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Air dateMarch 24, 2015

Running time44:00

Production code3J5418

Written byAshley Gable

Directed byHelen Shaver


ID(s) from IntroID.418/0324.15

Images (20)


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"Skip" is the 18th episode of season 4 and the 86th produced hour of Person of Interest. It originally aired on March 24, 2015.


Reese must protect a bounty hunter who refuses to let the potential threat to her life deter her from the relentless pursuit of her target. Also, Finch tries to set the plan he began in Hong Kong in motion.

Origin of the Title

To "skip" is to leave one's known place of residence in order to avoid responsibility for a debt or criminal act. Similar to bounty hunters, skip tracers are employed by a wider range of entities including debt collectors, repossession agencies, attorneys, private investigators, bail bond agencies, and process servers to locate the individual who skipped.

Main Plot Points

  • Person of Interest: Francesca (Frankie) Wells, a skip tracer searching for Ray Pratt, a small-time criminal who murdered her brother.
  • Later in the episode Beth Bridges, the mathematician developing a predictive algorithm designed for Samaritan, becomes a second person of interest when Root pursues her in order to protect Finch.
  • Reese learns that the Machine has made contact with Harper through encrypted texts sent by its human alias Ernest Thornhill.
  • Iris Campbell unexpectedly refers Reese to another therapist, and confesses that she had feelings for him. The two kiss.

Episode Notes

  • Beth Bridges is developing a predictive algorithm, an analysis tool designed to calculate the likelihood something will, or will not, happen. Such predictive analyses are used in a wide variety of applications, from college admission decisions (based on test scores, grades and other measures) to credit decisions, to sales and marketing, where such models predict what products a consumer will buy based on past purchases.
  • Chloryl-hydrate is a mild sedative; when mixed with ethanol, it forms a compound euphemistically known as "knock-out drops."

Production Notes

Whiteboard outline of 418

  • Writer Ashley Gable tweeted a picture of the whiteboard from which she built the episode outline. Gable noted that the plan was originally to have Zoe appear in the episode rather than Harper, thus the question CAN WE SAVE ZOE? at the end of the final act. The board also notes that Root has control of the Trojan Horse trigger, which was not seen in the actual broadcast.

Bloopers and Continuity Errors



  • Frankie refers to Reese (as Reilly) as "Crockett", a reference to Miami Vice detective Sonny Crockett.


  • "You're too important to me. I thought I could sacrifice everyone, I really did. Win some, lose some, right? It's for a good cause, but... But it turns out I can't lose you, Harold. Not you and Shaw." (Root, to Harold)
  • "It's okay if we're not friends anymore. You being alive is enough." (Root, to Harold)
  • "It was a brilliant plan Harold, the Trojan Horse, but it would've gotten professor Whistler killed." (Root, to Harold)