Person of Interest

Season 3 Episode 12


Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jan 07, 2014 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Finch and Sam try to save Arthur Claypool from Control without Reese's help, since he is still MIA along with Fusco.

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  • Root is awesome

    I can honestly say, RoOT always plays with the House's chips. She puts herself in imminent danger and always finds a way out of it. She is one of my favorite characters of the show. People say they hate her character but Name one show that has a character as original or interesting as Root is........ Go on...... Yeah there isn't.

    To be borderline psychotic at times and playful and cheery the next. She definitely has purpose and really has a different vibe than most characters. I understand that she is dangerous but when you are dealing with matters relating to National Security you know you werent going to have a clean cut - easy answers show to begin with.moreless
  • Aletheia

    The scenes in jail were okay, but I found the episode to drag at quite a lot of points. Solid, the show is always at minimum that, but not great.
  • There's something lacking in this episode

    There's something lacking in this episode. It's getting a bit tiring with John away sulking all the time and Lional out of the main focus. Root was great, but it was unforgivable that Shaw and Finch just left her behind to be tortured without giving her a second thought, after she saved their lives.
  • Cool episode

    This episode is not perfect but has some nice ideas. There are some timing problems, that makes things not very credible, but it's maybe because there were so many events happening in the same time. The action scenes were not great, and lacks the particular style of Reese. There's also a problem with Shaw who now lacks a bit of her hidden force.
  • Reese Is Back???

    This episode is about that old battle of amazing things being used for nefarious purposes. It goes back to Finch's childhood where he begin the quest to use advanced technology for good and to thwart it's use for bad. The machine is the manifestation of it and Arthur was on a parallel path separate from Finch who was able to achieve it apart from those who would use it darkly. Finch lost his role as being over it as we know it has attained self-realization and autonomy. It put Arthur back on the map for the government and Finch had to prompt Arthur's recollection of where it hid the back up. The going got rough, especially with Reese still in self imposed exile. Control was in the hunt too and Root suffered before the machine intervened. As it played out Root is free from Finch and Reese's return rescued the rest of the gang. However, there seems to be another set of drives and the shadow group supposedly has them.

    All of the above made a pretty good story, but the show dragged noticeably except for Camryn Manheim and Root's interactions which were excellent. This episode is transitory it would seem. Lots of players all jostling for a way to use or contain the machine. The one solid besides the afore mentioned Control/Root segment was Reese's return, except in the final scene he proclaims he had to save Finch and now that he did that he's gone again. He explains this because the machine didn't save the best person he has known. Normally this would get Reese in one man army mode wouldn't it? I wasn't too fond of this episode, but I do like the pressure it is putting on Finch to regain his role as administrator with urgency. Come on John Reese and be John Reese. The show is better when Reese is dispensing his brand of justice.moreless
Saul Rubinek

Saul Rubinek

Arthur Claypool

Guest Star

Jennifer Lim

Jennifer Lim

Bank Manager

Guest Star

Tuck Milligan

Tuck Milligan

Finch’s Father

Guest Star

Leslie Odom Jr.

Leslie Odom Jr.

Peter Collier

Recurring Role

Camryn Manheim

Camryn Manheim


Recurring Role

John Nolan (I)

John Nolan (I)


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Arthur: Stealing a car, almost dying... it reminds me of the old days at MIT, Harold.

    • Finch's Father: Well, if anyone can do it, it's you. The world spins on dreamers like you, Harold.

    • Reese: Nothing wrong with jail. Some of the best vacations I've ever had were behind bars.
      Fusco: You're a peach, you know that?

    • Reese: No offense, Lionel. I know the whole "being a good guy" thing is new to you. But you're not fooling anyone, and neither will we. We weren't helping people. We were delaying the inevitable.
      Fusco: Nobody said we were gonna win, but it doesn't mean you stop fighting.
      Reese: No, I've learned my lesson. It's entropy, Lionel, decay. We save someone, they're still lose, just tomorrow, not today. And I know that now, same as I know you'll probably go back to be a corrupt piece of garbage. Water finds its level.

    • Finch: We need an escape route, but you have to be careful. I urge you to consider what Mr. Reese would do.
      Sam: Brood.
      Finch: As you've said, you're a hammer. Mr. Reese is a scalpel. This requires a bit more finesse.
      Sam: Well, I've got finesse coming out of my ass, Harold.

    • Finch: This plan feels rather reckless.
      Sam: There's a time for a scalpel and a time for a hammer. It's hammer time.

    • Finch: End this. Destroy the drives.
      Arthur: No. This is life... or as close as we mortals come to saying, "Let there be light."
      Finch: It is extraordinary, and it is beautiful. So are mushroom clouds, in their own ways.

    • Arthur: Your Machine--is it wonderful?
      Finch: Wonderful... yes, and terrible. We saved good people and lost good people. In the end, I'm afraid we've only given the deck a shuffle.

    • Arthur: Everything slides toward chaos. Your creation, it brings us poor souls a cupful of order. Your child is a dancing star.
      Finch: It's not my child, it's a machine.
      Arthur: A false dichotomy. It's all electricity. Does it make you laugh? Does it make you weep?
      Finch: Yes.
      Arthur: What's more human?

    • Sam: Lionel, your face looks good all covered up like that.

  • NOTES (1)