Reese and Fimch are given the Social Security number of a teenager killed two years ago, questioning the infallibility of the Machine; Finch flashes back to the Machine's origin, and how it was developed.

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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 ... Written by Huggo

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During the scene where Nathan finds the list of irrelevant numbers (in this case, photos). The last photo shown before Harold turns the monitors off is Jessica (ex-girlfriend of John Reese). See more »

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Reese is told to find Theresa in the Upper West Side at 89th Street and West End Avenue, and the street signs are shown to indicate the intersection as such; however, the high-rise tower filmed in the scene - Post Toscana, 343 East 89th Street and laundromat "The Mat" shown in the frame are located at the North West and South West corners (respectively) of East 89th Street and 1st Avenue in the Upper East Side, on the exact opposite side of Manhattan.

Note: The building housing "The Mat" was in existence until Fall 2014 when it was demolished. See more »

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John Reese: This was a professional hit. Muzzle impressions were made after the fact, made it look point blank, like the father did it. Cops missed it.
Harold Finch: And you know that how?
John Reese: That's how I would have done it.
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Performed by Handsome Boy Modeling School featuring J-Live & Roisin Murphy
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Underused Big Brother fascinating concept, not intriguing enough and only decent episodic story but still entertaining, promising and Caviezel + Emerson = Winning combo
30 September 2011 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Sadly this episode didn't live up to my expectations. My major complain would be that it was less funny than the pilot when its humor is one of the elements that convinced me the most. John's attitude is still bold and Jim Caviezel's performance is excellent but I missed the gag with the young gangster for instance. There were a few funny scenes but it wasn't enough to balance the overall too serious vibe. The cat and mouse game between John and Mr. Finch was entertaining but the episodic plot was only decent and not original nor linked to the Machine arc. I also found the cop investigation subplot boring considering how much it has already been overused by far too many other shows. Moreover I find the whole surveillance camera concept slightly dated. Wouldn't it more modern to use social networks too ? Still the few minutes dedicated to Big Brother were interesting because we all know it's possible to track people using their cellphones. Moreover the numerous animations to illustrate Mr. Finch's explanations and the constant reminders that the Machine watches them made things more realistic. I'll never play Kinect again nor video chat. Technology is pure evil. Seriously an exciting thing about the show is that it tends to make you a little paranoiac and realizing it is quite funny. However with all the security issues and threats covered in the news it's hard to trust anyone these days. The Playstation Network was hacked, spams are everywhere and recently a website named Copwatch was launched in France to track the police ! For the moment it's hosted by a North American company so it will probably take them weeks to shut it down. It leads us to the Machine again because learning more about it was interesting but I want more. Terrorists could hack it to search and kill powerful individuals for instance. What about a Dr Hyde trying to destroy it ? Give us something fresh, intriguing and twisted to support the episodic format. To sum things up they better step up their game next time or I will definitely give up on Person of Interest. It would be sad because its concept could be fascinating if it was properly executed.


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