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As Reese and Shaw race to catch up with Finch, he infiltrates a maximum-security government facility in a desperate mission which could mean the end for not only Samaritan, but for himself and The Machine as well.


Greg Plageman


Jonathan Nolan (created by), Greg Plageman | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Caviezel ... John Reese
Kevin Chapman ... Lionel Fusco
Amy Acker ... The Machine / Samantha Groves
Sarah Shahi ... Sameen Shaw
Michael Emerson ... Harold Finch
John Doman ... Senator Ross Garrison
Brett Cullen ... Nathan Ingram
John Nolan ... John Greer
Michael Potts ... Travers
David Aaron Baker ... S.A. Martin LeRoux
Michael McGlone ... Detective Bill Szymanski
Robert Ray Manning Jr. ... Zachary (as Robert Manning Jr.)
Ebon Moss-Bachrach ... Michael Cole
Jacob Pitts ... Henry L. Peck
Alex Manette ... Barnett


Finch goes on a mission to destroy Samaritan by unleashing the most dangerous computer virus known on it. In the process, Finch and the Machine continue to discuss in balance if she has done more good or bad. She provides him with simulations of what would have happened to several different people if she had never existed. Finch will also learn if the Machine has truly learned that self-preservation is the top priority. He too will find how much collateral damage he is willing to exact in the process. Meanwhile, Reese and Shaw receive the next number from the Machine, that belonging to an alias for Greer. What they believe his number means is that the showdowns between he and Finch and thus between Samaritan and the Machine are imminent. But most importantly, they know in following the leads to Greer, they will also find Finch. Those leads take them back to Washington DC, most specifically the offices of the National Security Agency (NSA). They may be without the services of the ... Written by Huggo

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English | French

Release Date:

14 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The car that the Machine drove Finch to the airport while he was in San Jose, CA is a Tesla Model S semi-autonomous vehicle. Tesla developed an autopilot feature that allows the vehicle autonomously drive on roads without the driver ever touching the steering wheel. See more »


Uploading the ICE-9 virus will not only kill Samaritan but also The Machine. This, however, does not make any sense as Finch knows about the virus so he could easily have added a patch file against it to the Machine. That way the Machine would be protected against the virus. See more »


[to Harold]
The Machine: Aren't reunions nice?
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Crazy Credits

The standard opening sequence with Finch's (and during season 5, also Greer's) voiceover is absent. All that is left is the title card that appears after Act 1. See more »


References Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) See more »

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An Amazing Episode That Has Become Polarizing
15 June 2016 | by awoolforkSee all my reviews

This was an amazing Penultimate episode and did such a wonderful job of laying the foundation for the Series Finale next Tuesday's. Another well shot, directed, written, and acted episode of a fantastic season 5. However it seems the episode has become somewhat polarizing, with some critics/reviews praising it ( as am i ) while some fell short ( which i disagree with ).

The cinematography was beautiful The acting from everyone, especially John Nolan and Michael Emerson was grade A++ I loved the symbolism of how Greer died, no unlike some people i didn't think it was stupid. If you known Greer as the character we have come to know, you could see him doing something crazy and disturbing like this even if it requires putting his own life up for grabs for Samaritan. He is a true Jim Jones type.

Loved the what if scenario's which she ( played wonderfully by Amy Acker ) used as motivation in the event that finch ever had doubt or hesitation of not only killing Samaritan with the Virus, but his own creation as well. I actually won't spoil those scenarios but they are highly interesting.

Ultimately this set the stage for the finale yes, but as an overall episode it was amazing. For my money its the 3rd best episode of the season behind "The Day The World Went Away" and "6741".

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