Jim Caviezel (The Thin Red Line), Michael Emerson (Lost) and Taraji P. Henson (Hustle & Flow) team up in this thought-provoking crime action drama from The Dark Knight's Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions (Fringe, Lost, Alias).
Set in New York City, with all of its multifaceted elements of justice (i.e., cops, criminals, corruption), this procedural centres on an ex-CIA agent, presumed dead, who partners with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes. Using data siphoned off the United States intelligence agencies' threat matrix deemed irrelevant to national security - information concerning not terrorism, but violent crimes of a personal nature - the unpredictable former agent Reese and his enigmatic partner, Finch, identify a "person of interest" and set about solving the mystery of the impending crime that person will be involved in.
Tapping into the world's Big Brother-like surveillance network, the shadowy duo knows that something bad is going to happen; it's their mission to discover what that event will be... and somehow prevent it. Operating on a parallel track are New York detectives Carter and the corrupt Fusco, who must enforce the law while still abiding by it. Running counterpoint to Reese's unconventional yet effective methods, Carter strives not only to collar criminals, but the evasive Reese as well. Inspired by the chilling omnipresence of global surveillance and information tracking, Person of Interest delivers the familiar elements of a crime procedural in a heightened, unpredictable manner - as Reese and Finch race to solve each crime before it occurs.
01 - Pilot
PERSON OF INTEREST stars Jim Caviezel, Emmy® Award winner Michael Emerson and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson in a crime thriller about a presumed dead former-CIA agent, Reese (series star JIM CAVIEZEL), who teams up with a mysterious billionaire, Finch (series star MICHAEL EMERSON), to prevent violent crimes by using their own brand of vigilante justice. Reese's special training in covert operations appeals to Finch, a software genius who invented a program that uses pattern recognition to identify people about to be involved in violent crimes. Using state-of-the-art surveillance technology, the two work outside of the law, using Reese's adept skills and Finch's unlimited wealth to unravel the mystery of the "person of interest"" and stop the crime before it happens. Reese's actions draw the attention of the NYPD, including homicide detective Carter (series star TARAJI P. HENSON), and Fusco (series star KEVIN CHAPMAN), a cop whom Reese uses to his advantage. With infinite crimes to investigate, Reese and Finch find that the right person, with the right information, at the right time, can change everything.
In the series premiere, the social security number of a young prosecutor comes up. Now Reese and Finch must work together to figure out if their person of interest is the victim or perpetrator.
02 - Ghosts
When they are given the Social Security number of a teenager who was killed two years ago, Reese and Finch begin to question the infallibility of The Machine. Meanwhile, Finch flashes back to The Machine's origin and how it was developed.
03 - Mission Creep
When the Machine directs Reese and Finch to a former soldier with shady connections to a crime ring, Reese must infiltrate the gang, taking part in their heist. Meanwhile, Detective Carter's closer than ever to finding out who Reese is.
04 - Cura Te Ipsum
When the number comes up on a promising young doctor, Megan Tillman (guest star LINDA CARDELLINI), Reese and Finch must unravel the threat while she's on-call and after hours.
05 - Judgment
When the Machine produces the social security number of a judge renowned for his tough sentencing, Reese and Finch have the added challenge of investigating a person of interest who wants nothing to do with their brand of vigilante justice.
06 - The Fix
Reese finds himself captivated by their latest Person of Interest (guest star PAIGE TURCO), a beautiful, shrewd and remarkably resourceful woman adept at problem solving.
07 - Witness
The Machine identifies a school teacher who witnessed a mob hit as their next POI. Now, Reese and Finch protect the unfortunate soul who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
08 - Foe
When Reese and Finch discover that their latest POI has connections to Cold War Soviet espionage circles, they quickly learn how covert ops were handled in a world before The Machine. ALAN DALE (Lost) guest stars as the person they're tracking.
09 - Get Carter
Reese and Finch's game of cat and mouse with Detective Carter becomes infinitely more complicated when The Machine declares that she is their latest Person of Interest. With Carter's life in jeopardy, they must now find a way to protect her without getting caught.
10 - Number Crunch
As Detective Carter deals with the fallout from her recent encounter with Reese and Finch, the Machine ups the ante for the duo by giving them four Social Security numbers instead of one.
11 - Super
Reese works the computer while Finch does the legwork with their latest target, a building superintendant who keeps too close an eye on his tenants. Meanwhile, Detective Carter may finally get a glimpse into one of their cases, so she can decide whether she wants to join the team.
12 - Legacy
It's decision time for Detective Carter. When Carter finally comes face-to-face with Reese, he urges her to join forces to help with their latest POI, a scrappy young woman from the wrong side of the tracks who turned her life around and became a lawyer. Now that Carter knows what Reese and Finch do, she has to decide once and for all which side she's on.
13 - Root Cause
Reese and Finch's latest Person of Interest is a down-on-his-luck man (guest star MYK WATFORD) who may have reached his breaking point. As the case evolves, the duo calls upon a former POI for help, the resourceful and well-connected fixer Zoe (guest star PAIGE TURCO).
14 - Wolf And Cub
The Machine identifies Darren (guest star ASTRO), a teenager whose brother was just murdered, as the next POI. Now, Reese must struggle to protect the teen, who's hell bent on avenging his brother's death. Meanwhile, Finch is growing concerned that the son of his former business partner is dangerously close to finding out about The Machine. Reality TV phenomenon Astro (The X Factor) makes his acting debut as "Darren."
15 - Blue Code
Reese discovers there's more to the story after he infiltrates a smuggling ring to get close to his latest Person of Interest...who may be hiding a secret identity.
16 - Risk
Even white collar crimes have a body count. The Machine leads Reese and Finch to Wall Street when a sharp young trader at a major investment bank becomes embroiled in a multi-million dollar financial scam. In order to get close, Reese must pose as a wealthy investor.
17 - Baby Blue
When The Machine spits out the number of a six-month-old baby, Reese and Finch turn into "overly protective parents" -- with an arsenal at their disposal. Meanwhile, Carter begins to question her new allegiance to Reese and Finch when Elias resurfaces.
18 - Identity Crisis
The Machine's latest number presents a unique challenge for Reese and Finch since the person has virtually no digital footprint and appears to be leading a double life.
19 - Flesh and Blood
When The Machine spits out five numbers, naming the Don of each of New York's crime families, Reese and Finch suspect Elias is planning to eliminate his competition. As Elias takes aim, someone close to Carter may pay the price.
20 - Matsya Nyaya
The Machine's latest number places Reese undercover with an armored truck crew, a case that brings back memories of his last CIA mission and painful decisions he was forced to make.
21 - Many Happy Returns
It's Reese's birthday, and Finch gives him a day off -- especially when he realizes that The Machine's latest number is certain to revive painful memories.
22 - No Good Deed
The newest POI's curiosity could spell his doom when he finds himself embroiled in a dark government conspiracy -- one that Finch is all too familiar with. Meanwhile, Reese uncovers something revealing about Finch's past.