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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19 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

If it were just Jim Caviezel, it would be a great show add Michael Emerson on top of that and you have a brilliant show. I have to say that I only watched the first episode because my mother told me I had to, but after watching the first episode, I was hooked.

Jim Caviezel has impressed me ever since I first watched him in The count of Monte Cristo and then in The Passion of the Christ he showed his versatility as an actor and now I watch this show and once again he shines. Michael Emerson I only saw once in the Television series Lost but I was impressed with his ability back then and now he plays a lovable brilliant computer nerd. (Someone that I can relate to well… except for the brilliant part.) The supporting cast of Characters are also great as well such as Taraji P. Henson who does a great job playing a mother on the force and Kevin Chapman as a troubled cop. The writers are also great, I find these days that a lot of police procedural shows are great not only because of the acting, but because the writers really do a great job of creating likable characters that you can get invested in. Therefore, I would recommend this show to anyone who likes not only police procedurals but also science fiction and action/suspense shows. Definitely, one to look out for and I hope that it continues to get better as the show progresses.

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