Person of Interest

Season 2 Episode 13

Dead Reckoning

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jan 31, 2013 on CBS
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  • BOOM

    Person of Interest "Dead Reckoning" Review: End of an Issue

    A thorn in John's was neatly extracted as the series wrapped up another fantastic arc.

  • Episode Summary

    Reese's former partner Kara abducts him as part of her scheme to unleash a wave of cyber-terrorism across the world and get revenge on the people she believes wronged her.

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    • Wow! Some Great Scenes and Surprising Parts!

      So many great scenes. You could see how upset Carter was about having to leave behind Reese, urging her to go. It looked like she wanted to hug him the way she was grasping his arm so tightly.

      I was actually shocked when I saw the name written down on the piece of paper in the car fire's flames: Harold Finch. I'm a little confused as to what he did... Sell some sort of laptop to the Chinese? What was on it? And what about a son? Or Nathan?

      What a great scene towards the end with Finch disarming the bomb on Reese. Great and touching moment. It almost looked like Reese was about to cry. Great acting!moreless
    • This is of interest

      This episode had me on my toes the whole time. No person of interest but lots of tales of interest. One whole episode on an arch that has been playing with us for a long time. We've got a new arch to play with: who is this elderly guy and who is he payed by? Loved the welcoming of John by Bear (love Bear in any situation, he only understands Dutch, my native language), he really seemded to be happy. And the cliffhanger at the end: is Finch realy part of what happenened? One can hardly believe it.moreless
    • If You Don't Think This Episode Is Awesome, So I Sorry For You, Because I Think Is Excellent.

      I know is your opinion @ KateSwede, but you need to try to catch more details of this show, because is amazing. Dead Reckoning is definitely one of the best episode of the all series, you claim this season don't have magic, but you are wrong, they expand the universe of the show after season 1 and season 2 is more consistent, have great plot, more answers and great characters. If you not like the show anymore, please stop watching.

    • Vile disappointment

      Season 1 this was the best show on tv. Season 2 sucks. THis whole thing with Kara Stanton and the horrific acting of Annie Parisse is awful. Really disappointed with this show. Need to go back to the magic of season 1 or risk being cancelled.
    • After thoughts

      Assumptions en masse. Our PoI was apparently Kara Stanton (KS) as Harold had three books out and was entering (all we saw were nine asterisks) into the machine when initially talking to a very groggy Carter disentangling herself from the car wreck. Carter identifies Kara as the main culprit of the wreck/Reese's abduction/FBI man killing and on Harold's computer Kara Stanton's picture shows up. So KS can thus be both victim and perpetrator.

      We also know that Harold's numbers are the "non-relevant/non-terrorism" numbers and yet Kara's actions can clearly be defined as terrorist-ish in nature aka cyber warfare. So why the 'cross-over'?

      A couple of possibilities: 1) the machine "detoured" KS's number to Harold & Co. to give an early alert to "Daddy" about what is brewing in the background as otherwise the government entities in charge would have kept a lid on it . malware infiltration of the centralized US network) and precious time might have been lost when/if Harold had ever learned of it PRIOR to doomsday in five months;

      2) as KS's motives for her deeds were essentially PERSONAL, aka revenge for China op betrayal, she was thus correctly 'filed' under the "non-relevant" list;

      Might there be yet another possibility around the twisted corner?

      Well, do we believe the machine to be cognizant (Root hinted at it)? If so, is it truly "neutral"= machine-like or as one can posits is it capable of making value-based decisions (remember how it "learns behaviour"? If the latter, than a clear threat to Harold Finch (aka 'Daddy') was identified and the missing few seconds/flicker showing the blow-up of the car might also have shown for example how the car door locks engaged, closing KS and Snow in (or some such thing-aka direct machine interference).

      Remember when Reese learned from Fusco a little about Harold's background (S1 E14 final scene), the machine opened a box with three response levels (called "course of action" assessment) under the heading of SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR SECURITY BREACHED and settled on the lowest " monitor" re Reese. Noteworthy is the fact that the machine's other response levels read as: mid-level "subvert" and highest level "mitigate".

      If correct, the machine will not interfere in Harold's personal risk choices (phone-bomb), but will SUBVERT and MITIGATE outside threats, if not covered by Admin's "ground rules" (S2E1).moreless
    Brian Hutchison

    Brian Hutchison

    SAIC Brian Moss

    Guest Star

    Cameron Scoggins

    Cameron Scoggins


    Guest Star

    Matt Deangelis

    Matt Deangelis


    Guest Star

    Brennan Brown

    Brennan Brown

    Special Agent Donnelly

    Recurring Role

    John Nolan (I)

    John Nolan (I)


    Recurring Role

    Michael Kelly

    Michael Kelly

    Mark Snow

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • In the flashback at 12:10, Kara said that "Sorry, John, they told me you've been compromised." However, in the previous episode during the same flashback, Kara said, "Sorry, John, nothing personal."

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Kara: Welcome back, John.
        Reese: Kara. I thought you were...
        Kara: Dead? I wasn't very good at it. Of course, neither were you.

      • Reese: So what's this really about?
        Kara: This is about three dead little spies in a brave new world. It's about the afterlife, John, and us negotiating our places in it.

      • Kara: Don't your bosses at the Ministry of Security have anything better for you to do?
        Greer: My dear, if you think I work for the government, I really must fire my tailor.

      • Reese: Have you ever defused a bomb vest before?
        Finch: Can't say I have. But I believe I grasp the basic principles.
        Reese: Well, that's encouraging.

      • Finch: (defusing a bomb) For this phone, it's one of five combinations.
        Reese: That's good.
        Finch: The problem is we only get three attempts before the phone permanently locks us out.
        Reese: That's not.

      • Finch: What?
        Reese: Something you said once. About how sooner or later we'd both probably wind up dead.
        Finch: I prefer later. After all, I'm the one who got you into this in the first place.
        Reese: I'm pretty sure I'd be dead already if you hadn't found me.
        Finch: It's hard to say.
        Reese: Not really. Pick a winner, Harold.

      • Snow: You were right, Kara. About me being dead. I'm gonna be great at it.

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