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Person of Interest -- Season 2 (Flashbacks in parentheses)
201 "The Contingency(Finch) 209 "C.O.D." 217 "Proteus"
202 "Bad Code(Root) 210 "Shadow Box" 218 "All In"
203 "Masquerade" 211 "2πR" 219 "Trojan Horse"
204 "Triggerman" 212 "Prisoner's Dilemma(Reese) 220 "In Extremis(Fusco)
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206 "The High Road(Finch) 214 "One Percent(Finch/Ingram) 222 "God Mode(Finch/Hersh)
207 "Critical" 215 "Booked Solid"
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Trojan Horse

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SeasonEpisode

219

Air dateApril 4, 2013

Running time43:47

Production code2J7219

Written byDan Dietz
Erik Mountain

Directed byJeffrey Hunt

Viewers14.57M

ID(s) from IntroID.219/2461.13

Images (53)

Don't count me out just yet, Harold.

— Elias


"Trojan Horse" is the 19th episode of season 2, and the 43rd produced hour of Person of Interest. It originally aired on April 4, 2013.

SynopsisEdit

When the number of a leading tech executive comes up, Finch infiltrates her corporation to gather intel, but can't determine whether she is working in her company's best interest, or planning to destroy it from the inside. Meanwhile, Carter continues to question Cal Beecher's integrity after he provides incriminating information about a fellow detective.

Origin of the TitleEdit

The term Trojan Horse has its origins in Greek mythology, based in the tale that the ancient Greeks hid themselves in a large wooden horse presented as a gift to their enemies, the fortified city of Troy. When the Trojans pulled the massive horse into the city, the Greeks attacked and won the war. The term has come to mean anyone who enters an organization via subterfuge with the intention of doing harm. In computing, a trojan horse is a program designed to trick users into running it, generally the outcome is damage to the user's system.

Main Plot PointsEdit

Episode NotesEdit

  • There is increased vigilance on the part of the US Congress regarding implementation of new guidelines on  large-scale purchases of  technology equipment made in China, which was the concept underlying this episode. The concern is that "back doors", unobtrusive means of accessing computer systems with little chance of detection, can be installed, or that "sniffer chips" can be implanted in the computer systems of American companies which operate in China, making them vulnerable to compromise.
  • Finch identifies the virus code as originating with Decima Technologies. Decima is the name of one of the three Fates responsible for the metaphorical thread of life (destiny) in Roman mythology. Decima controls the events and interactions in each life by weaving the thread into a tapestry.
  • When Finch discovers Justin Lee's true identity, a Chinese identity card is shown. The identity code is 15 digits, but in reality, it should contain 18. According to the number, Justin was born in Heilongjiang province, most likely in Harbin, a city north to Beijing. That form of identity code is only used in Mainland China, but according to the card, Justin Lee lives in Hong Kong where it is not used. Also, the card uses simplified Chinese characters while in Hong Kong traditional characters are used.

Production NotesEdit

Bloopers and Continuity ErrorsEdit

  • When Fusco is listening in on Elias and Beecher's conversation, Elias pauses between "He was clean," and "You got played." In Fusco's recording that he plays for Carter, there is no pause.

TriviaEdit

Embedded CodesEdit

Main article: Trojan Horse/Embedded codes

QuotesEdit

  • "You think I should have a hobby. Now what would that be? Hanging around your derelict library with you, your poorly socialized guard dog... and Bear here?" (Shaw)
  • "I'll do everything in my power to determine his identity and render him irrelevant." (Greer, about Harold Finch)

PromoEdit

Person of Interest 2x19 Promo 00:11

Person of Interest 2x19 Promo "Trojan Horse" (HD) ft. Sarah Shahi

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