Person of Interest

Tuesday 10:00 PM on CBS
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  • An ex-CIA hitman, John Reese, partners with a software designer, an enigmatic man who uses the name Harold Finch, to prevent crimes before they occur in this drama/action project from J.J. Abrams.

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    Aired 4/28/15

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    Aired 4/7/15

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    Aired 3/24/15

  • Cast & Crew
  • James Caviezel

    John Reese

  • Taraji Henson

    Detective Carter

  • Kevin Chapman

    Detective Lionel Fusco

  • Sarah Shahi

    Sameen Shaw

  • Amy Acker


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  • Quotes (561)

    • Reese: When you find that one person who connects you to the world, you become someone different. Someone better. When that person is taken from you... what do you become then?

    • Finch: (to Reese) So you see, knowledge is not my problem. Doing something with that knowledge... that's where you'd come in.

    • Finch: Eight million people. You know what they all have in common? None of them knows what happens next. Someone is murdered in New York City every 18 hours. At the end of the day, one of these people will be gone.
      Reese: Bad things happen to people every day. You can't stop that.
      Finch: What if you could? Not the things that happen in the heat of the moment. But some crimes are planned days, weeks in advance. What if you could stop those?

    • Finch: So the property's is in a kind of limbo. It doesn't exist.
      Reese: Neither do you. I did a little digging.
      Finch: I recognize, Mr. Reese, that there's a disparity between how much I know about you and how much you know about me. I know you'll be trying to close that gap as quickly as possible. But I should tell you... I'm a really private person.

    • Finch: About that, I don't like firearms very much.
      Reese: Well, neither do I. But if someone has to have them, I'd rather it was me.

    • Reese: I don't know if I can protect Hansen. I can't see the whole picture.
      Finch: I offered you a job, Mr. Reese. I never said it would be easy.

    • Reese: I'm curious. Was there a point where you knew you'd become a bad guy?
      Fusco: Woke up one morning, realized I was paid to protect a bunch of jerks from Wall Street who were robbing everybody blind. They're stealing more than my annual salary in an afternoon. I said, "what the hell."
      Reese: I don't believe you. See, I've been watching you, Lionel. Your heart's not really into it. Stills, he does it for money, but I think you do it because you're loyal.
      Fusco: What's the difference?
      Reese: That's why I'm going to let you live.

    • Stills: I think I'll kill you and your friend here. Make it look like you killed each other. Then, just because you pissed me off, I'm going to kill your family. And all your friends.
      Reese: I don't have any friends. I don't have any family left, either. Went around the world looking for bad guys, There were plenty of you right here all along.

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    Notes (173)

    • Injoke: When Reese checks Diane's e-mail, the screen shows that she has received messages from Peter Bishop, Philip Broyles, and Charlie Francis. They are all characters from another J.J. Abrams show, Fringe, which airs one night later on Fridays.

    • Music: Angel (Massive Attack)

    • According to CBS, Person of Interest was the network's highest testing pilot in years, prompting executives to move CSI which held the 9pm Thursday timeslot for 10 years.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: September 22, 2011 on Citytv
      Australia: September 25, 2011 on Nine
      Turkey: December 1, 2011 on CNBC-e
      UK: August 14, 2012 on Channel 5
      Germany: September 13, 2012 on RTL
      Slovakia: January 8, 2013 on Markiza
      Finland: February 20, 2013 on MTV3

    • Music: The Truth (Handsome Boy Modeling School)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: September 29, 2011 on Citytv
      Australia: October 2, 2011 on Nine
      Turkey: December 8, 2011 on CNBC-e
      India: March 13, 2012 on Star World
      UK: August 21, 2012 on Channel 5
      Germany: September 13, 2012 on RTL
      Slovakia: January 8, 2013 on Markiza
      Finland: February 27, 2013 on MTV3

    • Music: Live With Me (Massive Attack)

    • Kevin Chapman is credited but doesn't appear.

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    Trivia (52)

    • Trivia: As Ingram and Finch clash about the morality of the "irrelevant" categorization, you can see the machine has brought up Reese's (ex)girlfriend Jessica as a "person of interest."

    • In Benton's apartment, his Mac Book Pro does not run Mac OS X but what seams to be GNU Linux OS.

    • Trivia: The book Finch was reading in the café at the beginning of the episode is It Can't Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis.

    • Vincent DeLuca's police file says he stabbed Marlene Elias in the back. But when Carter tells the other detective about the evidence locker robbery, she says Marlene was stabbed in the chest.

    • Charlie is identified several times as a history teacher. However, when he goes to Will's apartment, he speaks as if the literature book that Will is reading is homework for his class.

    • When Reese and Finch go to intercept the consulate car transporting Heinlein, Reese parks his car sideways in the middle of the street. The view down the street shows a streetlight and several parked cars on the right. When Reese braces the sniper rifle on the car and looks down the street, the next shot places him approximately half the distance away from the same streetlight and parked cars.

    • In the episode's broadcast premiere, "Detective" is misspelled on the card for Carter's funeral arrangement. It says, "Dectective." The error was digitally corrected in subsequent repeats and DVD.

    • Trivia: Carter's first name of "Joss" is finally given.

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    Allusions (28)

    • Will: Edmond's cool. A survivor, you know? Even though he got his revenge, some bad stuff still stuck with him.
      Referencing the 1844 novel The Count of Monte Cristo, written by Alexandre Dumas and Auguste Maquet. "Edmond" is Edmond Dantès, a merchant seaman who is unjustly imprisoned for 14 years. Once Edmond escapes, he uses his hidden treasure to create an identity for himself as the enigmatic Count of Monte Cristo and sets out to gain revenge on the man responsible for his imprisonment.

    • Title:

      Referencing the manga Lone Wolf and Cub, first published in 1970. Ogami Ittō, the Shogun's former executioner, wanders the land hunting down the members of the clan that killed his wife and village. He pushes his three-year-old son Daigorō along in a baby carriage as he travels through Japan.

    • Thug #1: You trying to get yourself killed, Scrappy Doo?

      Referencing Scrappy Cornelius Doo, the nephew of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Scooby Doo who was introduced in 1979. Voiced primarily by Don Messick, Scrappy was originally the polar opposite of his uncle: short and feisty, rather than tall and cowardly.

    • Reese: I was an international spy, Finch. I know how to play baccarat.
      A homage to Ian Fleming's first James Bond spy novel Casino Royale (1952), adapted for American television in 1954 and as feature films in 1967 and 2006. In all versions Bond's skill at baccarat causes him to be assigned the mission of beating at cards a villain using the casino gambling to cover up evil schemes.

    • Reese: You're gonna play Let's Make a Deal with our fence.
      Along with mentioning "door number two," later, referencing the TV game show Let's Make a Deal. The show started in 1963 and features a host (originally Monty Hall) picking traders from the audience, often people wearing costumes. The trader then choose between one prize in plain sight, or a hidden prize of unknown value--often behind a door or inside a box. Sometimes the hidden prize is equally valuable, sometimes it is much more, and sometimes it is a "zonk" prize. The host would kick off the trading by declaring "Let's Make a Deal!"

    • Fusco: Hey, Dragon Tattoo.
      Referencing the 2005 novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Swedish author Stieg Larsson. the first in a trilogy of books. Mikael Blomkvist is hired to write a family history of the Vangers and determine who murdered Harriet Vanger 40 years ago.

    • Sam: You all right there, Dudley?
      Referencing Dudley Do-Right, the dim-witted but heroic Canadian Mountie immortalized in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (1959-1964), and later spun off into his own show and a live-action movie. Dudley fights against Snidely Whiplash with the assistance of Horse, his horse.

    • The Voice: New York, New York, it's a wonderful town.
      Referencing the 1944 song "New York, New York (On the Town)" by Leonard Bernstein, from the 1944 musical On the Town. The song was further popularized in the 1949 movie adaptation.

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  • Fan Reviews (288)
  • Well it's not the Rockford Files...

    By TripNines, Jan 21, 2016

  • Person of interest

    By Ricthedic, Jan 13, 2016

  • Thank you Jonathan Nolan and writers! Every episode is excellent!

    By ElmerT, Jan 09, 2016

  • Keep it Coming

    By Cheesesalad, Jan 07, 2016

  • Keep it on

    By jordanlandis16, Apr 02, 2015