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A mystery man named Finch contacts an ex-CIA agent, John Reese, and offers him the chance to save people. Finch can identify someone involved in a future violent crime, but is unable to confirm if they are the victim, the perpetrator, or a witness. Reese's first case: determine what danger a young woman district attorney faces and stop it.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Thursday September 22nd, 2011

Director: David Semel
Writer: Jonathan Nolan

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CTV) Sep 21, 2011
AU (Nine Network) Sep 25, 2011
UK (Channel 5) Aug 14, 2012
Netherlands Aug 26, 2012

  • Currently 8.6/10
8.6/10 (34 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Susan Misner
As Jessica Arndt
James Hanlon
As Detective Stills
Natalie Zea
As Diane Hansen
Chris Chalk
As Lawrence Pope
Brian d'Arcy James
As Assistant DA James Wheeler
William Sadler
As Anton's Father (Mr. O'Mara)

Co-Guest Stars
Anthony Mangano
As Detective Kane
Louis Vanaria
As Azarello
Gregory Lay
As Transit Cop
Michael Drayer
As Anton (Anton O'Mara)
Jermaine Crawford
As Michael Pope
Leon Addison Brown
As Charles Robinson
Kristine Johnson
As CBS Newsperson
Alfredo Narciso
As Forensics Tech
Wolfgang Scheitinger
As Wheeler's Son (Henry Wheeler)
Charlie Moss
As Judge
Bruce MacVittie
As Defense Attorney
Kevin Murphy (4)
As Anton's Friend
Main Cast
James Caviezel
As John Reese
Taraji Henson
As Detective Joss Carter
Kevin Chapman
As Detective Lionel Fusco
Michael Emerson
As Harold Finch


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Episode Notes
When Reese checks Diane's e-mail, it shows she has received emails from Philip Broyles, Peter Bishop, and Charlie Francis. they are all characters on another J.J. Abrams show, Fringe.

At the end of the episode, the datacenter used to store the data for the machine is shown. In the server racks, there are servers visible that are labeled Sabre Blade 2437, while in fact the servers shown are Dell PowerEdge SC1425 servers. This is a strange detail, as other Dell hardware can be openly recognized throughout the show.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Massive AttackAngelstandoff in Wheeler's apartment

Episode Quotes
Reese: When you find that one person who connects you to the world, you become someone different. Someone better. When that person is taken from you... what do you become then?

Finch: So you see, knowledge is not my problem. Doing something with that knowledge... that’s where you’d come in.

Finch: Eight million people. You know what they all have in common? None of them knows what happens next. Someone is murdered in New York City every 18 hours. At the end of the day, one of these people will be gone.
Reese: Bad things happen to people every day. You can’t stop that.
Finch: What if you could? Not the things that happen in the heat of the moment. But some crimes are planned days, weeks in advance. What if you could stop those?

Finch: So the property's is in a kind of limbo. It doesn't exist.
Reese: Neither do you. I did a little digging.
Finch: I recognize, Mr. Reese, that there's a disparity between how much I know about you and how much you know about me. I know you'll be trying to close that gap as quickly as possible. But I should tell you... I'm a really private person.

Finch: About that, I don’t like firearms very much.
Reese: Well, neither do I. But if someone has to have them, I’d rather it was me.

Reese: I don't know if I can protect Hansen. I can't see the whole picture.
Finch: I offered you a job, Mr. Reese. I never said it would be easy.

Reese: I'm curious. Was there a point where you knew you'd become a bad guy?
Fusco: Woke up one morning, realized I was paid to protect a bunch of jerks from Wall Street who were robbing everybody blind. They're stealing more than my annual salary in an afternoon. I said, "what the hell."
Reese: I don't believe you. See, I've been watching you, Lionel. Your heart's not really into it. Stills, he does it for money, but I think you do it because you're loyal.
Fusco: What's the difference?
Reese: That's why I'm going to let you live.

Detective Stills: I think I'll kill you and your friend here. Make it look like you killed each other. Then, just because you pissed me off, I'm going to kill your family. And all your friends.
Reese: I don't have any friends. I don't have any family left, either. Went around the world looking for bad guys, There were plenty of you right here all along.

Finch: You have a decision to make.
Reese: The Machine gave you another number.
Finch: The numbers never stop coming. You should know that up front.

Finch: If you want to leave, I'll give you enough money to get as far as you need. Disappear.
Reese: And if I stay?
Finch: Sooner or later, both of us will probably end up dead. Actually dead this time. I said I'd tell you the truth. Didn't say you'd like it.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJonathan Nolan
Executive ProducerJ.J. Abrams  |  Bryan Burk  |  Jonathan Nolan  |  Greg Plageman  |  David Semel
Co-Executive ProducerKathy Lingg
ProducerAthena Wickham  |  Margot Lulick
Co-ProducerStephen Semel
Associate ProducerBen Brafman
Production DesignerKalina Ivanov
EditorDorian Harris  |  Farrel Jane Levy
CastingApril Webster
Unit Production ManagerRobin Sweet
First Assistant DirectorKaren Kane
Second Assistant DirectorMatt Lake
MusicRamin Djawadi
Music EditorTom Trafalski
Costume DesignerJuliet Polcsa
Key GripJim McMillan
Set DecoratorAmanda Carroll
Location ManagerDemian Resnick
Property MasterBill Reynolds (2)
Script SupervisorAnthony Pettine
Post Production SupervisorChris Risner
Supervising Sound EditorThomas Degorter
Re-Recording MixerScott Weber  |  Keith Rogers (1)
GafferJim McCullagh
Director of PhotographyTeodoro Maniaci
Stunt CoordinatorJeffrey Lee Gibson
Art DirectorOla Maslik
Sound MixerNoah Timan
Visual Effects SupervisorJay Worth  |  Chris Scollard
Department Head HairBelinda Anderson
Casting AssociateLisa Bourne
Department Head Make-upToy Russell Van Lierop
First Assistant EditorBrock Hammitt
Military AdvisorJames D. Dever
Warning: Person of Interest season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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