Harold goes on a road trip with the Machine, while the rest of the team receive a new number; the president of the United States.



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The Machine (voice)
Tracey Phillips
Charlie Vaida
L. Steven Taylor ...
AIC Barnes
Agent Daniels
Officer Reed
Lieutenant Johnson
Suit #1


The team are faced with a dramatic challenge & have to be one step ahead of the secret service when the machine gives them the number of the President of United States. Meanwhile, Harold separates himself from the team and considers taking drastic action to combat Samaritan to avenge his friends' deaths. Written by jeshu-42609

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7 June 2016 (USA)  »

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Synecdoche is a rhetorical term where a part of something is used to label the whole. Among the most commonly used of these expressions is "The White House", which refers to the Executive Branch of the United States Government (i.e. the office of the President of the United States.) In other uses, an individual proffering assistance might offer to "lend a hand", the hand serving as a metaphor for the whole person. See more »


Sparking bullets. Impacting bullets generally do not cause sparks. See more »


Harold Finch: In life, Root was your conduit. So despite my reservations it seems only appropriate that she continue in that function. And I must confess... hers is a voice that I miss... deeply.
The Machine: Aw, Harry. You sure know how to make a girl feel special.
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References Person of Interest: One Percent (2013) See more »


Hail to the Chief
Music by James Sanderson
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Can a machine love? Can a sociopath grieve? (Vague spoilers)
8 June 2016 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

No specific spoilers here, only vague outlines. The title "Synecdoche" probably refers to Root's voice representing all of Root, her entire personality. She comes through beautifully in the Machine now.

I found this to be a very enjoyable episode, if somewhat lacking credibility and continuity. Good mix of suspense, action, humor, and bittersweet poignancy regarding Root. The opening scene at Root's grave-site brought vivid memories of Detective Carter's heartfelt burial in Season 3:2 The Devil's Share.

Most of the action takes place in DC around the White House. For most of the episode, I couldn't guess what would come next; the plot was unusually twisted. The theme echoed season 3, with Vigilance-like vigilantes fanatically fighting government surveillance. (They came out of nowhere. Samaritan would probably have killed them all months ago, given their anti- surveillance stance.)

Reese, Shaw, and Fusco got the President's number, because Samaritan didn't deem him relevant. Lol.

Sarah Shahi as Shaw played the grieving sociopath to perfection.

Three irrelevant persons that Team Machine saved in the past play key roles: Joey Durban the soldier from Season 1:3 "Mission Creep" (James Carpinello, married to Root/Amy Acker); Logan Pierce the billionaire coder from 2:14 "One Percent" (Jimmi Simpson); and Harper Rose (Annie Ilonzeh) the shady grifter from 4:16 "Blunt" and several more episodes, including "Asylum" wherein she saved Fusco.

Fun little plot twists. I liked the surprises. Scenic. Heartwarming scenes. Feels!

Meanwhile, Finch takes a road trip via Kentucky to Texas, alone with only the voice of Root, spoken by his brainchild The Machine. Lovely conversations, at times almost profound. Can a machine love? Does she truly grieve Root's death?

Finch, in the guise of Harold Osprey (a new alias -- a raptor, no less!) takes drastic action at Kelly Air Force Base in Texas, which, if he follows through, will likely cost untold collateral damage. His actions brought "Cat's Cradle" by Vonnegut strongly to mind.

For those of us who've been impatient for Harold to take the fight to Samaritan, we must wait no longer. He's finally in god mode. Be scared.

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