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Reese and Finch try to help a CTU operative, Sam Shaw, who receives her targets' Social Security Numbers through the government. When she learns too much, the government wants her dead... and when Reese and Finch find her, Sam refuses their help.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x16
Production Number: 2J7216
Airdate: Thursday February 21st, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Nine Network) Mar 18, 2013
UK (Channel 5) May 01, 2014

  • Currently 8.8/10
8.8/10 (20 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Amy Acker
As Root
Jay O. Sanders
As Special Counsel
Boris McGiver
As Hersh
Sarah Shahi
As Samantha Shaw
Ken Leung
As Leon Tao
Paul Sparks
As Wilson
Ebon Moss-Bachrach
As Michael Cole

Co-Guest Stars
Lord Jamar
As Grishin
Curtis L. McClarin
As Mullins (as Curtis McClarin)
Dominik Tiefenthaler
As Berlin Policeman
Monte Bezell
As Youssef
A. Michael Elian
As Ahnaz Bekhti (as Michael Elian)
Jonathan Sale
As Beat Cop (Fleming)
Brent Werzner
As Leader
Fajer Al-Kaisi
As Youssef'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


The Machine homes in on a relevant conversation, as a man calls to inform another man that Daniel Aquino has been asking too many questions. They figure they have a solution on hand, and send someone to kill Daniel...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The KillFuture Starts SlowSam walks away

Episode Quotes
Michael Cole: I was trying to get your back.
Samantha Shaw: Always trying to be the hero, huh?
Michael Cole: No. Just yours.

Lewis: You done this before? You're pretty good at it.
Samantha Shaw: I was in med school for a bit.
Lewis: You a doctor?
Samantha Shaw: No. Joined the Marines. Figured I was better at killing people than fixing them.

Grishin: Who you supposed to be, some kinda badass?
Samantha Shaw: Not really. I have what's called an Axis II personality disorder.
Grishin: What's that supposed to mean?
Samantha Shaw: It means when I kill you and your friends, I'm not really gonna feel anything.

Samantha Shaw: I wanna meet Control.
Wilson: Nah, I don't think so. I call my boss, you try to kill him. It's very embarrassing for me.

Reese: Can you do me a favor? Can you not shoot me this time?
Samantha Shaw: Give me a good reason.
Reese: I don't know. I'm a really nice person.

Finch: The world looks like it did ten years ago, but underneath, it's become very strange indeed. An invisible struggle has begun. Most of the people who knew this are already dead. All things being equal, I prefer you didn't join them.

Finch: A word of advice for what it's worth. Set out to correct the world's wrongs and you'll almost certainly wind up adding to them.

Leon Tao: Man. I so don't get paid enough for this crap.
Reese: We don't pay you anything, Leon.

Reese: Dying can make you thirsty.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJonathan Nolan
Executive ProducerJ.J. Abrams  |  Bryan Burk  |  Jonathan Nolan  |  Greg Plageman
Co-Executive ProducerRichard J. Lewis  |  Patrick Harbinson  |  Amanda Segel Marks  |  David Slack  |  Kathy Lingg
ProducerDenise Thé  |  Margot Lulick  |  Athena Wickham
Co-ProducerStephen Semel  |  Melissa Scrivner  |  Joshua Levey
Associate ProducerNoreen O'Toole
Production DesignerRick Butler (1)
EditorRay Daniels
CastingMark Saks
Unit Production ManagerGail Barringer
First Assistant DirectorMichael Pitt (2)
Second Assistant DirectorAdam T. Weisinger
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
Post Production SupervisorChris Risner
Re-Recording MixerScott Weber  |  Keith Rogers (1)
GafferJim McCullagh
Director of PhotographyManuel Billeter
Story EditorErik Mountain  |  Sean Hennen
Stunt CoordinatorJeffrey Lee Gibson
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
Assistant Art DirectorJoel Reynolds
Graphic ArtistAmy Dholakia
Assistant Set DecoratorCaroline Ghertler
Charge Scenic ArtistEva Davy
Warning: Person of Interest season 2 episode 16 guide may contain spoilers
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