Person of Interest "One Percent" Review: Friends in Rich Places

Person of Interest S02E14: "One Percent"

When trying to determine the quality of last night's episode of Person of Interest, "One Percent," it's important to remember that the previous handful of episodes were really good. And then hold on to those happy thoughts, because "One Percent" was not a good episode of Person of Interest (but I still kind of liked it anyway).

Remember when Reese got stuck in that bank vault and then got thrown in prison and Finch had to get hacky on his computer to give Reese alibis on the fly and Reese and Carter shared secrets and then Kara Stanton shot Agent Donnelly and Reese and Snow modeled the season's most fashionable explosive chestwear and then Snow and Stanton blew up? That was awesome. Remember when Reese protected that snobby self-made billionaire and social-media mogul who broke all the rules? Yeah, unfortunately I do too, but hopefully we'll forget about it pretty soon.

After one of the series' better multi-episode arcs came to a close last week, Person of Interest yawned through last night's standalone follow-up. It was a return to the most formulaic of setups for the show: The Machine pukes up a number, Reese is tasked with protecting the person attached to that number, multiple people have motive to want him dead, a twist, a turn, Reese shoots a few guys in the leg, and the day is saved. These types of episodes range from highlight of the week to downright embarrassing, but because this is Person of Interest, a show that gleefully comes with a side of cheese every week, even the stinkers manage to be entertaining in their own way.

This week our person in need was Logan Pierce, a billionaire made rich by his social-networking site FriendCzar.com (LOL, right?) that was almost one billion members deep and about to go public. He was straight out of The CBS Procedurals Stock Character Handbook, a college dropout tech whiz kid who flaunted his wallet by going through cars like Kleenex (I have a cold, it was the first thing to come to mind). He was a pesky POI, because he skipped over to Russia for appetizers and took helicopters all around town. He played by his own rules! Rule number one: Be a jerk all the time! Thankfully he was played by the very likable Jimmi Simpson, who you'll recognize as one of the McPoyle brothers from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and as Lloyd from Breakout Kings.

Let's avoid the details of the sloppy case-of-the-week and sum it up quickly: Logan's lawyer and best friend both wanted him dead, Reese let loose a whirlwind of fists on both of them, and Lloyd started a rival site with a former enemy that will set him up nicely in the future. That's actually a generous description of what happened; I think at one point every person in the world was considered a suspect because we all wanted to kill Logan. Even I wanted him dead, and I'm a famous lover. That's not Simpson's fault. The writers never really pulled Logan out from the slime to make him a person to root for.

But that might be the point, because here's where things get interesting: At the end of the episode, Logan gifted Reese with a watch that costs more than you'll ever make (it tells time to the nanosecond so when someone asks you what time it is you can say 10:51, 24 seconds, and 3 nanoseconds and reach an all-new level of asshole), and Finch instantly put his boot on it and pulled out a GPS chip from the pile of million-dollar watch parts. "Your friend is just curious enough to be dangerous," Finch warned Reese. And it's true, Logan was crushing on Reese pretty hard. But the implication is obvious. We haven't seen the last of Logan Pierce, and when we see him again, will he be friend or foe? Without that payoff, Logan is a forgettable one-off who wasn't developed that well. But now he's a big question mark with the cash to be a pain in the ass to Reese & Finch Inc. in future episodes, and he'll either make for an interesting annoying ally or a villain-in-training who will be easy to hate. Add another entry to the Person of Interest Monster Manual!

The real meat of "One Percent" came in the flashbacks, where we saw a giant 9/11-sized light bulb turn on over Nathan Ingram's head. Following the fall of the Twin Towers in 2001, Ingram set out to make a difference, and he did so with The Machine. And in 2009, it was Nathan who was out saving the "irrelevants" that The Machine noticed were in danger but weren't important enough for the government to waste time on. Nathan was the beta version of Reese! Is this how Nathan eventually dies? Could it be that simple? Would he still be alive today if he was better at shooting people in the leg ? Personally, I think there's still one more wrinkle to Nathan's death, but I have little doubt that it's job-related. Nathan, you become more and more of a badass with each passing flashback. Keep up the good work. (And sorry you're dead.)

Fusco also felt the errs of his past squeezing his nuts a little tighter. Carter had a couple dead-cop files on her desk, and the dead pigs were unsolved mysteries because they'd vanished without a trace. If memory serves, Reese killed both those men (they were bad dudes, one in the pilot and one who was about to kill Fusco out in the woods) but Fusco was tasked with burying their bodies and he's tied to them through HR. So we got a few scenes of Carter looking at these files and scratching her head and Fusco looking around shifty-eyed NOT SUSPICIOUS AT ALL. There were no real developments in this story, just reminders that Fusco is one slip-up away from swan-diving into a pile of deep doo-doo.

But by far the most important part of "One Percent" involved Bear, obviously. The pooch was depressed because his dad was out all day shooting people in the leg and he didn't have any bad-guy throats to rip out, so Finch went to the internet and researched canine sadness and found out that Bear just needed a friend. Maybe Finch started DogCzar.com, the first social networking site for dogs, because at the end of the episode Bear turned his frown upside down with a dog pal at the park. Yay Bear! Just as Logan said, everyone needs to feel a connection to someone, even killer attack dogs.

Given the strength of the previous episodes, I'll forgive "One Percent" for taking a week off and churning out some clunky dialogue and lazy plotting. The important thing is that Nathan Ingram was out there killing fools in '09, a new friend/foe was introduced, and Bear got a buddy.



NOTES OF INTEREST

– John Reese has a pretty sweet jumpshot!

– The car chase was one of the laziest Person of Interest action sequences ever. The show never even tried to pretend Logan was in the car.

– One of these days someone will tell a story about a hotshot social media guru whose business partner and best friend doesn't want him dead, but yesterday was not that day.

– I don't know why, but "handwritten letters from Albert Einstein" as an auction piece made me laugh.



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This episode finally made me question how Finch knew where Reese was when the towers fell. Should have realized it ages ago, but this was when it finally clicked. There was no Machine then. How did Finch know? Is it a plothole? Can the Machine get feeds from the past? Was Finch already watching Reese then? Has Finch made some other sort of surveillance system in the past?
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"One of these days someone will tell a story about a hotshot social media guru whose business partner and best friend doesn't want him dead, but yesterday was not that day."

Actually, it was; you just didn't see it. I'm not talking about the PotW, I'm talking about Finch/Ingram, and how last night's episode effectively used another eccentric IT billionaire/business partner relationship to draw out the nuances of the Finch/Ingram relationship in the flashbacks.

And I wouldn't go as far as to call this most recent ep "not good" so much as "not as good" as the spectacular high from the previous arc. But then were you really expecting a standalone to top the past few episodes?
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Your review seemed a bit harsh, but it's your opinion so you're entitlted to it. I loved the episode, and while the facebook billionaire story in itself is a bit worn, I think they handled this guy as the exact opposite of the typical aloof stereotype. He had his reasons for acting the way he did, and to find out he may be involved later down the road is icing on the cake for another character who was very well developed.

Not every episode is going to involve main characters getting killed, shot, exploded, or what have you. Something reviewers (and viewers) tend to get spoiled, and think everything has to always be better and better than what has come before. Each episode of POI has it's own drama, action, and humor, and there are themes that run thru the show that are eventually dealt with. To expect those themes to be dealt with every week would ruin the fun of the series. Noone would be a threat as they would be nullified week after week.

I hope this billionaire and the would be one that Reese and Finch saved a few episodes back make there way back as a team. Maybe take Finch's place for an episode or two because *gasp* Root has abducted him again.

Poor Fusco. As I commented a couple of weeks ago, things are going to get pretty bad for him until the last second. It should be a fun ride. POI 4 Life!
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Actually, I liked this episode a lot. Sure, they went back to the basic COW formula, but the show is supposed to be about saving these people too. and as far as I understood Logan was a jerk on purpose because he needed to be kicked out from the board without anyone suspecting he wanted to team up with that girl and start a new company (he already knew his partner doesn't play fair with competition). I for one liked the character, i liked that he outsmarted Reese, that he warned the girl that there are still people after them and, in the last scene, that he had the guts to put his arm on Reese's shoulders (and lol at the way Reese reacted).
What I missed this episode was Carter and Fusco. They were barely on screen and mostly without a purpose (we already knew she was looking into those files). But doesn't Carter already know that these two were part of HR? I mean, they found that notebook that got everyone arrested. There's no way these 2 guys weren't in there, maybe with their names crossed off because they were dead. And even if by some miracle the names were gone, all Fusco should have done is hint that these were HR hitmen and suggest that they got killed doing Elias's jobs (executing mob people) or something. That would have sent her off the tracks for eternity, at least I hope so.
Also, Nathan is awesome... he was the heart to Finch's brain. Loved that he was the one who thought up the machine and that he was the one who started the "save the irrelevants" thing. It makes me feel that he was always one step before Finch even though he wasn't as smart as him.
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I also liked this episode a lot. Granted it wasn't one of the best ones recently, but it was very entertaining. Even if Carter found about Reese/Fusco's connection to the dead police officers what is she going to do about it? I know she said she would turn in whoever it was no matter what, but if she finds out it was Reese and Fusco she may hesitate. Of all places for POI's first (present day) trip outside of the U.S. to take place, Russia? Really? I was hoping for something warmer, oh well. It struck me that the Einstein letters were something that Finch wound enjoy but then Reese said for the guy to keep them.
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The writers were just taking a break from a heavily serialized batch of episodes, and since we know a new actress and story arc will appear this month, I think we're all allowed to take a step back and enjoy ourselves watching Reese kick some ass, Finch have one of his awkward interactions with him, and the now necessary Bear scenes. The episode didn't seem lazy to me, it moved around the usual standalone lines for this show, and we all know we're going to get some standalone epis in between major storylines. It's okay, I rather enjoyed it and had a lot of fun watching. I don't mind Reese looking hot and badass on his motorcycle at all!

Other than that there were some pretty important bits of information and character setups for the future, for instance a potential conflict between Carter and Fusco when she finally finds out who killed the cop, not to mention that she doesn't even know about the cop John has killed. The idea that Pierce might come up as a rival for the duo in some future entanglement, since he is obviously hellbent on tracking them, and doesn't show the least amount of gratitude for the fact that they saved his life three times. And of course, Nathan and Harold's friendship that seemed to have been in more strain than we suspected over the issue of the Machine. Harold's line for instance: "Some friendships aren't meant to last" implies a severe breach in their friendship over that. Perhaps Nathan went "rogue" in a way, and Harold broke off with him over that. Then Nathan got killed and Harold is doing what he does in some sort of penance for the loss of his friend. Although I don't think Nathan got killed on the job, it would be too easy a way to solve that plot.
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I think Harold blames himself for Nathan's death, and even admitted it at some point when Nathan's kid was in an episode. I think Nathan getting killed is the perfect way to set Harold on his current path. It would have to be something jarring enough to make him change his mind, because he has been shown to be quite adamant about not wanting to put a backdoor into the Machine.
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Nathan did code a backdoor in the system anyway, so perhaps that was the reason for their friendship being ruptured. Nathan's death could indeed derail Harold from his chosen path, it could shock him into a complete change of perspective, and into a more humane point of view. I think we all agree that what Harold is doing now in a way is an atonement for Nathan's death - the question remains however, how did Nathan die and what was Harold's part in his death. Knowing the show's writers, it won't be something easy or simple.
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Also, "but because this is Person of Interest, a show that gleefully comes with a side of cheese every week, even the stinkers manage to be entertaining in their own way." ? I'm confused, does Tim like the show or doesn't he? I think these characterizations are very unfair to PoI, perhaps too many procedurals make it difficult for someone to discern between one and the other at the end of the day. Luckily for us viewers, we don't need to watch all the shows on TV, we can just choose the good ones and focus on them.
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I actually liked this episode. It was back to the procedural formula, but we have got to expect that, cuz what we got the last 3 episodes or so, is actually the exception not the rule. Plus, I know quite a few people that actually prefer the stand alone episodes.

As for the content of the episode, I thought it was entertaining. I liked the "rich kid with a lot of tech", he made Reese work for it. Plus, he was just out there enough where we didn't know if we could trust him or not. His final gift to Reese only further builds on this, and it will be very interesting if and when he resurfaces again.

The best scene of the episode was when Reese went to talk to Finch and the billionaire just showed up and figured them out on the spot. It was fun to see the looks on Reese's and Finch's face, but it was even better to have Finch then put the rich boy in his place and save their anonimity. Finch was pretty badass in that scene (or as close to badass as Finch can get).

Overall not the best episode ever, but still pretty good.

ps. Does the machine report on prepertrators anymore? I thought the rich kid might be just that, but he was just another victim. It doesn't really bother me if TPTB have decided to have the machine only report victims (the show is still awesome) but in the past, when there was a chance that the "person of interest" could be either, it raised the stakes and kept the audience guessing. Of course there are still twists and turns, but as far as I can tell, "victim or perpatrator" is no longer one of them.
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I actually liked this episode quite a lot. I particularly liked the idea of an eccentric genius who finds out about Finch and Reese. What I really don't like is why Fusco has to be given a hard time by the writers each and every time its really getting tiresome . Now they have Carter on his tail!
Awesome episode, I really hope they bring back Logan from time to time.
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The action sequences were incredibly lazy, but otherwise a highly entertaining episode.
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I liked the episode. Not every one has to touch on the overall story arch. In fact, i'd guess it would get convoluted fast if it tried to do that. Additionally Finch did mention we could see Pierce again. On the subject of Pierce. I just like the actor every since he played Jackal Onassis on Party Down.
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What I like about this show, its interesting and unpredictable!!!
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Yes to this Tim! :)
-Maybe it's because Jimmi Simpson was playing the role and I'm still pissed about the cancellation of Breakout Kings but I loved Logan. No one can play eccentric, obnoxious, annoying, and yet endearing like Jimmi Simpson. So at the end when they teased that he may be back I was a little happy!
- So when the first scene of Bear was of him looking all sad and whimpering I can't lie, I freaked the hell out! I swear for a bit I thought they were saying Bear was sick and dying or something and I've formed a surprising attachment to this dog. Don't kill Bear...please! So I let out a breath at the end of he episode when he was running and being happy and that was the extent of my breath holding for the episode.
-The Nathan reveal was interesting. I too wonder if his quest to be the original John Reese isn't what got him killed.
-I forgot about the dead cops. It was clearly a way to remind us that Carter and Fusco are still part of the team, but forget the backseat, they took the trunk...and I missed them. There is something so fun about when both of them are interacting with the other dynamic duo. Plus, the fact that their own little dynamic duo may not be so dynamic if Carter puts a limit on just how much she'd protect Fusco...well, that sucked. Fusco's fatal flaw and best trait is that he's loyal to a fault. I think that is what got him in trouble to begin with and that is what is helping him redeem himself now. He'll always have Carter's back, and Carter is loyal too, but she also has the strongest morality out of the foursome...so that makes things hinky.
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I agree. So looking forward to see how this will play out. It isn't always a foregone conclusion how any of these characters will react in a given situation. They're not even sure themselves until they're put in the situation, like Carter tampering with evidence to free Reese, or flying off to Texas with John to help him find Finch. She's come a long way with John since she first began chasing him, and when she broke off the relationship over the Shemanski shooting. She and Fusco have also come a long way, and she doesn't yet know the whole story behind the disappeared cops. How will she react when she finds out John's role in their disappearance, and that he actually killed them? I have no idea. But she has a better sense of who John is now. And the reaction will be faithful to her character, and maybe unpredictable, which is why I love this show.
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I found it very difficult to like Logan Pierce. His excuse for the party crashers in St. Petersburg was, "I like people." To which I could only wonder, "then why do you treat them like crap?!"
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Even the least exciting episodes of POI are better than most of the best episodes on other shows. Although the story this week wasn't the strongest we still learned some important information about Nathan. Also my heart went out to Fusco. He has tried so hard to make amends for his past mistakes, yet nobody, not even Carter is willing to show him unconditional forgiveness. Everyone deserves a second chance in life, even Lionel.
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POI is all about redemption and second chances. Fusco just has a harder road to travel, especially since he really wants to be good, and overcome his past 'mistakes'. Reese is more fatalistic about his past sins and considers himself and Finch dead men walking.
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Haha, I don't even care when a POI episode is not the strongest anymore. John, Finch and Bear just make this show. Bear is just so cool. Hell, a show just about bear and his biting of necks, chasing down criminals and playing some good old fetch in the park before meeting some bitches would do it for me!
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Can't wait till the writers have Bear running around biting bad people in the knee.
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I need to start a pet social media site.
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Another awsome episode. 'Nuff said:D
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I can't help but wait for the Machine to get more involved. I know Finch tried to teach it NOT to get involved, but as we could see when he was kidnapped and Reese started making demands - exceptions may be made.

I'm just waiting for the Machine to start "looking after" his boys more, dropping them hints, etc.

I wonder if it would be capable of, say, rerouting a GPS-signal?
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I'm sure the machine is capable of everything you propose. I'm not sure it would though. It definitely knows whenever "Admin" or its assets are treatened, but Finch programed it to interface with him in only one way. I think he'd need to get into the machine again and reprogram it for it to interact in the way you propose.
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But after seeing what it USED to do for Harold (finding him a girlfriend!), we know that it's pretty damned smart. If we posit that the Machine is, in fact, developing some sort of sentience, then I believe it could make changes to itself.

At least I'd like to see that happen. ;)
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Yes, but remember the machine couldn't communicate this compatibility it corelated between her and Finch beyond showing her image over and over. At first Finch though the machine was malfunctioning. His curiosity about woman, and why the machine kept showing her, is what started their relationship. Yes the machine is capable of learning, but is it capable of overiding and rewriting its programming?
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I enjoyed every episode of POI, some more than others, but each episode contributes to the over all basis of the show. Reese, Finch and Bear make my week no matter what.

After watching this weeks episode a second time, the final scene where Finch breaks open Reese's 2 million dollar watch brought up an interesting question. When the machine is analyzing the GPS chip in the watch it indicates the the signal is untraceable and the receiver unknown. It also states the monitoring subject is Pierce, Logan. Could this not be interpreted that Logan is the subject supposed to be tracked by the GPS not Reese? If Logan was intelligent enough to make the signal untraceable and receiver unknown shouldn't he have made Reese the subject of the monitoring and remove his name from the chip information? Logan gave the watch to Reese with no guarantee he would wear it and Logan stated he only needed one of anything as long as it was the best and he already had the perfect watch so giving a spare watch would be nothing for him. Just throwing the fact out there for discussion...
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I interpreted the machine screen to mean the machine considered Logan a threat to Admin and the machine was therefore going to monitor Logan.
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Logan + ROOT ..........
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After all that's been going on on the show, I kind of expected this one would be a standalone episode. And I think it did the job. I absolutely love how the writers use the POI's. to introduce new characters to the show. Even if it's a case of the week, they always add the possibility of the POI coming back in future episodes either as an ally or as a foe.
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Nathan's great. Why does he have to be dead? Bring him back, writers! If you can bring Stanton back, you can bring him back. He is becoming a badass.
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I actually liked this one more than the "prison trilogy". I like the Person of Interest of the week episodes much more than mythology building ones. Yes, I am interested in what happened with Finch before he met Reese and don't mind a season arc. They should however always clearly feature a Person of Interest and this was not so in the previous three.
Still the best series on TV though.
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Tim, you forgot to mention what made the Einstein letters even funnier--the show's self-aware moment when Reese told the auctioneer to "Keep 'em" (implying that he saw them as being irrelevant to absolutely anything).

Also surprised you said nothing about Finch's implication to Nathan that, if Nathan kept pushing the back door issue, their business partnership would be over. (Or how Finch's self-isolation was so complete that he didn't know about the 9/11 attacks until that evening when Nathan showed up in his sub-basement Finch cave at IFT--which is in Manhattan!) This adds color to the reveal at the end of last week's episode, and sets up the scenario that the events of Nathan's death and Finch's spine/neck injury were so traumatic and emotional that they completely altered Finch's perspective forever. (A huge difference between the Finch in this ep's flashbacks and the one in the wheelchair in "Many happy Returns" and then even the one in the Pilot.) All of this being a major demonstration of Michael Emerson's range and why he, like Caviezel, is one of the most underappreciated actors today. (And how, despite the occasional minor weaknesses of individual ep writers' plotting/scripting, Jonathan Nolan's command of the overarching storyline (present and past) demonstrates pretty awesome master storytelling.)

Speaking of, did anyone else have a "Not again--they didn't pull the wool over our eyes a third time!" moment when Pierce showed up and ID'd Reese and Finch's roles (as well as Finch's bug card, etc), half expecting him to be another Charlie Barton or Caroline Turing and be revealed to actually be a master villain (or at least in league with Root)?

And then have a repeat moment when Reese realized and even commented near the end that Pierce expected that he would show up to rescue him (implying that Pierce had figured out how Finch-and-Reese worked, the way Root had in "Firewall")?

Then the GPS... is Pierce like a uber-wealthy cross between Henry Peck ("No Good Deed") and Root? The potential is definitely there, as you noted, Tim. And despite Pierce's sporadic posturing of generosity (giving the people suing him what was fair, giving away the car to the car-less b-ball player, preaching to his partner about business ethics, etc), I'm guessing he'll become an antagonist or even a villain. After all, Reese & Finch already have one eccentric/annoying tech whiz who's reckless with his own safety as a part of their support team: Leon Tao.

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What's allowed NCIS to last so long is it's procedurals so it's not a bad idea for POI to use them. Too much serialized story wears out a series fast. A show needs a good balance of the two. You can't criticize a show for not going the way you want it to.
But this episode suggested that it could be the start of something later, even a spin-off. I'm sure that Pierce will find his own Reese.
Something that struck me: In some ways this show brings in elements of The Odd Couple.
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The "Odd Couple" refs definitely factor into the show's great humor, especially in library scenes (Finch complaining about Reese cleaning his rifle in "Bury the Lede," Reese introducing Bear to Finch in "Bad Code," Finch chastising Reese for not storing his arsenal in a safer location in "Baby Blue," etc.).
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good point about long lasting procedurals
thumbs up:-)
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A billionaire exceptionally skilled with computers will surely come in handy in the finale, with the global cyberattack thing and all coming up in 5 months. Same thing with that other guy a few episodes back that Finch helped, who also knows a lot about computers. Root might also help Reese and Finch stop the cyberapocalypse. Jonathan Nolan knows what he's doing.
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completely agree! Jonathan Nolan knows what he is doing and Pierce will be useful in the future. I see Pierce as a "good guy" who has some flaws or impulsive tendencies (even when not trying to look unstable)~I like him.

There's something about Logan Pierce that reminds me of Finch and it's more then just being an eccentric billionaire with great computer skills and high IQ. Maybe it's in the facial expressions or gestures or something but there's something about the character that reminds me of Finch
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I like Pierce too. Jimmi Simpson did a really good job playing him.
I would describe Pierce as "chaotic but good". I don't think he bugged that watch because he's evil, I think it's because he finds Finch and Reese very interesting. I think he will help them but simultaneously try to find out more about them. He won't stop until he does. Finch and Reese will have to save the world from a cyberapocalypse and stop Pierce from finding out about The Machine and their past lives at the same time. Also, who knows what HR and Elias are planning.
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chaotic but good--perfect description. I also think he will help them and try to find out more about them.

When you think of all the potential help--teen hackers (one whose brother died at the train station), Asian computer/business guy with horrible "luck", Pierce and potentially Root--if they come together they can beat the virus--I hope the Machine doesn't go rogue/bad!
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Personally I see the virus as potentially having been Root's handiwork (Finch was marvelling at the code, after all), as her means of "setting the Machine free" ("The Contingency").
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The virus might make it malfunction more and more as the rest of the season progresses, and it may even turn on Finch for a bit because of that. It may also go bad eventually because it will evolve too much, but it’s CBS so that will probably happen around season 10 or so.
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I saw it too Vicky. A resemblance around the lower face, especially the mouth when they speak. Like they're related.
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that's it....the resemblance...I thought he looked like Finch's son or a young Finch

Thank you for clarifying it--I thought I was the only one who felt/saw it that way!
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The episode wasn't so good but it introduce someone who has the potential to became the Lex Luthor of POI
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Something tells me that this could go on a different multi-arc. We saw that Logan did gave mr Reese a "special" gift at the end, and he always wanted to scrape off anonymity. Could these hints show us that Logan would become another hero/villain using the money he has to commit his deeds?
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Sad Bear makes me sad. Fortunately Reese shooting someone in the leg helps ease that pain.
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I know Jimmi Simpson as Mary on Psych. I agree that his character is a cliche these days. I wonder how many variations of the Facebook name we have seen in TV scripts the last few years. He turned out to be a nice guy, as far as I can tell. He just wants to be part of the team. I could see him as an ally that Finch and Reese reach out to for favors from time to time.
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I agree and I don't know why people are instantly assuming he is a villain. He settled the lawsuit in a good guy manner, acted unstable to be able to take down his company that had gone "bad" and gave away his car. He seemed to admire Reese and Finch and didn't come off to me as a villain but I may be wrong. I trust POI's writers. I enjoyed this episode but am tired of Facebook type references.
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I agree. I think the writers put the bug in Reese's watch to make the auidence think he is not to be trusted. In a way this is true, but I think that Pierce is just genuinley interested in their operation. I dont think he would be a definite liability, but like Finch said, "his curiosity is just enough to make him dangerous".
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yep:-)
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I didn't like this episode until Reese burst into Pierce 's office ("I knew you were interesting!") and had to relate to the guy. When Pierce went into anaphylactic shock, I was kind of hoping he would do mouth-to-mouth just to see POI finally make the news, but Reese knew that wouldn't work without an open airway so no deal.
I enjoyed the little Caviezelisms in the script: the motorcycle (Jim is a Harley man), the basketball (Jim wanted an NBA career before he broke his foot), the Chinese proverb (Jim and his wife, Kerri, adopted three Chinese kids with tumors and saved their lives). Even the jerk's last name could be construed as a nod to the Count of Monte Cristo (and there have been so many, why shouldn't it be?) I also loved Finch's irony when he and Reese (two guys in a suicide pact) were watching the news: "Some friendships weren't meant to last."
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I stop read after 'this is not a good episode of Person of Interest', no the episode is good, but is not spetacular like the previous one.

I like a lot the delevopment of the Finch and Nathan flashback's and the case of the week is very interesting about the billionare powerful, rich and smart (the scene of the alley with Reese and Finch was unexpected), So I don't agree with this review because the episode is usual episode from the show with a interesting case, so is good for me.
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POI reminds me of Justified in that even an average or good episode is better then many shows best episodes
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Exactly Vicky, I agree with you.
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Me, too. I went straight to the comments!
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POI has become an old friend and it's always delightful to see them all every week or so. True that some episodes are better than others but I can't say I've ever seen a bad one just like it's never bad when old friends come to visit...
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I started to think this was the episode where they didn't save the number and we, the audience, would be ok with it. Although I just remembered an episode where a number was responsible for a death Reese and Harold didn't realise til it was too late.
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next week on person of interest - after john rejects logans gift, he finds himself the target of his affections, as john becomes the target of logans love. the whole show will have a very bachelor vibe and will consist of finch and logan vying for johns affections. who will john give his rose to? ( and maybe his love! ), tune in next week to an all new person of interest to find out!!!!
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That is utterly ridiculous, but it did make me laugh
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"Nathan, you become more and more of a badass with each passing flashback. Keep up the good work. (And sorry you're dead.)"

Mr. Surette, with your knowledge of the show, your D&D reference (Monster Manual, I chuckled) and POI's propensity to bring back "dead" characters, I'm surprised at your firm stance on Nathan being dead.

Incoming season finale where Nathan appears and Michael Emerson makes his "oh shit!" face complete with bulging eyes.

Mark my words, Tim. Mark my words!
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Wasn't logan being an ass, so he would get fired, and that way his non compete clause wouldn't be valid.
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I think partly both. I did end up kinda liking the guy, especially the sh*t talk at the hoops and then giving the guy his fancy car. And the " I *knew* you were interesting!" quote.
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Sure this episode wasn't as good as the incredible arc that we just got done with, but I still thought it was good. And while Jimmi Simpson's character was annoying, which may have made it difficult to want him to survive as much as some of the other POI's on this show, I have two things to say about this. The first is that it shows that Reese and Finch shouldn't assume that every POI is going to be a nice person who does everything they say. Far from it, they've dealt with killers, undercover cops, and even a married couple who were trying to kill each other. And while both Finch and Reese made a big deal about Simpson's character breaking all the rules, flying away in helicopters and all that, at least when Reese took the direct approach and leveled with him, he did a pretty fair job of going along with it. If you recall, not long ago Reese was tasked with being the bodyguard for the daughter of a diplomat, and she gave him a lot of trouble trying to shake him and all that, and she knew that Reese was there to protect her. Simpson's character, on the other hand, almost immediately took a liking to Reese, and stuck to him pretty well, telling everyone that he was considering a merger with Reese's company, etc. etc.

The other point in the drop-out's favor is that a lot of the annoying, rich kid things he did weren't necessary genuine. His plan was to convince the board to force him out, so that he could compete with his own company, which had become an oppressive force that actively sought to crush all competition, and in the process attempted to also crush progress as well. So he partnered with a woman who had been used and abused by his company, and sought to make her website the next big thing. So his annoying and over-the-top public appearances were planned to make him look unstable, even though he wasn't. In other words, we met Simpson's character at an odd time, and it's hard to properly judge the guy based on the what we saw, since probably half of it was fake. I'm not saying that he was the best person ever though, he did genuinely seem to be firmly on the crazily eccentric side. Traveling to bar in Russia to try a double-fried food of any kind is a bit much, and definitely takes that person firmly out of the "normal" category.

So I did think this episode was good. It did revert back to the shows established formula, but I happen to like this formula a lot more than other formulas. And yes, Reese shot someone in the kneecap, but I'm happy he did that because it had been about five to ten episodes since that happened, and I was wondering if he wasn't having the same amount of fun he's had in the past. And sure, this episode was pretty ridiculous, but then this show is ridiculous. The one part in particular that made no sense at the time was when we see all the people that Reese has invited to the Russian bar, and one of them is his business rival, who absolutely hates him. Seriously, what was that guy doing there. I know that it turns out the two of them were going into business together, but at that point in time I'm pretty sure they were still at least pretending to hate each other. Regardless, the show was just giving us one of those "you got to be kidding me" moments, in which literally all the suspects were invited to the supposedly safe place. It was one of those funny, weird, awkward moments that was ultimately forgivable. Kind of like how awkward that end scene would have been, if Finch had crushed Reese's watch and there hadn't been a bug in it. Anyway, I'll agree that this wasn't the best POI episode ever, but I still thought it was a good one. And it did raise a good question: how can you be sure that you've dealt with the treat to a POI? What if there's more than one person who wants to kill them?
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I really liked this episode. I know it was Person of Interest by numbers but Jimmi Simpson (who I don't think I've ever seen in anything else) playing Logan Pierce really sold it for me. I think he had good chemistry with Reese or maybe it was just the twinkle in his eye.( Loved it when he just showed up at Reese and Finch's secret meeting.) Pretty sure he's a nice guy and he won't end up being a foe.
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I liked it. I think it is a set up for future episodes. I think Logan is either going to be a ally to Root or an Ally to Finch and Reese. It might be both; this is heading toward a Reese, Finch and the gang vs the government and then vs whomever was behind Stanton. And with that they are going to need more than themselves. So what is better than one quirky billionaire? Two quirky billionaires. Couple that with Root and you have a pretty formidable cyber warfare crew. But more to the point, I think Logan is intrigued, he knows there is a big thing going on and he wants to be part of it. I welcome it. Sure it was kind of haphazard, but I didn't mind it.

Now this things between Fusco and Carter I think it is kind of dumb. She knows about the group of corrupt cops. She knows that Reese went up against them. This shouldn't be as big as it is. Call a group meeting and say, oh yea we killed these guys. Boom, done, move on. The only thing this plot leads me to believe is that Fusco's days are numbered. I know, I know, we all like Fusco. But this has been a weirdly good season for Fusco, he got a girlfriend, he got kissed by a Victoria Secret model. I don't know, I hope they don't kill him off. But it all just seems strange.

Nathan. Nathan was the perceived architect of the machine. He was working with the government. So likely aside from inside his office dealing with Finch. He likely was under surveillance, so the government sees him starting to do this vigilante thing. And put two and two together and figure out that this has something to do with the Machine and they kill him before he gets caught and spills the beans to someone. And that starts it. Just an opinion.

Plus, Bear. Bear makes me want a dog so very badly.

Overall, not the best episode of the series. But because of the promise of more, I still liked it.
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Going into the episode, I pretty much knew that they would be going back to having the focus being on a stand-alone case, considering the fact that it has been so long since Reese was arrested. I don't think it was one of the best episodes, but I did quite enjoy it. I didn't really care for the person of interest that much at first, but I really warmed up to him once Reese made contact with him. I think he will make an interesting addition to the show whenever he returns. I also liked how his story somewhat paralleled the story between Finch and Nathan in the past, with one partner going in a direction the other didn't really like, which threatened their friendship/partnership. The flashbacks were interesting in their own way, and make me excited to see more of Finch's relationship with Nathan in the second half of the season.
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You're right: the most important part of "One Percent" involved Bear. Let's forget everything else that happened in the episode - it shouldn't be hard, after all it was forgettable - and put the focus on Bear instead.

What is really going on with Bear? Is he feeling down just because of lack of companionship, or is there something else going on? I'm suspecting that Bear is going through an existential crisis. He has just realized that his two daddies will never truly understand his inner life in a meaningful way. There is a gap in understanding between him and his owners, and I think that during the upcoming weeks we will see him spiral out of control because of this.

It would be nice if a few episodes were made only about Bear. A whole episode about him sleeping, eating, sniffing other dogs' buts, licking Reese's face and humping strangers' legs would help us understand Bear's motivations. The voice-over for his inner dialogue would be done by Eddie Izzard. We need to delve into Bear's psyche, we need to know more about what he is about. Right now all the episodes are Finch and Reese centred, and Bear is left in their shadow. We do not know anything about why Bear acts the way he does and the struggles he is facing. Maybe Bear could help solve cases with Reese, or he could get his own cases to solve, for example "who is that other dog in the mirror".
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OMG, there NEEDS to be a webseries spin-off revolving around Bear! I would totally watch that :)
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I'm a huge animal lover and was afraid they were "writing him off" there for a minute. I was gonna be really peeved if they killed off the third team member!
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Jim C. should play more basketball on the show.
And.... we are heading for the romantic plot for Bear. Maybe next episode?
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Up until Jimmi Simpson character followed Reese on his midnight rendezvous with Finch i wanted to kill him myself.And i love Jimmi Simpson!.But then he was not a stereotypical nerd (only on the part of not being afraid someone wanted him dead!..the college dropout was so Zuckerberg i barfed!).. I too think we will see Logan again, but i think he will be a friend. Not because am partial to Jimmi Simpson, but because i didn't get the "Root" vibes from him. Besides, he doesn't like other billionaire or business bullies. BTW, was the machine glitching already?..what did Kara introduce into the systems last episode?.Maybe Logan as another techie will help Finch and Reese fix it in the future..
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I really liked it.
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Not that it wasn’t a good episode. It just wasn’t one of POI’s grabbers. After the last few high stakes episodes, this offered a break, a light intermission.

I don’t believe Logan Pierce will be a future villain. I believe he’s a good guy, based on the speech on the bridge, and his reasons for starting the new company. But it’s his very interest in discovering more about Finch and Reese that might prove dangerous, especially given his carefree manner of doing things. My vote is for annoying ally, like Leon. Come to think of it, Finch and Reese are racking up a lot of computer savvy POIs who owe them. Maybe we’ll see a super cyber team when it comes to the showdown to protect the machine, and neutralizing whatever Kara uploaded into cyberspace.
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I quite liked the episode. Nothing amazing happened, but it was fun for a standalone.

Jimmi Simpson's character was kind of cliche and not exactly likable, but I enjoyed the character... I guess it doesn't hurt that I like Simpson (along with Always Sunny, he was also fun in Psych). The fact that he was smart and sneaky enough to figure John and Finch out was entertaining.

I, too, enjoyed the Ingram flashbacks, and I believe that playing Batman is what gets him killed. However, I don't think he gets killed in the scene that was shown near the end of this episode. If my memory serves correct, an earlier episode showed Ingram died in 2010... the event in this episode was in 2009. So my guess is he succeeded with this one and gets caught up playing superhero.
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I know the plot was no big deal, but I loved the POI he was so much fun and I am really excited to see him again. I was shocked the someone had actually one upped Reese and Finch by following them to the meeting spot
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Absolutely. My thoughts exactly. I don't think I often, if ever take to the POIs but this one I loved :) I was as shocked as Finch when he showed up at their meeting...
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*Bear was definitely THE highlight of this one. And Finch saying the Dutch word for "fetch" in that plaintive little voice... I almost died!

*Couldn't stand Pierce, but if he becomes a villain there's a chance he might die later on, which I'm all for. Elias he ain't.

*Are we to assume that Finch and Reese Inc. are unaware that Carter is poking around in Fusco's past? Because if they were, would it not be simple to clear up any misunderstanding?

*Jim Caviezel was a basketball star in highschool, so it's no wonder he has a nice jump shot.
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Meant to say, if they WEREN'T unaware, wouldn't it be simple to inform her that Reese killed those guys?
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Yay Bear! Bear needs a more of a role in this series.
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