- Finch and Root. Every conversation of theirs in this episode is a Tear Jerker...
: You must be so lonely. How long has it been... since the Machine spoke to you
? There's no need to lie to me. When the Machine speaks, you seem so full of life, purpose... but lately you seem lost. You've been covering it for a long time. When you said your communication with the Machine was limited, you didn't say that it wasn't talking to you at all.
Root: If she talks, Samaritan would see. I get whispers. New cover identities, hidden in the static of a phone... A map, a message, encrypted in an infomercial... She was supposed to remake the world, now God's on the run. I have to keep going...
- Finch implies that Root might not make it, and Shaw just freezes.
- Many. But the biggest one first: Shaw pulls a Heroic Sacrifice and is shot by Martine mere moments after her Big Damn Kiss with Root. Root's emotions all pouring out at that moment and the Machine desperately trying to find a way to save her is what makes it even worse.
- Root. Seeing the chipper sociopath completely loosing it and having to be dragged back inside the elevator all the while screaming at the demise of the person she loves is heartbreaking. The slow motion camera drags the moment out with Amy Acker's expression perfectly shifting from confusion to shock, then realization and then hysteria.
- What makes it all the more heartbreaking? It's a repeat of the situation she witnessed in her childhood where her Only Friend died and she was completely powerless to stop it from occuring
- During Root's simulated Heroic Sacrifice, she calls Shaw. Christ, even Martine looked kind of sad.
Root: Hey sweetie. Busy?
Shaw: A little. Skip the verbal foreplay Root. Why are you calling?
Root: Can't a couple of gals take a break from work to catch up?
Shaw: I've been arrested and you're fighting an AI apocalypse. So no. We don't have time to catch up.
Root: Well, there's no need to be rude.
Shaw: I am not having this conversation right now.
Root: There's no time like present, Sameen. Why are you so afraid to talk about your feelings?
Shaw: Feelings? I'm a sociopath. I don't have feelings.
Root: And I'm a reformed killer for hire. We're perfect for each other.
Shaw: Root...if you and I were the last two people on the face of this planet-
Root: An increasingly plausible scenario given Samaritan's plans
Shaw: Fine. Maybe someday when Samaritan wipes everyone out, we can talk about it.
Root: You're saying "maybe someday"?
Shaw: Yeah. Sure Root. Maybe someday. Is that good enough for you?
*Cut to Martine and her men pointing their guns at Root*
Root: That's good enough for me.
"Control Alt Delete"
- Finch being fatally shot in the first simulation; with Root holding onto him as he dies, distraught at what's just happened. For a woman who originally kidnapped him and psychologically tortured him back in the simpler time that was season 2, it's a very moving moment to see how the two have bonded into unlikely friends. Then, the machine reveals, seconds after the gut punch of Finch dying, that it was all a simulation and Finch is very much alive. It's a tearjerker of relief...
- Reese being killed by Lambert in the second simulation. He pushes Lionel into another room, locks the door and is subsequently fatally wounded by Lambert. But not before he spouts one more badass observation and reveals a grenade he picked off of Lambert. He succumbs to his wounds and takes he whole room of Samaritan operatives with him.
- Reese taking a bullet for Finch in the reality.
- Reese came across as a Death Seeker for most of the episode.
- The whole episode is an expression of the Machine's desperation - running almost a million simulations in thirteen seconds to try and find something, anything, to save all of Team Machine. And then still managing to not predict everything by Shaw crawling through air vents and sacrificing herself to save the rest of the team, something which is exactly what the Machine was trying to avoid.
- Yasin Said. Samaritan frames him for terrorism and has all his friends killed. The poor bastard doesn't even sound surprised.
Control: I'm sure Tariq, Massoud and Osman were just harmless extremists who conned their way into the Unite States on student visas.
Yasin: No. They were my friends. Maybe they picked us because that's exactly what you'd expect.
Control: You think she's dead. You think Shaw's dead and you don't have the guts to tell them.
Root: I know she's alive, Harold.
Finch: Nothing would please me more.
Harold: I know. I miss her too.