It's been ten days since the machine has provided a number, which means Carter has had ten days of dead bodies piling up. Finch discovers that a company called Decima is responsible for the virus which is causing these problems of inconsistency. The machine finally does dispense a number, it belonging to Ernest Thornhill, whose business of late has been buying up pay phone companies. As Finch and Reese track Thornhill, who they have yet actually to see, they find out some important information about him and exactly why the machine dispensed his number. But also aware of that fact is Root, who, using her own brand of persuasion, convinces Finch that they need to work together to battle Decima and the virus. Reese becomes aware that Root is back in the picture, he who gets some help from an old acquaintance in tracking Finch and Root. Their competing goals will all come to a head at midnight Eastern time, when the virus is scheduled to do its job. Meanwhile, Carter, in conjunction with ...
Did You Know?
Harold tells Root that the machine restarts itself "1.618 seconds later". 1.618 is the first four digits of the mathematical Golden Ratio. See more
Once again, a cellular call between Reese and Carter ends with a dial tone when he hangs up. No dial tone is heard at the end of a call on a cell phone. See more
How did Root get your phone number?
How does she get anything, Mr. Reese? Subterfuge. She hacks human beings as easily as she hacks computers.
References North by Northwest