Welcome to the last week of sweeps on Person of Interest. CBS actually decided to show four new episodes over four weeks, so hope you enjoyed it…March Madness is coming.
This week’s number is a Wall Street punk named Adam Saunders. At least that’s how he initially acts. But that might just be Nolan’s personal issue with bankers. Whatever Saunders’ damage is, he mocks his new client’s rep as being hair gel and a pin-striped suit but Reese takes umbrage because his suit is glen plaid. (Please note the caption under the picture of Reese handing Finch his Sencha green tea. First a prominent fireplug with Fusco in Wolf and Cub and now this? I’M ON TO YOU, JONAH NOLAN. Now call Finch “Harold Booby.” And put Reese in the lovely lavender shirt more often.)
Saunders closes a big deal and is all Big Man with a Porsche who’s having an affair with one of his firm’s partners. The façade starts to crack when Reese follows him out to Queens where he initially acts like a Wall Street douchebag to some food truck guy…but it quickly warms up to affectionate shit-talking, the universal way for outer borough, working class Joes to say “I love you.” Food truck guy is Robert Sawalski and he’s Saunders uncle and legal guardian after Saunders’ mother died.
He wasn’t just visiting his uncle for character development, though. Saunders’ firm manages Uncle Bob’s money and he’s heavily invested in an MLP called TriTak. Saunders can’t figure out why. But he digs and digs and digs up too much which is what pinged the Machine and put him on the list as a potential victim. Reese manages to save him just in time and they’re off trying to figure out what’s the what.
After several creative attempts to take out Saunders, initially made to look like accidents then a frame job, rather than hole him up in one of Finch’s “many” safe houses, Reese takes Saunders to the safest place he can think of: The homeless encampment where he lived for four months. Sniff. He leaves Saunders and his $3000 suit with his friend Joan, who’ll look after him as long as he doesn’t take anything from her cart.
But there are a lot of threads woven into this case, so it takes a village to solve it, leaving Finch to break into Saunders apartment and do some groundwork before hacking away at his computer, Carter to snoop around the SEC, Saunders to speak in Wall Street jargon and Reese to strut around like a peacock with a big gun. The case eventually gets solved and the criminals get arrested…but something’s amiss. The staging of the accidents was too elaborate for a trader and an SEC investigator and Carter remembers two guys getting arrested but only one is in the station. The other mysteriously turned up dead.
She takes a moment to pose for a meaningful shot of her pondering the mystery…when she spies a familiar uniformed cop dropping a burner phone in the trash outside the station, pausing long enough to look up so we can all clap with glee. Carter rushes the phone over to Reese in time for him to place a call…but who’s on the other end? SQUEE!
Full recap in a few days. Until then, you can catch up on the last recap here.
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