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Warning: Spoiler Alert

We might be just a little over a week away from a brand new world, run by an Artificial Intelligence System named Samaritan, which will teach we lowly humans exactly what’s best for us. That is unless “The Machine,” can stop Samaritan from taking over the planet. This week’s episode of the CBS series “Person Of Interest,” set the table for a reckoning to occur next Tuesday night, during the finale for the show’s fourth season. The stakes are extremely high, putting the lives of the team in danger and “The Machine” itself could get destroyed by its rival, a system created without any moral code.

While that fire blazes, John Reese and Lionel Fusco are handling the double numbers given to the team. The numbers are familiar faces, Dominic the gang leader of The Brotherhood and Carl Elias the head of the Five Families and Crime Lord Supreme in New York City. A simmering feud heated to a boil, as Elias took out four of the Brotherhood’s soldiers and Dominic’s ready to take down Carl and take the title as the head of the Five Families.

Elias set up shop in a former bank, connected to the pneumatic tube system that still connects most of Manhattan. Elias’ men use the tubes to send weapons to locations, so they are at the ready when the men arrive. That’s the way Carl undermined the Brotherhood’s security system, getting the rival gang pretty steamed.

However, the episode opens farther down the East Coast, in the DC Metro area to be exact, as we watch a female school teacher driving to work, while talking to her husband on her cellphone. She goes to pump the brakes and find they aren’t working, she crashes into a cement embankment off the highway. Seconds after she crashes, a SUV pulls up, a man emerges and puts a black hood over the head of the teacher and transfers her into his vehicle. Suddenly we see United States Security official Control in the back seat of the SUV, she tells the man to grab the body and he takes a dead woman out of his car and puts her in the teacher’s vehicle along with a bomb. They drive off as the teacher’s car’s blown to bits.

She’s taken to a facility and strapped to a chair, before the bag’s removed from her head. Control asks the woman if she recognizes the man tied to another chair? Control claims that the man’s one of her agents, who also worked for Samaritan and claims the teacher’s his handler. The teacher replies she doesn’t know what Samaritan is, she says she’s a teacher and mother who just wants to get home to her kids. Control shows the teacher her future, if she fails to cooperate, as she puts a bullet between the eyes of her agent. She tells the teacher to talk, or soon she too will be just a spot on the wall.

We leave Washington for a New York City court building, the scene of the murder of the four Brotherhood soldiers. Reese and Fusco are at the scene and John tells Finch he found some sort of plastic canister in a garbage can. Harold informs Reese that it’s a pneumatic tube and tells John that Elias recently purchased the former bank. Reese and Fusco head to the bank to pay Carl a visit.

Just as Harold’s about to end his conversation with Reese, Root’s cellphone rings. Sameen Shaw’s on the other end of the line, she asks if Root’s there then says she’s in trouble and needs her help. The team’s assumed for the last few months that Shaw got killed by Samaritan operative Martine, but the viewers have been aware she was being held captive by Samaritan.

Root’s ecstatic and angry at the news Sameen’s alive, angry at herself, Harold and “The Machine, ” for believing Shaw was dead and that they stopped looking for her. Although she agrees with Finch that the phone call’s likely a trap, it doesn’t dampen her desire to rescue her friend and comrade. Her plan is to force “The Machine,” to reveal where Shaw’s held, by risking her life.

She leads Finch to the top of a skyscraper, then looks into a surveillance camera and tells “The Machine,” they’re going to play a game of “Chicken.” Root’s going to walk along the ledge of the roof with her eyes closed, until the Artificial Intelligence System reveals Shaw’s location, or Root falls to her death on the street below. Root’s gamble pays off, as she’s given the location.

John and Lionel get to the bank and Carl tells Reese, that he warned him not to interfere with his conflict with the Brotherhood. However the sound of gunfire above them, is enough to convince Elias to take off with Reese and Fusco. Their escape’s thwarted, as Dominic and his right hand man Link, along with some other soldiers stop them in their tracks.

Root and Finch are at Steiner Psychiatric Institute, which is where the call emanated from. Root tells Harold that a couple of months earlier, this second-rate facility acquired a fiber optics system, far too rich for their budget. The system’s Samaritan’s and Harold’s able to hack into the feed, before receiving a message on his laptop, reading all forces on alert, we will soon isolate “The Machine.” They quickly disconnect and head towards the facility.

John, Lionel and Elias are all tied to chairs with zip-ties. Turns out that Dominic’s hired himself someone with knowledge of the team, as our friend Harper Rose tells Lionel and John that the Brotherhood’s offer was too good to turn down.

Back in Washington, Control asks the teacher how a girl from Greenwich that went to a prep-school, ended up working for Samaritan. The teacher once again states she’s just a teacher and mother and wants to get home to her kids. Control smiles, saying that the teacher’s trying to gain the security official’s sympathy because Control lost her mother at a young age.

She then shows the teacher some surveillance photos of herself, one with the agent that just got shot and one in a coffee shop. The teacher says the pictures are just coincidences, Control then shows the woman a picture of herself, roaming the White House halls. The tears suddenly stop, the teacher’s face turns had and she tells Control, she has no idea what’s coming for her.

Root and Harold sneak into the Steiner Institute, by pretending Root’s a doctor and Finch a homeless schizoid. A doctor questions him and Harold says you’re not paranoid if they’re really coming after you. The doctor asks Finch whose after him, he says an Artificial Intelligence System, the government and a New York City gang for starters. Asked his name, Harold replies he goes by many names all derived from species of birds, that’s enough to convince to admit Harold for 72 hours of observation.

Once Finch gets checked in, he’s taken to the patients common area and he asks one of the patients to point out Lenny. The man points him to a bald giant of a man, Harold goes up to Lenny as he’s working on a puzzle and tells the man, that the two orderlies stole Lenny’s spaceman. Lenny goes after the two orderlies as if he were King Kong, Finch uses the distraction to sneak into an office and access a computer.

He tells Root that Shaw’s likely on the ninth floor, as that’s where they house the most dangerous patients. He then tells Root that a compact female Persian sociopath’s in room 914, that maybe the way they’ve labeled Shaw. Root sneaks in a door and then her mouth drops open. She tells Harold to evacuate immediately, the facilities Samaritan’s base of operations, they’re in the belly of the beast.

Dominic tells Elias that if the older man declares that Dominic’s now head of the Five Families, he’ll let Elias, the two detectives and Carl’s men live. But suddenly that deal’s put on the back burner, as Dominic gets informed that there’s evidence that one of the Brotherhood members actually works for Elias. Dominic gives Carl an option, reveal the mole, or the Brotherhood will wipe out all of Elias’ men.

Root sneaks into room 914, finds Shaw’s coat, but she sees Shaw’s outside being put into a car, she hears Martine’s voice saying that Root just missed her. The two women square off, just when it seems Root’s got the advantage, two male operatives overpower her. She’s strapped to a hospital bed as Harold’s brought in. John Greer greets Finch, telling him he’s just in time to see them cut Root’s head open. Samaritan has determined that the ear implant that Root received has “The Machine’s” location on it. Greer tells her that she’ll be brain-damaged as a result of the surgery, but she’ll still be able to dress and feed herself.

Dominic tells Elias his time’s up and he’s going to take out his men, Carl relents and gives his rival the bank routing number of the Brotherhood member that Elias pays. Seconds later Dominic’s phone rings and he ends the call with a troubled expression on his face. Link comes over to ask him who the mole is and Dominic replies that he needs Link’s advice in how to handle the situation. His right-hand man tells Dominic he knows what he needs to do, put the mole in the ground, then asks who it is. Dominic replies with his gun, pumping five shots into Link.

Carl starts laughing saying the rival gang leader may have his title, but he can’t hold onto it. He says you can’t trust anybody and now his man’s dead. Dominic starts calling Link a rat and Elias admits that he may have misled his rival. There wasn’t a mole in the Brotherhood, Carl just tricked Dominic into thinking there was one, Link was loyal to the end.

Back at the Steiner Institute, Samaritan’s operatives are about to dissect Root’s head. She says Finch shouldn’t have to witness the carnage. Martine offers to kill Harold first, Root says if she lays a hand on Finch she’ll kill Martine. The Samaritan operative leans close to Root and Root grabs the former blonde and kills her. When Martine hits the floor, Root says now she’s ready to surrender.

Greer tells the pair that Samaritan’s making a final offer to save “The Machine’s” human operatives. Root screams out to the Artificial Intelligence System that Harold was right, that each of them are interchangeable. She tells “The Machine,” that she has to live and it can find new human operatives. Suddenly the facility’s power goes out, then we see a computer screen flicker and “The Machine” sends Finch and Root a message.

YOU ARE WRONG HAROLD

YOU ARE NOT INTERCHANGABLE

I FAILED TO SAVE SAMEEN

BUT I WON’T FAIL YOU NOW.

RELEASE THEM FIRST

THEN YOU’LL KNOW MY LOCATION.

Greer tells his operatives to release the pair. He then bids Finch farewell until the next time they meet. Root tells Harold that they have to get to The Machine before Samaritan does. He asks her if she knows where it’s at and she says she doesn’t but they need to find her.

The teacher tells Control that Samaritan’s planning a correction, Control looks through the woman’s day-planner and realizes the correction’s set for Wednesday, May 6. The teacher then talks of the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah and mentions Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt, for looking behind her as they fled the city.

She tells Control that she can survive the correction, by not impeding Samaritan’s plans. She says that Control’s good at closing her eyes to the truth, soon the planet will be on fire, so Control best look away. The teacher says that Samaritan’s creating a new age with the correction, Control tells the teacher it’s too bad she won’t be around to see it, then shoots her in the head.

The Season Finale Airs Next Tuesday Night at 10:00 pm on CBS.

 

Photo: John Paul Filo/CBS

Photo: John Paul Filo/CBS

Warning: Spoiler Alert

After stumbling out of the gate in the first two episodes of the fourth season of the CBS series “Person Of Interest,” the show returned to prime form in episode four, as the episode zigged when it looked like it would zag, leaving the viewer surprised and on the edge of their seats for the entire episode. We welcomed back an old familiar face and the team encountered a new and very worthy adversary known as the “Brotherhood.” We also discover a couple of characters are not who they originally present themselves as and some sullying of the water to throw the team off he track. Throw in an adorable little girl and her older teenage brother whose trying to protect her and you end up with an entertaining hour.

The “Brotherhood’s,” a newly formed African-American street gang, that play by a new set of rules. Their members don’t sport colors, or respect territorial borders, they’ve got huge ambitions and little patience, as they’re looking to become the dominant force in the criminal underworld of New York City. The episode opens with four members of the new gang meeting with four Armenian mobsters to consummate a drug deal, but someone ticked somebody off and it resulted in bloodshed. When Reese in his guise of Homicide Detective John Reilly arrives at the crime scene, three Armenians and three members of the “Brotherhood,” died, with the last Armenian in critical condition. The last member of the rival gang’s shot up but he’ll live and gets put into an ambulance.

As Reilly starts looking at the bodies, a woman says he’s interrupting their investigation, until he flashes his badge. The woman’s DEA Agent Erica Lennox and she tells the detective the DEA have tried to put away the “Brotherhood,” for months without success and both she and John commiserate on not being able to get any info on the gang’s leader Dominic. He’s described as incredibly smart and ruthless, but nobody can identify him. Although the heroin’s at the scene the money to pay for its vanished and the pair realize that someone stole the money and now’s living on borrowed time.

Who stole the money from the drug deal gone bad? None other than “The Machine’s” newest number, an eight-year-old little girl named Tracy Booker and her teenage brother Malcolm. The kids live in separate foster homes, since their mother started serving time at Rikers Island, when her fool of a boyfriend caused enough of a scene to attract the police and when they searched the apartment they found an unregistered weapon. The only contact they now have’s when Malcolm walks to Tracy’s house to walk her to her school then heads crosstown to his school. Harold tracks them buying a suit and tie for Malcolm and a fancy dress and shoes for Tracy, but he can’t figure out why that’s their first purchase. Finch attempts following them, but Malcolm sees him and throws a stack of money into the air and lose Finch in the ensuing crowd.

The ambulance carrying the shot-up member of the “Brotherhood,” stops and the driver gets out and we can tell by the shoes it’s our old friend Sameen Shaw. She opens the back and the gang member asks if they’re at the hospital, but Shaw’s got no intention of getting him medical assistance, she wants info on his gang. She puts handcuffs on the guy and puts her pistol against his back, telling him they’re leaving the ambulance. The gang member tells Shaw he’s called Mini, because he’s so big, she hands him her cell phone and tells him to call his fellow gang member Link and find out where the kids are. Link gives the address of a parking lot the kids hid in and they’re on their way to take them out.

Harold’s arranged a meeting on a subway car with an old friend Crime Boss Carl Elias, to get him to intervene to help save Tracy and Malcolm. Elias says he can stall the Armenians but he’s got no control over the “Brotherhood.” Harold thanks him, but then Elias asks what’s going on with Finch’s organization, he knows something’s up with Reese posing as Detective John Reilly. Harold basically brushes off the question.

Reese and DEA Agent Lennox arrive at the garage just as the pair of “Brotherhood,” hit-men arrive, they shoot at the car and then spirit the kids away. Reilly and Lennox finally get told what motivated the kids to steal the money, to hire a dream-team of lawyers to get their mom out of jail. But John tells them they’ll get killed before the day’s out if they keep the money, so Malcolm hands over the knapsack, but the money’s replaced with newspaper. The teen tells the pair he’s not giving up the money, then says if you want to be the man, you’ve got to have a plan. However moments later after getting assured by John that he’ll look out for Tracy if he gets hurt, he writes down where the money’s located and gives it to the DEA Agent.

Lennox tells Reilly there’s a mole in the DEA informing the “Brotherhood,” of every move they make. She then tells him she’s calling for backup, but when John asks if it’s safe with the mole involved, she replies she’s calling her partner and he’s the only person she totally trusts. A few minutes later she tells the three others she’s going downstairs to meet the backup agents, but she never returns.

Lionel calls Reese and tells him he recovered a gang members cell phone and this might lead to Dominic. Fusco dials the number, but the phone Tracy got from Lennox rings. They realize she’s the mole and left the phone with Tracy so she couldn’t be traced. Members of the “Brotherhood,” start storming the building and Fusco says he’s on his way.

Although far from squeamish, I’m not a big fan of violence just for the sake of fighting or shooting. However stylized violence as in the great Japanese films or in the first Matrix movie, intrigue me and the violence in Person Of Interest’s so over the top it’s truly entertaining. Reese magically gets out of impossible situations even with the odds stacked against him and it’s no different in this episode. Wave after wave of gunmen enter the building and John takes them all out, until the last two guys grab Tracy and Malcolm from behind, holding pistols to their heads. They tell Reilly he’s finally done for and John asks if they’ve met his partner, at which point Lionel puts a bullet into both guys backs.

Shaw takes Mini to another location and has himself lock the handcuffs to a steam pipe, then tries to get info on Dominic but the soldier remains silent. She finally lets him go, but attached a tracking device on him so she can follow him. He heads to the Laundromat the gang hide their stash of heroin at and finds the stash in the bottom of a laundry basket.

Link and another gang member arrive at the building and John tells the kids to hide, but Tracy appears a minute later and Fusco sees she’s crying and not to be scared. She tells Lionel the reason she’s crying’s because her brother and her made a pact to never separate. Malcolm approaches Link’s car and tells him he’ll give himself up to the “Brotherhood,” in exchange for assuring Tracy’s safety. Link asks him about the money but the kid says he doesn’t have it, but he’ll work for Link in any capacity, even take a fall for the gang.

The gang member tells him to get in the car and they’re about to take off when Reilly stands in front of the car saying the only way they get their money’s by releasing Malcolm, John’s holding the knapsack and pulls out a wad of cash from the bag. Link lets Malcolm go and takes John prisoner, saying this is his lucky day, he’s got Reilly and his money, but John responds one for two’s not bad. Link looks in the bag and there’s just the one bundle along with the newspapers. Link’s still pleased that he gets to shoot the detective, but then Shaw calls and tells Link if he doesn’t release Reilly, she’ll set fire to their stash and the Laundromat. John gets released, Shaw takes the heroin and lets Mini go.

However, what we find out is Mini’s not called that because he’s big, it’s short for Dominic. Shaw had the General in her hands the entire time, then just set him free.

The Story Continues Next Tuesday Night at 10:00 pm on CBS.