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Air dateMarch 10, 2015

Running time43:50

Production code3J5417

Written byHillary Benefiel
Sabir Pirzada

Directed byChris Fisher

Viewers8.67 M

ID(s) from IntroID.417/0310.15

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"Karma" is the 17th episode of season 4, and the 85th produced hour of Person of Interest. It originally aired on March 10, 2015.


Reese and Finch try to protect a psychologist whose unorthodox methods for helping his patients find closure could cost him dearly. Meanwhile, flashbacks reveal Finch's fragile state in the days following the bombing that killed his best friend, Nathan Ingram.

Origin of the Title

Karma is the Asian religious principle that one's past actions influence one's future life. In more common usage, karma is the belief that we each get what is coming to us as a result of our previous acts.

Main Plot Points

The events in this episode are in Machine point of view.

  • Person of Interest:

Episode Notes

  • The flashbacks in the episode are connected to the flashbacks in the season 3 episode “The Devil's Share”, even though there is no chronologic order given. In “The Devil's ShareFinch states to his therapist "I've been thinking about doing something radical, as a tribute to [Nathan's] memory", while in this episode's flashbacks Finch comes after Alicia Corwin, blaming her for Nathan's death. Both flashbacks take place in 2010, after the ferry bombing.

Production Notes

Bloopers and Continuity Errors




  • "Vengeance will not bring closure. You should know that by now. It didn't for Carter, it didn't for Shaw." (Harold)
  • ”Developing new habits isn’t as easy as it sounds.”(John)
  • ”Talk to me John. If you ever want to be able to move on, you have to grieve.” (Iris) “I’m not sure I know how to do that.” (John)



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