Person of Interest "The High Road" Review: Mr. Reese's Neighborhood

Person of Interest S02E06: "The High Road"

It's hard to imagine that with all the times John Reese has been hilariously plucked out of his fishbowl and thrown into a new pond, it took almost 30 episodes of Person of Interest to drop him off in the suburbs so we can see him with a lawnmower. "The High Road" had all the expected gags, but also surprised with a touching story, strong themes of redemption, and one match-making super computer, making it one of the stronger episodes of the season so far.

This week's person of interest was a man named Graham AND named Lloyd. He was the owner of a local hardware store AND one of the best safecrackers in the business. You see, Graham used to be a career thief before he ditched that life and his identity for the safety of the 'burbs with a wife and a kid. But the two crooks he used to pal around with just got out of the big house after serving 12 years for a crime job that Graham/Lloyd backed out of because he thought it was too dangerous. I don't know if you know this, but most criminals are unreasonably sour people, so they blamed Lloyd for their jail time and wanted revenge. And that's how Reese ended up moving to the suburbs with his trophy wife Zoe and became neighbors with Graham/Lloyd.

Person of Interest has been on a big redemption kick lately, exploring the idea of whether or not a person can change and if their past sins can be absolved. This was most obvious in "Triggerman" when the P.O.I. was a former hitman who had a change of heart, but there were crumbs of that theme in "Masquerade" and "Bury the Lede" as well. It works really for the show as John gets to play the shining example of a man escaping his rough past and doing something good for a change, but it doesn't always guarantee a happy ending. Penance doesn't come for pennies, and sometimes the price you pay for a clear conscience is already written into the order of the world as Riley found out in "Triggerman."

But occasionally fate says let's let a guy off the hook, and that's what happened in "The High Road." Forced to go on one last job by his old co-workers to protect his family, Graham/Lloyd cracked the safe of a rich guy and stared down the barrel of his old pal's gun because when he said one last job he meant LAST job as in last anything he'd do. But Reese infiltrated the group and shot some bad guys in the leg, saving the reformed Graham/Lloyd so he could hide in the suburbs and get back to his new life. Except Graham/Lloyd didn't run back to his one-car garage and backyard and gas BBQ. Instead he turned himself in for his past crimes in an unexpected twist, proving that he was indeed a changed man and knew the difference between right and wrong. He was ultimately rewarded for it; he turned over evidence to the judge in exchange for a sentence of house arrest in his lovely 2,500 sq. ft. house just outside of New York City.

This all played out between flashbacks of Finch in 2004-2006, when he was explaining to Ingram how The Machine was learning people's foibles and intricacies to identify those in danger and those that could be the danger. And part of me thinks that the computer chose Graham/Lloyd because it recognized someone who was truly worth saving and didn't pick him simply on a binary basis of whether he was dangerous or not. The Computer seems to be picking its people more carefully as it gets smarter, and dammit, I love this little wrinkle.

And apparently it's been a lot smarter than we thought for a long time. Back in the mid-2000s, the computer kept bringing up future fiancé Grace Hendricks (Michael Emerson's real-life wife Carrie Preston) and Finch–work-minded as he is–could not for the life of him figure out why the computer kept pestering him about her. There was no reason to suspect she was in danger, and her records showed her to be an upstanding citizen. Almost a perfect citizen. With a love for books. While Finch was too dumb to recognize when someone was handing him something on a platter, we figured it out: The Computer was trying to set Finch up! It was like if OKCupid actually worked! This computer is totes adorable. In the beginning of the season it was looking after its dad, and now it's finding him a perfect mate? Stop it computer, you're too cute.

"The High Road" stripped Person of Interest down to its basics and spread the themes of the case-of-the-week out toward its main characters for an outstanding hour of television. With plenty of humor, touching flashbacks, and at least two bullets to the leg, it was a perfectly formed standalone episode.



NOTES

– Zoe is really coming into her own in the series. She's been a blast all season long and playing House with John was her finest performance. Those two really play well off each other, and the one-way sexual chemistry is fun to watch. Zoe would throw John down on a bed in a second, but John isn't as sure. BATMAN DOESN'T NEED GIRLFRIENDS AND NEITHER SHOULD JOHN!

– Ummm... the donut scene with Bear and Finch and John? Too funny. Why does this show crack me up with the cheesiest gags? Why is John eating a donut that a dog just licked so darned funny? Lots more humor with the parking ticket and petty cash talk, John pulling a gun when the doorbell rang, and Harold as the security system installer. It's not that the show knows to add humor to lighten the mood, it that it knows how much is too much and stays just below that tipping point.

– It's telling that John saw Graham, with his ideal life of a wife and a great kid, as "the most boring man in New York." It just shows where John's priorities are.

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this was an epic episode, hillarious and great and perfect! I love POI in every way, and wouldn't mind if reese read the phone book or finch played chess for the entire episode, really I am that into the show but this one was beyond lovable! the lines, reese so uncomfortable in his new outfits and neighborhood, the way he "proposed" Zoe (and the look on her face showing that she just wished that was true), the way she boasted about being "John's wife", Harold the installation guy, bear the cutest dog ever.. every second of the show was well planned and satisfying..
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Good article, thanks. The show is still good, we're learning more about the machine and the machine is improving. John really has to get laid soon, otherwise I'm starting to think that he might be a terminator and the machine is run by Skynet.
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It's implied that he and Zoe are lovers but not shown.
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It has been said that the POI writers don't get enough credit for the huge success of this show. Thought I'd have some fun and have listed the POI writers by episodes (1-29). I now know who my favorite writers are - ALL of them! Who's your favorite?:



J. Nolan: the Pilot; Plageman & Nolan: Ghost, Firewall; Patrick Harbinson: Mission Creep, Number Crunch, Baby Blue; Denise The: Cura Te Ipsum, Blue Code; David Slack: Judgement, Super, No Good Deed; Zeebroeck & Sopczynski: The Fix, Wolf & Cub, The High Road; Amanda Segel: Witness, Legacy, Flesh & Blood; Erik Mountain: Root Cause, Triggerman; Sean Hennen: Risk; Amy Berg: Identity Crisis; Ray Utarnachitt: Matsya Nyaya; Melissa Scrivner: Masquerade; Plageman & The: Get Carter; J. Nolan & Erik Mountain: Many Happy Returns; J. Nolan & Denise The: Contingency; Plageman & Harbinson: Bad Code;

These folks deserve a standing ovation from all of us - and lots of Emmy Awards from the industry this year!
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Wow! You did your homework. I have to say I like Eric Mountain and the Mountain/Nolan combo for giving us "Root Cause" and "Many Happy Returns," respectively. I also like Denise The for "Cure Te Ipsum" and Nolan/The for "Contingency."
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Loved all of the silly jokes. I love the jokes because it humanizes these guys for me since they can be so serious and dark at times.
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It's also beautifully crafted comic relief for those tense episodes, not to mention it also is the glue that bonds the main characters. POI has taken it to an art form!
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I have to give Tim a hard time about this one though: "POI has been on a big redemption kick lately." Dude, the ENTIRE SHOW is one long conversation about redemption. Where were you for the entirety of Season 1?
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Loved the episode, but didn't think it was as awesome as you're making it out to be because there were so many situations which brought me out of the story when I was immersed in it.

- The dude isn't Batman and even Batman had his vices. It'll be interesting to Zoe and him as a power couple. More Zoe please!

- Ugh. This season has been a complete miss with the humor. It goes for the obvious, unlike in season 1. Reese blinking naively while eating the donuts was really, truly, atrociously bad acting and writing.

- The redemption arc of this episode was better than the last one with the Reese-wannabe. But when Reese asked him to not surrender to the police, was he high! There were so many people who saw their faces, not to mention the main team who would have fessed up and gave up his identity.

- The Machine introducing Finch to his fiance is intriguing and awesome. (I still can't believe Finch and his fiance looked exactly the same a decade back, as they do today). But it still doesn't reduce those scenes in any way. They were excellent.
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Frankly, I thought the Machine as Yentl was a bit too cute. We know that Finch needed "grace" in order to learn to have compassion for the "irrelevant" people, just as we know that Reese had given up on life ("Zoe" in Greek)--and the Machine had introduced them to each other as well. I was hoping after the last two "meh" episodes that we would get a Machine flashback, but it still bothers me. Too pat, too cute. Producer Nolan admitted that he was having trouble pacing the first season because he is used to writing movies, and I don't think he's quite there yet. And while it's all about redemption, I miss the obvious redemption images (Our Lady of the Evidence Locker is legendary at our house.)

And I'll probably loose my posting privileges but, much as I like the dog (I have two myself), I don't understand the fan obsession with this particular element. It's so popular that CSI ripped off the story 2 weeks ago (guard dog who only obeys a foreign language loses owner/trainer and is taken in by the agent). POI is a great show and brilliantly cast but I wish it would be more mysterious or eccentric like it used to be.
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Really great episode!! The show gets so much better when Finch has some background story in the past and John's feeling a little attached to his POI!
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I see you guys gave up on Last Resort hah? No reviews nada( are ratings so bad that you dump it for good? and yet Revolution and other crap like Chicago Fire continue to live and get renewed and reviewed. so unfair so sad. I'm sorry I'm off topic. just bitter
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I think Chicago Fire got renewed because it is cheap to make.
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Awesome, awesome episode, so funny, so entertaining and interesting, perfect show and I hope it last for hundred and hundred episodes. :)
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This show is just love. It really is. I mean it has everything a girl can ask for. Seriously, Thursday nights just don't feel right until I see somebody taking a bullet to the kneecap. Just ain't Thursday without it.

Rapeling, safe cracking, grifting, hitting, hacking, heyyy someone spilled some Leverage into my P.O.I and I like it!!

It's so true and this review nailed it all, this show shouldn't be this funny, but dammit if I didn't chuckle and smirk at every slapstick little thing they threw in there. From the social ineptitude of both Reese and Zoe (Zoe, sweetheart, upon returning a bowl to the neighbor you usually wash it out first...just sayin'. And John, dear, we needn't whip guns out to open the door), to anything involving Bear, to the Carter eye rolls and admonishing she gives John...just all of it was too hilarious. I was even laughing when the baby Machine was trying to set his clueless and geeky father up. The Machine! Can we just talk about how awesome The Machine is?! This thing is like probably the coolest character of them all. That's right, it is in fact it's own character because it's just that freaking good. Initially when I watched the show I thought of The Machine as just a plot device to drive the story...but somewhere along the way I begin to see The Machine as a legitimate character with its own development and story. This thing thinks and has feelings and stuff.

The episode was awesome. I mean it truly was awesome, and surprised me because based on the previews for it, I just figured it'd be one of those funny, cutesy type of episodes with no depth. Surprisingly enough it was one of the strongest episodes of the season! My only complaint, if you'd call it that, is I missed seeing Fusco and there was too little of Carter. I know they weren't really necessary for the episode so it definitely didn't detract from anything...but I kinda missed them. It's one of those shows where all the characters sort of have their place and you like seeing them all. It was great seeing Zoe though. I love the one sided flirting she has going on with Reese. I swear that second night had to involved Strip Poker. It just had to have.
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Totally agree! Reese's one liners were great too ^_^ I guess some darkness is awaiting, which I am happy with as well. Only problem this show has, it's only once a week. Jonah Nolan, marry me!

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Nice review!



I think everybody is really naive if they think Zoe and John haven't hooked up already just because it wasn't on screen. 2nd time they are just having drinks after a mission? Zoe telling Maxine they spend 2 long nights together. Zoe doesn't lie. Two 'I'll go after what I want succes driven' personalities that clearly like each other. And I'm not al that convinced it's one sided flirtation. John could have asked her to play his wife instead of asking her to be his wife. I applaud POI for not centering the show around this and making a big deal out of it though...
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Thanks!



Eh, I don't know, to me it just seems like they're really great flirty type of friends. I don't think they've actually slept together. If they have, kudos to the show for not showing it because it's so awesome that they don't need to have that type of thing going on. I like the suggestiveness. I mean, clearly the two most integral women in Reese's live at the moment are Carter and Zoe. The chemistry he has with both, to me is about neck in neck, there is a great dose of flirty bantering done with both women. The only difference to me, is Zoe is more forward and actually seems to want John. I think the fact that she is so forward like that and regularly in the way that she is, is what leads me to believe that they actually haven't done anything. It's like a game, a chase. It's more amusing that way.
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John is still too damaged at this point in the show's run to either want or be able to sustain a long term romantic relationship. I don't think Zoe is looking for that either, given her independent nature and lifestyle. She's probably looking for a friend she can be comfortable enough with to occasionally sleep together. I think that's what she finds appealing about John. Carter on the other hand would only be comfortable, I think, in a stable committed relationship, certainly with the prospect of marriage. She knows that's not John. At least not yet. And John knows it too. I think John and Carter are headed for a real close, dependable and trusting partnership, maybe even with a loving bond between them, but not a romantic one. Zoe seems the more likely candidate for the occasional bedroom release of tension and stress.
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Mucho mucho smoochie smoochie!
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They did spend two long nights together. He was undercover as her driver when they first met and I believe it took two days to free Zoe from danger. I thought Zoe's response to Maxine was very tongue in cheek. She IS telling the truth but in a way that implies something else--and only John (and the regular viewer) would know the whole story. IIt was very clever and dry.
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Two nights, the first where she herself was the person of interest and the second after they helped the unemployed guy who was set up for assasinating that politician and they went for drinks afterwards. I those were the two long nights she mentioned.



But I love how they are using this....
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Zoe doesn't lie? LOL. Now THAT'S naive.



I think Zoe was obviously pulling the reporter's chain on purpose.
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Hahaha! I'm sure she lies...seen her do it a couple of times but I meant with regards to Reese. She doesn't stray from the truth in that regard.



And I'm sure she was pulling Maxine chain on purpose. That was her 'job' but she could have gone for a week, a month or whatever. Two was accurate.



Big fan of her introduction to Carter..

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She was definitely pulling Maxine's chain. And Carter's too, during their introduction. "Zoe, John's wife". The look on Carter's face was priceless. It's Zoe's way of staking her claim on John.
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Love every episode, this one was no different!
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John should get lucky with Zoe, at least once. Would be more realistic.
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Great episode. Really great. So funny, lots of action, character development, the machine hooking Finch up. POI is one of the better written shows on tv and i feel we don't give the writers enough credit for it.
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To me, almost all POI episodes are stand alone with a little bit of background arc and HR/organised crime stuff... Am I missing something?

I don't really see why John had to become a neighbour. Don't get me wrong it was very funny seeing him as a fish out of water in suburbia (with a completely underused Zoe!) but doesn't he usually just go up to these people and help them, which he did ultimately anyway....why the elaborate ruse?

I like the action. I like how 2 guys playing it straight end up being funny. (they have a great chemistry) POI is strongest when John kicks ass and it doesn't take itself too seriously. Its a superhero story after all and you have to suspend belief. Good, entertaining hour of TV. Plus John Reese is majorly sexy...just saying...
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The conceit was that in the suburbs, law enforcement is much more aggressive towards loitering, as evinced by the ticket. He needed the nearby house as a cover for lingering in the proximity of the target.
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...but as I said he could just go up to the guy and introduce himself...that's what he normally ends up doing anyway...
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"stop it computer you're being too cute" really made my day. Love your review of POI.
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"You asked me if The Machine was capable of learning human nature, I'm saying it already is. It's learning by watching everyone, even you."

First of all, great episode! Secondly, this was a very well written and astute review. But thirdly, "The Computer", Tim? Really? That just seems so pedestrian. Where's the gravitas? Where's the panache? It's not just some banal computer. It's THE MACHINE! Not "a" machine. "THE" Machine. Now isn't that more powerful? Doesn't it make your skin tingle?

POI has become the master of the standalone. Even though my darling Fringe has had some of the best mythalone episodes you will ever see, I've always been more interested in the overarching, serialized elements of the show. That's not really the case with POI. Don't get me wrong, I'm absolutely FASCINATED with anything and everything involving The Machine. All the flashbacks, its origins and motivations (including its matchmaking skills), and the multi-layered relationship it has with Finch, make this show so much more than your average CBS procedural. (In case you haven't heard, I'm also a little obsessed with the colored boxes The Machine assigns to everyone.)

But the other key ingredient to POI's greatness is just Reese and Finch, saving lives and kicking ass. I usually watch television that is character driven. I tend to shy away from simple, formulaic premises. But POI's formula is complex and badass at the same time. Even if there wasn't this amazing serialized thread weaved throughout the show, I'd still tune in just to watch Reese and Finch solve the P.O.I. of the week, and their adorably burgeoning friendship. Oh, and Bear! That dog has made a great show even better.

NOTES:

- Seeing Reese in a golf shirt and slacks was ... odd.

- You're right, Tim, Batman doesn't need a girlfriend. But a man's got needs. Are we supposed to believe Reese has been celibate all this time?

- Seriously, what's with the yellow boxes? My theory is The Machine assigns a yellow box to everyone who has knowledge of its existence, and until someone proves to me otherwise, I'm sticking with it.

- Also, 2016 Timeline anyone? Thoughts? Theories? Can The Machine see the future? Or are we watching the past? Has this been discussed?!

- I'm really digging the awesome new graphics. The intro has been updated and there are new wrinkles to the segues. It's like POI 2.0. The "Crime Rate By Precinct" graphic was especially cool. Stay out of Precinct 008, New Yorkers!

- Fuscoe who?
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I guess the yellow boxes mean they are "admins"
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Actually Resse is an "asset", not an admin. In the episode Super the machine was searching for "Assest Reese, John" and then found him in the appartment Finch had rented. Yellow means working for the machine.
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Ah...you had already said what I was thinking but far more eloquently :)
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I loved this episode. The Machine 'matchmaking' for Harold/Admin/Dad was simply adorable. Knowing how the Grace thing ends up for poor old Harold only makes the flashback stuff all the more heartbreaking. As usual there was a perfect balance between storytelling and humor. How funny was Reese's face whilst eating that donut and Finch talking to Bear saying what have "we discussed" about boundaries. Too funny!
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SMACK THAT SPOILED BRAT!!!!!



Bruce Springsteen IS AMAZING,AWSOME;BRILLIANT,ONE OF A KIND,KING,LIVE THE BEST OF BEST AND TRUE ARTIST OF MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Person of Interest episodes, whether standalone or crucial, never fail to impress me, and this was a very good example of that. Despite being filler, it was entertaining and partially crucial. I loved the doughnut scene lol!!! Heck, when Reese and Zoe were in the suburbs, man did this episode take off!!! I loved every bit of it!!
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The only complaint about the episode I have is the fact that John wanted Graham to go back to his wife after a room full of people saw his face while he was trying to crack a safe, shoot a guy and also heard both his names - Graham and Lloyd. That would have never worked and was a terrible, terrible plan!
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...it was like the whole room of party guests was completely forgotten about...very odd. I guess they could have issued a statement that said Graham had been helpin the police undercover or something...but its all superhero fantasy stuff really so I think we have to susupend belief?
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And the poker game was wonderful, even though ya gotta wonder how they got the cards, cigars and whiskey on the spur of the moment.
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No my spur of the moment "huh?" was when Graham and his wife of all the neighbors on the street came over, and not only did they come over, but they came bringing Ambrosia salad...and we're talking ten minutes after John and Zoe got there.
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Maybe it was left over ambrosia--ewww!
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Not one of the strongest episodes but enjoyable. I loved Reese rappelling down the side of the building, and dog licking the donut. I didn't think Zoe was used as well as she could have been, although I loved her line during the heart-to-heart with the 'burbs neighbor: "I can honestly say that without John, I wouldn't be here." There was no real twist that I've come to expect--and although Cater is not my favorite character, she seemed to be getting some good development until the last few episodes. (She was deepest in "Many Happy returns" IMO.)
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I LOVE Bear. That dog really needs to have a few episodes focused on him somehow. It's amazing to me that the writers can create a whole bunch of characters that I enjoy, then add a dog into the mix that I might actually love more.

I giggled my butt off at both of the reactions from Reese and Finch as Reese ate the Bear-licked donut.

Also, Savana the exotic dancer may be the best alias and cover-story that Reese has ever had on the show.
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Hey, when Reese tossed the donut in the trash, Bear gave him a WTF expression!! I loved Bear!!
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The consensus is that the naming of the exotic dancer for Reese was a 'shout out' to JC's unreleased movie called "Savannah" that was filmed in Savannah, GA just before he started filming POI.

The trailer looks great & has a lot of great names......but no release date!

There have been numerous 'shout outs' to the main characters' other work.....in Witness, Charlie's student was studying 'Count of Monte Cristo' which is a GREAT Jim Caviezel movie; during the final chase scene in Firewall they drive past a billboard that advertizes Taraji's movie "How to be a Man"....there are many others...
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I wanted to see Savana's act. I almost fell over laughing at that one,
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Enjoyable as a filler show, with some flashacks showing how the program was trained by Finch.
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It was great to see Carrie Preston come back. I actually really enjoyed this episode although I wish they would add more Carter and Fusco, they haven't really done much this season. :/
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Great review a like a lot, this episode is simple good to watch.
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I wasn't as impressed with this week's episode, but it was still an enjoyable watch. So far this season, we've been shown the cool things the Machine did, the positive things. I'm going to predict as the season goes on that these things will become more negative or shady in some way.
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Producers Plageman and Nolan have already said in recent interviews that the show WILL take a turn back to the dark side. There may even be a 'falling out between the main characters' was the message they left hanging for us to contemplate. (Keep in mind, many of the "bad guys" are still out there: Elias, Stanton?, Snow, HR, etc.)...
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Another fine episode, though it's unfortunate that Carter and her cute new hairstyle have been given virtually nothing to do this season besides a trip to Texas and couple scenes with FBI Guy.
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Also, a close second would be Finch's flashbacks. Anybody else just want to give him a hug? I hope that somehow they arrange it so that he gets to be with Grace after all. I hope that by the time the whole show winds down they've found some way to let Reese & Finch live normal lives. Finch could go back to Grace, and Reese... well who knows. Zoe brings the chemistry but she's not the marrying type. She and Reese are professional partners. But we already know Reese has an emotional attachment to Carter, so...?
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Really? Does everything have to be tied up with a bow? How dull :/ I vote they never leap home ;)
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I agree, there was so much pasion and determination when Reese was hanging Lynch over the side of that building to get the contract on Carter cancled. That pretty much seemed to seal it for me.
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I don't know quite what to make of the Carter and Reese dynamic. He does have a fondness and affinity for her, that sometimes even Finch doesn't quite understand, but I can't necessarily label it as romantic. I don't know. I do love it when they share the screen together and interact. You can tell that Reese has a respect for Carter that he doesn't have for most.
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Speaking of Carter and marriage, I hope they reveal more of her backstory this season, e.g. her husband and how he died (we know he died in the army, but surely there's more to tell about that whole thread).



As for Fusco, look for him to return next week! Also, look for Julian Sands as the villain. (Anyone remember him from A Room With a View? TRUTH! BEAUUUUUTY!)
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Yeah I'm curious about Carter's husband dying too.
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I don't think I like that idea, because if they flash back to her relationship, they're probably going to make up something about how his death had something to do with the machine. I don't like coincidences like that.
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@Lee that would be perfect!! I hadn't thought of that, but definitely!
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My guess is that his death happened during 9/11, which then connects her to both Reese and Finch's lives also being heavily altered by that event too. The show has been about the 3 of them fighting crime together from the start and that 1 event would bring them together in a meaning full way. They've just had to work toward their original premiss since a good cop just can't join that team quickly.
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I read that they were were going to do an episode where they flash back to all 3 of their past relationships, all 3 being Finch, Reese and Carter.
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To me, the strongest aspect of this episode was Lloyd kind of handing it to Reese & Finch by choosing to turn himself in when Reese said "You don't have to do this." I think Reese & Finch were shown as making a definite moral misstep there, and it's interesting because while one could argue that they're always making moral missteps (spying, lying, stealing, etc.) this is one of the first times I see the show's creators actually trying to get you to believe it's a moral misstep. It's really quite interesting, and for once, I feel like it was as though the POI ended up being the true hero of the episode.



Really good stuff.
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I liked the episode. I love the banter between Zoe and John. And I agree with you. This show sometimes just has a way to make me just crack up in laughter. The scene with Bear, John, Finch and the Doughnut was hilarious. The end scene with John and Zoe mentioning that they still have a night left. Funny.



I love it. Sometimes it is nice for the show to have a break from the norm and this show did it well.
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I really enjoy this show! In my opinion, it has a great balance between the myth and the standalone P.O.I cases. And GREAT chemistry between the characters!



This show continues to deliver, no matter what. I think that in this episode the Finch-Machine-past blended well with current events. Of course it's no Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones, but as far as entertainment goes, P.O.I is high on the list!
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This was like batman and Catwoman playing house, the Parallels between this series and the batman ethos continue to intrigue. I liked the story, it was such anice touch of change it is far more believable when its drown out, the guy has had 12 yrs to find love get married and have a family, giving him a real and believable premise for change. It made the story that much more interesting, whenever a story goes into this level of character analysis and review with such contrasting life paths, it really engages. For me one of the series best episodes.
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Where you saw one of the better episodes of the season, I actually saw the weakest. Don't get me wrong, it's only "weak" by Person of Interest standards. I still enjoyed it for what it was. I liked the person of interest, with his redemption story. John and Zoey watching the poi was fun to watch as well. And of course, I loved the flashbacks of the machine setting Finch up. I just didn't think it worked quite as well as other episodes, even though it was still great television in its own way.
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i agree. but isn't it kinda nuts how "weak" for POI standards is still better than a lot of shows best?
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The episode was OK. Now please put up a Last Resort review so that we have a place to complain about how terrible *that* episode was. I suggest the title "How to torpedo your own show".
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This is the POI review but I agree. We need to comment on that annoying Last Resort episode. Loved this POI episode by the way. And especially the scene between Carter and Zoe. "I'm Detective Carter." "Zoe, John's wife." Carter's reaction - priceless. Loved all the other humorous bits too as mentioned by others. The donut scene - also priceless.
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One of the most hilarious moments! Carter totally had a "WTF?!" face and everything.
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Yes. How they could have gone from such a good episode last episode to that was nothing short of astonishing.
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Great recap. I do think you missed some of the character building on our main characters, however. Carter was actually successful at getting John to back off going to take out the ex-cons. Last year he'd have never listened to her but this time he did by choosing to put the phone into the truck instead of heading into the bar. Carter is definitely having a positive influence on Reese, which I like. I do agree with your onesidedness observation on the Reese/Zoe relationship. John always looks like he's constipated when he as to confront her forwardness. I did find the proposal rather out of place. Most people would have just said "hey could you help me with a case and pretend to be my wife" rather then go that unbelievable route. It just wasn't realistic for me. Was disappointing not seeing Fusco this episode but Kevin tweeted he was given time off from the POI producers to finish a movie he was working on.
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Man! that machine! i wish it was real..It should hook everybody up!..Zoe meeting Carter (Yes Tim, Carter was in this episode too) anyways, Zoe : "I'm John's wife".. That was as " Know your position' as it get.
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hehe, I can see the snarky "don't you want to consult with your wife" comment coming from Carter in an episode or two. But in the end it IS John's decision lol
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NO comment on this being a Fusco Free Episode? Has he become dead weight? or was his storyline not integral in this episode's theme? Carter was wasted once again, although the idea of traveling with John again seemed to perk her up a bit.
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oh yeah, and I forgot to mention that my favorite line of the night was "we're not getting on a plane to Philly are we? ;)
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Kevin stated on his twitter page that the POI bosses gave him time off to complete a movie he's in.
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Suburban school-girl grooving to---Boom Boom, Serve You Right to Suffer (John Lee Hooker), simply awesome.
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I loved the flashbacks with the matchmaking machine. It's too adorable. But you know what part you missed that I really loved? When Graham's wife and Zoe are having girl talk and Harold is listening in like the nerdy who's not quite popular enough to listen but is riveted by the innworkings of female mind, he even had his head resting on his hands. I wish you could have gotten a screen capture of that. It was another's of Harold being adorable moments. Also... Did you catch the line where Zoe said that she would fight for custody of bear? I loved that too especially after the donut scene.
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