The next number the Machine dispenses to Finch and the team belongs to Cyrus Wells, a custodian. His current blue collar job belies the fact that he has an MBA and was once a multimillionaire. What they also quickly learn is that the person who may figuratively pull the trigger on Cyrus, the target, is Root. Finch learns directly from Root that she has her own Machine-driven mission with Cyrus, her tasks (unlike Finch's) are laid out for her by the Machine immediately before she is to carry them out. All Root knows is that her overall goal is to protect the Machine, most specifically now from a competing Machine, namely Samaritan, which is close to being functional. Finch and Root will have to figure out if their Machine-driven tasks are incompatible, especially as Root has demonstrated in the past that the death of someone like Cyrus is acceptable collateral damage. They both have to figure out who truly is after Cyrus and what his role in getting Samaritan functional is. Root also ...
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According to the receipt Root picks up, the episode takes place on March 11, 2014. See more
When Finch is reading the precautions for the Helium to be delivered to Maxwell Ltd., it refers to the handling of compressed Helium (at room temperature). He tells Reese, and we later see, that there is liquid Helium being delivered. Liquid Helium is at -458°F and requires much more stringent handling procedures. See more
I heard you skipped breakfast, and you and your Australopithecine coworker can just take the day off. I've been doing just fine without a safety net.
Look, the only reason you're not stuck in a cage right now is me. Don't make me look bad.
I couldn't make you look bad if I tried.
The title sequence begins in the usual way, with Finch's voiceover, but this time Root suddenly "hijacks" the narration for the rest of the title sequence. See more