Major spoilers of “Person of Interest” season 5 episode 10 up ahead. Continue reading at your own risk!
Since it’s the 100th episode of the show, the audience kind of figured it was going to be big. The creators did not disappoint, as they chose this episode to be the one initiating the ultimate showdown between the Machine and Samaritan.
‘Person of Interest’ Season 5 Episode 10 Recap
There has been enough fun and games so far this season, with the Machine coming back in limited capacity and sending Reese, Finch, Root and Fusco on various missions to observe “irrelevant” individuals.
However, with Samaritan gaining more power and control over the world, it was time the machine started focusing on relevant stuff for once. It finally does in this episode.
Finch commits a folly by blowing his cover as Professor Whistler. He mistakenly visits the same restaurant he and Grace frequented earlier in the past, which helped Samaritan match his identity with his old one then send operatives after him. Finch’s team immediately jumps into action to protect him, despite Finch’s incessant requests not to put themselves in danger because of him.
Before the scurrying and shooting, Finch is seen taking the decision to “close” the Machine, reports Entertainment Weekly. While Root advises Finch against this, Finch says he has already made up his mind about it. Root further confronts him by accusing him of never really trusting the Machine from the start.
“I know why you didn’t give her a name. You don’t name something you may have to kill,” says Root.
Finch replies, “I didn’t give the Machine a name because I imagined one day that it might wish to choose one for itself.”
As it turns out, Finch decided to lock all of them to grant the Machine autonomy it required so it could choose to act on its own, including the power to choose a name and voice of its own liking, reports Celeb Dirty Laundry. Immediately afterwards, the Machine calls in with a new number, which turns out to be Finch’s.
‘The Day The World Went Away’
Getting back to the issue of Finch’s protection, Elias decides to risk his life to keep the former safe, since Finch and his team had saved him in the past. He takes Finch to an abandoned meth lab in the High Rises, surrounded by his men, while the rest of the team stays to fight the Samaritan operatives. The operatives manage to find the safe house, too, and Elias gets killed trying to get Finch to safety.
Meanwhile, things turn lighthearted for a minute when Root tries flirting with Shaw. “Darling… you got a great shape!” teases Root, as a bemused Shaw replies, “I swear to god, you flirt at the most awful times.”
Elias’ death opens Finch’s eyes to how real the threat from Samaritan is. In order not to put anyone else’s life in danger because of his mistake, he decides to surrender then gets arrested by the police, which would allow Root to seek the medical help she needed.
Sitting in front of a detective at the police station, Finch is accused of a ton of crimes, all of which had been traced to his fingerprints. That is when something inside him snaps. He speaks directly to the CCTV camera present in the room and says he is done playing by the rules.
“So now I have to decide. Decide whether to let my friends die, to let hope die, to let the world be ground under your heel, all because I play by my rules. I am trying to decide. I am going to kill you. But I need to decide how far I am willing to go, how many of my own rules am I willing to break to get it done.”
The dramatic speech is followed by a call on the prison phone, which first sounded like Root calling Finch; it was actually the Machine calling him, using Root’s voice. It was later revealed that Root had succumbed to her injuries, leading to her death. The Machine had chosen her voice as her own.
Thanks to a fail-safe code inserted by Root into the Machine’s programming before Finch closed it, Finch was given the power to dictate it as he liked. As it turns out, Finch was not the victim after all. He was meant to be the perpetrator.
Game on, Samaritan!
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