Person of Interest (2011–2016)
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Death Benefit 

News of Northern Lights has hit the media, meaning that the team's work has become more difficult if only because of the public eye on what is happening. While Shaw heads off with Root on ... See full summary »


Richard J. Lewis


Jonathan Nolan (created by), Lucas O'Connor | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Caviezel ... John Reese
Kevin Chapman ... Lionel Fusco (credit only)
Amy Acker ... Root
Sarah Shahi ... Sameen Shaw
Michael Emerson ... Harold Finch
John Heard ... Congressman Roger McCourt
John Doman ... Senator Ross Garrison
John Nolan ... John Greer
Morocco Omari ... Carlson
Murphy Guyer ... Bruce Dunphy
Tracy Howe ... Duran
Daniel K. Isaac ... Virgil
Stephanie Gibson ... Leslie
Luis Bordoy Luis Bordoy ... Ray
Marcus Lorenzo Marcus Lorenzo ... Julio


News of Northern Lights has hit the media, meaning that the team's work has become more difficult if only because of the public eye on what is happening. While Shaw heads off with Root on her next assignment, Reese heads to Washington DC to reunite with Finch for their next number, that belonging to Illinois Congressman Roger McCourt. Finch's initial guess is that they are heading into uncharted territory as he believes that McCourt is not only the target or the perpetrator of an individual crime, but also that his number is related to terrorism or national security regarding Decima trying to get Samaritan up and running, which, if happens, means the end of their own lives. McCourt sits on the Rules Committee which controls legislation. He has been an outspoken opponent of government surveillance, and thus could be a target for Decima as opposed to Vigilance. They learn that McCourt likes to see himself as a deal maker, one where all sides end up happy. When Reese eventually learns ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

15 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The dilemma that Finch, Reese and Shaw face, whether to let McCourt live, causing the deaths of many, or to kill McCourt and potentially save many lives, is known in the field of Ethics as the Trolley Problem. The question is, you see a train speeding towards five people, who will surely be killed if the train continues, but can switch the train to a side track, on which there is only one person. In this case, is it ethical to switch the track, saving five lives for the price of one, or to let it continue, killing five, but saving the one. See more »


While Root and Shaw are having drinks, Shaw's glass is empty in the first shot but is completely filled in the next. See more »


Harold Finch: Since we started this, things have changed. We've changed. But the mission, our purpose, has always been constant - to save lives. If that's changed somehow, if we're in a place now where the Machine is asking us to commit murder... that's a place I can't go. I'm afraid this is where I get off.
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References The Addams Family (1964) See more »


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