Welcome back from a very long hiatus and congratulations, Person of Interest, for having a super invested fan-base that named you Favorite New Drama at the People’s Choice Awards. It’s not renewal, but it’s a start.
On to this week’s episode and it’s Freaky Thursday when the guys trade places as Finch stashes Reese in a really swank apartment supposedly to recuperate but really to play Rear Window and spy on his apartment building full of neighbors because their latest number is the super, hence the episode title. But with Reese in a wheelchair/on crutches because of the leg and gut shot, he’s manning the computers while Finch takes to the streets. Neither man is particularly happy about this turn and whine about it to each other like they’re an old married couple. Complete with Finch actually using the phrase “Now you know how I feel,” and bringing Reese a donut pillow, which is the only thing other than getting hit on that seems to make Reese flinch. Shoot him in the gut, slam his head through a car window, but don’t hand him a donut pillow. Luckily, he brought his gun so he can still feel like a man.
Then they proceed to do what they do best: Make the wrong assumption, almost get the actual victim killed but save the day at the last moment, complete with a highly illogical fight sequence. I’m glad they screw up so regularly because it makes Reese’s occasional bouts of invincibility more believable because he isn’t really all that bright some times.
Carter’s still on her one-woman wrecking crew mission to take over the show by taking out one character at a time through her hammy, cheesy acting, this week Fusco. He’s relegated to just standing around feeding her exposition and answering the phone, while she seems to think that being NYPD is like having a golden ticket to bully around CIA operatives whom she just watched shoot a man in cold blood. But Mark Snow is a badger so he doesn’t give a shit about Carter. He’s just going to keep tailing her looking for Reese. Except, like a broken clock she manages to have one good idea and loses them, in time to go on a wild goose chase that Finch sends her on so he can bring her back around to send her to trail another number that popped up.
Speaking of wild goose chases, Finch knows that Snow and Co. didn’t really give up on Reese, since they’ve been staking out Carter’s place on the off chance that Reese really is as crackheaded as they think and still trusts her (he is and he does) so Finch uses a good, old-fashioned decoy to get them off Reese’s trail.
But really, that was all prelude to Finch’s flashback where we learn how the Machine works but we already know that, except we do learn that the government is also only getting SSN’s to circumvent the whole right to privacy guaranteed in the fourth amendment, so they’re flying almost as blind as Finch and Reese are. Pretty sneaky, Finch. We also learn the names of two of the other six people who know about the Machine’s existence and one of them, Denton Weeks, is a person of interest…as is Nathan Ingram, Finch’s partner. Dun….DUN!!!!!
There was a lot of humor in this episode and I don’t think I’ll ever hear the word cushion again without laughing uncontrollably. Full recap should be up on Sunday. Until then, you can catch up on the last recap here.
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