Sep. 22, 2011
60 min.
CBS TV Network

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Person of Interest

Former CIA paramilitary operative John Reese, who is presumed dead, teams up with reclusive billionaire Finch to prevent violent crimes in New York City by initiating their own type of justice. With the help of special surveillance equipment, they work "outside the law" to get the right criminals behind bars.

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  • The opening sequence contains one or two scenes from the current episode, always at the point Finch says, "...victim or perpetrator, if your number's up, we'll find you."
  • Finch generally uses fairly identifiable bird-based or bird related aliases with the first name Harold (Harold Wren, Crane, Crow, Quail, Gull, Swift and Mr. Partridge) but has used non-bird names including Arthur Bellenger, Thomas Paine, Dr. Tillman, Lucas Bennett, and Walt Trowbridge. The alias Norman Burdett could be considered bird-based (bird-ett). In Season 2, during John's interrogation, Finch's alias is "Howard French", which is not a bird name, although based on Reese's former profession and the likelihood of capture and torture, choosing phonetically similar aliases can be very helpful should the need to use them arise. In season 3, episode 21, "Beta," the grave site his fiancé visits has a name plate with the name Harold Martin. At first glance, this would not seem to be a bird related name, but it actually is. There are many species of Martin around the world, including a very common bird in North America, the Purple Martin, and another from South and Central America, the Gray-breasted Martin, and many others.
  • In "Person of Interest" (2011) {Blue Code (#1.15)} it is established that John Reese is originally from Puyallup, Washington, which is 95 miles away from Mount Vernon, Washington, the real life birthplace of Jim Caviezel, who portrays Reese.
  • Throughout the first season, John Reese can be seen using a Nikon D3100 camera.
  • It is mentioned throughout the series that Mr. Reese was a former military Special Forces operative (Army Rangers, Delta Force then Green Beret) who then became a CIA Operative before coming to work with Mr. Finch.
  • All of Reese's aliases have the first name John (John Reese, John Rooney, John Warren, John Anderson, John Wiley, John Campbell, John Randall, and John Hayes) except for his first alias in the pilot (James J. Manzione) and Mission Creep (Tony Miller). He also goes by "Detective Stills" and "Marshall Jennings", having "borrowed" their shield/star somewhat permanently. However, these aliases are usually only used when necessary to gain access to an area or information that would otherwise be much more difficult if not impossible.
  • SPOILER: It was in between the show's second and third seasons that Edward Snowden came forward with details on PRISM, a government program designed to spy on U.S. citizens in order to detect terrorist threats, which is very similar to the show's fictional "Machine" and how it operates. This similarity is later referenced in "Person of Interest" (2011) {Lethe (#3.11)}, where, at the end of the episode, PRISM is listed as a decoy of The Machine.
  • The alias of the secretive John Reese is an homage to Batman's The Riddler (i.e. E. Nigma is made to sound like enigma) as Mr. Reese is made to sound like "mysteries". This type of sound bite was used much earlier in a TV show. In the 1960's British TV show, The Avengers, the female lead, played by 'Diana Rigg', was named "Emma Peel" to sound like "M (or Male) Appeal ".
  • Harold Finch's (portrayed by Michael Emerson) fiancee, Grace Hendricks (recurring, seasons 1-3,5) is portrayed by Michael Emerson's real life wife, Carrie Preston.
  • The character of John Greer is portrayed by John Nolan, uncle of series creator/producer Jonathan Nolan.
  • SPOILER: In surveillance camera shots from The Machine's perspective, The Machine assigns color-coded boxes to individuals it is monitoring at that time. White boxes are default and the most common, while white boxes with red corners identify (irrelevant) perpetrators. Individuals knowing about The Machine get yellow, threats to the system red boxes. Later, the show introduces blue boxes for agents of Primary Operations (relevant numbers) and a black box with yellow corners for its Analog Interface.
  • In season 1 episode 7, we see a copy of The Count of Monte Cristo on Will's floor. Jim Caviezel (John Reese) played the role of Edmond Dantes in the 2002 version of the film.
  • SPOILER: Several nods are made to The Count of Monte Cristo throughout the show. The book shows up as a school assignment in episode 7 of season one "Witness". The teacher who assigned that book, Elias, has a back story similar to that of Edmond Dantes. In that he was betrayed by someone close, put in prison, presumed dead. Later freed, ready to dish revenge to all back stabbers, and take over the world he previously was just grateful to be a part of. Dagmara Dominczyk who played a POI in episode 21 of season one "Many Happy Returns" also played the fiance of Edmond Dantes in COMC.
  • Michael Kelly (Mark Snow), Jimmi Simpson (Logan Pierce), Elizabeth Marvel (Alicia Corwin), Sebastian Arcelus (Matthews), Reg E. Cathey (Davidson), Boris McGiver (George Hersh) and Al Sapienza (Detective Raymond Terney) also play important roles in "House of Cards": Doug Stamper, Gavin Orsya, Heather Dunbar, Lucas Goodwin, Freddy, Tom Hammerschmidt and Marty Spinella respectively.
  • In S2 having Reese wear glasses to stop people from recognizing him is an inside joke about how in 2006 Jim Caveizel was going to be the next Superman.
  • SPOILER: On the 2015 Drama Actresses roundtable for The Hollywood Reporter, Taraji P. Henson hinted that it was her decision to leave the show because she wasn't fulfilled anymore.
  • Sarah Shahi was temporarily written out of the show because she became a mother during seasons 4 and 5.
  • SPOILER: "Caroline Turing" has the last name in reference to Alan Turing. The inventor of the first modern computer.
  • Micheal Emerson and Kevin Chapman had worked together previously on Lost (2004) Emerson had a major role while Chapman came on later in the series as a minor part.
  • The character of Sameen Shaw was introduced on the show with the potential of becoming a regular, but it only happened because she was well received by the audience and the producers were happy with Sarah Shahi's performance.
  • During season three and four, writers noticed the chemistry and enjoyment on screen between Sarah Shahi and Amy Acker, so decided to develop the Shaw/Root romantic dynamic by writing them more scenes together and playing with their sexual tension.
  • When Finch received the new number in episode (1x23) we can hear root's soundtrack. Root's soundtrack played for the first time in episode (1x13) when Root tried to hack Finch.
  • Both Amy Acker and Sarah Shahi attended Southern Methodist University.
  • As of this moment, the least rated episode in the show is at 8.3 in IMDb from season 1 and the highest rated episode is at 10 from season 5, the last episode. With the highest rated episode from each season being topped by the next season's highest rated episode.
  • Bar episode 6, which scored an 8.9, the final season has the rare distinction of having every episode rated above 9 by user reviews, with the season and series finale having the even greater distinction of earning a perfect 10.0.
  • SPOILER: In final episode (s5e13) Jonathan Nolan, creator of the show can been seen in a scene with Harold Finch, where Finch is communicating with Samaritan in Times Square.
  • Showrunner Jonathan Nolan said the writing team decided to make Root a prominent character mainly because of the theme music composer Ramin Djawadi wrote for her. In an interview he once said "Ramin had written this theme for Root and it was amazing. It's a really fun, mysterious character, but we really wanted to hear that theme again! So when we came back to the [Season 1] finale again, we know where we wanted to go with the character".
  • Showrunner Jonathan Nolan stated that he knew Ramin Djawadi, the composer of the show, ever since he worked with him on his brother's Batman Begins, where Ramin did additional music for Hans Zimmer. Nolan described Ramin as "unbelievably talented", and he said that sometimes when they decided to use a song in the show, Ramin would come with an original piece he composed and Jonah had to say "Sorry, Ramin's s**t wins again!". Later Jonathan chose Ramin Djawadi as the composer of his HBO project, Westworld.
  • There are at least two Belgian Malinois that portray the dog 'Bear'? One has a white patch on his chest, and the other one doesn't.
  • The character of Carl Elias shares similar traits with Professor Moriarty, the nemesis of Sherlock Holmes; both men masquerade as kindly school teachers whilst secretly commanding a criminal empire in the shadows. Both are consistently at odds with a pair of mystery-solving enemies, Holmes and Watson, Finch and Reese. Both have right hand men with the surname 'Moran'.

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