At a 911 center, Finch is taking calls and the supervisor, Sandra Nicholson, congratulates him on his skill at handling people. Reese and Sam are watching from across the street, and Finch points out that 911 handles situations that unfold too quickly for the Machine to detect. Finch is there to keep an eye on their newest Number, Sandra. As they talk, Sandra takes an emergency call from a trainee concerning a woman trapped in a car sinking into the river. Thanks to Sandra, the woman, Jackie, manages to break out the window, saving her life...Read the full recap
Reese: I don't know, Finch. Maybe we should get Fusco to question those squirrels.
Sam: Reese is right. Could be a whole rodent carjacking ring.
Finch: Keeping entertained, are we?
Finch: Please be careful. The man we're looking for is highly intelligent, resourceful, and no doubt dangerous when cornered.
Sam: So basically, Finch, he's you. If you were evil.
Finch: I hardly welcome the comparison, Miss Shaw.
Reese: We got to defuse that bomb.
Sam: Hey. There is no dead in team, so instead of going all Charles Bronson on me, let me clear the way.
Finch: Before you make a grave error of judgment, permit me to describe what I have in my hand. It's a severed electrical cable connected to this generator. Current is running through it at ten times the amperage required for electrocution. All I have to do is drop it in that water, and within three seconds, the muscles in your heart will fibrillate. Now, I'm not a violent man but not only have you tried to harm this young woman and an innocent child, you have shut down a 911 call center in one of the more dangerous cities in the country. So now there are two things that will keep me from ending your life right now. First, I want you to drop the gun. Second, I need to hear the sound of your voice.
Controller: New York, New York, it's a wonderful town.
The Controller is quoting from the 1944 song "New York, New York" from the musical On the Town, later made into a movie in 1949.