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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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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Harold tells Root that the machine restarts itself "1.618 seconds later". 1.618 is the first four digits of the mathematical Golden Ratio. See more »


John Reese: Finch I think I know who Thornhill is. He's a ghost. He doesn't exist.
Harold Finch: I think you may be right, Mr. Reese.
John Reese: I've seen it dozens of times before. A NOC sets up a business, residence, a whole life. Then the operation gets scrapped. No one cleans up the fake ID, and you wind up chasing empty town cars around the city.
Harold Finch: Interesting theory. I have a different one. I was curious why I could only find one photo of Mr. Thornhill, so I did some investigating, inside the photo that we already have, and I ...
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"I am not a sociopath, Harold" (dialog)...
27 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

"... Believe me, sometimes I wish I was ... the things I have to do would have been so much easier" (dialog)

This review is really about Amy Acker, and in my opinion this series is ALREADY so good that any episode with Acker puts it over the top.

If I am not being clear, that is a GOOD thing.

I understand that Acker had a career in daytime TV before Angel but, as any fan will tell you, it was her work on Angel as a returning Goddess (you had to be there) that really became the breakout.

And this is the odd part. She is not really a full spectrum actress. Meryl Streep does not spend sleepless nights worrying about Acker.

I have watched Amy on countless "Lifetime" specials and she is pretty one-note.

So I have developed a theory.

She can play normal and she can play full-on loony, and that is her range. Pick one.

But when you think about it, that is still a pretty impressive range.

And in this episode especially, she is more fun than a barrel of hammers.


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