Finch frees himself from the carnival bracelet and breaks down the door into the next room to save the screaming woman. But he just finds Finch and an audiotape. Finch says that woman was killed by her husband in this room three years ago, so he's too late for that one. He can't save her, just like he can't save Jessica. "You were halfway around the world when she was killed." This enrages JC, and he pins Finch to the wall, asking what in the hell he knows about it. Finch says he left the government because they lied to him, but he never will. Finch thinks all JC's ever wanted to do was protect people. JC calms down and sits down. He looks at the recording, and knows it's an NSA or FISA recording, but he assumes Finch isn't government. Finch agrees, and says he can call him a concerned third party. He says JC couldn't have saved this woman, or his friend, but he could have if he'd known and that's what Finch is offering. He says it's not too late for Diane Hansen, so will JC help? It's time for the opening credits, so we'll have to wait out a commercial break to find out what he decides. I sure hope he chooses to help her, or this is going to be an awfully short-lived show.
Finch and JC are still together after the break, so he must have said yes. Phew. Finch takes JC to his lair, which is an old library that was bought by a bank that Finch controls. So, yes, he's very rich. Stopping murders is just his hobby. He can't afford janitorial service, though, judging by the books and pages scattered everywhere in this massive old building. Finch says the property technically doesn't exist, and JC says that Finch doesn't either; he did a little digging. Finch says he realizes there's a disparity between what they know about each other, but he wants JC to know he's a really private person. Finch gives JC his six fake IDs, credit cards, etc., "just like when you were at the agency." JC points out one difference: He knew then who was picking up the tab.
But he's noticed Finch's "list" now, which is just a green printout of Social Security numbers. But Finch has it pinned to a wall with strings branching out from each number to photos and articles. JC wants to know where he gets the numbers, but Finch says all that matters is that the next number is Diane Hansen's. He gives him a little background: She grew up in Detroit, and moved to New York after law school. She's single, and has a few enemies, since she's an assistant district attorney with the best conviction record in her department. Finch asks JC how he's going to do this. JC offers a slow way: cultivate a relationship, earn her trust. But, since this is only an hourlong show, Finch is more interested in the fast way. JC jumps into action: He breaks into her home and goes through her email, financial records, personal effects. He hacks into her cell phone so he can track her using GPS as long as it's charged with a signal. And he can use the microphone to record her conversations even if she's not on the phone. He sets up a wireless camera to watch her.