Person of Interest

Season 2 Episode 3


Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Oct 18, 2012 on CBS
out of 10
User Rating
273 votes

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    Reese babysat a spoiled Brazilian model this week while Finch dogsat his new best friend in a hilarious episode.

  • Episode Summary

    Reese returns to field work and must protect the spoiled daughter of a Brazilian diplomat.

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    • Music for the Episode

      Last song is She's Long Gone by the Black Keys

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    • Recovery

      This episode is one of those prime examples of why I love this show. It doesn't have to be all action, all the time. It doesn't have to have the highest stakes. It just gives me two guys trying to make the world alright and the trouble they get into doing so. This week (as most weeks) it's all Finch for me. Like when Reese had to recover from his mid-season shooting last year, Finch has to recover from his abduction. Emerson plays the trauma well and I absolutely love having Bear around to protect him. Shows how far Finch and Reese's relationship has come. It was just a very rewarding episode overall for viewers, I think.moreless
    • 2x03 - Masquerade

      This was a brilliant episode simply because the characters all interacted in such great ways. The mystery behind the number was a little predictable which keeps me from giving it a perfect ten but the situation of Reese dealing with a spoiled girl and her learning to trust him redeemed it a lot. Yet what I loved most was seeing Reese's delight at having Finch back, Finch slowly getting to like Bear and how Fusco and Carter both expressed their concern and relief at having Finch back.

      Another thing I really loved was how Finch's trauma over getting kidnapped by Root wasn't swept under a rug and forgotten. He's got some honest anxiety to deal with because Root certainly left emotional damage in her wake. But I really grinned over how Reese not only understood that but also was able to gently convince Finch not to wallow by getting him to leave the library for beer. And how Finch, whose already been shown once to panic at leaving, willingly risks going outside again but only because Reese is at one side of him, while Bear is at the other. Such a subtle expression of emotion -trust & friendship- which POI excels at.

      All the humor in the episode was just bonus tasty icing on a delicious cake. Reese stealing those wallets to secure getting the job was brilliant, and nothing I've seen previously. Finch hiding from Reese that he's being to play with the dog was hilarious. Fusco preening at being called a stud. Carter busting in to rescue Reese and claiming she was bored. Reese complaining over the bad sportsmanship of being hit with a neon sign. All these great scenes practically reduced me to giggle fits.

      Awesome episode with just the perfect blend of humor, action, characterization and building plot for the longer arcs.moreless

      After stressing the fans for the past 3 episodes with Finch's life on the line, (a great arc BTW), it was a lot of fun with Masquerade bringing everyone back together - and giving us a lot of chuckles in doing so! Loved this episode - and how Bear wriggled his way into Finch's heart (and ours too)! (Nice job, Reese)! Best part - Reese telling Finch (through Sophia) that he IS his good friend. Loved the 3 boys going out for a beer/wine at the end. Great episode. POI is simply the best.

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    • Character growth (episode 4 season 2)

      For me this episode was all about the characters. The biggest chance is the teamwork between them and they enjoy that. The last 5 minutes of this episode showed me that Carter and Fusco are influenced by Reese and are not only thinking of the rules. I don't hope this goes to far, but I like it that they are thinking of the results too.

      I mean, Carter would not have hit that car before. But now she did, and I doubt Fusco would hit the window and fight off the guy in the previous season. Although protecting the girl with his body was something he would do, reminder of the episode where he got shot in the ass.

      And as said before, Reese is happy, but also knows Finch is afraid, therefor he leaves the dog with him, and although Finch had his doubt he needs the dog (for now) to feel save. Or he needs Reese with him, like when they were going for a beer.

      The story was great too. And indeed the scene where Carter came in to shoot the last guy was funny. I think she starts to enjoy the banter between her and Reese.

      This is a development I would like to see and grow. However as I said I hope Carter still will be herself and not agree with every (violent) idea Reese has. She is sort of his conscience, maybe thats a bit exaggerated. But you get me.

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Near the end of the episode, when Reese and Finch are walking on the street, there are two guys talking. While at the street-level view, the guy in the black suit is facing away from the camera. However, when the view changes to the security camera, the guy is facing toward the camera.

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Finch: I see it's sleeping here now.
        Reese: Bear's friendly. You'll like him.
        Finch: Doesn't look like much of a conversationalist.
        Reese: Oh, he's not, but if anyone ever messes with you, he'll eat 'em.

      • Sofia: Fine, but you must loosen that tie and do something about your hair.
        Reese: What's wrong with my hair?
        Sofi: It's trying too hard.

      • Finch: What's Sofia doing?
        Reese: Her seventh vodka shot.
        Finch: Do you plan to intervene?
        Reese: I'm here to protect, not discipline.

      • Reese: Finch, I think I found our threat, and they're not photographers.
        Finch: How can you tell?
        Reese: The gun was a pretty good hint.

      • Fusco: You know, you don't write. You don't call. I mean, I'm a big guy, but I'm sensitive.
        Finch: It's good to talk to you, too, Detective.

      • Reese: Why don't you wait in the car?
        Carter: Why don't you wait in the car?
        Reese: Give me three and a half minutes.
        Carter: Oh, please. There are at least ten guys in there.
        Reese: Okay, four minutes.

      • Carter: I got bored sitting in the car. And it took you longer than four minutes.
        Reese: Well, this guy hit me over the head with a neon sign. Not very sportsmanlike. And none of them want to tell me where to find their pal Monty.
        Carter: Yeah, that's why you should ask them before you knock them out, John.

    • NOTES (3)

      • With the return of Finch's character, the show goes with a somewhat altered voiceover and a new title sequence, including shots of Fusco and Carter and a somewhat different title card.

      • Music: Titanium (David Guetta & Sia), She's Long Gone (The Black Keys)

      • International Airdates:
        Canada: October 18, 2012 on Citytv
        Australia: October 22, 2012 on Nine
        Turkey: January 24, 2013 on CNBC-e
        Finland: January 21, 2014 on MTV3

    • ALLUSIONS (0)