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Lethe

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SeasonEpisode

311

Air dateDecember 17, 2013

Running time

Production code2J7611

Written byErik Mountain

Directed byRichard J. Lewis

Viewers12.40M
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Harold Finch

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There was a second machine, and Arthur built it.

— Finch


"Lethe" is the 11th episode of season 3, and the 56th produced hour of Person of Interest. It originally aired on December 17, 2013.

SynopsisEdit

Flashbacks to Finch’s adolescence provide insight into his creation of the Machine. The team receives the number of a man dying of a brain tumor as Reese leaves the POI team behind in the aftermath of the war with the crime organization, HR.

Main Plot PointsEdit

Episode NotesEdit

  • Lethe (Λήθη) in Greek mythology is the river of forgetfulness. It is one of the five rivers flowing into the Hades, the Underworld; drinking its waters causes the drinker to forget. It is also the name of the Goddess of forgetfulness. 
  • Sodium Pentothal is a barbiturate used for anesthesia, and in small doses, as a "truth serum". It is identifiable by its strong odor of garlic and onions, which Shaw detected when she sniffed the syringe.
  • According to the PET computer, the episode takes place on Dec 17, 2013, the original airdate of the episode.
  • Root received the number instead of Finch, this indicates that Root has a way to communicate with the machine without the use of a telephone.
  • This episode is the first part of a two episode mini-arc; the POI and storyline of this episode carry over into the next episode, "Aletheia".

Production NotesEdit

  • This episode includes the first appearance of Control. The alert viewer might have seen a red box appear around her when she exits the elevator during their escape the hospital. She only appears on screen for half a second.

Bloopers and Continuity ErrorsEdit

  • The number that Shaw gives Finch is different than the number on Arthur's medical records.

Music Edit

TriviaEdit

  • The bartender at the Roadhouse is the actual bartender and not an actor.[1]
  • When the Machine tries to predict the outcome of the situation at the end of the episode, it says that the names: Sameen Shaw and Robert N. Hersh are aliases.
  • Also when predicting outcomes, in the lower right corner on the screen we can see that the Machine is "Retasking Analog Interface", which is Root.

QuotesEdit

  • "Not sure I like being associated with your former employers, who tried to kill you." (Finch, to Shaw)
  • "If they don't want you to get inside, they ought to build it better" (Finch as a child)
  • "He is not deceived, who knows himself to be deceived." (Arthur)
  • "Not everything that's broken is meant to be fixed." (Finch's father)
  • "Dude, that was too much fun to be legal." (Finch's friend)
  • "It just proves that no matter what we do or don't do in this world, bad things are going to happen. It's pointless. Irrelevant." (Reese)
  • "The truth fears no questions." (Arthur)
  • "One of you is going to tell me what it is I want to know. And whoever does, will be the one who gets to leave here... alive." (Control)
  • "The kind you need a gun for." (Shaw, regarding what kind of people were pursuing Arthur)
  • "Talking is overrated." (Shaw)
  • "What! Do you think I won my detective shield in a poker game?" (Fusco)

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