All that was missing was POW! BANG! KABOOM! and it could have been an episode of Batman. Or maybe it was an alternate universe version of Terminator 2, the one where John Connor orders Arnold Schwarzenegger not to kill anyone, because PG-13 movies make more money than R-rates ones,but would make Arnold more of a Disabler than a Terminator, thereby rendering the movie’s title moot, except Robert Patrick and his snake face joined the cast so they’d have at least one Terminator. And James Cameron never makes any sense, anyway so why do I try to apply it?
Anyway, back to Person of Interest where Reese and Finch are dealing with the aftermath of last week’s hacking and Finch’s paranoia has multiplied exponentially so many times that it could power the entire city. He’s waving a laser pointer around the library, giving some credence to the theory that he has a cat hiding out somewhere, but the place is clean and Finch hands off a new number to Reese. Reese questions how Finch got the number when the system was disabled, but Finch waves the laser pointer at Reese, distracting him long enough to forget.
Number is a 14-year-old kid named
Astro who’s planning on killing Simon Cowell for being an asshole Darren McGrady whose older brother Travis was murdered. Darren’s both potential victim and perp because he’s 14 and kind of stupid as 14-year-olds are prone to being. Reese has his hands full trying to keep Darren safe and also from killing the guys who killed his brother, but it’s all just a ruse to make more ovaries explode as Jim Caviezel and his big, beautiful blue eyes bond with a child. He also gets rather intense and snappish to take care of everyone else who isn’t interested in him cuddling up with children and puppies and cups of warm cocoa.
Finch has more pressing matters because Will’s been snooping around his dad’s stuff and found a champagne cork and a napkin celebrating Day One of “Machine.” Will’s all “Golly, wonder what that means because the next day Dad sold something to the White House for a dollar. I think I’m going to call Alicia Corwin and see if she knows anything. What do you think Uncle Harold?” And Finch is all twitchy and nervous and pretending not to know anything about anything. Except that to Will, he’s Harold Wren, because we’re continuing the bird names. I want him to be Mr. Booby next.
Carter is further marginalized the more she’s brought into the loop, alternating between being dazzled by Caviezel’s pretty and inadvertently letting him steal her police car because she’s kind of dumb. Then she spends most of the episode sitting around the station singing Vikki Carr songs while waiting for Reese to call. She does manage to make an unintentional funny which convinces me that Jonah Nolan reads my recaps and is either writing in-jokes just for me, or taunting me with her idiocy. Or maybe I’m delusional.
Fusco’s back this week, yay, to play babysitter to Darren and exposit what he’s learned about Finch. He learned that Wren’s his earliest alias that can be traced, but it only goes back to 1976. He also managed to find yet another hilariously photoshopped photo of Finch and Ingram. This time Finch is still wearing those Sally Jesse Raphael glasses but at least Ingram isn’t wearing the Elmer Fudd hat. Then, most embarrassing of all, he managed to get his hands on Michael Emerson’s head shot from like 1982 and put it in his folder, just for shit and giggles. Most troublingly, this does not sit well with the Machine.
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