Person of Interest

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Sep 22, 2011 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A mysterious millionaire, Finch, approaches John Reese, a CIA field officer who is believed dead, and offers him the chance to stop violent crimes before they happen. Finch can predict the person involved, but not how or where they are involved. In his first assignment, Reese must help a district attorney who Finch has predicted will be involved in a violent crime.


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  • The pilot is crap

    Lots of plot holes - like they know she's a victim or a killer but they worry about someone else whose number wasn't up yet, if the machine predicts who will die or something, then that Pope guy and the kid and anybody else would not be in danger since their number isn't drawn yet. Stupid show...
  • amazing pilot

    Great pilot. We get to meet Reeze and Finch, and the suspicious acting by Reese is great, we get some backgrround stories, and rewatching this, i find i miss Carter,
  • Music from 22:30 - 22:40

    Does someone knows whats the song name from 22:30 - 22:40??? Thanks.
  • How many cliches can we fit into 40 minutes?

    A lot more than I thought it was even possible, that's for sure. They couldn't go 30 seconds without another cliche. The bad guys act like bad guys. They say it's a shame they have to kill the kid. They conveniently spell out their plans right before attempting to do them ("I'm gonna shoot you and, like, I'll make it look like ya shot yourselfs ok"). They even laugh uncomfortably loud and long when the good guy says he's going to out-action them. Bad guys.

    Then you have the prototypical smug, mumbling, good-at-everything good guy. He can like block punches while he's sleeping, and he carries around hidden explosives for that time he might get locked up in a car. He can also disarm a room full of gunmen and tell them they'll be hit in the face by a shell casing. He's so good, everyone must ask, "who is that guy?!" whenever he's been in their presence. Oh and he has nothing to lose and stuff.

    I could go on and on. The only cool things about this show are Michael Emerson and those swooshy Serial Experiments Lain type cuts they do.

    It's really disappointing overall. I didn't have high hopes, to be honest, but Mr. Abrams usually gives us something at least a little watchable. Ah well, it should appeal to the brainless action crowd.moreless
  • Pilot shows good promise

    Nothing to rave about. The case of the week was hit and miss when it came to caring. However the premise show's huge promise. Hopefully they capitalize on it.
Natalie Zea

Natalie Zea

Diane Hansen

Guest Star

Chris Chalk

Chris Chalk

Lawrence Pope

Guest Star

Jermaine Crawford

Jermaine Crawford

Michael Pope

Guest Star

Susan Misner

Susan Misner

Jessica Arndt

Recurring Role

Anthony Mangano

Anthony Mangano

Detective Kane

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Reese: When you find that one person who connects you to the world, you become someone different. Someone better. When that person is taken from you... what do you become then?

    • Finch: (to Reese) So you see, knowledge is not my problem. Doing something with that knowledge... that's where you'd come in.

    • Finch: Eight million people. You know what they all have in common? None of them knows what happens next. Someone is murdered in New York City every 18 hours. At the end of the day, one of these people will be gone.
      Reese: Bad things happen to people every day. You can't stop that.
      Finch: What if you could? Not the things that happen in the heat of the moment. But some crimes are planned days, weeks in advance. What if you could stop those?

    • Finch: So the property's is in a kind of limbo. It doesn't exist.
      Reese: Neither do you. I did a little digging.
      Finch: I recognize, Mr. Reese, that there's a disparity between how much I know about you and how much you know about me. I know you'll be trying to close that gap as quickly as possible. But I should tell you... I'm a really private person.

    • Finch: About that, I don't like firearms very much.
      Reese: Well, neither do I. But if someone has to have them, I'd rather it was me.

    • Reese: I don't know if I can protect Hansen. I can't see the whole picture.
      Finch: I offered you a job, Mr. Reese. I never said it would be easy.

    • Reese: I'm curious. Was there a point where you knew you'd become a bad guy?
      Fusco: Woke up one morning, realized I was paid to protect a bunch of jerks from Wall Street who were robbing everybody blind. They're stealing more than my annual salary in an afternoon. I said, "what the hell."
      Reese: I don't believe you. See, I've been watching you, Lionel. Your heart's not really into it. Stills, he does it for money, but I think you do it because you're loyal.
      Fusco: What's the difference?
      Reese: That's why I'm going to let you live.

    • Stills: I think I'll kill you and your friend here. Make it look like you killed each other. Then, just because you pissed me off, I'm going to kill your family. And all your friends.
      Reese: I don't have any friends. I don't have any family left, either. Went around the world looking for bad guys, There were plenty of you right here all along.

    • Finch: You have a decision to make.
      Reese: The machine gave you another number.
      Finch: The numbers never stop coming. You should know that up front.

    • Finch: If you want to leave, I'll give you enough money to get as far as you need. Disappear.
      Reese: And if I stay?
      Finch: Sooner or later, both of us will probably end up dead. Actually dead this time. I said I'd tell you the truth. Didn't say you'd like it.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Injoke: When Reese checks Diane's e-mail, the screen shows that she has received messages from Peter Bishop, Philip Broyles, and Charlie Francis. They are all characters from another J.J. Abrams show, Fringe, which airs one night later on Fridays.

    • Music: Angel (Massive Attack)

    • According to CBS, Person of Interest was the network's highest testing pilot in years, prompting executives to move CSI which held the 9pm Thursday timeslot for 10 years.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: September 22, 2011 on Citytv
      Australia: September 25, 2011 on Nine
      Turkey: December 1, 2011 on CNBC-e
      UK: August 14, 2012 on Channel 5
      Germany: September 13, 2012 on RTL
      Slovakia: January 8, 2013 on Markiza
      Finland: February 20, 2013 on MTV3