It's been ten days since the machine has provided a number, which means Carter has had ten days of dead bodies piling up. Finch discovers that a company called Decima is responsible for the... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lionel Fusco (credit only)
IAB Detective Ed Solis
Claudia Sugarman
Office Drone
ESU Captain


It's been ten days since the machine has provided a number, which means Carter has had ten days of dead bodies piling up. Finch discovers that a company called Decima is responsible for the virus which is causing these problems of inconsistency. The machine finally does dispense a number, it belonging to Ernest Thornhill, whose business of late has been buying up pay phone companies. As Finch and Reese track Thornhill, who they have yet actually to see, they find out some important information about him and exactly why the machine dispensed his number. But also aware of that fact is Root, who, using her own brand of persuasion, convinces Finch that they need to work together to battle Decima and the virus. Reese becomes aware that Root is back in the picture, he who gets some help from an old acquaintance in tracking Finch and Root. Their competing goals will all come to a head at midnight Eastern time, when the virus is scheduled to do its job. Meanwhile, Carter, in conjunction with ... Written by Huggo

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2 May 2013 (USA)  »

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This episode's opening narration is distorted and difficult to understand, in relation to the plotline of the virus that is affecting The Machine. See more »


Root: So if you're like me, and we both know you are, you designed the Machine so that a catastrophic crash puts it into a remote debugging protocol; a God mode that gives the admin full access to all of its data. That's what Decima's after. And that's why they wanted to kill Thornhill. He was buying up all the pay phones in Manhattan, but they stopped him. I don't know about you, but I don't really want to see what happens when an evil multinational becomes omniscient. But why you would leave it so ...
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Mind Blowing
5 May 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

One of the best episodes this season. Full of twists and turns

Jim Caviezel, you are a beauty. The whole episode keeps us on the edge and it kept me wondering what's gonna happen next. As the seasons unfold a lot of things about the MACHINE are disclosed.

Though I'd really want to see the past footage when Nathan dies and from where did Finch got his limping leg and injured spine.

This was helluva episode, as good as the season finale. Just imagining if the penultimate episode left us on a cliffhanger, what's going to be the finale.

Eagerly looking forward to it. Cheers Jonathan Nolan, one great Television series you have made. It just got renewed for 3rd season too (Excited for that)

Hope this one makes up to 8-9 or 10 seasons...just can't seem to get bored of it. kudos guys, thanks for PERSON OF INTEREST.

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