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An American sci-fi crime drama television series created by Jonathan Nolan. The series is about John Reese, a former CIA officer who is recruited by Harold Finch, a mysterious billionaire, to prevent violent crimes in New York City.

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What were Category III threats?

Immediately after Control was ordered to shut down the program in Person of Interest, she could be seen sadly looking at a folder labeled "Category IV - threats relevant to national security." What ...
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How did the Machine win against Samaritan within the satellite?

When Root sets up a virtual battleground inside a laptop, Samaritan had won in every battle-simulation and the Machine had a winning count of zero simulations. However, during the final battle after ...
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Why did Harold, John, and Root continue to use the subway tunnel after Shaw was captured?

In Person of Interest, the team continues to use the subway tunnel as a "base of operations" even after Shaw is captured by Samaritan operatives. Given that they almost certainly would've interrogated ...
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How did the Machine correlate data over time if its memories were being erased?

In the TV series, Person of Interest, Harold Finch claims that, at one point, most of the Machine's memories were erased at midnight in order to keep it from becoming too powerful. If that's the case,...
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What is Lionel Fusco's actual rank in Person of Interest?

In the pilot, the corrupt prosecutor Diane Hansen refers to Lionel Fusco as Officer following his testimony at her trial. He's later referred to as a Detective throughout most of the series. However, ...
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Does the Machine remember already reported numbers?

If the machine from Person of Interest remembers absolutely nothing over midnight, shouldn't it repeatedly report the same (both relevant and irrelevant) social security numbers every day (to Finch ...
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What was the deal between the Machine and John?

In the last episode of Person of Interest, we see that Harold decides to go on top of a building to upload the Machine's copy on a satellite. He knows that whoever uploads the copy of the Machine will ...
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Why does Harold choose to lock down the machine again?

In Person Of Interest, Harold designs an AI that can predict crime and terrorism. He "locks down" the machine because he cannot foresee the consequences of its growing intelligence and because he ...
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Why does the machine give the number of Terry Easton?

In Season 5 Episode 9 of Person of Interest, Reese was following Terry Easton, a locksmith, as he had received his number. He finds him with an active bomb and takes him to the precinct. At the same ...
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Why does Team Machine need to save the Machine instead of creating a new

In Person of Interest, we know that the Machine is created by Harold. The power only comes to the machine by getting data from feeds, otherwise, the logic/structure was provided by Harold. So why are ...
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Why does Harold mostly keep the same first name when he creates fake identities/aliases?

I have noticed the aliases used by Harold in Person of Interest: Harold Finch Harold Crane ("Risk", "Triggerman", "Critical", "Til Death") Harold Crow ("Identity Crisis") Harold Gull ("Proteus") ...
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Why does Root refer to the Machine as “She”, not “He”?

This previous question about Person of Interest already asked why everyone else but Root called the Machine "she" rather than "it". But in this question I'm more concerned about why Root actually ...
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Why was there no secret identity or blindspot created for Detective Fusco?

When Samaritan goes online in Person of Interest, the Machine creates 7 secret identities and Root accquires 7 servers to make a blindspot to save people related to the Machine. Below are the seven ...
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Why does John Reese mostly wear a suit

I understand that John Reese from Person of Interest was a CIA operative and FBI and CIA operatives wear suits. And CIA operatives are mostly shown wearing the same kind of suit. Still, he got famous ...
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How did Finch and Reese know that Hersh is going to poison Shaw

In Person of Interest Season 2 Episode 16 "Relevance", Hersh grabs Shaw from behind and injects her with poison and she collapses. Later, Carter and Fusco tell the officer on the scene that it was an ...
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Why doesn't the machine share the SSNs of important characters like Tyrell?

In Person of Interest season 1 episode 20 "Matsya Nyay", Kara gives a bad tip to Mark Snow to lure Mark and Tyrell to a hotel. There she kills Tyrell and kidnaps Agent Snow. This is a pre-planned ...
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Is the Joker mask used in the prank an homage to The Dark Knight?

In Person of Interest Season 1 episode 20, "Matsya Nyaya", John went undercover as a rookie under Tommy Clay. This episode is mostly themed about robbery and teammates killing each other. Like Tommy ...
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Why does Elias' younger version look more like Anthony rather than Elias?

In Season 1 Episode 19 "Flesh_and_Blood" of Person of Interest, we see Elias in flashback scenes. His style of standing, way of talking, hair style and face resembles Anthony (Elias' foster brother, ...
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Person of Interest S02E09: Paid in “half”?

In Person of Interest S02E09 "C.O.D.", a cab driver is paid for a getaway. The perp pays him $500 in cash, tearing the bills in half and promising to hand over the rest upon services rendered. Is this ...
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Finch's actions in Person of Interest S3E20

At the end of S3E20 ("Death Benefit"), and made clear in S3E21, Finch peaces out for a while. Why does he do this? He stated he'd be out if Reese killed the senator, but near the very end of that ...
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Why does Samaritan need permission to access the feeds?

At the end of season 3 of Person of Interest, we see how the new rival AI Samaritan needs access to the government feeds. Greer explicitly asks Senator Garrison for permission to access them in ...
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What stops government from turning off the feeds?

The two warring AIs in Person Of Interest rely on NSA government surveillance feeds for their ability to predict terrorist and criminal activity. Samaritan relies on the feeds to control and ...
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What is the significance of the password?

In Person Of Interest S05E12, the password to Ice-9 is Dashwood. What is its significance? Was this ever mentioned before in the series? Basically what is Dashwood?
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How did Finch's cover identity get blown?

In Person of Interest, in "The Day The World Went Away", Finch's cover identity is exposed after he visited a cafe he brought Grace to. How did Samaritan establish the link between Professor Whistler ...
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Can Samaritan really find The Machine with this method?

I am trying to understand why Samaritan runs the simulation in Person Of Interest Season 5 Episode 4 as it does. From here on forwards Finch, Reese and Root will be referred to as "FRR". We see "X" ...
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A main character with no screen time in one episode!

I noticed that in some TV shows, there is this one episode where they don't show one of the main actors, like he was never there to begin with. An example of this is in Person of Interest, in the ...
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Why does the Machine remember everything?

In S05E02 of Person of Interest we saw that the Machine remembers 42 removals. But we know from previous seasons that all data was deleted at midnight. Is there any explanation for this?
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What is the significance of “6,741”, the title of an upcoming episode in the fifth season of Person of Interest?

According to this Wikia article Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman mentioned that their favouite episode of Person of Interest is the upcoming season 5's 4th episode named "6,741". Is there any hidden ...
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Why do some characters call the Machine “she”?

On Person of Interest, most people on Team Machine refer to it as "she". To me, that's sort of clear for Root, not so clear for Finch and even less clear for others. Why do they do that? P.S. I don't ...
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Why does John Reese always speak with such a low voice volume?

I've been watching Person of Interest and couldn't help but notice how quiet John's voice is. So my question is: why? Is it to make the character appear more professional or something? Is the ...
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Why is Samaritan smarter than the Machine?

I am watching Person of Interest season 4, episode 10 -- The Cold War, where Samaritan beat the Machine. Why can Samaritan do things that the Machine can't? Why must Finch, Root, Reese, Shaw and ...
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What servers does Samaritan run on?

In Person of Interest, the Machine is shown to be running on a on IFT Sabre Blade 2437 servers which are renamed Dell PowerEdge SC1425 servers. At the end of season 3 we can see server farms with ...
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What is meant by “I had to invent new rules”?

In Person of Interest episode YHWH (Season 4 finale), there is a heartbreaking dialogue between Finch and the machine, where the machine states I had to invent new rules. What exactly is meant by ...
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What deal does Finch make with H.R. In “Person of Interest”?

In Season 1 Episode 19 of "Person of Interest", Elias kidnaps Carter's son, so Finch goes to Officer Simmons, who is part of H.R., a group of corrupt cops who are working with Elias at the time. The ...
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Who was the caller in the episode “Last Call” (S03E15)

In the Person of Interest episode S03E15, the POI was Sandra Nicholson, who works in a 911-dial in station. She was forced by a caller to delete calls from a certain date from the server. At the end ...
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Why was there a POI mismatch in Episode S01E05?

In Person of Interest Episode E01E05, Reese and Finch did observe judge Sam Gates at the beginning. However, the Person of Interest was his son, whose name is the same. How could that happen? As we ...
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Why hasn't Team Machine told Control who was really behind Vigilance?

In the finale of Season 3 of Person of Interest, it was revealed to Team Machine and to the audience that Decima Technologies was behind Vigilance, and that they planned the bombing in the courtroom. ...
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Why does the mugger that Finch pays off react this way?

This is about the 2nd last scene in season 4 episode 6 of Person of Interest, where Finch is paying off the mugger. I understand why the mugger is agitated at Finch given the umbrella takedown, but ...
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S01E19: Why didn't Elias' men threaten the policemen's family?

In Person of interest episode S01E19, it is seen that Elias' men are following the families of police people of the HR group. It is suggested that they will threaten the families if they will not work ...
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Is Person of Interest sci-fi?

I've always classified Person of Interest as sci-fi, however most sites (such as wikipedia) never mention this and just call it crime and/or drama. My opinion is based on the following in-universe ...
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How could Harold Finch keep his fortune while faking his own death?

When his partner Nathan Ingram is killed with a bomb, Harold Finch decides to fake his own dead to protect him (and his fiancée). Despite he is presumed dead as well, he still owns a fortune and ...
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Why doesn't John use a silencer?

In the TV series Person of Interest (2011–2016), John Reese is a highly trained ex-CIA operative working with Harold, who is a billionaire. He can buy all kinds of weapons, as we can see in the series....
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What kind of surgery was operated on Root's ear in episode / (S03E17)

In S03E17 - / (/ is the name of episode) of Person of Interest, Root undergoes a surgery at an otolaryngologist. Did the device operated by the Decima guy impact so badly that it broke her ear (...
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Why is S03E14 titled “Provenance”?

What is the meaning behind the title "Provenance" of Person of Interest S03E14?
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Have Finch's back problems been explained?

In the present, Finch shows signs of significant spinal trauma. He has a severe limp and his neck and upper back are generally held very rigidly. He'll turn his whole torso, or sometimes even his ...