Person of Interest "Til Death" Review: AWWWWWWW!!!

Person of Interest S02E08: "Til Death"

Oh boy, where to start with "Til Death," last night's episode of Person of Interest sponsored by Spanish Fly and Kay Jewelers? Do we start with Harold Finch wooing Grace in flashbacks? Or Fusco courting a new piece of Long Island ass? Or the handsome copper who traded flashing his badge for flashing his "How YOU doin'?" smile at Carter? Or the case of the week, a husband-and-wife team that just needed some alone time to rekindle their crumbling marriage? Or John Reese, table for one?

"Til Death" was one of the silliest and most entertaining episodes of Person of Interest to date, an hour of warm fuzzy feelings bursting with romance and unapologetic mushiness. But because POI has already established itself as open to this sort of lightness (a baby chewing on a canister of tear gas, anyone?), "Til Death" never felt out of place in the series' legacy of combining hard action with light laughs. And with all the hearts aflutter, this episode will go down as the Valentine's Day episode that aired in late November.

For what I believe is the second time in the history of the series, the computerbox spit out TWO numbers, the socials of the Drakes, a husband and wife who occupied very fancy chairs at a publishing company that was up for sale. Hubby wanted to sell the company but Wifey wanted to keep it, their stoic business differences a symbol of their dead love. It was quickly established that a Mafioso man might want at least one of them dead for financial gain, but that was even more quickly rebuffed when the husband (guest-star Mark Pellegrino, "F" and "Yeah!") was caught hiring a hitman to plant a bomb on his wife's car. Not long after, we find out that the wife (Francie Swift) also had a hit out on her husband. This is what happens when rich assholes stop loving each other.

What happened next was straight out of a really bad romantic comedy as Reese kidnapped the couple kicking and screaming and tied them to chairs in the same room hoping things would sort themselves out. Even in the middle of their abduction, the Drakes could not stop arguing about mundane couple things, you know, like million-dollar kitchen remodels or insulting choices of hitmen, that kind of Regular Joe stuff. What sold the scene was Reese's reaction to their bickering. When he got frustrated listing to the yammering, he simply put a hood over their heads and left the room. When he saw that Reese's methods weren't working, Finch played Cupid and put out a bottle of red and an old photo of the Drakes in happier times, and that got the two talking instead of calling each other names. Eventually they agreed the hitmen were a bad idea, but as is often the case with hired assassins in television and film, the calls had been made and they couldn't be stopped. I mean really, these guys are completely inaccessible by phone? There's no safe word? Shouldn't there be a cancellation fee?

Anyway, while locked in a pantry because Reese couldn't stand to listen to them complain, the Drakes discovered the root of their crumbling marriage was misplaced blame from Mrs. Drake's miscarriage. Whoa whoa whoa! Things got serious all of a sudden! But that's what was needed to establish a believable root cause for their lampoonish spat, and things don't get much more serious than misunderstood resentment over the loss of an almost-baby. Eventually, the two made up ("I'm so sorry I tried to kill you, honey!" was a gem) and Reese disposed of the two hitmen with fists of fury and a nail gun and everyone went home happy.

Some went home happier than others, though. The episode was peppered with love stories for Finch, Fusco, and Carter as the Person of Interest writers room apparently binged on Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan movies before writing it. Fusco was paired up with a real housewife of Long Island, Carter was wooed by a handsome African-American cop, and in flashbacks we saw the blossoming romance between Finch and the bookish, art-appreciating Grace. There was a spectacular amount of game being thrown down by the guys, and it made me feel like an inferior romantic. Fusco was able to take his date out on a stakeout (girls love that shit fellas, get a badge and watch the tail roll in!) after they both realized fancy restaurants weren't their thing. Carter's suitor threw out lines like, "Always good to have one of you Task Forces owe me a favor, especially one who smells like rose petals instead of an ash tray."

But the biggest panty-dropper was Flashback Finch, who organized a scavenger hunt for Grace on her birthday complete with chocolatey treats, flowers, and oh just a private viewing of an expensive piece of art that rocked her world years ago when she was in Italy. I mean come on, Finch! You're making the rest of us look terrible! Ladies, please understand that this sort of thing is FAKE and a real romantic gesture is doing the dishes before you ask us to or not eating all of your fries. There were clouds in the distance, though, because we know the Finch-Grace thing doesn't work out.

But while everyone else was getting theirs, I couldn't help but think WHAT ABOUT REESE? Where was Zoe or any of the other million women in the city ready to get on their back for the guy? How did Reese end up as the seventh wheel!?

Though "Til Death" was overly schmaltzy almost to a fault, it weirdly fit into he spectrum of what we expect from this show that continues to defy the trappings of other CBS procedurals. Maybe I'm a softy at heart, but among all the darkness of Person of Interest, "Til Death" was a welcome ray of sunshine.



NOTES

– Carter's nervous acceptance of Beecher's dinner invite was fantastic. Ditto for Fusco's super excited "next time?" while saying goodbye to his lady. However, if you ask me, seeing Fusco get some sugar was probably the best moment of the bunch. It was super sweet and the awwwwwwiest of the many awwwwww moments. Say it with me, everyone, AWWWWWWWWW!!!

– Wisdom from Reese: "Sometimes you have to break a few eggs to save lives."

– I had to .GIF Pellegrino's freakout when Reese locked them in the pantry:

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The "Reeseinator" didn't even get the dog at the end--Finch took Bear for a walk! :)

Of course, this sets up the possibility for Finch to do a Peter Parker and recant his self-sacrificing must-protect-my-true-love-from-my-enemies-by-staying-away-from-her by either deliberately or accidentally getting spotted by her, despite his phone app ("No Good Deed").
(Which would naturally provide the perfect target/bargaining chip for a little blonde brunette-wigged nutjob named Root.)

Want to take the hilarity to the next level? Picture Finch getting Reese to pinch-hit for him in getting close to Grace (without getting too close) a la Cyrano de Bergerac. (Even though Reese already flubbed this approach in "Bury the Lede.") :)

Anyone taking odds on Carter's new love interest being connected to HR and/or Elias?
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I wondered about an HR connection for both Beecher (Carter's new friend) and Fusco's new girlfriend. Beecher kept bringing up favors and people owing favors. That sounded awful HR like. But it could just be a red herring.

Fusco should expect HR to be up to something. They may not trust Fusco's honesty when he said he had nothing to do with taking HR down. After all, Simmons saw him help Reese. The head of HR must be very curious about that relationship and would probably do all he could to find out what is going on.

Carter and Fusco both have to be careful about new people in their lives but they still live in the normal world, even though they cross back and forth into the other way more dangerous undercover world of Finch and Reese. They react like normal cops trying to live normal lives but the more involved they get, the more dangerous it becomes for them and their entire team.

I really cherish these lighter fun times because I can imagine much worse coming.
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I read somewhere today that Fusco's new love interest may be the niece of Simmons of HR... I sure hope not. Fusco deserves a nice honey too!
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Forgot to add that it is always nice to see Finch walking normally and not like a broken toy soldier :-(
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That's right--Tim forgot to give EXTREME kudos to Michael Emerson for still being Finch, pre-trauma (physically and emotionally), without becoming a different character!
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"Person of Interest writers room apparently binged on Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan movies before writing it."
LOL!
Yes, it definitely felt like Valentine's in November... Didn't Bones had a very similar episode a couple of weeks back? "The Bod in the Pod" --> that one felt exactly the same!
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Mark Pelligrino is awesome personified. I was able to overlook the Mr. and Mrs Smith action going on because it was him.
-Umm so I wasn't feeling the love...or the mushiness. I mean I didn't hate it but it didn't give me all the warm fuzzies and...okay, fine, I'm not a traditional girly girl so I could have did with more action and ass kicking. But, it was really sweet that Lionel got some action because he's like the kid picked last on during gym class or something, but in that wuvable sort of way. It was kinda amusing seeing Carter's reluctance in response to all the flirtation...witty banter the girl can take all day, but you flirt with her and she gets all squirmy and uncomfortable. I heart Carter. That's my girl. And Finch totally pulled some RomCom awesomeness with the scavenger hunt. I just popped in my POI expecting my usual witty dialogue, some nice Bear shots, a bullet to the kneecap, some awesome Machine revelations, and a few grenades...you know, the usual, and I got a very special Valentine day episode in November, as the reviewer pointed out. I didn't hate it. I just wasn't expecting it .
I actually didn't think of John as being on the outs. I always like those moments when he wonders about families and marriage and things like that, and he voices as much in his own little way, so his convo with Carter in the car was a really great moment. Plus he got his flirt on playing house with Zoe and doing that internet dating thingy in that other episode so I didn't feel like we missed out on anything from his end.
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Nice GIF :D
Well, they changed it up a bit, but you could still tell is is PoI. So, well done.
I especially liked the scenes between John and Carter in the car. It seemed like they were becoming real friends.
On the Finch side of the story I have been waiting for this background story ever since they suggested the Machine brought them together.
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I loved this episode, it was laugh out loud funny and the whole thing with Finch and Grace was both heartwarming and heartbreaking. The emotion displayed on Michael Emerson's face when he was hiding behind the phone booth whilst looking at Grace across the road stopped me in my tracks. What a great actor.
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and real life husband to her... : )
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I love POI but seriously? U pay to take out your supposed love/business partner over issues and then get back together after like a walk in the closet? Geez. And we have a bunch of do gooders who wished they could love openly but can't due to their clandestine work. Man ! But the softer "love" theme of the episode was a nice distraction from the usual face mashups.
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I really liked this episode and thought the lines were an excellent return to POI form after several lame episodes in a row. Fusco's save of the date by asking her to a stakeout was great--reminds me of a friend who went on a meh date with a woman from the local Army base. She saved the night by taking the guy on a ride in her HumVee (this was before they were commercially available).
The resolution of the Drake marriage was unbelievable, but, hey, it's TV. You really can't get DNA results in an hour either and few people squawk about that when it's shown. Henson did a marvelous job, especially when Beecher asked her out. I thought she might reveal too much info to John (that she had been to Jessica's house and all) when they were in the car. Again, the actors were wonderful, and for a few moments, you could tell they are starting to become real friends instead of just "coworkers."
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Did anyone else see online where there was an important line cut from the original CBS promo of S2/E7, Critical, where Reese in essence was asking Finch if he would be OK pulling hospital duty (safeguarding the doctor), "after all, you spent so much time there" (or words to that effect)? I took it as referring to Finch having been hospitalized for so long (following the car accident with Nathan) and how Finch got his limp? Just wondering...
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@MightyMad - agree with you that Reese can get pretty much any girl he wants, but I am reminded of how flustered and clumsy Reese becomes around someone hot in a skirt. The first time he met Zoe, he kept staring at her in the rear view mirror and it got funnier from there until Reese leapt into action saving her. Better example, was in Number Crunch S1/E10, when he went into the hair salon and met hot red head, "Wendy," played by beauty Bridget Regan ("He's single, girls)! As I recall, Reese was stepping all over his tongue and staring at her like the proverbial, deer in the headlights. And he was so out of practice dating, that Finch was sending in the plays for him on his ear wig in Bury the Lede this season. Even Zoe had to help him out. When you think about it, Fusco is slicker with the ladies than Reese! Will be fun watching Reese catch up eventually!
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I agree with every single word of this review:) I kept rewinding the scene where Carter was asked out, the look on Fusco's face at the lady's door, the freakout of the hubby (Mark Pellegrino is just too awesome, I am pretty much hooked at him since he played that fantastic lawyer of Brenda in The Closer), and Finch, god his story was so, so sad:( having to fake his own death to save the one only women he ever loved (which is pretty much hand picked for him by the machine) and how romantic he was.. yeah Tim, he definitely does make a lot of men look pretty bad:) Finch's comment on the couple being very "goal-oriented" was pretty hillarious too:)

Just like many others mentioned below, I smell something fishy about Fusco's companion too, and I am weighing in for the "HR recruited" hypothesis.. yet, if she is, I am thinking that just like we have seen in many other shows, probably she will fall for the guy at some point, and work with him instead of against him.. and it would be pretty unwise if Finch did not have a background check her or the Beecher cop guy, they can never really be too careful, right?
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I wonder about Fusco's date too. Was it just serendipity that made her suggest falafels (Fusco's favorite) as they were leaving the restaurant, or a slip that she knows a lot more about our dear Lionel than we think?
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This episode was so hilariously cheesy and unbelievable that I thought Tim would rip it apart (not really). Pellegrino's different take on his character was awesome. Finch and Grace's backstory made me want to aww as well. How did it all get so bad!

- Fusco's scenes were nice, but I don't trust his woman. Who asks to go on a stakeout on the first date!

- Reese's wisdom makes no sense, just like Carter said. Lol.

- See, that's why Pellegrino rocks. He didn't have good lines here, but his actions made it awesome. But he had great dialogues on the other show.
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LOL - man, that GIF is the best!

I agree with every single thing Surette said about this episode - overall fantastic, should really have been aired in February, no other procedural could pull this kind of things then "POI", etc. However, didn't feel sorry at all for John about getting left off of the love-fest, given that, yes, Zoe is still around, and yes, he is still John Reese, which mean he can still can get pretty much any girl he wants. The Finch and Grace thing was, for me, heartbreaking, cause you get see how in love those two were, which makes their inevitable breakout that much sad. Since the series made so much reference to their relationship throughout Season 2, I'm expecting the reason they aren't together anymore to be massive (probably have to do with Finch's friend being dead, and him walking around with a limp...)

So yes, I loved the cornball... but I wish we can get back to the bigger arcs now. Standalone episodes of "POI" are always great, but I think we can all agree that it is more than time we learn what Kara is trying to pull, am I right?
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Last season we learned not only that Grace was the love of Finch's life, but that he had done his utmost to stay away from her in order to keep her safe even by faking his own death. See S1/E22, No Good Deed.
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I remembered the episode.
What I was saying is, we never SAW how it all turn out. And I'm pretty sure the show is working its way to that showdown.
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We've already been told what happens to Finch and Grace. Finch faked his death so the people who killed Nathan wouldn't kill her if they ever found out that he was truly the machine's architect. And yes, that is probably how he got injured too.
This is actually why the concept that not telling Carter (or Fusco) about the machine keeps them safe. It doesn't. Anyone who wants to harm Reese or Finch because of the machine will go through their contacts if they have to. Carter and Fusco are in just as much danger from the machine's keepers (the four people remaining who were involved with it's creation) and the machines enemies (Root and most likely Cara) not knowing about it then if they did. The only reason not to tell them is if you don't trust what they'd say about it if captured. Fusco would probably cave quickly. Carter, who has military training and is an interrogator herself, could probably last a long time or forever before spilling anything. Grace, on the other hand, is perfectly safe from anyone trying to get to Finch.
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I don't think that Grace is perfectly safe at all. In fact, I believe that Finch may be placing her in danger by his attempts to watch her. If Root is doing any surveillance at all, she will find Finch following Grace. It would be very easy for Root to get into her house and find out he was her fiance.

Root already believes herself to be Finch's perfect match and as Nathan put so well, the truth will be found out. Root would attempt make sure Grace no longer trusts him by telling her what Finch does not want her to find out and could threaten her safety to get Finch to do anything.

The problem with telling Carter about the machine is that her moral compass is such that she may have a different idea about the machine than the other more morally compromised members of the team. She would want to stop the machine from playing God.
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I agree with you on Grace. Root could figure out about her as you predict. Carter, on the other hand, may believe in shutting if off at first but she always seems to come around to at least letting the boys do things their way. In the end she would at least support the fact that the machine is saving lives. Both on a terror front and the irrevelent list.
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It's actually the third time the machine spit out more than one number simultaneously: The first was Number Crunch (4), then Flesh and Blood (5) and in this episode 2.
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AWWWWWWWWW!!!
another awsome episode and I loved Fusco's scenes...best one,was at kidnapping
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When watching this, I thought of the old film "The war of the Roses", except in that film the end is more credible (they actually kill each other).
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I actually said "Aaaaww" when the cop asked Carter out for dinner and she giggled. Really funny episode! Loved it!
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Carter: "Uh, what are you doing?"
Reese: "Sometimes you need to break a few eggs to save lives."
Carter: "Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's not the saying."

I love this show!

"Til Death" made me laugh more than most comedies usually do. POI is a procedural with serialized elements that is both dramatic and comedic. It's got action, romance and a very cool sci-fi base. It's the ultimate TV chameleon! I was laughing and cheering when Reese threw a bag over Mrs. Drake's head right out on the street and then nonchalantly tossed her into the trunk (where her husband was already residing). The look on Carter's face was priceless! Remember when she used to argue with Reese about the morality of his tactics? It's great how she's basically just resigned to the fact that Reese is Batman, and Batman is always right.

The flashbacks with Finch and Grace elicited the most "ooooooooo's" and "awwwwwww's" from me out of the 3 relationships being juggled in this episode. Carrie Preston was absolutely fantastic. They were so perfect together. It hurt knowing that it would not last. I think that's why Finch played marriage counselor with the Drakes. He was giving them the second chance at love that he so painfully wishes he could have. The final scene especially pulled at my heart-strings. Grace to Finch: "Our journey starts here. And any mystery around the corner, we can discover together." Awwwwwww! I'm gettin' emotional over here!

POI is quickly moving up the ranks of my favorite shows. Dare I say Top 5?

PREPOSTEROUS PREDICTION TIME:

I'm going to go way out on a limb here with this theory, because it looks like no one else even remotely suspects anything suspicious. I very well could end up with egg on my face (maybe even the one's Reese breaks to save lives), but here it goes:

I think Fusco's lady friend is spying for Root. There was something about the look in her eye. And the casual way she convinced Fusco to let her tag along on a clearly dangerous "stakeout" put up some red flags for me. I admit the evidence is paper thin. It's just a feeling I got. Please keep the ridiculing to a minimum if Fusco eventually marries the woman.
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I was suspicious of Fusco's date too. It seemed too forced. Like he didn't initially seem like he wanted to be there and then she was too pushy. I was thinking it was some H.R thing going on, I hadn't thought of Root, but it has to be something. My spidey senses were all tingly.
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Yeah, in retrospect the Root thing may have been a miscalculation. HR seems more likely since she mentioned her cousin is a cop.

But if she does turn out to be bad code, do I get half points for being the first one to post my suspicions?
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I'll give them to you myself! ;)
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Haha! Awesome! Then my crazy theorizing will have been worth it.
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I had doubts about Fusco's date as well. I just said that.
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Right?! Maybe she's not spying for Root, but there is something that just feels off with her.
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Definitely. If there's any connection it might be to HR (as others have theorized) and Elias, not Root though.
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I was thinking that unless there was something tragic/desperate about Fusco's date, that she was quite a few levels above him on the hotness scale.
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Agreed. Their relationship makes no sense on the hotness scale. Another reason for suspicion.
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I definitely thought throughout the episode that something was up with her. She had little bit of a "too eager" look about her, although I could turn out to be completely wrong.

FringeFanatic's & ZeroCals theories are interesting and plausible, I'm looking forward to seeing if they pan out.
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Too eager look! Exactly! I don't trust her.
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Hmmm. Interesting theory. I actually started thinking something else:
The lady said her cousin is a cop. Right? Well, I thought this might be a solo play on Fusco's part to get out from under the remaining member(s) of HR. You know, because that one guy is still around (not the head guy, but the white guy we met early in season 1), and Fusco had to do his bidding recently so no one would find out that he went unofficially undercover (see: tore out a few names in that one ledger). So, maybe that guy is this lady's cousin, and maybe Fusco is using her to get some leverage on him?

Pretty vague theory, but it popped into my head when she mentioned the cousin thing.
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Now that I think about it an HR connection is definitely possible. But what if it's not a power play on Fusco's part, but SHE is working for HR?
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Interesting theory but I don't know. I think Root is smart enough to know that Fusco wouldn't be in the loop with Reese and Finch. She for sure knows that Carter went to Tx with Reese and probally knows that she's the one who actually found Hanna even though Root thanked John instead. And if she is doing any kind of survallance on the two she'll quickly figure out that both respect Carter way more then Fusco so she'll know Fusco won't know anything.

Personally I don't put much stock in recurring characters so I don't really see these relationships evolving very far in the long run. They serve as plot points for character development of our 4 mains.
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Definitely a very late or very early Valentine's episode, depending on timing, but I loved every minute of it. Like you said, few dramas on television can pull off seriousness and cheesiness at the same time, but intelligently, and Person of Interest is definitely one of them, if not the best. I liked the Fusco smooch most, but all three love stories were nice to me. This episode also shows that POI can have a "soft" side under its hard shell, but still make great television. Kudos, POI!!!
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Makes you wonder whether Mark Pellegrino has taken it upon himself to appear in as many good/decent shows (yes, yes, I'm excluding Revolution for now) as humanly possible. Not much time left to get onboard Fringe!
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I wouldn't be surprised if they wrote an episode detailing how Mark had been in the Fringe storyline from the very beginning. Lost, anyone?
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Hmmm ... I wonder how Mark would look bald?
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Haha, like that random guy who somehow always ends up in the background of group pics?
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This episode was so great and it was a fun episode. I loved everything about it. It is hands down, the best CBS drama.
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This episode was so romantic. <3 I absolutely adored it.
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Tim, great review as usual. I <3 "Til Death": POI takes on "The Ref" with Reese and Finch reprising Denis Leary's "Gus". I totally see Harold as someone who can quickly boil down relationship issues; introverts spend a great deal of time observing people, and someone as intelligent as Harold obviously is would have figured out conflict resolution pretty quickly, if only in order to avoid it.

I adore how Reese just won't give up on Finch's mysterious past. The Frank McCourt divorce reference and Finch calling Reese out on fishing for info in quizzing him on his fav baseball team was classic Finch/Reese boundary setting.

Am I the only one who thought there was something more to Reese and Carter's stakeout tete-a-tete on what goes wrong in a marriage and moving on from a relationship? After Carter tells him marriage vows change everything Reese was hilariously ironic for a man who has never been married when he asks, "Which one, 'Til Death Do Us Part'?" Was he thinking about Jessica and the terrible thing her marriage became that led to her death? Reese plays it so close to the breast all the time, it makes me wonder at his facial expressions later when he asks Carter, "You ever think about moving on?" and she responds, "Like dating?(laughs)...Sure. In my spare time. Like when I'm not being a single mom, or a homicide detective, or...whatever this is. What about you?" Of course Reese is saved from responding by an incoming call from Beecher, but his microexpressions throughout the conversation really captured my attention and made me wonder at possible sub-text. Perhaps I am reading too much into it? I want to state for the record I am not a 'shipper and I have no investment in any sort of Carter/Reese romance, but I am aware others have alluded to the possibility and this was the first time in the series I have been given to wonder if there is any validity to the conjecture. I'm certain more qualified people have opinions on the issue.
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Caviezel can say tons with just the twitch of an eyebrow. However, his "...til death..." comment seemed a little glib given how Jessica's death affected him.

I believe Carter was thinking of her husband when she said "One day you're married to your soul mate, then you watch them turn into someone else." In Season 1 Get Carter, Finch finds a photo of Carter's husband in her car. He was in uniform, so I immediately thought of PTSD when she said this. I wonder if he's dead. I had assumed he was, but they've only said that he's not in the picture. This exchange makes me wonder.

I don't see the Carter/Reese romance. Respect and friendship, but not romance.
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PTSD is a good theory. Obviously something had to have happened to him. I still think we are going to find out he was kill in 9/11. She was already stating she had lost someone in her 2004 flashback. And losing him directly in 9/11 ties her to Reese and Finch and the show does seem to go with parallels on its mains.
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Yes, I too thought that Reese was thinking about Jessica during that conversation, and that there was a slight undertone of feelings between Reese and Carter. It could just as easily be friendly-chemistry rather than flirty-chemistry, but if someone decides to make a "shipping" video of the two, I figure that scene will be featured prominently, hehe.
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It was one of my favorite scenes. I do think it shows the two characters evolving together. They are at least starting to trust one another more, which is something for two people with trust issues. I certainly don't see Carter opening up like that to John (or anyone) last season. Whether John would have reciprocated and answered her we'll never know. However, he also went off character and listened to her back in High Road when she asked him not to go in a'guns blazzin' on the men who threatened his POI. He clearly investigated her back when she was after him so he probably knows a lot about her past that we haven’t been told yet, hence the ability to ask her if she ever though of moving on.
As for a relationship with the two, I would prefer it to others for the both of them, but down the road, after much more character development. John is broken still, but he also has a very difficult life and needs someone who understands his past as well as his present. The only people who are ever going to be that close to him in that regard will be Carter and Finch.
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I like Carter, but I love Zoe. She and Reese have sizzle, and she wouldn't let him take himself or life too seriously. I agree 100%, no rushing Reese's love life. I adore Reese and do not subscribe to common mores that people have to be coupled up necessarily; John does still have some healing work to do. I think though if he were to find the "right" woman, she needs to be someone who helps John transcend the past. He understands his demons but he is not entirely ready to let go their hold, and until then, he cannot be present or think about a future with someone. That is of course if Kara Stanton and the past ever actually settle into the past.
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I sort of read his micro expressions at that moment as being slightly bemused, since after his chat with her last ep, surely she would realise how tentative he would be to start a relationship with anyone given his current circumstances. As much as I would *love* Reese to be in a relationship, I also think he's so broken at the moment and he realises that, that he is simply unable to risk becoming emotionally invested in anyone.
I wonder if that's part of why he tends to keep poor Fusco on such a short lease at times. As a way of keeping his distance? He's still trying to see him as more an asset, less a friend?

....and I just got why he likes his "Asset Manager" title so much. >.<
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Madly giggle moments:
Reese dropping the hoods back over the couples heads when they don't shutup.
Pellegrino's freak out!!
Doggy Danish
Madly squeeings because of the stupid amount of Awwwww the show was squeezing out of me...Well that never stopped.
Except that last brief moment between Finch and Reese, which, just for a moment left Reese standing by himself, alone in the distance, while everyone else got to ponder their living loves. Reese lost his second chance at love, and it cost him everything.

That being said I'm now worried as hell waiting for the other shoe to drop. I can only think if their giving us all the happy feel good stuff now, it means something truly nasty is waiting in store for us poor fans further down the road.
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Actually, you may be closer than you think, Tesherra - I heard an interview with show runners Abrams and Plageman in which they said that the back half of POI will have our team at odds with eachother and maybe even breaking up. Finch without Reese??? Fusco and Carter without Finch & Reese??? Bear without Finch??? And, we still have Stanton, Snow, Elias, HR and evil newbie, Wesley, still lurking out there in the shadows...

Are the writers softening us up for a big fall? We never know what they are up to...
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I also read that there will be tention. I have faith that it will eventually get resolved. Might take longer then two episodes like it did when Carter stated she was no longer going to help in Baby Blue but all will work out in the end.
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Okay, I'll admit, I giggled out loud at "I'm sorry I tried to kill you honey!" I mean an honest-to-goodness, "That was so painfully bad I love it" snicker. I'm a bit worried though... they seemed to be trying hard for seriousness at just that moment, so do you think anyone realized just how dorky it came off?

I loved-loved-loved Finch's flashbacks. Especially the part where she's talking about that painting and Finch immediately finishes her thought... AWWWWW, THEY'RE FINISHING EACH OTHER's THOUGHTS!!!

You know, I've been thinking about Bear and Reese. Do you remember the scene at the end of that forgettable episode with the bratty Spanish girl where Reese had to be her bodyguard? Reese and Bear are walking down the street on either side of Finch. This is right after his nervous breakdown. I thought as I was looking at that shot that Bear and Reese are a lot alike. They're protectors. They're both looking out for Finch. He looked so vulnerable in between them, but so loved and well cared for at the same time.
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Seeing the progression of the show over the past one-and-a-third seasons, there was no way that line was written seriously. The relationship between Pellegrino and Swift's characters were undoubtedly written for the purpose of cheesy and corny. Almost everything they did was over-the-top or lame or corny... from the line you pointed out, to Pellegrino trying to eat Swift's mouth as a kiss as they were being arrested, to the wife questioning the husband's choice of hitman, to Pellegrino's little hissy-fit that Tim graciously GIFed above, to the simple fact that they both hired people to kill the other, and probably a few other scenes I can't remember at the moment.

So many shows try cheesy and the end product is too cheesy to like. What I'm appreciative of POI for is that when they go cheesy, it's enjoyable to watch.
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Okay, I'll buy that, but is it just me or is there way more cheese in this season so far than the last season? I think I preferred it when they were playing it straight. I don't mind the occasional Finch on ecstasy scene, but this is getting kind of silly. I want to get back to the intense stuff. Episodes like this make it harder to take the show seriously.
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Yeah, I'd agree with you in saying that there's a bit more cheese and focus on humor than in season 1. Not a lot and nothing too significant, but probably a little more. I don't mind it though because not only do I think it was done well in this episode, I also don't expect every or most episodes to include it as much as this episode did. Because POI is on network TV and not cable, it's going to have 20+ episodes, which means there's certainly going to be some "filler" episodes that don't focus on a really big or powerful bad guy. And if a couple of those filler episodes aren't as intense and action-packed but rather more humorous, I don't think I'd mind it (especially if they're as enjoyable as I found this one).
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"I'm sorry I tried to kill you honey" was just ludicrous. Liked the ending with Finch and Grace, but only for the fact that we know that it won't work out.
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Aaaawwww I want someone to stare at ugly painting(s) with...Paging Mr.Reese..

Knowing Grace n Finch (Grinch??! hey, i cant even appreciate art!) will not work out..and the fact that Finch is still literally stalking her, i feel like some baddie is going to find out about Finch's lady and use her to get to him...my TV viewing experience is predicting tragedy.
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I'm not sure how I feel regarding this episode, but as time goes by, I seem to be liking it more and more. It felt a bit over the top with all the romancing (and I definitely felt somewhat dirty watching the real-life couple kiss), but it did work in the scope of the series, and I did really love Fusco being all secretive about it. Enjoyable over all, and totally didn't destroy the not-so-vague feeling of a Finch-Ingram bromance, either.
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LOVED this episode. I was, like, AAAWW... every ten seconds. This is why I like this show so much. It can get real real dark, but then it can get episodes like this. Aww...
I would also like to point out that it was a first episodes of it's kind, where there were two persons of interest and they were BOTH perpetrators and victims at the same time. This was new, exciting, funny and, oh, aaawww....
Plus, Mark Pellegrino. Do I really need to say more?
And this is a show that stands out not only among CBS procedurals. It stands out among procedurals period!
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Another great episode, I agree all the review say.
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This was a very awesome episode! I am glad we are getting to see the "softer" sides of Carter, Fusco, and Finch (especially Finch). We all we know they can kick butt when needed, but this was a step in the right direction of making them more 3 dimensional. Now we just need to work on Reese...
Anytime Mark Pellegrino guest stars in anything I watch I definitely make sure to watch it. Same with Titus Welliver, his performance on CSI last season was very good. Anyways, it was so nice to see Finch being really happy for once. And sad because I know it doesn't last. But I was thinking last night that he'll find a way for them to be together again.
But now to the issue of the plot, which was very good, but didn't pack all of the dramatic punch I am accustomed to from this show. That's not to say it wasn't good because it was. The one liners were as good as always and the additions of Carter's and Fusco's romances were interesting as well.
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you know what i thought was a nice touch? Finch kinda going off on the Drakes for being awful and wondering aloud if they should even be saved. I mean he can't be with the one he loves and through out the cutest flashbacks ever, you could see the hurt that finch deals with every day so I totally felt for him too. Also, loveeeeed Bear. Finch walking bear, bear pacing with finch. Gosh... a lot of my awwwww went to those two. but all in all i loved this episode and am kinda glad they didn't save it for valentines day. because even if thematically it would have fit, i don't think i would have loved it as much as I do now.
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Yeah, his first lines on the Drakes were almost like he thought they were... BAD CODE. =)
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Great observations, anngel!
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This was an awesome episode. Did anyone else's heart stop when Fusco was shot? I started thinking, "No, Not T-... I mean... Not Fusco!"

Ever since that episode with T-Dog on the Walking Dead, episodes like this are making me very wary of what happens to many of my favorite side characters. They started building Fusco up and giving him more lines too.

Also, I'm loving the LOST cameos. When the wife was saying "You must think we're monsters" and Harold replies "I've seen monsters," I couldn't help thinking about the Smoke Monster and Mark Pellegrino as the island's protector. I'm really hoping Jorge Garcia comes on as a Person of Interest.
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Elizebeth Mitchell would be cool too since she's worked with both Michael and Jim.
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Elizabeth Mitchel is in my top 2 most-wanted Lost stars that I want to appear on POI, along with Terry O'Quinn.
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When Fusco was shot, I thought it was just in the shoulder or some other innocuous place, but when he stood up and the hole was actually more in his chest than his shoulder I thought "whoa, that was close." But at least he's learning to be prepared for anything when hanging around with Reese and Finch :-)
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I thought it was so cool to see Ben Linus and Jacob ("Lost") together again! Wooyah! :)
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PLEASE GRACE AND FINCH JUST HAVE TO BE TOGETHER!!!!!!!!
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I agree. After realizing how much of a lover Finch is at heart, and seeing them together in flashbacks, I realized how much I want her to find out that he's not dead, and them to get back together, even if it doesn't happen until the series finale.
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Tim, Tim, Tim. I am dabbing little tears from my eyes having just read your prose above:
- "sponsored by Spanish Fly and Kay Jewelers"
- "Fusco courting a new piece of Long Island ass"
- "This is what happens when rich assholes stop loving each other."
- "Reese disposed of the two hitmen with fists of fury and a nail gun and everyone went home happy."
- "(girls love that shit fellas, get a badge and watch the tail roll in!)"

I couldn't tell which was funnier - you or S02/E08. No matter, I LOVED this episode. It was "classic" POI. More, please!

PS - Keep it comin', Tim! (My eye makeup is on my knees)...
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To be honest though, Fusco disposed of one of the hitmen.
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As Tim said, this episode works because Person of Interest has established that it can be extra silly at times. And it's perfectly ok but only if it's moderated. And this was just at the right time.

Grace and Finch's story was simply fantastic. The whole thing is even more lovely because you know there are real emotions behind their acting since the two actors are married in real life.

The music choice at the end was perfect!

P.S. How great is it that POI still threw in a detail about Fusco being 'off the wagon' and in bed with HR. Yes, they explained it with the date, but I think it still was meant as a reminder about HR. Just a smudge of suspicion to remind us of the fact and when eventually it does come to light, it will be more credible. Preparations = always good.
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The Moby song hit just the right tone too. When the couple were kissing while being handcuffed by two officers, it started to switch to all the other lovebird storylines. That just worked so perfectly.
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"The music choice at the end was perfect!" When is it not? Honestly, whoever picks the songs for this show does a fantastic job with it. I'd actually say that the song selection on this show is the best out of any show I've seen.
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Totally, I knew it was Moby by second chord (seen him live 5 times), but I spent the time of the scene relishing the extended intro and resultant buildup to lyrics, brilliant. The musical staff on POI deserves far more than an Emmy nom (2012); they make so many fantastic calls without jamming the tunes down our throats CW style. Just awesomeness.
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Its episodes like this that prove to me that Person of Interest is one of the best shows on TV. Lets be honest, this POI episode was far from great or even good, but it was far better than most of the other shows out there. POI at its worst is still very entertaining televsion.

Looking forward to what the next episode has in store.
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Tim, Nice review. I'd have said great except for the snarky tone. POI isn't Revolution. But you hit all the high points. And I thought the same thing that this was a Velntine's Day episode.
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Snarky tone? Really?

Surely to god Tim, I honestly never thought I'd live to see the day when you'd pissed people off Price Peterson style (no offense Price) but I stand in witness. I for one would prefer if the acrimony contained itself to the show reviews in contest and did not spill over into other forums, but regardless, Tim you continue to have my support 100%.

Snarky tone. Bollocks.
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Thumbs up! Tim has been getting a lot of hate lately, especially for his Revolution reviews.

He's a critic people, it's his job to give his viewpoint on things. If you don't like his style then don't read it. There's at least one reviewer here who reviews a show I care about and whose style I don't like, so I save myself the trouble of reading it and skip it entirely.

Everyone's different. I've seen movie reviewers that heaped praise on stuff that I didn't care for, so our opinions obviously differ.

Tim, you're still my favorite reviewer here and one of the main reasons I kept coming back after I first found TV.C, so keep doing what you do.
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I totally get why Tim might find much more ridiculousness -sorry if that isn't a word in Revolution than in POI. There are hundreds of reasons, but the first that comes to mind right now is that POI knows exactly how to make fun of itself. (and this, from a non-hater of Revolution, at least while Billy Burke is o board)
POI is simply the coolest show on tv right now. It's goofy, it's sylish, it's surprising, it has adorable characters, it's tragic, and fun and contemporary. And it has great music!
I loved Till Death, but my favourite little moments were Carter's face when Beecher invites her to dinner and Fusco's face when Rhonda suggests a next date. I hate tv shows that try to disguise their soapiness as doctors-show, vampire-show, or whatever, but POI isn't going there so I can enjoy these little moments and these two guys just stole my heart last night. I love POI.
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I love Tims sense of humor. It never fails to amaze me. So keep doing what your doing.
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Finch, my man! You won your sweetheart with such great romantic gestures, you won over the reporter from a few episodes ago (while pretending to be John), and now you knew exactly how to calm the couple that was trying to kill each other down and cooperate. Who knew that such an awkward person could understand the workings of the heart so well? I wasn't that into the first half of the episode, but it won me over in the end. A few highlights for me are the kidnapping scenes, the scene where Reese tried to get the couple to cooperate, the husband's apology, Finch's flashbacks, and Fusco's date scenes.
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Just remember, this is not just the 2006 Finch model, it's the 2012 "Reesonized" model where he's been flaming on drugs, poked a guys eye out saving a "number", and thrown himself on a guy at the train station saving him from Root. Is Harold now a romantic version of Reese? Harold, the Terminator?
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LOVE this idea! At his first break-in (Zoe's), Finch didn't know what to do. When he broke into the Super's apartment, he was a nervous wreck. But by the time he broke into the Drakes' apartment, he was a complete pro...even drawing a complement for his aplomb from Reese.
Now, in what ways is Reese becoming "Harolized?"
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Super fun episode, loved it but as it was mentioned in the article, what about Reese, I want to see him hook up with some nice women and not just for one night stand but for something more, although it would be hard for him to maintain serious relationship, given that he spends most of his time with Finch and chasing bad guys.
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And giving Bear doggie Danish...
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Good episode though I did find the 'dinner' resolution quite cheesy.
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yeah it seemed like a total waste of a nice steak dinner and bottle of wine.
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But cheesy in a good way.
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Ugh, I'm starting to think Person of Interest can do no wrong. If ANY other show had four -- FOUR -- different storylines in one episode focused on lovey-dovey relationships, I'd have wanted to shoot myself. But Person of Interest does it and I LOVE it. Both Fusco and Carter were adooooorable when they were asked out (to second and first dates, respectively). Hubby and wifey's wide open-mouthed kiss as they were handcuffed and taken away made me giggle. I think POI is the only drama I watch that can pull off corny without it seeming, uh, corny.
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Absolutely right! They seem to possess that secret formula!
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Their strength comes from awareness. They know what the show is and they embrace it. As you said, rarely any other show can do this.
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Ditto.
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Such a fun episode. Such a great show. However I think they are preparing us for the death of Fusco.
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While I would commend (or just accept) most other dramas for killing off main characters, there's an identity of sorts at this point in POI that would really bug me if any of the four main characters died. Part of me doesn't even think Carter or Fusco are that important, and yet a bigger part of me really doesn't want to see either die.
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Oh no. I hope not.
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I don't know. In a show with a large ensamble cast I'd agree but this is a cast of only 4. I don't see them offing anyone unless they arn't going to sign for another season.
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I hope not. I like Fusco.
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Please, NO! Fusco is simply a-do-ra-ble!!
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Ditto. I see so many parallels between Reese's redemption and Fusco's. Initially I did not care for him at all, but he's really grown on me, and all his awkward, gee gosh shoe-gazeyness this episode totally sold it.
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This was a smooch episode, funny, entertaining, a little silly without damaging the show.
I enjoyed!
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This was such a bittersweet episode and I loved it. It was kind of curious, we should have expected it when we get the kind of Reese/Finch banter we got at the beginning of the episode. It kind of makes me dread the darkness that will undoubtedly follow...
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I loved this episode but it made me sad b/c finch and grace don't work out
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