Person of Interest


Season 2, Ep 16, Aired 2/21/13
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  • Episode Description
  • Reese and Finch must help their new Number, a counter-terrorist operative who is on the run from her own people.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Amy Acker


  • Paul Sparks


  • Ebon Moss-Bachrach

    Michael Cole

  • Jay O. Sanders

    Special Counsel

  • Sarah Shahi

    Sameen Shaw

  • Photos (3)
  • Fan Reviews (54)
  • IN comic book terms this is called a 1st appearance

    By vdoun, Dec 27, 2014

  • Late to the party

    By Haloprogram, Nov 02, 2014

  • Brilliant!!

    By Storytime, Jun 15, 2013

  • Viva, change.

    By tatianajaunzems, Apr 21, 2013

  • Best episode of the season

    By loriadams9619, Apr 07, 2013

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  • Quotes (9)

    • Cole: I was trying to get your back.
      Sam: Always trying to be the hero, huh?
      Cole: No. Just yours.

    • Lewis: You done this before? You're pretty good at it.
      Sam: I was in med school for a bit.
      Lewis: You a doctor?
      Sam: No. Joined the Marines. Figured I was better at killing people than fixing them.

    • Grishin: Who you supposed to be, some kinda badass?
      Sam: Not really. I have what's called an Axis II personality disorder.
      Grishin: What's that supposed to mean?
      Sam: It means when I kill you and your friends, I'm not really gonna feel anything.

    • Sam: I wanna meet Control.
      Wilson: Nah, I don't think so. I call my boss, you try to kill him. It's very embarrassing for me.

    • Reese: Can you do me a favor? Can you not shoot me this time?
      Sam: Give me a good reason.
      Reese: I don't know. I'm a really nice person.

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    Notes (2)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: February 21, 2013 on Citytv
      Australia: March 18, 2013 on Nine
      Turkey: April 25, 2013 on CNBC-e
      Finland: April 22, 2014 on MTV3

    • Music: Future Starts Slow (The Kills)

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    • oveto Feb 28, 2013

      Excellent episode. Especially the "other side" view of the protagonists. Ms (Mrs ?) Shahi did a great job - PLEASE bring her back for more...a permanent role would be much appreciated ! Liked the matter-of-fact way she held herself as the character. Definitely a favourite episode !

    • patsully Apr 16, 2013

      She's married to Steve Howey (Kev on "Shameless")!

    • blackmage8472 Feb 24, 2013

      Truly one of the top episodes and there aren't any yet that have been bad. I thought they advanced the storyline of the Person of Interest universe perfectly. I'm also curious if the intent of this episode was to be a backdoor pilot.

    • ummhaniyyah Feb 23, 2013

      I thoroughly enjoyed this episode and think I may watch it again. Loved the Sam character. I haven't liked Sarah Shahi in other shows and roles, but it didn't matter. Thought she was good in this role. Re implausibility, Mr. Reese does completely implausible things every week -- especially for a man in his 40s, who has already seen plenty of action and injuries, but I suspend disbelief because I like the storytelling and the show. Like others who've posted, I really enjoyed getting to see the Machine do what it was intended to do. I think that it is as much a black box to the Government (including Mr. Pennsylvania) because that is how Harold designed it - so that it could never be tampered with; could never become a political tool or vulnerable to being used by the US' enemies. I would love to see Sam again. More than Zoe, who I at first liked but now find irritating because she isn't as hard edged as she seemed before and because the flirting between Zoe and Reese seems forced (no real chemistry). This ep was a really strong introduction of a new character - she wasn't a big talker, but we learned a lot about Sam through her actions - she was consistent and unlike Kara had a code of honor. Kara was a psychopathic killing machine that the Government unleashed on the world, Sam is disciplined and controlled (she didn't kill the police officer or the drug dealer from the corner and she protected the program to the end).

    • stealth97 Feb 22, 2013

      Yeah like those tie wraps would be so loose. Root is a psycho, but a smart one, I highly doubt she would of put them on just for show like they we're. That part really bugged me, I understand that in every show we watch, stupidity is to be expected by the caracters but this one is at the top of the list. Anyway, as for this episode, I like this show because of the main caracters but I'm hoping this was the last Reese,Finch,Bear,Carter and Fusco - less episode. I understand they want to create a link between the relevant and irrelevant list, but don't cut out the "irrelevant" side of the story that much. It's sad that the last 5 minutes of the episode was the only interesting part imo. I'm happy that this wasn't the pilot.

    • Gislef Feb 22, 2013

      What makes you think Root wanted Sam dead, or would have left her to be killed by the agency team? Setting aside the fact that Root said she was a fan of Sam's... it hardly makes sense for Root to leave Sam tie-wrapped there to be killed, when Sam is still presumably the only person who knows the name of Cole's contact.

    • stealth97 Feb 23, 2013

      I didn't say she wanted her dead. But why tie wrap her at all then?? Look at it again when Root puts them on Sam, you get a view on how tight she puts them, then when the agency comes in and you get the view from the woman in the bathroom, a second after you see how loose they are. I don't know if you've ever used tie wraps before but you need to be pretty f**king strong to loosen them up without sticking a needle of something to pry the "lock" open.

    • wulfy Feb 22, 2013

      The fact that Nolan wrote/directed this ep makes this ep special, and it is. I had (and still am) internally screamed out of excitement and happiness so many times that I can't even remember. This is probably my favourite episode in season 2. (Samantha Shaw is basically the female version of Reese, which is fabulous)

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