- Title: Person of Interest – No Good Deed
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The latest number turns out to be a secretive and solitary analyst (Jacob Pitts), who works for an investment firm which is actually an undercover secret government SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) and NSA listening station. After asking the wrong questions he finds himself framed as a drug dealer, suspended from the NSA, his security clearance revoked, and an government trained assassin (Marc Menchaca) has been dispatched to finish the job.
What Peck has stumbled on and begun to question, without realizing it, is the existence of the Machine, which will in all likelihood get him killed. Without giving away his existence Reese (Jim Caviezel) has to find a way to keep the analyst safe from the government hit squad sent to silence him and keep him from learning more about the Machine which will only increase the danger to him and anyone else he comes in contact with.
Running for his life Peck gets himself arrestted with copies of the reports he stole from the NSA detailing hidden surveillance which leads him to uncover the full existence of the Machine. Luckily for Finch (Michael Emerson) it’s Detective Fusco (Kevin Chapman) and not Detective Carter (Taraji P. Henson) he unburdens his soul to. Knowing the only way to stop the man from looking is to give him the truth Finch does just that, but he may have just opened Pandora’s Box when Alicia Corwin (Elizabeth Marvel) overhears him admit he invented the Machine.
A strong episode that not only gives us a new kind of threat against a number but also Reese gets a glimpse into Finch’s past as he sees what the brain behind the machine gave up in order to keep the person (Carrie Preston) he loves more than anything safe from those who would kill to keep the Machine hidden.