Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot22 September 2011
After a scrape with a few hot-heads on the subway, homeless man and former government agent John Reese is offered a job by the somewhat secretive Mr. Finch. After 9/11, Finch developed a computer program that would sift enormous amounts of information, looking for patterns of behavior or activity that would predict another attack. It also provided information about individuals who could be in danger. Finch wants to do something about those people. The first on his list is Diane Hanson, an Assistant District Attorney currently working on a major prosecution. Reese agrees to help out and begins by watching her. It all leads to an unexpected conclusion.
Season 1, Episode 2: Ghosts29 September 2011
The latest social security number the machine spews out is that of teenager Theresa Whitaker. The problem is that Theresa was supposedly killed two years earlier in what was deemed a murder/suicide of her entire family on a boat, the killer being her father, Grant Whitaker. However, Theresa's body was never recovered, presumed drowned and swept away by the current. Reese quickly discovers that it wasn't a suicide, but rather a contract hit. They have to figure out who contracted the hit and why, and why they didn't kill then fifteen year old Theresa. They also have to figure out if the hit had any connection to Grant's now supposedly grieving brother Derek and/or Derek's ex-wife, Elizabeth. But first, they have to find Theresa, who probably has trust issues having been underground for two years. Because of her situation, Finch has a certain empathy for this case. Meanwhile, Finch recalls telling a disbelieving associate of the back door into the system. And Carter hits a stumbling block in discovering who Reese is as all his records have been redacted.
6 October 2011
Joey Durban, a just returned veteran of Afghanistan conflict, is the next case for Reese and Finch. On the surface, Joey seems to be just another vet trying to adjust to civilian life, which includes reuniting with his long time girlfriend Pia Moresco and trying to eke out a living working as a doorman at an upscale residential complex. As Reese begins to follow him, Joey seems to have a secret life, which includes a relationship with a single mother. But the larger issue is that Joey works within a band of robbers, who rob a bank while on Reese's watch. Finch is initially confused as the machine only identifies violent crimes, and the robberies Joey has committed has had no violence associated. Reese, however, believes that Joey is the father of the young child and is committing the robberies to support the child and mother. He also believes that one of Joey's associates is the one who is planning on killing Joey. The only way Reese can find out for sure is to infiltrate the gang as one of their own, which may entail him joining in on their crimes. A further problem for Reese is that Carter has been notified by the robbery division that Reese's fingerprints were discovered at the latest bank robbery, which could be the break she is looking for in tracking Reese. Meanwhile, this case makes Reese reminisce about his own past relationship with Jessica, specifically after his return to the US from an extended overseas deployment.
13 October 2011
Using the pretense of needing a prescription refilled while his own doctor is away, Finch is able to initiate the electronic surveillance on his and Reese's next case, that of emergency room physician Dr. Megan Tillman. In following Dr. Tillman, Reese learns that she is leading a double life. While she spends tireless sixteen hour days at the hospital, her precious time away from the hospital is not spent sleeping, but rather trolling the singles bars at night. Reese is certain the other party involved in whatever will happen to her is investment banker Andrew Benton, who not only frequents the same bars but who Tillman ran into earlier that day. And Reese discovers that Benton has the date rape drug on his person. As Reese learns more about Benton, which includes past criminal offenses expunged, he figures out that not is all it appears on the surface. He and Finch will have to not only try to prevent the murder as planned, but save Dr. Tillman's soul in the process. Meanwhile, Fusco is being threatened by the Mexican drug cartel he and his colleagues used to assist in their crimes. And Carter thinks she's one step closer to tracking down Reese when she sees on security video recordings what looks to be a personal interaction at a crime scene between a masked man, who she knows is Reese, and Finch (under an alias), a supposed innocent bystander. Reese thinks he can kill both the immediate Fusco and Carter problems with one stone.
Season 1, Episode 5: Judgement20 October 2011
The next case for Reese and Finch is that of Judge Samuel Gates, a recent widower with a son, Sam Gates Jr. whose nanny, Christina, has been a valued member of the family since Judge Gates' wife took ill just before her death. As Reese starts to trail the judge, he believes that the machine could be wrong in that the intended target is not the judge but rather Sam Jr. Although Finch states that the machine is never wrong, Sam Jr. is indeed kidnapped, which is all part of the larger picture of what will happen to the judge. Reese takes the unusual step of making himself and his goal of finding Sam Jr. known to the judge, who isn't sure what to believe about this mysterious man. Reese and Finch are able to ID one of the kidnappers, who is a member of an Eastern European gang. The kidnappers do contact Judge Gates, they who are not after money, but rather the acquittal of a defendant in one of the judge's case, that of Angela Markham, who is obviously guilty of the relatively minor DWI charge. Reese and Finch have to uncover Markham's connection to the kidnappers and the kidnappers' end goal to find a hopefully alive Sam Jr., also hopefully without the judge having to acquit Markham and/or walk into a situation with the kidnappers where his own life is in danger. Meanwhile, Fusco and Carter begin their uneasy working relationship, Carter who is getting closer to Reese, and Fusco, whose job it is under Reese's directive in part to steer her away from him.
Season 1, Episode 6: The Fix27 October 2011
Reese is able to track his and Finch's next case, a woman named Zoe Morgan, when she uses his vehicle for hire service. In watching her as he drops her off from place to place, Reese learns that she is a high priced "fixer", which often places her in potentially dangerous and precarious situations. As such, Reese figures she is the target of someone associated with one of her current or past clients. When the situation arises, it becomes apparent that she is being targeted by Mark Lawson, one of her clients, the CFO and heir apparent to Virtanen Pharmaceuticals. Lawson hired her to retrieve an audio recording supposedly implicating him of an affair, news of which would not sit well with his father-in-law, Virtanen's President, Robert Keller. To find out exactly why Lawson is willing to kill for something seemingly so minor, Reese, Finch and Morgan, who somewhat begins to trust Reese (as trustful as she can be as a person in her line of work), have to find out what's on the recording. When they do, Finch in particular becomes more invested in the case in more ways than one. Meanwhile, Carter is investigating a murder, which ends up being associated with a forty year old cold case.
Season 1, Episode 7: Witness3 November 2011
Carter, her team (including Fusco) and the organized crime unit are investigating what they know is an execution murder of a mob leader named Benny D'Agostino in a bodega in the Russian mob ruled area of Brighton Beach. The murder was the retaliation hit by the Russian mob on a rival mob infiltrating Brighton Beach, that rival mob led by an unknown man named Elias. D'Agostino was one of Elias' underlings. On the surveillance recording, Carter notices that there was a witness in the bodega who vanished after the shooting. Reese, who gets a call from Fusco about Reese possibly helping to identify and find this missing witness, is one step ahead of Fusco in that he knows that his and Finch's latest case is that witness, a dedicated local schoolteacher named Charlie Burton. As Reese approaches Burton, he knows that the Russian mob are after Burton for being a witness. Reese convinces Burton to go on the run with him to try and get out of the neighborhood. While the Russian mob are in their pursuit, Reese and Burton, who lose contact with Finch, are on their own as they try to get out of the neighborhood to safety in Fusco's custody. As Reese and Burton hole up in no man's land - a building run by the Bulgarian mob - in their effort to find a safe route out, Finch learns that there are people working inside the police assisting one of the mob units. Finch and Reese ultimately discover to where that police infiltration leads, but at that time it may be too late.
Season 1, Episode 8: Foe17 November 2011
The next number that the machine spews out is that of Wallace Negel, an ex-German national who emigrated to the United States in 1980. However, they learn that Negel has not made any electronic transactions since 1987, which to both Reese and Finch can only mean one thing: that Negel is an alias and that he is a spy, probably working for the East Germans in the Cold War battle. On further investigation, they do learn his real name is Ulrich Kohl, and that he is an ex-Stasi operative who worked in a four-man team killing East German defectors worldwide. On tracking Kohl, Reese finds his first victim, who was one of the people on his four-man Stasi team. On further investigation, they believe Kohl's current mission is to kill his entire team, who have relocated to New York, and that the reason has something to do with his deceased wife Anja. Reese finds that he is not alone in trying to find Kohl, and that information from that competing force may add another name to Kohl's current hit list. Through the process, Reese also reminisces about the time he was given the alias "John Reese".
Season 1, Episode 9: Get Carter8 December 2011
Reese is dismayed to learn that the next number that the machine dispenses is someone that he respects and admires: Detective Carter. In the process, he and Finch learn more about her, including that she is a single mother and a war veteran. They are however unaware of how her military life has affected her police work. As a principled and clean cop, Carter has many enemies, both inside and outside the force. Reese and Finch believe that the attempt on her life that the machine sees will come from one of three sources. The first is the current primary case on which she is working, where one of her snitches, a young black man named Ronny Middleton, is gunned down in a drive-by, with the suspected killer being a gun runner by the name of Hector Alvarez. The second is the chronic domestic abuse case of Mr. and Mrs. Kovach, the latter who, at the last minute, always comes to her husband's defense. Carter is worried that Mrs. Kovach won't be able to defend him the next time he beats her since she will have died by his hands. And the third is her and Reese's old friend Elias, who may be worried that Carter will want to close the forty year old case by his capture or death. Reese knows that he needs to take a risk by getting closer to Carter than usual, so relies on Fusco more than ever.
15 December 2011
Instead of the usual one, the machine spews out four numbers of seemingly unrelated people: NYU lecturer Claire Ryan, waiter Matt Duggan, hairstylist Wendy McNally and unemployed Paula Vasquez. A grouping of numbers like this generally means to Finch that they are however somehow connected. In tracking the first name on the list, Reese is too late as that person is found dead. As such, Reese believes the best thing to do is for each of himself, Finch and Fusco to follow one of the remaining three apiece to ensure they all stay alive. Some of the three prove to be more elusive than their respective tracker anticipated. In further searching, Reese notices that two have increased their spending of late. And Finch learns that all four were at the scene of a fatal car crash two days earlier. From those two discoveries, Finch and Reese are able to figure out why the four are targeted, but they have to find out who is behind the killings, which seems to have a connection to a congressman and his drug dealing son. Meanwhile, the fact that Carter reported that when she was almost fatally shot by her snitch Bottle Cap, she was saved by the man that she has been tracking proves problematic for internal. But someone else sitting in with internal on Carter's review may provide her with at least some indication as to Reese's identity.
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
Reese finally decides to meet with Carter, who, by helping him and Finch in their next case, is provided a little insight into what he and Finch do. Reese is hoping that Carter will see the merit in their association despite the illegal nature of many of his and Finch's actions. Regardless, Reese decides not to tell either Carter or Fusco of their mutual association. That next case is of a young attorney named Andrea Gutierrez, a woman originally from the proverbial wrong side of the tracks, and who has gone deep into debt in financing both her schooling and independent legal business. Her six previous cases have all been for ex-cons who have had a grudge against some aspect of the justice system which has done them wrong. She is hoping that one of these low level cases will be her breakthrough to what she sees as a more lucrative legal career. Her seventh and latest case, which is no different, is representing Terrence King, an ex-con who was sent back to jail on a parole violation. Reese and Finch believe Andrea's violent incident will be associated to King or one of her past clients. In further digging, they find connections between that violent incident to King's less than caring parole officer, Dominic Galuska, and Terrence's son Jacob King who is currently in foster care because of Terrence's imprisonment. Meanwhile, Reese hopes to find out more about Finch's private life through a reconnection Finch makes with someone from his past.
Season 1, Episode 13: Root Cause2 February 2012
The next number the machine dispenses is that of Scott Powell, who is seemingly undistinguished from the many in the working middle class. He works as a construction projects manager for the city, he is a family man with a wife and two children, and the Powells live a typical suburban middle class lifestyle. But as Finch and Reese dig a little deeper, they find that he was laid off from his job eight months ago which he has not told his wife, he is still unemployed but pretends to go to work every morning, he has maxed out their credit cards, and he has been blogging negatively about Congressman Michael Delancey, whose policies led to the municipal cutbacks which cost Powell his job. As Reese sees a desperate man who has hit rock bottom, he believes that Powell will try to kill Delancey. As Reese and Finch do some more investigating, they do see that Delancey is the probable target, but that there is another more powerful force behind the violent act. That powerful force threatens Finch's mission i.e. his reason for creating the machine. As that force seems to be one step ahead of Finch at every turn, he calls in a reinforcement person, one of their past POI's who may be able to delve deeper into the political machinations behind Delancey.
9 February 2012
The latest case that Reese and Finch work on will be without Finch for much as he rebuilds his computer and library from the recent threat. The next number the machine dispenses belongs to fourteen year old Darren McGrady. When Reese first investigates, he finds that Darren's older brother and legal guardian, Travis McGrady, was just murdered - shot point blank - and Darren has since escaped from the authorities as they were in the process of transferring him to Child Services. Reese quickly finds Darren, who seems to want to avenge his brother's murder on his own. Three young men are known to have killed Travis. Darren is about to shoot one of the three, Brick, when Reese and Carter apprehend Darren and Brick. While Carter deals with Brick in custody, Reese, with Darren at his side, tracks the other two, Curtis and Trim. While Darren wants Reese to take the direct approach by shooting Curtis and Trim directly, Reese believes a better solution is to look at the bigger picture of who they are. Reese soon learns that Brick, Curtis and Trim aren't just low level thugs, but are highly paid criminals, who have more than their fair share of muscle behind them. A problem may continue to be Darren, who has a mind of his own and has a penchant for running away when things aren't going the way he wants. Meanwhile Finch is concerned that Will is getting close to discovering the fact of the machine. And Fusco reports back to Reese about one of Finch's many aliases.
Season 1, Episode 15: Blue Code16 February 2012
The latest number that the machine dispenses belongs to Michael Cahill, who on the surface is an unassuming and upstanding but solitary citizen, which masks the fact of being involved in a major smuggling ring led by a man named Neil Vargas. Members of the ring will not hesitate to kill if anyone gets in their way. Reese quickly infiltrates the smuggling ring as one of their own. But when Reese follows Cahill away from the group, Reese finds that he is really Daniel Tully, husband, father and undercover cop, who is deep undercover. Tully could have long ago put Vargas away, but is waiting to nab the true ringleader, a man going by the code name L.O.S. Reese also learns that Vargas probably has a connection working inside the police force. While Finch gets Carter to provide information on the police workings of undercover cops, Reese gets Fusco to re-establish his connections with the dirty cops to flush out Vargas' connection inside. If anything goes wrong, it could mean the demise of Tully, Fusco or both. Seeing Tully's conflict of his work against wanting to be with his family, Reese remembers back four years earlier on his return to the US and wanting to at least know what was going on with his ex-girlfriend Jessica.
Season 1, Episode 16: Risk23 February 2012
The next number that the machine dispenses belongs to Adam Saunders, a proprietary trader with the Wall Street investment firm Baylor Zimm. Adam is seemingly a high roller who likes to play big and win big... all with the company's money. However, that high rolling exterior is partly a mask for a man who does his homework to figure out the odds, which usually pay off for him. Below the professional surface, there are three issues which may be factors in whatever incident will be happening. The first is that he is having a clandestine relationship with one of the company's managing partners, Sydney Baylor. The second is that he has been and is currently being interrogated by Inspector Doug Rasmussen with the SEC, who seems to think that Adam and or Baylor Zimm as a company are involved in some securities illegalities. And the third is that Adam's uncle, a food truck operator named Bob Sowoski, is a client with Baylor Zimm, although another of the traders is handling his Uncle Bob's portfolio. Finch learns that of late there has been a major buy order at Baylor Zimm into one company called Tritak. All of Adam's Uncle Bob's money has been directed into this one investment. Finch and Reese have to figure out who is behind the buy and the reason why to find out what the violent incident involving Adam will be. But Carter takes the case one step further by looking at what she considers the bigger picture.
Season 1, Episode 17: Baby Blue8 March 2012
In an on-going case, Reese accompanies Carter when mob boss and Elias' father Gianni Moretti is released from prison. Carter wants to offer Moretti police protection as they are all aware that Elias is out to kill him. Regardless, Finch has another number in hand, the number only issued two months earlier to a Leila Smith. He surmises that Leila is either a recent immigrant or obtained the number through identity fraud. Finch is wrong on both counts: Leila is a six-month old safe haven baby whose parents are unknown, and who obtained her social security number through one of the attending nurses at the medical clinic where she is currently residing. That nurse wanted Leila to have an identity despite her situation. Reese and Finch track down who they believe is Leila's single mother, but the identity of the father requires further investigation. They believe the father has to do with recent sizable donations to the medical clinic, which they learn was made by Petrosian Construction, a family owned business led by Adnan Petrosian. Reese and Finch have to find out if the father is one of the Petrosians, and if the father's identity has anything to do with the obvious kidnap attempts on Leila. Reese may have to do some juggling between the two cases. In the process, he may have to decide if Moretti or Leila's life is more important. Reese requests the assistance of an old nemesis, who has his own agenda in whether to help Reese.
29 March 2012
Carter, disapproving of Reese's methods, still is not accepting his or Finch's calls. She receives a visit that provides yet another perspective on Reese's possible life. Without Carter's assistance, Reese and Finch will require Fusco to return to good cop mode to help with their latest number, that belonging to Jordan Hester. They have little information about Jordan, who seems in large part to be living off the grid. They have no photographs of Jordan, nor do they even know if Jordan is a male or female. What little information they have seems to indicate that Jordan leads two parallel lives, including having two apartments. What they find on their leads is two different Jordan Hesters, a male bar worker, and a female antiques aficionado. They come to the conclusion that one is the true Jordan Hester, the other someone who stole the identity. Reese's find of a third apartment under Jordan's name and information obtained by Fusco from the Identity Theft squad and from a convicted criminal who claims to be behind bars since he was the victim of identity theft leads Reese and Finch to figuring out which is the real Jordan, and what the fake Jordan is up to. However, they may come to the realization too late for one of them.
5 April 2012
The machine dispenses five numbers belonging to the five biggest Italian mafia bosses in the city, including Moretti's son and Elias' half brother, Gianni Moretti, Jr. Reese and Finch surmise that their numbers can only mean that Elias is targeting the five, he planning to consolidate their operations under his leadership. Because Elias is involved, they want to inform Carter, but she still is not taking their calls. Meanwhile, Carter learns that a bank account they are tracking that is believed to belong to Elias has just been drained of all its money - $4 million - with the transfers made to several unknown sources. She too surmises that the five mafia kingpins are being targeted by Elias, with the money going to Elias' associates for their parts in taking out the kingpins. Carter plans on taking the five into protective custody whether they like it or not. The race becomes who can get to the five first. Through the process, Carter learns that her job is made all the more difficult because of HR's support of Elias, meaning that she doesn't know who within the police department she can trust beyond Fusco. She also has to make a difficult decision when her personal life gets intertwined in the case. Reese vows to her that he will take care of the personal end for her while she focuses on the mafia kingpins and Elias.
26 April 2012
With some hesitancy, Carter re-enters life with Reese and Finch, in part because she feels her police work may be in jeopardy since she doesn't know who in the force she can trust, with Fusco at the top of that list. Reese believes that it still is not the time to tell either Carter or Fusco of their relationships. Regardless, Carter is in place for work on the next number, that belonging to armored car security guard Tommy Clay, who they believe is the intended victim. Reese's belief of Tommy being victim is strengthened by seeing, while Reese works under him on the three person team, that the team is ill prepared if an attack was to happen on their vehicle. Reese is only half right. He and Finch will have to uncover Tommy's hidden relationships to find out who was responsible for the hit, which works its way back to Carter and Fusco's continuing problems. Meanwhile, flashbacks show Reese on his last job in 2010 with the CIA, which explain why Snow is so eager to find Reese now.
3 May 2012
Because it's Reese's birthday and because there are no new numbers, Finch gives Reese the day off. However, there is a new number that Finch believes would not be a good case for Reese to work on, since it may hit a little too close to home regarding the nature of the death of his ex-girlfriend, Jessica Arndt. Reese is aware of Finch's motives. That number belongs to Karen Garner, who Finch is pretty sure is the victim. He is certain that Karen Garner is an assumed name and that she is on the run from someone, probably a violent boyfriend or husband. The case does hit home for Reese who decides to take matters into his own hands much like he would have handled the situation if the woman was Jessica. This situation doesn't sit well with Carter, who has been asked by FBI Agent Donnelly to assist in the investigation on Reese and finding his DNA at a past crime scene in New Rochelle, that crime scene being the death of Jessica's husband, Peter Arndt. Finch encourages Carter to join that investigation knowing what she will find out about Reese. She ends up finding more than Finch anticipates. And Finch's mysterious birthday present of a key to Reese becomes a little less mysterious when Reese learns to where that key unlocks.
10 May 2012
Before the start of their next case, Reese, based on what he sees or more precisely doesn't see, is more curious about how the numbers from the machine make their way to Finch. That next number belongs to Henry L. Peck, an equities financial analyst. They quickly learn that Peck is security conscious, lives a solitary life and is meticulous about having a squeaky clean record as he even got a speeding ticket expunged from his record through the provision to the judge of a seventy-eight page brief. They also quickly learn that the office where he works is only a front for the National Security Agency, and that his real job is as an intelligence analyst. Reese and Finch believe that he is being set-up for a fall, with the ultimate goal of those after him to kill him. When Finch learns why, he and Reese have to decide how much assistance they can provide him as going too far may jeopardize their own work. Not included in their decisions are things unknown to Finch that happened to the machine after it left his hands. This case also provides a bit more information on Finch's life that he has not previously disclosed to his partner, and makes Reese's original question of how Finch gets the numbers more important.
Season 1, Episode 23: Firewall17 May 2012
Reese and Finch will need all the help they can get with their latest number, a young woman by the name of Caroline Turing, whose specialty as a therapist is to counsel high powered clients who expect and require complete discretion. They quickly learn that she is the intended victim as Fusco informs them that HR has entered into a lucrative contract funded by an unknown person or organization to take her out. Because of the mysterious nature of Caroline's clients, one of whom they believe is funding the assassination attempt, Finch and Reese call in an old friend whose own sources may provide greater information on those mysterious clients. The cat and mouse game begins to get multi-layered. As Reese and Finch try to get Caroline to safety, they are tracked by both HR who is after Caroline, and the FBI, with Carter's knowledge, who is after Reese. Added to the mix is someone from Finch's past, who, unknown to him, is trying to locate him. Through the process, Carter and Fusco come to some unsettling revelations. And when they all learn who funded the assassination attempt and why, more than Caroline's life is at stake.
27 September 2012
Reese is feeling at a loss with Finch having been kidnapped by Root aka Caroline Turing, the woman who the machine had identified as a person of interest, but who had set the machine up so that she could find Finch. Reese however does discover that Finch had set the machine up to use him as the contingency if anything were ever to happen to him, although it takes some deciphering on Reese's part to discover how the machine communicates the numbers. Reese hopes that the next number will be for Finch as the next person of interest. That's why Reese is disappointed when he learns that the next number belongs to Leon Tao, an accountant who stole $8 million from gangsters, an arm of the Aryan Nation. With Fusco's assistance, Reese tries to protect himself and Leon while getting Carter to do some legwork on Alicia Corwin's death, which is the primary lead they have on Root and Finch. They are unaware that there are other factions working against them, those faction who are hiding aspects of what happened to Alicia. Reese ends up having to do a little negotiating with the machine for its help. Meanwhile, Root slowly divulges to Finch what her plans for kidnapping him are and to what lengths she'll go to get what she wants.
Season 2, Episode 2: Bad Code4 October 2012
While Reese leaves his newly acquired dog, Bear, with Fusco who will continue to investigate Alicia Corwin's death in New York, Reese and Carter head to Bishop, Texas to follow a lead about Root, and hopefully a still alive Finch who also hopefully did not need to divulge how to access the machine to Root in order to stay alive. Reese believes that Root's real name is Hanna Frey, who went missing in 1991 at age fourteen. In the eyes of the authorities, Hanna, who spent the evening at the library the night she went missing and was reported to have gotten into a man's car after her stint at the library, is presumed dead. Reese and Carter manage to speak to many of the still alive players associated with Hanna or that evening, including Hanna's father, Barb Russell the librarian, Sheriff Landry, and Cody Grayson, a boy at the library that night who is a suspect in Hanna's disappearance since he had previously followed her home. The information they are able to collect - including from some junk mail addressed to Hanna, and from Finch concerning his investigation - leads Reese and Carter in some unexpected directions. Meanwhile, Root continues to use the hot button issues to get the information she wants about the machine from her now two captives, Finch and Denton Weeks.
Season 2, Episode 3: Masquerade18 October 2012
Finch's recent abduction and captivity by Root has affected his psyche, which may or may not be helped by adjusting to life with his new roommate. Despite Finch's problems, the machine still dispenses numbers, the latest being for twenty-one year old Sofia Campos, the daughter of Brazilian diplomat and aspiring Brazilian presidential candidate, Hector Campos. Following Sofia may be Reese's biggest challenge to date, as she is a smart but spoiled young woman with a mind of her own who dislikes the overly protected life of a diplomat and potential presidential candidate's daughter. She would rather go shopping on her own, or clubbing or hanging out with her friends, most specifically her best girlfriend Gabi, and her American boyfriend, Jack Hughes, of whose existence her protective father is unaware. Reese figures the best way to stay close to Sofia is to get a job as her bodyguard. As Sofia tries to lose Reese at every turn, she may inadvertently set herself up to that unknown threat, which may come from the people she least expects. Meanwhile, Carter and Fusco continue their investigation into Alicia Corwin's death. In doing so, Carter runs into an old nemesis.
Season 2, Episode 4: Triggerman25 October 2012
Reese and Finch are pretty certain that the person associated with the next number dispensed by the machine is going to be the perpetrator of the upcoming crime. He is mob enforcer Riley Cavanaugh, who works for a mid level gangster named George Massey. That is why they, but especially Finch, have mixed feelings when they learn that Riley is the intended target. Reese, however, looks at the bigger picture when they learn that Riley is protecting an innocent party, she being Annie Delaney, the widow of one of Massey's former thugs. Massey had always been attracted to Annie, but instead Annie and Riley fell in love after the death of her husband, about which Massey does not know, or so Annie and Riley believe. The difficulties of this case include different people targeting Riley and Annie which means that Reese and Finch have to keep abreast of these different groups; Riley having no qualms about killing even Reese, the mysterious suited man following and seemingly helping him; and Carter having to throw her colleagues off the trail during a murder investigation as they they themselves track Riley. Finch calls in some help from an unusual source, who has an unusual request of his own in return.
1 November 2012
Protecting the latest number that the machine dispenses will be difficult for Reese and Finch because of the large number of potential perpetrators of the crime due to the enemies she's acquired through her work. She is investigative New York Journal reporter Maxine Angelis, who has a bulldog mentality when it comes to getting the story. She is working on three stories concurrently, each which have its potential perpetrators. The first is illegal campaign fund-raising for current New York City councilor and mayoral candidate Ed Griffin, who is running against idealistic district attorney Landon Walker. The second is uncovering the head of HR, which has several New York City police, formerly including Fusco, in its back pocket. This aspect of the case places Fusco in a difficult position in his current role as Reese's inside man into HR. She gets an anonymous tip that the head of HR may be Christopher Zambrano, the son of a mafia don, a lead which she follows relentlessly. And third, which may place Reese in a difficult position in trying to protect her, is uncovering the identity of who the authorities are calling the suited man who comes out of nowhere to save the day but in the process uses less than legal means to do so. Finch comes up with what he believes a solution to have Reese get close to her without divulging his identity as the wanted suited man. But as Reese gets close to Maxine in this role, he finds that things are not quite as clear cut as they seem on the surface. As such, Reese and Finch call in the assistance of an old friend.
8 November 2012
Reese is out of his element with their next number belonging to Graham Wyler, a seemingly straight laced family man who lives and owns his own small hardware store in suburban Far Rockaway, New York. Reese learns that surveillance in the residential suburbs is much different than it is in the city. That's why Finch sets up a cover for him as a suburban family man who moves in across the street from the Wylers. It is up to Reese to find his own "wife", who he chooses being an old friend who owes Reese, but to who the suburbs are equally as foreign. As they dig a little deeper, they learn that Graham Wyler is an assumed identity - one taken from a dead man - that Wyler's wife Connie and their teenaged daughter Izzy are probably unaware. As they discover who Graham Wyler really is, they believe his past will come back to haunt him, with Graham having the options of taking the right path to a somewhat happy ending with his family, or the wrong path into a violent life of crime. Meanwhile, through flashbacks, how Finch met who is probably the most important person in his adult personal life is shown.
Season 2, Episode 7: Critical15 November 2012
The latest number the machine dispenses belongs to heart surgeon, Dr. Madeleine Enright, known as the best in her field. That is why wealthy businessman Oliver Veldt chooses her for his heart surgery, which is kept secret from the public and for which the entire wing of the hospital is to be kept secure for his safety. Finch and Reese are certain that she is the intended target. But they quickly learn that she is the unwilling perpetrator. Just before the operation is scheduled to begin, she is threatened by a mysterious Brit named Alistair Wesley to kill Veldt on the operating room table and make it look like an accident, or else Wesley will get one of his many operatives to kill Maddy's wife, Amy, who, during the duration of the operation, is left vulnerable in a wide open and busy public space, where the many unknown operatives can monitor her movements. Reese and Finch also learn that Wesley has at least one operative somewhere in the hospital monitoring what Maddy is doing in the operating room. With the help of one of their old persons of interest who again is in trouble due to his own doing, Reese and Finch have to find out for who Wesley is working to discover why he is intent of killing Veldt before Maddy has to make the decision to sacrifice Veldt or possibly her wife Amy. Meanwhile, Fusco calls in Carter on a homicide that seems to have a personal connection to her.
Season 2, Episode 8: Til Death29 November 2012
The machine unusually dispenses two numbers simultaneously belonging to husband and wife, Daniel and Sabrina Drake, who own their own small but lucrative publishing firm. Their marriage is despite their differing backgrounds, Sabrina who had a privileged upbringing, while Daniel grew up in working class Flatbush. Reese and Finch believe they are the intended targets, most specifically of Maryland militia leader Wade Huggins, on who their firm published an exposé. However, they eventually learn that the Drakes are not only the targets, but they are also the perpetrators, as each has contracted a hit on their spouse. The latest issue in their now troubled marriage centers on Daniel's want to sell controlling interest of their business, while Sabrina wants to retain control. After coming to the conclusion that they do need to protect both husband and wife, Reese and Finch realize that they not only have to stop the respective hit men from carrying out their contracts, but have to figure out how to stop both the Drakes from wanting to kill the other. Meanwhile, Reese, Finch and Carter try to figure out why Fusco is being so evasive, their primary concern being that he is getting into something bad. Finch can't help but think about his lost love, Grace Hendricks. And Carter may enter into a new relationship of her own.
Season 2, Episode 9: C.O.D.6 December 2012
Reese and Finch's next number may be their most difficult to date if only because there is not on the surface any clear indication who he may be a target of or who he may be targeting, and because of the large number of non-connected people he encounters every day. He is Fermin Ordoñez, who defected to the United States from Cuba as a major league prospect, leaving behind a wife and child in Cuba in search for this better life for them all eventually. An injury ended his pro ball aspirations, and now he ekes out a living as a cabbie. He is trying to smuggle his family out of Cuba, but his contact is requesting more money than he has available. As Reese tails him, Carter learns that one of his recent fares is found dead, with the Secret Service involved. Through that murder, Reese discovers that the murder was because of something that was left in Fermin's cab that may be a breach of national security. Reese and Fermin have to find that now missing item as leverage to protect him against the people who murdered his fare and who will continue killing until they retrieve that item. Meanwhile, HR is trying to resurrect itself despite the investigation into their activities. Their current manoeuvrings place Fusco in a difficult position.
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
Fusco is alone working on the next number the machine dispenses, but in certain respects he doesn't mind when he sees who she is. He is working solo as Finch and Carter are trying to get Reese out of Riker's, where he is still being kept prisoner by Donnelly, along with the three other men captured in the bank basement, as Donnelly is determined to find out which of the four is the "man in the suit", who he considers the most dangerous man alive. Donnelly places Carter in the position of chief interrogator, which gives Carter special opportunity to help Reese but which is also under Donnelly's ever watchful eye. Other obstacles Finch and Carter face in helping Reese are: the three other men, who are unaware that Donnelly's primary interest is to discover the identity of the man in the suit, and not the goings-on in the bank; and three other prisoners in Riker's who know who Reese is, but one who Reese does not know. The next number the machine dispenses may also affect whether Donnelly is able to get his man.
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
Samantha Shaw and her associate Michael Cole receive numbers from the machine much like Finch and Reese, but they receive the ones relating to terrorist threats, which they are to extinguish. Working as field agents for the US Government, they, however, do not yet know the source for the numbers. Shaw and Cole end up being the next numbers Finch and Reese receive. Despite Shaw and by association Cole having killed many in the past, Reese and Finch receive their numbers as the intended targets. The perpetrators are insiders who want to dispose of them because they are questioning and thus getting close to finding out the source of the numbers. Shaw specifically is initially unaware that she is targeted because of where they are heading toward in that questioning. As Shaw tries to find out who gave the kill order on her, Reese and Finch have problems keeping her safe if only because of her suspicious nature as a killer agent, and her loner attitude. What they all are also unaware of is that someone else is working undercover to try and track down the source of the numbers, thus putting them all in further danger.
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 as Reese and Finch are too late: someone has poisoned Dr. Nelson, probably he ingesting 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 be dead probably 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 on 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 has to now to determine if she will help him or let internal 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
Carter is dealing with internal affairs about a possible wrongful shooting on her part which resulted in a fatality. During the process, Terney shows his true colors to her. She has to figure out how to get herself out of her predicament, as well as prevent HR from carrying out its grand plan, even if it means helping the enemy. Meanwhile, the machine has rebooted itself, and has provided Root with 24 hour unfettered access to what it sees. The one thing it will not tell her is where the machine is located, which is her ultimate goal so that she can "set it free". She seemingly has Finch assisting her. Although she knows that Reese is following her, she is unaware that Finch also maneuvered the machine in providing Reese, and by association his current sidekick Shaw, who he tells from where the information is coming, that same unfettered 24 hour access. Beyond the location of the machine, what Reese also wants to know but which the machine will also not divulge is Finch's whereabouts. As Reese and Shaw track Root and Finch while dealing with whatever numbers the machine is sending their way, and as Root and Finch look for the machine, all four still must contend with Decima, which has its own plan with the machine. And in flashbacks, Finch divulges the reason why he embarked upon this work with Reese.
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