Person of Interest (2011–2016)
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The Machine suddenly provides six numbers, one of whom has a place on remote Owen Island. Because of a tropical storm Finch and Reese are trapped there with eight others, and one is them is methodically killing the others, one by one.


Kenneth Fink


Jonathan Nolan (created by), Sean Hennen | 2 more credits »




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
Luke Macfarlane ... Special Agent Alan Fahey
Becky Ann Baker ... Deputy Erica Schmidt
Dan Lauria ... Stanley Amis
Sterling K. Brown ... Detective Cal Beecher
Brian Hutchison ... SAIC Brian Moss
Cindy Katz ... Vicki Winter
Dennis Flanagan ... Victor Engquist
James Andrew O'Connor ... Ethan Mattson
Derek Wilson ... Dennis Cunningham
Mandy Siegfried ... Carly Moon
Timothy Sekk ... Kyle Moon


Coinciding with a storm hitting the eastern tri-state area which may require evacuation of coastal residents, the machine has not provided any numbers in three days, leading Reese and Finch to believe that there might be something wrong with it, especially what Stanton may have done to it prior to her death. When the machine does provide a number, it provides six men simultaneously, five who are officially missing or have ceased their electronic footprint. Reese and Finch decide to focus on the sixth, Jack Rollins - Finch at his New York apartment, Reese at his rented home on Owen Island just off the northeast tip of Long Island - while Carter is tasked with finding out more about the missing or off-the-grid five. Their early guess is that their unknown perpetrator has killed the five taking over their identity moving from person to person, Rollins the next on the list. A common bond between their three individual investigations is Special Agent Alan Fahey, an FBI paper pusher. By ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

7 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The episode's title; "Proteus" likely refers to the ancient Greek sea god of the same name. Proteus is said to represent the unpredictable and changeable nature of water; the god himself was often said to frequently change forms. See more »


When Detective Carter walks in to save Finch she's completely dry, even though she's supposed to have come in through torrential rain. See more »


Detective Cal Beecher: So do you think we can cross the entire state before you say a word to me?
Detective Joss Carter: What do you want to talk about? I can think of some things. Like how an NYPD detective got aced out of the FBI because she keeps bad company, how about that?
Detective Cal Beecher: What are you talking about, the FBI?
Detective Joss Carter: Not a friend of Internal Affairs, huh, Cal?
Detective Cal Beecher: Joss, I'm in Narcotics. We get pulled in by IAB half-a-dozen times a year. My neck of the woods don't mean a thing.
Detective Joss Carter: It does to me. Makes me wonder about the man I trusted.
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References The Rain People (1969) See more »

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Dark And Moody Procedural Episode Is A Winner
7 March 2013 | by dirtylemonsSee all my reviews

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'Person of Interest' is the best thing on network television, in my opinion, and especially three of the five episodes preceding this one are all clear contenders for best episode of the series so far. All of those episodes really delved into the overall mythology of the series, so I'm always a little wary when they go back to a more-or-less standard procedural episode. But this one is special:

The atmosphere provided by the storm in this episode worked to maximum effect in conjunction with the fairly disturbing plot. The plot itself is very good, I think, and very different from the rest of the procedural episodes, giving me lots of hope for the ways the show could expand on it's original premise without straying too far from it in the future. And although I've pegged this episode one of the 'procedurals', it should be noted that the episode basically goes a long way to show just one of the effects of an incident from a previous episode. I can't stress enough how well the grim setting expresses that sentiment. Also, perhaps it's just me, but this episode and the last ('Relevance') seemed to have even better production values than usual. And that's no small compliment, considering just how great the series' production values are revealed to be on the Blu-ray of the first season. I will say that, even though I award this my highest rating, I was disappointed by the lack of Fusco and somewhat underwhelmed by the revelation of who was behind the 'whodunit' (I thought it was obvious, though maybe that's just me as well). But all in all, I really hope that we can expect every future episode to be this good.

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