Welcome back to the second week in a row of a brand new episode of Person of Interest. It’s been a while. I didn’t think CBS remembered how to build momentum by showing new content on a regular, instead of sporadic, basis.
This week’s number is a young civil litigator who specializes in lost causes and trying to help ex-cons sue the state. She’s righteous and good but with a sketchier past, plus she’s a smoking hot Latina, so Reese goes into over identification/flirty mode and actually manages to chat her up like the tall, handsome well-dressed, middle-aged man he is instead of like he’s Jamie Foxx in The Soloist. But she’s the potential victim, and this is CBS not Skinemax, so everything is above-board.
Meanwhile, Carter continues her amoeba-like takeover of every role on the show, almost completely taking over Fusco’s role as Reese’s departmental stooge, but she never quite figures out that Reese barely respects Finch and his countless billions and will just do whatever he he wants, so she scolds him every time he commits a crime. Which is basically every waking hour for him, so good luck with that, Carter. Reese couldn’t give less of a shit about her disapproval, he just cheekily points out that she has the rules, not him. I might be able to get behind a Carter that’s just a front for Reese’s illegal activities. Now all he has to do is make the universal “blahblahblah” sign while she’s jabbering away at him.
Fusco, showing a lot of personal growth that goes completely unappreciated, is concerned about Carter basically acting like him for the last seven episodes and sneaking off to have clearly covert and/or illegal conversations with a tall, dark and creepy guy, and keeps calling Reese to tell him that she’s acting squirrelly. Reese, unable to tell when someone’s showing him loyalty, blows off Lionel until he needs him to do a job of which I do not approve.
And Finch gets preoccupied with a young man named Will. He bails Will out of jail after the young man gets caught in an illegal gambling sting, but their relationship is warm and Will doesn’t seem the type to make a habit out of petty vice crimes. Because he isn’t. He’s Ingram’s son, last seen in a fleeting image last episode, and he’s come back to New York for the first time since his father’s funeral. He’s back in the city to clean out and sell his father’s loft. Finch thinks he should go back to being a physician, but Will, a do-gooder just like his father, would rather be more hands on in his good works. Finch wants him to stay in NYC and they bond over Ingram but it’s clear that Finch has been leading a double-life most of his life because Will thinks Finch isn’t good with computers.
After finding the mother lode of Ingram’s journals and other assorted documents, Will eventually decides that he will stay in New York, if only to unravel what his father was doing for the last seven years of his life. This doesn’t seem to concern Finch as much as it should.
Despite my worst fears coming to fruition and Reese pulling Carter into the fold, this was a really good episode and they’re finding their footing with the characters. And like I said, if Reese keeps using Carter as his foil and to run interference, I can live with that. I do wish they’d go back to the great closing music, though. I miss playing Name that Tune. Full recap in a few days. Until then, you can catch up on the last recap here.
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