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Matsya Nyaya




Air dateApril 26, 2012

Running time44:19

Production code2J6220

Written byRay Utarnachitt

Directed byKevin Bray


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After you've secured the package, you are to retire Agent Stanton.

— Mark Snow, to Reese

"Matsya Nyaya" is the 20th episode in season 1, and the 20th produced hour of Person of Interest. It originally aired on April 26, 2012.


The Machine's latest mark puts Reese undercover as part of an armored truck crew, a case that brings back memories of his last CIA mission and painful decisions he was forced to make.

Origin of the Title

The title of the episode "Matsya Nyaya" (IPA: /mət̪s̪jə/ /nja:jə/ Sanskrit: मत्स्य न्याय‬) is a reference to a concept in Hindu mythology as "Matsya Nyaya Pranali", whose literal translation is the "law of the fishes". In the West, it is known as "law of the jungle" or that the strong will eat the weaker to survive. With respect to Hinduism, it refers to the fact that "the big fish eats the little fish", which is the universal "law of nature".

Main Plot Points

  • Reese joins employees on an armored transport in expectations of a robbery.
  • The POI turns out to be the thief.
  • Kara is still alive, has killed Tyrell Evans and kidnapped Mark Snow.
  • The Laptop from Ordos, China is explained after it was hinted at in Blue Code..
  • Artie Lynch is killed by Fusco to protect Reese
  • Carter renews her alliance with Finch and Reese
  • HR is connected to the case


  • In 2010, the circumstance surrounding Kara's "death" and Reese's retirement are revealed and the Ordos laptop is explained.
  • Alicia Corwin's relationship with Mark Snow is revealed

Episode Notes

Production Notes

  • Starting with this episode, a modified title sequence is used. When Finch's narration refers to "a partner," Carter is shown shortly after Reese. When he talks about them being "hunted by the authorities," a clip featuring Mark Snow is shown.
  • According to casting calls, Ordos was filmed in the Rockaway Beach area.

Bloopers and Continuity Errors

  • The infrared chemlights Stanton uses as a beacon to mark the pickup zone are colored blue. IR chemlights emit no visible color.



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  • "Agent Snow, have a seat. We have some catching up to do." (Kara Stanton)
  • "In the end, we are all alone." (Jessica)
  • "Wait for me." (Reese to Jessica - This is what she wanted him to say at the airport in an earlier episode, when he was unable to do so.)
  • “You there, Finch?” -Reese “Always.” -Finch
  • ”It’s the rule of the fishes.” -Reese