Person Of Interest: Season 2 (2012 - 2013)


Season 2
Person Of Interest

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Smartly plotted and consistently thrilling, Person of Interest's second season delivers dazzlingly dramatic episodes that skillfully develop the show's overarching narrative.



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Air date: Sep 27, 2012

Reese is feeling at a loss with Finch having been kidnapped by Root aka Caroline Turing, the woman who the machine had identified as a person of interest, but who had set the machine up so that she could find Finch. Reese however does discover that Finch had set the machine up to use him as the contingency if anything were ever to happen to him, although it takes some deciphering on Reese's part to discover how the machine communicates the numbers.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2012

While Reese leaves his newly acquired dog, Bear, with Fusco who will continue to investigate Alicia Corwin's death in New York, Reese and Carter head to Bishop, Texas to follow a lead about Root, and hopefully a still alive Finch who also hopefully did not need to divulge how to access the machine to Root in order to stay alive.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2012

Finch's recent abduction and captivity by Root has affected his psyche, which may or may not be helped by adjusting to life with his new roommate. Despite Finch's problems, the machine still dispenses numbers, the latest being for twenty-one year old Sofia Campos, the daughter of Brazilian diplomat and aspiring Brazilian presidential candidate, Hector Campos.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2012

Reese and Finch are pretty certain that the person associated with the next number dispensed by the machine is going to be the perpetrator of the upcoming crime. He is mob enforcer Riley Cavanaugh, who works for a mid level gangster named George Massey. That is why they, but especially Finch, have mixed feelings when they learn that Riley is the intended target.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2012

Protecting the latest number that the machine dispenses will be difficult for Reese and Finch because of the large number of potential perpetrators of the crime due to the enemies she's acquired through her work. She is investigative New York Journal reporter Maxine Angelis, who has a bulldog mentality when it comes to getting the story. She is working on three stories concurrently, each which have its potential perpetrators.

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Air date: Nov 8, 2012

Reese is out of his element with their next number belonging to Graham Wyler, a seemingly straight laced family man who lives and owns his own small hardware store in suburban Far Rockaway, New York. Reese learns that surveillance in the residential suburbs is much different than it is in the city. That's why Finch sets up a cover for him as a suburban family man who moves in across the street from the Wylers.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2012

The latest number the machine dispenses belongs to heart surgeon, Dr. Madeleine Enright, known as the best in her field. That is why wealthy businessman Oliver Veldt chooses her for his heart surgery, which is kept secret from the public and for which the entire wing of the hospital is to be kept secure for his safety. Finch and Reese are certain that she is the intended target. But they quickly learn that she is the unwilling perpetrator.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2012

The machine unusually dispenses two numbers simultaneously belonging to husband and wife, Daniel and Sabrina Drake, who own their own small but lucrative publishing firm. Their marriage is despite their differing backgrounds, Sabrina who had a privileged upbringing, while Daniel grew up in working class Flatbush. Reese and Finch believe they are the intended targets, most specifically of Maryland militia leader Wade Huggins, on who their firm published an exposé. However, they eventually learn that the Drakes are not only the targets, but they are also the perpetrators, as each has contracted a hit on their spouse.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2012

Reese and Finch's next number may be their most difficult to date if only because there is not on the surface any clear indication who he may be a target of or who he may be targeting, and because of the large number of non-connected people he encounters every day. He is Fermin Ordoñez, who defected to the United States from Cuba as a major league prospect, leaving behind a wife and child in Cuba in search for this better life for them all eventually.

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Air date: Dec 13, 2012

Reese and Finch's latest number is twenty-six year old Abby Monroe, who they expect will be the target based on basic information they have about her. She is a past honor student having received a degree in engineering. She worked the past year for Homes for Our Returning Heroes, a military charity that supports returning veterans financially, that job Reese and Finch surmise in honor of her brother who was killed in Afghanistan.

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With Finch missing -- kidnapped in last season's finale cliffhanger -- Reese enlists Detectives Joss Carter and Lionel Fusco to join the search for his friend on the second season premiere. Will Reese and his team find Finch before its too late? Or will Finch's kidnapper learn of The Machine's location first? Who will be the next person of interest? Find out in these 22 riveting episodes of Season Two.


Brett Cullen
as Nathan Ingram
Boris McGiver
as Hersh
Jay O. Sanders
as Special Counsel
Brennan Brown
as Special Agent Donnelly
Carrie Preston
as Grace Hendricks
Al Sapienza
as Det. Terney
Ken Leung
as Leon Sung
Annie Parisse
as Kara Stanton
Sarah Shahi
as Samantha Shaw
Michael McGlone
as Det. Bill Szymanski
Cotter Smith
as Denton Weeks
Brian Hutchison
as SAIC Brian Moss
Alicia Witt
as Connie Wyler
Anthony Mangano
as Detective Kane
Morgan Spector
as Peter Yogorov
Elizabeth Marvel
as Alicia Corwin
Margo Martindale
as Barbara Russell
Luke MacFarlane
as Agent Alan Fahey
John Sharian
as Warden Hutchins
John Fiore
as Capt. Womack
Jimmi Simpson
as Logan Pierce
Becky Ann Baker
as Deputy Erica Schmidt
Sharon Leal
as Madeleine
Jonathan Tucker
as Riley Cavanaugh
Paloma Guzman
as Sofia Campos
Liza J. Bennett
as Annie Delaney
Hayley Treider
as Becky Hess
James Hanlon
as Det. James Stills
Allan Louis
as Det. Olson
Charlie Semine
as Justin Ogilvy
David Denman
as Graham Wyler
Mark Pellegrino
as Daniel Drake
Michael Irby
as Fermin Ordonez
Kevin Conway
as George Massey
Louis Vanaria
as Det. Azarello
Derek Wilson
as Dennis Cunningham
Derek Wilson
as Dennis Cunningham
Paul Schoeffler
as Ben Kamin
Gary Perez
as Hector Campos
Dennis Boutsikaris
as Dr. Richard Nelson
Emily Robinson
as Hanna Frey
Dominic Fumusa
as Chris Vaughn
Matt McTighe
as Eddie Massey
Francie Swift
as Sabrina Drake
Tim Bohn
as Conor
Julian Sands
as Alistair Wesley
Chandler Williams
as Jeremy Campbell
Mia Maestro
as Mira Dobrica/Brozi
James Andrew O'Conner
as Ethan Mattson
Natalie Kuhn
as Daniel's Assistant
Brooke Bloom
as Emily Morton
Tracie Thoms
as Monica Jacobs
Scott Aiello
as Det. Bowman
Nick Gehlfuss
as Jack Hughes
Victor Verhaeghe
as Daniel Burnside
Dennis Flanagan
as Victor Engquist
Kevin Loreque
as Trent Russell
Sam Freed
as Oliver Veldt
Andy Murray
as Charles Harris
Ned Eisenberg
as Det. Joseph Soriano
Bryce Pinkham
as Leland Rains
Ivana Shein
as Sabrina's Assistant
Timothy Sekk
as Kyle Moon
Isaiah Johnson
as Monty Spencer
Amir Darvish
as Aziz Mansoor
David Pittu
as Derek Fowler
Michael Elian
as Ahnaz Bekhti
Larry Bryggman
as Martin Baxter
Jeremy Kushnier
as Cody Grayson
Paul Juhn
as Richard Grant
Ron McLarty
as Lou Mitchell
Rick Gifford
as Agent Bogle
Matthew Humphreys
as Brandon Boyd
Mandy Siegfried
as Carly Moon
Michael Rispoli
as Dario Kazarian
Dan Bittner
as Jerome Eckert
Kevyn Morrow
as IAB Det. Ed Solis
Angela Lin
as Receptionist
Jeremiah Birkett
as Planning Office Manager
Stephen Schnetzer
as Tug Brantley
Thomas Kopache
as Borsalino Cap
Addison LeMay
as Bodyguard
Bridget McKevitt
as Cynthia Kamin
Gabrielle Miller
as Dr. Juliana De Matteo
John Ventimiglia
as Christopher Zambrano
Tony Plana
as JP Suarez
Jason Babinsky
as Uniform #1
Andrew Guilarte
as DOD Guard
Bill Cwikowski
as Fat Frank
Geoffrey Cantor
as Sebastian Alta
Susan Blackwell
as Principal Lawton
Cindy Katz
as Vicki Winter
Ann Elaine Markley
as Beautiful Woman
Tibor Feldman
as Sinclair Melbourne
Matthew Rauch
as Dr. Garrett Rossmore
Stivi Paskoski
as Eastern European Thug
Dori Legg
as Waitress
Asa Somers
as Networking Adviser
Opal Alladin
as Claudia Sugarman
Joe Paulik
as Broker
Fenton Lawless
as Bartender
Quincy Chad
as Bigfoot
Jennifer Van Dyck
as ADA Melinda Wright
Carter Gill
as Office Drone
Gilbert Cruz
as Security Manager
Frank Vlastnik
as House Manager
Douglas Taurel
as Uniform #2
Jacob Von Eichel
as Turtleneck
Mercedes Griffeth
as Samantha Groves
Caroline Strong
as CIA Agent
Jeremie Harris
as Agent Clark
Fajer Al-Kaisi
as AC Milan's Friend
Peter Friedman
as Lawrence Szilard
Reiko Aylesworth
as Agent Vickers
John Bedford Lloyd
as Philip Chapple
Edwin Cahill
as Tourist
Che Ayende
as Deputy
Mia Ellis
as ER Nurse
Jordan Baker
as Emily's Lawyer
Scott Jaeck
as Armand Cochran
Amy Morse
as Dealer
Tom Titone
as Dawson
Luis Moreno
as IAB Detective Ginsberg
Jeffrey Schecter
as Annoyed Executive
Jeremy Paschall
as Thug Sentry
Dominik Tiefenthaler
as Berlin Policeman
Lynda Gravatt
as Celia Beecher
Kevin Collins
as Landon Walker
Patrick Boll
as Security Agent #1
Robert Jimenez
as Grant's Lawyer
Jonathan Sale
as Beat Cop/Fleming
Ron Domingo
as Pharmacist
Oliver Solomon
as Security Guard
Royce Johnson
as Bike Messenger
Jamie Lynn Concepcion
as Female Receptionist
Con Horgan
as Bartender
Ted Koch
as Admin
Gregory Konow
as Officer #1
Richard Busser
as Strohm/Aryan Brother #1
Larisa Polonsky
as Irina Kapp
Rebecca Metz
as Young Barbara Russell
Lohrasp Kansara
as Gang Member
Mark Azarcon
as Korean Thug
Hadi Tabbal
as Translator
Liv Rooth
as Janet
Jamie Choi
as High Roller Dealer
Edgar Fox
as Aryan Brother #2
Mark DiConzo
as Uniform
J.P. Groeninger
as Shady Biker
Ed Setrakian
as Don Grifoni
Natalie Toro
as Cashier
Susan Cella
as Lady Driver
Tim Holmes
as Aryan Brother #3
Austin Durant
as SWAT Sergeant
Loudon Wainright
as Sheriff Landry
Marcelo Laygo
as Jorge Ordonez
Olivia Birkelund
as Laura Reese
David Fierro
as Stocky Guy
Bowman Wright
as Nigerian
Beth Laufer
as Blonde Woman
Harris Doran
as Pork Pie
Tom Galantich
as Businessman
Justin Patterson
as Motel Manager
Abdel Gonzalez
as PDE Driver
Max Antisell
as Young Reese
Veronica Cruz
as Maria Ordonez
Brad Heberlee
as Engineer
Jeff Woodman
as FBI Tech
Wesley Broulik
as Caretaker
Kirill Nikiforov
as Vadim Pushkov
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Critic Reviews for Person Of Interest Season 2

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

The show has evolved in all kinds of interesting ways.

Feb 22, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Emerson's mysterioso act never gets old, and for a guy best known for having played Jesus, Caviezel gives excellent beatdowns.

Sep 27, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

There was decidedly less Harold in this [season premiere] episode, but what we did see was pretty awesome.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Overall, the pace of this [finale] was quick and engaging, and they managed to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

["The Contingency"] is where the show finally goes balls-out science fictional and it's amazing, smart and riveting. Amazing.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

One thing that POI has been doing well since the beginning of its run was balancing standalone episodes with more arc heavy episodes.

Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…

While I enjoy the weekly person of interest, I also find the use of recurring characters on this show to be lots of fun.

Nov 30, 2018 | Full Review…

The great return of Person of Interest last night reminded me that this CBS drama knows who it is more than just about every other show out there.

Mar 26, 2017 | Full Review…

Season Two digs deeper into the government conspiracies, corrupt police officials, and a renegade activist and maverick genius (Amy Acker) who wants to set the master program free...

Oct 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Acker's Root is fun to watch, especially how she plans out her kills.

Sep 27, 2012 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

With it's great combination of action and drama, there's no shortage of excitement week to week.

Sep 27, 2012 | Rating: 4.3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Person Of Interest: Season 2

  • Sep 07, 2020
    The most touching series I have seen for many years. Sometimes naive/simplified, action filed plot never was boring and it has very serious philosophical and existential questions. Strongly advise to watch all five seasons.
  • Jul 26, 2020
    Season continues the strong story with new twists and an increased role for the great Amy Acker.
  • Nov 02, 2019
    6.7/10 — "Okay"/"Decent"/"Watchable"
  • Sep 20, 2019
    Just making the best series even better!
  • Aug 29, 2019
    "Season 2" departs from the thrilling originality of the first season and lowers itself to predictable twists and banal government conspiracy cliches. Most of the delight and thrill of discovering if the titular person of interest is victim or criminal is gone, and only brief bits of inspiration show through. We are introduced more to the background behind the government's involvement in the Machine, but instead of fulfilling a sense of ambition and anticipation, the story meanders pointlessly; does it matter, after a while, if the government's hitmen repeatedly fail to kill the heroes on every single occasion? Does it matter when dozens, if not hundreds, of hitmen are killed while the heroes are unscathed? How interesting are emotionless hitmen and conspiracies after 20 episodes? Much has been said about the ambitious plotlines involving the Machine. But what insights are we supposed to take away? Are we meant to be constantly awed by an A.I. we've known for a whole season is an A.I., or are we meant to be impressed by the idea of government surveillance? Now more than ever is the latter a common and often hackneyed concept, and the villains who form the corrupt government are gruff yes men with little personality other than to obey orders. Do they sound like villains that might be fun to watch? They get especially tedious when they spontaneously hijack long parts of the season with their dull and uninteresting plans. And meanwhile, the "irrelevant" numbers storylines, where Finch (Michael Emerson) and Reese save people the government considers inferior (sounds like a forced plot point to encourage sympathy, but anyway), are burdened with very obvious plot twists, along with redundant and overdone dialogue. In the process, all the irrelevant numbers plots consist of is constant investigation, occasional humor, and brawls with several hitmen. There's got to be a limit to the number of these guys; you would think Reese would have killed or captured all hitmen in the city by now, but "PoI" instead uses the cliche of the endless amount of bad guys. The general performances are consistent with their previous season's quality. Michael Emerson is good as the moralistic and solemn Finch, and Jim Caviezel's sardonic Reese displays a sense of fun in his missions. Sarah Shahi as team newcomer Sameen Shaw displays an appealing coldness and deadpan personality that helps her fit in. Amy Acker as the villainous and initially intimidating Root is reduced gradually to speeches and lectures, although I wonder if I'm on safe ground when I ask if Root is the first person to seriously worship a computer as a goddess? This season's just a dud. You want the bare minimum of action, comedy, and suspense, "Season 2" barely ranks below that mark in all honesty. In view of the show as a whole, I can only hope this outing is the outlier and not the example.
  • Oct 30, 2016
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  • Sep 26, 2016
    More complex long running stories, and exceptional back story, create fleshed out characters, and another great season
  • Jun 03, 2016
    The show improves further from season one as the characters develop, and storylines are increasingly well written (improving on the high standard set by season one) as the ever beautifully shot scenes of New York continue to stun viewers. Well worth a watch, and everything that comes after is spectacular
  • May 27, 2016
    The best show ever made
  • Apr 12, 2016
    A show that gets better and better the more it sheds its procedural stories.

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