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Missing info from:Asylum”, “YHWH” , and “The Day the World Went Away

A catchphrase is a phrase or expression recognized by its repeated utterance.

Because I built it.

Main article: Title Sequence

Pilot
Reese: So how do you know about [the Machine]?
Finch: I built it.

No Good Deed
Henry Peck: How do you know all this?
Finch: Because I built it.

Deus Ex Machina
Finch: The questions you're asking, I know the answers.
Peter Collier: Really? How do you know?
Finch: Because I built it.

Can you hear me?

Mission Creep
Carter (to Reese): Can you hear me? I think you can.

Witness
Finch: Mr. Reese, can you hear me?

Shadow Box
Finch: John, can you hear me?

God Mode
The Machine: Can you hear me?
Root: Absolutely!

God Mode
The Machine: Can you hear me?
Reese: Yes.

God Mode
The Machine: Can you hear me?
Root: Absolutely.

The Crossing
Finch: Can you hear me?

Root Path (/)
Root (to the Machine): Can you hear me?

YHWH
The Machine: Can you hear me?
Reese: Hell yes.

YHWH
Reese: Can you hear me?
The Machine: Yes.

The Day the World Went Away
The Machine: Can you hear me?
Finch: Root?

return 0
The Machine: Can you hear me? [repeated several times, glitching]

Can you see me?

The Contingency
Finch: There we go. Now... can you see me?
The Machine: [identifies Finch]
Finch: Excellent. Next question: Who am I?
The Machine: Admin.

The Contingency
Finch: Can you see me? We're going to play hide and seek.

The Contingency
Finch: Can you see me now?
The Machine: [BUZZES YES]

Prophets
Finch: There we go. Now... can you see me?
The Machine: [identifies Finch]
Finch: Excellent.

B.S.O.D.
Finch: Can you see me?
The Machine: Hello.
Finch: Good morning.
The Machine: Are you... Admin?

B.S.O.D.
Finch: ...Can you see me?
The Machine: [...]

SNAFU
Finch: There we go. Now... can you see me?
The Machine: [fails to identify Finch]

SNAFU
2002!Finch: There we go.
2001!Finch: Now... can you see me?
The Machine: [identifies Finch]
2015!Finch: Excellent.
DayR!Finch: Now it's time for the real lessons.

Concerned Third Party

Pilot
Reese: But you're not government.
Finch: No, I'm not. I guess you could call me a concerned third party.

Pilot
Stills: Who the hell are you?
Reese: Concerned... Third party?

Liberty
Russian mobster: Who is this, cop?
Reese: Concerned third party. I've got no stake in this.

Reasonable Doubt
Dr. Jensen: Who are you?
Finch: We're merely a couple of concerned dog owners, Dr. Jensen

Reasonable Doubt
Jeremy Watkins: Who the hell are you?
Reese: A concerned third party.

The Crossing
Beat cop: The hell... who are you?
Shaw: Concerned citizen.

4C
Owen Matthews: Hey, don't take this the wrong way, but who the hell are you?
Reese: A concerned frequent flyer.

Wingman
Andre Cooper: Who are you really, Lionel?
Fusco: A concerned third party.

Synecdoche
Joey Durban: Secret Service received a anonymous tip regarding the shooters, turn out to be linked to a domestic terrorist ring.

Reese: A tip came from
Logan Pierce: Just a concerned third party.

Everyone is relevant to someone.

No Good Deed
Finch: This "thing" has already saved countless lives.
Ingram: You mean countless relevant lives.
Finch: We had to draw the line somewhere.
Ingram: Everyone is relevant to someone. You would know that if you had anyone in your life you cared about.

Root Path (/)
Root: By your own definition, Cyrus is irrelevant.
Finch: Everyone is relevant to someone.

Finch, you there?

C.O.D.
Reese: Finch, are you there?
Finch: Always, Mr. Reese.

The Crossing
Reese: Finch, you there?

Death Benefit
Reese: You there, Finch?
Finch: Always, Mr. Reese.

I'm a very private person.

Pilot
Finch: I recognize, Mr. Reese, that there is a disparity between how much I know about you and how much you know about me. I know you'll be trying to close that gap as quickly as possible. But I should tell you, I'm a really private person.

Ghosts
Finch: I told you, I'm a very private person.

The Fix
Zoe Morgan: Do I ever get to meet this imaginary friend?
Reese: He's a very private person.

Identity Crisis
Jordan Hester: I was always a bit of an introvert, you know? A private person.
Reese: Yeah, I know the type.

Finch: You don't wanna talk?
Reese: You might regret it in the morning. You're a very private person, remember?

Liberty
Finch: I realize now I never did hear how you came to enlist to the army.
Reese: Because I never told you, Finch. I'm a very private person.

Aletheia
Peter Collier: Since we first crossed paths, I tried to find information about you. But there is none.
Finch: I'm quite private.

RAM
Dillinger: Where the hell did you learn to do all that stuff, anyway?
Finch: As I said before, Mr. Dillinger, I'm a very private person.

Dillinger: Selling Casey's hardware?
Finch: I haven't told you that yet.
Dillinger: I know, because you're a very private person, Harold. You only share things, when it suits you.

Panopticon
Reese: You're a smart guy, good with computers. You're a very private person, aren't you Ali?

Wingman
Janis: The famous Mr. Egret. It seems you materialized out of nowhere. Now you are everywhere. How is that?
Finch: I'm a very private person.
Janis: Yes. I am as well.

I offered you a job. I never said it would be easy.

Pilot
Finch: I offered you a job, Mr. Reese. I never said it would be easy.

The Contingency
Reese: (mimicking Finch) Gave you a job, Mr. Reese. Never said it would be easy.

Root Path (/)
Root: The Machine offered me a job. She never said it would be easy.

Our Mutual Friend

Main article: Our Mutual Friend

Our Mutual Friend is a nickname used by the main characters in Person of Interest when referring to either Finch or Reese. It has also been used by Root referring to the Machine.

Relax, Finch

Bury the Lede
Reese: Relax, Finch. The car's stolen.

Guilty
Reese: Relax Finch, it's me.

The Man in the Suit

Main article: The Man in the Suit

The Man in the Suit is a moniker for John Reese referring to his trademark black suit.

When your number is up

Main article: Title Sequence

Guilty
Judge: It seems we have a seat to fill. Professor Whistler, your number is up.

Terra Incognita
Gil: When your number's up - well, you know the saying.

6,741
Shaw: Looks like your number's up.

Who are you?

Main article: "Who Are You"

"Who are you?" is a phrase frequently spoken by characters when they realize that Finch, Reese, or Shaw are not who they pretend to be.

You are being watched

Main article: Title Sequence

Prisoner's Dilemma
Carter: You're being watched, you know. The longer you wait to talk, the more guilty you look.

Liberty
Dr. Carmichael: Let me ask you this: Do you have feelings that you're being watched?
Root: Every now and then.

Guilty
Finch: Well, one can't really call it government of the people by the people anymore, can one? Because we're all being watched by an intelligent supercomputer that slowly but surely taking over the world.

Only the paranoid survive

Wolf and Cub
Reese: I've never seen you like this. That hacker must have gotten to you.
Finch: Only the paranoid survive. Sage advice.

Wolf and Cub
Fusco: This guy's spent so long being someone else, he probably doesn't know who he is anymore.
Reese: Only the paranoid survive.

Search and Destroy
Finch: It's extremely difficult to access him remotely. His security measures are rigorous and virtually unassailable.
Reese: Only the paranoid survive, right, Finch?
Finch: It's not paranoia if they're really out to get you.

B.S.O.D.
Bela Durchenko: Cameras are liabilities, easily hacked or used against you in court of law.
Root: Only the paranoid survive.

We walk in the dark.

Blue Code
Reese: "We're walking in the dark." I've heard this speech before.
Kara Stanton: [...] This isn't some speech. We're not walking in the dark. We are the dark.

Trojan Horse
Reese: A friend once told me "in our line of work, we walk in the dark." Doesn't mean we have to walk in it alone.

You need a purpose.

Pilot
Finch: I don't think you need a psychiatrist, or a support group, or pills.
Reese: What do I need?
Finch: You need a purpose. More specifically, you need a job.

Masquerade
Reese: I've spent some time being lost.
Sofia Campos: What changed?
Reese: Someone found me. Told me I needed a purpose.

Deus Ex Machina
Finch: Why would you ever choose a career in which this was an occupational hazard?
Reese: Well, I tried to quit, but some jackass told me I needed a purpose.

Panopticon
Reese: We don't need jobs, Harold. We need a purpose.

SNAFU
Mona (to Jeffrey Blackwell): You have so much potential. No one sees what a resource you are, do they? But we do. You need a purpose. More specifically, you need a job.

return 0
Reese: When you came to me, you gave me a job; a purpose. At first... well, I'd been trying to save the world for so long, saving one life at a time seemed a bit anticlimactic. But then I realized: Sometimes one life, it's the right life. It's enough.

I wasn't talking to you.

God Mode
Root (to The Machine): Your friend John's been keeping up with us, how is that?
Finch: I don't know.
Root: I wasn't asking you, Harold.

Aletheia
Root (to the Machine): Help me, please.
Control: I'm trying to help you.
Root: I wasn't talking to you.

Aletheia
Control: I'm not gonna tell you anything.
Root: You're not talking to me.

Root Path (/)
Root (to the Machine): I love it when you do this.
Billy Parsons: ...
Root: Not you.

Root Path (/)
Dr. Carr: Now, you're going to hear a series of tones.
Root (to the Machine): I can hear you.
Dr. Carr: I didn't start yet.
Root: I wasn't talking to you.

Beta
Root (to the Machine): Is there a back way out of here?
Fusco: Yeah, it's, uh-
Root: I wasn't asking you.

QSO
Root (to Samaritan): I'll give up without a fight if you promise to leave Max alone, and take me to the facility where Sameen Shaw is being held.
Samaritan operative: Who?
Root: I wasn't talking to you.

The Day the World Went Away
Finch (to Samaritan): I'm going to kill you. But I need to decide how far I'm willing to go... how many of my own rules I'm willing to break to get it done.
FBI Agent: Look, you want to add threatening the life of a federal agent to your file, I will draw up those charges right now. No waiting is required.
Finch: I wasn't talking to you.


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