This week was super heavy on procedural and light on the back story although we do learn more about Reese’s relationship with Jessica as it moves five years into the future and allows Caviezel to look pretty with tears in his eyes.
The case of the week is Joey Durbin, a young military veteran who’s involved with a group of bank robbers. Reese and Finch are flummoxed as to why his number would come up since the robberies haven’t involved any murders and the list is only supposed to sort out violent crimes, so they determine that he’s the would-be victim. But it doesn’t matter why he’s on the list, he’s really there for Reese to over-identify with and become even creepier and stalkier. I do feel a bit of vindication when his futile attempts to blend in finally draw more attention to him.
Finch is in ultra-nerd mode drooling on his desk sneaking a nap in between looking at computer monitors and whispering sweet geekery in Reese’s ear. Until Reese has to lose his earpiece and Finch panics for his new boyfriend, because being a reclusive billionaire who lives in an abandoned library, while it can be very cinematic, is also kind of lonely and Reese is really pretty, so Finch goes out into the field to play hero.
Just when it looks like the case of the week is having its tidy ending, it doesn’t so now even the procedural aspect is extending into multiple episodes, which won’t make me any less obsessive as I pore over the details but the writers did seem to find their senses of humor and timing this episode, so that was good.
And lest you thought I forgot about Carter and her one-woman mission to bring down the NYPD in the police harassment case to end all police harassment cases since she’s tracking a man that the government clearly wants off the radar and she has no legal reason to investigae in the first place since she lifted his fingerprints when he was the victim (seriously, she’s a Keith Olbermann “Big Brother” Special Comment waiting to happen) she actually stumbles upon some footage of him, face down so it’s useless, but she does get to see that he doesn’t look like a bum anymore, which doesn’t help when he’s very clearly across the street from her and she still misses him. I’m beginning to think she’s not a very good cop.
Join me in a few days so we can pore over all the details together. Jonathan Nolan mentioned in an interview that they are including tidbits and clues sprinkled throughout the episodes, and I think I have a theory about some back story based on one of those clues from last week so let me know if you picked up any other clues and maybe we can figure their stories out.
To check out last week’s recap while you wait for this week, click here.