Finch and Reese run surveillance on a man who's been unemployed for eight months without his family knowing. Angry that he's been fired, he may pose a threat to society.

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Lionel Fusco (credit only)
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Scott Powell
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Pete Matheson
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Leslie Powell
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Michael Delancey
Dan Ziskie ...
Senator Gene Atkins
Bill Cohen ...
Pawn Broker
Michael Milligan ...
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Erin Kilgore ...
Mia Powell
Casey Predovic ...
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The next number the machine dispenses is that of Scott Powell, who is seemingly undistinguished from the many in the working middle class. He works as a construction projects manager for the city, he is a family man with a wife and two children, and the Powells live a typical suburban middle class lifestyle. But as Finch and Reese dig a little deeper, they find that he was laid off from his job eight months ago which he has not told his wife, he is still unemployed but pretends to go to work every morning, he has maxed out their credit cards, and he has been blogging negatively about Congressman Michael Delancey, whose policies led to the municipal cutbacks which cost Powell his job. As Reese sees a desperate man who has hit rock bottom, he believes that Powell will try to kill Delancey. As Reese and Finch do some more investigating, they do see that Delancey is the probable target, but that there is another more powerful force behind the violent act. That powerful force threatens ... Written by Huggo

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The alias chosen by the villain in the background is Root. The Root user or superuser is a user on Unix-like systems with full administrative privileges. See more »

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When Finch is tracing the Trojan horse of the tracker we see "Accessing network on IP 623.173.93.225.9". IP addresses contain 4 number groups, separated by dot ("."). Each number is between 0 and 255. So a valid IP would be for example 62.173.93.225. See more »

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John Reese: You ever crave a more conventional life, Finch?
Harold Finch: If by conventional, you mean a life without the numbers, it has crossed my mind.
John Reese: It looks like Powell has a pretty normal one.
Harold Finch: If there's one thing our little venture has proven, Mr. Reese, it's that people are rarely what they seem.
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