Person of Interest

Season 3 Episode 22

A House Divided

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM May 06, 2014 on CBS
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Episode Summary


The Machine sends the team five Numbers to try and determine what is going on in an impending catastrophe that it is blocked from seeing. Meanwhile, Root brings her assembled team of hackers to New York for the next part of her mistress' plan.

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  • We finally get to see what drives Peter Collier to his cause.

    We finally get to see what drives Peter Collier to his cause. Shaw is annoyed when Root and the machine orders her to save Control
  • best line by Shaw EVER

    Normally I dont like Shaw's one liners, but tonight she nailed it!!!!

    In one scene Shaw went in going after Control and shot up some secret service agents. Root asks "Did her other friends arrive yet?" To which Shaw said "that woman has friends?" LOL

    I love this show for having a sense of urgency but the dark humor gets me all the time. Priceless.

    Another bonus was we see Root taking the Finch role as director of the squad. Its intersting how easy it was for Root to assume the mantle of leadership when she needs to. We also get a glimpse of what she has been up to when she isnt presented in an episode, she collects assets!!!! Captain America (Reese) and Black WIdow (Shaw) along with Thing (Fusco) fall in line and obey orders given to them from Root (Nick Fury?) The team knows that they have the same objective and they dont waste time arguing over who is the most qualified to lead them in times of emergency. And its a good judgment call to trust Root since she is the eyes and eyes of the Machine.moreless
  • A House Divided

    Like the emphasis being placed on Root in the last few episodes, but this seemed to drag on for a bit too long. Not one of the season's better offerings.
  • Vigilance Prime Time

    The MVP of the episode is Collier, known leader of Vigilance. That was great...
  • Separation of Powers at play

    Vigilance lawyer boss has sequestered representatives of two branches of government (Senator for Legislative; Control, POTUS adviser for Executive). The Vigilance lawyer is either representing the (really useless) Judicial branch of government or he's running a Grand Jury on the sequestered reps. The Grand Jury is something like a 4th branch of government set in motion when the other three branches of government FAIL! I conjecture that Harold Finch will give expert testimony. The Vigilance lawyer boss will probably reveal a chonology of the mysterious texts he began receiving in 2010. Shocking end to the story next week? I feel like this lawyer boss for Vigilance will become an unwitting pawn of somebody.moreless
Joseph Mazzello

Joseph Mazzello

Daniel Casey

Guest Star

Michael Esper

Michael Esper

Jason Greenfield

Guest Star

Joseph Melendez

Joseph Melendez

Miguel Rivera

Guest Star

Leslie Odom Jr.

Leslie Odom Jr.

Peter Collier

Recurring Role

John Doman

John Doman

Senator Ross H. Garrison

Recurring Role

John Nolan (I)

John Nolan (I)


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Sam: Did you just steal a dead man's keys?
      Root: She asked me to.

    • Reese: This is really what the Machine asked us to do? Drink very bad coffee with unemployed college graduates?

    • Sam: The next time your all-seeing other half wants me to break into a room filled with Secret Service guys, a little heads up would be great.
      Root: She knows you can handle yourself.

    • Sam: They're ready to get in bed with Decima and go all 1984 on us. I mean... more than usual. Let me just shoot 'em now.

    • Greer: Have you ever seen a newborn foal trying to stand for the first time? Those trembling legs trying to balance, shaking until the moment it finds itself on all fours. Seeing a child walk for the first time... is something extraordinary. But you watched your child stand and then you hobbled it.
      Finch: You could never understand. You're a destroyer, not a creator.

    • Sam: Control just went in for the full-court press on total world domination. Can I kill her now?
      Root: Not yet.

    • Root: Shaw? I think it's time you had a chat with your old boss.
      Sam: I'm on it. We'll chat about how I'm gonna kill her.
      Root: Use your words.

    • Control: Agent Shaw.
      Sam: Ma'am. Long time no gunfire.

    • Finch: What is it you expect from Samaritan?
      Greer: I want to live under a more just rule. Samaritan will never sleep with its secretary, or embezzle money from its campaign fund. Its decisions will be based on pure logic. Now... that's a leader deserving of our vote.

    • Hersh: Why would I trust you?
      Reese: I haven't shot you yet and you did try to kill me.
      Sam: You did kill me.
      Hersh: Those were my orders. Besides, you got me back, Shaw.
      Sam: Oh, not even close. I drugged you. I left you with your heart still beating.
      Hersh: I think we're getting off topic.

    • Collier: I can't tell you how long I've waited for this moment. How long we've all been waiting. Now is the time to expose the truth to our fellow citizens... the truth that has been lurking beneath the shadows for so long... that their country's no longer theirs... that their freedoms have been stripped away one camera, one cell phone, one megabyte at a time. Now's the time to pull back the curtain. Welcome to your trial, ladies and gentlemen. And welcome to the trial of the United States government. Court is now in session.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Sam: They're ready to get in bed with Decima and go all 1984 on us.
      Referencing the novel 1984 by George Orwell, which introduced the concept of a "Big Brother" government agency that monitors the populace through near-omnipresent security cam