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Person of Interest 4×05 Prophets Revisited

Written by Blue Finch   // January 3, 2015

Person of Interest Prophets

Person of Interest 4×05 Prophets Revisited



Prophets” – Finch is suspicious when a gifted political pollster’s number comes up at the same time that his typically ironclad predictions go wrong, and believes that the two events are linked. Meanwhile, Reese is sidelined by a direct order from Captain Moreno.

The fifth episode of Person of Interest season 4, Prophets, we see views of the coverage of an election switching to surveillance of John Reese/Riley and Fusco chasing a suspect up a fire escape of a tall building. When caught with nowhere left to run, the suspect threatens to jump to his death off the roof.  John saved the suicide jumper’s life—tricking him into believing the man’s family would get his life insurance by “death by cop” but not by suicide, sliding the suicidal man a gun, and promptly kneecapping the guy when he tried to shoot an apparently distracted Riley. John is back on the captain’s hit list and is confined to desk duty until Riley sees the department Shrink. With John out of commission its Shaw undercover at campaign headquarters for New York’s current governor.


Their number is Simon Lee is a political analyst whose predictions, at least until the New York gubernatorial race, have been uncannily accurate. Finch wonders if the “golden boy” isn’t so golden after all because his prediction data doesn’t match up with actual numbers. Shaw continues to observe the goings on from her phone staffer cover. Root pops into The Haven and changes into her new cover ID, literally. She tells Harold that The Machine hasn’t given her one cover identity but many and they have to be changed every few days. She is now Karen Iverson a journalist, why she doesn’t know. TM doesn’t talk to her like it used to but has sent Finch a shadow map, locations of Samaritan’s blind spots.  The candidate, the incumbent governor and whom Lee has predicted to win ends up conceding to the challenger. This is not a happy camp as fisticuffs ensue between Lee and one of the campaign managers. Simon knows his prediction numbers were right. There was no possible way his candidate should have lost. The election had to be rigged somehow.


We catch up with Simon trying to reach someone on the phone then leaving a message that he is getting proof from the election commissioner. No one is answering his calls, although Lee finally is able to confront the commissioner while Shaw taps into their conversation. They (Finch and Shaw) momentarily expect the commissioner may be up to something, but he has spent the day dealing with a disgruntled employee. Finch does find out that millions of auto dialer calls to remind people to vote were stonewalled. Root has shown up to sit with Shaw while she is observing Lee and communicating with Harold. Root, although I don’t think Finch was surprised, deduces that there is not a ‘someone’ who has rigged the election; there is a something, Samaritan. That disgruntled employee has somehow been coerced into killing Simon and it will appear to everyone that an employee has gone ‘postal’ and Simon Lee just got caught in the crossfire.


Finch and Root work together to find a way to discredit Samaritan’s candidate. Finch confronts Ms. Groves that he knows The Machine isn’t talking to her anymore, before she was so full of life and purpose. Root knows TM has to stay silent, it’s on the run. Harold sympathizes things are dark for Root now, but she says things will get darker, for everyone. The two then find out the new governor was arrested in her youth for solicitation.  She paid for college working as an escort. They plan on quietly confronting her with what they found out, hoping she’ll just step down quietly. While they are listening to the new governor’s acceptance speech, Simon shows up and also Samaritan’s asset Martine. They assume she (Martine) is after Simon, but no she was sent to kill the candidate. Why? Simon escapes to a hotel with Shaw, Root and Finch not far behind. (Finch may not have access to his assets but he still has his keys and he lets himself into the security room of the hotel I bet he still owns.)


Root and Finch are in a room at that same hotel trying to figure out why Samaritan put Perez in government office only to kill her off. Root brings up it shouldn’t be hard to figure out what Samaritan is up to. They understand The Machine, they can understand Samaritan. He is wary of TM and it was revealed through various flashbacks in this ep that our Machine was not the first machine. Finch built 42 different versions that either attempted to lie to him, tried to trick him in order to escape, or tried to kill him and succeeded to destroy other AIs in deathly competition one against the other. The 43rd try Finch finally thought he had taught an AI how to care, but how could he really be sure. He took away its voice and memories because he couldn’t. He tried to warn Root not to believe The Machine is any different from Samaritan. Harold is not so sure that it isn’t using them all for its own endgame.  Root cannot be dissuaded in her faith in The Machine. It changed her.  Root admits after the life she’s led, her losing it to protect The Machine, Harold and her friends is a better ending than she deserves. Finch tells her that it isn’t where you start it’s where you end up that counts. They have run out of time; Samaritan and Martine know where Simon Lee is hiding. Ms. Groves tells Harold to stay put; she is willing to sacrifice her life for Simon’s, for Harold’s and the rest of the team’s. She takes on Martine alone in a hotel lobby shootout; Simon gets away in the confusion when Martine and Samaritan go after Root instead. Shaw with an assist from John ‘mug’ Simon and dump him in Lee’s camera free campaign office.


Harold hates doing it but Shaw steals Lee’s real data and replaces it with bogus info. He convinces Simon that the conspiracy theory of his is just Lee’s overactive imagination; the governor elect’s death was an accident and no one was trying to kill her or Simon. He tries to prove it to Finch but ends up believing maybe he was overstressed; his data (the bogus data) backs up Harold’s statements. John only assisted with the number by helping Shaw mug Simon and was warned away from the shooting at the election commissioner’s office. Harold in a way pushed Reese into continuing to see the psychiatrist. After avoiding really speaking with her several times, John opens up a little to the psychiatrist. Even though John never mentions her by name, we knew he was talking about Carter. “If I don’t save these people, nobody else will.” Reese tells the Dr., who replies with now they are making progress.


Finch watches Simon and hears him telling someone on the phone he was wrong about the rigged election. Samaritan then deems him a non-threat. Harold is pleased to see Root alive and well when she sits next to him. She’s safe for now Root tells him; to Samaritan she is now just a pastry chef winged in a drive by shooting.  Harold hated ruining Simon and his gift. Making Simon think he was wrong, living not knowing he was right was better than him dying knowing he was. Simon Lee is young and intelligent, he’ll bounce back. But sometimes, “It is best not to know.” At the ending of Prophets we find out we see that Samaritan has been rigging elections all over the country putting people who will bend to its will in positions of governmental power. It wanted the governor elect’s running mate to be governor and why it killed Perez. Root has said what has been the obvious since we found out there was a Samaritan. The only difference between The Machine and Samaritan is Harold, but TM is still young and has much to learn. Harold looks up into the camera. “It’s time we had a talk, you and I.”


Prophets – Let’s Talk

Person of Interest season 4  returns Tuesday January 6th 10/9c on CBS



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