person of interest

person-of-interest-terra-incognita

Taking place completely outside of recent events, “Terra Incognita” is memorable for the return of Taraji P. Henson as Detective Joss Carter for a single episode. As Reese (Jim Caviezel) investigates an old cold case Carter originally handled years before, Henson appears in flashbacks as well as a hallucinatory sequence where the show puts the life of its leading character in serious jeopardy. One of the most interesting ideas “Terra Incognita” deals with is the fact that both the show and Reese have over-romanticised his relationship with Carter since her death. This episode strips down those delusions forcing the former assassin to take a hard look at himself as he slowly dies in the cold alone with no one but a hallucinatory friend for company.

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person-of-interest-search-and-destroy

Unable to locate The Machine, Samaritan destroys the life of the creator of the world’s most prolific anitvirus software in order to use his program for its own ends. Destroying his reputation, work, and marriage before assigning him for deletion Sulaiman Khan (Aasif Mandvi) becomes Reese‘s (Jim Caviezel) latest number. But to keep the man alive they’ll need the help of Root (Amy Acker) and answers for what Samaritan is using the stolen software to search for.

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person-of-interest-skip

While Reese (Jim Caviezel) deals with women trouble protecting his latest number, Finch (Michael Emerson) gets a number of his own whose threat comes directly from him. Immeadiately after sitting down to dinner with Beth (Jessica Hecht) the Machine spits out her number. With Root‘s (Amy Acker) interest piqued, Finch is forced to reveal the true nature of his relationship with Beth who he befriended solely to use as a way to install a Trojan Horse inside Samaritan via her now completed predictive algorithm. Now that Decima has become interested in her technology, with his hidden program inside, it seems the time to strike. However, one member of the team isn’t willing to live with the consequences of Finch’s plan.

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person-of-interest-karma

While offering us new flashbacks to the dangerous road traveled by a grieving Finch (Michael Emerson) following the murder of his friend Nathan Ingram (Brett Cullen), “Karma” offers the group one of their most unusual numbers to date. A psychologist (Patrick Kennedy) still grieving his wife eight years after her murder has taken it upon himself to arrange justice for his patients and others by meticulously planning and framing guilty individuals who have escaped justice in the past for crimes they can’t weasel out of. Reese (Jim Caviezel) witnesses the man’s bizarre behavior in one such scenario which leads to him framing an innocent man for bank robbery.

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person-of-interest-blunt

“Blunt” gives Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Finch (Michael Emerson) a new number in a college con woman who, based on what we’ve seen here, is likely to be the show’s latest recurring character. In Harper (Annie Ilonzeh) the show introduces another character who lives in shades of gray and could easily become ally or enemy of Finch and Reese as we see her hedge her bets and expertly play both sides when Reese attempts to free the woman and her patsy from their dealings with Dominic (Winston Duke) and the Brotherhood.

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person-of-interest-q-and-a

While Reese (Jim Caviezel) works to help a programmer (Bella Dayne) who has taken up illegal martial arts fights on the side to deal with her sister’s debilitating disease, “Q&A” picks up the thread of former number Claire Mahoney (Quinn Shephard), who was introduced earlier this season in “Nautilus” as Finch (Michael Emerson) is contacted by the woman he failed to save from Samaritan’s influence.

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person-of-interest-guilty

Following Shaw‘s (Sarah Shahi) apparent death and Root‘s (Amy Acker) departure Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Finch (Michael Emerson) get down to basics agreeing to spare anyone else from the fallout of their enterprise. The latest number comes in the form of a member (Blair Brown) of a jury which Finch gets assigned to as well. Given the high-profile defendant is on trial for what looks like an open-and-shut case for the murder of his wife, Finch assumes he’s the one pressuring their latest number into forcing a verdict in his favor. With some coaching from Zoe Morgan (Paige Turco), whose help Reese can’t turn down, Finch learns all he needs to help sway the jury to a guilty verdict… except that’s exactly what the people blackmailing their latest number want.

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person-of-interest-m-i-a

The search for Shaw (Sarah Shahi) leads Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Root (Amy Acker) to a small northern town where on the surface everything seems fine. The more the pair look for the missing refrigerator truck which they believed transported their wounded friend the more odd occurrences the town reveals until our operatives uncover the singular truth about a town turned into an ant farm by Samaritan and toyed with at the computer’s whims to get a better understanding of humanity.

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person-of-interest-if-then-else

In an episode that sees the potential death of nearly every member of The Machine‘s team, “If-Then-Else” delivers one of the most memorable episodes of the series and ends with one character’s life facing a very real and permanent end as the three-part “Trilogy” event continues. With the Stock Market crashing Reese (Jim Caviezel), Finch (Michael Emerson), Root (Amy Acker), and Fusco (Kevin Chapman) are lured into a trap by Samaritan with Shaw (Sarah Shahi) stuck on the subway dealing with a suicide bomber. Trapped with no good options we witness The Machine run various scenarios in an attempt to not only stop Samaritan from destabilizing the world’s markets but get each member of the team out alive. It won’t be entirely successful.

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person-of-interest-hero-complex

Using a temporary assignment as a trainer at the police academy to keep an eye on the latest number, Reese (Jim Caviezel) soon discovers the cadet (Adria Arjona) isn’t a green recruit but an officer in Internal Affairs looking for a mole for the Brotherhood inside the academy. When she’s framed for the death of her handler, Reese and Fusco work to bring down the man responsible which leads Shaw to make a discovery about her old friend Mini (Winston Duke) who is much more than he appeared to be during their first meeting.

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