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Jack Salazar
Dr. Ronald Carmichael
Robert Johnson / R.J. Phillips
Don Juan


Nobody knows where the Machine has now relocated itself, but it is still in contact with both Finch and, by association, Reese and their new partner Shaw, as well as Root. Still institutionalized, Root may have a short term problem in dealing with her psychiatrist, whom she sees as being stupid, and from whom she has not been provided access to any electronic devices including telephones. Carter, now demoted to patrol following her HR-initiated wrongful shooting incident, has her own new primary agenda. She has also not told Finch or Reese of her association with a past number. And the Machine has dispensed another number to Finch, that of navy sailor, petty officer second class Jack Salazar. Upon first sighting, Reese, despite or partly because he chose the military over a prison sentence for an assault five years earlier, likes Salazar, a man who seems to stand up for his principles and his friends and who knows how to take care of himself using his fists. After Reese loses track of... Written by Huggo

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Did You Know?


Just before the end credits, during the Machine's assessment of Root's situation, one of the graph's node is labeled "Global Thermonuclear War", a reference to WarGames (1983). See more »


A Lockheed A-12 "Oxcart" is visible on the deck of the USS Colorado. The A-12 was a developmental aircraft that was used by the CIA from 1967-1968, and would never have been deployed to an aircraft carrier, especially not in 2013 when the episode takes place. The Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space museum stood in for the fictional USS Colorado, which explains the presence of the aircraft. See more »


Harold Finch: Fleet Week! An annual deluge of drunken sailors that somehow does not qualify as a military attack.
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Crazy Credits

The new Season 3 Main Title Sequence includes a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment at 16 second mark, when brief footage of Root (Amy Acker) is seen. Accompanying this is The Machine's designation for Root, displayed on the screen: "Analog Interface". See more »


References Let's Make a Deal (1963) See more »


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Below Average
25 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

I was eagerly waiting for Person of Interest's season 3 premiere after the outstanding S2 finale that was 'God Mode' and I have to say the S3 premiere was very underwhelming, all things said.

The storyline was a little weak, and the writers seemed to be trying to juggle too many balls at one and it just didn't click.

The biggest negative was Shaw. I was willing to give Shaw a chance, despite people getting annoyed with her by the end of S2 itself, but I am very disappointed after this episode - if anything, it seems like I was wrong. Shaw just seems robotic, boring and tries too hard to be "badass". It doesn't help that Sarah Shahi is really not a good actress.

Too many characters struggling for screen space, in the end at the cost of one of the leads - Finch (surprisingly, given his 'the hacker who can worm him way to any information' act is one of the show's best aspects). The fact that this show treats the 'tech support' as one of its leads was what made it unique. That and the Machine, of course!

In the end, weak POI, narration that was all over the place, too much Shaw and her 'badassery' and too little Finch made it a below average episode - AND POOR BY POI STANDARDS.

Maybe I am jumping the gun here, but really there was nothing wrong with just Reese and Finch, with Carter and Lionel just helping out. Root and Elias are great as always, but Shaw is really an 'extra' that this show didn't need so soon.

I hope I am wrong, but this seems like a case of fixing it when it ain't broke. Thats never good. Prove me wrong Nolan. I hope you do.

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