Thank God. I was just thinking I was in the mood for a silly standalone episode and guess what? We got a silly standalone!
After weeks of Sturm und Drang, we lighten up. A lot. Like season 1 light. And I loved every minute. Jimmi Simpson (24, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Psych, other things) guest stars as an eccentric, erratic social media magnate whose life is in danger. I loved this episode. It was absolutely ridiculous, but oh so much fun.
I am continually impressed with PoI’s creativity. A young man invents a social media site, falls out with his partner and friend after bringing in a third party, and the social media site’s IPO tanks? How original! Yes, I’m being sarcastic. I mean, seriously, Justin even looked like Eduardo Saverin.
I don’t mind that Facebook was blatantly ripped off or, as Dick Wolf would have it “Ripped from the Headlines,” but there were a few uncharacteristic holes in this week’s story. Did the lawyer’s attempt on Pierce’s life have anything to do with Justin’s? Is it just a coincidence two people were trying to kill him in the same week? Why would Pierce move Alchemistry girl to St. Petersburg if he knows someone is trying to kill him in St. Petersburg?
I also have to say they hit the “Reese needs a friend” thing a bit hard, particularly with the coda. Bear might need a canine friend to socialize with, but Reese already has Carter, Fusco, and Finch. Even if he did need another friend, would an eccentric billionaire with an overdeveloped sense of curiosity and a penchant for trouble truly be the best choice?
I’m willing to overlook the episode’s rather minute shortcomings because it was nice to have a break. The audience (not to mention Reese and Finch) needed to unwind after the Stanton arc. Will Pierce be back? I’d love him to come back. I quite enjoy PoI’s roundtable of recurring characters. I’d really love to see some of them meet. Imagine the pairings. Speaking of, looks like Zoe’s back next week. Who’s happy?
The ridiculousness of the Pierce plot was tempered nicely by a few short Finch-centric flashbacks, the most affecting of which was Finch learning about 9/11. Fittingly, it was Ingram who broke the news to his friend. We also got a quick glimpse of post-Machine Ingram outside the the apartment of a woman on the irrelevant list. I like that he didn’t go in. Way back in 2009, there was still a sense that one couldn’t/shouldn’t use the Machine for anything other than its intended purpose. It may be cruel, but Finch and Ingram decided they wouldn’t play God. Here, we see Ingram dealing with the consequences of that decision. I’m very curious to know how Ingram died. Maybe he went back on his word to Finch and started trying to save the numbers the Machine spit out and that somehow got him killed. I hope we find out this season, although I sort of doubt it.
I generally avoid talking about about Fusco’s HR mess because I find it boring and I continually forget the names of important figures in that storyline. I’m not a fan of the way its been dragging on and on. Perhaps the writers are intentionally trying to confuse the audience by only spending four minutes a week on progressing the story. Or maybe the show’s writers think we’re smarter than we are. They give us credit for a memory capacity I know I don’t I have. Maybe the next time we delve into the story, our characters can wear name tags.
Bits and Pieces:
It’s finally 2013 in PoI-land.
How hot does Jim Caviezel look in a tux?
Carter’s bangs...are gone! Wishes do come true!
“How’s that carried interest loophole treating you?”
“I’m sorry, I thought you were interesting.”
“I’m so sorry, Finch, but this guy is too used to getting his way. 10 million.”
“Tell me Sinclair, do you buy all your shirts pre-stuffed or do you just fill them out that way?”
Buffy rip-off. Name that episode!
“Who put you up to this? Is this penance for some deep, dark mistake?”
Yes. Yes, it is.
“Have you been under any excess stress?”
“You mean besides being locked in an 11 by 13 at Riker’s and wearing a bomb vest around Manhattan? Not really.”
And that’s a day in the park for Reese.
“You said you had a safe house.”
“This is a bar.”
“A cunning billionaire with unlimited resources.”
Where have we seen this before?
three and a half out of four broken 2 million dollar watches