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* BetterThanSex: [[BigEater Shaw knows a steak joint in St. Louis]] where the filet is...well, this trope. [[LesYay Root says it sounds yummy]].

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* BetterThanSex: [[BigEater Shaw knows a steak joint in St. Louis]] where the filet fillet is...well, this trope. [[LesYay Root says it sounds yummy]].



* DidNotThinkThisThrough: Finch points out that handing surveillance over to Decima will only ensure the information is available to the highest bidder. [=McCourt=] is confident that the US Government will always be the highest bidder. It doesn't occur to him that Decima might have motives other than profit.



* EveryManHasHisPrice: Averted, even with a CorruptPolitician. Finch offers to match Decima's price, but [=McCourt=] isn't interested as he thinks the legislation is the best thing for the country. If he's making money off it too, that's just a fringe benefit.

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* EveryManHasHisPrice: EveryManHasHisPrice:
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Averted, even with a CorruptPolitician. CorruptPolitician. Finch offers to match Decima's price, but [=McCourt=] isn't interested as he thinks the legislation is the best thing for the country. country. If he's making money off it too, that's just a fringe benefit.



* TheHeart: Root of course thinks they should [[MachineWorship do what the Machine wants]]. The coldly pragmatic Shaw thinks it's entirely justified also. Reese doesn't trust the Machine but does trust Finch, so in the end it's his decision. However Finch refuses to countenance murder under any circumstances.

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* TheHeart: Root of course thinks they should [[MachineWorship do what the Machine wants]]. The coldly pragmatic Shaw thinks it's entirely justified also. also. Reese doesn't trust the Machine but does trust Finch, so in the end it's his decision. decision. However Finch refuses to countenance murder under any circumstances.


** Greer talks of removing obstacles, making it look like he's referring to Congressman [=McCourt=]. Turns out [=McCourt=] is in his pocket the whole time.

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** Greer talks of removing obstacles, making it look like he's referring to Congressman [=McCourt=]. Turns out [=McCourt=] is in his pocket the whole time.time, and the supposed Decima hit team is actually there to guard him from Team Machine.


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* EveryManHasHisPrice: Averted, even with a CorruptPolitician. Finch offers to match Decima's price, but [=McCourt=] isn't interested as he thinks the legislation is the best thing for the country. If he's making money off it too, that's just a fringe benefit.


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* TheHeart: Root of course thinks they should [[MachineWorship do what the Machine wants]]. The coldly pragmatic Shaw thinks it's entirely justified also. Reese doesn't trust the Machine but does trust Finch, so in the end it's his decision. However Finch refuses to countenance murder under any circumstances.


* RaceAgainstTheClock: Decima, who had Senator Garrison give them access to New York's feeds for 24 hours to find Finch.



* YouCantThwartStageOne: Or, rather, you can but you're too ethical to.
* [[YouHave48Hours You Have 24 Hours]]: Decima, who had Senator Garrison give them access to New York's feeds for 24 hours to find Finch.

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* YouCantThwartStageOne: Or, rather, you can but you're too ethical to.
* [[YouHave48Hours You Have 24 Hours]]: Decima, who had Senator Garrison give them access to New York's feeds for 24 hours to find Finch.
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* BigBrotherIsWatchingYou: Even when you ''are'' Big Brother! When Garrison denies playing a major role in Northern Lights, Greer smugly proves otherwise. "Surely you didn't think, in a world where you were surveilling everyone, that no-one was watching ''you?''

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* TheUnfettered: Samaritan has none of the restrictions that Finch built into the Machine.

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* {{Fanservice}}: [[GirlOnGirlIsHot Root and Shaw riding off on a motorbike together.]]

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich: And Shaw isn't happy about it, when Reese interrupts their meal because the Number has just turned up.


* BaitAndSwitch: Greer talks of removing obstacles, making it look like he's referring to Congressman [=McCourt=]. Turns out [=McCourt=] is in his pocket the whole time.

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* BaitAndSwitch: BaitAndSwitch:
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Greer talks of removing obstacles, making it look like he's referring to Congressman [=McCourt=]. Turns out [=McCourt=] is in his pocket the whole time.time.
** It looks like Reese has killed [=McCourt=], until he talks to Garrison on the phone.


* StealthHiBye: Finch pulls one of these at the end of the episode because he knows he's top priority for Decima to hunt down and thinks his friends will have a better chance without him.

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* StealthHiBye: Finch pulls one of these at the end of the episode because he knows he's top priority for Decima to hunt down and thinks his friends will have a better chance without him. Greer vanishes while Garrison is talking to [=McCourt=].


** The Machine, who knows that killing [=McCourt=] is the only option they have for stopping Samaritan but takes no action of its own and leaves the final decision to Finch; see IdiotBall below.
* IdiotBall: {{Subverted|Trope}} in hindsight. The Machine has Root blindly following every order, yet does not send her to take out [=McCourt=]. However, given what we learn about the Machine in season 4, this becomes more of a case of HonorBeforeReason: One of the core values Finch drilled into the Machine is that [[AllLovingHero every human life is valuable, period]]. People should be protected, not sacrificed for the greater good, [[AssholeVictim no matter how sleazy they may be]]. So it's not that killing [=McCourt=] did not occur to the Machine; rather, it was essentially asking Finch for permission to do so, spelling out the dilemma and all its details before it and leaving Team Machine to decide whether or not killing him to stop Samaritan would be justified.

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** The Machine, who knows that killing [=McCourt=] is the only option they have for stopping Samaritan but takes no action of its own and leaves the final decision to Finch; see IdiotBall below.
Finch.
* IdiotBall: {{Subverted|Trope}} in hindsight. IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: The Machine has Root blindly following every order, yet does not send her to take out [=McCourt=]. However, given what we learn about the Machine in season 4, this becomes more of a case of HonorBeforeReason: One [=McCourt=], as one of the core values Finch drilled into the Machine is that [[AllLovingHero every human life is valuable, period]].period. People should be protected, not sacrificed for the greater good, [[AssholeVictim no matter how sleazy they may be]]. So it's not that killing [=McCourt=] did not occur to the Machine; rather, it was Machine chooses to essentially asking ask Finch for permission to do so, kill [=McCourt=], spelling out the dilemma and all its details before it and leaving Team Machine to decide whether or not killing him to stop Samaritan would be justified.




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** And then there's this:
-->'''Reese''': Someone's trying to kill you.
-->'''[=McCourt=]''': Yeah, you.


* {{Cliffhanger}}: In Season 2, Greer pledged to "find Harold Finch and make him irrelevant". Now he is in a position to do both with the Samaritan beginning to compromise Finch's cover identities.




* {{Foreshadowing}}: In Season 2, Greer pledged to "find Harold Finch and make him irrelevant". Now he is in a position to do both with the Samaritan beginning to compromise Finch's cover identities.

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\n* {{Foreshadowing}}: In Season 2, Greer pledged to "find Harold Finch Reese points out that in the event of an attack on [=McCourt=], he'd be assigned Secret Service protection and make him irrelevant". Now he is in a position decides to do both with use this to get close to him, and this happens:
-->'''Finch''': No one's made an attempt on his life yet. The congressman doesn't even know
the Samaritan beginning to compromise Finch's cover identities.danger he's in.
-->''(Reese opens fire at [=McCourt=] from inside the car)''
-->'''Reese''': He knows now. Drive, Finch.


* LesYay: Root and Shaw on a motorbike and having drinks together.

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* LesYay: Root and Shaw on a motorbike and having drinks together.


* {{Fanservice}}: Root and Shaw [[LesYay on a motorbike together]].

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* {{Fanservice}}: Root and Shaw [[LesYay on a motorbike together]].


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* LesYay: Root and Shaw on a motorbike and having drinks together.


* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Reese asks how many lives have to be at stake for the Machine to order someone's death? Finch has never considered the question.

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Reese asks how many lives have to be at stake for the Machine to order someone's death? death, even if they were an {{asshole|Victim}}? Finch has never considered the question.question, and may very well have hoped he would never have to.



** In the BatmanColdOpen Team Machine protects a drug dealer who's being set up to be murdered by his partner. After knocking out both parties, they leave them for Fusco as a lengthy prison sentence will stop them from killing each other.
** Subverted with [=McCourt=]. As Finch points out he's just a corrupt, shallow politician, which doesn't justify his assassination.
* TheBadGuyWins: Decima got what it wanted and is now hunting down Team Machine starting with Harold.

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** In the BatmanColdOpen BatmanColdOpen, Team Machine protects a drug dealer who's being set up to be murdered by his partner. After knocking out both parties, they leave them for Fusco as a lengthy prison sentence will stop them from killing each other.
** Subverted with [=McCourt=]. As Finch points out out, he's just a corrupt, shallow politician, which doesn't justify his assassination.
* TheBadGuyWins: Decima got what it they wanted and is are now hunting down Team Machine Machine, starting with Harold.



* BetterThanSex: [[BigEater Shaw knows a steak joint in St Louis]] where the fillet is better than sex. [[LesYay Roots says it sounds yummy]].
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: In "4C", Finch said he wanted a human element kept in the Machine's decision process. So the Machine leaves to Finch the question of whether to kill [=McCourt=].

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* BetterThanSex: [[BigEater Shaw knows a steak joint in St St. Louis]] where the fillet is better than sex. filet is...well, this trope. [[LesYay Roots Root says it sounds yummy]].
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: In "4C", "[[Recap/PersonOfInterestS03E13 4C]]", Finch said he wanted a human element kept in the Machine's decision process. So the Machine leaves to Finch the question of whether to kill [=McCourt=].



* BoundAndGagged: [=McCourt=]

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* BoundAndGagged: [=McCourt=][=McCourt=], for a time.



* CallBack: To [[Recap/PersonOfInterestS01E01 the pilot]]. "People want to be protected, they just don't want to know how".
* CorruptPolitician: When Finch pressures [=McCourt=] with the threat of exposing his insider trading to the SEC, he drops his facade and reveals himself as a Decima asset who's been furthering the company's agenda.
** Subverted when Harold tries to bribe him. [=McCourt=] refuses, as he sees himself as just making money on the side while serving his country.

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* CallBack: To [[Recap/PersonOfInterestS01E01 the pilot]]. "People pilot]]:
-->''"People
want to be protected, they protected. They just don't want to know how".
how."''
* CorruptPolitician: When Finch pressures [=McCourt=] with the threat of exposing his insider trading to the SEC, he drops his facade and reveals himself as a Decima asset who's been furthering the company's agenda.
** Subverted
agenda. {{Subverted|Trope}} when Harold tries to bribe him. [=McCourt=] refuses, as he sees himself as just making money on the side while serving his country.



* DespairEventHorizon: The team unknowingly crosses it by not killing the congressman, as it was the team's single last chance of stopping Samaritan from coming online. Reese has figured this out but Harold still was not convinced that the situation was bleak enough.

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* DespairEventHorizon: The team unknowingly crosses it by not killing the congressman, as it was the team's single last chance of stopping Samaritan from coming online. Reese has figured this out but Harold is still was not convinced that the situation was bleak enough.



* EvilCounterpart / TheUnfettered: Samaritan to the Machine. It's even discussed by Team Machine - the Machine is a shield, designed to protect people. Samaritan is a sword; its interface literally says "Enter Target".

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* EvilCounterpart / TheUnfettered: EvilCounterpart[=/=]TheUnfettered: Samaritan to the Machine. It's even discussed by Team Machine - Machine: the Machine is a shield, designed to protect people. Samaritan is a sword; its interface literally says "Enter Target".



* HonorBeforeReason: Finch, who refuses to have the congressman executed.
* IdiotBall: The Machine has Root blindly following every order and somehow doesn't send her to take out [=McCourt=]. However, given what we learn about the Machine in season 4, it seems likely this is more an example of HonorBeforeReason: One of the core values Finch drilled into the Machine is that every human life is valuable, period. People should be protected, not sacrificed for the greater good. So it's not that using Root to kill [=McCourt=] didn't occur to the Machine - it's that it was essentially asking Finch for permission to do so.

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* HonorBeforeReason: TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: Shaw and Root's misadventures in Alaska and Miami.
* HonorBeforeReason:
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Finch, who refuses to have the congressman executed.
** The Machine, who knows that killing [=McCourt=] is the only option they have for stopping Samaritan but takes no action of its own and leaves the final decision to Finch; see IdiotBall below.
* IdiotBall: {{Subverted|Trope}} in hindsight. The Machine has Root blindly following every order and somehow doesn't order, yet does not send her to take out [=McCourt=]. However, given what we learn about the Machine in season 4, it seems likely this is becomes more an example of a case of HonorBeforeReason: One of the core values Finch drilled into the Machine is that [[AllLovingHero every human life is valuable, period. period]]. People should be protected, not sacrificed for the greater good. good, [[AssholeVictim no matter how sleazy they may be]]. So it's not that using Root to kill killing [=McCourt=] didn't did not occur to the Machine - it's that Machine; rather, it was essentially asking Finch for permission to do so.so, spelling out the dilemma and all its details before it and leaving Team Machine to decide whether or not killing him to stop Samaritan would be justified.



* TheKindnapper

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* TheKindnapperTheKindnapper: Reese.



* SneakyDeparture: Finch pulls one of these at the end of the episode because he knows he's top priority for Decima to hunt down and thinks his friends will have a better chance without him.



* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: Shaw and Root's misadventures in Alaska and Miami.

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* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: Shaw StealthHiBye: Finch pulls one of these at the end of the episode because he knows he's top priority for Decima to hunt down and Root's misadventures in Alaska and Miami.thinks his friends will have a better chance without him.

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