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Air dateFebruary 23, 2012

Running time43:31

Production code2J6216

Written bySean Hennen

Directed byJeff T. Thomas


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Hello John. It's been a long time.

— Elias

"Risk" is the 16th episode in season 1, and the 16th produced hour of Person of Interest. It originally aired on February 23, 2012.


The Machine leads Reese and Finch to Wall Street when a sharp young trader at a major investment bank becomes embroiled in a multi-million dollar financial scam.

Origin of the Title

Risk is an investment term.

Main Plot Points

  • Reese goes undercover as John Rooney, asset manager, to invest $153,000,000 of Finch's money to flush out an SEC scam.
  • The POI is a young hot shot, high risk trader who finds himself in trouble when he starts investigating large investments into Tritak stock.
  • Saunders is framed for the murder of his boss, and Reese saves him from the killers.
  • Finch's wealth enables him to stabilize the stock value after a bill is passed in Congress that makes the stock value drop drastically.
  • Elias is revealed to have organized everything, planning to use the 300 million for his war against other criminal organizations

Episode Notes

  • This episode's side arc about Tritak and fracking for natural gas in New York state has some basis in real events. There have been attempts to pass a bill that would allow drilling in the Marcellus shale. The Utica shale as mentioned by Finch in the episode actually lies underneath the Marcellus shale and together they form the second largest reserve of natural gas on earth.

Production Notes

Bloopers and Continuity Errors

  • Master Limited Partnerships (MLP) are sold as units, not as shares.
  • When John and Adam stood by the barrel to make a fire, papers were thrown into it but the next second, before John started the fire, there was no paper at all.
  • The SEC memo from Doug Rasmussen about Adam is dated August 18, 2012 and is said to have been part of an investigation the previous year; this episode aired in February 2012.


  • "Down Boy" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs - played during the final sequence.


  • There are several real-life companies named Tritak, none of them being involved in natural gas processing.
  • In the season 3 episode "Provenance", Shaw saved a "big-time investment banker" named Warren Zimm from choking. This may be Sydney Baylor's partner in Baylor Zimm.
  • At the beginning of the episode, Keller is on trial for the murder of Dana Miller, which Reese and Finch investigated in the season 1 episode “The Fix”. Keller is found guilty and Virtanen Pharmaceuticals' stock crashes.
  • "John Rooney, Assets" is reintroduced when Reese tries to bluff his way into Decker North & Associates in “No Good Deed”.


  • "It's Glen check, actually."  (Reese)
  • "I was thinking. All of this was all too slick, too complicated. A stock broker and a finance cop couldn't pull this off, no. There was someone else behind the scenes. Someone who hired a team of assassins who knew a bill would pass in state government weeks before it did, someone who could use three hundred million to finance a personal war."  (Carter)
  • "Hello John. It's been a long time." (Elias)