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Provenance

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SeasonEpisode

314

Air dateFebrurary 4, 2014

Running time42:05

Production code2J7614

Written bySean Hennen

Directed byJeffrey Hunt

Viewers12.35M

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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.

SynopsisEdit

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.

Main Plot PointsEdit

Episode NotesEdit

  • The episode title, Provenance, is a commonly used term in the fine arts trade.  It 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.
  • The target of the theft is The Gutenberg Bible. The Gutenberg Bible is the first book in the western world printed with moveable type. Although the name suggests there is only one copy, there are actually 42 known copies, only 21 of which are complete. Most are held in museums, libraries and at scholarly institutions worldwide, including a complete copy at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York and another 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 at one long document when the stitching is removed.
  • The diversionary 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.
  • 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.

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.

MusicEdit

TriviaEdit

  • 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.
  • During the party, Shaw sees a man choking on a shrimp puff and slaps him hard on the back to force it out. Slapping a choking victim on the back is no longer recommended as it can force the blockage further into the throat. Initiating the Heimlich maneuver offers a better chance to force the blockage out.
  • Cyril addresses Lin as "miláčku," which means "sweetheart" in Czech.
  • 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.

QuotesEdit

  • "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)
  • "Oh, don't forget to give each finger a good lick before scanning them" (Finch, to Shaw)

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