Warning: Spoiler Alert
Several factors figure in making a truly great Television series, the premise, the writing and of course the acting. The CBS series “Person Of Interest,” features an incredibly strong and deep cast, starting with Jim Caviezel as John Reese and the great Michael Emerson as Harold Finch. One character whose gotten less screen time since the focus of the series changed from New York City to dealing with issues that effect the entire planet’s Homicide Detective Lionel Fusco (Kevin Chapman.) With the team using so much energy hiding from and battling Artificial Intelligence System Samaritan, Fusco’s involvement with the team decreased from the role he played during the shows first two and a half years.
As a fan of the character and the actor, Fusco playing a prominent role in this episode pleased me quite a bit. The character’s evolved from a former dirty cop who always had his hand out, to an exemplary officer and a hero in the last few years and Lionel came through again in this episode, saving the life of the man whose number got chosen by “The Machine.”
We start off in midtown Manhattan, on a hot and humid summer day and a perp’s trying to escape from Fusco and Reese (in his cover identity of Lionel’s partner, Detective John Reilly. Reese stays close to the thief, while Fusco middle-aged and out of shape lags behind. The guy nearly gets hit running across the street by a cab and then Reese loses him, so he climbs onto a double-decker bus filled with tourists, trying to find him. Reese spots the guy about 100-yards away and has a clear shot and shoots him in the leg. The tourists on the bus let out a collective gasp at the shooting, but then Reese pulls out his badge and announces NYPD and the crowd erupts into applause.
Fusco reads Reese the riot act, telling him he needs to respect the badge and the powers that come with it. When the pair return to the station, they both get dressed down by the new Captain. She tells them the precincts doing a terrible job and she would fire herself at this point. She tells Reilly that she doesn’t approve of his methods, as this is the fourth perp he shot in the leg this month. She tells the two of them to get some solid arrests and they get up to leave, but the Captain stops Reilly. She tells him he’s on a team now and she won’t tolerate the cowboy antics they do in Narcotics, he tells her he understands.
When John returns to his desk, his cellphone rings and it’s Finch telling him “The Machine,” just gave them a new number, but Reese tells Harold that his Captain just came down on him and Lionel and he can’t leave now, but he’ll drop by the new headquarters later on. Finch hangs up and we hear Shaw’s voice encouraging Harold’s dog Bear to get it, but Finch tells her not to encourage him. He then tells her that “The Machine,” helped them greatly finding the new location to set up shop, but didn’t give them any funds. Harold can’t access his fortune without Samaritan being aware.
John arrives and asks Finch about the new number and Harold tells him that the man’s name’s Andre (Ryan O’Nan) and he’s a former longshoremen turned professional “Wingman.” He helps clients who’ve got trouble attracting women, change their appearance, attitude and technique. Reese says that he’s not up for playing the loser with the ladies, but Shaw smiles and says they’ve got someone else in mind. Finch contacts Andre and pays for two days of his services to turn Fusco into a ladies man.
Shaw’s at the bar where Lionel and the Wingman are meeting at to observe and she hands Fusco a new cellphone and tells him to keep it on so she can monitor the conversation. A moment later Andre walks into the place scans the room, frowns and walks over to Fusco. He tells him his friend Harold only paid for a two-day session and he looks like he could use a week of training. Fusco gets defensive but Andre’s just baiting him, he then tells him that if he dressed to impress it fell far short of his goal. He tells Fusco they’re going shopping and he hopes Lionel’s got money available on his credit cards.
Finch’s working at the new headquarters, when without looking up he says what do you want Miss Groves, which means our favorite psychotic Root’s arrived. She says the new digs look and she fails to find a word and Harold says Spartan. She agrees and then tells him “The Machine,” wants them to do an errand, but Finch immediately says no. She then tells him that “The Machine,” will reward Harold, Reese and Shaw if he cooperates so he asks her what the mission is. Root says she’s not sure but she’s got the first location they’re supposed to go to.
Reilly’s done some digging on a recent homicide of a local car dealer and he tells the Captain that after checking the recent financial records of two of the dealer’s salesmen, he’s sure they murdered him for some purloined cash. They work up a good cop/bad cop routine after he brings both guys in, she berates Reilly for his bad arrest record and says he best get cracking.
He then interrogates both salesmen and plays the same con on both of them, telling them each if they confess and give him half the money, he’ll make sure the other guy takes the fall. Both agree to it and the Captain witnessed it all and both guys will end up in the gray-bar hotel for a long time. She congratulates Reilly and asks where Fusco’s at and he says he’s out interviewing other suspects in the other murder case they’re working on.
Actually Andre and the “New Look” Fusco, are at a bar where Andre’s putting Lionel through his paces, his three key points; eye contact, act confident and have fun. Unfortunately things don’t go well for Fusco, as he strikes out again and again, finally spilling a drink on an interested lady’s dress. Andre tells him he’s trying to hard and loosen up and have fun. A guy walks up to Andre like a long-lost brother and after momentarily looking nervous, he hugs the guy and introduces him to Lionel as his friend Lee, whom he worked with when he still worked on the docks. Lee says he’s got to go but tells the Wingman he’d like to get together soon. Suddenly an attractive brunette starts making eye contact and flirting with Andre across the room and just as suddenly a wall with a face asks Andre if he’s trying to hit on his girl and he replies he didn’t realize she was somebody’s girl. The big guy throws a punch at the Wingman, but Fusco blocks it, slams the guy into the table, cuffs him and shows him his badge telling him he’s under arrest. The only problem being, that Andre thought Fusco sold insurance.
Root and Finch show up at a warehouse and this young military looking guy addresses Harold as Mr. Egret, it seems “The Machine,” made him a legendary arms-dealer. The guy asks whose the Hottie, referring to Root and Finch says that’s none of his concern and the young guy gets nervous. He then pulls out a case and says that Mr. Egret approves, inside the case’s a rocket-launcher which Root identifies, she then hands the guy 50 grand. The guy asks Mr. Egret if he’d mind telling him his plans for the weapon and Harold snarls he’d mind very much and he and Root walk off. Harold’s upset that they’ll still be selling black-market weapons, but we hear a police siren and all the guys at the warehouse get busted.
Back at the bar after Andre gives his statement to a uniform, he asks Fusco why he lied to him and Lionel responds that if the other cops knew he was using a professional Wingman to get dates they’d bust his chops. He asks Andre if they’re done for the night, but the Wingman tells him he’s a hero and they’re heading to another venue.
Root and Finch go to a street corner and this guy identifying himself as Eddie, who put the deal together. He takes them to a building where four Russian mobsters are waiting, they pay Eddie his finder’s fee and he takes off. The head mobster looks at the rocket launcher and gives them a briefcase with $150 thousand and tells them to count it, but Root says they trust him. Right then Harold’s morals and principles get the best of him and he tells the men he’s sorry he can’t sell a rocket launcher to mobsters. The other three men point their weapons at Finch and Root sighs, Oh Harold she knows you so well, then pulls out two pistols and with one in each hand she shoots all four of them in the kneecaps. Finch and Root walk away with the rocket launcher and the briefcase.
Andre and Lionel head to an art exhibition and Shaw’s there, keeping an eye on things. This time Fusco hits it off with a very attractive lady, but Shaw alerts him that a longshoremen just showed up and he’s got to get Andre out of there. Lionel abruptly says he has to leave then grabs the Wingman and they leave the gallery. The other guy goes after him, but Shaw renders him unconscious. Unfortunately Lee and three goons are waiting for them in the street, subdue the pair and then put them in an SUV and drive off.
Shaw meets with Reese and tell him they have to find Fusco and Andre, but Reese promised his Captain he’d follow-up on a lead. Shaw says fine but she’s taking Bear with her. Reese then meets with the suspect and tells him he’ll get enough money to go elsewhere and start a new life, but he needs to tell him what he knows.
Lee and his goons have taken the pair to the docks, then locked them in a storage container, which will get dumped into the sea later that day, but Lee tells them they’ll most likely die of heat stroke rather than drown. They then seal the container and lock it. Shaw’s on the docks but has no idea where Fusco and Andre are. Reese shows up and Shaw goes to look for goons while Reese tries to track down Lionel and the Wingman. Seconds later he hears them shouting and free them from the container, then Reese, Shaw and Fusco disable the bad guys and arrest them. Turns out Lee’s the one who committed the murder they tried to solve. The Captain’s very proud of both detectives and tells her the drinks are on here that night. Reese asks who four guys in cuffs are and she informs him they got an anonymous tip on them.
When Finch and Root return to the new digs, he asks what the ridiculous exercise they went through was for, and Root shows all the booty, including weapons and duffel bags of cash “The Machine,” sent while they were running their errand. She tells Finch that “The Machine,” still cares about his irrelevant numbers and is trying to help him.
The Story Continues Next Tuesday Night at 10:00pm on CBS.