|Episode Overview||Summary||POI||Cast and Characters||Crew|
|← Season 4 Person of Interest — Season 5 (Flashbacks in parentheses)|
|501 “B.S.O.D.” (Finch)||506 “A More Perfect Union”||511 “Synecdoche”|
|502 “SNAFU” (The Machine)||507 “QSO”||512 “.exe” (Multiple simulations)|
|503 “Truth Be Told” (Reese)||508 “Reassortment”||513 “return 0” (The Machine)|
|504 “6,741”||509 “Sotto Voce”|
|505 “ShotSeeker”||510 “The Day the World Went Away”|
Origin of the Title
"Truth be told" is an expression one uses before admitting something they have previously hidden.
Main Plot Points
- Person of Interest: Alex Duncan is the brother of Paul Duncan, who was one of Reese's targets in Iraq.
- Alex steals government documents in an attempt to find out how his brother died.
- But truth be told Reese killed him.
- The CIA attempts to eliminate Alex Duncan for treason, because his brother Paul was involved in a joint operation between the Pentagon and the CIA to supply arms to our allies. But it was illegal to supply "stingers" as they might fall into enemy hands. ALex Duncan had inadvertently uncovered this covert illegal operation.
- Terence Beale, John Reese and Kara Stanton's CIA supervisor returns, and discovers that Reese is still alive.
- When drafting his official report on the incident, Beale leaves Reese out of it.
- Reese breaks it off with Iris.
They interrogate the suspect, Paul Duncan, and following the interrogation, John shoots him. It is later discovered that Duncan's suitcase contained a false bottom, meaning that Duncan had lied to Reese and Stanton.
- The code the Machine sends to Finch translates to Emily Dickinson's 1860 poem "Cocoon Above! Cocoon Below!". In the poem, the butterfly emerging from its cocoon serves as a metaphor for a change of form. One of Dickinson's most frequent themes was that of transformation (which is a change or metamorphosis, as Root suggests.) In this case, the cocoon-to-butterfly change comes after months of waiting.
Cocoon above! Cocoon below!
Stealthy Cocoon, why hide you so
What all the world suspect?
An hour, and gay on every tree
Your secret, perched in ecstasy
An hour in Chrysalis to pass,
Then gay above receding grass
A Butterfly to go!
A moment to interrogate,
Then wiser than a "Surrogate,"
The Universe to know!
- The scenes with Finch hacking the CIA on Times Square were filmed in August 2015. Writer Erik Mountain posted a behind-the-scenes picture of Michael Emerson filming a scene on Twitter.
Bloopers and Continuity Errors
- Reese meets Iris and her parents for lunch in a pirate-themed restaurant filmed at Brother Jimmy's BBQ on E 31st & Lexington. The same location was previously used in “RAM” for scenes where Daniel Casey meets Lambert posing as a government agent. It is one block away from the Library.
- Starting in “Nautilus”, the intro ID pattern was
ID.SEE/MMDD.YY, but it now follows a pattern of
ID.SEE/????.YY. (What does 0219 mean?)
- 'Beale' is a reference to Thomas J. Beale; the creator of the Beale Ciphers. The Beale Ciphers are a set of three cipher-texts which are supposed to lead to a hidden treasure. The last two cipher-texts haven't been solved till the present day.
- "I'm afraid there's still some... unfinished business we need to take care of." (Beale to Reese) "There always is." (Reese to Beale)
- "Yes. Our only option is to take risks. Big ones..." (Root)
- "You were always good at doing what needed to be done." (Beale to Reese)