Finch goes on a mission to destroy Samaritan by unleashing the most dangerous computer virus known on it. In the process, Finch and the Machine continue to discuss in balance if she has done more good or bad. She provides him with simulations of what would have happened to several different people if she had never existed. Finch will also learn if the Machine has truly learned that self-preservation is the top priority. He too will find how much collateral damage he is willing to exact in the process. Meanwhile, Reese and Shaw receive the next number from the Machine, that belonging to an alias for Greer. What they believe his number means is that the showdowns between he and Finch and thus between Samaritan and the Machine are imminent. But most importantly, they know in following the leads to Greer, they will also find Finch. Those leads take them back to Washington DC, most specifically the offices of the National Security Agency (NSA). They may be without the services of the ...
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The simulations the Machine shows to Finch are reminiscent of It's a Wonderful Life
(1946). In the film, the main character is convinced he world would be a better place had he not been born. An angel shows him what the world would have been, helping him to realize his life did make a difference in the lives of others. See more
The virus ICE-9 has a file name extension of 'exe' which is a Windows OS only executable extension. When Finch breaks in to NSA data-center to upload the virus, it says on screen that he is uploading ICE-9.exe to all NSA servers. It is however, next to impossible in a data-center that all servers run on Windows OS. Servers running on Unix OS are definitely present. So the ICE-9.exe virus would have no effect on servers running on Unix OS and thus Samaritan would not be affected completely by this virus. See more
Aren't reunions nice?
The standard opening sequence with Finch's (and during season 5, also Greer's) voiceover is absent. All that is left is the title card that appears after Act 1. See more