Person of Interest: The Fix

“You can say we're in the same business. Fixing problems.”

One thing I’ve learned from Person of Interest is that nothing stays in the past. It always comes back to haunt you. Or, sometimes, give you some resolution. We got a taste of each in this episode.

The biggest of which was the pharmaceutical company plot. These, by the way, have been the go to conspiratory villain for some time now. They’re always marketing new drugs that have terrible side effects they hope no one will ever notice. It doesn’t seem like a good business plan, long term-wise, so I doubt they really do that. So why do they still have that image? Either their lobbying is terrible or their fixers amazing.

Rant aside, they were an effective villain, considering they were everywhere and their motives were nefarious; the way their intentions were unveiled was well done and paced. Not particularly deep, but effective. Although, as soon as it was clear the reason was not an affair, I was sure Keller was behind it, too.

The best aspect of this plotline was Finch’s opportunity to close a cold case of his. That’s the other side of the “the past comes back” coin: sometimes you get resolution. I felt very satisfied when he made sure Keller knew he was the one responsible for his bankruptcy. I bet ticking off one powerful person too many can come back to bite Finch in the behind, though, in accordance to the theme of the week. I know he gave the Virtanen people a fake name and pretended to need a cane, but it’s not as if he were wearing a mask.

Speaking of that scene, it’s more realistic that Finch can use his money to drive “bad guys” out of business, rather than having Reese beat out a confession and relying on the justice system. I said in my review of the pilot that Reese is no Batman. It occurred to me last week that Finch and Reese are Batman split in two. After seeing this episode, I concluded that Finch makes better use of his money than the superhero.

Another good thing that came out of the case of the week was Zoe the Fixer. It’s always a delight to see a lady with questionable morals which don’t have to do with her sexuality, and she kept me guessing, which is usually good. Her confidence and mild flirting with Reese towards the end of the episode were fun and I think we haven’t seen the last of her.

The meaty part of the episode for me, however, was Carter’s, who as not only smart, which is usual, but also funny, which is a first. But I liked this part mostly because we’re starting to see the shape of our first Big Bad. Vincent Deluca’s past came to haunt him too, in the form of revenge for one of the bad things he did. Let’s not forget that whoever is behind it paid Latimer handsomely to steal that knife from evidence; therefore, it’s someone who has a reasonable wealth. Although nearly every prediction I make about this show turns out wrong, I’ll say that we’re dealing with a Finch/Reese team that went to the dark side. It’ll be interesting to see how they’ll rationalize what makes what they do different from the “rogue” team.

Bits and pieces

— Poor Sullivan. He was only trying to help. The Big Bad has no mercy.

— The dialogue is starting to get witty. This is really good.

— Can you tear currency in the US? It’s illegal here in Brazil.

— By the way the people who died during trials were all Brazilian. Their names sounded Brazilian, so I paused the video and read the news Finch researches. It turns out they were from my city, São Paulo. Small world.

— So, did Zoe say she hates jazz to keep Reese off her, or those records weren’t even hers? I would’ve liked to see a “third act” for this minor motif.

— Finch is sharing more with Reese and indirectly thanked him. By season’s end, these two will be thick as thieves. But, you know, fighting them.

— Did we know before that Carter’s first name is Carla? Carla Carter, what an alliterative name.

— Marlena Elias, like Dana Miller as we first heard of her death, was killed because she was a big guy’s mistress. Will we learn that this was not the motive after all as well?

— Every time Finch goes offline, something goes wrong.

Quotes

Officer: “Evidence was stolen from a 40-year-old cold case?”
That was a lot of trouble. It must have been a message to someone.

Carter: “Your notes, murder weapon, eight inch kitchen knife. Which turned out plunged into the chest of your lead suspect.”
Sullivan: “That would be divine retribution.”
Unless God is our Big Bad, there’s nothing divine about it.

Finch: “Interference suggests it was made on an old PCS cell network, making the recording at least two years old.”
Reese: “I didn't know static had a vintage.”
Reese has a sense of humor! Funniest line in the episode.

Sullivan: “Well, I'm going to make myself beautiful for you.”
Carter: “Good luck with that, Sully.”

Reese: “Also, they tried to kill you.
Zoe: “Well, there's that, too.”

Three and a half rusty knives to the chest.

PS: I apologize for the lateness of the reviews. Every time I think I’ll get updated, that pesky life gets in the way.

12 comments:

CrazyCris said...

Better late than never, right? I just saw this one 2 days ago so it's not late for me! ;o)

That tearing in two of the money really caught my attention as well... weird!

I hope we do see more of Zoe, I really like her!

Great review Gus! :o)

Patrick said...

I loved this episode, this one and Ghosts(with the girl everyone thought was dead) are my favorites thus far. This one had a little bit of everything. Ties to the past, hints of the future, a good story, good action, a great guest star, and everyone got something to do. Zoe was a great character, played wonderfully by Paige Turco(46 and sill a knockout!). She & Reese were fun together, and it was nice to see that Reese isn't so damaged that he can't flirt a little when a beautiful woman crosses his path. I also enjoyed the plot points involving our mystery villain(can't say more without spoiling anything, since I've seen the episode after this). But without question the best scene goes to Finch, when he tears that Chairman/CEO guy apart at the restaurant table. Michael Emerson absolutely nailed it.

The only other story element I hope we see again soon is contact between Reese & Carter. I know that they can't be communicating every episode, but I'd like another bit of the cat & mouse please :)

Gus Brunetti said...

I'm really glad you're enjoying this show that much, Patrick. I'm enjoying it too, but not as much as you.

Always good to have your comments here. Thanks for not posting spoilers.

Gus Brunetti said...

Oh, you too, CrazyCris. Thanks for reading.

JK said...

Not entirely sure that this was objectively the best episode so far, but I can say without reservation that I enjoyed it the most. Fascinating and fun. Not much more you can ask for in a show. I don't think I've so loved a show in quite some time. Certainly not one without a 'ship I can get behind. (Yes, I have a problem.) I've said it before, and I suspect I'll say it again (and more than once): best new show of the season.

ChrisB said...

I really enjoyed this one, mostly because I liked Finch being able to (a) close one of the cases that haunted him and (b) bring down the bad guys without throwing a punch or shooting a gun. I loved your point, Gus, of the two men being Batman split in two. Wonderful analogy.

I also liked Reese being able to open up a bit to Zoe (whom I loved!). The line of the show for me was his response to Finch saying, "who would want to take her out?" Reese's retort was priceless, "who wouldn't?"

Finally, the version of "New York" by Cat Power was simply lovely and a wonderful way to wrap up the show.

celticmarc said...

Excellent.

The number of the week and a more wider story line unfolding week after week. I'm hooked.

Oh, I've just checked imbd.com and Zoe is coming back. Awesome. This isn't much of a spoiler as I am 1 year behind ! Consider this as vintage spoiling.

sunbunny said...

celticmarc - LOL re: vintage spoiling

Josie Kafka said...

"Unless God is our Big Bad, there’s nothing divine about it."

Hilarious.

I'm imagining Person of Interest's later seasons, when they run out of people to save and transform into Dieties of Interest. They'll really jump the shark trying to figure out if Loki is victim or perpetrator.

celticmarc said...

LMAO

PLEASE ! Someone ! Lock her up !

(And how about Bear saving some stray cats ? Lousy ratings but some of us would smile, and cry a lot.)

rebecca_s921 said...

Really late to the party, but beside loving Zoe Morgan and her chemistry with John, the scene where Harold shorted 500 million shares of Keller's stock. I'm sure the writers took some liberty with that scene. Are there any company in the world that have that many shares of stock in total? Assuming Virtenan stock was promised at $30 a share, then dipped to $15 a share, 1/2 billion shares would still make Harold 7.5 billion dollars.

The pharmaceutical plot reminded me of trovafloxacin (Trovan), an antibiotic marketed by Pfizer in 1998. It was an instant best seller, but within a year there were around a hundred cases of liver toxicity and 6 cases of fatality out of millions of doses given, prompting FDA to severely limit the use of this drug. If Syloset were a real drug released into the US marketplace, a 3% mortality would show up quickly and the drug would be withdrawn as a result.

Iceman said...

And so the series fluctuates in quality yet again. After the competently produced but rather dull "Judgement" comes one of season one's best-"The Fix" is fast, funny, and gains major points for introducing Zoe Morgan, one of the best recurring characters of the series. She strikes an instant spark with Reese, and generally fits into the world of the show very nicely. The story coupled with Zoe's great introduction made this a very enjoyable hour.

3.5 out of 4.