Flashbacks to Finch's adolescence provide insight into his creation of The Machine. Also, the team receives the number of an already dying man, and Reese leaves the POI team behind in the aftermath of the war with the crime organization.



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Young Harold (1971)


During his physical recovery, Reese leaves without telling anyone, or where he is going. As such, Finch decides to ignore the Machine, which is trying to give him a new number. However, Finch can't ignore the indirect source of that next number, that source which may be more troubling to him. That number, which he will be working on with Shaw, belongs to Arthur Claypool. Shaw does not notice by Finch's reaction that he actually knows him. They are certain that Arthur is the intended target as he has a brain tumor and is not expected to live much longer. The tumor is causing his memory to go in various ways, such as not recognizing his long-term wife, Diane. What is more problematic is that Arthur is beginning to ramble. Finch and Shaw see that he is being protected by Secret Service which means that he has been working for a government agency probably on some top secret projects. Those ramblings are often about something called Samaritan, which they surmise is one of those secret ... Written by Huggo

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This is the first time the face of Control is shown. Played by Camryn Manheim. See more »


At the end of the show, the scene shows the machine's identification of the parties in the final scene. There is a yellow square around Hersh, as is the case with Shaw and Harold. But since he is working for Control (who has a red square), so should he. See more »


Agent Easton: So what agency do you work with? FSB, MSS?
Sameen Shaw: You're wasting your time. You should be protecting Claypool. That tech dosed him with sodium pentothol.
Agent Easton: How would you know something like that?
Sameen Shaw: The same way you would, if you'd done any real field work.
Agent Easton: You know, I can make things very unpleasant for you.
Sameen Shaw: Unpleasant? Oh, you Service boys are so polite. Look, whoever came after Claypool didn't get what they want. They will try again.
[the agent starts choking]
Sameen Shaw: You all right there, Dudley? You don't look ...
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