Person of Interest

Season 3 Episode 21

Beta

54
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Apr 29, 2014 on CBS
8.2
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Now that they have Samaritan up, Decima begins the hunt for Reese, Sam, and Finch... and plans to use Grace Hendricks to lure Finch out of hiding.

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  • Decima kidnaps Finches former fianc

    8.0
    Decima kidnaps Finches former fianc so that they can trade her for him.
  • Beta - POI

    7.0
    Good to bring another character into the fold, and to see how that affected the team, but I still think everything from the writing to the action has gone down a bit the last few weeks.
  • If they hurt them all!

    9.0
    Any lesser actor deliver that line, it not only be corny, cliche, cringe worthy .... etc etc, I will most probably switch off the TV and go to bed. Yet somehow, when Finch said that, it not only echo pain, loss, anger, his concern and love for Grace really shines through. Kudos to Michael Emerson for such a pitch perfect delivery.
  • Easy To Buy Off The Government

    9.0
    Well, this has been in the works for some time. Harold is the centerpiece of Decima and they will do anything to finish Samaritan. Kidnapping Harold's love interest was almost a given. So, it happened and in the aftermath at the trade for Harold. Of course, this is a tipping point. But, Reese and company isn't out of the picture Grace is safe. next? That is the brilliance of a nicely paced episode. No great surprises, but it flowed into what will be a resolution perhaps? The storyline, the characters, and their roles all nicely coalesced into what comes next. Oh yeah, never trust elected officials after approximately five minutes into their term.moreless
  • Kill Them All

    9.0
    This has been coming for quite a while (Grace had to do double duty at some point), and while it's an industry standard for someone to have to sacrifice themselves for their lover, I think they pulled it off without making it too cliche here. I still have mixed feelings about the real-life couple, but ME and CP have wonderful chemistry and manage to keep themselves out of it, so meh. The episode itself seemed to going around in circles and ended up being rather predictable, but it wasn't a bad hour of television. Finch's major character developments over the past weeks tried to culminate here and it was perfectly delivered. Also, this seems to be the season that keeps on giving! Every time I think we're at the finale, I get a "stay tuned for our next episode!" So satisfying.moreless
Matt Walton

Matt Walton

Maybank

Guest Star

John Horton

John Horton

Priest

Guest Star

Daniel K. Isaacs

Daniel K. Isaacs

Virgil

Guest Star

Carrie Preston

Carrie Preston

Grace Hendricks

Recurring Role

John Doman

John Doman

Senator Ross H. Garrison

Recurring Role

John Nolan (I)

John Nolan (I)

Greer

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Root: Just remember--what our Machine sees, Samaritan sees. Two gods playing with the same deck of cards.

    • Root: You couldn't have aimed two inches higher?
      Sam: Everybody's a critic today.

    • Grace: Who are you?
      Greer: You've studied history of art. Just think of me as... Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel lying on his back.. trying to paint a portrait of a rather elusive subject.
      Grace: Michelangelo painted it standing up.
      Greer: Oh?
      Grace: One of those things little things you learn in art history. And I can't help you make a picture of God.
      Greer: Perhaps you can.

    • Sam: Next time we need to hide from an all-seeing super-computer, we're getting separate trunks.

    • Finch: There's one more thing. I'd like you to avoid violence if at all possible. But... if they harm Grace in any way... kill them all.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The episode begins without Finch's normal voiceover narration about being watched. Instead it proceeds directly to Samaritan coming online for the beta test.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: April 29, 2014 on CTV
      Australia: June 1, 2014 on Nine Network
      New Zealand: June 23, 2014 on ONE
      Finland: April 7, 2015 on MTV3

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