Person of Interest (2011–2016)
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Root Cause 

Finch and Reese run surveillance on a man who's been unemployed for eight months without his family knowing. Angry that he's been fired, he may pose a threat to society.


Richard J. Lewis


Jonathan Nolan (created by), Erik Mountain




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Caviezel ... John Reese
Taraji P. Henson ... Joss Carter
Kevin Chapman ... Lionel Fusco (credit only)
Michael Emerson ... Harold Finch
Paige Turco ... Zoe Morgan
Myk Watford ... Scott Powell
Damian Young ... Pete Matheson
Amy Hargreaves ... Leslie Powell
Brennan Brown ... Special Agent Nicholas Donnelly
Victor Slezak ... Michael Delancey
Dan Ziskie ... Senator Gene Atkins
Bill Cohen Bill Cohen ... Pawn Broker
Michael Milligan Michael Milligan ... Campaign Supervisor
Erin Kilgore Erin Kilgore ... Mia Powell
Casey Predovic ... Teen Guy


The next number the machine dispenses is that of Scott Powell, who is seemingly undistinguished from the many in the working middle class. He works as a construction projects manager for the city, he is a family man with a wife and two children, and the Powells live a typical suburban middle class lifestyle. But as Finch and Reese dig a little deeper, they find that he was laid off from his job eight months ago which he has not told his wife, he is still unemployed but pretends to go to work every morning, he has maxed out their credit cards, and he has been blogging negatively about Congressman Michael Delancey, whose policies led to the municipal cutbacks which cost Powell his job. As Reese sees a desperate man who has hit rock bottom, he believes that Powell will try to kill Delancey. As Reese and Finch do some more investigating, they do see that Delancey is the probable target, but that there is another more powerful force behind the violent act. That powerful force threatens ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

2 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The alias chosen by the villain in the background is Root. The Root user or superuser is a user on Unix-like systems with full administrative privileges. See more »


At 36:53 Reese's hood clearly falls down while fighting. In the next scene it is back on and remains up for the rest of the fight. See more »


Harold Finch: Thank you for meeting me on such short notice, Ms. Morgan.
Zoe Morgan: I work when I'm needed, Mr...
Harold Finch: Harold please.
Zoe Morgan: I am curious how you got my number.
Harold Finch: Mutual friend. He assisted you on a Delicate negotiation with a certain pharmaceutical company.
Zoe Morgan: So you're the guy on the other end of the phone. How is John?
Harold Finch: On the run, as usual.
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