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The Day the World Went Away 

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Finch's number comes up when a fatal error blows his cover identity and sets off a deadly series of escalating encounters with Samaritan's operatives.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Caviezel ... John Reese
Kevin Chapman ... Lionel Fusco
Amy Acker ... Root
Sarah Shahi ... Sameen Shaw
Michael Emerson ... Harold Finch
John Nolan ... John Greer
Joshua Close ... Jeff Blackwell (as Josh Close)
Geoff Pierson ... FBI SAIC Roberts
Robert Ray Manning Jr. ... Zachary (as Robert Manning Jr.)
Sunita Mani ... Sonum
Christine Cartell ... Brenda Jones
Enrico Colantoni ... Carl Elias
Reese Madigan ... Detective #1
DeShawn Harold Mitchell ... Detective #2
Barrington Walters Jr. ... Banger


Feeling like his time is near, Finch hopes to get some answers directly from the Machine before he locks her down, while in the process not wanting his friends to die on his behalf. Finch continues to have philosophical differences with Root about giving the Machine the tools to defend herself, those which were not the rules he wanted when he created her. Finch may have subconsciously predetermined his fate when the next number provided by the Machine is his, meaning that his cover as college professor has been blown. Regardless of Finch's feelings on the matter, his friends intend to protect him to their own deaths if that's what it takes, as in Reese's words Finch is just the next in the latest of numbers he was hired to save. Also on board until the end is Elias, who has seen his friends killed by Samaritan. Finch may make some decisions about the Machine based on what happens as Greer and Samaritan's legion track him. And Reese believes he has come to the true reason why Finch's ... Written by Huggo

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The episode is named after the Nine Inch Nails song "The Day the World Went Away", that appears in the episode's closing scene. See more »


Samaritan recites the BMW's license plate number as "5KSKU". Several close-up shots of the rear of the vehicle show that the license plate is actually "SKSKU" - the first and third characters are identical. See more »


[to Elias]
Harold Finch: You've thought a few moves ahead, but our opponent has thought a thousand.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of most of the episodes, Finch says "stay tuned for scenes from our next episode." This line is not included in this episode. See more »


References Person of Interest: Witness (2011) See more »


The Day The World Went Away
Written by Trent Reznor
Performed by Nine Inch Nails
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The 3rd Greatest Episode of POI Ever Written
4 July 2016 | by Rossi2111See all my reviews

Possibly the most controversial episode since season 3's "The Crossing" (or 6741 for homophobes ).

The Day The World Went Away is one of the best hours of television ever, but also one of the coldest days for POI fans to sit through. I want go super spoiler for this one but i will say that just like 6741 before it, this episode is essential viewing for all new or old POI fans.

If it wasn't for Return 0 ( The Series Finale ) and 6741 ( Sarah Shahi's Mind Bending Return To TV ), The Day The World Went Away would rank as the number one episode of POI ever. But it is the 3rd which is still amazing in a show that has produced so many classics in Five amazing seasons that i couldn't name them all hear.

But i will say that with its terrifying and morbid feel, its the Ozymandias of Person Of Interest.

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31 May 2016 (USA) See more »

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