Person of Interest: Season 1, Episode 5

Judgement (20 Oct. 2011)

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The next case for Reese and Finch is that of Judge Samuel Gates, a recent widower with a son, Sam Gates Jr. whose nanny, Christina, has been a valued member of the family since Judge Gates'... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Samuel Gates
Jarek Koska
Monica Ramirez
Christina Rojas
Angela Markham
Samuel Gates Jr.
Detective Olson
Onestate Tech Mitch


The next case for Reese and Finch is that of Judge Samuel Gates, a recent widower with a son, Sam Gates Jr. whose nanny, Christina, has been a valued member of the family since Judge Gates' wife took ill just before her death. As Reese starts to trail the judge, he believes that the machine could be wrong in that the intended target is not the judge but rather Sam Jr. Although Finch states that the machine is never wrong, Sam Jr. is indeed kidnapped, which is all part of the larger picture of what will happen to the judge. Reese takes the unusual step of making himself and his goal of finding Sam Jr. known to the judge, who isn't sure what to believe about this mysterious man. Reese and Finch are able to ID one of the kidnappers, who is a member of an Eastern European gang. The kidnappers do contact Judge Gates, they who are not after money, but rather the acquittal of a defendant in one of the judge's case, that of Angela Markham, who is obviously guilty of the relatively minor DWI ... Written by Huggo

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When we see a close up of Koska's phone at the end of the episode, one of the company names is "Plohoi robot ZAO" or "Bad Robot Company" in Russian. See more »


When the kidnappers hang up on the judge the first time they call him, we hear a dial tone. Cellular phones don't have dial tones. It would have just disconnected and been silent. See more »


Harold Finch: Mr. Reese, any sign of a threat?
John Reese: [Watching Gates eat] Does cholesterol count?
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Good Action, Weak Plot
11 February 2012 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

The acting and the action in this episode was very good. However, the story itself was a bit weak. Without giving out the spoiler, the story is about a Federal Judge whose son is kidnapped. The judge is being blackmailed. Now if the story had been about a local judge in Missouri or Alabama or Wyoming, it would have been more credible. However, when you are dealing with a Federal Judge, who has access to the F.B.I. and the Secret Service and the U.S. Marshals, and Homeland Security, I doubt that any real Federal Judge would pick "Finch and Reese" as the two guys to bet the life of his son on.

If you set that issue aside, the story is imaginative in that it connects Russian money laundering, street crime, lawyers, accountants, and paints a picture of how organized crime works through the legal banking system. I guess they could not put all that into the story if it was a judge in the backwoods town of Chipley, Florida.

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