Sep. 22, 2011
Final Season
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 Special Forces and Army Ranger) 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".
  • Harold Finch's (portrayed by Michael Emerson) fiancée, Grace Hendricks (recurring, seasons 1-3) 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.
  • Shaw (Sarah Shahi) appeared in Psych in a 2009 episode as a "Person of interest". Shaw was quoted in a 2009 episode as being a "Person of Interest" by the chief of police 2 years before Person of Interest premiered in 2011.
  • 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.
  • If you call 917-285-7362 you get a voice recording of Harold for his insurance company.
  • 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.
  • Mr. Finch's first name is Herold. Horst Herold was the president of German federal law enforcement in the '70s where he invented the dragnet - the first system that used a database full of personal information to identify criminals or suspects from the masses.
  • During the scene where Nathan finds the list of irrelevant numbers (in this case photo's). The last photo shown before Harold turns the monitors off; is Jennifer(Ex Girlfriend of John Reese).
  • 47 reference: When walking through the cemetery, a sign reads "Section 47". 47 is found randomly throughout shows & movies J.J. Abrams is involved in, which originally began by the producers of Star Trek:TNG. It's found in all subsequent series of Star Trek, as well as many other productions outside of Trek & ones with Abrams involvement.
  • SPOILER: In the final scene showing the memorial bust of Nathan, the window behind it is decorated with 101 101 101, repeated all the way across. An homage to computer programming language that utilized 1's and 0's.
  • SPOILER: In the evidence lock-up there is a statue of the Virgin Mary. This is a nod to executive producer J.J Abrams' Lost (2004) where drug traffickers use statues of the Virgin Mary to transport heroin.
  • The phrase "Curs Te Ipsum" is Latin for "Heal thyself".
  • When we see a close up of Koska's phone at the end of the episode, one of the company names is "Plohoi robot ZAO" or "Bad Robot Company" in Russian.
  • The two restaurant scenes where Reese and Finch discuss the case take place in the Lyric Diner, real- life location 3rd Avenue and 22nd St. in Manhattan.
  • Virtanen is one of the most common last names in Finland.
  • When hiding inside of the apartment, Burton asks Will what he thought of the The Count of Monte Cristo. Will mentions how he admires Edmond Dantes while Reese looks on. Jim Caviezel, who plays Reese, also played Edmond in the movie adaptation of the book.
  • The episode starts with a mob killing in a neighborhood bodega (or grocery). The name of the victim? Benny D'Agostino. D'Agostino is the name of a famous local chain of neighborhood grocery stores located almost exclusively in Manhattan (13 stores) with only one store outside of NYC.
  • When Charlie and Reese flee into the BB buildings, they find shelter in one of Charlie's student homes. As they walk in, Charlie notices the student was doing homework, specifically on the book "The Count Of Monte Cristo." Jim Caviezel starred as Edmond Dantes in the 2002 adaptation of the book.
  • When Charlie and Reese take cover in the BB building owned by Bulgarian Gangsters, they come across a student who provides them with shelter. On the TV a video game is paused, and later the student comments that the zombies are taking over the world. The game is Dead Rising.
  • During this episode the teacher meets a student and asks how he got on with reading The Count of Monte Cristo. Jim Caviezel played Edmond Dantes in the The Count of Monte Christo.

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