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Air dateFebrurary 4, 2014

Running time42:05

Production code2J7614

Written bySean Hennen

Directed byJeffrey Hunt


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It appears that the storm has yet to pass, Mr. Reese.

— Finch

"Provenance" is the 14th episode of season 3, and the 59th produced hour of Person of Interest. It originally aired on February 4, 2014.


Reese rejoins Finch in New York, but when the team receives the number of a highly skilled antiquities thief, a surprising turn of events finds them planning an elaborate heist which could land them all in jail.

Origin of the TitleEdit

Provenance is a commonly used term in the fine arts trade which refers to the artist, place of origin, history, and chain of custody or ownership of a work of artistic significance or of great value. Documented provenance is key to determining the authenticity and value of a piece. It often becomes critical to the determination of ownership of important works of art, particularly those that were stolen or were looted during events such as World War II.

Main Plot PointsEdit

Episode NotesEdit

  • The target of the theft is a Gutenberg Bible. The Gutenberg Bible is the first book in the western world printed with moveable type, c.1455. Although the name suggests there is only one copy, 160 to 185 copies were printed; 42 known copies survive, 21 of which are complete. Most are held in museums and libraries or at scholarly institutions worldwide, including complete copies at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York and at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.
  • At the reception, Finch admires a codex on display. A codex is an early form of book, often illuminated, with vellum or parchment pages accordion-folded and stitched, making it possible to lay the book out as one long document when the stitching is removed.
  • The theft at the event was of a painting by Cézanne. Paul Cézanne was a French post-impressionist painter, known for his paintings of ordinary French life and people. He is regarded by some as the father of contemporary art.
  • Kelli meets Cyril at a bar called "The Purloined Letter", which draws its name from a short story by Edgar Allen Poe.
  • Cyril addresses Lin as "miláčku," which means "sweetheart" in Czech.
  • Before becoming a thief, Kelli was an Olympic gymnast. During the 2000, 2004 and 2008, the Chinese gymnastics teams came under scrutiny for their use of obviously underage (under 16 years of age) girls on their team. The issue came to a head at the 2008 Beijing games. Although the International Olympic Organizing Committee and the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique investigated, and the Chinese team was exonerated, questions about the girls' ages continue to arise, largely surrounding use of falsified birth and other records used to establish the girls' ages and the admission by two members of the 2000 team that they had competed while only 14 years of age.
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  • Agent Alain Bouchard, who follows Kelli throughout the episode, is an Interpol agent. Interpol is a non-governmental, politically neutral organization coordinating international policing, based in Lyon, France. Its work includes policing terrorism, human trafficking, crimes against humanity, organized crime, trafficking in illicit art and illicit drugs, and more. Its role is to assure mutual cooperation among policing agencies while operating within the laws of the individual countries they serve. Interpol agents cannot make arrests, but rather serve to coordinate policing among agencies, often in different countries.

Production NotesEdit

  • This episode concludes the story arc that follows Carter's death. Reese has returned to the team, which has rebuilt itself without her.

Bloopers and Continuity ErrorsEdit

  • Shaw kicks off her shoes to chase the art thief as she flees the museum. However, when she tries to reenter the museum she is wearing her shoes.
  • The Machine spells the word "surveillance" incorrectly as "survellance" at the 21:06 mark.



  • The news article about the Gutenberg Bible appears in the New York Journal, the magazine where Maxine Angelis works.
  • According to Kelly's computer, the event at the museum takes place on January 7, 2014.
  • One of the security guards says, "There's a Five-O at the gate", when Fusco arrived to pick up Reese. The term "Five-O" refers to the 1968 CBS police drama Hawaii Five-O which depicted an elite police unit in Hawaii, the 50th state. A remake of the show currently runs on CBS.
  • One of the tenants in Kelli's apartment building is "L. O'Connor", a possible wink at Person of Interest writer Lucas O’Connor.
  • Possible reference to a previous episode: The man Shaw saved from choking is Warren Zimm, "a big-time investment banker". In “Risk”, Reese protected a young investment banker named Adam Saunders who worked for a big investment bank Baylor Zimm.


  • "I'm a sucker for watered down booze and a mini quiche." (Shaw)
  • "I can field strip a .45 in the dark, Finch. I think I can handle a bow tie." (Reese)
  • "Hate to interrupt this mildly erotic moment, gents, but the invitation advises us not to be late." (Shaw, to Finch and Reese)
  • "Finch, there's no sign of danger in here, not counting the shrimp puffs." (Shaw)
  • "Whoa, miss, it's 1 a.m. What can I do to make you stop talking?" (Uniform, to Shaw)
  • "Ms. Lin, you're not going to believe me, but I'm someone who helps people." (Finch)
  • "Oh, don't forget to give each finger a good lick before scanning them" (Finch, to Shaw)
  • "How about Fort Knox? Think we could take Fort Knox?" (Fusco)



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