To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure what to make of this episode.
Harper worked, even if she is another custom-order Team Machine applicant. The Brotherhood even sort of worked for me, which is hard to admit. Person of Interest has made them a toothless nemesis, but with Dominic’s foray into the legal security service business, the show seems to be working to correct that mistake. Trey’s classic stoner humor worked, and the banter between Reese and Finch really sparkled. So why am I left so unenthused?
Maybe it was that the episode was so all over the place. We went from a college campus to a dispensary to an armed robbery to a club to a kidnapping to a ransom, etc. Or perhaps it was the assorted villains? We had Harper, the cartel, and Dominic, which made for a bit of an overcrowded field.
It was a very unfocused, if ultimately enjoyable episode. And then what is going on with Root? She was in Sri Lanka, she mentioned recruiting more people to help in the fight against Samaritan, and tells Finch that the Machine wants her to make a “killer app.” The end of the episode sees Root joining up with a mysterious programmer, whose face we are clearly meant to know. If you were stumped, you weren’t alone. It turns out Caleb Phipps is the genius teenager Finch saved way back in season two’s “2 Pi R.” That’s a deep cut, Person of Interest. A really, really deep cut.
I wonder if Root’s app work at all relates to Dominic’s money laundering through gaming scheme. Finch mentioned that the money they used to pay off Dominic represented a big chunk of their funding. Is Root working on an alternate means of income for the team? Some way to upset Dominic’s stream of drug money? A highly addictive game with a kill screen that informs all players they are being watched by an all powerful artificial intelligence?
Bits and Pieces
This episode’s possible Shaw replacement: Harper the brilliant con woman. Pros: fearless, fond of violence, preposterously good at reading people. Cons: self-interested, a little bit of a sociopath.
This week in Fusco nicknames: Harper was Miss Mary Jane, Finch was Mr. Peabody, and Reese was Detective Sunshine.
Finch: “Near as I can tell, college has been an overpriced bacchanalia full of entitled, oversexed binge drinkers.”
Reese: “Finch, how do you know so much about getting marijuana?”
Finch: “Mr. Reese, do you want me to call this in or not?”
Noah: “Some cop in a suit, when the shooting started, he came out of nowhere blasting everyone…”
Dominic: “…in the kneecaps.”
Harper: “My guess is former military with a side of hero complex.”
Fusco: “They know stuff.”
Harper: “Sounds very technical.”
Finch: “Detective Reilly and I are partners.”
Harper: “Didn’t see that coming.”
Is it wrong that I loved that they didn’t correct her misconception?
Dominic: “Which one is it? One of the pretty little brunettes or your partner Detective Fusco?”
Reese: “Finch, I think she just stole your watch.”
Finch: “That’s okay; I just stole her ring.”
two? out of four killer apps
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