Person of Interest

Season 1 Episode 10

Number Crunch

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Dec 15, 2011 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Reese and Finch go into overtime when the Machine gives them the numbers of four Persons of Interest. Meanwhile, Carter deals with the aftermath of the recent assassination attempt on her, and Reese's past resurfaces.

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  • Love The Ending

    Great episode! I remember watching this and was like oh shit (spoilers btw what do you expect its a review!) Carter got them at the end and decided to let John go when Harold came to pick him up.

    @Laserdamsel Cater recognizes Harold Finch because they have met during the time Carter was talking to Finch when she saw a video of John Reese (in a mask) exchanging words with Finch in the video where John was helping the soldiers that robbed the evidence lockup on a previous episode for evidence of Carl Elias's mothers death.moreless
  • laserdamsel

    How come at the end of the episode, Carter recognises Mr Finch? I don't remember them ever meeting....
  • Great

    Great, Great action and suspense I was the edge of my seat the whole time. Now that we knoe that Reese use to be CIA, it's very vague why he left I'm sure we will know more in the future. CIA operatives told Carter this, with this new information Carter now knew who Reese really is and decided to set him up in order to bring him in. What happens I can't say don't want to spoil it all. But great performance and acting on these people. Great show don't miss out.moreless
  • Magnificent

    What a gripping and in someways game changing episode. Fantastic edge of your seat case while also helping to flesh out the universe. This show has gripped me from the start and when a few episodes ago they started to thread things together to form a larger story arc it is beginning to come together. The ending was gripping with great music, interesting twists, and a tantalizing question asked by Carter.moreless
  • Perfection on a broadcast network IS possible

    This episode maintains its intensity from start to finish. Finch isn't happy that Reese is poking around in his affairs. Reese isn't happy the machine didn't get the number to him in time to save someone. It's all hands on deck to track the other 3 that the machine spit out. Reese barely manages to stutter an answer to his POI, a beautiful hair stylist. Det. Fusco loses (actually she gave him the slip) his POI *after* she bought a gun and Finch nearly gets blown to smithereens when his POI gets blown up by a loaded baby stoller. We haven't had the second commercial break yet and I'm on the edge of my seat wringing my hands.

    After the second POI is killed, Reese's feathers are clearly ruffled and Finch is in a tizzy. Reese manages to calm Finch down and get him to focus on finding a connection which he does. Reese finds Persons 3 & 4 and saves them by taking on a bad guy in hand to hand combat and ducking gunfire while they run. He saves them again later while engaging in hand to hand combat and shooting the bad guys.

    Now comes the perfectly scored and painfully well-acted finale. The song, "When things explode" by UNKLE feat. Ian Astbury, was absolutely the perfect choice. The look on Reese's face when he realizes that Carter has betrayed him is so subtle yet brilliant. Carter then realizes she's been played, but she's still not sure just how much she's been deceived by the CIA. Even after they shoot Reese *twice*, she's still not sure. Finch overheard Carter's call to the CIA and is racing to get to Reese in time. Over the phone, Reese thanks Finch for giving him a second chance and Finch tells him not to give up because he's almost there. Reese tells him to stay away because it's too risky. Thank God Finch doesn't take orders. As Finch gets to Reese to help him into the car, Carter bursts through the stairwell door and yelling, "Freeze." You can see the wheels turning in her head as she recognizes Finch from an earlier meeting. She decides to let them go and helps Reese into the car, but she pauses just long enough to get a slight nod from Reese before sending them on their way and leaving me to pick my jaw up off the floor and grab Kleenexes.

    This episode had it all. A sense of urgency times 4. Deadpan humor. A fantastic score. Belly-laugh humor. Fieldwork for the usually desk-bound hero. A near-haircut for our graying action hero (but the stylist disappeared after the shampooing). Car accident. Car bombing. Flirting. Hand to hand combat. Plenty of shooting. Betrayal. An unlikely rescuer. Brilliant performances by all the show regulars. What Caviezel and Emerson say with their eyes and facial expressions is incredible. Then they deliver those skillfully scribed lines and you know you are experiencing a perfect storm of entertainment.moreless
Michael Murphy (I)

Michael Murphy (I)

Congressman Hallen

Guest Star

Bridget Regan

Bridget Regan

Wendy McNally

Guest Star

Melonie Diaz

Melonie Diaz

Paula Vasquez

Guest Star

Michael Kelly (V)

Michael Kelly (V)

Mark Snow

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Reese: Where did you come from?
      Finch: I breached the space/time continuum. (Reese stares) Not really. I did sense my privacy being invaded, but we'll leave that for now. We have work to do. Numbers have come in.
      Reese: What do you mean, numbers?
      Finch: What plurals usually mean. More than one, in this case, four.

    • Fusco: What the hell are you doing here? You didn't kill her, did you?
      Reese: Lionel, after all we've been through.
      Fusco: Exactly.

    • Fusco: Paula Vasquez? Why?
      Reese: Don't want her ending up like the lady upstairs.
      Fusco: You think she might?
      Reese: I know she won't, because you'll throw yourself in front of the bullet.
      Fusco: Funny guy.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music: When Things Explode (Unkle)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: December 15, 2011 on Citytv
      Turkey: February 2, 2012 on CNBC-e
      Australia: February 20, 2012 on Nine
      Germany: November 8, 2012 on RTL
      Slovakia: March 13, 2013 on Dajto
      Finland: April 24, 2013 on MTV3