Person of Interest (2011–2016)
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The Contingency 

Mr. Reese breaks Finch's code of communicating with the Machine in order to save the new number, Leon, who stole money from some Aryan outlaws. He then convinces the Machine to help him find Finch.


Richard J. Lewis


Jonathan Nolan (created by), Denise Thé | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Caviezel ... John Reese
Taraji P. Henson ... Joss Carter
Kevin Chapman ... Lionel Fusco
Michael Emerson ... Harold Finch
Amy Acker ... Root
Jay O. Sanders ... Special Counsel
Cotter Smith ... Denton Weeks
Boris McGiver ... Hersh
Terry Serpico ... Byron
Bill Sage ... Reddy
Ken Leung ... Leon Tao
Robert Allen Mukes ... Titus (as Robert Mukes)
Richard Busser Richard Busser ... Strohm (as Richard D. Busser)
Thomas Kopache ... Borsalino Cap
Dori Legg Dori Legg ... Waitress


Reese is feeling at a loss with Finch having been kidnapped by Root aka Caroline Turing, the woman who the machine had identified as a person of interest, but who had set the machine up so that she could find Finch. Reese however does discover that Finch had set the machine up to use him as the contingency if anything were ever to happen to him, although it takes some deciphering on Reese's part to discover how the machine communicates the numbers. Reese hopes that the next number will be for Finch as the next person of interest. That's why Reese is disappointed when he learns that the next number belongs to Leon Tao, an accountant who stole $8 million from gangsters, an arm of the Aryan Nation. With Fusco's assistance, Reese tries to protect himself and Leon while getting Carter to do some legwork on Alicia Corwin's death, which is the primary lead they have on Root and Finch. They are unaware that there are other factions working against them, those faction who are hiding aspects of... Written by Huggo

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English | Dutch

Release Date:

27 September 2012 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The phone booth used by Reese while bargaining with the machine says "New York Telephone. A Nynex Company". If the timeline on the show is supposed to match with the one off-screen, then the phone booth should have the Verizon logo, since Nynex was consolidated along with a group of other phone companies and emerged as the aforementioned corporation in the year 2000. On the other hand, just like "life" off-screen, companies are sometimes slow replacing equipment. See more »


When Reese figures out how to decipher the number the machine gave him, he places the books in a different order than the machine told him. Based on the order the machine gave Reese the words, the number would be 006013062, but Reese put the books to read in the order 013006062, which is the number he gives Fusco to put a name to the number for him, thus he's looking into the wrong POI from the one the machine gave him. See more »


Root: One day, I realized all the dumb, selfish things people do... it's not our fault. No one designed us. We're just an accident, Harold. We're just bad code. But the thing you built... It's perfect. Rational. Beautiful. By design.
Harold Finch: What I made is just a machine; a system, that's all.
Root: I don't think so, Harry. You may have fooled Nathan, but I know the truth. If you want to make something that understands human behaviour, it has to be at least as smart as human. You created an intelligence, a life. ...
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