Person of Interest

Season 1 Episode 1


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



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions