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Many Happy Returns 

Finch gives Mr. Reese the day off as it's his birthday and chooses to work the new number with Fusco. FBI start looking into the murder of Jessica's husband.


Jonathan Nolan (created by), Erik Mountain (teleplay) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Caviezel ... John Reese
Taraji P. Henson ... Joss Carter
Kevin Chapman ... Lionel Fusco
Michael Emerson ... Harold Finch
Dagmara Dominczyk ... Sarah Jennings
Jeremy Davidson ... Marshal Brad Jennings
Judith Ivey ... Sharon
Susan Misner ... Jessica Arndt
Jonno Roberts ... Peter Arndt
Brennan Brown ... Special Agent Nicholas Donnelly
Fred Applegate ... Medical Examiner
Kelly Coffield Park ... Detective Marianne Nichols
Randall Duk Kim ... Mr. Han
Samira Wiley ... Triage Nurse
Roe Hartrampf ... Bartender


Because it's Reese's birthday and because there are no new numbers, Finch gives Reese the day off. However, there is a new number that Finch believes would not be a good case for Reese to work on, since it may hit a little too close to home regarding the nature of the death of his ex-girlfriend, Jessica Arndt. Reese is aware of Finch's motives. That number belongs to Karen Garner, who Finch is pretty sure is the victim. He is certain that Karen Garner is an assumed name and that she is on the run from someone, probably a violent boyfriend or husband. The case does hit home for Reese who decides to take matters into his own hands much like he would have handled the situation if the woman was Jessica. This situation doesn't sit well with Carter, who has been asked by FBI Agent Donnelly to assist in the investigation on Reese and finding his DNA at a past crime scene in New Rochelle, that crime scene being the death of Jessica's husband, Peter Arndt. Finch encourages Carter to join that ... Written by Huggo

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Did You Know?


In The Prisoner (1967) starring Patrick McGoohan, there is also an episode called The Prisoner: Many Happy Returns (1967). In it, Number 6 is allowed to believe that he has escaped and returned to London. After being returned, he discovers that he was allowed to leave because it was his birthday. In Person of Interest, Jim Caviezel's character is also granted a reprieve on his birthday. Before POI, Jim Caviezel also played the character "Number 6" in the remake of The Prisoner (2009) as well. See more »


Finch won't allow Reese to work the number because it deals with domestic violence and, Finch contends, Reese "has sensitivities" about wife beaters. However, they already dealt with a serial wife beater in Person of Interest: Get Carter, and John didn't kill the man; he simply tied him up and left him for the police, even though the man had not only physically attacked his wife, but come at her with a shotgun and threatened repeatedly to kill her. If his "sensitivities" were so serious, Finch wouldn't have let him near Ed Kovach. See more »


Harold Finch: According to the Denver Public Records Database, Jennings was sued twice for excessive use of force on the job. Both cases were dismissed. He falsified the warrants on Sarah. Trumped up the charges to enlist the entire US Marshal Service in helping him stalk his wife
John Reese: That's why she can't stop running. Only one way to deal with guys like this, guys who hide who they really are until they get home.
Harold Finch: What will you do, Mr. Reese?
John Reese: Show him what a real monster looks like.
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Written by Sparklehorse and Danger Mouse
Performed by Sparklehorse and Danger Mouse
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Good, but clichéd.
24 April 2013 | by redruin-550-985781See all my reviews

This episode revolved around domestic violence; so sadly what we got was a clichéd view of it. The view we got was the one fueled by mindless selfish fear. I don't hold my breath for an innocent man getting treated fairly within our kangaroo society. It is based on potentially every stranger is our enemy, the mistake is the 'potentially' is ignored and everyone is simply the enemy. Based on this fear men are obviously dangerous to weak people, and thus are guilty in fearful people's eyes, the reaction to fear when they do not feel a threat is to attack for ego's sake, these people are opportunistic and infest our society.

So for me the episode came across as propagandist towards the clichéd view of domestic violence that exists for the reasons I have given, men are overwhelming seen as the perpetrators, it is easy to convict a man of a violent crime against a woman, I'm not saying their aren't male abusers that would be ludicrous what I am saying is innocent men will be stitched up and lied about by many people as it serves their disgusting interests. Still in this episode I liked what happened I just wish it wasn't the clichéd view.

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3 May 2012 (USA) See more »

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