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.



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Elizabeth Whitaker
Derek Whitaker
Jimmy Calhoun


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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29 September 2011 (USA)  »

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Harold Finch: The number we've received is for a girl named Theresa Whitaker. Some disciplinary trouble, but basically a good kid.
John Reese: Well, the machine did spit out her number, so she must be caught up in something. Where can I find her?
Harold Finch: As I told you, Mr. Reese, this situation is somewhat unique. You see, Theresa Whitaker should be right here.
[Shows him a grave stone]
Harold Finch: She was murdered, along with the rest of her family. Two years ago.
John Reese: So we're looking for a ghost?
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30 September 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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