Last night's episode of “Person of Interest” was titled "One Percent." As a pickup basketball game is played in a schoolyard, with Reese looking on, a red-haired man is playing with all black players. He holds his own and even matches wits with the street talk as the game goes on. He then drives off in his fancy sports car. He is Logan Pierce, the newest "Person of Interest." He started a social networking site with just shy of a billion users. His partner in the venture does not want this young mogul to take the site public.
At the police station, Carter is following up on a case and has received an anonymous tip, as Fusco questions if she will check out the tip about two missing police officers.
At a black tie auction event, Reese is a wealthy billionaire who outbids Pierce for ten million dollars for Albert Einstein letters as he keeps an eye on Pierce. His competitor, who Pierce outbid for the letters was there with his wife. The competitor had founded a social networking site that waned when Pierce introduced his site. Pierce disappears with his rival's wife who slips away with the young phenom.
In a flashback to 2001, Harold is recalling the terrorist attacks and how he and Nathan Ingram can stop the guys who did this. As Pierce drops in at the local dry cleaners, Finch is behind the counter and switches his titanium credit card for one with a listening device.
In a staff meeting and a man who is suing them, he is apparently sleeping, then admits fault, and the plaintiff walks away happy; frustrating his staff. His own company is at odds with his behavior, and an advisor attempts to chastise him, gets in his car and takes off. As he reaches 50 miles per hour, the car has a mind of its own, and the brakes are rendered useless. As Reese attempts to keep up with him, he tells Finch that already knows someone hacked his car and frantically tries to remedy the problem.
Just before a massive collision, he stops, and as Reese attempts to open the car door, he spots Pierce getting in a cab. Reese tells Finch that he cannot protect someone who continues to evade him.
Back in his office, John punches the person who will not let him in to see Pierce. Reese tells Pierce that his life is in danger. He tells him that he can only protect him, if he lets John stick with him for the next 48 hours. Pierce agrees.
In a 2009 flashback, Finch is again with Nathan after Finch gave the machine away. They agreed that they would not play God. However, Nathan seems to be having second thoughts.
As Pierce and Reese are walking together, a colleague stops him to remind him of a party that evening, he tells them to make sure a space is reserved for John and mentions that they may enter a business partnership. Meanwhile, Finch finds out that a woman, capable of hacking skills is missing; she is a competitor of Pierce. John sees the news that Pierce is out as CEO of his own company. As Pierce salutes the decision with a large drink, he starts gasping for breath. Reese asks him if he is allergic to anything, and he tells him, naproxen. As pierce is going into anaphylactic shock, Reese puts a tube down his throat and saves his life.
When he comes down from the side effects, they get to know each other better, then Pierce goes to sleep. John meets with Finch and gives him the spiked bottle to have Carter check for fingerprints; Pierce appears and asks Finch who he is; and then tells him he already knows. He shows him the credit card Finch switched and then tells him exactly how he accessed the runaway car to stop it. He knows that the pair have no digital footprints and know more about them than they would like anyone to know. They reminded him that they saved his life twice, and he should not concern himself with their business.
Finch is very concerned with Bear's recent lethargic ways. He is not eating and does not want to take their walks.
In Pierce's safe house, a make-shift bar in a bomb shelter, his lawyer shows up just as Finch gets the news that it was he who spiked the drink, but although he is his only client, he plans to switch firms after the final blow is dealt to Pierce's business. He puts his finger in Reese's face, and finds out why it is not a good idea.
Then Pierce's friends join the party. Finch decides that if Pierce does not need his help, he is leaving and heads to the door.
As Carter is laying low in an interrogation room going over the evidence, she has about the two missing cops, Fusco comes in to talk to her. He wants to come clean about his reputation; she stops him to tell him that they are friends, and he said he has changed, but she is still a cop, and he should remember she cannot cover for his transgressions.
John tells Finch he will be home in about twelve hours to help the next person, but the machine gave out Pierce's name again. His credit card was just used at a hotel, and John rushes there.
He finds Emily, the person who was believed to be working against Pierce, who is really conspiring with him. He sent her away to complete the job that the two of them started; to destroy Pierce and his partner's own company. Pierce meets with his partner who tells him that it is over, as a group of hit men accost Pierce to take him down. Just before they throw him off a bridge, Pierce tells his partner that he did not want to destroy the competition the way he did. He was the ruthless one; not Pierce. As he drives off, the thugs are left to do away with Pierce, but John shows up to allay the situation.
The news of the day tells Finch that the partner was charged with trying to kill Pierce, and that Pierce is starting a new social media site with Emily Morton and his old rival, who was nearly put out of business by Pierce's company.
When John met with Pierce after he lost his car to his basketball friends, on a friendly wager, he gave Reese a token of his gratitude; the same watch he bragged about with all the bells, whistles and a hefty price tag. John gave the watch to Finch as they sat in the park watching Bear run with another dog. Finch smashed the watch and removed the GPS; then told Reese that Pierce was just curious enough to be dangerous, but no longer a "Person of Interest."
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