Sep. 22, 2011
Returning Series
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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SPOILER: When Elias and John hide at the student's house, the student can be seen reading The Count of Monte Cristo. Jim Caviezel (the actor who plays John Reese) played Edmond Dantès, the main character of the story in the 2002 film adaptation of the book.
  • SPOILER: When John and Elias hide out in Elias' student's apartment, there is a copy of the "Count of Monte Cristo" on the table and Elias mentions it to his student. Jim Caviezel played the eponymous Count in the movie.
  • SPOILER: When Elias and John hide at the student's house, the student can be seen reading the Count of Monte Cristo. Jim Caviezel (actor for John Reese) played Edmond Dantès, the main character of the story in the 2002 film adaptation of the book.
  • Michael Emerson and Alan Dale played mortal enemies on Lost. In that series, Dale's character was responsible for the shooting death of Emerson's character's daughter. In this episode of Person of Interest, Emerson's character saves Dale's character's daughter and wife.
  • Carter's given name of Jocelyn, or Joss, is revealed.
  • The book Reese leafs through at Finch's place is 'The Ghost in the Machine' by Arthur Koestler. 'Ghost in the Machine' is a phrase coined by the Oxford philosopher Gilbert Ryle to describe René Descartes' mind-body dualism relationship. In the case of Person of Interest's arc plot, Koestler's book subtly hints that The Machine may be developing a soul, or already has. The soul is famously called 'Ghost in the Shell' in the Japanese manga and anime classic by Shirow Masamune.

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