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
When they are given the Social Security number of a teenager who was killed two years ago, Reese and Finch begin to question the infallibility of The Machine. Meanwhile, Finch flashes back to The Machine's origin and how it was developed.
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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 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
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
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 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
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, who she sees as being stupid, and from who 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 on-line means and of who 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, killed by an accidental drowning as he fell overboard 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 Jeremy's death, they know Jeremy's 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 for 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 the crime organization 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 Finch 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
Some of the secrets of Finch's operation before he enlisted the help of Reese are about to be revealed, it will also include some shocking ties to some of the stuff that has happened in present-day events.
Season 3, Episode 17: /18 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
Season 4, Episode 2: Nautilus30 September 2014
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