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Person of Interest -- Season 1 (Flashbacks in parentheses)
101 "Pilot(Reese) 109 "Get Carter(Carter) 117 "Baby Blue"
102 "Ghosts(Finch) 110 "Number Crunch" 118 "Identity Crisis"
103 "Mission Creep(Reese) 111 "Super(Finch) 119 "Flesh and Blood(Elias)
104 "Cura Te Ipsum" 112 "Legacy" 120 "Matsya Nyaya(Reese)
105 "Judgment" 113 "Root Cause" 121 "Many Happy Returns(Reese)
106 "The Fix" 114 "Wolf and Cub" 122 "No Good Deed(Finch/Ingram)
107 "Witness" 115 "Blue Code(Reese) 123 "Firewall"
108 "Foe(Reese) 116 "Risk" Season 2 >>
Ghosts

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SeasonEpisode

12

Air dateSeptember 29, 2011

Running time43:34

Production code2J6202

Written byGreg Plageman
Jonathan Nolan

Directed byRichard J. Lewis

Viewers12.51M
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Harold Finch

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The best place to hide, Mr. Reese, as you well know, is in plain sight.

— Finch


"Ghosts" is the second episode in Season 1, and the second produced hour of Person of Interest. It originally aired on September 29, 2011.

SynopsisEdit

When they are given the Social Security number of a teenager who was killed two years ago, Reese and Finch begin to question the infallibility of The Machine. Meanwhile, Finch flashes back to The Machine's origin and how it was developed.

Main Plot PointsEdit

  • Nathan Ingram is introduced.
  • IFT is introduced and Reese learns about it.
  • Finch gets his first flashback.
  • Nathan learns of the "irrelevant" list and that Finch has been deleting it.
  • Finch quits IFT.

Episode NotesEdit

  • For the first time, Finch's given name, "Harold" is used. His fellow employees call him "Harold," and Reese uses the name as well.
  • Finch's security detail is visible when we see his car slowly trailing he and Reese in the cemetery at the beginning of the episode and at the dock shortly after.
  • Finch goes to great lengths to protect his cover, even putting up with a degrading supervisor although he really owns the company.
  • Finch shows his ability to compartmentalize his life when at the end he casually discards 17 years worth of his office possessions into a lobby trash can.

Production NotesEdit

  • Beginning with this episode, a "saga sell" title sequence is used. The opening features previously seen moments from "Pilot", this episode, and "Mission Creep", with Michael Emerson's voice over, and is designed to introduce the premise of the show to viewers. It is not unusual for such elements to be introduced in the second episode, which is the first to reflect changes made in response to the pilot.
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CG servers. Click to see the animated GIF.

  • Reese's now iconic black suit with a white shirt first appears in this episode. Early in the episode, he wears a dark grey shirt, which changes to a lighter grey one later in the episode. At the end of the episode, he is first seen wearing a white shirt with his black suit. Although the black suit and white shirt did not become a constant until "Judgment", this episode features the early evolution of his trademark attire.
  • In the tracking shot at the beginning of the second flashback, the servers are computer generated.[1]

Bloopers and Continuity ErrorsEdit

  • According to a security camera, the events of this episode start on September 22, 2011. This was also the premiere date of "Pilot".
  • In the video camera footage of Broadway, the movies "Saving Private Ryan" and "The Object of my Affection" are both being advertised. These movies were released in 1998.
  • When Reese is thrown out of Junior's we can see traffic backed up down the street. In the next shot, the street is clear.
  • When Reese surprises Finch at his office, the image on his screen is the property tax map for Brooklyn. Some time later, he claims to have just discovered this as a new lead.
  • In Theresa's police file, her Social Security number has 10 digits.
  • The mud splatters on Derek's face change locations and dry and then appear wet again as the scene moves along.
  • In the last scene when Reese is calling Finch, it's not raining in the shoot of Reese, as can see from the dry window, while it is raining when Finch leaves the building.

MusicEdit

  • "The Truth" by Handsome Boy Modeling School (End of episode)

TriviaEdit

  • Interview notes collected by Maxine Angelis in her search for the man in a suit ("Bury the Lede") confirm that Reese did not kill the assassins in the elevator but only knee-capped them, as implied by Detective Terney.
  • Reese shoots three people, one of them, the hit man, twice.

QuotesEdit

  • "You knew what we were building here. This thing looks for plotters, schemers. We built it to stop terrorists before they could act." (Finch)
  • "The best place to hide Mr. Reese, as you well know, is in plain sight" (Finch)
  • "I know what it's like to lose someone...and to feel the need to disappear" (Finch)
  • "Trust? That's not something I come by very easily" (Finch)

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