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
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When Root meets Finch at the park, the machine tracks them. Usually, people are tracked with a white box; admins (John and Finch) are tracked with yellow boxes. In this scene, however, both Root and Finch are tracked with yellow boxes. See more
Careful what you wish for, Ms. Groves. This communion that you're seeking, it may not be what you think.
This isn't about me. It's about saving the machine, not just from Decima, but from what you did to it. When that phone rings, I'm going to answer it, and together, you and I are going to find the machine and finally set it free.
References North by Northwest