Person of Interest: Season 3, Episode 20

Death Benefit (15 Apr. 2014)

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Congressman Roger McCourt
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News of Northern Lights has hit the media, meaning that the team's work has become more difficult if only because of the public eye on what is happening. While Shaw heads off with Root on her next assignment, Reese heads to Washington DC to reunite with Finch for their next number, that belonging to Illinois Congressman Roger McCourt. Finch's initial guess is that they are heading into uncharted territory as he believes that McCourt is not only the target or the perpetrator of an individual crime, but also that his number is related to terrorism or national security regarding Decima trying to get Samaritan up and running, which, if happens, means the end of their own lives. McCourt sits on the Rules Committee which controls legislation. He has been an outspoken opponent of government surveillance, and thus could be a target for Decima as opposed to Vigilance. They learn that McCourt likes to see himself as a deal maker, one where all sides end up happy. When Reese eventually learns ... Written by Huggo

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The scene in the art museum where Senator Garrison meets John Greer, the triptych painting they are standing in front of is "The Garden of Earthly Delights" by early Netherlandish master Hieronymus Bosch (c.1450-1516), and it is located in the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain. The only Bosch painting in the National Gallery of Art is, "Death and the Miser." See more »

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While Root and Shaw are having drinks, Shaw glass is empty in the first shot but is completely filled in the next. See more »

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Harold Finch: Lives will be lost. The results will be nothing short of catastrophic.
Congressman Roger McCourt: These programs are always going to be controversial. But also inevitable. People get up in arms whenever they go public, but eventually the noise dies down, because the simple truth is that people want to be protected. They just don't want to know how.
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One of the most dark & intense episodes!!
16 April 2014 | by (India) – See all my reviews

If you have not watched this episode, then I recommend that you stop here and go watch this episode to experience one of the best hours on Television. POI has always ended it's seasons on a high and I think this episode was a buildup to what I expect is to be a great end to the 3rd season. The tone was set from the start as the world becomes aware of the existence of a massive surveillance system.

The team encounters the number of a Congressman who may be in danger as he is in the way of Decima bringing Samaritan online. But then, we discover that he was being protected by the Decima as he will help them (WHAT?) instead and this is where we see a new side to The Machine. It wants the team to kill the Congressman and proves that The Machine doesn't care about the means to achieve its end. This was the most worried that I have ever seen Finch ( and he has every reason to be) which also induces some of that worry into the viewer.

This episode just hammers the danger of the upcoming apocalypse and sets up the final stretch of episodes perfectly. Kudos to the writers for such a magnificent story telling.

I'm not sure about you but I can't wait 2 weeks for the next episode.


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