Reese, still despondent over Carter's death, boards a flight to Europe and gets a cryptic message on a cellphone about a passenger who is supposed to be just a low level programmer, but is the target of a drug cartel and the Mossad.

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Under the assumed name John Wiley, Reese is making his escape from his life with Finch and the Machine by taking a one-way flight to Istanbul. He is however diverted onto another flight via Rome. Initially believing it is all Finch's doing, Reese soon learns that he was placed onto that Rome flight by the Machine, who provides him with the next number in the form of a seat number on the plane. "4C" is occupied by a young man named Owen Matthews, who is accompanied by who Reese recognizes as two federal marshals. Reese initially has no intention about doing anything about Owen until the two marshals are taken out. With Finch's help and direct questioning, Reese learns that Owen is involved with a case of an online drug ring headed by a man code named Sphinx, Owen the site designer who is the only person who can identify Sphinx. Reese and Finch learn that there are many people on the plane after Owen, the only person who Reese trusting being the first class flight attendant, Holly. ... Written by Huggo

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The movie the passengers are watching is Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest, which is about a man who is mistaken for a government spy. See more »

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After the steward knocks on the door; the man that emerges, he addresses him as "Captain". After taking that man out; he goes into the cockpit and attacks the man sitting in the left hand seat. The left hand seat in the cockpit is always the captain. So the man he addressed couldn't be the captain. See more »

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Owen Matthews: Going through other people's stuff, that's not cool. What are you looking for?
John Reese: A safety razor, maybe. Hairspray.
Owen Matthews: Dude, your hair looks fine. That salt-and-pepper thing's like catnip to soccer moms. Go au naturel.
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References Miami Vice (1984) See more »

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Cinema Quality -- and Jim Caviezel owns this one!
21 February 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

One of the reasons I decided to become a "prolific" reviewer for the IMDb (aside from the once-a-year thank you notes from the founder, each with no return address) was that I was gob-smacked at how primetime TV had suddenly became (on average) BETTER THAN THEATRICAL RELEASES.

Way back when dinosaurs walked, I was a professional critic (as in, people actually paid me) and I never thought I would see the day when TV quality surpassed big-screen productions.

I was wrong, I admit it, and it is episodes like this that underscore the point.

This episode is so tight it squeaks, barely has one false note or one missed edit or one line of dialog lacking zing, and more suspense than a dozen recent big-name movie releases I could mention.

(CASE IN POINT -- a recent Hollywood release about an ex-Air Marshall on a plane where he knows there is a killer on board, but not who, does not even come close to capturing viewer attention to the degree this episode does.)

Two other notes:

* Jim Caviezel has been kept in reserve for the last few episodes. But unleash him, and his charisma, unshaven or not, still hits the bullseye each time. He owns this episode. And he is re-defining cool.

* in an earlier review I applauded JJ and Nolan for re-thinking "on the fly" a series which was already a hit. This episode shows enormous skill and craft, and continues the notion of taking POI up a notch.

Boy is this great TV


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