Person of Interest

Season 1 Episode 22

No Good Deed

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM May 10, 2012 on CBS

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  • Doing the math and supposedly being bad at math are equally dangerous

    Neither be the man who knew too much (like our POI) nor the man who claimed to know too little (Nathan Ingram)--both can be very hazardous to your health and everyone around you.

    If "Matsya Nyaya" didn't give you a better understanding of the lengths people can go to in order to cover their own tracks, "No Good Deed" will have you saying Finch's motto (from "Wolf and Cub"): "Only the paranoid survive."

    (Too bad Finch doesn't heed his own advice at one point, but, hey, you knew that the confrontation previewed for the finale was coming at some point anyway.)

    After getting Reese's backstory covered (at least for now) in the prior two episodes, we're treated to more of Finch's backstory than we even knew existed. No, the events involved in Nathan's death and Harold's disabling are not revealed yet, but we do get to see the events that obviously precipitated them, and we also get shown by extension what happens when a POI (with some of Finch's tech research skills and some of Reese's intelligence analysis know-how, but, unfortunately for him, lacking in Finch's paranoia and Reese's fighting skills) becomes person number seven--er, eight (well, nine counting Reese)--who knows about the machine and is still alive. (Ok, "Matsya Nyaya" implied that Stanton may make ten.)

    (Luckily for Fusco, he's blissfully limited in his own understanding of covert ops, despite all the time he's spent with Reese and Finch.)

    The mystery about Alicia Corwin deepens this time. too. Nathan appeals to her humanity at one point, either unaware of (or maybe in spite of) the fact that her awkwardness is connected to the fact that she knows his days are very shortly numbered.

    And speaking of Nathan, his scenes are so well-played by Brett Cullen that you'll be wishing that he is only dead on paper (or bronze), like Reese and Finch. Whether he was aware of it with Alicia or not, it is clear that Nathan knows the terrible personal risk he is taking in this episode's final flashback, and does so anyway, his face determined, his eyes filled with the conviction of one who knows that he is absolutely doing the right thing, as he nobly puts himself at risk in the interest of others. i'd elect the man president in a heartbeat (Nathan Ingram the character, that is--no offense, Mr. Cullen). :)

    As for more of Finch's own backstory? The info Reese learns? I don't want to spoil it for you, but suffice it to say that it's so good and also such a surprise that not even Nathan, his closest friend, knew.

    "Many Happy Returns" remains my favorite episode to date, but this one is easily in my top five. The difference? This script wasn't written by Jonathan Nolan personally, and therefore lacked the precision, range, and nuances of his pen, but was still a solidly done piece that the cast again performed masterfully, and that fits well into the continued buildup into next week's season finale (which I'm now wishing was three hours long!).


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