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.



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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. Written by garykmcd

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22 September 2011 (USA)  »

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Through most of the episode Reese has a bandage on his right hand. In the court house while he talks to Finch, the bandage is on his left hand. Then it's back on his right for the rest of the episode. See more »


John Reese: Where's the machine now?
Harold Finch: What, the drives? Who knows? Government facility somewhere. But the machine?
[Looks at a nearby camera]
Harold Finch: The machine is everywhere. Watching us with 10,000 eyes. Listening with a million ears.
John Reese: You gave yourself a way to communicate with it?
Harold Finch: I was building the government a tool of unimaginable power. I thought maybe an off switch would come in handy. So I built myself a back door into it.
John Reese: To access the irrelevant list.
Harold Finch: Just a social security number.If anyone ever found out...
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The title card "Person of Interest" appears only at 12 minutes into the 44-minute episode. See more »


Written by Robert "3D" Del Naja, Grant "Daddy G" Marshall, Andy "Mushroom" Vowles, Horace Andy
Performed by Massive Attack
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Well Casted and Acted
12 March 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I always rate shows as they arrive on TV, I rated Cold Case and Seinfeld as some of my best TV shows, but Person Of Interest has beaten them with casting, acting and the idea of the show.

The casting is superb along with the idea, and I hope the show doesn't move from the format or what you call the 'plot'.

Some TV shows end when the producers/writers try to add or change to improve, but as we have seen from many first up programs that have good ratings, if you try to change, add or be 'cocky', they fail slowly.

It is going to be hard to come up with scripts that suit the show for a lengthy time, but if the writers are smart, this show will be around for a few years hopefully.

We must remember, this is not real but make believe like many shows like this.

The show is perfectly casted and acted, and the actors probably didn't expect the show to do so well.

Its the only show on TV at the moment that I cant miss, and will do anything to watch or record if I cant watch, and normally I don't watch too much TV.

It has violence, but it seems to be logical violence, people like it when violence ends up with revenge, it has an element of corruption along with sentimentality and heroism.

No doubt there will be a movie of this, I hope so.

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