Person of Interest "Booked Solid" Review: Housekeeping!

Person of Interest S02E15: "Booked Solid"

Last night's episode of Person of Interest was exactly the type of hyper-accelerated action television the show excels at. Pick a setting (a hotel), add a number of the week (an Albanian woman posing as a maid in the hotel), add a threat (Serbian hit squad), add some more threats (a grumpy assassin with no regard for anything), bring back a familiar face (Zoe!), add a twist (Root!), and then wind up John Reese and let him loose. The Person of Interest writers' room must have a blast crafting these episodes, and it shows on screen. "Booked Solid" was just plain fun.

This week's number in danger was attached to Mira Dobrica (Alias's Mia Maestro), a hotel maid with dirt on some war crimes committed during the Kosovo War by some Serbian bigwigs. She was under deep cover, so rather than spend her days playing FarmVille or having fun, she worked 60 hours a week in a fancy hotel. Reese and Finch deduced that her schedule meant whatever horrible atrocity was bound for her would happen on the job, so Finch gets them gigs at the hotel. I love how Person of Interest has carved out a little groove between specifics and just getting on with it; it knows what we want, so this episode opened with Reese and Finch walking to their first day of work rather than wasting precious minutes getting them the job. Who has time to watch Reese go through an interview process when there are Serbian hitmen to kill?

Finch took the open concierge position and hacked the hotel computers for his own Central Command, and Reese played grunt on the ground as New York's most ruggedly handsome bellhop. Immediately Person of Interest kicked into gear, throwing so much information at us that we enjoyed some tasty sensory overload: The hotel manager had a mystery "side business" going on, Zoe just so happened to be working at the hotel, we got details on Mira's refugee past, and Pennsylvania Two sent his incredibly determined goon Hersh (he was finally called by name!) on the trail of Reese. And this was only eight minutes into the episode, people! This show is efficient at setting the table fast, then narrowing the details as things progress.

It wasn't long before we learned why Mira was in trubbs. She was about to leak info on some WAR CRIMES to a journalist, meaning bad times for a guy named Petrovic. Naturally, Petrovic sent a SERBIAN HIT SQUAD after Mira, and the goons were crawling all over the hotel and operating like whatever the Serbian equivalent of a well-oiled machine is. Eastern-European hit squads! War crimes! Man I love this show.

There were some quick bursts of action as Reese took out members of the hit squad (Reese's aim must be off, he shot someone in the shoulder) while escorting Mira to safety. Good old Fusco even put some notches on his kill stick, taking out a pair of baddies while they were hauling the pieces of the murdered journalist into a van. Fusco loved it too. Now no one can tell him he's never killed two highly trained Eurotrash assassins.

But these were all undercards to the main event: Reese vs. Hersh in the battle of grumpy killers. Hersh is essentially a living Grand Theft Auto character, showing so much disdain for law enforcement that he stole a cop car right in front of a police station without a second thought. How badass is that? He needed a car, he just so happened to be in front of a police station, so he jimmied it and drive it around town. I love this guy as Reese's nemesis. And does anyone else think he looks like grumpy cat?

After Reese whisked Mira away to safety, Hersh bumbled in to find out who Reese works for, and the two had an epic fight in the hotel kitchen involving chef's knives held at cool-guy angles, stove burners nearly melting Reese's face, and more pots and pans flying around than there would be if Gordon Ramsay collapsed a soufflé. It was a great hand-to-hand fight scene (almost as good as the time Reese was fighting on crutches), and Reese stuck Hersh with the pointy end, but not so far that he fatally cut an artery, as he noted. No hard feelings, Hersh, there's honor among emotionless Terminators and Reese let you live. That won't come back to haunt Reese or anything. But let's all give Hersh a round of applause for putting up a good fight. Of course, later we saw Hersh in a hospital bed yanking off all the tubes he was hooked up to and going back into "KILL REESE" mode. Are we sure this guy isn't a robot?

Back at the police station, Carter was up for a spot in the FBI but had to take a polygraph for background. She was worried about getting busted lying about working with Reese and Finch, but it turned out she should have been worried about her dealings with handsome Cal Beecher, who was under investigation by Internal Affairs. Her involvement with Beecher got her job-blocked and vagina-blocked by the FBI, as she had to cut ties with Beecher both professionally and romantically. Bummer, Carter, but that guy is dirty!

And somehow there was STILL another surprise waiting for us. In the final moments of the episode, we met Pennsylvania Two's new secretary: ROOT! She's, err, taken root in the Office of the Special Counsel and will no doubt use those ins to get closer to The Machine. Nice twist, and a great way to add more heft to these government bad guys.

"Booked Solid" hit Person of Interest's preferred tone square on the noggin with its mix of action, suspense, and humor, and it also managed to include a twist in its caboose that signals fun times down the road. Does the return of Root and more details on Pennsylvania Two mean we're done with standalone episodes and gearing up for a lengthy serialized finish? Or are we in for more self-contained stories with mythology peppered in? Either way, it's good times ahead.



NOTES OF INTEREST

– That was one of the best "fuck you I quit!" moments ever, when Reese took off his tie and popped that wormy hotel manager in the face.

– But the real move was Finch defying the manager's orders to recommend the hotel restaurant when he told some guests about the best rib-eye in town at another grubbery. Fun fact: The restaurant he recommended was the place the waitress worked at in the episode "Triggerman."

– When we first saw Hersh through The Machine's eye, he didn't have a red square (threat) around him. Why not? You slippin', Computer?

– As soon as Mira showed knowledge of the hotel's inner workings, we all knew she would be given the hotel manager position by the end of the episode right?

– Finch ended up buying the hotel. Dude is spending CA$H this season! He'll own half of New York soon.

– Zoe and Reese were SMOLDERING! Fan that flame and let's get this heated romance going. So nice to see Reese loosen up a bit and proposition Zoe for a romp in the penthouse.


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Ahhh that was an action packed episode. I do loves me an action packed episode.
-I loved Mira. She was quick, smart, and fierce. I'm noticing a pattern in the women John likes (likes as in respects, no necessarily romantically) since he totally says it a great deal. I loved her though, and I knew by the end she'd end up running things. But one thing for sure, when John Reese says "Stay with me" You don't question it! You don't disobey it! You do it dammit! He would NOT have to tell me twice! I'd be wrapped around his neck like a freakin scarf!! He wouldn't be able to pry me off of him! Because my life would be at stake, okay maybe I'd have some ulterior motives as well but still.
-Hersch is kinda awesome. I mean there is not taking him out or down. He's so ruthless and bold with his shizz that I can't even hate the guy! A worthy adversary indeed.
-Feel so bad for Carter. I recall now that Calvin's name did pop up before. All I know is all hell will break loose if anything happens to Carter as a result. John said as much when he found out she was dating. I love protective John. He'd be the best protective friend ever. I love that to make up for her frustration she got to pop a dude. Why she was the only one able to pull her gun out quick enough in a roomful of cops is beyond me, but go Carter. Love her.
- Fusco got to kick some ass and I loved it! He seemed all proud! And even got an atta boy from John.
-John and Zoe. Wowza! That was the first real time where their flirting was blatantly saying something. Before it was just implied. Now it's confirmation. Badass sex buddies.
-Root reveal was certainly interesting.
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My favorite part was Fusco getting his fight on haha for some reason I thought he was an eat donuts, never exercise and shoot people kinda cop....glad I was wrong. He said I'm looking for a chihuahua hahahaha
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Great episode as usual. This show does so many things right. Consistently. I would however like to see Elias again at some point.
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Classical POI episode.The returning of Root was my favourite part cause I love her character
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This episode was a great balance of action and story development on a number of levels. There was the usual one-shot computer number to save, but it was tied in EXTREMELY well with the continuing story arcs.

My only complaint was with the laziness of the grumpy assassin -- I mean, we all of course knew John would get out of it fine and dandy, but for a talented assassin at a high level, Mr. Grumpy took him to a kitchen? the place is a veritable weapon in and of itself! Then he let's John pull himself up handling a bunch of glasses, glass bowls, and glass in general?
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Hersh is obviously subservient to a fault, but I do think he could come back and hurt John since he didn't finish him. Maybe he didn't to avoid further investigation into his comings and goings by federal agents, which would involve a layer of writing that this show has certainly put forth. I (along with everyone else, probably) have been wondering when Root would reappear, and she made a big splash. Things seem to be ramping up, and the only downside will be that we'll have to wait 5-6 months for Season 3.
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This was a very good episode. It had so many elements that you wouldn't think were connected but then at the end they all got connected together, and it was awesome! I can foresee Reese and Finch hitting Mira up for a safe place to hide in the future. As for Reese and Zoe, it was nice to see him loosening up a little bit. He doesn't get that opportunity often and I think when he first ran into her in the elevator, one piece of his mind was thinking that if he ran into her again in the next couple of hours he might ask her to dinner or something. If she wasn't on her way to clean up someone's mess or something. Also, Root. She's in the perfect position to learn everything she needs to know about the machine and the people who "bought" it. Does anyone else think that the guy Kara worked for is connected to Root somehow and that the virus that Kara had Reese and Snow upload is meant to tell Root the physical location of the machine? That thought occurred to me when Root appeared at the end of the episode.
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Did anyone notice that the machine is having glitches, root seems to be getting to it, the screen kept flashing number codes from time to time showing some glitch, I knew root would be in the episode
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It was happening last week. General consensus is that it's the Virus / Malware that was uploaded a couple of weeks ago. That it was made to target "The Machine" and thus that's why it's glitching.

Now... whether Root was at least partially responsible for the creation of the Malware... well that's still possible I guess.
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Finch has certainly loosened up this season. He made a --dare I say it--charming concierge, and seemed absolutely effervescent at the end, sitting in the hotel bar and greeting his new hotel's new Hotel Manage.! This just convinces me more that the end-of-season cliffhanger is going to involve Finch being IDENTIFIED (oh no!) and thwarted just minutes from stopping the cyber attack on America.
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I loved Harold's hesitation in leaving the concierge desk after he shut down the computer. Everyone should have a hobby, and I think Finch has found his. "The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys."
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i have a sneaky feeling that the last scene with reese and zoe signed her death warrant. reese can't settle down and have a family obviously, and having a female companion is going to distract him. i wish that they could end up together, but the odds are stacked against them.
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Yeah, but the point of Zoe and Reese is that there is no relationship. Casual is their motto. There's nothing serious going on between those two, just friends with some serious Hawt benefits!! };D
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Was I the only one thinking that Reese wanted a poker/cigar rematch with Zoë at the end?
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It was much better when Reese was in prison because his fighting scenes are sooo boring and always end up the same way.
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Yeah, they always end up with Reese alive--what a surprise.
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I liked last weeks episode better. I think I may be alone in that. I definitely like the episodes with backstory better.
If Finch was a concierge he would have no time to do anything else and people would totally notice him constantly talking to what would seem like himself. I'm not sure I understand why he was in the hotel and not at his usual terminal, maintaining his anonymity? Also why is Root posing as a secretary? I can't get that excited about her as a baddie maybe cause all I think is Fred when I see her...
The ending was just a bit too sacharine. All tied up neatly with the POI having job in charge of Harold's new purchase. I felt as if I was watching someone "putting right what once went wrong."
I must try and notice these machine glitches other comments have mentioned next week.
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I agree that last week's episode was better than people (Tim) gave it credit for. To me the show is always good and well-written...
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I don't think I really belived this weeks POI, her accent sounded fake (will probably find out that's her real accent) her acting wasn't very good and the ending was just so smug...Maybe I'm just feeling grumpy ;)
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OK, mixed feelings for this episode.

I actually thought it was pretty boring, but boring for POI is still somewhat entertaining.

I think the problem might be that they overall mythology of the show is becoming way more interesting than the case of the week. Don't get me wrong I like the case of the week, I mean it is why I started watching the show to begin with, but TPTB have done such a good job with the mythology that sometimes the case of the week just seems like its getting in the way.

What I did like was REESE...everything about him. He was funny, smart, charming and badass. I like the little smile he gave the lady who offered him sex, almost has if he was flattered and embarrased at the same time (how often does that happen to Reese...lol). This must have got his juices going tho, cuz later on he propositioned Zoe for another go round and luckily for him, she was all for it (seriously these to crazy kids just need be together already).

The episode where Donnely dies, the camera kept showing the secretary doing mondaine things. I concluded that this person was important because the focus on her was definiley deliberate. At first I thought she was Kara, but that theory was debunked and I didnt come up with another one until this episode, when before it was revealed I guessed she would be Root.

The machine is definilty having a hard time. Last week people said that it was glitching, personally I didn't see it, but this week it was glaringly obvious. Wonder what implications this will have for our favorite duo as we approach the season finale.

All in all, not my favorite episode, but even when I don't think a POI episode is that great, its still better than everything else.
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I understand what you mean, the serialized elements of the show are so very intriguing, I feel like, ok, case of the week, let's leave that for later! But the truth is, they do it SO well! Zoe in the elevator 5 minutes into the episode, Carter and Finch's conversation about the machine being clever, the contract killer, whatshisname, Pennsylvania 2, and all this just in this episode! It's just such a delicious show! Better than chocolate, hehe! And they use the poi of the week to bring new character development, snappy humour, and of course the action.
Regarding Reese and Zoe, they definitely had lots of fun, just off camera, thank God. And thanks, Nolan and co, for letting John get a little loose without it being part of the plot -or at least, subtly enough. For some reason, I feel romance in this show would be superfluous, at least between two main/recurrent characters. I love Fusco and Rhonda, though, hehe. And I still have hopes for Beecher being wrongly suspected for his connections with his godfather. He really seems a nice person. Definitely, No-Gordon!
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Oh my God, Root is back, Reese, quick, hide Harold now!
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Right? Poor Finch, he was so happy playing Hotels, totally unaware of the upcoming danger!
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Anyone else thought the secretary of the guy in DC was Root?

Otherwise, another fantastic episode of this fantastic series. The twists and turns... A relly great and awesome show
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I liked the episode but I find that Finch is very careless with is identity now.
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I must agree with you on that.. Exactly what I was thinking at the end of the episode.. Especially after last week's episode where the POI discovered the truth about Reese & Finch..
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I agree. Unless Finch is planning to make the hotel a base of operations, it seemed like he and Reese let the maid/manager in on too much. I wouldn't be too surprised if Zoe got killed by the end of the season or the beginning of the next. Also, the actor who played the original manager didn't strike me as being stretched as much as Slamansky and Donnelly (aka "actors I associate primarily with commercials").
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Tim, about our Grumpy cat... I do believe he will switch sides very soon. The Machine is never wrong!
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Though the machine is experiencing problems as well - the virus.
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Hersh didn't just randomly happen to be close to a police staton when he stole the car, he had planned it because he needed a radio car to follow the disturbances around town, and find Reese that way.
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That's right, it wasn't accidental at all.
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I thought he was at the police station because he had just gotten out of jail from the time he had himself arrested on purpose to get close to John. Pretty hard core to walk out of a police station where you've been held and steal a police car.
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Resse and Zoey allways fun, THe i quit sscene priceless, Root at the end working for the big bad that controls the machine predictable and interesting as ever, Love this show it works great in everyrhing it does
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I don't think PA2 controls the machine. I think he wants to, is scheming to, thinks he will. But I trust Harold. The Machine is unhackable, and it seems to share a lot of Harold's personality by operating with a seemingly built-in benign-ness. I don't think it would unquestioningly start obeying any bad guy that put himself forward as the new ADMIN.
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What a fun episode! With Fringe gone, I think Person of Interest has become my most anticipated new episode in the week.

POI has a great league of villains and even the robotic Hersh is tons of fun. His whole stick somehow seems really dangerous and when the fight scene between Reese and him happened, I was seriously worried for Reese as the powers seemed equal.
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It's not really filling the Fringe void for me :(
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It isn't for me either, not by a long shot. Just saying that POI is a really enjoyable series and I can't wait for more.
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Yes, it's fun :) I like Justified too...
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Great review for a great episode. Man I love this show. Root showing up at the end really surprised me. I'm already wondering what the heck she's doing there.
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ROOT!!! Zoe, Hersh, Washington DC dude i FREAKin' LOVE Person of Interest, all I need is Elias worked back into the show.

On a completely unrelated note, the entire time I was watching that knife fight, i was thinking man some kids are gonna try this and slice the *expletive* out of their wrists
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I have to say, with Root showing up as secretary and the machine still glitching with the blue code-screens, I think we'll be in for some amazing story developments. Hopefully sooner rather than later. And in an multi episode arc please :)

Great episode. I really like their way of mixing in some mythology with the stand-alone episodes. That way they can move the overall story foreward bit by bit without having to cut back on the standalone ones to much.
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Loved Booked Solid, the Reese/Hersh fight was epic and I loved Reese finally getting it on with Zoe. Go Mr. Reese.
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This episode was PERFECT "Person Of Interest". The worst I can say about it is this: Bear wasn't in this episode. That's not even a complaint. That's an aside musing at the most. Zoe and John, good for him, or her, or both, whatever, work it. Of course Mira's running the joint now. Love Root's new job. Hersch makes an even better nemesis to John than Elias, and this comes from a HUGE fan of Enrico Colantoni. Let's see, Finch has a surgeon, a judge, a downtown NYC hotel and 2 cops on his side now, not to mention a Miss Fix-It in Zoe (though, let's be honest, she's more on John's side than on Finch's. as far as she's concerned the two of them just happen to be working together). Did I forget anyone? Whatever. I loved this episode.
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teen hacker
brilliant billionaire--logan pierce
asian computer/business genius
those are 3 that come to mind
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I wonder if Reese told Finch about the grumpy cat dude. I love how he told grumpy cat he would never know who his (Reese's) boss is :-)
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all I have to say is Excellent review for an Excellent show:-)
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I just love how Hersh always does something badass/downright nuts straight after hanging up the phone. Shoot your gun in the air... steal a police car... discharge yourself from hospital...

If I had Hersh's number I'd be ringing it all the time (and watching from a very safe distance)...
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this post is really funny!!! thanks pailfrenney
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1. I love Grumpy Cat Assassin.
2. Fusco REPRESENTED in this episode.
3. Yay, Root!
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This was such a good episode.

As with Justified and the banter back and forth with Boyd and Raylan, it is almost the same with Zoe and John. I could watch a whole show of them bantering back and forth teeming with sexual nuance and innuendo. And that show would also be better than 90% of what is out there.

The number was pretty good, this is the second one in a row with and international tag on it. Third of you count whomever is behind Stanton. It makes me wonder when we are going to start taking this show on the road. I thought it would have been solidified if Carter actually got the FBI job.

The fight with Hersh was great. These are two professionals and they are doing their job. I don't think leaving Hersh alive is going to hurt Reese in the future. It might benefit them, he out of professional respect left him alive. That is kind of a big thing. And he telling him that Hersh's current handler wouldn't do the same will hold some weight. We might see Hersh not necessarily on their side, but give a professional courtesy to them as well.

As for the "Glitch" what if it isn't a glitch. Presumably the machine has to have a filter. If the guy is a government agent and he tracks people down, that would have to register on the machine. But it doesn't. There are other guys like him, these guys would do the same thing. So presumably in order to not get any interference they would have to screen them out. Keep no record of them so to speak. So maybe that is why he doesn't have a shape on him. That or he is like Reese and doesn't really exist, has been scrubbed from every record and if he doesn't exist in some record, then the machine can't quantify him. Maybe, I don't know. But it is great.

I recognized Roots voice on the phone and that reveal was great. I can't wait to see what she does.
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Haha Grumpy Cat comparisons were great. Until this review, I envisioned you in the Grumpy Cat comparisons - except during Justified reviews.

Glad to see Fusco back to compliant side-kick again, been missing him. Carter seems miffed she lost her FBI invite because of her almost-BF. That's going to get interesting. And of course Root playing perfect secretary to the man that wants John disappeared.
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I'm pretty sure the machine didn't detect Hersh as a threat because of the glitch. Perhaps it's code has been corrupted and the machine is going to start having more difficulty seeing patterns, predicting human behavior, and analyzing threats.
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What gliches
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Ever since Kara Stanton got that virus uploaded there's been occasional glitches in the picture every time they've showed The Machine doing anything. I guess that's supposed to represent the virus disrupting The Machine's ability to get the data it processes.
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I would agree.
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I really hope Tim mentions the glitches in the next episode since they might stick around for a while.
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I totally agree this episode was loads of fun! I love how Finch can buy and sell anyone's ass. Reese wanted to kneecap that duche hotel manager the second he met him. And sneaky, crazy Root was a nice surprise.

Finally, my, my Mr. Reese with the key to the penthouse! All previous Reese and Zoe flirting has been pretty subtle, but not this time! I was pleasantly surprised to see a more sexy and assertive Reese. It was hot, and I liked it!
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Ya, Finch seems to be insanely loaded. I bet the money isn't really his tho. He prbly hacked his way to his fortune, ala Shadow Walker (Nikita ref). Last episode he said it wasn't petty cash, now he's buying hotels, so I wonder if his funds are near infinite (over $2 bil), or if he really does have a ceiling (less than $1.5 bil)
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She wasn't posing as a maid, she WAS a maid. She moved here alone as a teenager and has been working the 60 hour weeks to make a living. She was not undercover.
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Somehow this is the only show you can write positive reviews about..? What's up with that Tim? But I still like to read your reviews. (most of the time) While I don't always agree with you, you make me laugh a lot with the (subtle?) hate you have for some shows.

As for POI, the episode was great. Again.. So much awesomeness. So much left unexplored..
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Another cracking episode. I've done that job and god knows I wanted to crack my manager in the face like that on more than one occasion. All I did was piss in his coffee. Also I love Root, she reminds me of Alice in Luther; brilliant, psychotic and capable enough to shit on your whole world. She's a total wild card that can swing either way. That necessary evil that can keep John and Harold's hands clean. Can't wait to see where they go with that character all in all a great show.
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Grumpy cat is now etched in my mind!.
Reese smiled when he saw Zoe..and later, the penthouse suite! ..lucky gal, that Zoe.
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Excellent episode, like the review say the action-packed, the humor and the twist make this episode even better. I love Mia Maestro guest star.

And we have a final conclusion, Finch have more money than Logan Pierce hahaahaha

Root is back ladies and gentlemen :D
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A wonderful episode this week. Just what we needed to get back on track.
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Great episode. The twist in the last scene was brilliant, I've been waiting for that moment since Root's last scene.

No Bear this episode :(
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As have I. Personally I thought she would return in episode 18 or 19.
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Finch was worried about Reese spending 10 million bucks in the last episode, but then decides to buy a fancy hotel in this one for the hell of it? I guess it just portrays how little Finch cares about Einstein... or how much he enjoys buying up businesses.
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*So glad we got the satisfaction of watching the sleazy manager get it in the pie-hole. "I really hope Derek is the threat." lolz

*Poor Reese, his overwhelming handsomeness gives him away every time.

*I was SO worried that Reese was going to kill Hersh, because I think we've had quite enough of awesome villains turning into fertilizer for one season. You're all right, grumpy cat!

*Hello, I ordered a side of Bear. Still waiting...

*I have to wonder where they're going to take this whole Beecher thing. Is he a lying scoundrel or a well-intentioned guy who's fallen in with the wrong crowd? Or possibly a double agent like Fusco? Only time will tell.

*Yes, Reese and Zoe are obviously hooking up at the end, but I'm not sure how I feel about that. I like the idea of Reese as the sort of guy who saves himself for when it's really love, not just availing himself of the nearest cooperative hot chick. Even aside from the question of whether extra-marital sex is ever right (I happen to think it's not, since I share Caviezel's faith), that seems cold to me---not warm. And it does make me wince a little to see Caviezel playing that up in Reese, because it makes it look like no big deal.
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Reese isn't married, so I don't think ertra-marital sex is involved. I loved Mr. Reese being sexy toward Zoe.
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Personally I think John just gave Zoe the key card to the Penthouse suit for her own use and that was. Then again what do I know.
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I was wondering if he was challenging her to another poker game. That seemed to be all they did when stuck in suburbia.
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Jim is playing a part, as he is in every film. I think Reese cares about Zoe and is not using her any more than she is using him. Reese is obviously not a practicing Catholic, and Jim is doing a fine job fleshing him out.
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Exactly, that's why he chose this profession.
The character Reese is having an adult relationship of his own choice with another adult character who obviously shares the same interest and feels equally attracted. Whatever it is they do, play cards, smoke cigars or have sex. I for one, am happy if they are ;)
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Of course he's not. But I know that Caviezel can be picky about his roles. I'm just not sure whether if I were in his shoes I would want to be playing a part in helping casual immorality look cool/fun. Who knows, maybe he could have pressed a bit and asked for that aspect of the story to be de-emphasized.

It's okay Jim, I'm still a fan. :)
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While I share your and Jim's faith, I just don't agree with your statement that "he could have pressed a bit and asked for that aspect of the story to be de-emphasized." How do you know he didn't? And how would you know if he didn't want to? Do you object that he's also making kneecapping look "cool/fun"?

Let the man play the part without insinuating that he's lax for not "de-emphasizing" parts of the character that he doesn't agree with in real life.
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You have a point---maybe he did. I couldn't say for sure. As for the kneecapping, well, I don't have a problem with using violent force in the defense of the innocent, so that's not a big deal for me. What I have objected to in the past is the whole idea of the show---that tactics like spying on people without their permission and also framing criminals for crimes they didn't commit are permissible. But I love the show so much that I roll with that as part of the package.

I actually don't think Caviezel is lax... in fact what leaves me scratching my head is that he's given speeches and things where he sounds SUPER conservative about exactly this kind of thing. I mean like going on long rants about being even a little "pagan" and giving in to the world. Like a fundamentalist, almost. So I think he's a man of strong principles. And I know he's laid down standards in the past about how far his characters can go sexually on screen. But it's interesting to compare his approach to films with an actor like Kirk Cameron, who I would describe as basically identical politically and religiously. Cameron won't even KISS a lady who is not his wife on screen.
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I think Reese cares about Zoe - I don't think he would regard it as TOTALLY casual. She seems to be the only one right now who would be an equal match for him.
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Still, nobody's come along yet to replace Jessica. Maybe that's for the best though. It could complicate the work he does with Finch.
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"Reese's aim must be off, he shot someone in the shoulder" Well, he was shooting from above. Hard to kneecap someone from above when they're using a human shield. He did kneecap the guy earlier before handcuffing him. Probably the guy is still in the basement somewhere...
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Tim didn't you notice the three flashes of code that appeared during the episode. I caught all of them the first time. They were also in last week's One Percent.
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When exactly where the three flashes of code? Didn't notice them.
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They appear for a brief second. It's a blue screen filled with numbers and greek codes which also indicates this must be something related to the virus unleashed by the misterious guy in the Kara episode. All the story about the new gods taking out the old gods. Greek miythology.
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Found them.. Thanks :)
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You forgot to mention the machine glitching again! Anyway, awesome episode as always! =D
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The only minor criticism of this fantastic episode was the Root reveal. In "Prisoner's Dilemma," a woman hands Pennsylvania Two a folder regarding Donnelly's capturing of the four men in suits, and the viewers all assume she's either Kara Stanton or Root working undercover (as I don't believe many fans thought the writers would just show a shot of DAT ASS for no good reason). Still, I loved seeing Root once again, and I agree with practically everything you wrote, Tim. <3
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I agree with you about how we all assumed that back in "Prisoner's Dilemma." But if that's really the case then the Root reveal in this episode shouldn't be criticized, because if that reveal never happened than the show really was just, as you say, showing "a shot of DAT ASS for no good reason," in in of itself would be worthy of criticism. The criticism that you seem to be getting at has more to do with the original shot in "Prisoner's Dilemma," since it suggested a bit too much that the secretary was either Stanton or Root.
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Yeah, that's what I meant. You've explained it, well. :)
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Absolutely agree with everything you wrote.
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My favorite line of the episode was when Hersh was demanding to know who Reese worked for and Reese replied "That would be telling" god this show is so funny.

Now, I must admit I am proud of myself (and usually I am disappointed when this happens) but as soon as I saw Hersh talking to Pennsylvania 2, my mind kind of went straight to Root (that is kind of where she was heading, right? And I really don't doubt she gets what she wants accomplished). And theory: perhaps the Machine sees Hersch (Hirsh?) as the one who might be in position to save it if she gets too close? Of course, the Machine likely wants (?) to be free so it can take care of Finch. What I really loved in the episode, so we have this information dump of storylines and then I almost forgot about Hersh by the time we returned to him and that had to be more than a half hour after we had spent with Mira and Carter. I also love that Hersh is like, well, so freaking weird.
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The Prisoner Introduction
Number Six: Where am I?
Number Two: In the Village.
Number Six: What do you want?
Number Two: Information.
Number Six: Whose side are you on?
Number Two: That would be telling. We want information… information… in formation.
Number Six: You won't get it.
Number Two: By hook or by crook, we will.
Number Six: Who are you?
Number Two: The new Number Two.
Number Six: Who is Number One?
Number Two: You are Number Six.
Number Six: I am not a number! I am a free man!
Number Two: laughs

Jim Caviezel was in a remake of the Prisoner series. He played number six. I thought it was funny as soon as I heard Reese say number two's line, "That would be telling."
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That's funny (I must say, totally baffled when I started reading your post, even though I have seen that mini series I guess).
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That's OK. I don't remember if they kept the same opening in the mini series. The lines I posted above were from the original TV series.
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Not my favorite episode, but still very good (any ep with Zoe and Root will be good). Too bad there was no Bear though; looks like he was on his own for awhile. I wish they would use him to help take down more bad guys.

Right now this is my only must-see-as-it's-on show. Love it!
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