The week offered us another standard person of interest story. Weekly Shaw replacement shows up, kicks ass, reveals tired backstory, is rescued by Reese. I’m getting really tired of the standalones. It’s been weeks since we got a solid arc-driven episode and I miss them. The only thing that made this episode enjoyable was Root and Finch’s special adventure.
You could tell something weird was going on when Root started baring her soul to Finch. It’s not a very Root thing to do, with anyone but Shaw that is. Combine that with the basic fact that Root only shows up when something is going on with the Machine and/or Samaritan and Beth’s involvement with Samaritan…
Finch had inserted a Trojan horse in Beth’s code that would allow the team the briefest of glimpses into Samaritan. It was a huge gamble that would almost surely result in his death but could afford Team Machine a much needed win. Whatever the prize, Root wasn’t having it. After Shaw’s supposed death, losing Finch would be a bridge too far. It was enough of a threat to drive her back to her roots (hehe) as a hardened killer. Well, not too hardened. The formerly sadistic Root had chosen a method of death for Beth that would be as painless as possible and went to some trouble to keep Finch from finding out about her plan. He’d think Beth had died from a simple heart attack. It would be sad, but he’d be spared the knowledge that she was sacrificed to save him. It would’ve worked flawlessly, if the Machine hadn’t tattled on poor Root.
That Root was willing to kill for Finch says a lot; that she was willing to go against the Machine’s orders says a whole lot more. Root believes that the Machine is god. The Machine says ‘jump,’ she pulls out her trampoline. But letting Finch die? Root is not about to sit back and let that happen. It’s sort of like a backwards, inside out Abraham and Isaac. Sort of.
Of course, Finch eventually finds out and decides to turn the situation into an O. Henry story by attempting suicide. His willingness to die here struck me as being more for Root’s benefit than Beth’s. Sure, Finch is majorly crushing on Beth, but I think the thing that really scared him was Root reverting back into a murderer. He didn’t want her to kill anyone, especially not for his sake. Root’s promise to let Beth live came off as sincere and (surprisingly) ended up being sincere. Of course, in order to keep her alive, Root had to discredit her, potentially ending her career and definitely ending any hope Finch had of a relationship with her. She also destroys Finch’s activation device, preventing him from winning a major victory against Samaritan, but saving his life.
I liked their lukewarm reconciliation too. She tells him point blank that she doesn’t need to be forgiven and he basically acknowledges that he will forgive her…eventually. It wasn’t a hastily bandaged up Hallmark moment, but at the same time Finch’s hand on her shoulder made it clear that this isn’t going to be a permanent rift in the team.
Elsewhere, Iris ‘fired’ Reese as a patient for *mysterious* reasons. Turns out, Iris has spent her sessions with Reese doodling little hearts around his name, who could’ve guessed? I like them together. It’s cute and (so far) happily angst free. True, they threw in the face that Iris could lose her job for dating a former patient, but as Reese isn’t really a cop, I don’t see that happening. And, hey, with Shoot out of commission, there has to be flirting somewhere on the show, right? Speaking of Shoot, they’re currently leading in Zimbio’s annual ‘TV Couples March Madness Challenge,’ a.k.a. the Shipping Championship.
Bits and Pieces
This week in nicknames: Frankie repeatedly calls Reese “Johnny” and refers to Iris as “the ginger.” Harper calls Frankie “Barbie.” The quality in nicknames really takes a fall when Fusco isn’t involved.
I love how Frankie stole Reese’s badge and used it as her own. It’s a classic Reese move.
Harper’s getting texts from the Machine. That’s probably important.
Root: “We’ve come a long way since our first field trip together, haven’t we?”
Finch: “You mean when you kidnapped me and killed two people? A bit.”
Root: “Even then I was in awe of you. The man who created god. I never thought.”
Root: “That we’d be friends. Now I can’t imagine what the world would be like without you. What I’d be like.”
Root: “Dangerous and bold. That’s my Harry.”
average of three out of four Trojan horses
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