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The Machine gives the Social Security number of a girl that has been dead for two years. Reese and Finch try to track down an apparent ghost while Finch remembers his partner's objections when he first created the Machine.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 2J6202
Airdate: Thursday September 29th, 2011

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CTV) Sep 29, 2011
AU (Nine Network) Oct 02, 2011
UK (Channel 5) Aug 21, 2012


Guest Stars
Brett CullenBrett Cullen
As Ingram
Molly PriceMolly Price
As Elizabeth Whitaker
Valentia de AngelisValentia de Angelis
As Theresa Whitaker
Remy AuberjonoisRemy Auberjonois
As Jimmy Calhoun
Randall NewsomeRandall Newsome
As Alderman

Co-Guest Stars
Al SapienzaAl Sapienza
As Precinct Detective
Anthony ManganoAnthony Mangano
As Kane
Conor RomeroConor Romero
As Deacon Page
Fred AresenaultFred Aresenault
As Winston
John HillnerJohn Hillner
As Businessman

Brennan BrownBrennan Brown
As CIA Suit
Ashley BryantAshley Bryant
As IFT Employee
Berto ColonBerto Colon
As Hitman #1
Main Cast
James CaviezelJames Caviezel
As John Reese
Taraji HensonTaraji Henson
As Detective Joss Carter
Kevin ChapmanKevin Chapman
As Detective Lionel Fusco
Michael EmersonMichael Emerson
As Harold Finch


A businessman, Bill, takes the elevator down from his office. Two men are already in the elevator, and Reese gets into the elevator just before the doors closed. As the elevator goes down, Reese points out that Bill has flowers for his wife and notes that she likes roses instead. He explains that he’s an independent contractor and advises Bill not to step out on his wife. Reese then explains that some women like Bill’s wife might hire two men to come to his office, disable the security cameras, and make it look like a robbery gone wrong. The two men in the elevator go for their guns. When the elevator gets to the bottom, Reese leaves the two men dead and advises Bill to hire a good divorce lawyer...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Handsome Boy Modeling SchoolThe Truthend scenes

Episode Quotes
Reese: Took the liberty of booking all four. Your card.
Finch: Guess I can use the miles.

Finch: Theresa's body was never recovered.
Reese: Uh, "presumed dead'? That's a reasonable assumption.
Finch: The police only see what they choose to look for. The Machine sees almost everything.

Reese: This was a professional hit. Muzzle impressions were made after the fact, made it look point blank, like the father did it. Cops missed it.
Finch: And you know that how?
Reese: That's how I would have done it.

Ingram: How are we supposed to live with this, knowing that someone out there needs help?
Finch: Well, we don't have to. I've coded the Machine. Every night at midnight, it deletes the irrelevant list. We didn't build this to save somebody. we built it to save everybody.

Episode References
In 2007, one of the people that Ingram is looking at among the Machine's number profiles is Reese's ex-girlfriend Jessica.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJonathan Nolan
Executive ProducerJ.J. Abrams  |  Bryan Burk  |  Jonathan Nolan  |  Greg Plageman
Co-Executive ProducerRichard J. Lewis  |  David Slack  |  Kathy Lingg  |  Patrick Harbinson
Supervising ProducerAmanda Segel Marks
ProducerMargot Lulick  |  Athena Wickham
Co-ProducerStephen Semel  |  Denise Thé
Associate ProducerJoshua Levey
Production DesignerDan Leigh
EditorRay Daniels
CastingMark Saks
Unit Production ManagerRebecca Rivo
First Assistant DirectorPeter Soldo
Second Assistant DirectorX. Sydney Ig
MusicRamin Djawadi
Music EditorMichael Brake
Costume DesignerEllen Mirojnick
Key GripBob Andres
Set DecoratorRon Von Blomberg
Location ManagerPaul Kramer (2)
Property MasterJeff Mazzola
Script SupervisorAnthony Pettine
Assistant EditorBeth J. Conley
Post Production SupervisorChris Risner
Re-Recording MixerJohn Bickelhaupt  |  Charlie McDaniel, III  |  Scott Weber  |  Keith Rogers (1)
GafferJim McCullagh
Director of PhotographyTeodoro Maniaci
Stunt CoordinatorJeffrey Lee Gibson
Sound MixerNoah Timan
Main Title ThemeJ.J. Abrams
Visual Effects SupervisorJay Worth  |  Chris Scollard
Department Head HairBelinda Anderson
Casting AssociateJohn Andrews (1)
Department Head Make-upToy Russell Van Lierop
Assistant To The Executive ProducerElena Beecher
Assistant To The ProducerConor Galvin  |  Paige Feldman  |  Sara Huffman
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