Person of Interest (2011–2016)
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Sam Shaw and her associate Michael Cole recieve the relevant numbers from the machine, but Reese and Finch must help them, before is too late.


Jonathan Nolan


Jonathan Nolan (created by), Amanda Segel | 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
Paul Sparks ... Wilson
Jay O. Sanders ... Special Counsel
Boris McGiver ... Hersh
Ebon Moss-Bachrach ... Michael Cole
Sarah Shahi ... Sameen Shaw
Ken Leung ... Leon Tao
Lord Jamar Lord Jamar ... Grishin
Curtis McClarin Curtis McClarin ... Mullins
Turron Kofi Alleyne ... Lewis
Dominik Tiefenthaler ... Berlin Policeman


Sam Shaw and her associate Michael Cole receive numbers from the machine much like Finch and Reese, but they receive the ones relating to terrorist threats, which they are to extinguish. Working as field agents for the US Government, they, however, do not yet know the source for the numbers. Shaw and Cole end up being the next numbers Finch and Reese receive. Despite Shaw and by association Cole having killed many in the past, Reese and Finch receive their numbers as the intended targets. The perpetrators are insiders who want to dispose of them because they are questioning and thus getting close to finding out the source of the numbers. Shaw specifically is initially unaware that she is targeted because of where they are heading toward in that questioning. As Shaw tries to find out who gave the kill order on her, Reese and Finch have problems keeping her safe if only because of her suspicious nature as a killer agent, and her loner attitude. What they all are also unaware of is that ... Written by Huggo

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English | German | Arabic

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21 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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The policeman's German is native, Shaw has a noticeable American accent. When Shaw's captions read "I'm sorry, I *told* you I was in a hurry," she doesn't actually say "I'm sorry." See more »


When Finch gives Shaw his phone number, it's clearly visible to the viewer as 917-285-7362. In the episode when Finch went undercover as a substitute math teacher, he gave the POI a paper of the first 3,000 digits of pi, stating that his number was in there and that he was sure the POI was smart enough to figure it out from that. However the sequence 9172857362 does not appear anywhere within the first 3,000 digits of pi either forward or backwards. See more »


John Reese: Can you do me a favor? Can you not shoot me this time?
Sameen Shaw: Give me a good reason.
John Reese: I don't know. I'm a really nice person.
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Featured in Person of Interest: Reassortment (2016) See more »


Future Starts Slow
Written by Jamie Hince, Alison Mosshart
Performed by The Kills
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"Do you think she'll call us a taxi?" (last line of dialog)
13 September 2014 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews


Amy Acker and Sarah Shahi in the same episode? Two of the strongest female actors of the era punching out their portrayals of two of the strongest fictional characters of the era, all set against the backdrop of what is (generally) one of the best-produced shows of the era.

How can you go wrong? Answer: you can't. If for example you were to set the first Mission Impossible film as your baseline for an acceptable thriller, this single episode surpasses that baseline by a considerable margin.

And, where I seem to have made it my mission to identify specific episodes of popular series for special mention in the IMDb, I seldom have the pleasure of finding reviewers ahead of me. But for this episode it looks like there was a queue of well-wishers already in place, and frankly they deserve to be there.

For a series which has pretty much "set the bar" for character introductions -- the first episode of this series contains a fight scene which is now iconic -- this intro of Sarah Shahi takes us to a new level of TV excellence.

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