A flashback to the early days of Finch's operations reveals secrets and connections with far-reaching implications.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lionel Fusco (credit only)
Rick Dillinger
Daniel Casey (as Joe Mazzello)
Lester Strickland
Noah Racey ...
Dillan Arrick ...
Haley McNabb


2010. Finch has just received the latest number from the Machine, on which he will work with his operative, Rick Dillinger. The two have an uneasy relationship. Dillinger doesn't fully trust Finch as Finch tells him nothing beyond what he needs to know for the number in question, while Finch believes Dillinger is too self-interested and takes too many risks, both which may be liabilities for the work in general. That number belongs to Daniel Casey, who works as a freelance computer hacker, hired by companies to try and break into their systems. Two months earlier, he seemed to go underground, which leads to Finch and Dillinger believing that he may have found some information in his computer hacking that someone wants or that his clients want hidden. That does end up being the case, as he seems to want to turn that information over to someone in authority who can protect him. Finch and Dillinger will find out that more than one group is after him, one group that wants the information,... Written by Huggo

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4 March 2014 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


About halfway through the episode there is a location called 'Van Brunt Post'. Neil Jackson, who plays Rick Dillinger in this episode, plays Abraham Van Brunt in Sleepy Hollow. See more »


Finch would not know that Reese was a CIA agent, because he had not yet received Jessica Arndt's number, which was when he first gathered background information on Reese. See more »


Rick Dillinger: Until now this job has been nothing but damsels and bankers...
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Crazy Credits

Due to the nature of the episode, the Season 3 title sequence (Carterless version) has been replaced with Season 1 title sequence that ends abruptly at 30 second mark when Finch reaches the point "I needed a partner." See more »


References The Terminator (1984) See more »


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PERFECT, could use as a template in film school, wow
17 March 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews


First to be clear let's talk about the episode. Not merely the best in the series so far, not merely technically perfect, but soars even above the usual standards for POI. The script which is flawless works on multiple levels, not only telling a story via the trope of flashback but carefully introducing new elements like a time release drug to shock the viewer in real time and yet (this is not easy, trust me) also adding to our understanding of the characters for episodes to come.

"Wow" does not do justice. Nor is the 10 score high enough.

I need to repeat this is technically perfect, no false notes, no wasted words or frames, and constant viewer connection.

Makes those handful of TBAA episodes ("touched by an angel" theme in the lesser POI entries) look tawdry in comparison.

And the script team from ARROW, who have turned the flashback, as a reliable script device, into a weapon of torture should be forced to watch this episode on a continuous loop with their eyelids taped open.

Not to benefit them. To benefit their viewers.

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