This week, on Person of Interest, Zoe is mysterious, Reese is violent, Carter gets rejected by the FBI, and Finch buys a hotel on a whim. You know, same old same old. Caution: here be Alias spoilers. (Yes, Alias.)
I was very excited about this episode because of the presence of Mía Maestro (Alias). About halfway through the episode, I decided that my excitement over Nadia’s second (or is it third) return from the dead was ruining the episode for me. I kept expecting her to jump into gear and start kicking people. She did not. It really didn’t help the situation that Nadia had an alias as a hotel maid in this episode. Disappointment over the lack of female ass-kicking aside, this was a great episode. Not as amazing as it could have been, but, as I’ve said before, my standards for this show are ridiculously high.
Zoe was back...sort of. I can’t decide whether or not I’m a fan of how PoI uses their guest stars. I like that the show subverts expectations by including recurring characters in the beginning of episodes and then using them sparingly (think Ingram in “The High Road”), but it’s also frustrating. I wish Zoe had engaged more with the main story instead of just sort of being there in the background and helping with that one guy. Still, it looks like we finally got our Zoe and Reese hook up! I sort of wish we’d stayed with them for a while, but I suppose that would make this a different show for which we’d need a star willing to do those sorts of scenes.
There are so many mysteries floating around the show, but there is one I have yet to address in my reviews: will Finch ever run out of money? He’s blowing through millions every episode. Still, he makes just about the best rich person ever. He might even beat Oprah in this respect. He buys an entire hotel to give one woman a promotion? I want to hug him. I loved his obsession with hotels. The Finch curtain continues to be pulled back oh so slowly. He looked like he was having a lot of fun playing concierge. I wonder if he’ll moonlight now that he can come and go as he pleases.
Carter is given an opportunity to enter the FBI and jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, her heretofore adorable romance with Cal Beecher puts the kibosh on that. If you’ll remember, Beecher got information for his godfather/the head of HR back in “Shadow Box.” It is unknown whether he knows of Quinn’s true identity. I’m guessing not. HR guys seem to be pretty on the ball. I doubt Beecher would have left tracks if he was committing a crime intentionally. Poor Carter. Just when her life seems to be going perfectly, the rug gets pulled out from underneath her. How long until Fusco’s murder of Davidson comes out and she loses him too?
I was mildly pleased with the episode until the last few seconds when, hmm, that voice sounds familiar. It’s ROOT! She’s back! I literally cheered; It scared my dog. We also got a peek into where she’s been for the past few months. Working with...that guy. That guy, is, unfortunately for my review, technically nameless. Press releases about the show have referred to him as “Pennsylvania Two,” which sounds either very creepy and cryptic or like a bus line. So, I’ll be calling him that. Thanks, Internet! PT and his
Bits and Pieces:
It’s been a good long while since a weekly person of interest has turned out to be a perpetrator, not a victim. Just saying.
Mía Maestro is Argentinean. She is not Serbian. She is not Russian (Alias). She is not Mexican (Frida). She is ARGENTINEAN. She is also not a vampire (Breaking Dawn).
Do hotel maids really get sexually harassed every other week? What a horrible job! Also, if Mira knew someone was after her because of what happened to her back home, why take a job that requires her to enter potentially occupied rooms alone? It seems like an invitation for an ambush.
Different tactics. After realizing someone is trying to murder Mira in the police station, Fusco shouts “Hey! Hey!” Carter shoots the would-be murderer in the back. I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions.
“Mr. Reese, could you try not to get fired before lunch?”
“Oh, I really hope Derek’s the threat.”
I did too! Oh well. At least he goes to jail at the end. And Reese gets to punch him.
“It’s just a machine, right? I mean, how smart can it be?”
“Exactly. Just a machine.”
Irony, table for two.
“Why won’t you just leave me alone?”
(Reese shoots guy with gun) “That a good enough reason?”
“I’m a little busy, Lionel.”
Not an inspired line, but the delivery is hilarious. He literally shrugs. Amazing.
“I’m glad you’re a better shot than you are a bellhop.”
three and a quarter out of four sleazy hotel managers