Person of Interest (2011–2016)
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Reasonable Doubt 

The next number the machine dispenses is for Vanessa Watkins, a hard-nosed prosecuting attorney who, when Finch and Reese first meet her, has just reported her husband, Jeremy Watkins, ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Root (credit only)
Detective Cameron
Nicole Spencer
Brian Wiles ...
Jeremy Watkins
Reginald 'Reverb' Marshall (as Treach)
Dr. Rachel Jensen
Tim Jerome ...
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The next number the machine dispenses is for Vanessa Watkins, a hard-nosed prosecuting attorney who, when Finch and Reese first meet her, has just reported her husband, Jeremy Watkins, missing from their yacht. While Vanessa has put away many a criminal over her storied career, Jeremy has let many go as a flashy and high-priced defense attorney. As her number came in after the report of him missing, they know Jeremy's presumed death is not the reason for the number, yet they don't know if Vanessa is the target or the perpetrator. They learn that the lead investigator on the case of Jeremy's death, Detective Cameron, is looking at her for her husband's murder as all evidence found thus far implicates her. Cameron's main problem?: he doesn't have a body, and thus needs Vanessa to confess to make a conviction stick, which she may or may not know. They will also learn that Cameron has a personal vendetta against her, which places a major obstacle in tracking her as she tries to elude ... Written by Huggo

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15 October 2013 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Sameen Shaw (Sarah Shahi) goes undercover as Carmen to a book club. Sarah Shahi played a character named Carmen de la Pica Morales on the L Word. See more »


When Det. Lionel checks the forensic results on Vanessa Watkins in the police station, a typo appears in the results as TRACES OF CHECMICALS FOUND instead of chemicals. See more »


Joss Carter: Vanessa told me she didn't kill her husband.
John Reese: Do you think she's innocent?
Joss Carter: I don't know. But in that moment, I thought she was telling the truth.
John Reese: I guess the former prosecutor doesn't trust the system, then.
Joss Carter: Think I'd be standing here in a uniform if the system always worked?
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Weakest episode to date
3 January 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

I don't usually go out of my way to flag the low end of the quality spectrum but it is as much the job of the reviewer to note weakness as it is strength.

And sometimes die-hard fans get so hooked on a show they lose the ability to differentiate.

Aside from a 30 second bit where Shahi pulls out a gun at a woman's book club - which almost had me on the floor -- this one is a clunker.

The guest star, Kathleen Rose Perkins, is badly cast for the role of a female prosecutor because she has trouble delivering her lines. And the story is so weak that the writers compensated with extra dialog and lots of dead ends, another sign of weakness and lack of confidence in your story.

Even Jim is off here, actually walking with a small limp as though he was not at his best for this one. (Only Gary Cooper can pull THAT off).

Viewers often forget that the media business is a business and it works to deadline. Another IMDb said it nicely, this one was not ready to come out of the oven yet, it needed more work.

Yes it did.

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