Ok, this show keeps getting better and better in its uniquely understated way.
Short recap of the episode:
Elias' dad is getting out of prison.
The machine spits out a number belonging to a six-month old baby girl, parents unknown.
Finch and Reese end up babysitting cutey pie Laila as they try to figure out why someone is trying to kidnap her, and after finding out that her recently deceased mother had been working for a company belonging to a rich family, they turn their attention to Rich Bastard Jr. - who turns out to be gay.
And Rich Bastard Sr. - who turns out to be the dad, but not the one who killed Laila's mother or tried to have her kidnapped.
Because that was Mrs. Rich Bastard, trying to clean up the family mess - as mothers are wont to do...
The meat of the episode was super-cute (b)romance between newly-minted "dads" Reese and Finch, who were pleasantly competent at the whole caretaking gig, with the exception of some "oops, that's not a pacifier, that's a grenade"-moments that could happen to ANYBODY. Well, anybody who happens to have guns and grenades lying around in open cupboards, of course. :p
But the real thrill of the episode came with Elias (because he IS a fascinating bastard), when Reese chose to approach him for help in finding baby Laila (who just kept getting kidnapped).
After some nice negotiating and character interaction, Reese gets the goods and goes off to save the day.
Enter treacherous, double-dealing Evil Genius (a.k.a. Elias) who puts our favourite stoic good guy in a giant freezer with little Pretty-in-Pink to get the location of Daddy Dearest's safehouse.
And in the end, having to chose between grumpy old sinner and innocent baby, Reese choses the slowly freezing bundle o'Joy in his arms - for better or worse.
Elias manages to snatch daddykins, and detective Carter's co-worker/friend gets shot in the process.
Moments that made the episode for me:
Reese's "Really" and absolutely LETHAL smile when he's working over some Europeans for Laila's location - he's so bad-ass it's coming off of him in WAVES.
Reese's struggle and final capitulation when he gives in to Elias' demands - he looks so resigned and defeated, it's heartwrenching.
And finally - the fact that Reese (after some initial sidestepping) freely admitted to Carter that HE gave up the safehouse, that HE was in part responsible for the good cop bleeding out on the floor. One thing I like about his character; he's not afraid to own up to his mistakes.