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Person of Interest: Death Benefit

Finch calls Reese to Washington to help protect their new Number, a U.S. Senator. However, they soon discover that the people that they may have to protect the senator from are... themselves.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x20
Production Number: 2J7620
Airdate: Tuesday April 15th, 2014

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CTV) Apr 15, 2014
AU (Nine Network) May 25, 2014
NZ (ONE) Jun 16, 2014
FI (MTV3) Mar 31, 2015
UK (Channel 5) Aug 13, 2015


Guest Stars
John DomanJohn Doman
As Senator Ross H. Garrison
John Nolan (3)John Nolan (3)
As Greer
John HeardJohn Heard
As Senator Roger McCourt
Morocco OmariMorocco Omari
As Carlson
Murphy GuyerMurphy Guyer
As Bruce Dunphy
Tracy HoweTracy Howe
As Duran

Co-Guest Stars
Daniel K. IsaacDaniel K. Isaac
As Virgil
Cortez Nance, Jr.Cortez Nance, Jr.
As Disheveled Man
Kathleen SullivanKathleen Sullivan
As Anchor #1 (as Kate Sullivan)
Maurice DuBoisMaurice DuBois
As Anchor #2
Daniel J. OsipowichDaniel J. Osipowich
As SWAT Leader
David Adams (1)David Adams (1)
As Another SWAT
Main Cast
James CaviezelJames Caviezel
As John Reese
Amy AckerAmy Acker
As Root
Sarah ShahiSarah Shahi
As Sameen Shaw
Michael EmersonMichael Emerson
As Harold Finch


The news continues to fill with stories about the secret Northern Lights government program. Reese and Sam are at a diner and Reese watches the news with interest. Sam doesn't really care that Control is now in trouble, but Reese points out that the government will eliminate anyone who knows anything. A black SUV pulls up outside and Reese tells Sam that they have to go. They go outside and approach the two men, Ray and Julio, who arrived. Reese pays them a million for cocaine, but then tells each man that the other one plans to betray him and take all the money. When the two men draw on each other, Sam and Reese knock them out and scatter the drugs around, and Reese calls Fusco to arrest them both...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
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Episode Quotes
Root: Hey, kids. You miss me between drug deals?
Sam: Yeah. I miss you like I miss an intestinal parasite.
Root: I love your similes.

Finch: Dare I hope that you've packed something other than weaponry?
Reese: There's trip wire to booby-trap the room door. And a toothbrush.
Finch: Oral hygiene is something, I suppose.

Reese: Can we put this screeching cat out of its misery?
Finch: It's not feline. It's Verdi.

Finch: Next time, you can be the disk jockey. We'll listen to whatever you like.
Reese: Well, maybe next time I'll just sing for you. I do a great Ring cycle, you know.
Finch: I think I'll skip your Brunnhilde.
Reese: Suit yourself.

Root: Thanks for being my travel buddy on these errands.
Sam: Sure. It's not every day you get to beat up a militia group in Anchorage then hop a plane to Miami.

Sam: I could try blasting through the roadblock.
Finch: The term "blasting" does not inspire great confidence, Ms. Shaw.

Finch: Lives will be lost. The results will be nothing short of catastrophic.
Senator Roger McCourt: These programs are always going to be controversial. But also inevitable. People get up in arms whenever they go public, but eventually the noise dies down, because the simple truth is that people want to be protected. They just don't want to know how.

Finch: Since we started this, things have changed. We've changed. But the mission, our purpose, has always been constant--to save lives. If that's changed somehow, if we're in a place now where the Machine is asking us to commit murder... that's a place I can't go. I'm afraid this is where I get off.

Cultural References
Root: Turn that frown upside down, Lurch.

Lurch is the family butler to The Addams, played by Ted Cassidy in the 60s TV series. The character is invariably not smiling.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJonathan Nolan
Executive ProducerJ.J. Abrams  |  Bryan Burk  |  Jonathan Nolan  |  Greg Plageman
Co-Executive ProducerAmanda Segel Marks  |  Chris Fisher  |  David Slack  |  Kathy Lingg
Supervising ProducerDenise Thé
ProducerGail Barringer  |  Stephen Semel  |  Athena Wickham  |  Melissa Scrivner
Co-ProducerErik Mountain  |  Noreen O'Toole  |  Joshua Levey
Associate ProducerChris Risner
Production DesignerRick Butler (1)
EditorMark Conte
CastingMark Saks
Unit Production ManagerLori Johnson
First Assistant DirectorPeter Soldo
Second Assistant DirectorKate Bogle
MusicRamin Djawadi
Music EditorTom Trafalski
Costume DesignerGary Jones (3)
Key GripBrendan Lowry
Set DecoratorRon Von Blomberg
Location ManagerPaul Kramer (2)
Property MasterRuth Dipasquale
Supervising Sound EditorMatthew Sawelson
Re-Recording MixerKeith Rogers (1)  |  Scott Weber
GafferJim McCullagh
Director of PhotographyManuel Billeter
Story EditorNic Van Zeebroeck  |  Michael Sopczynski
Stunt CoordinatorJeffrey Lee Gibson
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
Assistant Property MasterMark Harrington
Rigging GafferJim Manzione
Charge Scenic ArtistEva Davy
Utility SoundLukasz Janik
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