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In each episode summary on this wiki, the flashback segments of the episode are described in a gray field to more easily distinguish the break in the narrative timeline.

Image Episode Character(s)Year/Date
POI FB 0201 The Contingency Harold Finch January 1, 2002
On the first day of the Machine, Finch begins work with it, starting by asking it if it can see and identify him. The Machine recognizes him as Admin.
POI FB 0201b The Contingency Harold Finch February 16, 2002
On the 47th day of the Machine, Finch is testing its capability to track people by playing hide and seek. He asks the Machine to respond to his questions by sending a message to his phone.
POI FB 0201c The Contingency Harold Finch September 6, 2003
Finch also tests the Machine's ability to evaluate and assess risks by playing cards in a casino. Again, the Machine communicates with him by buzzing his phone.
POI FB 0201d The Contingency Harold Finch September 7, 2003
When Finch leaves the casino, the Machine protects him from being run over by a car. He tells it not to watch out for him alone but rather to protect everybody.
POI FB 0202 Bad Code Root April 15, 1991
Samantha Groves and Hanna Frey are playing computer games in the library in their hometown Bishop, TX, but Hanna always loses. When the library closes, Sam sees her friend getting into a car, thus making her a witness to Hanna's disappearance. Unbeknownst to Hanna, Sam successfully finishes the game just after she leaves and enters Root as her username.
POI FB 0202b Bad Code 1993
After being framed by Root in revenge for killing her friend Hanna, Trent Russell is attacked and shot to death by the drug dealers who thought that he had stolen their money.
POI FB 0206 The High Road Harold Finch May 8, 2004
Finch and Nathan are walking in the park. Nathan is unhappy about their relationship and asks about their little project. Finch explains that he had taught the Machine to understand people and find connections between them when it detects an anomaly and points Finch to a woman named Grace Hendricks, who is painting at the railing. Finch assumes that it's a bug because there seems to be no reason for the Machine to select her.
POI FB 0206b The High Road Harold Finch 2005
Finch tests the Machine's ability to find connections between random people when it shows him information about Grace Hendricks, the painter. Finch suspects that the bug still exists when he learns that she likes Charles Dickens and that there is also not a single anomaly in her life, which makes her different from other people.
POI FB 0206c The High Road Harold Finch January, 2006
Finch is buying an ice cream cone when the Machine tells him that Grace is painting in the park again.
POI 208 Main Til Death Harold Finch April 12, 2006
On Grace's birthday, she receives a letter from a bike messenger informing her that Finch has created for her a birthday scavenger hunt. She tours around the city, eventually ending up at the Guggenheim Museum, where Finch is waiting for her. Together, they tour the museum, and Finch begins to tell her something that he thinks she needs to know, but she stops him, and the two kiss.
POI FB 0208 Til Death Harold Finch 2006
Finch meets Nathan for dinner, where Nathan deduces that Finch is seeing someone. He tells Finch that a little mystery goes a long way and that he has just returned from his friend's wedding, during which he saw his ex-wife Olivia. Nathan explains that he's told her so many lies over the years that he doesn't even remember what happened any more.
POI FB 0212 Prisoner's Dilemma John Reese 2007
In Prague, Reese and Kara enter a hotel room where three men are concluding a deal involving combat drones. Reese and Kara pose as hotel guests, then Reese kills two men and Kara kills the other. Reese is visibly nervous and Kara has to calm him, explaining that the people that they killed were enemy combatants and that killing people is in fact their job. And in order for Reese to be good at his job, he'll have to learn to love it.
POI FB 0212b Prisoner's Dilemma John Reese April, 2009
In Paris, Reese and Kara sit at a bar discussing the next group of people they are supposed to kill. Reese questions the fact that the people are bad, and Kara says that orders are orders. She tells him that he needs to decide whether he's cut out for his job or not, to which John replies that he loves his job. The partners kiss afterward.
POI FB 0212c Prisoner's Dilemma John Reese May, 2010
Reese has just received orders from Mark Snow to "retire" Agent Stanton after their mission in Ordos. (“Matsya Nyaya”) As he leaves the room, Stanton notices a worried look on Reese's face and tells him to shut it down, because she "needs the killer", not the Boy Scout.
POI FB 0213 Dead Reckoning Kara Stanton 2010
When Kara Stanton and Reese find out they have been double crossed during their mission at Ordos (“Matsya Nyaya”), they run for their lives. Kara survives and regains consciousness some time later, finding several men holding her at gunpoint. She is then taken to hospital in Dongsheng, where she is greeted by a man who had been following her CIA activities and knows almost everything about her.
POI FB 0213b Dead Reckoning Kara Stanton 2011
Using the tale of the mythical Titans as an analogy, Greer offers Kara answers about why the government wanted her dead. He then tells her that if she will assist him in dispersing a virus, he will tell her who sold the Laptop that Reese and Kara were sent to Ordos to destroy, the man responsible for all that happened to her.
POI 0214 IF One Percent Harold Finch September 11, 2001
Finch is working at IFT Plaza when Nathan Ingram turns on the TV. They listen as the news covers the events of 9/11. They say that they started IFT to change the world, and they grew wealthier and wealthier, but failed to meet their goal. 9/11, however, changed the world. They say that they need to change the world before someone else does.
POI FB 0214 One Percent Harold Finch 2009
Nathan tells Finch that The Machine was their chance and expresses disappointment in Finch's giving it away. Nathan asks Finch what would happen if they built a backdoor into the machine, but Finch wants to hear nothing of it. He tells Nathan that they either move on to their next venture together, or they don't. Nathan then walks out the door without saying a word.
POI 0214 Ingram2 One Percent Nathan Ingram 2009
Nathan holds up the social security number and a photo of a woman and is watching her from his car. When she leaves her house, Nathan sees a man following her and pulls out a gun, preparing to intervene.
POI 0220 FB1 In Extremis Lionel Fusco 2011
Fusco is dragging James Stills's body and attempting to bury it. He begins to cry and places Stills's body down in the grave.
POI FB 0220 In Extremis Lionel Fusco 2004
Fusco sits at a bar and asks the bartender for another drink. His partner, Detective Stills, tells him he's had enough and should go home. Fusco tells Stills that he can't go home because his wife has kicked him out of the house. Stills asks Fusco to stay the night at his house.
POI 0220 FB2 In Extremis Lionel Fusco January 17, 2004
Fusco knocks on a door and Stills opens it. He lets Fusco in and Fusco sees that Stills and Azarello have killed a man in what they claim is self-defense. They ask Fusco to cover for them, and they guilt him into doing so.
POI FB 0220b In Extremis Lionel Fusco March 25, 2005
Fusco enters an apartment where Stills and Azarello have killed several people. Once again, they ask Fusco to cover for them and he refuses this time. A man jumps out of an armoire, and Fusco shoots him in self-defense. He is forced to cover for his partners as a result.
POI FB 0221 Zero Day Harold Finch September 12, 2010 (Day 3177)
Finch goes over to Nathan Ingram's house and they reminisce about their past adventures and discuss current ones. Harold tells Nathan that he plans to propose to Grace and as a result, he'll have to tell her the truth about his background. Suddenly Nathan's phone buzzes and shows a new irrelevant number.
POI 0221 FB2 Zero Day Harold Finch September 13, 2010 (Day 3178)
Grace is painting a portrait of Finch in the park, when he proposes to her. She happily accepts and the two kiss.
POI 0221 FB3 Zero Day Harold Finch September 13, 2010 (Day 3178)
Finch follows Nathan Ingram into the Library, and Finch asks what it is. Nathan proposes that Finch thinks of him as a liability. Finch sees photos on a board, and realizes that Nathan had installed a backdoor into the Machine. Nathan explains that the Machine "was waiting" for him, and that he took precautions. Finch tells him that the precautions would be essentially worthless and threatens to put a stop to Nathan's side operation. Finch tells Nathan that they can't save everyone and shuts down the irrelevant section of the Machine, just as Nathan's number comes up.
POI FB 0222a God Mode Hersh September 25, 2010 (Day 3190)
Hersh is in an interrogation room with a man suspected of attempting to bomb a ferry, Asif, and a translator. The man says he was attempting to load semtex onto a van next to the Liberty Island ferry and that he would be the detonator. Hersh shoots the translator and sticks the suspected terrorist with a needle, making him go limp.
POI FB 0222b God Mode Harold Finch September 25, 2010 (Day 3190)
Finch and Nathan Ingram meet at The Library, and Nathan tells Finch that he plans to meet with a reporter and tell her about the work he and Finch have done. Finch says that Nathan shouldn't do that and hypothesizes that Hersh is killing the relevants. Finch warns Nathan that calling a journalist will put their lives at risk.
POI FB 0222 God Mode Harold Finch September 26, 2010 (Day 3191)
Finch follows Nathan to the place where he plans on meeting the reporter. Watching Nathan through the windshield of a van, Hersh wakes up Asif and shows him the explosives packed into the van. He tells Asif that he has completed his mission and leaves. Nathan spots Finch, and an explosion is seen and heard behind Nathan.
POI FB 0222c God Mode Harold Finch September 26, 2010 (Day 3191)
Finch wakes up at a facility where victims of the terrorist attack at the Ferry are being held, and a doctor tells him that he has sustained injuries to his neck and lower back. He frantically tries to find Nathan and eventually finds him, dead. He gets up out of bed on his own and hides behind a wall as Grace looks for him. Grace asks one of the guards where Finch is, and they tell her that if she doesn't see him, he probably didn't survive. Grace finds the book that Finch placed the engagement ring into, and cries, assuming that Finch had been killed in the attack.
POI 0221 FB4 God Mode Harold Finch September 26, 2010 (Day 3191)
Finch goes back to the Library, sees that Nathan's number had come up on the irrelevant list, and re-installs the contingency. The clock then strikes midnight and Nathan's number is erased from the system.

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