- Early in the pilot episode, Homeless Bum Reese is harassed by a group of lowlifes punks. He hands them their asses. Later, when he needs weapons, he tracks down the same punks to a gun deal, corrects their gun handling ("You're holding it sideways. That means you can't aim."), takes them all down in about 10 seconds with one of their own guns and simply gathers up what he needs from the pile of ordnance on the table. Their ringleader is left standing, dumbfounded. Reese tells him to get some safety training and leaves. And he never once raises his voice.
"Have a nice day."
- Reese then puts what came to be known as the "Plan B bag" to good use. He ambushes a SUV with a hostage in it by firing a tear gas canister dead on through the windscreen with his new projectile launcher, causing it to crash, then walking towards the car, he kneecaps a hostage taker with his new Weapon of Choice and finishes off the second man by hitting him in the face with the bag.
- Also from the Pilot episode; a handcuffed Reese escapes from the backseat of an unmarked NYPD cruiser by setting off a flashbang underneath the driver's seat, and then after the car wrecks he simply kicks out the back window, frees himself, and walks away... after stopping to shoot the Dirty Cop four times in the back. At point blank range. Not to worry though, he made sure that he was wearing a bullet proof vest first.
- Reese switches the recording the POI was using with one that exposed her criminal activities. She plays it in the middle of a packed court room preventing her from pulling off a Karma Houdini
- In "Ghost", the main bad guy is driving away after confirming with his hitman the location of the POI. Not to worry, Reese comes out of nowhere and ambushes the man's car with a dump truck.
- Harold may not be a former CIA agent, but when push comes to shove, he helped stall the hitman for some time with the creative use of a phone and lamp and was willing to take the bullet for the POI when they got cornered.
- In "Mission Creep", Reese is having a drink with the latest Person of Interest when two eavesdropping bankers interfere with their conversation and one tells Reese that returning soldiers should learn to adapt and he should use his head. Reese shows him just how he uses his head.
- In the climax of the episode, the main antagonist has sabotaged the submachineguns of his bank robbery crew and is leisurely murdering them with a silenced pistol. He doesn't count on Reese packing a fully automatic Glock 18 machine pistol as a backup weapon however and is forced to flee when Reese lays down suppressing fire.
- Reese's confrontation with Andrew Benton at the end of "Cura Te Ipsum," combined with its No Ending conclusion.
"Maybe it's up to me to do what the good people can't. Or maybe there are no good people, only good decisions. . . . Andrew, help me make a good decision."
- The Car Trunk of Doom in "Judgement", where Reese interrogates a suspect by tying him up, dumping him in the trunk of a car, and then going for a joy-ride. It works, too.
"The longest it's ever taken me to break someone is 16 hours. You don't look like you're gonna set a record."
- Mr. Finch confronting Keller at the end of "The Fix" reminds us that he is, in his own way, just as dangerous as Mr. Reese.
Finch: "I know that the only thing you do care about is money. So that's what I'm going to take from you. Your money. All of it."
- In the same episode, Reese has a fantastic Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
- "Witness": the reveal of the Magnificent Bastard Carl Elias When the Yogorovs finally inform Carter and John who they were actually looking for, Charlie Burton, the meek, Deadpan Snarker school teacher transforms into a professional and pragmatic criminal mastermind, utterly catching John off guard with a Dramatic Gun Cock After forcing John to tie himself to the rail, he kneecaps one of the Yogorovs, calmly walks off the east river ferry where his bodyguard who knocked out Fusco is waiting and to the tune of the Awesome Music "Sinnerman" casually strolls off to his SUV which zooms away by the time Harold arrives.
- Later he has a lone gunman break into the Yogorov offices and double tap the patriarch of the family, forcing the Russian Mafia to cede control of Brighton Beach, the place where Carl's father used to run before being arrested
- Carter demands that Finch explain what he and his partner are doing. Finch gives Carter a number (A man who lost his job, home, and family, and holds a grudge against the banker who foreclosed on him). Within seconds of Carter figuring out what will happen and taking down the PoI right before he can kill his target, she gets a call on her cell phone.
Finch: That, Detective Carter, is what we do.
- "Root Cause" Reese fights off a hired killer and knocks him out by ripping a public bathroom hand dryer out of a wall and slamming it on the man's skull.
- In the climax of "Risk", the POI gets even with the colleague that betrayed him and the Jerk Ass corrupt SEC official who both tried to have him murdered and caused his uncle and dozens of investors to lose their money by bankrupting them both completely with Finch's assistance.
- "Flesh And Blood" A young Elias, not yet the Magnificent Bastard crime lord is taken away to be executed by two enforcers. He fights back, takes control of the garotte one of his executioners is using and turns the tables on both of his would be killers.
Officer Simmons: What do you want?Finch: You need to get me the location of Detective Carter's son and call off any men you have working on Elias's behalf. HR severs its ties with Elias as of this moment.
- Finch, with nothing but words and a few photographs, walking up to one of the head cops in a corrupt cop ring on his own and manipulating him into stopping HR from working with Elias. This is where their conversation ends:
- Carter using each of the items in the Plan B bag in order to hold off the hit squads Elias has sent after the New York Dons.
- Reese rescuing Carter's kidnapped son has to be seen to be believed.
- One of the Smug Snake Dons who's secretly made a deal with Elias grabs Fusco's backup revolver and tries to force Carter and Fusco to let Elias into the safehouse. They gun him down in response
- Elias gets one in the end of "Flesh and Blood", he may have initially failed in his goal to kill off his targets but gets an excellent consolation prize when he has his Father and his half brother killed in a car bomb. The surviving Don later makes peace with Elias, and thus accomplishing his aim of taking control of New York's criminal underworld.
- "No Good Deed" Despite getting wiped out by Reese in the end, the ISA hit squad acquitted themselves very well in their mission to kill Henry Peck. When Reese is escaping with Peck in a cab, they set up a nearly successful ambush with their team sniper disabling the taxi cab by detonating the fuel tank with a single shot.
- "Firewall", Root's plan to capture Harold, become a POI, get into a situation where John and Harold are separated and take the latter hostage, utterly outwitting the normally Properly Paranoid Team Machine
- Finch hacking all the cell towers north of Canal Street and cutting off all cell communication except for the phones he chose, saving John and the POI from being incinerated by the sabotaged gas main the HR hit squad was trying to use to kill them and destroy the hotel floor they were on in the process.
- Halfway through "Firewall", after Fusco and Carter discover they were Working the Same Case, they come to the rescue, arresting all the HR guys on site.
- Later, when they're all chasing a car with some HR mooks who were able to get out of the parking garage, Reese tells Carter to slow down....and detonates the explosives that were kept in the HR vehicle beforehand killing the occupants of the car. The utterly shocked looks of Carter and Fusco who Didn't See That Coming make it even better.
- When Nathan Ingram first reveals the Machine to Alicia Corwin and Denton Weeks, he gives them the first number, and refuses to divulge the Machine's secrets. Weeks attempts leverage by threatening to renegotiate the contract... and Alicia tells him that Nathan is selling the Machine to the US government for one dollar.
- In "Contingency" a neo-Nazi threatens Reese with an Angry Guard Dog. Reese recognizes that it is a highly trained military dog and he worked with this type of guard dog before. He also knows that there are only three people in the world who train these dogs for the US military and they all train the dogs to obey commands in Dutch. Reese shouts a few commands in Dutch, the dog lies down and a few minutes later the neo-Nazi is flying out a window.
- Becomes a CMoH when Reese basically adopts the dog.
- The 'negotiation' with the Machine in "The Contingency," when Reese basically blackmails it into helping him. It has actually been compared to a staring contest between two Mack trucks. The part that makes it really awesome? Reese wins.
- Reese managing to track down Root is a very impressive feat considering how skilled the woman is with computers, specially considering Reese had to act on his own, without Finch's help.
- Finch gets one for quickly getting John's attention in the train station and bravely jumping on Root's arm, causing her to miss when she attempts to shoot a bystander, and he does all this after Root pumped him with a sedative.
- Fusco tracks down villain-of-the-week Monty and goes Big Damn Heroes on his ass, saving the girl from a certain death. Monty recovers, puts him at gunpoint and mocks his bad shape "You think you can outrun me?", Fusco stares and answers with a smile "Lemme mull that over for a second." Cue Reese hitting him with a car and Fusco taunting back "Yep, pretty sure I can outrun you." Very impressive for the resident Butt Monkey.
- "Give me three and a half minutes..." "There are at least ten guys in there!" "Alright...Four minutes."
- "I'm not here for the money."
- "She's not hidin'." *BANG*. Fusco is starting to rack up quite a few of these.
- In that same episode, Reese eliminates an assassin with the creative use of a nail gun.
- Finch hacks into the POI's electronically controlled prosthetic arm and manipulates it into leaving a GPS trail so they can track him. Added bonus points for doing it while riding on the back of a speeding motorcycle.
- "2 Pi R"
"... Which means that contained within this string of decimals is every single other number. Your birth date, combination to your locker, your Social Security number. It's all in there somewhere. and if you convert these decimals into letters, you would have every word that ever existed in every possible combination. The first syllable you spoke as a baby, the name of your latest crush. Your entire life story from beginning to end. Everything we ever say or do... all of the world's infinite possibilities rest within this one simple circle. Now, what you do with that information... what it's good for... well, that would be up to you."
- Finch, posing as a substitute math teacher, explaining the number pi to a room full of bored high school students:
"Your mistakes, like mine, are part of who you are now. You can't move on from that. Believe me. I've made a sizable number. But... sometimes your mistakes can surprise you. My biggest mistake, for instance... brought me here. At exactly this moment when you might need some help." And the best part is that he succeeds. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming and Tear Jerker as Finch alludes to the events which separated him from his Only Friend and fiancée in the past, seeing himself in Caleb and not wanting him to make the same mistake like he did.
- And then later, when trying to convince Caleb not to kill himself to atone for getting his brother killed accidentally two years earlier, we get this gem:
- "Prisoner's Dilemma"
- Finch dressing up as a false correctionals officer, complete with menacing-looking tear gas grenade launcher, to prepare to get Reese out of Rikers. Also, working on the fly to out-flank and out-match Donnelly's determined search for "The Man in the Suit".
- Carter, interrogating one of the mercenaries and pushing his hot buttons just enough that he loses his temper and frames himself as "the Man in the Suit."
- Fusco, Dual Wielding pistols to save supermodel Karolína Kurková. He even gets a kiss and a "call me" for his trouble.
- "Dead Reckoning"
- "Booked Solid"
- Fusco taking out two highly trained killers in 3 seconds with a little misdirection and a few well placed hits.
- Reese punching the Smug Snake hotel manager in the face.
- Reese vs. Hersh.
- ISA agent Samantha Shaw gets lots of these over the course of the episode, but a standout is when she disarms a tactical team member, stuffs the man's flashbang grenade into his gas mask and sets it off, rides the man's body through the window down a two story drop, and then finally finishes the Mook off with her pistol. Reese gets his own offscreen moment during the same sequence when, immediately after being shot seven times in the body armor by Shaw's submachine gun, he immediately gets up and takes on a second tactical team to cover Shaw's escape. After Shaw gets outside we see her limping past two men that Reese had kneecapped on his way in.
- Also, Wilson (Shaw's immediate boss) gets one during the same sequence, he is being shot at by Shaw (quite possibly the most dangerous person in the entire series after Reese) and all he does is stand there chewing gum. In the following scene he appears not even slightly fazed by the whole thing.
- At the climax, Shaw finally meets with the special counsel and Wilson. She calls Wilson out on stupidly taking a Contract on the Hitman when other options were available to solve the problem and then resigns from the ISA in the most epic way possible by plugging Wilson in the chest and walks out with the Awesome Music "Future Starts Slow" kicking in.
- Proteus has Finch confronting a identity stealing-serial killer. Not So Stoic doesn't even begin to describe it.
Man: One day I'll stop when I find the person I'm meant to be.
- The POI in 'All In' gets one. When he goes in to gamble and win back the money he lost from being a money launderer, he uses very, very impressive sleight of hand moves to continually win at Baccarat till he earns the money back. He used the same trick on Finch to avoid answering his questions and give him the slip.
- "Trojan Horse": It seemed like just everything about this episode was made of awesome.
- For starters, Reese casually shoulder-checking the R&D boss to grab the USB stick for Finch. (Note: Finch was about to contrive a rather complicated plan to get the data on the stick until Reese announced he had a simpler way.)
- Samantha Shaw sneaking up on Reese. And then sneaking up on Finch!
- Reese had multiple moments of awesome, taking out three security mooks in rapid succession.
- "In Extremis": Reese literally serving up some Karmic Death to this episodes villain.
- Simmons is gob smacked when he finds Carter has moved Stills corpse, utterly wiping the smug grin on his face when he was about to get Fusco arrested for Stills murder.
- "Zero Day" features Reese and Shaw, side-by-side, opening a can of whupass upon some Decima Technolgies thugs. It's specially good when Reese ends up locked in a fist-fight with a Giant Mook at the end of the line.
- On the villains end, one must admire Greer for staying completely preoccupied as Reese and Shaw come blasting in. He even greets them politely, not even slightly threatened by the fact these two unstoppable former US Government Hitmen are pointing guns at his unarmed self and have every reason to gun him down.
- "God Mode":
- Reese and Shaw casually dispatching the "irrelevant" perpetrator at the wedding and protecting the "irrelevant" victim of the Russian mob, all the while being guided by The Machine.
- Earlier, at the pay phone, the Machine warns Reese where the Decima goons are coming from. Reese casually oneshots them. Yes, the Machine is calling out their positions, but it's still dark and Reese is using a pistol with just iron sights. And every single one of his bullets is an incapacitating shot.
- ...and if that's not awesome enough, he's left-handed, but he's shooting with his right (non-dominant) hand because he's holding the phone in his left.
- Root also gets a similar ability and is able to actually command the machine to customise hers.
"I always knew there was someone behind Ingram — like a black hole — invisible, but powerful."
- Root finding out Finch had set the machine free, causing the Smug Snake Manipulative Bastard to truly break down for the first time in the season.
- Finch having made the virus that Decima was using to try to take The Machine down, and subverting it. Finch knew that sooner or later someone would try to gain control of the machine and infect it with a virus... so what Finch is that he sent his own virus into the world, and built it so that it would allow the Machine to protect itself. That's right, Finch played Decima into vaccinating the Machine for him!
- Finch gets a grudgingly respectful description from none other than Special Counsel who has multiple hit squads and similar hacking technology at his beck and call that is pretty badass and shows what it looks like to be up against Finch.
I'm sorry, is this place closed?
- Reese's style of hostage negotiation leaves a team of Mexican Drug Cartel members in a fatal car crash and a consul official's son alive.
- Shaw's first job as a member of Team Machine. We think she's having some time out but when gunmen in black SUV's pull in front of the horse and carriage she's in with the POI, she pulls off an excellent Guns Akimbo, eliminating the Mooks before they can open fire.
- The POI's introductory scene, where he responds to a threat by calmly giving a play-by-play of the Bar Brawl that's about to ensue. Even Reese is impressed.
- Fusco disarming the bomb. Bear in mind, he's not trained in bomb disposal and yet with John's scant advice succeeds in defusing it, saving R.J.
- John casually strolling into the jewelery store during a Mexican Standoff.
If you're going to ambush somebody use a muzzle suppressor. Losers.In the arm, through a brick wall, in the dark. You're welcome.
- Shaw casually picking off Russians with the sniper rifle, while keeping up a barrage of one-liners, during the final confrontation:
- Root drives a hard bargain with her therapist. When he takes away the cellphone, she lays out several unsavoury facts she had no way of knowing in order to creep him out and prove that the machine is talking to her.
- "Nothing To Hide": Say what you want about Peter Collier, but his elegantly destructive scheme to destroy the POI is relatively admirable in it's execution.
- "Lady Killer":
- Shaw and Carter taking out the two hit men.
- Root, with The Machine's help, blasts her way through her mental asylum. The machine helps give her the correct mixture of pharmaceuticals she needs to put together a quick knockout gas, which she uses to eliminate the asylum's security. Then in a gigantic shoot out, Root successfully holds off Hersh, who was trying to kill her, getting the better of him, and escaping.
- Bonus awesomeness for reacting two seconds before Hersh stepped into the corridor catching him off guard and forcing him to go into cover and then shooting Hersh behind her back, relying on the Machine for aiming, qualifying for Crazy Awesome.
- "Reasonable Doubt":
"I'm in the business of stopping bad things from happening. I'm not sure what's about to happen here is a bad thing."
- Finch and Reese getting Bear to act for all the world like a sick dog so they could have a reason to be at their veterinarian's in time to save her. In a perfectly coordinated Curb-Stomp Battle, the team wipes out the criminals who were trying to rob the Veternarian. Bear acquits himself well, taking out the final hostile who was using the POI as a Human Shield.
- Fusco grabbing the letter opener from Shaw without a thought as to whether his own safety was at risk.
- A extremely fed up Reese lets the armed Asshole Victim POI and her husband to kill each other, placing a pistol on the table for the unarmed husband to grab. Led to by his beautiful quote:
- The icing on the cake is when Reese unties the mooring line of the POI's yacht, letting it drift away and walking off as two gunshots ring out.
Reese: Finch, you're not going to believe this. Shaw just got made by a ten year old''
- The ten year old POI who's an amateur expert in spying spots Shaw, the trained professional conducting surveillance on her. This gets a laugh from Reese.
Carter: You don't work for HR anymore, son. You work for me
- The ten year old PoI conducts her own amateur surveillance operation on a bunch of criminals and records hours of tapes outlining the criminal alliance between the Bratva and HR. Normally, something like this would be the crowning achievement of an FBI taskforce and she did it on her own using an old tape recorder.
- Carter delivers a superb "The Reason You Suck" Speech to her Bitch in Sheep's Clothing partner who she knew from the beginning was an HR mole, points out she's made sure his mission was a failure by feeding him mostly false information, kills his associate (who was trying to shoot her) with her partner's personal handgun, and blackmails him into serving her. The shocked look on his face as he realises the tables have been turned makes it all the more satisfying after he previously delivered a venomous Motive Rant.
Shaw: How much do you know about chemistry?
- Shaw interrogates the POI's drug-addled cousin Vadim, who's been neglectful of Gen and gave her up to the Russian Mafia, using the promise of more drugs to entice his cooperation. After getting what she wants, Shaw pours out some powder on the glass coffee table and hands Vadim a rolled-up dollar bill so he can get a snort—and then smashes his face into the coffee table, leaving him in a messy heap in the wreckage of his apartment.
- Finch and Shaw destroying a drug lab:
- Reese vs Simmons.
- Did you miss me?
- Shaw completely ignoring her injuries for most of the episode, and when she does finally treat them? She does so by raiding an ambulance, taking out Russian thugs, and then forcibly extracting the head Russian's blood. Then she calls Simmons and and forces him to put the girl on.
- "Mors Praematura"
- Root's entire scheme.
- Credit where credit is due, Root was just following orders (admittedly with her usual flair). The entire plan was the Machine herself being The Chessmaster.
- The Machine also gets points for becoming exponentially better at her predictions. Almost a day before it went down, she predicted Collier and Vigilance would snatch the POI and assassinate his hacker brother, so she arranged for Root to be turned in to the CIA, arranged an escape route and new life for the hacker, alerted Team Machine to the POI, prompted Root to put aside a backup gun... The Machine is showing the makings of becoming an excellent schemer. And it was almost elegant the way it arranged to take care of Collier's group from two directions - and so while Collier was so focused on Reese, he didn't see Shaw and Root coming.
- The ambush itself was full of awesome. Initially things go well for Vigilance with Collier using some exploding paint cans to crash the CIA prisoner transport. He's then able to pin down Reese with his gun while his men get to work hunting for their target. However, Reese begins to fight back while Root, who's broken out of the prisoner transport and packed her own machine pistol under a park bench recovers it and begins mowing down much of the Vigilance hit squad, even trading shots with Collier in slow motion when they go for the Sloan brothers. Later she gets cornered by the survivors of the Vigilance team but they notice she's beaming even when they have her dead to rights. Cue Shaw pulling a Big Damn Heroes moment and gunning them down from behind.
- Shaw makes a wielding torch out of Spaghetti and an oxygen bottle.
- Shaw's reaction to hearing her job with Root is done. She promptly punches Root in the jaw knocking her out.
- Finch's Shut Up, Hannibal! to Root, after she accuses him of going against the Machine's wishes by keeping her captive. He makes her doubt the Machine.
- Root's entire scheme.
- "The Perfect Mark"
- Carter pulling off her The Chessmaster act to brilliance. She conducts a complex series of false flag operations trying to start a war between the Russian Mafia and HR in order to get revenge for the events of Season 2, and it works! Leaving the head of HR in a floundering mess and the Yogorov family crying for blood.
- She gets Carl Elias to deliver her intelligence on the 38 HR members to the current head of the Yogorov family and he even cooks pasta for the man who has every reason to kill him and lives.
- The highlight of Carter's scheming is when using a sniper rifle she attacks Quinn in his office in broad daylight in order to goad him into making a mistake by making him believe the Russian Mafia is gunning for him And when he tries to have some Russian Mafia hitman executed she places a phone call to the FBI drastically compromising the security of HR.
- Carter sadly seemingly grips the Idiot Ball in the end and walks into an ambush when trying to legally arrest Quinn. But she even prepared for that eventuality and arranged for Harold to listen in on her confrontation with Quinn by hacking his cellphone allowing Reese to burst in at the right moment, intervene and extract Carter and Quinn leaving several HR officers kneecapped in their wake
- "The Crossing"
Simmons: From the size and shape of this key, I'd say it opens up a safe deposit box.Fusco: It's my locker at the Y. You're welcome to my dirty jock.
- "Lionel? It is going to be okay."
- Villainous one for Officer Patrick Simmons. He may not be an ex-CIA assassin but he gives Team Machine a serious run for their money with his strategic use of HR's resources and criminal contacts when hunting down Reese, Carter and Quinn.
- Fusco telling off Simmons et al:
- After being upstaged and repeatedly being treated as the resident Butt Monkey for most of Season 3, Fusco breaks out of his restraints and crushes the windpipe of the HR officer who was about to kill him and does so while severely beaten up and with broken fingers.
- Finch readily goes out into the field to recover Reese and with the smooth use of a taser and getting John arrested, he succeeds in saving Reese from the final HR officer gunning for him.
- Carter's operation to destroy HR actually succeeds and she even gets reappointed as a detective. But then things take a turn for the worse when Simmons ambushes her along with John.
- However, she actually steps in the way of several bullets aimed at John that would have killed him, and sacrifices her life in the process
- Even as she goes down Carter is still able to draw her Glock 19 and loose off one accurate round which hits Simmons
- "The Devil's Share"
John: You do what you say. So do I. I'm not gonna threaten to kill you. I'm going to kill you... whether you tell me or not. No bargaining. In three minutes... you're dead. I've killed many people. Never bothered me much. That's why I was good at it. I didn't like them suffering, though. Took me years to figure out how to do it quickly, painlessly. But if you don't tell me, I'm gonna forget all that, understand? And I'll make the last three minute of your life last forever.
- The entire opening, set to Johnny Cash's cover of Hurt. It is a phenomenal piece of cinematography, suceeding in conveying the emotions all the characters are going through, without any sound, just the pictures and the music.
- Despite their Tear Jerker nature, John's violent antics are pretty impressive especially since he's conducting them hours after being shot and is slowly bleeding to death.
- John's stone cold, bone-chilling speech to Quinn:
Fusco: Patrick Simmons, you're under arrest. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say...
- Fusco vs Simmons. It's not as one-sided as the beating Reese gave Simmons five episodes earlier, but Fusco wasn't nearly as well trained and was fighting with one hand in a cast, and still took him down.
- Arguably the most awesome part of the episode.
Fusco: That's just it. I could've been just like you, a bottom-feeder who turns on his own kind. For what? Money, power? I got lucky. I had a partner. She was good for me. For a lot of reasons. She reminded me that I could be good again too. I could be a good father, a good friend. A good cop. I'm not gonna let you undo all the good she did. Carter saved my life. She...she saved me from myself. Because she believed in me. And I'm not gonna throw that away on a piece of crap like you.
- His preceding speech is just as brilliant, if not entirely tear jerking:
Elias: Well, there remains a debt. Civilization rests on the principle that we treat our criminals better than they treated their victims. That we not stoop to their level. But you and I are outliers. We're not really a part of civilization. We're something... older. Which means, of course, that we can do the things that civilized people can't. I offered to kill you for Detective Carter many times, and she always said no. She was civilized to the very end. I don't think she liked me. But I liked her very much. And you killed her. So now I consider it my responsibility to fix the particular problem that is you, Officer Simmons.Simmons: You really think you're going to be the one to kill me?Elias: No. No, my friend is going to kill you. I'm just going to watch.
- Root utilises her "Analogue Interface" status to the fullest extent, disabling multiple Russian thugs with a epic use of Guns Akimbo and Improbable Aiming Skills, even impressing Shaw who despises her.
- Elias and Scarface take the time to deal with Simmons permanently when he's trapped on a hospital bed.
- Topped by the magnificent final conversation between Simmons and Elias:
- Fusco vs. Reese. Fusco is sick and tired of Reese's trip over the Despair Event Horizon when he starts spouting borderline nihilistic stuff about how nothing matters. So Fusco throws him out of the bar where he was drinking and fights him. Yes, Fusco gets the worse of it (there's that whole problem of fighting someone who's a better fighter than you), but the fact that he can still keep up with Reese just shows how Fusco has grown.
- Control's reveal. Elias would be proud.
Root: You're too late. The Machine's already talking. You're too old; older than forty. You can't hear sound above fifteen kilohertz... but I can. With the ear I've got left. My friend's been beeping Morse code at that frequency since you brought your phone in here. She's been talking to me the whole time, telling me about you. You're scared of me... even with all these guards watching. By the way, that one has a bum knee. You're so scared of me, that you hid a knife in your pocket. I couldn't reach it. Until you got close enough to cut me...
The Machine/Root: I don't belong to anyone anymore. You, however, are mine.
- After the fiasco in Season 2 Greer makes his triumphant return successfully screwing over Northern Lights, Vigilance and Team Machine while making off with the Samaritan Drives.
- Fusco continues his streak and delivers a borderline "Reason You Suck" Speech to Reese in jail.
- Hersh managing to take down Root.
- The Machine telling Control who's in charge, using Root as a translator.
- The Machine gets one for being able to manipulate Reese's flight schedule and alert him to a Po I, all without Finch's intervention.
- Reese's fight with the two assassins.
- The whole episode was a CMOA for Reese.
- Shaw unnerving the "Facilitator".
- Finch remote-controlling an entire jumbo jet, and landing it safely.
- "While I'm in Italy, I thought I would get fitted for a new suit."
- Jiao Lin cutting herself loose from her bonds while Finch was talking to her.
- Lionel Fusco being able to secure architectural drawings and plans, then smoothly maneuvering targets of the scam Harold wants to pull off just through normal, routine-seeming police procedures.
- And then Finch maneuvering the security company via hacks and some social engineering with Jiao's help.
- Reese doing his usual Dynamic Entry as a One-Man Army to rescue Jiao's daughter.
- "Last Call"
"Before you make a grave error of judgment, permit me to describe what I have in my hand. It's a severed electrical cable connected to this generator. Current is running through it at ten times the amperage required for electrocution. All I have to do is drop it in that water, and within three seconds, the muscles in your heart will fibrillate. Now, I'm not a violent man but not only have you tried to harm this young woman and an innocent child, you have shut down a 911 call center in one of the more dangerous cities in the country. So now there are two things that will keep me from ending your life right now. First, I want you to drop the gun. Second, I need to hear the sound of your voice."
- Finch's Let's Get Dangerous speech to the last assassin.
Fusco: Wrong edge. Wound was serrated, remember?Detective Kane: Suspect's guilty as hell, but we can't get his DNA without a warrant.
- Not quite as awesome, but definitely a levelling-up for Fusco: casually fielding numerous questions with some Awesomeness by Analysis
Fusco: Ever heard of dumpster diving, Kane?Detective Harrison: Tara Cooke, 29. Found by the East River yesterday morning. Head bashed in, wallet stolen. Mugging gone bad, right?
(after initially brushing off Harrison)
Fusco: See these bruises? Livor mortis. Happens when a body stays in one place, okay? Tara was found on her right side. These bruises are on the left. And look: forensics found industrial carpet fibers stuck in the wound. But she wasn't wrapped up in any carpet.
Harrison: (realization) Body was moved.
- Reese and Shaw working together to storm the place Aaron was being held - and than as Reese defuses the bomb, Shaw efficiently mops up.
Special Counsel: Our agent arrived and neutralised him, then proceeded to dispatch several others.
- The wounded Decima Technologies agent held captive by Reese and Kara decided to kill himself when he jumped out of the abandoned office floor rather than squealing out to them about his boss, Greer.
- Shaw shows up at the end of the episode to utterly demolish the Chinese team and kill Dillinger. If Finch had not managed to keep hidden, it's likely that she would have canceled the series before it even began.
- Finch recognizing the code of the machine and plotting the virus within a virus used by Decima on the fly.
- This entire episode was one for Root.
- Reese vs. Vigilance goons in Cyrus' apartment.
- Shaw is confronted by Collier and his Vigilance henchmen. Collier offers her a chance to join Vigilance, but Shaw turns him down saying that he's nothing more than a terrorist, and she kills terrorists.
- Greer once again gets everything he wants.
Fusco (after punching a evil UN officer): "Figure. Turns out diplomatic immunity doesn't stop you from bleedin'."
- Reese casually commandeering the truck that was supposed to deliver Omar to the airport, and casually shoving the other driver out the door before peeling out.
- Lionel Fusco is a mere NYPD Cop going up against French Legionnaires you'd think he'd be completely out of his league. You'd be wrong.
- And just before that:
- Root shows that she's learned a thing or two when Greer finds several ways to increasingly reduce the effectiveness of The Machine. She uses Bear to track the man down the old fashioned way via his scent and it works
- Credit also to Greer, who has a counter for every single plan Root uses. Yes, even Bear. He anticipated she would use Bear to track him, and so arranges to confront her with his men ready in a crossfire.
- "Most Likely To..."
- Reese delivering a beatdown on "Phil", who earlier mocked him about his swiftness of fighting speed. After clocking the man with a heavy can of hamburger beef, he says: "How's that for fast?"
- Shaw and Reese delivering an effective one-two punch on the last Vigilance assassin, with Shaw launching an improvised explosive at him, and Reese nailing the mook with his last bullet.
- Vigilance in general for this episode Even with the failure to kill Reese and Shaw, they managed to take out a POI at the start of the episode and acquire damning evidence of the existence of the Northern Lights Project
- Collier gets one by trying a more cunning approach in eliminating Northern Lights who decimated his people in a straight fight back in "Alethea". He sends the compromising documents about the project to the media creating a massive public scandal and forcing Control's superior to have her put the organization on a permanent hiatus.
- "Death Benefit"
Shaw: (Who has presented a detective shield) And you just happen to know she's here. ("she" being Grace)Maybank: I have a warrant. It's notarized.Shaw: That's a cute trick, but you ain't getting anywhere.Fusco: (walking up) Is there a problem, Detective? (beat) Lieutenant Fusco.Maybank: Special Agent Maybank.Fusco: Oh, of course. We were just about to question your suspect. I had a feeling she was tied to something bigger. Now, if you like, I can bring her to you in the interrogation room. (leads Maybank to a room) Right this way. It'll just be a second.Maybank: Thank you. (turns to notice Reese lurking behind the door)(Fusco, holding the doorknob on the other side, is wearing a huge grin as the subtitles indicate: "Blows thudding, man grunting".)
- "A little late for the flu shot" kicks off Reese and Shaw's excellent double-teaming of a Decima assassin to save Grace.
- Lionel Fusco, Samantha Shaw, and John Reese working as a well-oiled team to waylay Decima's mook masquerading as an FBI agent:
Grace: I don't know who you are or how this ends, but we're done here.
- Root Macguyvering an induction coil to overload the police station cameras, then setting off an explosion to hide the unmarked getaway car speeding away from the police station (and incidentally, Decima's sniper team).
- "If they harm her, in any way, kill them all".
- Grace gets one when she all but tells Greer to go screw himself when he implies that Harold lied to her.
- "A House Divided"
- Vigilance outplays everyone, including The Machine, and takes Finch, Greer and Control prisoner.
- "Deus Ex Machina"
Control: "As a sworn officer of the US government, I can neither confirm nor deny anything pertaining to this matter. And I will say the same damn thing to every other question until the moment you put that gun to my head and pull the trigger."
- Decima Technologies and John Greer get so many during this episode due to an epic Batman Gambit which leaves all their enemies dead or on the run and the company having achieved all its operational objectives.
- Firstly Greer turns the tables on Peter Collier who seemingly held all the cards, when his operatives arrive and kill most of Colliers men. Greer then reveals that Vigilance was created by Decima as a False Flag Operation, twists the knife by telling Collier he was the one who sent the mysterious text messages which caused Coller to become a terrorist and after a few more seconds of gloating, has Lambert, his subordinate, blow him away
- Secondly Decima conducts their own bombing, giving a pretext to have Samaritan implemented. As a result of this, they achieve substantial influence over American counter-terrorist efforts, are in a position to subvert the world's most powerful nation in a quest for world domination and now have the ability to eliminate any potential threats such as Team Machine
- Finally because of Decima's actions Team Machine is forced to evacuate the library, adopt new cover identities and split up, making it considerably difficult for them to oppose Decima
- Control gets one for being the only "defendant" who repeatedly lampshades what an absurdity the Kangaroo Court is, points out the rights that Vigilance must allow Finch to have, and then refuses to play along with Collier's show. All of which visibly upsets him.
Control: "Where were you when Flight 77 hit the Pentagon? Because I was inside it. I carried out the wounded. I covered up bodies. And I have spent every day since putting bullets in the people responsible, and in anyone else thinks they can do that to our country again. You wanna shoot me because I had to tap a few phone calls, read a few e-mails? Then, you go right ahead. But you better turn that gun on yourself next, Mr. Collier, because you have broken just as many laws, and the only difference is I didn't wrap myself up in the American flag, and try to convince people that I was a hero."
- She further demolishes Collier's attempts at portraying himself as a good guy by recounting her experience on 9/11 where she was nearly killed by the plane which demolished a portion of the Pentagon.
- And when Collier finally has enough and tries to kill her with his Shotgun, the look she gives essentially dares him to pull the trigger
- Hersh gets one for surviving several gunshots, and attempting to defuse the bomb Decima has set up. He may have failed but points for trying to the bitter end to do his job
- Special mention to the ending montage on how effectively it hammered home just how much Decima emerged the victor of the season Set to the tune of the Awesome Music Radiohead's "Exit Music For A Film", the montage cuts from Finch and Reese evacuating the library as Samaritan dispatches an NYPD ESU SWAT team to storm the building, the Vigilance group being subjected to The Purge by Decima assets and law enforcement, the members of Team Machine sharing final looks with each other as they depart to places unknown and as the music begins to swell, we get to see the full power of Samaritan unveiled, with it racking up "Deviants" to be terminated in the future. It then closes with the money shot of Greer strolling into the room and asking Samaritan for commands. Heartbreaking? Yes. A Downer Ending? Completely. But successfully capping off the biggest villainous Crowning Moment of Awesome of the season and driving home just how much our heroes have lost and showing that the game in Person Of Interest has been changed forever in an epic fashion? Absolutely.
- In it's own way, the entire Endgame Trilogy is an ode and love letter to the awesomeness that is Detective Jocelyn Carter, and how one person can change so much around them.
- Endgame: Every single one of her friends asks to come to her aid, knowing that she's deliberately inciting a war between the Russians and HR Including Finch, a brilliant but physically meek man, Reese, who could have been Batman in a former life. Shaw, who is at best is autistic, at worst a psychopath (psychopaths exhibit some emotions like anger and fear, sociopaths literally feel nothing). Fusco, former HR who is on their shit list brute force cop, and Elias, a mob boss. With some slight help from Shaw,supplies, and Elias, message delivery, that same cop starts and ends a war between the soldiers of the Russian Mob and HR, leaving only their heads, free, to use one the head of the Russian Mob to get the other the head of HR. All while planning ahead to have no casualties, by calling in the FBI to prevent the dirty cops from killing the Russian mobsters. Then that same cop has the intelligence to realize that she's playing on a field she'll never win, and she calls in her friend Finch and Reese for help with the wrap up.
- The Crossing: Joss and John have to make it from Queens to Manhattan and the Federal Building to turn in the head of HR. Every gang and free dirty cop on the street is out to get them except for of course, Elias's men. Fusco saves them from getting caught but gets captured himself. Shaw's his backup and Reese and Joss are alone, when John reveals that Joss saved him from himself in their first meeting by caring enough to ask him if he needed help as a returning veteran (and running his prints just in case) and for putting him in the system for Finch to find. John leaves his suicide bullet behind for her and gets the people on their tail chasing after them so she'll have a clear run to the building, even knowing he is this episode's number and Finch gets in on the action by coming after the both of them with a taser and his wits. Joss gets her man into custody the rest of the way by herself and gets reinstated. After replaying their first meeting, Joss springs "John Doe" and gives her own life to save his from Simmons because John is unarmed (his weapon wasn't registered so it was confiscated.) and without his vest, just after he tells her if he had to die, he hoped it would be with her, because for him, that's the best way to go out. He swears to look in on her son and her final thought, though not completely voiced is for John saying "Don't let this...(change you).
- The Devil's Share: After Joss's death you see Finch, Shaw, again autistic or psychopath, and Fusco openly mourning her. And then John gets up out of his hospital bed to rain down hell on the shooter, reverting to the CIA tactics of old John Reese, leaving people to die. And Shaw does the same, even though she has the emotional functions of hungry, angry, violent. Finch while wanting Simmons also wants John and he is slowly killing himself trying to avenge Joss's murder. Harold finally even lets Root in on the action because it's that important that he not lose anyone else to this war. John finds his way to the head of HR and is going to kill him but can't his gun failing on him due to lack of ammunition or his blood clogging the works. Root, Shaw, and Finch save John while mourning the loss of getting the killer, but there's still Fusco on the case, who has already admitted to killing someone in retaliation for a young cop's death. He finds Simmons puts a beatdown on him and then arrest him, professing that working with Joss made him a good cop again. She was the one thing standing in the way of him becoming exactly like Simmons. So he's going to take him down clean. Which leaves Elias, who won't even dirty his hands with the task of killing Simmons, he'll have his henchman do it while he watches because he liked Detective Carter
- Scorecard: Detective Jocelyn Carter
- Drove Reese to switch back to his CIA self.
- Made Fusco a better cop, father and person.
- Got Shaw, a person with serious emotional problems to help her as a friend, mourn and avenge her death
- Got Finch to see her as more than just an "asset" and release his worst nightmare, Root.
- Won the trust and respect of a very discerning mob boss, Elias who had kidnapped her son back in Season 1.
- Saved John Reese's life.
- Travelling the streets of New York being hunted by every dirty cop and almost every criminal in the city,
- Starting a fake war between two feuding allies so she could get them all arrested, destabilise the New York criminal underworld and take out the head of a corrupt organization who had rebuilt his organisation from the ground up and murdered the man she had loved and the mole who had decided to help her with her mission
- The Machine gets one for getting the heroes involved in the perfect case to get them back in the game and able to communicate without worrying about Samaritan listening in.
- The multi-pronged strike on the bad guys of the week. With Reese's new grenade launcher, sniper fire from Shaw and even a dump truck, courtesy of Marconi, Team Machine shows they're back in a big way
- The Machine finally convinces Harold to stop sulking. It does this by guiding Harold to the perfect base of operations by reminding him through purposely inserted spelling mistakes in his "thesis", of an old 1930s/1940s-era book about the then-extant New York subway and water system.
- Credit must be given to the POI of this episode, who solved Samaritan's code and was recruited by it as an asset.
- Reese performs a long distance kneecapping on a moving target from several meters away with no civilian casualties.
- When Harold chickens out of the rocket launcher sale Root salvages the situation by conducting a rapid mass kneecapping of several murderous Latvian mobsters. The best part is that the Machine apparently deduced this would happen with a fairly high degree of confidence.
- When Fusco's professional wingman, Andre, makes eyes at a girl who already has a date, the boyfriend in question attempts to attack Andre. Cue two punches from Fusco, dropping the jealous boyfriend.
- Followed up by Fusco's massive haymaker to take down the episodes villain.
Fusco: Nice to meet ya.
- The Reveal of Dominic's true identity.
- Fusco continues to build his impressive resume of Big Damn Heroes moments.
- Root versus Martine. Martine is in "God Mode" communicating directly with Samaritan for directions and where to aim, and Root relies on her own skill with guns, More Dakka (she takes four handguns), and the element of surprise with a gas grenade. A significant portion of the fight occurs with the two unable to even see each other, shooting through a roof and ceiling. While Martine gets the best of Root due to God Mode, Root is able to save the PoI by getting Samaritan confused between targeting her or him.
- Points to Rousseau in particular. She's the first Decima Technologies employee who lasted more than a second against a member of Team Machine, who in previous seasons tore through them like a blowtorch through butter. She also managed to match the normally omnipotent Root shot for shot, with only one gun and Root trying to stack the deck against her with four handguns and a gas grenade, and even manages to score two hits
- Root didn't do badly as well taking two bullets like a champ, and managing to confuse the hell out of Samaritan by successfully baiting it into being forced to prioritize between killing her or the POI.
- Going by the dates in the flashback scenes, Harold didn't just build the world's first true AI, he built the first forty-three true AIs... in three and a half months.
Dominic: A man is not a river. And you... are not a King.
- Armed with only a Glock 17, Reese holds off a hostile armed with one of the most sophisticated weapons in development a Barrett XM109.
- Finch, in full Guile Hero mode, fakes an Adorkable friendship and stages a robbery to implant spyware on the computer of an Unwitting Pawn of Samaritan.
- Scarface and his men coming to back up Reese and Fusco.
- Dominic very calm response to Elias comparing himself to a frozen river roaring back to life.
- Elias has an understated moment of awesome in setting up the meeting. Nobody knows who Dominic is - but Elias managed to identify him.
- "The Devil You Know"
Dominic: You think that changes anything? I've still won.Elias: *with a gun pointed at his head* Then why aren't you smiling?
- The trailers for the episode may have been Nightmare Fuel inducing but Shaw forces Martine to work hard in trying to kill her, instead of being a pushover. When the shooting starts, Sameen ducks, breaks out a FN-P90 submachine gun and when she comes up, forces the seemingly invulnerable Samaritan asset to dive for cover.
- Elias and Marconi throughout much of the episode. Both of them live up to their reputations and for much of the episode keep up with Reese.
- But the icing on the cake would have to be Scarface's Dying Moment of Awesome Having been caught by Link and his thugs and knowing that there is no way out for him, he gets his boss to provide a special code for a safe they're trying to access. Unfortunately for the Brotherhood gunmen, Elias provides them the code which activates a hidden explosive instead of opening the safe, killing Marconi, but taking them down in the ensuring blast.
- Lieutenant Fusco continues to prove he's New York's finest by successfully stonewalling and hoodwinking Martine Rousseau
- After Elias gives them the wrong code to the safe and blows up the entire floor, Dominic is furious.
- "The Cold War"
- The whole episode could easily constitute as one for Samaritan.
- The sit down between the two machines. Never has been two people talking together been so highly effective since Pacino and De-Niro met for some coffee.
Martine: Last time I saw you was in a church. Should have prayed a little harder.Reese: I go to hell, I'm taking you with me.
- The Machine earns its Chessmaster credentials. Running almost a million scenarios in 13 seconds in an attempt to save all its assets. Not to mention prepairing a valid option to prevent the destruction of the global economy which Team Machine could use
- In scenario number 2, Lambert has to shoot Reese several times just to subdue him as the latter is clawing for the keyboard. As he lays dying however John reveals he swiped a hand grenade Lambert had brought along, producing a beautiful Oh, Crap expression as Reese disengages the pin and massacres part of the Decima squad.
- Reese and Martine exchange threats.
- Team Machine's chances of survival are at 1% and dropping. Then Shaw arrives and their odds start rapidly increasing. In a combined effort, Shaw lobs the suicide vest and slaughters almost all of Martine's hit-squad while those who survived the explosion get cut down in Shaw and Root's barrage.
- "Control Alt Delete"
Finch: You foolish woman. You don’t understand. You’re not in control of anything. You’re just a clean-up crew. You’re the janitor.Control: Speaking of janitors… here come a few now.Finch: You say that like we weren’t expecting them
- John and Root try their hand at vehicle interdiction by using their AT4 launcher on Control's SUV
- The ISA continue to prove that they are the Elite Mooks of the POI universe. A prime example is Devon keeping up with John in a fist-fight.
- John put up a good fight too. Even after being shot the previous episode, he effortlessly guns down 2 mooks who try to ambush him and comes out on top in his hand to hand against Devon.
- Finch's stone cold "Reason You Suck" Speech to Control. The sheer contempt in his voice is glorious.
Control: You think she's dead. You think Shaw is dead, and you don’t have the guts to tell them.
- Control briefly gets the upper hand on Finch during the interrogation.
Control: What's our source material on these backpack bombers?Travers: That Samaritan is never wrong.Control: *unamused* What's our source material on these backpack bombers?
- Control's refusal to buy to bullshit that Samaritan is selling, even at the start of the episode.
Look, I get it. After what happened to Shaw, you and Glasses are worried the same thing's gonna happen to me. And you know what? It might. And I'm fine with that. You don't get to decide what or who I'm willing to die for. I made my choice a long time ago. So stop shutting me out.
- Fusco, to Reese, demanding to be kept in the loop with Team Machine:
- The number of the week joins the select few of POIs who have been able to take care of themselves to some extent. Because she's an MMA fighter, she's able to active assist Reese with taking down the perpetrators for the episode, and at one point when she's kidnapped, doesn't miss a beat in knocking the living daylights out of her kidnappers.
- Reese as well. With a rapidly accelerating SUV heading towards him, he doesn't move and barely flinches as he fires his Glock, and with one bullet causes the SUV to crash.
- Fusco gets one too for taking down the Smug Snake villain of the week with a couple of well placed punches.
- Root's return. With a fanatic,smug Claire pointing a gun at Harold, she strolls in, kills Clarie's fellow Decima/Samaritan mooks with the two suppressed pistols she's using, and then after wiping the grin off Claire's face with a brief Pre-Mortem One-Liner, plugs her in the back.
- Bonus points for the pistol she used to shoot Claire being a Heckler and Koch USP Compact, a weapon which was Shaw's sidearm. Root probably acquired it as a subtle but deliberate Take That to all the Decima/Samaritan assets she will be using it against.
- Harold does a stone cold Shut Up, Hannibal! when Claire taunts him that he's not willing to kill people. It also plants a massive seed of doubt in her mind about Samaritan which Greer inadvertently causes to grow.
- Kudos to Harold for getting a tracking device right into Decima's base of operations. Pity Greer was way too Dangerously Genre Savvy for such a tactic however.
Reese: Finch, I think she just stole your watch.Harold: Well, that's okay. I stole her ring. She knows where to find me if she wants it back.
- At one point Harper decides to flee, only to be confronted with Fusco. He asks her to come with him, only for Harper to pull out a baton menacingly. Fusco just looks at her unimpressed and pulls out a tazer in response. Harper wisely folds.
- Harper parts ways with Finch and Reese. She gives Finch a hug and vanishes.
- Reese and Bounty Hunter Frankie Wells beat up a couple of mooks while handcuffed to each other and with a butcher shop counter between them.