The crime drama “Person of Interest” (CBS) can be seen each Tuesday evening at 10/9 p.m. Last night's episode on April 15, 2014 was called, “Death Benefit.” In the overnight TV ratings it garnered 10.65 million TV viewers overall. It reached 1.7 million TV viewers in the all important 18 to 49 adult demographic.
In that same time period at 10 p.m. “Chicago Fire” (NBC) grabbed 7.01 million TV viewers overall & 1.7 with adults. The season premiere of “Celebrity Wife Swap” (ABC) nabbed 3.14 million TV viewers overall & 1.0 with adults.
The government is watching you & there are cameras everywhere. “Death Benefit” opened with news reports about “northern lights” which was leaked to the public regarding surveillance of Americans. Root & Samantha are called to Alaska for a “person” number to protect. John & Harold are called to Washington DC, for their own number.
“Northern lights” is now out in the public & is being scrutinized. Another machine called “Samaritan” might go public. If it is controlled by the wrong person it could spell death for countless Americans. The new number is U.S. Congressman Roger McCourt. He is outspoken against government surveillance. Those groups who want to watch everyone with computer machines might want McCourt dead.
John goes undercover as a secret service agent to McCourt who works on behalf of his Illinois constituents. The group “vigilance” run by Collier were responsible for outing “northern lights.” They were forced to shut down for the moment by a US senator. The man who stole the computer chip from the machine wants to build another. He asks the senator for help.
Harold & John find out that McCourt had been having an affair with his blonde assistant. His wife knows all about her husband's other women. Harold traces the license plate of a black car which has been following McCourt. It appears that the “Samaritan” group might be going after Congressman McCourt.
Will another machine be created to watch Americans? Can Harold & John intervene before McCourt is killed? You can watch the full episode of “Death Benefit” at the official website of “Person of Interest.”