Person of Interest

Season 3 Episode 1


Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Sep 24, 2013 on CBS
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Episode Summary


While Reese and his new partner Sam try to find a Number, a naval petty officer in town for Fleet Week, Carter tries to eliminate HR for good after being demoted to patrol officer because of a frame-up. Meanwhile, Root settles in to her new life at the asylum.


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  • Kudos to season 3

    the truth speech by Root was the saving grace of this episode. The writers knew that the less often you put the characters in the show the more the audience craves it. So the underutilized characters like Elias and Root were scene stealers. It was incredible when they had their 25 seconds of screen time how much they made it work for them.
  • it's a new dawn it's a new day

    Had some "work to do"... one of those situations where you can put the program on as background entertainment... just still love that bit near the end where Scarface comes in and cleans up the diamonds and money... and the music that goes with it (Nina Simone 8SXOs) ... cheers to Elias and opportunity ;-)
  • Most Action on network...

    Face it--we like the shows first season had killer action and great stories. I thought the last 10 episodes of Seaso ntwo were enthralling and rivting television. This seasons permiere is right back on target with season one in terms of tension, action, and appeal. I don;t know what they plan to do with "root" ;locked away in a pyschiatric prison (we will see. The gunplay on this show as well as the fights are well coreographed and well shot. I dont see stuntmen like I do on most other shows and they have always used some sort of Impact shot (gunsmoke or blood on bullet impact for realism. Other CBS shows now use that--it is still banned on most other networks.... Back to PERSON--I assume with the recent NSA scandal--this show now has a wealth of material to draw upon so I am expecting bigger and better scripts that clearly define the role of The Machine, Finch and the impact of NSA and suveillance. Updating---They have NOT brought in NSA at all and we are into week FIVE of Season three.

    All the other episodes this season have been WEAK. They have nothing to do with THE MACHINE or the drama that drew me in to watch the last 10 or so episodes of Season two. Sorry, this season is the one gone astray. last season, except for one or two misses was the most solid of any show currently on television.moreless
  • A Different Shade of POI

    At first I felt like I'd missed a episode for a bit of a transition in season three. Somehow I figured Harold would be front and center battling his own creation for dominance, but Harold was largely in the background. Also, I figured there would have to be a big deal over Carter's precarious situation, but Carter is simply demoted to a uniformed officer. I can live with this, however, because Root had some excellent scenes casting a lot of suspicion as to if Harold will be able to control or in the process be controlled in order to simply keep him busy thinking he's getting somewhere. As for Carter, her character is decidedly darker with no resisting Reese's need to get the job done outside of the department and actually helping him now do so. Carter states she's "always a cop", but this is a cop who has morphed into one with less compunction to be absolute and by the book. Fusco, had some of the least screen time which was some of the best. All of Harold's crew have assumed darker shades it would seem, especially with the addition of the almost superwoman Shaw. The whole just felt darker to this viewer.

    Now, the question is if the transition is the right one at the right time? Third season shows usually have a strong core following which have expectations based on attachments to the characters and actual time invested. But, a series should always be growing too in both writing and characterizations. With Nolan turning over production duties at this time it appears changes are afoot. Those changes largely worked albeit with a story of the week that wasn't among the best, but had season one's greater intensity. There was plenty good including some wicked funny low-key humor darkly delivered by Reese and even Fusco. I'd say it was a successful journey into the darker more intense stuff and is on an improved track still rich with mysterious nuance (Root). Plus, some nice music woven in. Definitely not boring!moreless
  • Root elevated this episode from mediocrity.

    Though we have gotten used to the over the top stuff on POI, it was always grounded even at its most absurd of situations. But Reese was way too cocky here, the entire episode was, and that messed up something. Shaw was good though and I think she can be an asset to the show. The amazing Root was the powerplayer of the episode. Her scenes elevated the episode from mediocrity.moreless
Rey Valentin

Rey Valentin

Jack Salazar

Guest Star

Max Martini

Max Martini


Guest Star

Bruce Altman

Bruce Altman

Dr. Carmichael

Guest Star

Enrico Colantoni

Enrico Colantoni

Carl Elias

Recurring Role

David Valcin

David Valcin


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Finch: Fleet Week. The annual deluge of drunken sailors-... that somehow does not qualify as a military attack.

    • Reese: Thanks, Carter. You know, for what it's worth, you're looking kind of badass in that uniform.

    • Root: You wouldn't understand.
      Dr. Carmichael: Try me.
      Root: I have a direct line to a higher power. It speaks to me.

    • Reese: Just remember... no shots to center mass.
      Sam: Ah, but it's a shame to waste a rifle like this on kneecaps.

    • Sam: Hey, Reese, no offense--if the vigilante thing doesn't work out, I'm not really seeing a future for you in conflict resolution.

    • Reese: Shaw, a little help here?
      Sam: I would have taken a head shot, but Finch gets annoyed when I kill people. In the arm, through a brick wall, in the dark. You're welcome. (kills someone) Oops.

    • Root: The truth? The truth is a vast thing. I see that now. Just how much truth there is? Where would we even begin? The truth is, you're not very smart. In fact, you're only the 43rd smartest person in this building.

    • Root: The truth is, God is 11 years old. That she was born on New Year's Day, 2002, in Manhattan. The truth is that she's chosen me, and I don't know why yet. That for the first time in my life... I'm a little scared about what's gonna happen.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Reese: You're gonna play Let's Make a Deal with our fence.
      Along with mentioning "door number two," later, referencing the TV game show Let's Make a Deal. The show started in 1963 and features a host (originally Monty Hall) picking traders from the audience, often people wearing costumes. The trader then choose between one prize in plain sight, or a hidden prize of unknown value--often behind a door or inside a box. Sometimes the hidden prize is equally valuable, sometimes it is much more, and sometimes it is a "zonk" prize. The host would kick off the trading by declaring "Let's Make a Deal!"