Person of Interest "Masquerade" Review: Move Over, Kevin Costner

Person of Interest S02E03: "Masquerade"

After the epic arc of losing Finch and finding Finch that spanned the incredible Season 1 finale and the solid first two installments of Season 2, Person of Interest finally settled into its well-pressed suit and newest incarnation in "Masquerade." With this most recent installment, the show returned to its case-of-the-week format (which is oddly comforting), and the new and improved formidable friendship of five: John Reese, Harold Finch, Joss Carter, Lionel Fusco, and Bear the attack dog who will eat your enemies.

Reunited and it feels so good! And we aren't the only ones who would say so. "Masquerade" almost felt like a party for Reese, who was so happy to have his friend Finch back that he just couldn't contain his joy and opened his robotic lips to set personal bests in smiles and number of jokes cracked. As compared to the dire circumstances of previous episodes, "Masquerade" was a hoot, its humor much more overt in a manner of celebratory gusto. I mean, come on! Reese's pickpocketing of his job competitors' wallets and passing them out to their owners in the waiting room was funnier than anything I've seen on Partners this season (though to be fair, someone should throw that show out a window).

This all goes back to Person of Interest's prime directive, which is to entertain. And it entertains from so many angles! Characters are never idle. By all means, Finch's scenes where he's sitting in his office in front of a computer should be as bland as unflavored paste, but the show always adds something extra to punch them up. Last night, it was his developing relationship with Bear, the cuddly throat-shredding dog, which went from cold and detached to playful and open to ball-tossing. But that wasn't enough; there was also Finch's desire to keep his fondness for Bear secret from Reese. The whole thing was arced perfectly. Finch called Bear an "it" early on and used a napkin as a germ barrier to touch the tennis ball, and by the end of the episode he was taking Bear for a walk. That kind of execution is what makes this show work so well. Not too hard, not too fast, just right. Plus Michael Emerson knows just how to underplay affection for maximum effect. The joy didn't come from seeing Finch warm up to Bear, the joy came from us being able to see the warmth peeking through Finch's cracks. It reminded me of a condensed version of Reese and Finch's friendship, which has grown to become one of the best partnerships on television because it's so adorably uncomfortable.

There was similar excellence with Fusco, particularly when he was introduced to this week's person of interest, the Brazilian super-model-quality daughter-of-a-diplomat Sofia. Fusco's eyes doubled in size when he saw who he'd be looking after, then his face went into a landslide when she started giggling at him. But that was instantly reversed when she said she was laughing because he reminded her of her uncle, who was nicknamed "Stud." It would have been so easy to play that meeting by painting Fusco as a shlub compared to Reese, but Person of Interest likes to hand out the little victories, and that's especially important for characters like Fusco who don't always get the respect they deserve. Fusco is well past his sketchy days, and has really developed into an alternate option for comic relief.

Sofia's case of the week managed to be both engaging and convoluted, but that's pretty much standard issue for Person of Interest. This week, the fake breadcrumbs led us to believe that she was the target because her dad was a political bigwig, when in reality she was the target because she partied with the wrong crowd of clubbers and small-time drug dealers and zzzzzzzzzz... As long as we're being honest, I miss the old cases where the fun was figuring out whether the person of interest was the victim or the perpetrator. Thankfully, Reese was able to carry the case as her undercover bodyguard, and Sofia's transformation from "hot spoiled bitch" to "just plain hot" kept things interesting enough. But by the time it was revealed that the bad guy was her boyfriend—who immediately fit the bill of the irredeemable sort of douchebag that Person of Interest is fond of using as villains—I just wanted to spend more time with Bear.

In other news, it appears that this Alicia Corwin case is going to be the season-long story, and maybe I was dropped as a baby or something but I'm having a hard time following along. The bad guys from Washington ripped a microchip out of her arm, Reese's old partner Kara wants information about her, and Agent Snow is being tasked as Kara's errand boy with an explosive fanny pack (which is pretty cold, btw) that keeps him in line!? I know we're not supposed to have all the details of this case, and that's part of the fun, but it all feels so distant from Reese and Finch at the moment that I'm finding it difficult to keep the details straight. However, I have no doubt that it will all pay off in a few weeks.

"Masquerade" was a perfect example of why Person of Interest is able to perform at high levels from week to week. The case was ho-hum, but the show's unique style of humor elevated it to a level of hypnotizing watchability. Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman have created a simple recipe that's hard to mess up, but then they add flourishes of complexity that reward those who are truly invested. Carry on, Person of Interest.



NOTES

– Reese, Finch, Carter, and Fusco are really working well together as a team and they all share the same goal. And it's Reese and Finch calling the shots. This can't last forever, but let's enjoy it while it lasts.

– That was The Black Keys' "She's Long Gone" as the end song. No one can complain about the music choices on this show.

– Reese: "My hands are full at the moment." Of shopping bags! Oh Reese, you kill us. But please don't kill us.

– Looks like Carter is really picking up some of Reese's techniques! First she shot a guy in the leg (yes!) and later she crashed her car into bad-guy Monty's car, sending him skidding across the pavement. She's learning from the best. But how does she explain all that to the police department? Maybe we just shouldn't think about it.

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I have just watched this episode and having seen that my cries out for "what the hell happened to the story of agent snow and the ex-partner lady" are answered, I have nothing else to say about anything else.. this is a great, great show.. seriously..
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This episode is one of those prime examples of why I love this show. It doesn't have to be all action, all the time. It doesn't have to have the highest stakes. It just gives me two guys trying to make the world alright and the trouble they get into doing so. This week (as most weeks) it's all Finch for me. Like when Reese had to recover from his mid-season shooting last year, Finch has to recover from his abduction. Emerson plays the trauma well and I absolutely love having Bear around to protect him. Shows how far Finch and Reese's relationship has come. It was just a very rewarding episode overall for viewers, I think.
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The producers made a more careful than usual effort to depict Brazilian politics for Sofia's (and her dad's) background, including the correct mention of existing political parties and issues they could be involved with. It all seemed believable.

Of course Person of Interest is full of implausibilities, so any incorrections have to be forgiven. Just as a curiosity, let me point out a few things, though. Diplomats are career officers. Like judges or police officers, they are public servants and don't hold political affiliations. Sometimes (exceptionally) someone from the government's political party can be assigned as ambassador, though, but then they would have to be in Washington DC, in the Brazilian Embassy. It would be quite unlikely for a lowly career diplomat to be running for president, and if he were a candidate, he would be in Brazil, campaigning, making alliances. Usually an ambassadorial position is offered as a reward for someone who has provided many years of service, like an ex-senator or former president.

But hey, the fact the show acknowledge that Brazil has democratic elections is a big thing!
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There are so many shows, and this is a prime example, that dont garner the EMMY, but yet are the finest being broadcast. EMMY gets in a groove and doesnt budge.

I think this is a topic for an article---Tim???
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I liked the episode, but since Person of Interest is my favorite show right now its no wonder. But how hard is it for scriptwriters to Google Brazil and find out that we speak portuguese and not spanish, which are two very different languages? AWell, at least the news from Brazil shown over the internet were pretty accurate.
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When did anyone speak Spanish? The girl and her father spoke English except to the Russian guy, to whom they spoke Russian (which Reese understood and responded to--in English).
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I agreed with you very much on Fusco, Tim! I especially loved the scenes involving Alicia's belongings (I laughed out loud when Fusco was handling the box like a very hot potato), as they also clued us into the fact that Fusco is not as oblivious to the likely source of Finch and Reese's intel as he puts on--he knows all too well that the less he knows, the safer he is. As for Carter, well, the unknown source of Finch/Reese's intel is her new dog bone (just like Reese was for eps 1-9 last season),and Carter doesn't let go of "them bones."



Surprised you didn't mention Finch's PTSD moment in the middle of the street. (I guess Reese's forcing of the Machine to choose between prime directives in "The Contingency" didn't change those directives, as it didn't buzz Finch's phone with "STAY" that time, which added to the poignancy of that moment for the "truly invested," as you said. Good boy, Bear!)



Ohjeans, the Machine only had two Admins--Finch and Nathan Ingram. Reese has the designation of "Asset"--think of him like level B access--he can receive data from the Machine, the Machine considers everything he says as valid, and he can force it to choose between prime directives (and thereby it can "learn" from Reese, like a chess program's AI). However, he cannot alter it in its core programming. (As Fusco and Carter do not yet know about the machine, they have no yellow box and therefore no specific designation.)



(Still waiting to see if the Machine ever "boxes" Bear during a camera scan, just for grins.) :)
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So, does The Machine now have two ADMINs? How is it prioritizing between Reese's newly-established access and It's long-standing tie to Finch? Will Finch have to re-set it somehow, go back to it's previous groundrules?
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thanks glimmy

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I remember when they were filming this episode outside of 102nd Street & 5th Ave in early September.
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Finch stopped in the middle of the street because he was having a panic attack after being kidnapped by Root in a previous episode.
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good episode, couldn't figure out why finch stopped in the middle of the road
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Cause he was having a panic attack after being kidnapped and almost killed by Root in the previous 3 episodes. It was his first venture outside alone, knowing Root is still out there. Good thing he had Bear.
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While the show grew on me (from an OK show that I kept seeing out of habit to a good show that I follow each week) and I do get that's more about entertaining the audience than thought-provoking, what I don't like very much is that after so many episodes, it still demands from the viewer to bring down his IQ sometimes. There are things happening in each episode, especially the filler episodes, that makes me think "Oh, come on guys, it can't be...", like a Michael Bay cop movie staring Will Smith or something.

Not really serious, but it bothers me that while the show has evolved, these moments of ridiculousness keep reappearing
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Now that's a harsh comparison, haha.

I agree that there are certain "unrealistic" moments, especially in Carter's involvement with Reese. We really don't know what she does with all those witnesses of Reese (he is still a fugitive) or all the bodies and weapons (like the crossbow last episode). Usually I'm very unforgiving when a show does these things but somehow with POI I don't care that much. I guess it's because the show isn't trying too hard to be something it isn't - like a thoroughly realistic, brainy show. I see it as part of the premise.
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"a Michael Bay cop movie staring Will Smith"



Noooooooo!
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This was a wonderful episode. The humor was incredible and the scenes involving Reese and Carter, and Reese and Fusco and Sophia were great. The evil grin that Reese had as he hung the boyfriend over the ledge were classic Reese. The bond and friendship between Reese and Finch and the last scene of them walking in NY with Bear and the Black Keys rocking out was just awesome. Loved your review.
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This is a great review, well deserved for such a great show. Michael Emerson's portrayal of someone having a panic attack was brilliant, it melted my heart. This show has great actors, great writing and knows exactly where it wants to take the audience. I for one am happy to go along for the ride.
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I liked that when Finch was panicking in the middle of the street with cars zooming all around him, Bear never moved. He seemed to be keeping Finch out of harm's way.
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Finch's agoraphobia - understandable since he knows best how his every move is easily monitored in a big city - will probably cause quite a few problems until he gets over it. Bear will help him though ^_^



I still want to see Reese go up against Guerero from Human Target! They could give Guerero a new name easily, since people in these kinds of shows change identities frequently, just "alluding" that he uesd to be Guerero.
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did reese get the number from the machine this time ? he told finch they had a new one, and finch didnt ask any question about that
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I liked that bit of role reversal at the beginning. It told us that Finch was not 100 percent yet while showing us how committed Reese is to the job. He has built a relationship with Finch's computerized aspect of the mission--Finch's"Bear"--and Finch built a relationship with Reese's physical domain--the actual Bear. Very good piece of writing that I wish had been present more in the rest of the episode.
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He was getting the numbers while Finch was missing... so yes, I took it that he got this one, too.
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Why didn't the machine give gabby and sophie's number?? I am pretty such gabby is the first death of a victim in this show.



How does reese get away with whispering to himself when people are standing inches away?? I am sorry but I cannot suspend my disbelief to that extent!



Anyyyyyway great episode though! The addition of Agent Snow being held captive is very interesting!!
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Regarding Reese 'whispering to himself' - pretty much everyone today, especially in NYC, is talking to themselves as they walk and talk on their own ear wigs and head phones. You see it all the time. And remember, Reese could not pry the cell phone from Sophia's thumbs! She's a tekkie too. Welcome to the 21st century - Reese merely blends in now!
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maybe not... remember after the shopping, the boyfriend came and wanted to take Sofia away (maybe to take her to the killer) and Reese stopped him (otherwise she should have been the first to get killed). after all, from this point of view she was the easiest to lure out and kill. the machine probably thought that if Reese stopped Sofia`s death, there will be no need to give Gaby`s number too (or probably gave Sofia`s number for them to concentrate on her because her boyfriend was one of the criminals... she was a better lead)
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The only thing bad about this episode was that horrific attempt at a Brazilian accent by the actress. Painful to hear.
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Where's that girl from anyway? Certainly not from a Portuguese-speaking country.
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The accent for the father (the brazilian diplomat) was not bad (i myself have a similar accent) - what broke my suspension of belief was the "brazilian president" - since 2010 our president is a woman, not a man - the rest of the brazilian caracterizations were not bad - i found funny that the diplomat may have been targeted for denouncing electoral fraud, unfortunatelly a very common practice in brazilian elections.
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The president thing didn't bother me because that was a fictional president. Americans do that all the time, as with president Palmer (24), president Bartlett (the West Wing), president Mackenzie Allen (Commander in Chief), etc...
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Their Russian was even worse. Maybe the worst I've ever heard.
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Bear is the star of the show, hands down. Or paws down.
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great review Tim, as ever. POI is one of the most consistent series, as I've noticed that some returning series are becoming a bit contrived. Great acting
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Awesome episode, awesome review. POI is one of the best tv show on tv.
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Awesome episode yet again! The pick-pocketing and Fusco meeting Sofia scenes were hilarious. This show hits the right notes on so many levels.

"The joy didn't come from seeing Finch warm up to Bear, the joy came from us being able to see the warmth peeking through Finch's cracks." That might just be your best yet, Tim! So true and perfect!

P.S: Reese grinning is damn scary!
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Fantastic review. You nailed it completely!

-This show started right out of the gate being incredible but it's really hit it's stride. There are no loose ends that need to be tied or kinks to work out. It knows what kind of show it is and it delivers everytime w/o trying to be anything else and all the characters are being used the way they should be used and have their own development going for them. I love it!

The beauty of relationships and bonds is seeing how they progress. There is something fascinating about watching relationships unfold and grow and what not. We got that in this episode more than usual. Reese was genuinely ecstatic to have Finch back and you see the friendship between them. Then genuine concern they have for one another. Reese acknowledged to others and subsequently to Finch that he really cares about him and considers him a friend. And Finch actually allowed himself to be vulnerable. When he told Reese he wouldn't make it out...Reese and Finch both knew why, and Reese didn't ask any questions. He just let him be, and acknowledged it in his own way from the very beginning when he was insistent on letting Bear hang out with FInch all the way to the ending when he took Finch out for drinks just because he knew what was going on with Finch. Brilliant. The entire thing with Finch and Bear was fantastic as it was amusing! It was as you said, perfectly executed by Michael Emerson and I loved every second of it. Bear fits in perfectly and I'm thrilled that he's sticking around! I also think the beauty of relationships is seeing how characters rub off on one another. I'm loving Carter more than ever this season. She started off as a rocky character and it was annoying me to no end because Taraji is an awesome actress, but now the character is finally doing her justice. Reese has rubbed off on her...it may be good, it may be bad, but he's rubbed off on her and it's fun to watch. The bar scene with them bantering about how long it would take him to come out and her finally coming in shooting because she got bored was fun. They have a really fun relationship that I love watching, the bantering and bickering between the two is always amusing. They make a nice pair out in the field. I also love her partnership with Fusco, and the concern she had for Finch in that brief phone convo was also amazing executed. And Fusco is like the little kid in the bunch. everyone pokes fun at him but they all will have his back when it counts. He's the comic relief as well and he's become quite a fantastic character no longer worthy of distrust. He's one of the good guys now. The fondness in his voice when he talked about Finch, the whole relationship he has with Reese, and even the adorableness of him with the Brazilian chick was just awesome. How can you not love Fusco. It's an all new Fantastic Five of crime fighters. I love it. Also love that this show deals with consequences. Reese doesn't get out of the fights unscathed...he gets injured and hurt, he bleeds. In this case Finch didn't just bounce back into things. He had very real anxiety and fear and it was fantastic the way they dealt with that w/o it detracting from everything else going on in the episode. I love that about this show.

Yeah the stuff with Kara and Snow and everything will clearly be the season long arc but so far it has me a bit confused. I don't care though. I love this show so it'll pay off I'm sure.
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Agree completely. Especially about the consequences...they could easily have glossed over the trauma but they chose to show it, which can only make richer & deeper characters. Not to mention it's much more interesting to watch imo. And also about Bear...how much do I love Bear! Well I'm a big dog lover so I'd probably love him regardless lol but him with Finch was a touch of awesome.
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Bear and Finch are too adorable. I love dogs too, but usually smaller ones. I heart Bear though. Scene stealer! LOL
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He sure is. He really knows how to chew the scenery. *bows* Thank you! I'll be here all week folks, don't forget to tip your waitress!
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Good review. I pretty much agree that the case of the weak was kind of weak (on paper) and I had difficulties following along every detail as they didn't spend much effort on giving the revelations lots of screen time - which was a good thing, because the rest of the episode was everything we're used to from POI. The recurring characters (now with bear! and the machine!) and the attention of detail given to them by the writers are what makes this show so strong! It's episode 3 and we already have at least 2 possible season-arch themes which I'm eager to see developing!
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Some heads up POI fans! It looks like Elias returns next week (ep 4) and Paige Turco as Zoe Morgan the following week (ep 5). Could be back to business as usual, guys!

Also, did you all catch the nice TV Guide cover story of POI in their current edition (10/15-10/21)? Our guys are on the cover - and rightfully so! (I found it online too). Enjoy!
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The TV Guide article is dated 10/10/12 and is titled, "On the Set With Person of Interest's Vigilante Dream Team." This may help your search.
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("The joy didn't come from seeing Finch warm up to Bear, the joy came from us being able to see the warmth peeking through Finch's cracks." Tim Surette - Love your writing style. It's elegant).

"Masquerade" was great fun! I loved that it gave the entire cast a piece of its action and we had the joy of watching Bear win over Finch. (How neat that Finch pulled Bear's bed closer to his desk). Reese smiled the entire episode. Carter seemed to get a kick out of giving Reese 3 1/2 minutes in the bar beating up the bad guys. Fusco rescued the damsel in distress who called him a stud. (Carter came to Fusco's rescue). Snow (hiss hiss) was limping around wearing a nitro necklace thanks to Stanton. And best of all, Reese openly admitted (for Finch to hear) that Finch is, indeed, his "good friend." Let's ALL get a beer, or perhaps a fine Merlot. (And a treat for Bear)! Person of Interest is simply the best.
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This show is seriously the best. Tim, nice to know you know your Black Keys. I'm not really sure what is going on with the government conspiracies, but I'm interested to find out.
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Love this show from the first moment to the last - they really do get the best music. POI is different and interesting without having to pummel you over the head with its differentness. Every week I am enraged that it isn't available to steam online - I'd love to give parts a second viewing, esp this corwin stuff.
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Check out one-tvshows.eu then search for POI and follow the prompts. : )
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The music in POI is incredibly good and fitting. Whoever chooses the songs for the ending of every episode is doing a damn good job.
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I love this show so much, it has the certain complexity and the little things that keep you engaged through the episode, I hope it can keep this level many more seasons.
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i agree with every word in your review! yep :D
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This show is simply amazing. Dry humor, perfect cheesy lines, action, some very cleverly portioned drama AND a very intriguing and just-complex-enough long story arcs. This is so well balanced it's astonishing.

As I was writing the previous sentence I noticed that in a sense Person of Interest is quite similar to FRINGE. These very similar ingredients are what made Fringe mythalone episodes so enjoyable and why, as Tim mentioned, these standalone POI episodes are so entertaining as well.
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Actually, it's a party of six. It seems that the Machine, which, as we discovered has its own will is also a member of the party. I loved how Reese stood up in front of a street camera and gave it an ultimatum: "help me or I'll stop doing what you ask me to do", are something like that. I hope the writes will not neglect this part of the show...
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"The joy didn't come from seeing Finch warm up to Bear, the joy came from us being able to see the warmth peeking through Finch's cracks."



Well put!
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What a great episode. Loved the last 5 minutes setting up all the season stories and arcs. Wicked good fun and The Black Keys rockin' it.
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Reese pick-pocketing his competition for the bodyguard job + Fusco's smile when Sofia called him a stud were hilarious. I love it.

Also, I don't know how many people heard it, but I found myself laughing when Fusco asked Sofia "So, you like falafel?" as they started to walk away together.

Man, do I love this show...
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for me, not so much Fusco`s smile as Reese`s expression when he heard that Sofia called him a stud that made me rofl...
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My wife - who I mentioned hates everything - actually likes this show with the exception that it's humorless. Humorless? It's way funnier than that show you tossed out a window which what isn't? So I've decided to point out when she's laughing from now on which might give her a clue. Great cast, great stories, great humor, great show - and quite unique for a procedural...
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This comment is two years old and even I don't know what I was talking about...
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I must say that, when I heard that the case of the week envolved the daughter of a Brazilian diplomat, I was kinda expecting something really really awfull, in terms of representing Brazil and all (usually the shows screw things up big time - ex. Chuck, CSI MIAMI Urgh....), like people speaking spanish, or only showing the beachs....

But I was actually surprised! They even showed websites that had "news" that envolved real political parties (they even made reference to the political crisis that come and go here, and showed the right name of the current government's political party), and those "news" were actually in portuguese-BR!

And I must say I'm a really shocked to "find out" that PT's (Workers Party) next president candidate will be that diplomat and not Dilma Rousseff or Lula!

And, talking about Dilma, they could at least put a woman to play the brazilian president! It would've been nice!



I also liked that Reese was super happy he'd got Finch back.... smiling and all!

And I found interesting that now he's the one saying "we have a new number"
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haha, I was thinking about that same thing during all the episode, the president was an old dude, he didn't even resemble Lula!

also, doesn't it strike you as odd that the candidate would announce his candidacy in NY, in English and away from 99.99% of his country?
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I thought about that too! Great President he would be, right? :)
But, I guess his work is so important that he could not take a leave and come here to announce the candidacy... I understand... it really is a long journey... (12h flight)
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Well, it was okay...but after all that super-exciting-finding-Finch-hunt in the last two episodes, I was a little bored this week. Of course there were some funny moments and it's great to finally see them all working together, but the case was just really dull! I'm also a little dissappointed that they didn't draw out Finch being gone for a little longer. Four episodes would've been good. So let's hope it gets more interesting next week!
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I think there would have been a revolution by the fans if the writers had kept Finch and Reese apart one more week! As for "Masquerade", I think the writers felt we needed to decompress after the stressful 3-story arc with Root. They gave us a super fun episode that brought everyone together - even Bear and Finch! I am decompressed now. It worked.
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This is why I love the show. You the show can be very different from week to week, while keeping enough of the show's great elements every episode to keep things consistent. Absolutely loved the scenes with Finch and Bear. The slow and subtle growth of friendship between those two was so funny and endearing. In fact, this episode had quite a few funny moments throughout. Another great off-camera fight for Reese (which was even better due to his conversations with Carter before and after the fight), the pickpocketing scene, Sofia calling Fusco a stud, and her breaking up with her boyfriend are some examples which come to mind. I actually did like the person of interest case though. While it wasn't quite the guessing game as other episodes, it was still entertaining to watch. I can understand your issues with it, though I'm not sure how fair it is to criticize this whole second season for not having the same complexity.
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The scenes involving the ongoing plotlines were a lot more interesting than the case of the week, which was almost like a Glen Larson show without the has-been guest stars. I was wondering why the machine spit out Sophia's temporary SSN but not Gaby's, and then it occurred to me that maybe it was because Gaby had used Sophia's phone, which speaks to a mind-boggling level of detail that the machine is operating on. The episode might have been a little better if Sophia hadn't admitted to the killer that she hadn't shown the video to anyone. I predict that eventually Carter and Fosco will get a new commanding officer who will ask what they're working on and what it has to do with the case he's assigned them (like the gang killing Carter was supposed to be investigating). But wherefore this wistfulness for the days when the number might be the perpetrator? "Firewall" was just three episodes ago.
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Carter and Fusco work other cases too...in the beginning when fusco talked to Carter about the box she said she was busy as she was caught with a gang shooting in Queens. just because it`s not shown, it doesn`t mean they only work for Finch and Reese.

but it would be awesome if they asked help from the duo in a very difficult or dangerous case not related to any POI... just to mix the two environments anf give us a better feel of their work.
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One other observation: I think this was the first episode written by the new co-producer. Like Sean Hannen's (who I think is the story editor now) first episode--either "Risk" or "Foe"--this episode didn't contain any flashbacks. I wonder if that's a mandate the producers give to new writers.
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When Reese said he'd task Fosco with watching Sofia, he said he was sure that Fosco wasn't busy doing anything. And when would Carter have been working on the gang shooting, what with the trips to the morgue, backing up Reese at the bar, shooting a guy, and, as even Surette noted, wrecking her car? I was half-expecting the Queens gang shooting to be the work of the gang targeting Sophia.
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last time Reese called Fusco a fungus ...that doesn`t make it true
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In regard to Fusco, Reese is pretty hard on him. What he means with that is that he will tell Fusco to do it, and drop his current job as fast as possible.



Carter he respects more and if she can't help him, he will respect that. She will have time to do other things. Every show only shows the things that are important for the show and not what the characters do in between that.
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Fun show and I think the star may have been Paloma Guzman's legs. Almost every scene she was in had some new way to frame them. I couldn't tell if it was an accident or clearly on purpose.
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I have to agree and as a much shorter, heavier woman, I did not hate it.

Despite being impossibly beautiful, as an actress, she let just enough humanity and vulnerability show through to make her kind of likeable. Plus, you would pretty much have to be dead or already built like that to not go, yeah, I wouldn't mind looking like that.
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Be consoled that she was wearing six-inch stiletto platforms. When I was in Moscow several years ago, the girls could ride in the subways wearing those things and not even hold on during the stops and starts. Unbelievable! I wish I'd filmed it.
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you have the picture of my favorite scene but no mention of it! Best.breakup. ever. :)



But to somethine you did mention... I do also miss the cases where you couldn't figure out if he was the bad guy or the guy being hunted. I mean I think back to the one where Reese is in a wheelchair, it was my favorite for so many reasons but mainly because you really couldn't figure it out. Or the episode that introduced Elias (where is he by the way? did the close that story line and i just missed it?) still.. the addition of bear does make up for it, so far.
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Elias is credited for next week's episode.
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RealllY?!?where? thats so exciting. I was looking forward to the storyline as it reminded me human target,assasin falling in love with the girl he's supposed to kill. hey i think amy acker played the girl in that show too... anyway to have elias in the mix should spell for fun explosive tv. man cant wait for thursday.
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Yep that was Amy Acker playing Christopher Chance's love interest.
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This was just a fun episode. I think it might have been the most fun episode. Reese being Reese. Finch struggling but coming to like the dog. His perhaps PTSD induced agoraphobia which seemed both logical and illogical at the same time, fit great.



As for Corwin, I think it is because she is the lynchpin of all of them. She connects everyone to everyone. She met Finch and is connected to the machine through that. But she is also connected to Reese and his Partner because I still think that last mission of theirs was something to do with the machine. So her death kind of links them all together. As for the chip. I though it was a mini microphone but it could have been a chip. Either way it is important and it is going to lead all of them to slowly circle each other without running into each other and when they do it is going to be fantastic.







I love the show. It is just fantastic tv for me.







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Well I think one of them is going to have to eventually be killed. Especially since they are getting deeper into the complexities of who is running the machine, who wants to run the machine and what they are willing to do with the machine and what they will do to get that access. We saw it with the guy that Root tortured and how quickly he turned on Finch. It is only going to get more desperate and harsh. So eventually, Fusco and Carter are going to run into someone they can't hand and Reese isn't going to be there.







Always great song choices.



That was one of the funnier parts of the episode. Although Carter's "I got bored" was great too.



Yes, way to go Carter. Which leads me to believe it isn't going to be her that is cut out of the team
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Well the original concept was the three (reese, finch and carter) so I don't see them ever getting rid of carter unless Taraji ever wants to leave the show. I'm not convinsed they need to lose fusco either. Reese pegged him in the first episode, he's a follower. He was dirty because his partner was, now he's on a better path because the people he currently follows are better people. Plus is mild ineptness does lead to the comic relief of a lot of the gags.
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I can't see Carter being cut out either. For starters she has a great rapport with Reese. In the field they're like any other cop partners or something...they balance each other out . It's almost necessary. Plus out of the two cop assets she's the brains of them. I love Fusco to pieces but Carter has more to give....as the "moral compass" out of the bunch. Then there's the fact that she's girl in the boys club. You can't get rid of the only girl! LOL!
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It really is a difficult choice. Both have kids. Though Carter is a single parent. Both make good contributions to the team. However, the corrupt cops are mostly gone leaving Fusco not having that in for what Reese and Finch need. And it seems like we are going to get more into the CIA this season. Which is right up Carter's alley being former Military Intelligence. I wish they would both stay, but eventually one of them is going to have to go. Perhaps not this season. But it is inevitable.
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i don`t think it`s inevitable... i get it that things might get complicated but Carter and Fusco have no idea what is going on (that is their protection) and Reese and Finch seem to have enough character to not send them in suicidal missions no matter who they are up against. but, in the end, whether they cut their ties with the cops or get them shot or what not is up to the writers and they did an awesome job so far. hope they keep up.
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The scene with the wallets was super funny. But you forgot to mention Reese and Carter in the car before going into Monty's bar ("Give me 3 and 1/2 minutes. There must be at least 10 guys in there. OK, give me 4 minutes.") and after the fight scene ("I got bored, and it took you longer than 4 minutes"). Also, it seems that in a bar fight it's unsportsmanlike to hit someone over the head with a neon sign.

When first I saw Snow, I was confused because Kara had shot him and I was expecting he either be dead or tortured somewhere in a dark place. But the reveal at the end was unexpected. Original way of keeping a hostage and also have him run your errands.
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I also burst out laughing when Reese Crashed his car into the bad guys car and it knocked the bad guy over. It was hilarious, and just above the believable.
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That was Carter's police cruiser and she was driving it. ;)
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Carter was driving. And as Tim noted above in the review, she should have had some 'splainin' to do to the police department about it. Maybe that will come next week.
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it bothered me that while the car was approaching, ready to hit the other vehicle, they showed Reese`s face... i wish i had seen Carter`s instead as she was the one driving and crashing... also this scene was misleading...i only realized the second time i watched it that she was the driver (it felt funny that Fusco thanked her and not Reese)
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I loved this episode so much, Finch playing with the dog and that pickpocketing scene was golden
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