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Person of Interest -- Season 3 (Flashbacks in parentheses)
301 "Liberty"309 "The Crossing"317 "Root Path (/)"
302 "Nothing to Hide"310 "The Devil's Share" (Various)318 "Allegiance"
303 "Lady Killer"311 "Lethe" (Finch)319 "Most Likely To…"
304 "Reasonable Doubt"312 "Aletheia" (Finch)320 "Death Benefit"
305 "Razgovor" (Shaw)313 "4C"321 "Beta"
306 "Mors Praematura"314 "Provenance"322 "A House Divided"
307 "The Perfect Mark"315 "Last Call"323 "Deus Ex Machina"
308 "Endgame" (Carter)316 "RAM"<< Season 2
4C

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SeasonEpisode

313

Air dateJanuary 14, 2014

Running time43:51

Production code2J7613

Written byMelissa Scrivner-Love
Greg Plageman

Directed byStephen Williams

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We have free will, and with that comes great responsibility. And sometimes great loss.

— Finch, to Reese


"4C" is the 13th episode of season 3, and the 58th produced hour of Person of Interest. The episode originally aired on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.

SynopsisEdit

Reese boards an international flight in an attempt to put the team and the past behind him, but is angered when he realizes his travel plans have been manipulated.

Episode NotesEdit

  • VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) is a technology that enables communication and multimedia sessions to other parties via connection to the internet. Communication services (voice, fax, SMS, voice-messaging) are converted from analog audio signals into digital data that can be transmitted over the internet.
  • The film playing on the main screen in first class was Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 classic, "North by Northwest". The film stars Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint.
  • The drug Shaw used on Hersh was scopolamine, a drug generally used for motion sickness, which in larger doses has been used as a truth serum. Hersh was easily able to identify it because of the recognizable, and unpleasant, side effects that accompany the dose he was given.
  • This episode features the use of the green triangle, which the Machine uses to mark and identify commercial aviation traffic. The Machine tags planes in flight with their flight number and IATA codes for the departure and destination cities, in Reese's case ZA427 JFK-FCO. It also introduces a red triangle, used to identify a flight in imminent danger.
  • Reese's flight lands at Fiumicino - Leonardo da Vinci Airport (IATA airport code: FCO), Rome's principal international airport. Rome is a common hub for flights to the Middle East and Balkan regions, such as Reese's onward flight to Istanbul. His flight departs on December 21, 2013 at 15:20 (3:20 pm New York Time or 7:20 am the next day in Rome.)
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  • The Machine calculates the probability of Reese's death at over 26%. By contrast, it estimates the likelihood of the situation resolving itself at less than 1%.
  • The Machine Object ID in the picture provided is: 313.012.010.AC0E.2., which is unique from other Machine Object IDs.
  • The Black Market Bazaar is likely based on the real-world Silk Road, an online narcotics marketplace shut down by the FBI in October 2013. 
  • Bitcoin, a real-world digital currency, is also mentioned in this episode. 
  • Finch suggests that they arrange for Reese to have his suit made by Gianni at Finch's atelier. An atelier is the small workshop of a master of the arts; in this case it would be Gianni's small shop rather than a larger clothing store. Although the term is traditionally associated with the decorative arts, it has come to be associated with custom (versus designer) clothing in parts of Europe. In Italy, there are numerous small tailor's and shoemaker's shops, each crafting made-to-order goods.

Production NotesEdit

Bloopers and Continuity ErrorsEdit

  • The configuration of seats in coach (2-4-2) and exterior views indicate the plane on which Reese is traveling is a Boeing 767. However, when we see the seating chart as the Machine assesses the situation, the coach seating is in the 2-5-2 configuration of a Boeing 777.
  • The plane decreases from 32,000 feet to around 1,500 ft in less than three minutes. The Machine states that the descent rate is -1000ft/min. At this rate of descent, the plane should have taken 30-31 minutes to descend.
  • In the opening segment, the flight information screen that Reese walks past shows that several of the flight numbers in the Arrivals section have been inadvertently scrambled and do not match the names of the airlines.

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TriviaEdit

  • This is the fourth appearance of (917)-285-7362 when Reese used this number to contact Finch and Shaw through VoIP.
  • Reese refers to himself as a "Concerned Frequent Flyer" instead of "Concerned Third Party".

QuotesEdit

  • "Whoa! What's with the conspiracy theories, Mr. Dark and Stormy?" (Owen, to Reese)
  • "You seem like an angry guy. Do you want to talk about that? I really think you want to talk about that." (Owen, to Reese)
  • "Hey, I don't mean this the wrong way, but who the hell are you?" (Owen, to Reese)
  • "Your hair looks fine. That salt and pepper thing is like catnip to soccer moms" (Owen, to Reese)
  • "I thought you got rid of that walking steroid?" (Owen, to Reese)
  • "I always liked you Hersh. Even after you killed me." (Shaw)
  • "Shaw, your new employers - are they treating you okay?" (Hersh)
  • "While I'm in Italy, I thought I would get fitted for a new suit." (Reese)
  • "Mr. Reese, I understand your frustration with the opacity of the Machine, but there is a reason I chose to make it that way. The Machine only gives us numbers because I would always rather that a human element remain in determining something so critical as someone’s fate. We have free will, and with that comes great responsibility, and some times great loss. I miss her dearly too..." (Finch, to Reese)

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