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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When teenage Harold Finch used a whistle to scam the long distance charges it was known as Phreaking. It was discovered that the free whistles given out in Cap'n Crunch cereal boxes produced a 2600 Hz tone that when blown into the phone would reset the line and stop the timer. You could then use short bursts in pattern to dial the phone. See more »


Young Harold Finch's father says that the engine is flooding. The part he holds up is the accelerator pump diaphragm. This could not cause flooding. This part causes fuel to squirt into the throttle body when the accelerator is depressed. If anything a torn diaphragm like that would cause a lean condition when starting, not flooding. It would also cause a hesitation. See more »


Finch's Father: You have greatness in you, Harold. Your mind, the things that you can see...
Young Harold Finch: It's not...
Finch's Father: And it's wasted here. You should be heading off to college, not taking care of an old man.
Young Harold Finch: I'm not going anywhere. And besides, they're building a computer network right now that's going to connect all the universities in the country. If I can't leave town, I'll bring the information to me. I'll find a way.
Finch's Father: Careful, son. Don't be reckless. Don't get yourself into something you shouldn't.
Young Harold Finch: [Smiles] If they ...
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