Person of Interest "Bury the Lede" Review: Getting Our Facts Straight

Person of Interest S02E05: "Bury the Lede"

Last night gave us a pretty nifty episode of Person of Interest in "Bury the Lede," which asked an intriguing question: How can we reverse engineer an episode's story in order to end up with a shootout on a merry-go-round? The answer was a complex case involving a headstrong (and sexy!) investigative journalist, a mayoral race, a bunch of dirty cops, and an awkward first date. "Bury the Lede" hit a lot of vintage Person of Interest sweet spots, combining humor, an ever-expanding mythology, and some incredibly ridiculous circumstances. Whenever an episode does all this, the show is damn near unstoppable.

This week's persona de interesante was Maxine (White Collar's Gloria Votsis), a get-the-story-at-any-costs-even-if-it-means-posing-as-a-prostitute-and-blackmailing-a-public-figure kind of gal who collected scoops like your cousin collects Pokemon cards. She was a bit abrasive at first, but by the end of the episode I warmed up to her mostly because Reese softened her up and helped her seem more tolerable, much like the Brazilian diplomat's daughter in "Masquerade." Hey, at least these damsels who Reese saves from distress aren't completely helpless and have some moxie.

Maxine had been digging up dirt on one of the city's mayoral candidates, and had previously written exposés (well, exposés after the fact) on many cases that Reese and Finch busted wide open, including Elias and the network of dirty policemen known as HR. Naturally, we were led to believe her articles had made her the target, and because she kept sticking her nose in an ongoing investigation to find out who the head of HR was, it was up to Reese to step in and save both the investigation and her. But this is Person of Interest, so obviously the obvious wasn't so obvious.

In a first for the series, the person of interest turned out to be the perpetrator by indirectly causing harm to someone else. When Maxine wrote an article incriminating a mobster's son named Zambrano as the head of HR (which was later proved false), it led other rival factions to take him out and leave Maxine with one giant "oopsie!" on her hands. Turns out he was a good guy who was actually a lead witness in an investigation that would have blown up a whole criminal underground. And in another first for the series, this all went down while Reese couldn't let her know he was protecting her, because she was also tracking leads on "the mystery man in the suit!" So how did Reese and Finch find a workaround to get close and protect her? Match-Heart.com.

I'll never get tired of this show thrusting the cyborg-ish Reese-inator into regular awkward human situations, no matter how ridiculous the means of putting him in there are. Last night, Reese was set up on a date with Maxine through an online dating website after Finch sorted through the algorithms and made Reese a perfect match for Maxine by sharing interests and posting pictures of Bear. Finch did all the legwork with flirty texts and instant messages, and the kicker was that all of this was done without Reese's knowledge. The fact that Finch thought it would work shows how detached these two socially defunct clowns are from the rest of society, and Reese was a glorious disaster on the first date, saying all the wrong things and not knowing any details about Maxine because he wasn't involved in the get-to-know-you virtual conversations. Men, amirite ladies? I just have one question: What would Finch have done if the person of interest wasn't a lovely female investigative journalist? I would pay big bucks to see an episode where Reese gets set up with a hulking, hairy gay man. Hey, he's already fond of bears.

After Reese proved himself to be a worthy gentleman, their subsequent dates involved digging up the truth, dodging bullets, and pancake breakfasts. This all eventually led to the cool carousel shootout, where Zambrano's ledger—which had incriminating evidence on all sorts of crooked cops—was hidden.

While all this was going down, dear old Fusco had his own HR problems. Sensing the truth was ready to come out, Simmons—the dirty cop who looks like Nazi Frankenstein—tasked Fusco with cutting off the FBI investigation at the pass and getting the ledger before others did. We've come a long way with Fusco, and it's always painful to see him dragged back into HR's business after so much redemption, but that's the curse of his character and I don't expect it to end anytime soon. However, it was imperative that Fusco get the ledger, because his name was in that book, too.

Eventually the ledger (nothing makes for a more exciting key to a case than a business ledger) got into the right hands and then into Fusco's hands, and the real culprit was outed: the young handsome mayoral candidate! When will you ever learn, handsome politicians? But that too turned out to be a misdirection, because there was another puppet behind the scenes. Young handsome candidate's opponent's campaign manager Quinn, played by The Wire's Clarke Peters. He's the actual head of HR, a man who makes a living planting powerful people in powerful positions while he stands in the background with his fingers in everything.

Can I just say how much I love the way Person of Interest has layered its bad factions? Root was cleverly disguised for half a season, Elias's true identity was hidden well after we knew he existed, and now Quinn has emerged as the head of HR long after we first tangled with HR's many lieutenants. There have been plenty of Batman comparisons with Reese, but the hierarchy and tangled web of villains and factions is just as Batman-y. This really is a superhero comic come to life, minus the tights and silly names.

"Bury the Lede" was another fantastic episode of Person of Interest, which effortlessly mashed up humor, an intriguing case, and a big reveal in the overall mythology. I hope this how goes a million seasons.



NOTES

– There was some funny Cyrano de Bergerac stuff going on as Finch did all the flirting and developed a crush on Maxine (she quoted Orwell? Swoooon!) while Reese played the handsome exterior. And Reese wearing glasses to look smarter? Too funny. Jim Caviezel played that date perfectly.

– More laughs as Finch hid in Reese's closet, which doubled as an arsenal any supporter of the Second Amendment would be proud of.

– Carter continues to descend into redundancy. Girl needs something to do other than be gofer and show up in time badly.

– Maxine on the man in the suit: "He shoots a lot of kneecaps..." Reese: "Sounds like a great guy." So nice to see this show is very self-aware.

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POI is the best show on TV right now! Great review! Finch's face inside the arsenal was hilarious!
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@TimSurrette

"But this is Person of Interest, so obviously the obvious wasn't so obvious." AND

"I'll never get tired of this show thrusting the cyborg-ish Reese-inator into regular awkward human situations, no matter how ridiculous the means of putting him in there are."



I love watching POI - then catching your reviews. Great writing! (Reese-inator. Obviously).

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Oh I see. So you think that a reporter writing a story incriminating someone with absolutely no facts or reliable sources is just an oopsie. Not a willfully negligent and evil act. OK. Then I hope it happens to you, and we will have this to show that you don't think its criminal behavior. Just remember to stand by your words here. In the real world Maxine would be sued for wrongful death, defamation of character and many other things. She could even go to jail.
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I'm with you on this one. The so-called journalist was a complete jerk, and her boss wasn't much better. "Somebody got murdered today because of me. I've had such a bad day." This woman was despicable, and I hope they never bring her back.
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I adore this show. But this was the weakest episode ever.

The show features the most retarded reporter in the world; After a evil sounding anonymous caller tells her that a guy was going to be arrested for being the head of HR, she calls a FBI agent that looks like he is 14 yrs old, who tells her is that Agent Donelli has said the guy's name several times in connection with an investigation. Then she accuses the guy of being the head of HR, and he yells at her for accusing him, and says he doesn't know what she is talking about. She figures that since he yelled at her, he must be guilty. Because a man would NEVER yell at someone for telling awful lies about him. So...From these "facts" she decides that the guy is guilty, and about to be arrested. And writes a story saying she knows this to be true. WHAT???

So she prints the story, is completely wrong, gets an important witness killed, and isn't even fired for that. As soon as she gets some actually correct facts, her bosses act like all is forgiven. What kind of world does that happen in? The reading public would never trust an idiot like her again, no matter how many correct stories she wrote. She would NEVER live something that stupid down.

Not only is she a terrible reporter, but also stupid on all fronts. Reese poses as an online date, and our clever Lois Lane isn't a bit suspicious of a guy that likes her enough to stick around after being shot at, but doesn't even put his arm around her once.

It would have been better script writing if she was at least blacklisted from ever writing again. You can't just write unfounded libel and say "oh! sorry!" and leave it at that.

One more episode like this, and I am done watching. This has been a very good show, but they failed miserably here.
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@ Lollipop - You write, "One more episode like this, and I am done watching. This has been a very good show, but they failed miserably here."

Girl, take a breath!

POI hasn't taken a misstep yet - in 28 brilliantly written and acted episodes - and you're ready to bail after one disagreement? Breathe in. Breathe out. Tonight they'll try again - with both Zoe Morgan and Nathan Ingram returning. Should be good! Enjoy!
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I thought it was funny that you mentioned Batman because I was thinking Superman in this episode. The bumbling (Clark) in the glasses to hide his identity, showing up after all the action wondering what he missed. A high risk journalist and a wise father figure.

Favorite line: Finch - "I really wish you wouldn't do that here." Reese - "When I do it in the park people look at me funny." Love this show - intelligence, humor, kickin' butt - love it.
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Totally agree! (Reese was cleaning his sniper rifle in front of Finch in the library).

Still makes me chuckle. : )
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My husband and I LOVE this show. Reese never lets a bad guy get away if he can, and he doesn't hand them over to the police. He deals with them. I hope this show will be on for a LONG time!
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Tim, I'm shocked that you forgot to mention one extremely ludicrous/hilarious/perfect show moment--Bear and the squeaky toy. The Belgian Malnois that could rip your throat out sits there obsessed with the squeaky toy, and ignores the ball when Finch gets tired of the squeak squeak squeak. Perfection!



Of course, the exchange between Reese and Finch when Reese is trying to escort Finch out before Maxine sees him is nearly as priceless.



And then there was Zoe goosing Reese ... only POI can blend this much ludicrous stuff in with a very tense episode, and not only get away with it, but soar so far above the other shows out there that it makes the others look like filler stuff between POI episodes.

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Really great review. I hear Finch's lost love Grace is back next week for a 3 episode arc so I am hoping for lots of flashbacks. I am also hoping Fusco resists going back to the dark side, that would be too heartbreaking.
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Erm it is actually "persona de interes" (with an accent/tilde in that last "e" that I cannot put on this site because of the fact it is very unfriendly to other languages other than English) instead of "persona de interesante"

Loved your review and loved the epi!
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What, no word on the great Paige Turco? So Zoe is now such an awesome character, she doesn't need to be mentioned anymore? Aaaah... big-ass failure there, Surette.

Man, that first date is now my all-time favorite scene ever from "PI", even ahead of all Reese's usual badassery. Between him and Maxine being super-awkward, Zoe showing up to literally steal his attention away from his 'date', and Finch giving his own twist on "How to be a Player", I was laughing hysterically. And the writers even made fun of themselves with that kneecaps joke! And, later on, how about the Closet of Death!? And, throughout the episode, Bear's chew toy! Seriously, this is the kind of insanely amusing, yet very well-written show that should get series nominated for Emmys.

The overall intrigue was truly masterful. The final reveal, I saw it coming, just because I kinda figure that, if you got someone like Clarke Peters in your roster, you want to keep him around as long as possible. Glad we're still not done with Quinn, Simmons and the rest of HR - frankly, there's nothing scarier, in my book, than a bunch of dirty cops (protected by the shield), so that's the kind of villains I expected Reese and Finch to have way more trouble dealing with, even more so than, say, Root - even though I like her. To see how they majorly screwed over Maxine was really sad... yet brilliant! Now that he thinks he's done with NYC's most crooked, I wonder if that FBI guy will really stick around to catch 'the Man in the suit'. By the way... do you think Maxine may have figured that one out? I don't know, the way she broke things up with John... weird. She was strangely coy about it, as if she was all like 'wink-wink/guess what I know?', but maybe it simply was another example of the overall awkwardness that define their relationship... As I say, I don't know.

I know one thing, though: Reese and Morgan should get a room. Like, right now. I get it, John lost the love of his life, and it hurts and all, but, sorry for the bluntness, it's been a while, he ain't dead, they weren't together, and, when a hot girl looks at you the way Zoe looks at him, and you look back at her the way he looks at her, so intensely that even his date couldn't help noticing, SOMETHING GOT TO GIVE, right? Hey, being an undercover badass 24/7 is a hard job - long hours, always ending up in extremely hazardous situations. So seriously expect him to also be pious about it? All I'm saying is: go get some, bro. You definitely deserve it, and, believe me, that girl is WILLING and READY, completely GTF, if I can be supremely douchey about it!

And,if that mean more appearances from Paige Turco, even better!
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I'm totally in lust with Paige Turco. Can't get enough of her in whatever TV show or movie she's in. And I love the Zoe character. So glad the writers decided to make her a recurring character. Seem to me Finch is the one infatuated wth her though. He's the one keeps calling her in, the specialist as he calls her.



And BTW you're not wrong about Maxine, who after all is a smart, perceptive, investigative reporter, who may have missed some (like the firefight outside the restaurant) but not all the signs. I've watched the final parting scene over and over - that coy smile; the line "...with the week I just had if a man like that really existed I'd have met him by now"; and letting go of the 'man in the suit' story after the painful lesson she learned with Zambrano, "Yeah you were right. Urban legend".



She's totally figured out that Reese is the 'man in the suit,' and she also knows that "putting the scoop ahead of the truth" just to make a bigger name for herself will do a lot more harm than good.
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Love this show. How can it get better each episode? Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson are fabulous. Their comic timing needs to be acknowledged and praised. It's a rare natural gift and can't be taught, and helps make Person of Interest the show it is.
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My favorite show on television! But they have to end this HR stuff its getting old. I just want some regular exciting episodes. POI isn't the only show that has these long story lines. NCIS does it all the time and it gets old there also.
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I don't really have anything to say that hasn't been said already in this article or the comments before me. So, I'll just point-form summarize:

- LOVED this episode, as usual.

- Among the many positives of this show, the one I think I don't mention nearly enough is the casting choices. CLARKE PETERS?! The Wire is one of my favorites of all time, and Lester was easily one of the best characters. Lester as the head of HR makes me grin like a buffoon.
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loved this episode( and love this show )...all good things were already mentioned in review and comments below,so I'll just ask question(s) that were on my mind lately about this show:



1) realisticly how long(how many seasons I mean) do you think POI will last? ( I hope around 4-5 seasons with great stories )

2) will this case-of.-week thing get bored in season 3 and will it more or less repeat itself? talking about cases....there are only so many you can do, before you say: "Been there,done that"...(maybe saying season 3 too soon, but in season 4 let's say that happens)

3) ( I hope) do you think machine will be "set free" ? Seeing how "inteligent" machine is, I keep thinking about this machine as similar as Skynet from Terminator:D
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1) When you meet a potential partner/love interest, do you find yourself asking these same questions? If so, STOP. You are jinxing the beauty and magic dude. Nothing lasts forever, so quit worrying about the expiration date and just enjoy the now.



2) As for the case-of-the-week, Law & Order ran for 20 years, L&O:SVU is in S14, CSI is in S13, and NCIS is in S10 - apparently Americans never, ever, tire of the case-of-the-week, especially when there are nefarious and cleverly devious supervillains like Clarke and Root lurking in the shadows, waiting to (try to) take our heroes down.



3) The Machine IS free. It is operating under its own programming, it is self-maintaining, self-repairing, completely closed to outside programming and so far as we know, has no back door (I think Nathan added one Harold is unaware of however). We have seen it override its programming when it helped Reese locate Finch, and we've seen evidence that the machine not only shows an understanding of human connections, it has demonstrated its own preferences in certain situations when in fact it should theoretically be perfectly objective/utilitarian. On the off chance the Machine's AI evolves and develops anthropomorphic qualities, it is more likely to resemble Joshua/WOPR from WarGames than Skynet from Terminator, given its creator, its programming, imperative and mandates, and its unintended yet unfettered attachment to Harold and now Reese. You should be way more afraid of those terrifying automatons at the NSA who do not even ask why the people they are sent to kill are marked for death - those guys are BAD CODE!
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comparing this to real life...really? REALLY?!?!?



Those shows might last that long,ok great for them,but these days times are different. People get bored with things. For example Heroes was awsome at start and what I thought was,that they would last longer then they did, but that wasn't the case.



Machine can be "accessed"...Finch said so himself,didn't he? When he was talking to Root
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Lol, I wasn't making direct comparisons to real life, simply engaging you to reconsider your perspective, that lens through which you view the world. Forgive any unintended offense; admittedly, your attachment philosophy, to television programming and to people, is none of my concern.



I agree, humans have notoriously short attention spans (another factor lending weight to my point 1) above), however, in the example of Heroes, the lack of longevity for that particular series owes itself more to failures of management than of the fans: the writing and production teams and the network let down the fans, not the reverse.



As for what was said to Root, Finch was a hostage, he would have told her the machine could engineer and produce the world's most perfect s'mores if he thought it would keep her from killing him prematurely. As I recall, he told her he could take her to the Machine, not that he would necessarily ensure her access into it. Harold is crafty like that.



In flashbacks to scenes between Nathan and Harold last season in "No Good Deed," we saw them arguing about Harold's decision to make the Machine a totally closed system in order to protect the Machine from the human beings who would have "control" of it once it was relocated and activated. The Machine would be inaccessible to everyone, including Harold and Nathan. Though Nathan disagreed with this protocol, he agreed with the logic influencing this design decision. In a flashback at the close of the episode, Nathan was onsite at the final housing location, booting up the Machine, and I believe it was implied that he built a backdoor into the system before he booted from test mode into operational mode. Finch would theoretically have no direct knowledge of the backdoor, though considering his relationship with Nathan and his aptitude for discerning actions from human nature, I think he suspects this to be the case. In deference to Nathan's reservations, Harold engineered "Contingencies" into the programming, such as the one that went into effect when Harold was kidnapped by Root - the Machine was programmed to contact Reese directly in the event something occurred making Harold nonoperational, and to not assist with any efforts to recover Finch.



It was this Contingency programming the Machine overrode when Reese presented it with his ultimatum: get Finch back or Reese walks. The Machine's AI is evolving, it is overriding its programming, making value judgments, establishing its own priorities. Regardless of the designer's intentions, the original programming is not perfectly objective because it is of human design, and as such reflects the designer's biases, wherever they may lie on the ethical spectrum. We know Harold to be a deeply ethical and committed man, but like every human, he has his own shortcomings and we can only hope that like Joshua, the Machine "learns" to be a better expression of humanity than its parent/creator.



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yeah I know you what you meant with that 1st question...was joking a bit there,but you couldn't see that,could you?:D.....(that's because we all live in Matrix:P:P:P )



some good points on Machine.
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Liked the joke, when Reese was cleaning his sniper rifle... "If I do this in the park, people look at me funny."
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Anybody else think Maxine will make an appearance again later in the season coming for 'the man in the suit'? I sure hope she does.

POI rebounded fantastically after last week's disaster. Perfect acting, writing and tone. This show is awesome!
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I really hope she will. Not pursuing the 'man in the suit' (I think she's figured out Resse is the 'man in the suit' and decided to spike that story) but as a resource, much like Zoe.
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I loved Triggerman, I thought it was exciting and well done. Especially liked the ending, with the chess game and Reese coming back for the bounty hunter. I didn't think it was a disaster at all.
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That was the worst episode of POI to date. You may have liked it, but it wasn't well done or exciting. The overacting by the Reese-wannabe, the contrived sleuthing by Reese and Finch were too much to bear in the last episode. The chess game was the only good thing.
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Oh sorry, I don't agree. Triggerman was fine, not great, but OK. Bury the Lede was just terrible. I wonder if they changed writers? It doesn't seem like the last two episodes were too good. Oh oh.
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Thank you!!!!!! Finally someone that isn't brainwashed into thinking that just because the show has been great up until now, this was a passable episode. It sucked. It was unrealistic, the moral dissonance of letting Maxine off the hook for her actions was disgusting, and there was absolutely nothing good added except for the one funny line that Reese gives about putting his rifle together in the park. I liked that. And I liked the idea that he had feelings for Zoe Morgan. But overall a TERRIBLE MESS
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I am so disappointed with Fusco right now... :( Besides that, I really liked this episode a lot. Great advancement of the main plot, finally revealing more about the people behind HR, and some more of that great Person of Interest action and comedy that we've come to expect from the show.
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I don't see a reason to be disappointed with Fusco. If he hadn't torn out the page with his name, he would at the very least have lost his job, and probably gone to prison. By tearing out the page with the other guy's name, he ensured that what remains of HR will trust him more than before.
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He could have at least told John about it, and possibly showed him the other names on the page he took out, so that John knew who to keep an eye on. I can understand his reasoning, both selfish (not being arrested) to keep his connection with HR going so he can keep an eye on them, but I'm still not that thrilled about him being under their thumb again. Though, at least it will give him more to do this season than he has done up to this point. Dirty or not, Fusco is still a very interesting character, so I won't argue with him getting more screen time.
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Why? John is the one that got him into the dangerous situation in the first place. John doesn't trust Fusco. Wy should Fusco trust John? If John hadn't thrown away the cell phone evidence FORCING Fusco to call on HR to get rid of the body HR would have nothing on FUsco.
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there were only 4 names he took out of which Reese already nows 2. when he`s going to notice that the freaky cop wasn`t arrested he`ll know there are other HR people that the FBI missed... i`m sure Fusco will tell Reese eventually anyway.

i just hope they give a plot line to Carter too... or maybe discovering who the HR boss is will be her pet project, making her relationship with Fusco kind of complicated...
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even without the big reveal at the end it would have been a glorious episode. I loved the part when they were shot at leaving the restaurant and reese shot back at them without her noticing. up until that moment I never thought you could fire a gun in a subtle way :)

love the show so much. love Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson so much as well.

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Zoe is back!

I love the scene where she told Maxien (while looking at a deadpan Reese) on how they know each other:

"Oh, we spent two very long nights together last year."

The look on Maxine's face, priceless!

Hahaha.
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So many great lines this episode! My favorite was "He shoots a lot of kneecaps" :)
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LESTER FREAMON, and BTW if you don't know who that is you don't deserve to live. I can't believe they brought Clarke Peters in this show for me he is one of the best actors I have ever seen. JESUS man I'm still "hyper-active" since I saw Lester the smooth.
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Amillion seasons and a movie. Aw heck two movies...

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Go for trilogy!
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This episode was sooooo funny, Finch, bear and the squeaky toy, the look on Finch's face when he noticed all the guns, Reese's face when he realised Finch had set him up on a date with the reporter. So much fun! Michael Emmerson and Jim Caviezel both have excellent comic timing. Putting these two actors together in this show was casting genius.

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You are so right about casting genius, Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel are perfect in their roles and with each other. And it's about time their comic timing be acknowledged. Comic timing is a natural gift and can't be taught, and brings so much to Person of Interest.
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Once again, POI nails another episode to near perfection. I was quite impressed with the action and humor throughout. Bear playing with that squeaky toy was so damn funny lol!!!!
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"And Reese wearing glasses to look smarter?"

That's not why he was wearing them. It was a Superman joke. He just didn't want to be recognized.
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Reese making pancakes - SWOON!

Scene where Baggy-Eyed-FBI-Guy tells Reporter she caused Suspect-actually-GoodGuy-informant-with-evidence's death was a really good scene.
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Thesheer brilliance of POI makes me think Jonathan Nolan was the real genius behind The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Sure, Inception and Batman Begins were great, but those were on a whole different. The man is amazing
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Jonathan Nolan only got the chance to run this show because it was part of the deal Warner Bros. made with Christopher Nolan. Both of them are talented but Chris is Warner's golden goose worth a billion $, he gets all the recognition, praise, clout. The fact that Jonah wrote or co-wrote his famous brother's movies meant nothing to WB. Now that POI is a great success, I'm sure that has changed and WB can't wait to hear what other shows he wants to make. I hope he doesn't leave this show anytime soon.
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Reese assembling his sniper-rifle at Finchs place.

Finch "I do wish you wouldn't do that here"

Reese "When I do it in the park people look at me funny"



classic
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Great review, great show.
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This episode have everything and was just thoroughly entertaining. Michael Emerson is easily one of the best and most underrated actors out there. Everything from his cyber flirting with Maxine, his growing furry friend bromance with Bear and the battle with the squeaky toy, and his facial expressions while hurrying into that arsenal closet....fabulous. It was all fabulous. Love that guy.

Zoe's flirting was quite amusing too. Just because it went so well with Maxine's straight forwardness on the date, and Reese's overall awkwardness over being thrown in such a social situation. I too love watching him squirm a bit when he's forced to be more social than he's accustomed too. It's one of those things that is part of his overall growth as a character with him growing closer to Finch, growing closer to Carter, and even Fusco. I love his perceptiveness with Fusco. He didn't say much to him but you knew that he sensed something was going on and he let Fusco know in an aroundabout way that despite the at times dismissive and callous way he treats Fusco, he will have the man's back. Loved that. I only hope that if Simmons continues to be a problem that Fusco will get Reese involved.

The show is genius in interweaving all of the storylines and having so much going out without it seeming chaotic or making it too difficult to follow. Multiple story arcs are great too. I loved the HR storyline and the moment they said it wasn't the politician I instantly knew it was the campaign manager! This show is basically just awesome all around. I agree that I would like to see Carter involved a bit more, I'm so grateful though that she's become an awesome character compared to how she intitally started and I like the banter she has going with Reese, the growing partnership she has with Fusco, and the reluctant tolerance that she and Finch have with one another. I'd like to see her involved a bit more, but I think she'll be important with the CIA and Snow stuff hanging over them, just as Fusco will be important with the HR stuff. That's a better balance than most shows manage with multiple characters.
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I agree. I think the writers are setting up Carter and Fusco to each play a major part in the CIA and HR storylines. And the CIA storyline will intersect with the Root storyline. Can't wait to see what happens when Resse finds out Cara is still alive.
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Exactly. Ditto!
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What does HR stand for?
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Normally it stands for Human Resources. I think it's just an innocuous way to refer to their evil little group, instead of calling themselves "The Collective" or "The Initiative" or something else that might draw attention to an overheard conversation.

Although now that the FBI and papers know about HR, it's not really all that low key anymore.
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Yes, I assume HR stands for its common and original use, Human Resources. I believe the term "human resources" usually refers to the workforce of people in organizations, so it can generally apply to a group of crooked cops and such.
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Great episode. I love that Lester is another capable big bad. Dude i miss the Wire.
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"Finch, what did i jut ay to her?'' ....LOL .Mr. Reese got a sense of humor to die for.

"I like to think of it as a third attempt at a first date" Swoon!! Mr.Reese is smooth!

" When I do it in the park, people look at me funny" ..pure Reese!!

This show! WOW!.. every baddie got so many layers you jut want to know them before they are dispatched!. I must ask ---How come no one (around) notices when Finch and Reese speaks?---its not like they are using their "inside" voice! ..with this episode i was sure Maxine will notice! but she didn't. One of these days...

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'Finch, what did I just say to her?' and the look on his face when he said it...maybe my favorite line of the night (except maybe the line about doing it in the park)
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I think thats just something the writers have to do. Obviously, if they whispered everything the viewers wouldnt hear those conversations.



They have had a few episodes where ppl notice it though
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best parts of the episode: Finch shutting himself in Reese's gun closet and then his face during the realization and the entire date scenario with Reese and Maxine. The one thing I was wondering is how come Maxine didn't suspect for a minute that Reese might be "the man in the suit?" Like the fact that Reese and Zoe have moved one step closer to being an item :-)
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Actually watch the parting scene closely again. The smile Maxine gives Reese as she's turning away, "Yeah you were right. Urban legend. Besides with the wieek I just had if a man like that really existed I'd have met him by now." Giving up one of her best stories? She totally knows Resse is the 'man in the suit'.
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absolutely agree with your conclusion, and reasoning based on that last conversation, that she figured it out
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I know, it's not like Reese was the smoothest boyfriend ever... Him walking into the police department was particularly awkward: "This really isn't the place for me to be..." Well YEAH. And I think the FBI has seen more of his face beyond the fuzzy pictures because they had him on camera back in "Firewall." Soooo... yeah, I guess he was counting on the Clark Kent glasses. Or something. As for him shooting, notice he did it when Maxine wasn't looking, and sometimes he held the gun in a way that she couldn't see. I loved it when he came out looking all dazed after beating up the agents behind her back and said, "Woah, did I miss anything?" ;)
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Some great Finch-isms in this episode. My favorites: "We're fugitives from the law, hiding out, getting illegal information from a secret government machine. The last thing we want is publicity." Or this one: "I made the grievous error of buying Bear a squeaky toy." ROFL!



I feel so bad for Fusco. I go back and forth on whether it's really right for Reese to force him to be a double agent for HR. He does have a kid, it's not like he has no ties. If you think about it, what he's doing is pretty courageous.



I still want Bear to get some action. Come on, let's have an episode where he saves the day, or bites a bad guy on the leg, or SOMETHING. How about an episode where he gets wounded in action? Human interest baby!



As for Root, I hope she stays away for a good long time. Seriously, if there was an award for Most Annoying Villain Ever, she'd be right up at the top for me.
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My week is not complete without POI. SO fantastic!!!!!! But I do want to see more Bear action.
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This episode was so enjoyable--I laughed out loud at Maxine on the street snickering at a text from Reese and Reese asking Finch,"What did I just say?" Jim's personal car was hot doubling as Reese's stolen wheels, and Zoe got to pat Reese's butt--at least it's a start in the right direction.

Since the Machine only looks for premeditation, I didn't understand how it could have spit her out as a perp. Also, if Reese is wanted as the "man in the suit" why does he not wear any other clothes anymore? In the first few episodes last year, at least he had a blue shirt and a leather jacket (the great tan one was taken home by a producer, but the black one is surely still available.) Would love to see Reese in a pair of jeans and v-neck. Just sayin'.
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well... you could argue that the machine looks for patterns and the way that Maxine got her stories definitely leads some sort of trail. If you add that fact with HR planning to get rid of Zambrino Jr, it makes perfect sense that they would use her. Two birds one stone. So in a way she was both perp and victim. Besides, how are you going to the doubt the machine's awesomeness? It figured out a major terror plot based on how many times a guy frequented a gas station. I can't remember exactly what episode it was but I do remember that.
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Maxine was taking down HR boss`s candidate so he decided to take down both her and protect himself in 1 move... the machine must have spited out her name as soon as she got dirt on and became a threat to that candidate...
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I expect an extra in the Season Two box for Finch's texts. That's a giant character note, and we all know that he'd already gotten himself a lovely lady, so it's not out of character at all.



This week was another great episode, enough twists and turns to keep me guessing (which is important when Season One helped develop those PoI senses that what initially seems to be the case is the opposite of the truth), enough banter to balance the serious and enough Fusco to make me happy after a determined lack thereof. I think Carter's due for another episode of her own as well.



The one thing that really bugged me (and it bugged me because it seems to be a common theme everywhere as of late) was the initial journalist stereotype. I appreciate that they fleshed Maxine out and humanized her, because dammit, journalists aren't all out to muck-rake. They aren't all out to get the story no matter the cost. Stop demonizing the ones finding out your news, people. I'm sorry you can't see past the few who screw up.
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Was it explicitly stated that Quinn was head of HR? Cuz that wasn't the impression I got.



Also, is anyone else vaguely suspicious of Zoe? I always have been. Even if she isn't a bad guy, there's definitely something she's holding back...beyond all those skeletons in all those closets.



In any case, the gang sure does have its hands full with Lester, Root, the shadowy agency, the creepy government hitman, the creepy HR guy, the FBI, Elias, and Reese's old partner all hunting them. I picture these people sitting around a table and cackling maniacally as they plot DOOOOOOM.



This show really is Batman, except no one has been locked up Arkham yet.
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Well they sort of have an Arkham. Shady Mexican prison might make a comeback.
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I liked the fact that finch made reese's date name "mr.anderson". I keep thinking of the matrix which fits with the themes of the show doesn't it? Also.... Loved how and why Zoe was brought into the episode "social psychology" indeed. :)
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I was laughing at the "social psychology" part too. I'd told my husband about that years ago and he didn't believe me.
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Great review, there is no limitations to this shows awesomeness. I hope it's around for a couple of more seasons, and many props for the show, for turning the wire's best detective into one of poi's best baddies:-D
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"Quinn has emerged as the head of HR long after we first tangled with HR's many lieutenants" Well, yeah, but it's not like we knew the guy or anything. This is the first time the character had shown up, and the episode had the usual, "Hmm, they act like Quinn must be important and we know Griffin and Walker aren't the boss because that would be too neat, so who else is left?" plotting that a lot of TV mysteries fall back on. It might have been more interesting if they had Maxine's editor be the HR boss.
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this show is soooooo brilliant! - but I do have a question - what about the ballistics report on the guy reese shot on the carousel? won't that show the bullet wasn't from either of the cops' guns? aren't there reports filed? numbers of bullets shot counted?
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Well he used one of the Agents guns. So my guess would be that the ballistics report would read the one that died was accidentally shot by the other, before he got his neck broke.
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First, I have to agree with Keith, Gloria Votsis did a superb job and since she is a reporter looking out for the "man in the suit" I hope we see her again.

Second, I want Reese's closet.

Third, I want to read the texts sent by Finch.

Lastly, Paige Turco was back as Zoe Morgan, the Fixer.



This was just a fantastic episode. It did what the show does and it did it well. It threw in some genuine laughs, it furthered part of the story and it was just a fun episode. And Zoe was back, her and Reese have a great chemistry and it is always nice to see her back for an episode. The only complaints that I have are that the head of HR was a little obvious and I think (though what they did was hilarious) that Reese would have been more serious about the background intel on his date. However, I wouldn't change that for anything, because him talking with her at the restaurant and Zoe spanking him on the arse was great.



Undoubtably my favorite show, Justified was right up there in the running, but it has to take second to this.
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Tim?! No Superman reference? Or Green Arrow? C'mon!

Reese was obviously Clark Kent/Oliver Queen, protecting from the shadows his courageous and dangerous investigative reporter who's looking to write a story on her hero/vigilante!
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Using the glasses as a disguise is really the only thing that would have any resemblance to Superman, who is a boyscout.

Reese gets gritty, he's not afraid to get his hands dirty, and he will inflict pain on the bad guys without compunction. In this way he's more apt to be compared to Batman.
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When Batman killed anyone?.
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did anyone else notice the background score at the end???it was awesome!!!!
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YES! That was "Building Steam with a Grain of Salt" by DJ Shadow. The perfect song for this great episode.

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Reese using glasses as a disguise? Superman much?

Otherwise I thought the episode had uncharacteristically many plot holes. 1) Reese talking to Finch over the earpiece in many situations without people around him hearing the conversation. 2) Reese walking boldly into the police station without anyone recognizing him? Not even the FBI? Don't they have pictures of him yet? 3) Maxine actually not noticing that Reese was shooting at the assailants outside the restaurant? Or did she notice, but didn't say anything about it? Did she already at that point figure out that Reese was the "man in the suit"?

But I enjoyed the humour. It's subtle. I appreciate that.
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I often think the same thing in regards to the whole ear piece thing. Although, half the time people mention having to turn the TV volume up to 100 while leaning in super close in order to hear Jim Caviezel's whispering so...maybe it could be plausible that no one hears his one sided convos.
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Regrettably, I don't think the earpiece issue will ever go away. We're just supposed to accept it that unless Reese is literally right next to the person and talking to Finch really loudly, nobody even notices.
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Firstly: Gloria Votsis <3!!!

Secondly: Lester Freamon, NOOOOOO!!!

Thirdly: Great review and an awesome episode! I was laughing about the kneecap shooting and the online dating, but seeing Harold in a closet surrounded by grenade launchers, Uzis, and all other manner of firearms was hilarious. "When were you ever going to need all those?!?" Too funny.

The mix of action and humor is one of the reasons Person of Interest is my favorite show on (broadcast) TV.
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