox eventually find Malcolm and Tracie, they learn the reason why they stole the money. However, Malcolm has hidden the money and refuses to give it back. Reese and Lennox have to try and protect Malcolm and Tracie from the Brotherhood, all the while trying to get them to give up the money wherever Malcolm has it hidden, and discover the identity of the DEA mole. Shaw may be able to assist as she has one of the injured Brotherhood members, Mini, in unofficial custody; he who may buckle under the pressure of being in the gang. Meanwhile, Elias, who helps them stave off the angry Armenians in this drug war, can see that something in Finch and Reese's life has changed and he tries to find out exactly what has happened.
Season 4, Episode 5: Prophets21 October 2014
On Election Day Reese shoots a potential jumper and is forced to go into counseling. The new number is for a pollster who suspects the election for Governor of New York was rigged. It was - by Samaritan, and his life is now in danger.
Season 4, Episode 6: Pretenders28 October 2014
John and others try to prevent a fake detective from getting himself killed, while Harold attends a conference in Hong Kong.
11 November 2014
Shaw joins a team of international thieves in order to keep tabs on the latest POI, but an unexpected turn of events puts her in danger of being detected by Samaritan. Also, Finch and Root undertake a dangerous sabotage mission.
18 November 2014
Reese volunteers as an NYPD police academy instructor in order to keep an eye on a talented young officer whose suspicious actions make him question her motives. Meanwhile, Martine, armed with information from Samaritan, hunts a member of the team.
25 November 2014
Reese must save Elias from the Brotherhood. He can't get any help from Root or Shaw since Shaw's cover is blown and Root is escorting her to underground.
16 December 2014
Samaritan demonstrates its true power by taking control of New York for 48 hours and erasing crime from the city in an attempt to lure The Machine out of hiding.
6 January 2015
Samaritan launches a cyber-attack on the stock exchange, leaving the team with no choice but to embark on a possible suicide mission in a desperate attempt to stop a global economic catastrophe.
13 January 2015
Control is back and begins to question the methods and intentions of Samaritan. Also, alarming news reports of a pair of vigilantes rampaging through the Northeast begin to surface.
Season 4, Episode 13: M.I.A.3 February 2015
The hunt for Shaw takes Root and Reese to a small town in upstate New York where not everything is as idyllic as it seems; Fusco and a former person of interest team up.
Season 4, Episode 14: Guilty10 February 2015
While on a jury for a murder trial, Finch becomes suspicious of another juror; Reese starts to open up to a therapist.
Season 4, Episode 15: Q & A17 February 2015
Reese tries to protect a software programmer with a mysterious second life, but it's unclear which side of her life the threat is coming from. Meanwhile, Claire, a young hacker that Finch protected, reaches out to him for aid.
Season 4, Episode 16: Blunt24 February 2015
Reese and Finch must protect a street-smart grifter after her plan to steal cash from a medical marijuana dispensary fails.
Season 4, Episode 17: Karma10 March 2015
Reese and Finch try to protect a psychologist whose unorthodox methods for helping his patients find closure could cost him dearly. Meanwhile, flashbacks reveal Finch fragile state in days following bombing that killed his best friend, Nathan Ingram.
Season 4, Episode 18: Skip18 March 2015
Reese must protect a bounty hunter who refuses to let the potential threat to her life deter her from the relentless pursuit of her target. Also, Finch tries to set the plan he began in Shanghai in motion.
25 March 2015
Reese and Finch scramble to protect a software CEO when his behavior becomes erratic following a hacker attack that reveals all his secrets and unravels his life.
14 April 2015
Reese tries to honor Carter's memory by solving a cold case she was unable to.
Season 4, Episode 21: Asylum28 April 2015
Reese and Fusco get caught in the war between Elias and Dominic while Finch and Root follow a clue to Shaw's whereabouts.
Season 4, Episode 22: YHWH5 May 2015
Finch and Root race to save The Machine, which has been located by the rival AI, Samaritan.