This was a good episode. It might have been a great episode, but - I can’t believe I’m saying this - they did it again.
Once more, the writers link up the two cases our team is working on this week. This is really getting to be an unforgivable pattern. Having to deal with the “victim or perpetrator” almost always turning out to be a victim is bad enough, but this is just lazy.
I respect the writers’ desire to keep Fusco involved in the show even when he can’t be directly helping Reese, Finch, and Shaw, but there’s nothing that says he can only be onscreen when what he’s doing is related to them and their missions. I’d be fine with some character building stuff with Fusco that contributes no substantive plot. We don’t have to watch them solve a case from beginning to end in, what, ten minutes total screen time. It would suffice to see him teaching some interrogation techniques or something like that. Whatever they do they need to retire the “wow that thing Fusco is working on turns out to be related to our thing what a coincidence” trope. Stat.
Disregarding that, the episode was solid. I find myself really enjoying the episodes where Finch takes the lead in the field, possibly more so than the ones where Reese is the point guy. Jim Caviezel is a very fine actor, but... Michael Emerson. Michael Emerson.
The show did a masterful job making an episode about a woman on a phone seem tense and dramatic. There was remarkably little action onscreen this week, yet never once did I feel bored. All credit to this week’s guest star Melissa Sagemiller whose portrayal of the 911 operator felt real despite her hackneyed back story (once a child died in her care, so she dedicates her career to helping people at the call center, where she is the best employee and the one everyone else turns to yet is still haunted by her past mistake).
Taking down the call center was a great addition to up the stakes - there were unseen and unnamed people suffering because of the actions of a handful of people. Well, one person really, who, in true Person of Interest fashion, has been released into the netherworld of mysterious PoI baddies who might be back. At some point. Eventually. Possibly?
And then, I have to say, all this tracing back to a basic ‘whoops I killed my mistress’ murder was a little mundane. There were bombs and a kidnapping and a scary gang with cross jewelry and a parking garage exploded. Because one guy killed his mistress. I was expecting something more...grandiose perhaps.
Bits and Pieces
Fusco as cop guru is sort of adorable. It makes me happy someone is finally recognizing his awesomeness.
Once again, a large volume of the action takes place offscreen. This time, I’m thinking the decision was budgetary.
I really liked the visual of the baddies shooting at an empty suit. So symbolic of the mission and Reese’s role in it.
Speaking of Reese, I really liked him trying to calm Aaron down while disarming the bomb. Reese has the combination of combat-y knowhow and people skills that no one else on the show has (except Carter, RIP).
The moment Sandra stepped into the water, she completely invalidated Finch’s threat of electrocution. Not that I’m nitpicking.
Guy: “Don’t be ridiculous! Squirrels can’t drive!”
Reese: “I don’t know, Finch. Maybe we should get Fusco to question those squirrels.”
Shaw: “Reese is right. It could be a whole rodent carjacking ring.”
Reese: “At a desk, surrounded by monitors, helping people in danger? All you’re missing is the dog.”
Fusco: “That’s not a haystack, that’s a whole damn farm.”
Woman: “This is how he gets whenever the Knicks lose, and I’ve had it.”
Finch: “I understand that you won’t give up on Aaron. I won’t give up on you.”
Reese: “I was kinda hoping you’d take the hard way.”
Shaw: “Hey. There is no ‘dead’ in ‘team.’”
Fusco: “We ain’t a team.”
For now... I’m guessing we haven’t seen the last of floppy haired rookie.
three out of four spy cam headsets
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