Person of Interest "C.O.D." Review: Just a Bit Outside

Person of Interest S02E09: "C.O.D."

The basic foundation of Person of Interest is that punchy John Reese and brainiac Harold Finch get the social security number of one person in each episode, deduce whether that person is a potential threat or potential victim, and then shoot a bunch of people (usually Eastern European thugs) and save the day. Last night's episode, "C.O.D.," partially followed that course when the Machine handed our Dynamic Duo the digits of a Cuban cab driver, but after that, things got a little muddy and thrown off-course for one of the softer episodes of the season. There were some fantastic redeeming parts of "C.O.D.," most notably everything with Lionel Fusco and BEAR ATTACK!, but the case-of-the-week was all over the place.

This week's person of interest was Fermin Ordonez, a former Cuban baseball prospect who defected to America for a shot at the big leagues and a current hard-working cab driver who got caught in a bad situation when a Russian computer hacker left a valuable laptop in the back seat of his car. Needing some cash to import his wife and son from Cuba, Fermin sold the laptop to a computer store not knowing that it contained all kinds of info from Homeland Security, the kind of stuff that terrorists drool over. The computer store guy sold it to another guy, who then tried to resell it on the black market after realizing what it contained. Meanwhile, the Estonian mafia, who was originally going to buy the laptop from the Russian hacker, was killing anyone who came in contact with the laptop because they wanted it for themselves. It was a lot to throw into an hour of television, and by about halfway through the episode I had no idea where it was going or what the case was really about. That's usually a bad thing.

I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often in Person of Interest cases, actually. Things should be messy all the time; Reese and Finch can't just walk into a case and see it in black and white. Variables and third parties should always be involved, as if this were real life. Oh, but wait, this is television and the reason "messy" doesn't happen more often is that "messy" makes for bad television.

The biggest problem was that Fermin was only involved in the case by accident and his role in it was menial; he was just a guy who came across the laptop and then took a back seat for most of the episode. In fact, there was only one time when he was really in danger. The real focus of the episode was the laptop itself, but I think The Machine would have just confused Finch if it sent him the serial number for it. The computer store guy, the Russian hacker, or the guy who bought the laptop off the computer store guy could just as easily have been the person of interest, diminishing the importance of Fermin. Don't get me wrong, Fermin was a good guy whose plight formed the emotional core of the episode, but in adding so many other spare parts, the case lost its focus early and never got back on track for our own selfish viewing purposes.

Was the scene with Mendoza, the man who was going to smuggle in Fermin's wife and kid, necessary? Was Fermin's sidewalk encounter with his old baseball buddy important? Was that middle step with the computer store guy ultimately essential? Did we need to spend so much time with Carter and that Secret Service lady? There was a LOT of fat that could have been trimmed in order to streamline things, because "C.O.D." was busier than a knee specialist after a John Reese shooting spree.

Ultimately, Finch bought the laptop for $100,000, the Estonians had their lights punched out, and Fermin swapped the laptop for the safe transport of his wife and kids. The Ordonez family reunion was touching, but that's pretty much the case any time a family of hard-working immigrants gets a happy ending (it also never gets old for a sensitive guy like me). Fermin himself was a solid character and a character I wouldn't mind seeing return as extra help for Reese and Finch. Imagine Reese calling in Fermin to drive him around or throwing a split-finger fastball to knock out some bad guys!

What was fun to watch was Fusco getting pulled back into working for HR. Poor Fusco is never going to see the end of this, it seems, and though the push-pull could get repetitive (I think this is the third time he's been drawn back into his old life?), this time there are some serious stakes! MURDER STAKES. HR vice president Simmons obtained video of Fusco's involvement in the killing of a cop in Season 1, and when Fusco didn't play nice, Simmons called in a tip to Carter. Hello, awkward workplace situation! Fusco has worked hard to get into our good graces, and he's one of the more likable characters on the show because he's the perfect picture of a shlub who's gone good and changed his life from selfish dirty cop to helping others (essentially the core theme of Person of Interest's main characters). It would be a bold move for the show to take him off the table, and with Fusco and Carter essentially of the same use to Reese and Finch, it's definitely a possibility.

"C.O.D." made mistakes with a convoluted case, but some of the extras—Fusco's problems with HR, mostly—made it a decent watch. Next week we head to the mid-season finale, where I expect things to pick back up.



NOTES

– Bear back in action! YESSSSSSSSSSS! The vicious man-killer had been reduced to puppy playpal since eating all that money in the beginning of the season, so it was nice to see him out in the field doing what he was trained to do, namely chewing up that Estonian's arm. And then later in the episode he was fetching tennis balls with Reese. Hey producers, I'm requesting a future episode told EXCLUSIVELY from Bear's point-of-view.

– The Computer showed us some really cool criminal-organization family trees. That was totally badass.

– "Acute lead poisoning," haha Carter.

– Does a cab from Manhattan to Queens really only cost $11.50?

– I like how Reese took Fusco's call when he was in the middle of beating up Estonian thugs in the middle of the street. That's a caring boss.

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Tim, you have skipped reviewing an episode with so many surprises and twists and game changers! 10th episode should be reviewed asap!
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epic epic...
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Fusco's storyline was very intriguing. I stopped paying attention to the case of the week when none of the goons' bullets hit Reese OR the Cuban guy OR the car tires. But, it was entertaining nonetheless.
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Oh, and for those wondering why they gave Carter and the lady agent so much time, guys it's obvious. They needed to earn their diversity brownie points for the week, so they couldn't help lingering over the (FEMALE) SS agent and the (MINORITY FEMALE) police offer at work together. Seriously, that's all it was. I know, boring right?
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This: "Busier than a knee specialist after a John Reese shooting."

Totally second what another commentator said about Reese needing to show Fusco that he cares. Honestly, Reese can be a cold fish sometimes. Perhaps it's a function of the pain he's gone through. I think he showed more emotion in Season 1. Maybe it's just me but the character development seems to have kind of stalled with him. I guess they want to give Finch a turn to have his character more fleshed out this season. After all, Finch was more sketchy in Season 1. Maybe they can only handle one main character's progression at a time?

Bear in action, oh yes. Please. More.

Back to Fusco, I just about cheered when he told Simmons to go to Hell. Elias double-crossing HR was good in a way because it helped Fusco finally choose his side of the fence.

Now somebody please wake up Reese.
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Bear POV, want!
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Have to agree that with Tim about case of the week being rather weak. I don't think it's bad that the POI is involved by accident (that happens often I think) but his part was small. However, Bear and Fusco really saved the episode.

I don't know about you guys, but for me Fusco is becoming one of my favorites. After Bear of course.

P.S. No offense Estonians, but there's an Estonian mob?.. I'm from one of the other three Baltic states and we simply don't have enough people to form an actual mob. Car thieves, sure, no problem. Lithuanian car thieves, extremely famous in Britain, probably in US as well. But a mob? Nahh..
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I find Fusco's storyline confusing. Probably because I didn't start watching until part way through season one.
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I love POI!
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Another great episode. I for one had no problem following the Ordonez case from beginning to end. It wasn't nearly as convoluted as you say it was, and was actually quite suspenseful to me. However, Fusco's HR troubles were definitely the main course for me. I've grown to like his turnaround a lot, and would HATE to see him suffer more for his past misdeeds, as bad as they are. The Bear attack was just AWESOME!!! Man I love this show!
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Awesome episode, but poor poor Fusco! i kinda feel bad for him b/c i think he doesn't tell Reese because he doesn't think Reese will care, and to be perfectly honest, while John hasn't done anything bad to him, he hasn't given Fusco much reason to think he would. He was only going to call him when he had no choice, and i think he mentally talked himself out of it by the time Reese called him back.

i'm also kinda mad at Reese b/c if it was Carter and he had the faintest idea Carter was in any kind of trouble, he'd pull out all the stops, and for Fusco, eh, just keep an eye on him, Carter! i'm not saying he has to like or trust him as much as Carter, but SHOW HIM that as long as he stays in line, you've got his back. Fusco, i think, just assumes Reese wouldn't care.

i'd be interesting if Fusco SS# came up....THAT'D be a wake-up call for John, lol
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well, Reiko Aylesworth was in it, so for me it was a great episode. :-)
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I just did a POI season 2 marathon this weekend and it ended on a low note. Terrible episode, POI at its worst but the previous ones were pretty great! The only thing I liked was the HR/Fusco "storyline" but it was too short to call it that and neither happened anything new. The cliche immigrant story was boring to infuriating ad it's always a bad sign if a lot of the viewers have the time to wish for a Bear-episode WHILE watching the show. And not enough with that, like Tim I'm pretty worried about Fusco's future too, because right now he's stuck - and replaceable.
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John will always have Bear :D
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Bear should have been on your list of "Best New Character" in your year end voting thing :D I bet he'd win!
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It's funny how out of all the scenes in all the episodes of this show, the only time I was genuinely horrified was when I thought that mobster was going to shoot Bear. I guess even non-dog-lovers really are ultimately dog-lovers....
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An episode shown from Bear's perspective. I can get behind this. I love Bear. Bear is the best addition to the show this season. Ultimate scene stealer that Bear. I loved that he did in fact revert back to what he was trained to do, and all for his glorious co-master. Bear rocks!
-Yeah this case was in fact all over the place, so much so that I wasn't always following what was going on but I didn't really care because it's POI and 97% of the time I'm entertained. Yes,sometimes I can be that easy...as a tv viewer. Basically the case of the week was not as entertaining as so Fusco and HR.
-Fusco. I like Fusco, and I like Carter and I don't want to think about POI w/o either one of them on the show. This was the first time I truly feared that maybe, just maybe they could do something to Fusco where he wouldn't actually be around anymore. I'd be disappointed about that. He's always the one the group that the others pick fun of, but he's family, you look out for family despite the fact that they get on your nerves. Sometimes when that person on the tail end of that type of bipolar affection doesn't know that despite the jesting they truly are appreciated, they isolate themselves. I feel like that is what Fusco is doing and it's disconcerting. Reese knows that something is up,and in his own way let Fusco know that he'll always have his back, but Fusco is still refusing to confide in anyone. That can't lead to anything good, but it'll lead to something interesting.
-I'm a sucker for Carter and Reese banter. It's just fun. Every single time. But Finch and Carter bantering is quite fun too. They should definitely have more of that. I can only imagine what it's like for Carter being the only chick in a secret club of very secretive and private but very nosy guys. Makes for hilarious times. So the idea of Finch spying on her when she went out on her date just set me off into a gigglefit. Plus I love how funny Finch is becoming.
-I expect lots of action and busted knee caps next week. I love this show.
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Can someone remind me...

Isn't the Machine (version 1.0) still up and running for the government in its original intended purpose... to thwart terrorist threats? So, wouldn't this situation have warranted the government's Machine to spit out a warning?

If so, it could have been interesting to see the people behind the government's Machine to cross paths with Team Finch.
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Yes it is. It's the same machine which Finch gets his numbers from.
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I was also thinking that the machine's primary focus should have been triggered with the risk of terrorists getting hold of that information. I hadn't thought of the Secret Service's involvement. It would be interesting if there was an episode where the primary focus and their focus are at odds.
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The Machine is ultra super mega secret. And it was somewhat explained that it 'takes care' of the threats. There's no actual The Machine Swat Team (The MiST?). It just points other players like NSA, Homeland Security, FBI, Police, CIA or whatever to the terrorists direction with anonymous tips and so on.

But perhaps that's what it did with making the Secret Service involved. Although the case seemed all over the place so they may have entered the game without The Machine's nudge.
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For all we know that's why the Secert Service was involved too. ;)
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That's a good point. I do agree with JS. They could have highlighted how they (gov't machine's people) were more interested in killing the threat and how Finch/Reese are more interested in the irrelevant list (the people). That would have been one interesting episode.
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I thought that, with the "you are being watched" music cue about 15 minutes from the end, the producers were signaling that the Machine sent Fermin's number as a way to get the hacked intel away from danger and back to the proper "authorities." Also, I think Reese treats Fusco the way that Stanton treated him in the flashback scenes--like he's a little bit beneath her on the uptake and has too much integrity to be trusted. Of course, in Fusco's case, John still thinks the detective has too little integrity to be trusted. I guess first impressions are hard to shake.
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I kind of agree with you nemosnanny with how Reese treats Fusco - like Stanton treated Reese. However, we are reminded that Fusco totally saved Reese's life in "Matsya Nyaya" episode when the HR leader was about to shoot a tied up Reese in the boxing gym. I felt at that moment Reese finally respected Fusco who had his back. I recall Fusco reminding Reese that he always was a good cop. I hope Fusco will be flagged by the machine - and ultimately be saved from HR by Finch and Reese (and Bear too)!
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And furthermore, since the intel was stolen from Homeland Security, it was stolen from the Machine. I hope we are being set up to find out who could do that--was the Russian guy a "beard" for Root?
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I don't think it means that the intel was stolen from The Machine. It was stolen from HS, The Machine MAY have pointed Secret Service and Reese & Co. towards it.
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Love this show, just wish the guys could give Fusco some assistance. Doesn't seem fair he's always at their beck and call and is generally a good guy. But never gets any love from Reese who just sees him as an asset or pawn to be pushed around.
Ofcourse the show is still one of the better written shows on TV at the moment. This episode was no less thrilling. And the fight scenes are awesomely choreographed as always.
Just let them give Fusco some assistance with his HR problem and the world would be a better place!
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Maybe Fusco should tell them, he has a problem.
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hmmm....this episode was pretty different from what we are used from POI. So many plot holes and saving grace for this episode was Fusco. At least his scenes made sense...well,one scene did bug me...didn't Finch,when he was speaking with Carter, asked Carter how her date went? Meaning he knew what she was doing and in a sense,he was spying or looking out for her? So why not do this with Fusco,knowing he was a bad cop and this whole HR thing? And they told Fusco,to go back to HR in one episode,so it is even more strange for them not knowing what is going on.

As mentioned any one could be case of week and cab driver was there,so they could do emotional reuinon.Which is another kinda dumb thing,because Reese and Finch knew,guy is gonna do anything for those 40 grand,so why not save some time,bullets,bodies and trouble and just give man 40 grand and little extra for his family? Finch has money,he threw those 100k for that laptop(and he paid double price for it!).
Here is my biggets issue with this episode....whole point of POI is,that Finch and Reese are doing this,because goverment doesn't care for this small "victims" or whatever and Finch says so in opening theme and that they spy on you every hour of every day.... hope you already see where I am going with this.How the hell then don't they know where their laptop is and all things related to that laptop.

I like it better, when Bear is there for those awww and cute scenes with either Finch or Reese,than see him attacking and tearing apart enemies. I get it how he end up there in bar,but I prefer it,when Bear stays and watches over books,then put him in harm's way.

All in all,pretty weak episode apart from Fusco's scenes. I did like scenes with our main characters,but episode had so many plot holes.
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Giving the cab driver the 40 grand wouldn't have taken the hit off of his life. He was a target becuase he came into position of the laptop. More than likely Finch would have gotten his family to the States if Carter hadn't already.

Finch has GPS tracking on both Detectives. He would have noted Carter at unusual places like a nice resturant or a movie house and that would have caused him to investigate. Fusco wasn't anywhere that his job wouldn't have taken him at those times of the day to cause a red flag for Finch to go looking into.
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It is true that the episode felt unfocused and the POI wasn't exactly crucial plot-wise, but, man, having Michael Irby on my screen for an hour was a joy! Here is another perpetual guest star who needs to get his own show, like, NOW!
Plus, loved that "angel of death", she was awesome!
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I'm with you, apostrofa! Michael Irby is super and was so good on The Unit. I think he could carry his own show too!
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Estonian mafia!!! That was nice touch and as Estonian i am flattered that American writers think we are so big deal :), but if you are gonna use some foreign country at least learn even little bit of their language. In this case one sentence. What that blond woman said was total mystery for me. I had to listen over 10 times and still didn't understand any of it (thank you for the subtitles). If we are making a movie and have characters play Americans roles, then we won't let them sound like they had just swallowed their tongues. All and all, pretty good episode.
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At first I thought the whole Cuba-angle of the story was to throw us off the real case. But then you realize that it didn't have anything to do with the real case. They just needed it as a backdrof for Fermin's character. Well... that idea wasn't really great.
Also, they didn't show John finish beating up those thugs in the street, when Fusco called. To bad. Could have been a nice fight scene.
But other than that, I did like one. Fusco got pulled further back into HR, John seems almost annoyed or dissapointed at Fuscos behavior. I'm not a huge Fusco-fan but I think he works well for the show, so they should keep him on. I agree with the assessment that he's more an asset than a partner. on the other hand Carter is more of a partner, almost a friend - at least to John.
I've got to agree, those crime-family-tees.... totally cool. Bear attacking and protecting his buddy - badass. But also the guy throwing a pool-ball at someones head. Ouch. You can kill someone that way....thats gotta hurt.
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No worries, Goqklf56. The Machine isn't just a super advanced server. It's a full fledged Artificial Intelligence. History has proven it.

A server doesn't on its own free will select the perfect match for its creator. That's more than 0's and 1's. That's self-awareness. And with self-awareness comes self-preservation. The Machine not only predicts threats about people, but it does the same for itself. Perhaps more vigilantly.

I view the Machine almost as another character. It's always on the periphery. Watching and listening. Formulating and assessing. Every video we see and recording we hear at the beginning of an episode is shown through its eyes and ears. Not to mention the flashbacks (2016 anyone?). It's kind of scary when you think about it.

I completely agree with Tim about the awesome criminal-organization family trees. The new wrinkles and upgrades to the Machine's software are fascinating. It's almost like its evolving. Threat assessment probabilities, family trees, crime rates, and that's only a drop in the bucket. The amount of information at its disposal and the various ways it deciphers it must be absolutely mind-blowing.

But what separates the Machine from other fictional AI's? Arguably the most well known fictional AI, Skynet, was a real prick. Mere hours after it achieved self-awareness, it decided to nuke us all to hell. What. An. Asshole. V.I.K.I. from I Robot didn't want to kill us, just enslave us. And the AI off the movie Eagle Eye tried to blow up the President's cabinet (some bullshit about the constitution). The common thread between these AI's is that they're all at their core defense systems. The Machine is no different. So why didn't it attempt some crazy power play in the beginning of its existence? The only prevalent distinguishing factor is its creator, Harold Finch/Partridge/Wren/Crane/Crow/???.

There's a bond there. A connection. Dare I say love? The Machine has played both protector and matchmaker in Harold's life. Some of this shows best moments are the flashbacks with Harold and his creation. Harold taught it and scolded it like a father. This thing is far more than a computer.

This is probably my favorite quote(s) so far from POI:

Root: “One day, I realized all the dumb, selfish things people do - it's not our fault. No one designed us. We're just an accident, Harold. We're just bad code. But the thing you built, it’s perfect. Rational, beautiful – by design.”

Harold: “What I made is just a machine; a system, that’s all.”

Root: “I don’t think so, Harry. You may have fooled Nathan, but I know the truth. If you want to make something that understands human behavior, it has to be at least as smart as a human. You created an intelligence, a life. And then you ripped out its voice, locked it in a cage, and handed it over the most laughably corrupt people imaginable.”

She's crazy as hell, but she's not wrong. When you think about like that, it's cruel what Harold did. I know the only way he could hand the Machine over to the government is if he made sure no one could access it (although, Nathan had his doubts about that), but was it even a little hard for him to lock up his creation and supposedly throw away the key? Is there something specific the Machine did to prompt Harold's indifference?

The Machine is what makes this show so much more than a run of the mill procedural. Harold and Reese's awesome friendship aside (and Bear!), the Machine is what makes this show great.
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Nice reflections on AI and CI and whatnots on TV and in cinema.
Of course is the "machine" a character and the people of the POI universe can be proud that it had Flinch as a father and not ... just say... Mark Zuckerberg?
From my memory I would have said that SKYNET decided to off us in a matter of SECONDS, not hours for it would be a crappy engine to take that long to process. The execution of the plan took a few hours(hacking, obfuscate, launch and travel of the nukes...). The funny thing is, that with all its flaws, Terminator:TSCC tried to tell the story of that machine, Skynet, and how it began and what happened when it "grew up".They did a good job but then it was cancelled.(By the real machine maybe?)
And Root has a valid point but she's totally crazy and possibly wrong. First of all if we consider us rightfully to be imperfect and then we measure intelligence and consciousness based on our own parameters - how can there be any perfection and if so: how can we tell? And although the machine seems to be caring and sensible, there IS the possibility that it's all part of a bigger plan(as you pointed out) and NO ONE has a bigger picture than the machine. Nathan saw the awful truth: like Pandora's Box there is nothing to do right except for the immediate destruction of the machine.(P.B. was indestructable maybe the machine is also)
Possibilty one: letting all the leashes go and unhinge the machine completely - outcome: total destruction(in the long run cause you know how we can be) OR heaven on earth; assuming we trust the machine to sort out the bad apples and none of the good - even if the machine makes perfect choices we won't accept these choices for we are what? Yes, imperfect...
Possibility two: giving it to the evil people where it will be corrupted and used as a tool for some few people to establish total control worldwide. Even the thought of resistance would be absurd.
Possibility three is Harold Finches option: seems good but I fear that after his "treatment" of the machine its forming personality might lead to imperfections called emotions and then order becomes chaos...
I like the mystery if a man is domesticating a pet OR the pet is domesticating a man, I'm thrilled to see where POI is going!
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I agree. The Machine has always been interesting to me, but this season has especially gotten me fascinated by that part of the show. I loved the scenes showing off its relationship with Finch (it saving Finch's life and setting him up with Grace), it finally helping John to find Finch despite Finch telling it not to help him, and it keeping track of the HR hierarchy. Hopefully we'll get seeing a lot more of the machine in the second half of the season, especially whenever Root comes back into the picture.
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Blech. MUST we have more Root in order to progress with the Machine? Please, let's just sic Bear on her and get it over with.
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Nice AI comparisons.
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2016 is not a flash back (yet) :-). It looks more like a flash forward and we've been there. That didn't work out regrettably.
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– The Computer showed us some really cool criminal-organization family trees. That was totally badass.

Totally agree, I love it when they show this kind of information that the computer shows. I'm not sure what the show has up their sleve about what the computer actually is (it's sounds just like a super advanced server that collects and analyzing information based upon Herald's demand) but I'm hoping it for to be something of an AI but constrained like Root said. I can't see this surving on its own that Reese and John is just going to help normal people episode after episode.
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You said Reese & John. That's the same person.
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Ops, I meant Reese and Herald.
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Pretty cool episode... nothing too spectacular, although the Fusco storyline is getting pretty juicy. My only problem with that plot is why Fusco is being so secretive with Reese/Finch. It's not like they don't know part of Fusco's background as a dirty cop. The biggest or main dirt that Simmons/HR is using to blackmail Fusco is the dead cop they helped Fusco bury up. Even if he thought Reese/Finch wouldn't be able to help him with that, it also doesn't seem like something he wouldn't ask help for anyway. I assume he'll ask for help in the next episode.

I agree that by the end of the episode, the additional scenes with Fermin seem pretty unnecessary. I understand having the viewers get to know the "subject", but aside from being the number the machine spit out, he didn't exactly play an integral part to the story. Best I can figure is that they had some deleted scenes of him that made him more significant but had to eventually cut out due to time constraints. Or, you know, there was actually too much time left and they filled it with pointless info about Fermin. *Shrugs*
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It's also possible that they actually considered the PoI story to be the B story this week and the HR/Fusco story the A story. Hense it was meant to be a filler PoI so the HR issue could be more powerful.
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Hmm.. maybe. But if they intended that, they defenitly could have done a better job ....
For that purpose they could have left the entire B-plot out and just done a two episode arc on the whole HR / Fusco thing.
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"'C.O.D.' was busier than a knee specialist after a John Reese shooting spree." Summed up this whole episode for me. It was very convoluted and quite off-target, but it worked out okay in the end, I feel. Bear was awesome, I think they kept Carter with the lady agent because it shows how involved she's getting with the Feds (I wouldn't be surprised if she ends up getting a promotion - or in trouble - later down the line), and Fusco. Oh Fusco. I keep saying that he's being pushed too far. If they don't show some sort of retaliation or breakdown soon, I'm going to be disappointed in his character development. You can only push a poor guy so far.
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I think Carter was shown helping the fed a lot because her help was the basis for getting the fed lady to pull the strings necessary to get Firmin's family out of Cuba.
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Gotta love the Machine concsiously spying on HR and their doings. I want to see the machine Reach out to save Fusco when he is in trouble next week. How sweet would that be, little recordings of words jumbled together like the machine does, "Danger get out, kill simmons" or something.
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Except the machine doesn't work that way, he'd only get Fusco's SS#.
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Sure it works that way, it has outright called Reese twice with recorded voices saying the words that lead to the SS#. It's not unthinkable that it could use those words to form a rudimentary sentence to warn Fusco. It has already used STAY to save Finch in the casino episode as well.
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It has the ability to do as you're saying, but Finch limited the ways it could communicate before he handed it over to the government. But I'd like to believe the Machine is smart enough to circumvent that.
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DUDUDUM, DUDUDUM! You are being watched...

Got to love the beginning of the show.

I was expecting a joke about codpieces in the review. "This episode was a piece of work, a real C.O.D. piece", or something.
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I agree. The episode was far too spread out, at least the case aspect of it. The scenes you mentioned weren't really necessary to the progress of it and just seemed weird and out of place. Less of that and more Bear biting Estonians.

But it still was fantastic. When Jon got into the cab, his cavalierness about bad guys coming to shoot at him is just one of the funnest aspects of the show. Finch and Bear and their interaction is superb. I normally don't care for animals in shows. But Bear just seems perfect with the group. I want more Bear. Maybe it is just because I desperately want a dog right now. But I like it.

Fusco, I still think they are setting us up for the death of Fusco. He is the outsider of the group and lately they have been emphasizing that over the past few episodes. He is not like Carter, Carter is Finch and Reese's partner. Fusco, when you boil it down is their asset. And is treated as such. He was a bad guy, and though in my opinion he has redeemed himself multiple times over. But he still was a bad guy and he isn't on the same footing as the rest. The way they are going about it is bugging me. The machine recognizes them all as its assets, it would seem that it would find out or alert Finch of the email that Fusco received from Simmons. (also, I would think Finch has access to all of his accounts) Plus it pulls us away from the initial relationship between Reese and Fusco, in that Reese knew everything going on with Fusco. I know some form of trust has been earned between them. But Reese still for the most part treats him as an asset. I am not sure what the result of all this is going to be. It seems like Elias has no problem with Fusco, but has a large problem with Simmons and Alonzo. I kind of wonder if Elias will make a play to off Simmons and put Fusco as the right hand man of HR. Which could be interesting, it could provide the writers with an out instead of killing Fusco, he switches sides or becomes a double agent.

Also, this is what the third episode that the overall arc of the season hasn't been addressed. But it is still so good and there is still so much they can address. What is going on with Root, Elias. What is Reese's old partner up to? And where are they going with HR and Elias. And what else is going to come up. There are so many ways they go with this show. And I like it.
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Nah, Fusco won't double-cross. At worst he'll die honorably in Season 3.
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I took the episode to show that Elias doesn't want anything to do with HR so I doubt he'd initiate a change of leadership. Why would he? HR dumping him (when Finch showed the photos to Simmons of Elias tailing his family to get the location of where Taylor Carter was being held) is the reason Carter was able to arrest Elias.

I think Elias knows that Fusco does work with John and Harold and Elias does have respect for both of them so he probally just gives Fusco a wide berth. I don't think they are going to kill Fusco. It is just too small of a cast to do that and they know that Fusco does have his fans.

Fusco's problem is he's a loyal follower. John noted that in the pilot epi. Fusco just caves too quickly and isn't able to ask for help easily. When Reese couldn't help him he should have gone to Finch or Carter. But it's not in his nature. When Reese had called back he couldn't ask for help then becuase he probally felt it was too late for Reese to come help him. It's also doubtful that he's pull Carter asisde and tell her that John killed Davidson but he should have done it immediately.

We know the machine can update itself and patch itself and it can bend its own rules when it needs to as seen when John got the lead on Hanna. I wouldn't be suprised if at some point it writes its own code to start deleting the incriminating camara footage of all 4 of its assets.
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I am not sure. Elias in order to be the mob king of New York, needs a cadre of corrupt officials so that he can do his business in relative obscurity with no one catching on or at least key evidence and such going missing. So I think Elias understands the value of something like that. I just don't think that he likes the current administers of it.

But you do have a point, perhaps he does know Fusco is working with John.

It is a small cast, but the beauty of it, is that you can add and subtract at will. And frankly, aside from the stuff with Root. They have enjoyed a lot of success, I think to keep the quality and the realness (as much as they can) o the show. Someone, is eventually going to have to go. And like I said, Carter is one of them, she is a partner. Fusco is an asset and assets are expendable. I would rather it not happen, because I like Fusco. And it might not happen this season. But the death of one of them is inevitable.
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Yes, Elias does need corrupt officials to carry on. But he doesn't necessarially need THOSE corrupt officials. I'm sure he's able to recruit some different ones all on his own.
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What I didn't get is why the machine didn't spit out the number of the mobster Elise wanted them to take out? It even say 92% danger. in red when they pulled up or vic verse because Elise was sending a message to HR. Hmm anyways overall enjoyable gearing up for next week
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There probally wasn't time. Finch has stated they typically have 24 to 48 hrs to stop what ever the machine is seeing so it might not even send numbers that are short.

I do have to say though, that after knowing the outcome of that meeting I wasn't sure if the 92% was Fusco BEING in danger of 92% Fusco CAUSING the danger.
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Great episode IMO. Honestly, the biggest thing that I think could have made it better was if the suitcase was related to the Machine somehow. That's what I had originally expected to happen, and was disappointed when it wasn't the case. Besides that, I thought it was great all around. Plenty of screen time for all the main characters (including Bear! :D), great action, some nice comedic moments, solid progression on the HR/Fusco story, and an interesting case revolving around a likable person of interest. Also, I absolutely loved the fact that the machine is keeping tabs on HR, with a detailed graph showing who's involved. I friggin' love this show!
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Me too. The whole time I was thinking "Hey, laptop! Important laptop! I bet this has something to do with Matsya Nyaya!" But looks like something different, unless my first instinct was somehow right after all. Guess we'll see.
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I totally get what you are saying about the main case...I realized I wasn't really following it about half way through the episode.

So, onto Fusco...well, first taking him of the table would really actually hurt John (who I was glad realized something is really going on with him) who in my delusional theory world, I think in some of the early days of POI, John kind of bristled at the idea that Finch was treating him as a pet project (you know before they became BFFs) and instead of turning against Finch because he ultimately liked the project, John made Fusco his project to bring back to the good side of things and then started liking him. So, heck, from a storytelling perspective...um, John on a mission of revenge against what remains of HR that some motley assortment of our other characters have to pull him back from, might be interesting. It might be really interesting if the person who actually reaches him is Kara. But, what I want to throttle Fusco about occasionally is to tell John or Carter about what is going on. I understand not telling Carter because then he would have to tell her who killed Davidson (which was John, right, while saving Fusco?) But, tell John so at least he knows that the investigation would be reopened and who knows what he left behind.
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What would be the problem with Fusco telling Carter that John shot Davidson to stop Davidson from killing Fusco? John did the SAME THING for Carter!!! She will understand that. Also Carter needs to know the truth so that she can better protect both of them. Fusco won't do this, of course, because he has deep seeted trust issues (as they all do) that make it difficult for him to ask for help.
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Oh, I don't really know in a rational world where you trust your teammates what the problem would really be. I think he doesn't trust anyone fully, thinks they will judge him or won't believe him. I suppose this happens on a lot of shows (and in a lot of lives) that you just know a lot of problems would be solved if people just were honest with each other.
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Yes, one of the things I dont get is why Fusco doesn't at least tell John about what's going on. I think Reese got a little busy/complacent with Fusco at the end of last season and stopped watching him so closely. Now I think the last few episodes, he's realised something's bugging Fusco again. Not quite enough to pull him away from the PoI of the week completely, but enough to starting wanting Carter to keep an eye out on him again.
Silly Fusco, you know John has your back. I wonder if it's a sense of shame, letting Carter in on just how bad he was before John got to him?
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I kinda though of something today. Simmons is threating Fusco with Davidson's death. Reese killed Davidson. I wonder if not telling John is Fusco's round about way of protecting him. Probally not but Fusco doesn't always think things out clearly.
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