Person of Interest relied almost exclusively on their weekly person of interest story in this episode. Luckily, it was a good one.
It was still reasonably predictable. I had blonde friend pegged as trouble from the beginning and the ‘presumed dead’ thing always ends with the person being alive. Still, at least the story was well executed this time. I loved Vanessa jumping off the building into the garbage truck and meeting up with the scary murderer who greeted her with a hug.
The monster twist at the end actual took me by surprise. I mean, I was, of course, expecting a monster twist, but after Reese gave Vanessa the gun, all I was sure of was that she was off to murder her husband. That she’d been in on the plan from the start and been double crossed by hubby dearest was an extra. Plus, this episode gets points for a smart, powerful, female badass person of interest. I loved her ability to outsmart the police. Even more, I love that it had some basis: as a former prosecutor, she would understand exactly how the NYPD worked and how to best circumvent them.
Some of the twists did feel a little time killery, particularly the idea that Vanessa might be being framed by a cop her husband once made look bad in court. The mobster angle was thrown in to give the Watkins motive for the whole thing, but that red herring also felt a little superfluous. Still, this episode was a fabulous return to form for one of my favorite shows.
The end was absolutely chilling. I was shocked. Way darker than typical Person of Interest fare. Team Machine (or Reese, at least) was definitely in ambiguous moral territory leaving the second gun and setting the boat adrift. It completely made the episode. There was a huge gap in tone between the playful opening and the dark, twisted conclusion. Is this a meta reference to the lighter way the season began? Are we to expect a darker conclusion? Even if I’m reading too much into this (which is probable, to be honest), the episode’s ending speaks well for the direction of this season.
I do have one question about the ending: did the show really earn it? Vanessa lied to Reese so he felt her death (and her icky husband’s) was appropriate? That seems a little harsh of him. It would have been more in character for Reese to hand over the Watkins to the police. Is Shaw rubbing off on him? Or was he just that annoyed that he allowed himself to be tricked? What do you guys think?
So Laskey, it is revealed, is working for HR. I’ll give you a moment to recover from your shock. What do you mean you weren’t shocked? I had Laskey down as a plant but I wasn’t sure whose man he was. HR was the most obvious route. Of course the organization would want to keep a close eye on Carter following Beecher’s death and her framing. Laskey told Terney that Carter trusted him. Was he overselling his relationship to impress Terney or is he just a bad judge of character? Carter definitely doesn’t trust him.
And now for my weekly Shaw gushing session: I love that Shaw really has a different skill set than John. She doesn’t blend in. She can’t insinuate herself into people’s lives the way he can. Wine gets her into the book club, not her ability to pretend that she belongs. She reminds me of BtVS’s Anya in a way. Instead of trying to manipulate Nicole into confessing her affair, she boldly confronts her at gunpoint. Finesse is not really in Shaw’s vocabulary. I’m loving her character. Sarah Shahi does such a great job with her. Did you catch the way she was sitting at the book club? Too perfect.
Bits and Pieces:
The opening with Bear was funny, but please, Person of Interest, don’t play with my emotions like that. I’ve had to take a vomiting and lethargic puppy to the vet too often to not get upset at that setup.
I keep forgetting Laskey’s name. In my notes, he is “Rookie Boy.”
There was another reference to a possible Carter/Reese love connection.
Bird alias of the week: “Mr. Swan.”
Little moment: Bear went right to Reese when he walked in, leaving Shaw, who had been petting him. Shaw shot Reese an extremely jealous look.
Shaw and Fusco have mostly been on errand duty so far this season, but Person of Interest’s always been good at balancing its costars screentime over the course of the season, so worry not.
The social networking page Finch looked at was FriendCzar, the website created by the person of interest in “One Percent.”
This is at least the third time in four episodes we’ve seen Finch use that particular safe house.
It was mind-blowingly stupid of Reese to give Vanessa a loaded gun. Did anyone see that and think, oh well, everything will be fine? No.
The name of the boat was “Justice.” I love me some dark irony.
Shaw: “I have a secret weapon.”
Actually, she has a few...
Shaw: “Speaking of forbidden love, did you frame Vanessa for Jeremy’s murder because you were sleeping with him?”
Vanessa: “NYPD is full of dirty cops.”
Carter: “You don’t have to tell me.”
Carter: “You can object.”
Vanessa: “Fine, I object.”
Fusco: “Even for you, stabbing a senior would be a new low.”
Shaw: “You don’t know that.”
Funny bit, but something tells me Shaw wouldn’t be quite so stupid as to stab a man in full view of that many witnesses.
Carter: “Tell me you didn’t want to tear his face off.”
That’s exactly what she did to the photo.
three and a half out of four loaded guns