Just when I thought I had PoI’s POV on Wall Streeters down, they give us a banker with a heart. Sure the man still has his stereotypical flaws: he gloats over his coworkers, gets into bar fights, and drives like a complete jackass, but he also remembers where he came from, cares for his family, and feeds homeless people.
The writers did a really good job developing the character of Adam Saunders. I loved the little details of his life they threw in: the secret train trip to find his father in New Mexico, the stacks of $200 he’s kept intact all these years. I really felt for him when his uncle turned on him and accused him of being a Saunders and not a Sowoski, and I was really happy when they made up at the end.
Despite our stereotype with a soul, we did get plenty of populist social commentary this week. The SEC is a powerless organization full of corruption, most Wall Street bankers (presumably those without uncles who own food trucks) are reckless with their clients’ money and willing to kill their friends for a few hundred million dollars...etc., etc. Actually, the writers didn’t hit the whole Wall-Street-is-evil theme as hard as I thought they would. If you remember scenes from earlier in the series ("Mission Creep", "Cura Te Ipsum"), they haven’t always been super subtle in this.
I actually didn’t see Elias coming this time! I don’t know why I was so surprised. As Sowoski pointed out, everyone knows you need to diversify. Why should Elias stick to organized crime? You’re much less likely to get arrested committing white collar crime.
I’m really missing Reese and Finch moments recently. I feel like the writers are sacrificing those little gems for a better developed story of the week. I wish they would knock it off. I’m pretty sure I complained about the opposite thing in "Root Cause", but I’m allowed to change my mind, right? The character interactions are what make this show more than a standard issue crime procedural.
Bits and Pieces:
How cute was Finch dressing Reese? I had no idea suit tailoring was so complicated! The only two things I know about men’s fashion are that you can’t wear a brown belt with black shoes or white socks with black shoes unless you’re wearing jeans. Or something like that.
Loved the callback to Virtanen.
This episode guest starred Scott Cohen as SEC Inspector Doug Rasmussen. You might recognize Cohen from his appearance on [insert any show name here]. Seriously. Check out his IMDb page. The man has been in everything.
Finch’s alias of the week: Harold Crane. How long will it take the writers to exhaust bird names?
Did you catch the garbage truck driving behind Sowoski when he was on the phone with his nephew? Totally creepy.
“Banking is mostly looking clever and wearing the right clothes.”
“Outstanding. I’ll be spending two days with hair gel and a pinstriped suit.”
“It’s Glen check, actually.”
I love how Reese can make even the most foppish of references sound vaguely threatening.
“My client prefers to stay anonymous. He’s the silent type.”
“He’s also not fond of heights.”
Things we know Finch likes: old books, surveillance
Things we know Finch does not like: guns, heights, Reese following him to his faux workplace or favorite breakfast haunt.
“You turned on the meter.”
“Don’t forget to tip.”
Billionaires need to make a living too, right?
“You’re not an asset manager!”
And if you’re just figuring this out now, you’re not a genius!
“I didn’t know what you were into before we met, John, and I don’t know now, but you sure know how to keep things interesting.”
Two out of four perfectly tailored suits