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Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 22, 2011
Status
Final Season
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
CBS TV Network

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Joss Carter Person of Interest

Joss Carter

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Taraji P. HensonTaraji P. Henson
Henson was born in southeast Washington, D.C., the daughter of Bernice Gordon, a corporate manager at ...

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Joss Carter Quotes

03x08 - Endgame Season 3 / Episode 8: - Endgame

Joss Carter: [to Judge Monahan, as she surrenders her weapon] I'll spare you the Shakespeare quote.
Alonzo Quinn: You know, I think that's your problem. You see yourself as a protagonist in some great tragedy. Determined to face the world alone. Even if it gets you killed.
Officer Patrick Simmons: "To be or not to be," bitch.
03x08 - Endgame Season 3 / Episode 8: - Endgame

Joss Carter: Tell me you didn't use the front door.
John Reese: I never do.
03x08 - Endgame Season 3 / Episode 8: - Endgame

John Reese: Where's Taylor?
Joss Carter: Somewhere safe.
John Reese: Any reason he wouldn't be safe here? Like your off-the-books pursuit of HR?
Joss Carter: Everyone needs a hobby.
John Reese: Most hobbies don't involve dirty cops staked outside your apartment. If you want, I can take care of him for you.
Joss Carter: I'd appreciate it if you left him alone. Respectfully, I'd appreciate it if you left me alone for a while too.
John Reese: Now's not the time to fly solo, Carter.
Joss Carter: Don't get me wrong, John. I appreciate everything you've done for me and the city. But in the eyes of the law, you're still a criminal. And HR already knows we work together. And if they could prove it... No, I'm sorry. I gotta finish this alone.
03x08 - Endgame Season 3 / Episode 8: - Endgame

John Reese: HR won't go down without a fight. If you get in over your head, give me a call.
Joss Carter: With the way you guys keep tabs on me, how much trouble can I get in?
03x08 - Endgame Season 3 / Episode 8: - Endgame

Detective Lionel Fusco: I heard what happened to Laskey. How you holding up? It's never an easy thing, losing a partner. Kinda makes you wonder what really went down between those two that night.
Joss Carter: Not sure I wanna know.
Detective Lionel Fusco: You know what I think? I think someone else was there. I think someone shot them both and staged the scene. The only question is, who?
Joss Carter: I don't know, Fusco. But whatever happened, I don't want any part of it.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Terney was the one who told you HR had your boyfriend killed. Now he's dead along with your rookie partner? I mean, don't you wanna know why?
Joss Carter: Something I realized It's not always worth the risk to know why.
03x08 - Endgame Season 3 / Episode 8: - Endgame

Carl Elias: Yogorov got the package. Whether he received the message is another story.
Joss Carter: He'll understand soon enough.
Carl Elias: Save everyone a lot of trouble if you'd let me kill him.
Joss Carter: That won't be necessary. In fact, you might want to keep a low profile for the next couple days.
Carl Elias: Already planning on it. And whatever you're up to, Officer, I wish you the best of luck. I have a feeling you're gonna need it.
03x08 - Endgame Season 3 / Episode 8: - Endgame

Joss Carter: It's all there?
Sameen Shaw: Everything but the kitchen sink. Tried it, didn't fit.
Joss Carter: I appreciate you not telling the guys about this.
Sameen Shaw: Boys can't have all the toys. You're fixing to have quite a party with all this stuff. You sure you don't need an assist? The 37 mil can be tricky.
03x08 - Endgame Season 3 / Episode 8: - Endgame

John Reese: Joss? Where are you?
Joss Carter: I can't tell you that. But I know exactly where you are. Thought you promised to keep your distance.
John Reese: That was before I knew you were starting a war. We know about Quinn and what he did to Cal.
Joss Carter: Then you know why he can't get away with it.
John Reese: Take it from me. Revenge isn't the answer. Tell me where you are. Please just let me help you.
Joss Carter: You once asked me to trust you to do what needed to be done. Now I'm asking the same of you.
03x08 - Endgame Season 3 / Episode 8: - Endgame

Peter Yogorov: [Pointing a shotgun at his door] First five guys through that door get early retirement!
Joss Carter: That come with a pension?
Peter Yogorov: [Opens the door] I remember you.
Joss Carter: Good, we can skip the introduction. HR already rounded up all your boys. You're the last little Indian. And right now, they're on their way here to kill you. So if you wanna live, you're coming with me.
Peter Yogorov: Last time I went with you, you arrested me.
Joss Carter: [Pulls out her handcuffs] Guess old habits die hard.
03x08 - Endgame Season 3 / Episode 8: - Endgame

Joss Carter: There are about half a dozen corrupt cops awaiting trial on the same cell block as your brother right now. You sign this statement I could get Laszlo moved to safer facilities within the next few hours. So what's it gonna be?
Peter Yogorov: Just show me the damn statement. [Begrudgingly signs] Now what?
Joss Carter: I get an arrest warrant for Quinn.
Peter Yogorov: You sure you got a judge you can trust with that? Quinn liked to spread that money around. We made him a lot of it.
Joss Carter: Spent the last few days vetting judges. Narrowed it down to a couple. My statement, the evidence you got, and this whole thing comes down to blind luck. Do me a favor, Officer. Choose wisely. Because if you don't, then you, me, and my brother are all dead.
03x07 - The Perfect Mark Season 3 / Episode 7: - The Perfect Mark

Carl Elias: The antique dealer cycles the dirty Russian money into his own accounts and waits for instructions. Then he heads to the auction house, where he's told to bid on a certain high-priced item, an item auctioned off by a seller representing HR. The Swede bids the highest, and all of that dirty money is deposited into HR's coffers, squeaky clean and laundered, and ready for digital distribution.
Joss Carter: But I don't get it. They haven't laundered the money. They've just bought an overpriced baseball.
Carl Elias: All the items HR auctions off may have been appraised for millions of dollars, but they're really just fugazis, fakes, worthless junk.
Joss Carter: So HR gets Russian money for nothing?
Carl Elias: It's a perfect system, till someone on the outside knows about it.
03x07 - The Perfect Mark Season 3 / Episode 7: - The Perfect Mark

Joss Carter: So, what's your story?
John Reese: You first.
Joss Carter: I'm following an HR lead. They wanna whack a Swedish antique dealer for screwing up their money laundering.
John Reese: That's funny. I'm on a con man therapist who happens to have a Swedish antique dealer as a patient.
Joss Carter: I'll pretend that makes sense.
03x07 - The Perfect Mark Season 3 / Episode 7: - The Perfect Mark

Officer Mike Laskey: Carter, I've been thinking. That antique dealer, I can't just kill someone. When I got involved with HR, I didn't think...
Joss Carter: No, you didn't think. You just looked the other way.
Officer Mike Laskey: I can't do that anymore. And you're the only person I've got on my side right now.
Joss Carter: I'm not on your side. But I'm also not letting a homicide happen under my watch. So, tomorrow, you're calling in sick.
Officer Mike Laskey: I am?
Joss Carter: Yeah, see you just got a new job. Tomorrow, you're Simmons's shadow. Wherever he goes, you go. Whoever he meets with, you get pictures of. See, we just tapped into their piggy bank. Now I wanna know who's running the bank.
03x07 - The Perfect Mark Season 3 / Episode 7: - The Perfect Mark

Carl Elias: You haven't touched your wine, Joss. You're off duty.
Joss Carter: I'm always on duty.
03x07 - The Perfect Mark Season 3 / Episode 7: - The Perfect Mark

Joss Carter: How'd you even get into this mess?
Sven Vanger: Seven months ago, I got in trouble with the customs here in New York. A cop named Simmons came and said he could make the charges go away if I helped them launder cash for a few Russian associates of theirs. At first, it was just a few hundred thousand each month. Then it became more and more - *millions*! I got rid of the last cash today.
Joss Carter: On lot 426?
Sven Vanger: How did you know about that?
Joss Carter: Hayden played you. He switched out your emails, and made you bid on the wrong item today.
Sven Vanger: Then what did I purchase?
Joss Carter: A real ball, signed by the real 1927 Yankees, really worth 4. 4 million.
Lionel Fusco: That was a hell of a season.
03x07 - The Perfect Mark Season 3 / Episode 7: - The Perfect Mark

Lionel Fusco: So we're faking crime scenes now? A long way from your days back at the Eighth.
Joss Carter: You might want to spread it out. Arterial sprays are erratic.
Lionel Fusco: You wanna let me work? I'm going for a kind of a hollow-point special kind of motif.
03x07 - The Perfect Mark Season 3 / Episode 7: - The Perfect Mark

Officer Mike Laskey: You were right, Carter. They would never let her go. Make it look good.
Sameen Shaw: Remember, the aim shouldn't be to hurt him, just incapacitate him a little. Also, watch your knuckles. I've punched a lot of guys
Joss Carter: [Punches out Laskey] So have I.
03x07 - The Perfect Mark Season 3 / Episode 7: - The Perfect Mark

Officer Mike Laskey: I stuck to the guy like glue. This is everyone Simmons met with.
Joss Carter: Thanks, kid, you did all right. But you should know, it'll get harder out there. After these last few days, things are gonna heat up. So you need to be prepared.
Officer Mike Laskey: When I got involved with HR, I thought it was about loyalty. I was wrong. It's about murder and greed.
Detective Raymond Terney: [Interrupts] Well, ain't that cozy. I should've known she'd turn you, rookie. The first time I saw you, I knew you were weak. So let me tell you how the world works now, kid. We kill her or they kill us. [Pulls his gun]
Joss Carter: That decision is gonna be your last, Terney. [She pulls her gun as well, a second too late - Terney shoots Laskey. Carter shoots him back] No! Laskey? [he's gone, Carter moves to Terney with the stack of photos]
Joss Carter: That much blood, and you'll be dead in a minute, maybe two. Make 'em count. Who do you and Simmons report to? Who calls the shots? Is the answer in these pictures, huh? Last chance, Terney! Be a cop! [Terney points to the photo of Alonzo Quinn]
03x07 - The Perfect Mark Season 3 / Episode 7: - The Perfect Mark

Lionel Fusco: Just heard from my source in HR, Simmons knows they get ripped off. All this baseball stuff, you should've called me in sooner. I'm kind of a Mets fan, though.
Joss Carter: Somewhere in the city, your soda kid's walking around with a zillion-dollar baseball in his pocket.
Lionel Fusco: With HR looking for the ball.
Joss Carter: And the young man has no idea.
Lionel Fusco: Let's hope he don't play catch.
03x06 - Mors Praematura Season 3 / Episode 6: - Mors Praematura

Officer Mike Laskey: My name is Mikhail Lesnichy. There are 12 of us Russians on the force.
Joss Carter: Huh. So HR is seeding the NYPD with cops they know will be loyal and cementing their deal with the Russian mob in the process. What about that money you got from Morozov?
Officer Mike Laskey: HR's stockpiling it. I don't know what for, but whatever it is, they have millions.
Joss Carter: Hmm. It gets worse than last night, you know.
Officer Mike Laskey: What's worse than burying a friend?
03x06 - Mors Praematura Season 3 / Episode 6: - Mors Praematura

Officer Mike Laskey: HR's protection payment.
Joss Carter: Dirty money for dirty cops. Deliver it as usual. Then find out where it goes from there.
Officer Mike Laskey: I can't do that.
Joss Carter: Do you really wanna test me? 'Cause I've got a shiny new 1911 to back me up on that. What did Morozov say to you back there?
Officer Mike Laskey: Beats me. I don't speak Russian.
Joss Carter: That's funny 'cause it looked like you understood every word.
Officer Mike Laskey: Look. Morozov's been running that deli since I was a kid. HR knows that and respects it. These payments are about loyalty.
Joss Carter: Let me tell you something, Laskey. One day soon, you're gonna find out exactly what HR expects from you in return for that loyalty.
03x04 - Reasonable Doubt Season 3 / Episode 4: - Reasonable Doubt

Vanessa Watkins: My husband wasn't murdered. He drowned. Someone planted that evidence and framed me.
Joss Carter: Prove it.
Vanessa Watkins: I'm the Defense. Burden of proof lies with you.
Joss Carter: You can object.
Vanessa Watkins: Fine, I object.
Harold Finch: Overruled.
03x04 - Reasonable Doubt Season 3 / Episode 4: - Reasonable Doubt

Officer Mike Laskey: Detective Terney seems a little, uh, intense. Any advice on how to get along with him?
Joss Carter: Some people on the force, you're better off keeping your distance.
Officer Mike Laskey: Not sure I get what you mean.
Joss Carter: You will.
03x04 - Reasonable Doubt Season 3 / Episode 4: - Reasonable Doubt

Joss Carter: Vanessa told me she didn't kill her husband.
John Reese: Do you think she's innocent?
Joss Carter: I don't know. But in that moment, I thought she was telling the truth.
John Reese: I guess the former prosecutor doesn't trust the system, then.
Joss Carter: Think I'd be standing here in a uniform if the system always worked?
03x04 - Reasonable Doubt Season 3 / Episode 4: - Reasonable Doubt

Joss Carter: Any idea how the police ended up on the wrong side of town?
Harold Finch: Ms. Morgan gave me a tip regarding an underground gambling ring. I just wanted to make sure the police discovered and stopped it.
Joss Carter: So you left the SUV they were looking for near the building.
Harold Finch: Of course I didn't. Mr. Reese took care of that. I was merely doing my civic duty.
03x01 - Liberty Season 3 / Episode 1: - Liberty

John Reese: [after saving a guy's life and he just runs away] You're welcome. They never say thank you.
Joss Carter: Yeah, I wonder why. Maybe if you figure out a way to save them before all hell breaks loose.
John Reese: Thanks, Carter. You know, for what it's worth, You're looking kind of badass in that uniform.
03x01 - Liberty Season 3 / Episode 1: - Liberty

Carl Elias: What happened to time off for good behavior?
Joss Carter: That assumes you've been good. We had a deal, you keep a low profile.
Carl Elias: Why else would I be enjoying my Barolo in a basement?
Joss Carter: Your man's been seen in Crown Heights, Russian territory.
Carl Elias: It's all Russian territory now.
02x22 - God Mode Season 2 / Episode 22: - God Mode

Detective Raymond Terney: So I made my statement. I don't know what else to do. Still no sign of the weapon. You really ought to contact your union rep.
Joss Carter: No. I'll be fine. I know who took the weapon. I recognized one of the unis at the crime scene. He was questioned in the HR sting, but they let him go. Gonna have Fusco have a little talk with him.
Detective Raymond Terney: [Changes his tone] That's always been the problem with you, Carter. You - you just never figured out when to keep your big mouth shut. Listen, you always been okay to me, Carter. And frankly, I don't like killing women. You keep digging, we're gonna put you in the ground, just like we did to your boyfriend. You drag your recovering dirtbag partner into this, we will pull the rip cord on him too. And maybe your kid. Now, do yourself a favor and sit here and take it.
02x22 - God Mode Season 2 / Episode 22: - God Mode

John Reese: [On the phone] Carter, I've been worried. You okay?
Joss Carter: I've been better. But, look, that can wait. I think HR and Yogorov's crew are gonna take out Elias tonight.
John Reese: Elias tried to kill you, Joss. He kidnapped your son. His well-being isn't exactly a priority for me.
Joss Carter: His lieutenant was gunned down this morning. The first thing Elias did was get his bodyguards paroled to watch his man in the hospital. At least he's loyal.
02x22 - God Mode Season 2 / Episode 22: - God Mode

Carl Elias: [after Carter rescues him from HR] Detective Carter. What a funny old world. Where are we going?
Joss Carter: I don't know.

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