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
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
Who are you?
Protector of the innocent. Heard you could use some protecting. Your embezzling boss didn't like the idea of you testifying against him in court, so he sent this joker to make sure it didn't happen.
Mr. Dillinger. Didn't he send two hit men after Ms. McNabb?
[a second goon turns the corner only to be shot by Dillinger
Last one, I promise.
I hope the threats required an ambulance. And not a coroner.
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