Reese and Finch 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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Mr. Finch's first name is Harold. Horst Herold was the president of German federal law enforcement in the '70s where he invented the dragnet - the first system that used a database full of personal information to identify criminals or suspects from the masses. See more »

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We see the assassin entering the elevator car "F", but steps out on elevator car "G" See more »

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Harold Finch: You know, I went to see your aunt Elizabeth. She seems like a lovely person.
Theresa Whitaker: You tell her about me?
Harold Finch: No. Of course not. But she did mention how much she missed you. She even showed me an old photo. You know, there's no changing what happened to your family, but you do have someone out there that loves you.
Theresa Whitaker: Yeah? What do you know?
Harold Finch: I know what it's like to lose someone. And to feel the need to disappear. But, trust me, you don't want to leave people behind.
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The Truth
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30 September 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As soon as I saw J Nolan created this series, I knew for a fact that this show will be brilliant! I wasn't wrong! The style of the production, casting, acting, story line, direction and choreography combined excellently to keep me very tightly gripped.

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