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Finch and Sam try to recover the Samaritan drives from where Arthur hid them, but Vigilance and Control's team move in on them, cutting off their escape. Meanwhile, Control interrogates Root and gets unexpected answers, while Fusco tries to convince Reese to come home.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x12
Production Number: 2J7612
Airdate: Tuesday January 07th, 2014

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Nine Network) Feb 13, 2014
FI (MTV3) Feb 17, 2015
UK (Channel 5) Jul 09, 2015


Guest Stars
Saul RubinekSaul Rubinek
As Arthur Claypool
Boris McGiverBoris McGiver
As Hersh
Leslie Odom, Jr.Leslie Odom, Jr.
As Peter Collier
Tuck MilliganTuck Milligan
As Finch’s Father
Chris BertChris Bert
As Teenage Harold
Camryn ManheimCamryn Manheim
As Control
Jennifer LimJennifer Lim
As Bank Manager

Co-Guest Stars
John Nolan (3)John Nolan (3)
As Greer
Jeanine SerrallesJeanine Serralles
As Ross (Betsy Ross)
Justin MorckJustin Morck
As Heyward

Alma CuervoAlma Cuervo
As Diane Claypool
Donnie KehrDonnie Kehr
As Senior Officer
Main Cast
James CaviezelJames Caviezel
As John Reese
Kevin ChapmanKevin Chapman
As Detective Lionel Fusco
Amy AckerAmy Acker
As Root
Sarah ShahiSarah Shahi
As Sameen Shaw
Michael EmersonMichael Emerson
As Harold Finch


The Machine monitors Reese and Fusco being arrested in Colorado, and Finch and Sam rescuing Arthur Claypool, only to be captured by Control and her people...

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Episode Quotes
Arthur Claypool: Stealing a car, almost dying... it reminds me of the old days at MIT, Harold.

Finch’s Father: Well, if anyone can do it, it's you. The world spins on dreamers like you, Harold.

Reese: Nothing wrong with jail. Some of the best vacations I've ever had were behind bars.
Fusco: You're a peach, you know that?

Reese: No offense, Lionel. I know the whole "being a good guy" thing is new to you. But you're not fooling anyone, and neither will we. We weren't helping people. We were delaying the inevitable.
Fusco: Nobody said we were gonna win, but it doesn't mean you stop fighting.
Reese: No, I've learned my lesson. It's entropy, Lionel, decay. We save someone, they're still lose, just tomorrow, not today. And I know that now, same as I know you'll probably go back to be a corrupt piece of garbage. Water finds its level.

Finch: We need an escape route, but you have to be careful. I urge you to consider what Mr. Reese would do.
Sam: Brood.
Finch: As you've said, you're a hammer. Mr. Reese is a scalpel. This requires a bit more finesse.
Sam: Well, I've got finesse coming out of my ass, Harold.

Finch: This plan feels rather reckless.
Sam: There's a time for a scalpel and a time for a hammer. It's hammer time.

Finch: End this. Destroy the drives.
Arthur Claypool: No. This is life... or as close as we mortals come to saying, "Let there be light."
Finch: It is extraordinary, and it is beautiful. So are mushroom clouds, in their own ways.

Arthur Claypool: Your Machine--is it wonderful?
Finch: Wonderful... yes, and terrible. We saved good people and lost good people. In the end, I'm afraid we've only given the deck a shuffle.

Arthur Claypool: Everything slides toward chaos. Your creation, it brings us poor souls a cupful of order. Your child is a dancing star.
Finch: It's not my child, it's a machine.
Arthur Claypool: A false dichotomy. It's all electricity. Does it make you laugh? Does it make you weep?
Finch: Yes.
Arthur Claypool: What's more human?

Sam: Lionel, your face looks good all covered up like that.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJonathan Nolan
Executive ProducerJ.J. Abrams  |  Bryan Burk  |  Jonathan Nolan  |  Greg Plageman
Co-Executive ProducerChris Fisher  |  David Slack  |  Kathy Lingg  |  Amanda Segel Marks
Supervising ProducerDenise Thé
ProducerMelissa Scrivner  |  Stephen Semel  |  Gail Barringer  |  Athena Wickham
Co-ProducerJoshua Levey  |  Noreen O'Toole  |  Erik Mountain
Associate ProducerChris Risner
Production DesignerRick Butler (1)
EditorScott Powell
CastingMark Saks
Unit Production ManagerLori Johnson
First Assistant DirectorPeter Soldo
Second Assistant DirectorKate Bogle
MusicRamin Djawadi
Music EditorTom Trafalski
Costume DesignerFrank L Fleming
Key GripDave Lowry
Set DecoratorRon Von Blomberg
Location ManagerPaul Kramer (2)
Property MasterRuth Dipasquale
Script SupervisorAnthony Pettine
Re-Recording MixerKeith Rogers (1)  |  Scott Weber
GafferJim McCullagh
Director of PhotographyDavid Insley
Story EditorMichael Sopczynski  |  Nic Van Zeebroeck
Stunt CoordinatorJeffrey Lee Gibson
Production SecretaryRich Moody
Art DirectorSarah Frank
Sound MixerNoah Timan
Executive Story EditorSean Hennen
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
1st Assistant AccountantScotch Crisostomo
Location CoordinatorTalia Mayer
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