Reese receives a mysterious code from the Machine via the pay phone. He cracks the code to yield the SSN of accountant Leon Tao . Reese rescues Tao, who stole money from a business he learned was a front for the Aryan Brotherhood.
Wanting to unearth Finch’s secrets, Reese watches him as he takes a call. But it’s just a new POI: Henry Peck , an NSA security analyst. Someone is after Peck for unwittingly discovering the existence of the Machine in a security report.
Reese gets the day off, ostensibly for his birthday. Finch goes to Carter for help, but then urges her to accompany agent Donnelly to New Rochelle, where Donnelly suspects Reese in the disappearance of a man after his wife died in a car accident.
When the Machine spits out five numbers, naming the Don of each of New York’s crime families, Reese and Finch suspect Elias is planning to eliminate his competition, and Carter wants them in protective custody.