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If-Then-Else 

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Samaritan launches a cyber-attack on the stock exchange, leaving the team with no choice but to embark on a possible suicide mission in a desperate attempt to stop a global economic catastrophe.

Director:

Chris Fisher

Writers:

Jonathan Nolan (created by), Denise Thé | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Caviezel ... John Reese
Kevin Chapman ... Lionel Fusco
Amy Acker ... Root
Sarah Shahi ... Sameen Shaw
Michael Emerson ... Harold Finch
Julian Ovenden ... Jeremy Lambert
Cara Buono ... Martine Rousseau
John Nolan ... John Greer
Mark Gessner ... Gary
Chris LaPanta ... Kenneth (as Christopher LaPanta)
Brennan Taylor Brennan Taylor ... Investment Banker
Charles Techman ... Old Man
Gameela Wright ... Single Mom
Greg McFadden Greg McFadden ... Businessman
Chester Jones III ... Monty
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Storyline

The first act following the Machine and Samaritan's cold war summit, which ended in a standoff, is that Samaritan starts to take the market down by crashing the New York Stock Exchange. Samaritan's plan entails a few small rebounds to prevent the fail-safe system from kicking in. Reese, Finch, Root and Fusco know that the best way to combat this take down is not to deal with anything on the market floor, where the minority of trades are actually made, but to deal with the server in the Exchange's basement, the server which processes the vast majority of trades. Shaw is not with them as she still needs to hide from Samaritan's cameras. As such, Shaw has her own task off site. Both the foursome and Shaw's tasks end up not being as straightforward as they would have liked, each placed in a precariously life threatening situation. Root has to wait for the Machine to evaluate all the possible options for success before moving. The question becomes if there is not one option which has a ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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All super slow motion scenes were filmed with a Weiss camera, also used to film the opening credits. See more »

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While Harold is teaching the machine chess and is talking about the history of the queen and its use as a sacrifice, he forces the machine's queen into a position where he can take it with his rook, but then when the camera enters slow motion when he makes his move, it shows him taking the machine's king instead, despite none of his pieces having been in a position to do so. Furthermore, the king is never actually taken in chess, because if it's in a position where it could be taken (check) then the player is required to remove it from danger, either by moving it or by blocking the piece threatening it. If it's impossible to get the king to safety, then the game is over without the king ever actually being taken (checkmate). See more »

Quotes

Root: Hey, sweetie, you busy?
Sameen Shaw: A little. Skip the verbal foreplay, Root. Why you calling?
Root: Can't a couple of gals take a little break from work to catch up?
Sameen Shaw: I've been arrested and you're fighting an AI apocalypse so, no, we don't have time to catch up.
Root: Well, there's no need to be rude.
Sameen Shaw: I am not having this conversation right now.
Root: There's no time like the present, Sameen. Why are you so afraid to talk about your feelings?
Sameen Shaw: [Scoffs] Feelings? I'm a sociopath. I don't have feelings.
Root: And I'm a reformed ...
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Til Death Do Us Part
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Performed by Brandon Campbell
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Oh my god, was this episode even real??
7 January 2015 | by dimitroula212See all my reviews

All I could think about at the end of the episode was that it would definitely be the highest rated one ever. I was right. Everything about it was totally amazing, despite the turn of events, it was the one episode I will remember every detail of forever! Absolutely fantastic! The plausible scenarios were a total delight and the flashbacks gave a new perspective to Harold's relationship with the Machine and the effect he had on its development. The directing was also one of a kind, the slow motion captivating and so totally memorable, especially at the final scene. Even if they repeated the same lines for about 8 times, not only wasn't it boring, but it also increased our interest and agony! Also, love seeing a new side of Shaw and the train situation was also amazing to watch! I have high hopes for the next episode, hope we don't get disappointed!


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