Person of Interest

Season 1 Episode 21

Many Happy Returns

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM May 03, 2012 on CBS
out of 10
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    Person of Interest: Let's Rip Open Some Old Wounds, Shall We?

    "Many Happy Returns" was an emotional sucker punch that delved into Reese's backstory, resulting in one of the season's finest episodes yet.

  • Episode Summary

    Finch gives Reese his birthday off so that his partner doesn't have to face a Number reminiscent of a case from Reese's past.

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    • Vintage Reese

      Reese demonstrates why he is the penultimate badass of the 21st century. When it comes down to an abused woman case, Reese doesn't mess around. Wow, awesome episode.
    • Merry Band of Three

      The only reason I rated this show a 9 is because each episode becomes better and better! Love seeing the characters becoming more settled in their roles. The Merry Band of Three are starting to give each other support And space when needed, which became obvious with "get out"! and "trust me"! Feel sorry for Fusco. He seems to be on the outside and more than a little lost. Looking forward to this character maturing and becoming a more important part of the group.moreless
    • A true thriller of an episode

      Out of all the episodes of POI ,i think this was the most thrilling one.It sent chills up my spine.It was not the story ,but it was the intensity of the atmosphere the episode was shot in.James Caviezel (Reese) was undoubtedly the main highlight.He really owned this episode.The episode calmly revealed a large portion of Reese's background story,which was again amazingly unfolded,layer by layer.

      I dont know if its just me or a well thought of idea, i felt the character of Reese being heavily influenced of the Nolan's Batman(Jonathan Nolan ,the head writer of POI ,has also written both The Dark Knight & the upcoming Dark Knight Rises)moreless
    • more close to the truth than people realize

      Having worked in the electronics area of intelligence, people do not realize how many times a day they are videoed and that facial recognition is real. The only thing that holds back a program like Finch's is storage (and that increases daly) and a correlation program .

      There are programs on a small scale. Reese is more like a composite of several guys who have their *** together. I LIKE THE PROGRAMmoreless
    • Many Un-happy Returns

      There is something so engaging about this series. I really like the careful unpeeling of Reese's past, and the careful unveiling of what makes him who he is. One wonders if Reese's actions with Peter somehow made Finch feel that he could do something about the numbers and really be effective.

      We, the watchers, are already rooting for Reese and Finch because they are the 'good guys', but it's nice to see the way Fusco quickly came to know that, and the way Carter is coming to find that her (reluctant) trust hasn't been misplaced.

      With everything that has been set up thus far, I'm terrified of what lies ahead in the final episodes of this season. I've a feeling it is going to be a very bumpy ride.moreless
    Dagmara Dominczyk

    Dagmara Dominczyk

    Sarah Jennings/Karen Garner

    Guest Star

    Jeremy Davidson

    Jeremy Davidson

    Brad Jennings

    Guest Star

    Judith Ivey

    Judith Ivey


    Guest Star

    Susan Misner

    Susan Misner

    Jessica Arndt

    Recurring Role

    Brennan Brown

    Brennan Brown

    Special Agent Donnelly

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Photo ID is not required to buy a train ticket to New Haven from Grand Central Station (unless you are getting a reduced fare).

      • At 22:12 Reese opens one button on his suit as he walks down the hallway. At 22:48 after the fight, it is buttoned up again.

      • While the first day (in present time) of this episode occurs on May 1 (Reese's birthday), the calendar on Reese's mobile phone shows a date of April 24 when he checks his messages.

      • Trivia: When Carter reads Reese's military personnel file, it can be seen that John's middle name begins with an "H" and his real surname ends with an "S."

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Finch: So if I were to speculate as to the reason for your labored breathing, Detective...
        Fusco: I lost her.
        Finch: That would be it.

      • Reese: Only one way to deal with guys like this. Guy who hide what they really are until they get home.
        Finch: What will you do, Mr. Reese?
        Reese: Show 'em what a real monster looks like.

      • Carter: Do I need to look in the trunk?
        Reese: You do what you like. It isn't going to change what I have to do.
        Carter: Let me have him, John.
        Reese: If I do, he'll get away with it.
        Carter: I'll see that he doesn't.
        Reese: It won't be up to you. That's my point. there are things you can do, Detective, and things you can't. And that's where I come in.

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (0)