Person of Interest

Season 1 Episode 7

Witness

14
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Nov 03, 2011 on CBS
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8.6
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5

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Episode Summary

Reese and Finch help a schoolteacher targeted by the mob after he witnesses a hit.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Great writing

    10
    Extremely impressed by this series. It works brilliantly as character study and as an action series. The first few episodes get us into the characters, we care about Reese and Finch, there's potential future tension (perhaps of a romantic nature) in Carter, but it is this episode where the game is raised. Following the clues in the writing is part of the pleasure of watching, it's not that tough to figure out, but it's so well put together you still find yourself wondering what the outcome will be. The tension of the one location, the not knowing who to trust, then the crippled look of disappointment on Reese's face when he realises he's been played. First class episode of a great series.moreless
  • Excellent story arc unfolding!

    9.5


    This latest episode was superb, tying hints and allegations from prior episode together and finally showing us an incredibly dangerous nemesis! I loved that there was empathy and respect between Charlie and Reese at the outset, that Elias could be ruthless and disciplined enough to live and work among his enemies for so long and use their children to learn their ways, their strengths and weaknesses. His discipline and cunning make him a worthy adversary for Finch and Reese. Enjoyed that our crooked cop was on the up and up but Finch disbelieved him - kind of feel sorry for the schmuck. I found the premise of being trapped in the building gripping too, and the idea of places where the law doesn't go and the bad guys have reached mutual understanding about ownership. Reese's anger at their intervention leading to lots more numbers in the future was beautifully done by Caviezel. I hate getting into new TV shows because if I like them they tend to get cancelled, but I am loving this one for as long as it's on.





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  • It's Sgt. Parker!!

    8.0
    Enrico Colantoni is a terrific actor and fellow Canadian. :) I love him on Flashpoint and recall seeing him on Bones, where he did a lovely job with the night watchman role as he interacted with Dr. Brennan. This role was quite different and very, very well played.

    I think this was the best episode of the series so far. I like it that Det. Carter has a more prominent role because the show needs a female presence otherwise it gets too close to being a shoot-em-up Chuck Norris type movie, and I don't like those at all.

    I'll avoid spoilers, so let's just say that the ending was the best of the series and when Finch and Reese spoke about the work that they do, the outcome here left them wondering about it. It definitely but a shade of gray into the mix that wasn't there before. Terrific episode all around.moreless
  • Enrico Colantoni, hmmm?

    9.0
    Maybe we'll be seeing more of him...just hope they don't spend too much time on the local politics of organized crime, at the cost of developing the main characters. Cool episode, gotta admit. Anybody else having flashbacks of The Usual Suspects..?
  • Simply brilliant casting :) *spoilers*

    9.0
    I watch way too much TV and so when a big "twist" comes along I'm usually the first to spot it but this one kind of threw me for a loop and I think the main credit of that is in casting Enrico Colantoni. Going back (after knowing the twist) and watching it again the writing gives it away but still I couldn't help myself feeling bad for Reese because he got played and lets be honest, who wouldn't? I was really close to blowing off this show as another procedural type but this twist? It got me back. I can't wait for next week.moreless
Enver Gjokaj

Enver Gjokaj

Laszlo Yogorov

Guest Star

Mike McGlone

Mike McGlone

Det. Szymanski

Guest Star

Olek Krupa

Olek Krupa

Ivan Yogorov

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Charlie is identified several times as a history teacher. However, when he goes to Will's apartment, he speaks as if the literature book that Will is reading is homework for his class.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Reese: What's his story, Finch?
      Finch: He's a high school history teacher working in the Brighton Beach school district. Lives alone, never married--not much to go on.
      Reese: Well, maybe a student's after him. You know, teaching can be a dangerous profession.
      Finch: Yes, I imagine espionage was a much safer choice, Mr. Reese.

    • Reese: Sir, you have a Russian hit team closing in, which leaves us with approximately five seconds before you need to make a decision.
      Charlie: How do I know you're not one of them?
      Reese: Because I'm standing in front of you and you're still alive.

    • Reese: Well, you won't do those kids any good if you're dead, Mr. Burton.
      Charlie: Charlie, please--"Mr. Burton" is for my students.
      Reese: Do you want to die, Charlie? Because this isn't a history lesson. Those bullets are real.

    • Charlie: What is that?
      Reese: (tending his bullet wound) Cocaine.
      Charlie: I guess there's a first time for everything. Is that glue?
      Reese: Yeah. Nothing like over-the-counter polymer to close a wound in a pinch.
      Charlie: You learn all this in hero training?
      Reese: Something like that.

    • Reese: Mind if I borrow this for a moment?
      Laszlo: Screw you.
      Reese: It's a bad move to insult your hostage taker, Laszlo. Keep your mouth shut, or I'll shut it permanently.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Injoke: Will is reading The Count of Monte Cristo and comments that Edmond is "Cool. A survivor, you know?" Jim Caviezel played Edmond in the big screen adaptation of the classic story in 2002.

    • Music: Sinnerman (Nina Simone)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: November 3, 2011 on Citytv
      Australia: November 13, 2011 on Nine
      Turkey: January 12, 2012 on CNBC-e
      Germany: October 18, 2012 on RTL
      Slovakia: February 20, 2013 on Dajto
      Finland: April 3, 2013 on MTV3

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Will: Edmond's cool. A survivor, you know? Even though he got his revenge, some bad stuff still stuck with him.
      Referencing the 1844 novel The Count of Monte Cristo, written by Alexandre Dumas and Auguste Maquet. "Edmond" is Edmond Dantès, a merchant seaman who is unjustly imprisoned for 14 years. Once Edmond escapes, he uses his hidden treasure to create an identity for himself as the enigmatic Count of Monte Cristo and sets out to gain revenge on the man responsible for his imprisonment.

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