“And you didn’t want to share this earlier?”
It is a dark and stormy night. The bridge has washed out and the assembly of strangers are stranded in the English country house for the night. The twist? One of them is a cold-blooded murderer. Replace English country house with small island off the coast of New York and you get the story of this week’s installment of PoI. Highly uncreative, ridiculously recycled, and completely awesome.
I have to say that although I saw the Fahey is a fake twist coming from the first moment he was on the screen, I loved this episode. It was fun, which was the one thing missing from the dark, cerebral episode previous to this. Sure, “Proteus” had its moments of ridiculousness, but it was thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.
I’m a big fan of situations in which characters who know each other pretend not to know each other. I don’t know why, I suppose it’s just a quirk of mine. So, accordingly, I loved “Marshall Jennings” working with amateur storm chaser “Harold Gull” to try to suss out our killer. I do find it odd that no one really questioned this pairing. I don’t know a whole lot about storm chasers (besides the fact they’re clearly insane). Do most of them carry lie detectors around with them?
Layered on top of the dark and stormy night A plot was Carter’s romance (or lack thereof) with Cal Beecher. They’ve been having...issues. Carter is mad at Cal because her involvement with him precluded her from joining the FBI. She’s also wondering (and wouldn’t you be wondering the same thing) why exactly Beecher is red flagged and what in the world he can be into. Carter’s not going to get much from her boyfriend though, as he doesn’t even know he’s dirty.
There were also some changes to the PoI standard format this week. Firstly, we get the information right off the bat that something is wrong with the Machine. Not getting a new number for three days isn’t just unprecedented, it’s a bug, quite possibly caused by Stanton’s actions “Dead Reckoning.” Did anyone else catch Finch’s language when discussing the Machine? He didn’t say it was malfunctioning, he said it was “behaving erratically.” Once again, I question how intelligent the Machine is. It behaves? Hmm...
In another switch, Reese did not save Finch, which is generally how the show works. Finch gets himself in danger and Reese comes roaring to the rescue, guns a-blazing. This week, Reese was too busy with his giant, hairy, drug dealing friend to shoot the bad man creeping Finch out. It was up to Carter and Beecher to save the day. I liked the change. It surprised me. I also enjoyed the end bit when Finch realizes fake Fahey was wearing body armor just as he starts to get up. It was (dare I say it) kind of cute.
Decidedly uncute was fake Fahey, played to perfection by Brothers & Sisters hunk Luke MacFarlane. I figured he was our baddy from the start, but his confrontation with Finch was alarmingly alarming. His voice, his body language, everything about him changed instantly, and for the worse. I mean his whole monologue about living people’s lives better than they could and his incredible ability to transform himself? Major league creepy.
Bits & Pieces:
Proteus is an ancient Greek sea god. I tried to think of a more clever way to phrase this, but I gave up.
Finch and Reese go to the movies with Bear. I mean, really, that might be the most adorable thing ever. Finch even got Bear certified as a service dog so he wouldn’t have to stay home alone. Dawww.
Harold Gull? I suppose the coastal theme of the episode meant a coastal themed alias. I feel like Harold Albatross would have been more poetic.
Jennings was the wife-abusing US Marshall Reese hauled off to a Mexican jail in “Many Happen Returns.” Reese has used his name and badge before.
When Reese was being dragged by hairy drug dealer guy, his arms were spread out in a cruciform pose. Wrong movie, dude.
Why waste Dan Lauria like this? Seriously.
As someone with absolutely terrible eyesight, I appreciated Finch’s squint at Carter before he recognized her. Without my contacts, I once became convinced there was a raccoon in my house, only to eventually realize it was my cat.
“We should have seen Once Upon a Time in the West. Fewer subtitles.”
“FBI. Don’t move. Hands up. I want to see some ID.”
“Well which is it? Do you wants up or do you want to see ID?”
“Mr. Reese is out on an island, looking for a man violent enough to pull out another man’s teeth. And now I can’t warn him. I have to get there myself.”
“I’m pretty sure all the roads are closed now. How do you think you’re going to get out there?”
“I think I’ll use my pilot’s license.”
“Yeah, how’s your coffee?”
“Unbelievable. We’re hunting a killer and we get amateur drug night in the sticks. You smuggle it in on your boat? Don’t say anything. Just bleed if I’m right.”
“Are you like me?”
“You have no idea. You’re an amateur at this.”
“Detective? You have impeccable timing.”
“He was pretending to be an FBI agent. He was really rather good at it. He had a badge and a gun and...”
“A drug smuggler shot at me with a spear gun last night.”
“Is that a first for you?”
“I wish I could say yes.”
“At least the storm’s passing.”
“No, Mr. Reese. I have a feeling it’s just beginning.”
four out of four spear guns
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