Person of Interest (2011–2016)
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Root reappears and kidnaps Shaw. Finch helps an estate investigator who looking into the death of his step brother. A new vigilante group (Vigilance) makes it presence known. Carter's young partner has his loyalty to HR tested.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Jim Caviezel ... John Reese
Taraji P. Henson ... Joss Carter
Kevin Chapman ... Lionel Fusco
Amy Acker ... Root
Sarah Shahi ... Sameen Shaw
Michael Emerson ... Harold Finch
Kirk Acevedo ... Timothy Sloan
Leslie Odom Jr. ... Peter Collier
Michael Esper ... Jason Greenfield
Brian Wiles ... Officer Mike Laskey
Donnie Keshawarz ... Nick Breckenridge
Robert John Burke ... Officer Patrick Simmons
Peter Von Berg Peter Von Berg ... Morozov
Michael Zlabinger Michael Zlabinger ... Transport Operative A


Reese and Finch go on separate missions. Finch has noticed that Shaw has been less responsive than she even usually is and he sends Reese to go find her. Reese initially discovers evidence that Shaw was abducted, but later finds more evidence that she may have gone willingly with her abductor: Root. He has to find what Root is up to, she who has been in contact with the Machine, which is feeding her information for her latest mission requiring Shaw's assistance. In the meantime, Finch works on their latest number, that of Timothy Sloan, an estate investigator for the New York Public Administrator. Finch is pretty sure that he is the target because of what he has found during one of his investigations. Finch will learn that that investigation is of Jason Greenfield, who died two weeks ago of a heroin overdose and whose case file is not Sloan's. It is Sloan's personal connection to Greenfield and Greenfield's activities as a computer hacker that are the key. And Carter learns a little ... Written by Huggo

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English | Russian

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29 October 2013 (USA) See more »

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Production of this episode was shut down for a day by the Mayor's office when numerous citizens called 911 to report men with automatic weapons in the area of 47th St. and 5th Ave. Reportedly, the day's shooting was ahead of schedule and the NYPD supervisors who are required to be on scene for any exterior shots involving firearms had not yet arrived, leading to the shut-down. See more »


When Root and Shaw are underground torching their way through the steel grating, Root hands Shaw a pair of safety glasses. When she puts them on Show, the glasses are clearly transparent in the first shot. From the next camera angle these suddenly turn into dark sunglasses. See more »


Root: Jason Greenfield, I presume?
Jason Greenfield: How do you know my name?
Root: I know a lot about you, Jason. I know you hacked government sites for a fringe group of activists, got squeamish when the group turned violent, cut a deal with the feds in exchange for a new life, and got screwed over by them and stuck in here.
Jason Greenfield: Who the hell are you?
Jason Greenfield: Answer me!
Root: We're on a bit of a clock here, so let's dispense with the temper tantrum. To answer your question, I'm like you. FBI trojan horse of 2009, the null worm.
Jason Greenfield: ...
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The Number Song
Written by DJ Shadow (as Josh Paul Davis)
Performed by DJ Shadow
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Hey, who spun up the FTL drive..?
20 January 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Wow, after some uneven episodes in Season 3, this is like buying a new car which, unknown to you, comes with a turbo, and you accidentally floor the gas pedal right out the dealership.

Some notes:

1. There are no less than 3 stories in play at the same time and if that writing feat is not impressive enough (and it should be) the writing team manages to link up two of them at the halfway point. Wow. I think they give awards for that kind of writing.

2. Sarah Shahi is a natural comedienne. I am writing this just for the record as I sure she is aware of this already and does not need me to point this out. To this point in the series I have only had two genuine belly-laughs, the first was when Shahi turned up a woman's book club in an earlier episode, and the second was this episode, when Acker initially asks Shahi if they might possibly team up -- understand, at this point, Shahi has been Tasered, drugged, and tied to a steering wheel by Acker -- and Shahi politely declines, offering only a two word explanation, "Trust issues."

3. Although no one has asked me what I think of the Acker-Shahi teamup, let me simply say that if they did a breakout streaming internet series based on this pairing alone (which does not seem to be likely) I would give you my Paypal info now, and subscribe in advance for two years. Pity.

Easily one of the best episodes in the entire series although -- the only small caveat -- you have to already be a fan to appreciate the nuances.

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