Person of Interest (2011–2016)
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God Mode 

Reese and Finch team up with surprising allies in a race to save The Machine from Root and the mysterious international organization, Decima, who have both re-emerged with dangerous agendas.


Richard J. Lewis


Jonathan Nolan (created by), Patrick Harbinson | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Caviezel ... John Reese
Taraji P. Henson ... Joss Carter
Kevin Chapman ... Lionel Fusco (credit only)
Michael Emerson ... Harold Finch
Amy Acker ... Root
Brett Cullen ... Nathan Ingram
Jay O. Sanders ... Special Counsel
Carrie Preston ... Grace Hendricks
Boris McGiver ... Hersh
Morgan Spector ... Peter Yogorov
Peter Friedman ... Lawrence Szilard
Al Sapienza ... Detective Raymond Terney
Jordan Lage ... Carson
Sarah Shahi ... Sameen Shaw
Enrico Colantoni ... Carl Elias


Carter is dealing with internal affairs about a possible wrongful shooting on her part which resulted in a fatality. During the process, Terney shows his true colors to her. She has to figure out how to get herself out of her predicament, as well as prevent HR from carrying out its grand plan, even if it means helping the enemy. Meanwhile, the machine has rebooted itself, and has provided Root with 24 hour unfettered access to what it sees. The one thing it will not tell her is where the machine is located, which is her ultimate goal so that she can "set it free". She seemingly has Finch assisting her. Although she knows that Reese is following her, she is unaware that Finch also maneuvered the machine in providing Reese, and by association his current sidekick Shaw, who he tells from where the information is coming, that same unfettered 24 hour access. Beyond the location of the machine, what Reese also wants to know but which the machine will also not divulge is Finch's whereabouts.... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

9 May 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Jonathan Nolan, executive producer and creator, and Greg Plageman, executive producer, are shown in the final scene, as hospital orderlies. See more »


When Finch and Root encounter Larry, Root runs to him regarding his daughter after he denies knowing about 'Northern Lights'. Finch loses his limp as he runs and follows Root. See more »


Root: C'mon Harold, time to meet God.
Harold Finch: Please don't set your expectations too high.
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Brave finale; mostly works
10 May 2013 | by diligentdroolSee all my reviews

For a lot of this episode, I wondered why TPTB didn't end the season with the previous episode "Zero Day", which was a phenomenal episode that had ended with a terrific *gasp* moment. But that is when I realised that this was a conscious effort from the makers of POI- to not make this one a cliffhanger, but rather a chapter-closer of sorts.

For me, it largely worked. Despite a few absurdities which I have come to simply ignore or accept, it was a great fast-paced episode that did justice to its larger arc about the past of Finch and the future of The Machine. Some good writing and solid acting made it a very good one hour of television.

The best moments of the episode were in the Finch flashback - which was basically the point come to think of it. I don't want to divulge much but the scene towards the end with Finch and Grace was just heartbreaking; when I started watching the show, I never thought this procedural-like show would make my eyes well up but it did and how! hats off to Carrie Preston and Michael Emerson for that powerful moment.

I do have a few gripes about this episode. I wish this had been a two hour finale, it had too much content to be satisfactorily told in 42 minutes. Some parts seemed rushed - especially the Carter bits and the ignore to Fusco's character was surprising.

I am both excited and anxious about Season 3. Season 2 has been a massive improvement from season 1 if you look at the overall quality (though the last 6-7 episodes of season 1 were just as good). But the main reason for it was because this season was largely centered on the mysteries of the show's two best characters - Finch and The Machine. The backstory bits of Finch were just phenomenal throughout the season and now that it has been wrapped up (and very beautifully, I might add), I am a little concerned what will be that trump card that holds the next season together. Here is hoping that Jonah Nolan has a few more tricks up his sleeve because POI has been a great experience so far and we fans want it to remain that way for some more time to come!

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