"Person of Interest" Synecdoche (TV Episode 2016) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The team must unravel a conspiracy and stay ahead of the Secret Service when the President of the United States becomes their newest number. Also, Finch separates himself from the team and considers taking drastic action to combat Samaritan

  • The team members are still reeling over Root's death. Reese and Fusco are the only two who attend her burial, with Finch and Shaw's whereabouts unknown. Reese and Fusco are able to locate Shaw, who is grieving in her usual tough girl way. They are able to convince her to continue to work for the Machine, although convincing her that she is not in just another simulation and thus believing Root is still alive a little more difficult. They are hoping that the next number will help them locate Finch. That number is arguably the most unusual of their work, it belonging to the President of the United States, which takes them to the nation's capital. As they received his number, they know that they have to protect him on their own without any official help, which may be difficult seeing as to the plethora of Secret Service agents whose sole job is to protect the President. Shaw is now tasked with being the new Root in being assigned rotating undercover identities for whatever the Machine's requirements at any given time. As they arrive in DC, they believe that the threat against the President may have to do with the recently announced national surveillance system, which is unpopular with many civil libertarians who believe it is infringing on the collective public's rights. In the process of figuring out the threat against the President, Reese, Fusco and Shaw encounter three previous numbers provided by the Machine - coincidence or part of the plot? Through this work, Shaw is the first to realize that the President's number is an anomaly to their previous work. Meanwhile, Finch is on his own self-directed mission. He continues to have a philosophical discussion about the Machine, no longer with Root, but with the Machine itself. This process is difficult for him as the Machine has decided to use Root's voice as her own.



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