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Episode 111: Super
Finch takes the wounded Reese to the morgue where he confronts Farouk Madani, a former doctor from Najaf who cannot afford a medical license and therefore works as a coroner. Finch supplies Madani with a large amount of money and instructs him to stitch Reese up, with no questions asked. Madani immediately complies.
After being bound to a wheelchair, Reese moves into an apartment in a building run by superintendent Ernie Trask, a seemingly nice guy to all of his tenants. Finch comes in to check on Reese and informs him that his former partner, Mark Snow, is onto Carter. Reese asks Finch to keep an eye on her in the meantime. Finch announces that Ernie's number came up and reveals that as well as serving as the super for the last 14 years Ernie visits pawnshops which sell untraceable guns.
Meanwhile, Carter has noticed a green truck parked across the street from her house. Snow reveals himself to be the owner and accuses her of helping Reese escape. He lightly threatens her that his investigation could possibly ruin her career.At the precinct, Carter accesses Fusco's computer and locates the footage of Finch from the evidence locker robbery, along with Finch's number.
When calling the number, Carter discovers it is disconnected. Inside the green truck, Tyrell Evans accesses CCTVs in an attempt to locate Reese.
That's when Finch finds photos of Lily Thornton, one of the tenants. Finch makes his escape a little too late as Trask shows up and realizes that he had broken into his office.
But Finch ducks into the elevator and gets out in time before Trask shuts it down, thanks to Reese watching the security feeds and coaching Finch. Finch runs into Doug Stanley, a security guard, just as Trask radios him that a 5'9" man with glasses and a limp broke into his office. Luckily for Finch, Reese sends him footage of Stanley stealing from the tenants. This gets him away from Stanley.
Finch insists on doing it himself, even though he hates guns. Reese says that Finch will just have to poke them in the eyes and even jokes about sticking his finger up their eye socket until he feels their brains. Finch goes to Lily's apartment and begins to plant a camera in the vent. However, he discovers that there is already a camera there, streaming to a hidden network. Finch figures that Trask is responsible and yanks out the camera.
Carter gets the location data from Finch's disconnected cell phone, swapping her phone's SIM card with that of a detainee at the precinct and begins down the street, ducking into a building as she is aware the CIA is following her. She grabs a man's jacket and walks out another door, quickly getting into a taxi and successfully losing her followers.
Finch, meanwhile, has called Fusco, who warns Finch that Carter is tracking him. Fusco opens the package Finch sent to him containing a medicine bottle and jokingly asks Finch if he ran out of Adderall. Finch tells him that Reese's prints are on the bottle and that he wants him to plant the bottle as evidence in Connecticut to lead the CIA away.
Carter tracks the phone to where it had supposedly made its last call. That's when a nearby pay phone rings. She answers and Finch is on the other end where he says that he altered the location data. He then tells her to turn around. Carter sees him sitting in a restaurant across the street.
She joins him and demands answers. That's when Finch tells her the story of how his brothers tossed him into a pool when he was nine years old to teach him how to swim. Finch then points to a man at the counter named Derek Watson who had lost his job, ran out of money and had his house foreclosed on. His wife left him soon afterwards. Watson is about to be involved in a violent crime.
When Finch leaves, Carter calls the 8th and asks them to do a trace on Watson. His criminal record is clean. Watson is outside Truprime Mortgage and follows John Dalton, the man who had foreclosed his house, and follows him down the street.
Snow's men report that they lost Carter. He sends them back out and then tells Evans to expand the search to all hotel rooms and apartments rented in the last few days.
He wraps a cloth around his crutch, sets it on fire and sets off the alarm just as Trask goes for his gun. The other residents come out and Trask has no choice but to back off.
Reese warns Finch that it isn't over and Finch suggests more aggressive tactics. He's cloned Lily's cell, and sees her receiving text messages from a blocked number demanding that they talk. Finch insists that they get Trask out of the building. Trask comes home and finds Reese waiting for him.
Reese draws a gun and tells the super that he'll be leaving and says that he knows all about the roses and the texts. Trask says that Rick isn't her boyfriend and Reese doesn't understand, but Reese tells him to get out and never come back. Undeterred, the super says that he cares about Lily, but not like that.
Rick insists that he can help her career and wonders if she told Trask about them. He grows angry and shoves her against the wall. Finch enters and confronts Rick and pokes him in the eye.
He gets Lily out while Trask arrives and tries to stop Rick. Rick stabs him with a letter opener but Reese arrives and uses his crutch to hold off Rick. Rick finally charges at him and Reese throws him out the window.
Tyrell tells Snow that they've found a bottle with Reese's prints at a veterinarian's office in Connecticut and they head off.
The police arrive and Lily tells them what happened. Meanwhile, Finch calls in an anonymous tip about Doug and his theft of the jewelry. Finch also reveals to Reese that Trask's real name is Ernesto Machado and that he used to own six night clubs in Miami, a yacht, a house in Coral Gables and a pet tiger.
He also didn't kill his wife, instead she ran away when Trask was placed in witness protection because he testified against the Cuban Mafia in 1996. Reese is suspicious when he hears Finch tell him all these details. He doubts that there even is a Machine but rather that Finch is really behind all of it.
Carter follows Derek and Dalton to a restaurant. Derek draws a gun on Dalton but Carter quickly steps forward and disarms him. As she handcuffs him, Finch calls and tells her that's what they do.