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Person of Interest: The Contingency

Root explains to the captive Finch what she plans to do for the Machine. Meanwhile, Reese tries to track down his partner but discovers that the Machine is less than cooperative.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x1
Production Number: 2J7201
Airdate: Thursday September 27th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CTV) Sep 27, 2012
AU (Nine Network) Oct 08, 2012
UK (Channel 5) Oct 24, 2013
IE (RTÉ TWO) Jul 14, 2014


Guest Stars
Amy AckerAmy Acker
As Root
Jay O. SandersJay O. Sanders
As Special Counsel
Cotter SmithCotter Smith
As Deputy Director Denton L. Weeks
Boris McGiverBoris McGiver
As Hersh
Terry SerpicoTerry Serpico
As Byron
Ken LeungKen Leung
As Leon Tao
Bill SageBill Sage
As Reddy

Co-Guest Stars
Robert MukesRobert Mukes
As Titus
Thomas KopacheThomas Kopache
As Borsalino Cap
Dori LeggDori Legg
As Waitress
Amy MorseAmy Morse
As Dealer
Ron DomingoRon Domingo
As Pharmacist
Beth LauferBeth Laufer
As Blonde Woman
Edgar FoxEdgar Fox
As Aryan Brother #2
Tim HolmesTim Holmes
As Aryan Brother #3
J.D. Thompson (2)J.D. Thompson (2)
As Aryan Brother #5
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


January 1, 2002 – Day 1..

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Episode Notes
The IP address that can be seen on Owen Reynold's laptop (when Leon tries to trace Root's wire transfer) is in fact the actual IP address for

Episode Quotes
Fusco: You think Mr. Tao is gonna help you with the whereabouts of our four-eyed friend?
Reese: You almost sounded concerned, Lionel.
Fusco: Frankly, I'm not sure I want to find out what you're like without his direction.
Reese: Let's hope you don't have to.

Reese: You know, the guy that owned this badge probably would have made that deal. But I'm not him.
Strohm: So who are you?
Reese: The guy who shot him and stole his badge.

Fusco: "John"? You're on a first-name basis?
Carter: What do you call him?
Fusco: "Bane of my existence."

Carter: Don't tell me we lost Fusco too.
Reese: Lionel's like a fungus, impossible to get rid of.

Root: One day, I realized all the dumb, selfish things people do... it's not our fault. No one designed us. We're just an accident, Harold. We're just bad code. But the thing you built... it's perfect. Rational. Beautiful. By design.

Fusco: Never thought I'd see you almost lose.
Reese: Yeah, I wasn't losing, I was just resting

Episode References
Reese: I gave you a job, Mr. Reese. I never said it would be easy.

Here, Reese is mimicking what Finch said to him in the pilot episode of the show, which was actually slightly different: "I offered you a job, Mr. Reese. I never said it would be easy."

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJonathan Nolan
Executive ProducerJ.J. Abrams  |  Bryan Burk  |  Jonathan Nolan  |  Greg Plageman
Co-Executive ProducerDavid Slack  |  Kathy Lingg  |  Patrick Harbinson  |  Amanda Segel Marks  |  Richard J. Lewis
ProducerMargot Lulick  |  Athena Wickham  |  Denise Thé
Co-ProducerMelissa Scrivner  |  Joshua Levey  |  Stephen Semel
Associate ProducerNoreen O'Toole
Production DesignerDan Leigh
EditorRay Daniels
CastingMark Saks
Unit Production ManagerGail Barringer
First Assistant DirectorPeter Soldo
Second Assistant DirectorKate Bogle
MusicRamin Djawadi
Music EditorTom Trafalski
Costume DesignerFrank L Fleming
Key GripTed Lehane
Set DecoratorRon Von Blomberg
Location ManagerPaul Kramer (2)
Property MasterRuth Dipasquale
Script SupervisorAnthony Pettine
Production CoordinatorErin Borel
Assistant EditorJacqueline Bisbano
Post Production SupervisorChris Risner
Re-Recording MixerKeith Rogers (1)  |  Scott Weber
GafferJim McCullagh
Director of PhotographyStephen McNutt
Story EditorSean Hennen  |  Erik Mountain
Stunt CoordinatorPeewee Piemonte
Art DirectorC.J. Simpson
Sound MixerNoah Timan
Main Title ThemeJ.J. Abrams
Visual Effects SupervisorChris Wright (4)  |  Jay Worth
Department Head HairBelinda Anderson
Casting AssociateJohn Andrews (1)
Department Head Make-upToy Russell Van Lierop
Original CastingApril Webster
Charge Scenic ArtistEva Davy
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