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The Machine is unable to analyze a threat and searches for the system administrator. It cannot find Finch, and calculates his odds of survival as less than 30%. It then begins looking for other assets.
Reese and Shaw chase Otto, a member of Decima Technologies, to the roof of a building. They say that he just needs to talk to them, but he jumps over the edge and falls to his death. Root arrives and explains that all of Decima's people have large insurance policies that go to their next of kin if they suffer an "accidental" death. If they get caught, they do not reveal any information. Shaw points out to Finch that Otto was their last lead, and Root tells them that the Machine says they have other matters to worry about, since it believes Finch is safe for the moment. The Machine can't see the whole picture, so they have to act as its eyes and ears.
In an empty office building, Greer tells Finch that it's a pleasure to meet him at last. Finch wonders what he wants, and Greer says that he wants to talk about the future with the father of artificial intelligence. When Finch says that it was an unintended side effect, Greer figures that he did it to experience the power of creation. Finch warns him that bringing Samaritan online is a mistake, and Greer congratulates him on playing everyone well until now, when the Machine has disappeared. He insists that the world needs structure and Samaritan will provide it, but Finch asks why he sought him out if he's confident Samaritan is under his control. Greer wants Finch with him because he's the only man who can destroy Samaritan. Once Samaritan goes fully online, the world will no longer need Finch.
Root goes to Otto's body and takes his car keys, and then goes over to his car and removes the GPS transponder so her hackers can trace the data. She leads Shaw and Reese over to a nearby van where former POIs Daizo, Jason Greenfield, and Daniel Casey are waiting. Root explains that they've been on the road collecting contraband in the tri-cities, and she wants to use the team's safe house. Reese agrees and goes up to the cab, while Root gives Shaw a satphone and tells her to go to the Carlton Hotel and wait for further instructions.
Greer meets with Senator Garrison and tells him to use Samaritan's beta test results to convince them to provide the system with NSA feeds. When Garrison says that they're willing to buy Samaritan, Greer says that Decima will maintain control of it and provide the government with critical information. The senator balks at giving them the feeds just to have Decima sell the information back, but Greer assures him that Samaritan will give them all of the information as quickly and cleanly as possible. In return, the government gets plausible deniability and Decima can shoulder the blame if there is a civil liberties scandal. Greer asks Garrison if he wants to let the U.S. crumble or agree to his terms, and walks away.
The hackers set up the seven stolen Samaritan servers at their safe house, and Daizo says that they'll be ready in a couple of hours. Reese offers to help them, but Root says that she needs him elsewhere.
Shaw arrives at the hotel and contacts Root, who has her describe what she sees. Looking around, Shaw spots Secret Service agents outside and the Machine confirms that Garrison is present. It then calls Reese on a payphone and gives him five numbers. Meanwhile, Control leaves the hotel and Root figures that she's covering her tracks because she knows how the Machine works, and it must be something bad.
Root and Reese go to a coffee house and Root directs Shaw to a room on the 15th floor. A Secret Service agent comes out and she knocks him out, and kneecaps another as he comes out. They are monitoring a separate room where Garrison and Control are meeting, and Garrison is the second number the Machine gave Reese. In the room, Control is appalled that Garrison wants her to help Greer. The senator wants her to help them get the NSA feeds as well as getting Presidential advisor Manuel Rivera on board, to convince him of the program's special merits. Garrison gives her the beta test results as evidence. When Control wonders what she gets, Garrison explains that she'll get an open system with plausible deniability. Control asks to see the intel first.
Shaw, listening in, is eager to kill them immediately. Root points out that they don't know if Garrison and Control are the victims or perpetrators yet. She has Shaw check the front door monitor and Root tells her that two more numbers have arrived: U.S. General Kyle Holcombe of the NSA, and Rivera. She hasn't identified the third number yet. Meanwhile, a man comes in and Root asks Reese if he's ready to have some fun. When he wonders who the man is, Root admits that she has no idea.
Greer accuses Finch of hobbling the Machine, and Finch explains that the Machine developed unanticipated abilities at an exponential rate. He worried that it would be too late to stop it because he couldn't anticipate its evolution. Finch worried that the Machine might determine that humanity is irrelevant, and begs Greer not to let Samaritan go online. Greer says that he plans to celebrate Samaritan's brilliance, not muzzle it, and says that he has no intention of controlling it.
Rivera and Holcombe meet with Garrison and Control, and Rivera warns that the President isn't going to risk the scandal of another surveillance program. He points out that he has been running interference on the Northern Lights debacle, but Control insists that they have to protect their country. Rivera refuses to back their plan, but Control describes his children's school and tells him that a year ago Northern Lights prevented a terrorist attack in the area of the school. Rivera says that he would have heard of it, but Control says that they couldn't advertise their activities, and that people can object because they protect them. She hands Rivera the intel on Vigilance and admits that they don't know the group's next target, but they have a big plan set up in 24 hours. To stop them, they need Samaritan online. Rivera agrees to read the file and Garrison says that he has a meeting across town.
Shaw tells Root what Control is doing and asks if she can kill her, but Root tells her to wait. She then goes over to the man with Reese and says that they have a full questions for him. The man grabs a submachine gun from his backpack and opens fire, and Reese takes him down. They check his ID and confirm that his name is Niall Jacobs, and Jacobs figures that they're Federal agents. Reese finds a flash drive on him and Root checks it, and confirms that it's a self-replicating worm virus. It's designed to target a proprietary micro-switcher, but the Machine doesn't know the specific target. They figure that Jacobs is with Vigilance, just as Shaw spots Collier and his men approaching the hotel. Root interrogates Jacobs, who says that he only knows his part and they're too late to stop a revolution from happening.
The Machine reviews Collier's record.
After calling in Fusco to arrest Jacobs, Root takes Reese on another errand. She warns that both Decima and Vigilance are aware of the Machine and taking steps to blind it, and Reese tells her to get the hackers working so they can find Finch. She calls her team and they tell her they're having issues and need two hours. Daizo's working on the geo-locator data but doesn't have anything yet. After Root hangs up, she tells Reese that the hackers are working on something to slow down their enemies.
Collier and his men get in the hotel elevator and one of the team members, Jefferson, says that she has what they need.
That night, Root tells Shaw to talk to Control, and Reese reminds her that they need her alive so she can lead them to Greer and then Finch. Shaw breaks in and kneecaps Control's bodyguard, and Control tells Rivera that Shaw is the agent who took out the terrorist threatening his children's school. Control wonders what she wants and Shaw says that she's there to rescue her.
Greenfield and Casey call Root and tells her that the virus is designed to target micro-switches at the power company. Realizing what that means, Root tells Shaw to help Reese and takes off on her own.
Control realizes that Shaw received their numbers, and Shaw admits that she doesn't know why she's there to protect her. Reese calls to say that he's on his way, just as the power goes out throughout the city.
As panic spreads through the city, Reese makes his way to the hotel. With the cell towers out, he's unable to call Shaw.
At the office building, Greer looks out at the blacked-out city and remembers his time as a child during the Blitz. Finch has deduced that Greer joined MI6, and Greer tells him that the era of the nation-state is over. When Finch warns him that he's overestimating the power of AI, Greer says that's impossible He dismisses alliances as an allusion, and explains that he wants to live under a more just rule. Samaritan will makes its decisions based on pure logic.
At the hotel, Shaw tells Holcombe to draw his gun and cover her, and they move out. Collier's people spot them and open fire, and more Vigilance soldiers close in from behind them. Collier shoots Holcombe, Shaw is forced to take cover, and Vigilance grabs Control and Rivera. One of their people activates the backup generate and Collier tells two of his people to take care of Sam, and then takes the elevator down with his prisoners. Reese arrives in time to take out the two Vigilance shooters, and they realize that Vigilance has something else planned for their captives. Hersh shows up and both sides draw on each other.
Root picks up her team and drives out of the city to New Jersey. The Machine reestablishes contact with her and Root realizes that she has to warn Shaw and Reese.
Shaw tells Hersh that they're there to save Control. Root calls Shaw and tells her that Finch is in imminent danger. However, she now knows who the fifth number belongs to: Greer. Vigilance is going after Greer, putting Finch at risk. Root warns that the Machine can't tell where Greer is, but tells Shaw that Hersh knows. Reese asks Hersh if he knows Decima's location, and says that they can rescue both Finch and Control if they work together. He lowers his gun and Hersh does so next, followed by Shaw.
Garrison meets with Greer at the office building, who describes Finch as the most important man in the world. Collier and his team break in and Collier is surprised to see Finch there. However, he's more than glad to have him and continue their last conversation.
Reese, Shaw and Hersh make their way out of the hotel.
Root pulls over and her hackers tell her that the servers are ready. She points out a nearby car, gives them fake IDs, and says that they're part of the job is over. When they insist on seeing things through, Root tells them that the Machine has worked the math and if they go together then they all die. If she goes alone, she might survive. When they ask where she's going, Root points to a nearby building and says that Samaritan is there.
Reese and the others arrive at the office building. Collier has left a TV monitor and transmits a video message saying that he's been waiting a long time for this moment. He has rigged up a court room and has Finch, Greer, Control, and Rivera there. Collier announces that he is putting the U.S. government on trial for crimes against its people.