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Person of Interest -- Season 3 (Flashbacks in parentheses)
301 "Liberty"309 "The Crossing"317 "Root Path (/)"
302 "Nothing to Hide"310 "The Devil's Share" (Various)318 "Allegiance"
303 "Lady Killer"311 "Lethe" (Finch)319 "Most Likely To…"
304 "Reasonable Doubt"312 "Aletheia" (Finch)320 "Death Benefit"
305 "Razgovor" (Shaw)313 "4C"321 "Beta"
306 "Mors Praematura"314 "Provenance"322 "A House Divided"
307 "The Perfect Mark"315 "Last Call"323 "Deus Ex Machina"
308 "Endgame" (Carter)316 "RAM"<< Season 2

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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.

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.
  • According to Kelly's computer, the event at the museum takes place on January 7, 2014.

Production NotesEdit

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.


  • "Take California" by Propellerheads - during Finch's adventures in 3D printing.
  • "Battleflag" by Lo Fidelity Allstars - during the break-in.


  • The news article about the Gutenberg Bible appears in the New York Journal, the magazine Maxine Angelis works for.
  • 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.
  • Obnoxious shrimp puffs previously appeared in "Masquerade".
  • 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 named "Baylor Zimm".
  • One of the security guards says that "there's a Five-O at the gate", referring to Fusco picking up Reese. The term "Five-O" comes from the 1968 police drama Hawaii Five-O which depicted an elite police unit in Hawaii, the 50th state.


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



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