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.
  • 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) fiancé, 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. Most of the boxes are white. Yellow boxes are used for individuals that know about the Machine.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Cristo.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Along with several visual elements that make an homage to Rear Window (such as Reese being confined to a wheelchair, the suspected villain digging in a rose garden, the use of a camera to observe neighbors), the character of John Reese leases the apartment using the name "Mr. Hayes". John Michael Hayes wrote the screenplay for "Rear Window".
  • Chris Scollard is the character name of the Department of Family Services clerk. In reality, Christopher Scollard is one of the visual effects supervisors for the show.
  • Though her face isn't shown, this is the first appearance of recurring character Root.
  • The entire episode is an homage to "Lone Wolf and Cub", a Japanese Manga about a disgraced Shogun who becomes a wandering Assassin who travels with his infant son as they seek revenge on their betrayers.
  • Technically, a wolf offspring is called a pup - not a cub.
  • Matsya Nyaya is Sanskrit meaning "the process of the big fish eating the small fish", i.e., the law of the jungle, the survival of the fittest.
  • In the TV series The Prisoner starring Patrick McGoohan, there is also an episode called "Many Happy Returns" (Season 1 Episode 6). In it, Number 6 is allowed to believe that he has escaped and returned to London. After being returned, he discovers that he was allowed to leave because it was his birthday. In Person of Interest, Jim Caviezel's character is also granted a reprieve on his birthday. Before POI, Caviezel also played the character "Number 6" in the remake of "The Prisoner" as well.
  • 'Michael Emerson (I)', who plays Mr. Finch, and 'Carrie Preston (I)', who plays Grace (Mr Finch's fiancée), are married in real-life.

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