Reese and Finch are alerted to Scott Powell, a dedicated family man and city construction project manager, who was laid off in the face of budget cuts advocated by Congressman Michael Delancey. They find he has secretly applied for a weapon permit and sending death threats to Delancey, and they conclude that Powell is planning to assassinate the Congressman. While Reese tries to intercept Powell, Finch realizes that the evidence against him has been planted, and they are unable to stop the real assassin from killing Delancey. Powell is arrested by the FBI in the face of overwhelming evidence, forcing Reese to help him escape. With the help of Zoe Morgan (last seen in "The Fix"), Finch identifies Peter Matheson—Delancey's business partner and chief of staff—as the man who hired the assassin and a hacker known as "Root" to kill Delancey and frame Powell, thereby covering up Matheson's corruption. Finch acquires a recording of a conversation between Matheson and the hacker, exonerating Powell. When Matheson is found dead, Root admits to Finch that she had him killed to tie up loose ends. Root acknowledges Finch, by name, as a worthy adversary.