Person of Interest

Season 1 Episode 4

Cura Te Ipsum

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Oct 13, 2011 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The Machine gives up the number of Dr. Megan Tillman, a promising young physician, and Reese undertakes 24-hour surveillance of the doctor to determine the threat against her. Meanwhile, Fusco runs afoul of the Torero Cartel when they come looking for the drug money that his former partners stole from them.moreless

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  • Good character development

    This show has descended into a predictable patter, however the amazing writing and character development saves it from disaster.
  • The last five minutes are easily the best bit of television I have seen all season.

    Person of Interest is quickly proving itself to be anything BUT just another CBS procedural. This last episode had stellar performances all around with the star easily being Linda Cardellini. I thought it fitting that she reprises her role as a medical professional (having since made the jump from nurse on E.R. to a doctor here) and her performance on this episode was an absolute necessity for all of the major themes to come through.I've heard this show being likened to The Dark Knight (seeing as how Christopher Nolan is one of the showrunners) and it is very apparent in Cura Te Ipsum. From the Latin for "Heal thyself" we find that the meaning of the title applies as much to Cardellini's character as it does to Jim Caviezel's Mr. Reese. They are both seeking a way out of the circumstances that have haunted them for years and the ending scene of this episode is so brilliant in showing that maybe we can't choose which path we take and we can't choose who we are, and that sometimes the "good decision" has to be made for us.Person of Interest is not just a smart, high concept thriller - it is quickly becoming one of the best shows to explore vigilantism and the innate illegality of being a "superhero." I heard awhile back that they were toying around with the idea of creating a Smallville like television show for Batman. Forget that, we've already got our TV Batman: it's Mr. Reese and he's even got an Alfred in the form of Mr. Finch.moreless
  • Great episode, the ending even better.

    First if all I hate the idea of the big brother and of that machine being able to foresee that someone is going to kill or be killed. That's nonsense, but the whole show is based on this stupid assumption and I have a hard time persuading myself to believe it just for the sake of being able to watch the show comfortably. And there is a lot to watch: a great deal of action and even more of feelings. Everything well-balanced and perfectly played. It seems to me that the "whole crew" - the production team, the script writers, the actors - are all aware of what they want to serve us and they do it. I just love the perfect measure of all ingredients. I first thought of it, watching episode three. In this episode they managed to do it again, and the ending scene is a masterpiece, first of all from the scriptwriters. But Caviesel and the other guy were just brilliant. Especially the other guy who played a bad liar. I only pray we will never know what decision Mr Reese has taken. 10 out of 10 for this and the previous episodes, and I can't wait to see more.moreless

    Seriously thix show is probably one of the best show i've started to love this year, acting is great, story line is incredible , sometimes i feel like im watching bruce wayne in action without his mask! must watch! give it a try people who haven't yet, you won't be disappointed!
  • Remind me of American Psycho

    Great episodes. I love how you never know who is the bad guy. Im pretty sure they based this episode off American Psycho, that guy just reminds me of christian bale. The money, attitude and his respect (or lack thereof) of women. The ending is a bit odd though, does he kill him or let him go. Lets hope they address it in the next episode.
Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Dr. Megan Tillman

Guest Star

Adam Rothenberg

Adam Rothenberg


Guest Star

Manny Perez

Manny Perez


Guest Star

Anthony Mangano

Anthony Mangano

Detective Kane

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Reese: In other words, we'll have to watch her around the clock to figure out what kind of trouble she's in.
      Finch: If you'd like a raise, Mr. Reese, all you have to do is ask.

    • Finch: I'm not all that comfortable with your arrangement with Detective Fusco.
      Reese: He's an asset.
      Finch: He's a corrupt police officer who tried to murder you.
      Reese: He's not the first person who tried to kill me. Fusco will stay in line.
      Finch: Your detective is a nice pet to keep, Mr. Reese, but sooner or later... he'll bite you back.

    • Reese: Doctor has everything she needs to erase Benton for good.
      Finch: What do you mean, "erase"?
      Reese: Eight pounds of lye, heated to 300 degrees. Body will dissolve in three hours, give or take.
      Finch: I will refrain from asking how you know that.

    • Megan: How can you sit there and tell me not to do something you know in your heart you would too?
      Reese: Because unlike you... I know what happens when you take a life. You lose a part of yourself--not everything--just the part that matters the most.

    • Benton: That woman in my loft--she.. tased me.
      Reese: Don't worry. I told her to leave. she isn't cut out for this. She fixes people... not like us. We break them.

    • Benton: I don't think that you're going to kill me.
      Reese: No?
      Benton: No, because... I can see inside, that you're a--a good person. You're a good man.
      Reese: Good? I lost that part of myself a long time ago. I'm not sure if I can find it. I'm not sure it matters anymore. Maybe it's better this way. Maybe it's up to me to do what the good people can't. Or maybe there are no good person. Maybe there are only good decisions.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: October 13, 2011 on Citytv
      Australia: October 16, 2011 on Nine
      Turkey: December 22, 2011 on CNBC-e
      UK: September 4, 2012 on Channel 5
      Germany: September 27, 2012 on RTL
      Slovakia: January 22, 2013 on Markiza
      Finland: March 13, 2013 on MTV3