Person of Interest: Season 1, Episode 10

Number Crunch (15 Dec. 2011)

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As Detective Carter deals with the fallout from her recent encounter with Reese and Finch, The Machine ups the ante for the duo by giving them four Social Security numbers instead of one.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Wendy McNally
Congressman Jim Hallen
Davis Bannerman
Paula Vasquez
Lucas Caleb Rooney ...
Detective Olson


Instead of the usual one, the machine spews out four numbers of seemingly unrelated people: NYU lecturer Claire Ryan, waiter Matt Duggan, hairstylist Wendy McNally and unemployed Paula Vasquez. A grouping of numbers like this generally means to Finch that they are however somehow connected. In tracking the first name on the list, Reese is too late as that person is found dead. As such, Reese believes the best thing to do is for each of himself, Finch and Fusco to follow one of the remaining three apiece to ensure they all stay alive. Some of the three prove to be more elusive than their respective tracker anticipated. In further searching, Reese notices that two have increased their spending of late. And Finch learns that all four were at the scene of a fatal car crash two days earlier. From those two discoveries, Finch and Reese are able to figure out why the four are targeted, but they have to find out who is behind the killings, which seems to have a connection to a congressman and... Written by Huggo

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The book Reese leafs through at Finch's place is 'The Ghost in the Machine' by Arthur Koestler. 'Ghost in the Machine' is a phrase coined by the Oxford philosopher Gilbert Ryle to describe René Descartes' mind-body dualism relationship. In the case of Person of Interest's arc plot, Koestler's book subtly hints that The Machine may be developing a soul, or already has. The soul is famously called 'Ghost in the Shell' in the Japanese manga and anime classic by Shirow Masamune. See more »


Harold Finch: We have work to do. Numbers have come in.
John Reese: What do you mean, numbers?
Harold Finch: What plurals usually mean. More than one; in this case, four.
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An episode to keep you wanting more...!
2 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

POI just gets better and better...or maybe because I prefer character development over strictly procedural stories. This episode in particular had a lot of main character interactions.

The stand-alone story was as interesting as always, but the over-arching plot line is reeling me in! So little is known about the background of the main players, in particular Reese and Finch; the writers are wisely doling out their information very slowly.

In this episode we learn just a bit more about Reese, but only enough to wonder where the story line will go from here. Can't wait to see how the ending to this episode gets resolved!

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