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Person Of Interest: This Was Not An Attack This Was A Test

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Let’s address the elephant in the room before we proceed with this recap. After four seasons of consistently ranking as a Top 20 show, the CBS series “Person Of Interest,” could end up getting cancelled by the network. The reason such a move would be made is purely financial, the show would qualify for syndication if it airs a fifth season. That usually calls for a large salary increase for the show’s stars, Michael Emerson and Jim Caviziel. The factor that weighs against Person Of Interest getting the green-light for a fifth season is the fact that the network doesn’t own the show, as it’s produced by Warner Brothers.

It would end up as far more cost-effective for CBS to air NCIS: Boise, next September than for POI to return. The question that network that was referred to as the “Tiffany Network ” in another age, needs to consider is whether quality’s more important than the bottom line.

Although Executive Producer JJ Abrams and series creator Jonathan Nolan, have stated recently in interviews that they intend to find a way to keep telling their story, the season finale airing Tuesday night, felt more like a series finale. Samaritan seems stronger than ever, as “The Machine’s” been reduced to just its bare essentials. Saving just enough of itself that its creator Harold Finch can rebuild it.

The Machine’s” human operatives survived a firefight despite overwhelming odds, yet faced a new attack as the episode drew to a close. Meanwhile Samaritan spent the episode eliminating what it perceives as threats, outliers and those that would fight the new age it intends to implement. Although all the regular characters survived the purge, many familiar faces met their demise in this episode.

The evening started with scenes from the previous episode, we then see a telephone lineman installing a box on a utility pole. Root and Finch are in their control center when they hear a phone ring. Root says it’s behind the wall and seconds later she’s knocked down the wall with a sledge-hammer and they see an old rotary-dial payphone ringing. Harold picks up to find “The Machine’s” sending a distress signal, but it also sends another message the numbers 314, which Root realizes is a call for help. Although their destination’s unknown they take off.

Dominic and the Brotherhood are still holding Reese, Fusco and Carl Elias prisoners and Dominic tells Detective Riley that he wants the same deal with he and Harold that Elias has. He tells him he wants the keys to the city. John tells him there’s no arrangement or any keys to the city. Dominic asks if the detective thinks he’s stupid, John responds that Dominic’s just smart enough to get himself killed.

The Brotherhood leader tells his female soldier Floyd to go kill Fusco, however Harper Rose beats her to the cop and picks the lock on his handcuffs and gets him out of the building. Floyd comes back reporting that Fusco escaped and Dominic knows that Harper Rose freed him, as she always plays both sides against the middle. She’s tied to a chair next to Elias.

Greer enters a car to talk to one of his operatives named Gregory about the status of “The Machine” and the operative tells the administrator they’ve almost got that fox treed. Greer smiles and says very good, now let’s burn the tree.

We then head to Washington and see Control talking to one of her agents about Samaritan planning an attack on May 6. The agent tells Control the only buzz in the area is the house that’s off-limits to all intelligent agents located in Columbia Heights. When Control asks the agent who issued the memo, the woman responds that Control did.

Root tells Finch that “The Machine’s” talking to her again as they enter a high-priced apartment building. Root steals the keys off a fireman to control the elevator and she takes them to the penthouse. The man who lives in the penthouse is hosting two Russian gangsters, trying to sell the man weapons and a pair of self-charging night-vision goggles. Root shoots the Russians in the legs then takes the night-vision goggles and she and Harold get back into the elevator, but their access was overridden. The Russians are shooting at the elevator and have penetrated the door. Root looks into a surveillance camera and says enough standing on the sidelines. If you want us to save your skin, get in the game. “The Machine” reconfigures the elevator and they ride down to safety.

Root and Finch then head to former number, Caleb Phillips company as Root says they need to get an algorithm. Root hacks the server and starts to download but she realizes it’s a trap. Phillips asks what she’s doing, she tells him the truth and he asks why he should believe her. She tells him perhaps she’ll trust her friend more and Harold comes out and tells Phillips they do need the algorithm. Caleb interrupts Harold then puts what they need on a flash-drive, he says whatever Harold needs he’ll supply him with, since Harold saved his life. Finch thanks him and they head off.

Dominic brings out a box of cellphones and dumps it on the floor in front of his captives. He tells John to unlock the phone and contact Harold, or he’ll put a bullet in Harper and Carl’s heads. Harold answers his phone thinking he’s talking to John and calls him Mr. Reese, but Dominic’s on the other end. He tells Harold to meet him in 15-minutes or Mr. Reese will die. Root tells Finch that “The Machine” revealed that it’s located in Brooklyn, but Harold says he needs to save John. Root tells Harold that “The Machine” needs Reese and it will save him, but they need to save it.

Dominic’s ready to kill Elias and Harper, when a fax machine rings and Floyd reads the fax aloud. It’s instructions to Reese, telling him how to take out the guard next to him and free himself. John takes out the soldier and cuts his zip-ties, then puts his earpiece in. “The Machine” asks if he can hear her and she starts telling John where to shoot to take out all the soldiers. Soon they’re all dead except for Dominic, who tries to escape but he’s stopped by Fusco and two uniforms carrying automatic weapons.

Control and Shaw’s former partner, break down the door of the house in Columbia Heights, but the Samaritan operatives have fled. The agent says they built fertilizer bombs there, enough to blow up the entire floor of a Federal building.

Control summons Senator Garrison, the man who negotiated the deal with Greer to give Samaritan the unfiltered feeds to all US Intelligence information. She asks for his phone, then puts it in a box on her desk which she says assures them nobody can monitor them via the phones. She then tells Garrison about the attack Samaritan has planned for May 6, called the correction. She tells him they need to cut off the feed to Samaritan and suggests they go back to using “The Machine” as their information source. Garrison tells her she’s losing it and says she needs to get a grip on reality. She actually cloned his phone, while it was in the box, she sends a message to Greer that he believes was sent by the Senator.

Elias and Dominic are taken into custody and Fusco feels kind of hinky about them attempting an escape and rides in the vehicle talking them to the precinct. John tells Lionel he needs to go and help Finch, but he congratulates him on doing an outstanding job.

Greer arrives at the NSA and starts talking to Garrison as he enters the room, but his talking’s cut short when he sees Control’s sitting there with a gun aimed at him. She tells him she knows all about the correction and she tells him she knows they’re planning to bomb a Federal building the next day. She says he can save himself from being dropped in a black-hole, if he tells her what building they’re bombing.

Reese shows up in Brooklyn just as Finch and Root arrive, unfortunately so do a squadron of Samaritan operatives with automatic weapons. Root and John hold off the gunmen long enough for Finch to get them in the building. Harold realizes they’re in a telephone substation, located in the middle of a residential neighborhood.

Root’s instructed to build a rudimentary computer in the briefcase. Harold realizes that  “The Machine’s” actually there. When it relocated two years before, it sent itself into the nation’s electric grid, now Samaritan’s trying to destroy “The Machine” by sending power surges and brownouts throughout the system. It’s plan is for Harold and Root to upload just enough of itself to the computer in the case for Harold to rebuild it.

Control believes that Samaritan’s planning to bomb SCOTUS, the following day as they planned to hear arguments on government surveillance. She calls Shaw’s former partner and tells him to have the building evacuated and to track down the bomb.

As the vehicle carrying Elias and Dominic gets close to the precinct, a large truck side-swipes it and the vehicle flips onto it’s roof. One of Carl’s men come over and pull Elias out and they head to his car. Dominic climbs out soon after, and he shoots Elias’ man, then aims his gun at Carl, but he drops his weapon as Fusco surprises him from behind. Suddenly shots ring out, a sniper takes out Elias and Dominic but leaves Fusco alone, the sniper’s a Samaritan operative.

Samaritan operatives have the building that the team’s in surrounded. There’s a breach at the back door and Root starts picking off operatives as they enter. She looks for Reese, but he’s at the front of the building ready to take on what looks like about three dozen gunmen. He asks “The Machine” if it can hear him, then tells it to kill the lights. Reese fires some smoke bombs and then “The Machine” once again tells him where to shoot.

Control’s agent calls her and says that there’s no bomb in the Supreme Court building. She then asks Greer again what building they’re planning to bomb and he laughs at her. He says that Samaritan would never have planned that kind of attack, that would have shined the light on itself. Greer then says that killing a hundred or so people is an empty act, but if you target and kill the right people, they can accomplish a lot.

Samaritan’s monitor suddenly reads, this was not an attack this was a test. Greer then thanks Control for identifying the agents that would have caused them trouble. We then see the two agents that Control informed about the correction are dead, then some men come in and throw a black bag on her head and take her away.

As Finch attempts to upload “The Machine” to the computer in the briefcase, it sends Harold a message on a laptop calling Harold father and apologizing for failing him. Harold says they still have time and “The Machine” responds that it thought Finch wanted it to live, but now thinks he’s changed his mind. Harold says you’re my creation, I don’t want you to die. “The Machine” replies if it doesn’t survive it wants to thank Harold for creating it.

A power surge comes down the line, heading for “The Machine,” Finch closes the top of the briefcase and gets jolted hard enough to knock him off his feet. Root asks if he saved “The Machine,” he looks at the briefcase and sees a blue power light on and says he thinks so. Root tells him they need to leave and it won’t be easy.

However when they get outside, they see all the Samaritan operatives on the ground. Root calls for John and he’s unharmed. However three vehicles of Samaritan operatives arrive and Reese and Root are once again in a firefight as the screen goes black.

Person Of Interest: I Will Not Fail You Now

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Photo Courtesy Of CBS

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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.







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.


Person Of Interest: Counting On A Friend In Time Of Need

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Photo Courtesy Of CBS

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Are we stuck with a predestined future, failing to alter our fate even if we change our ways? That question’s been posed for over a hundred years, the subject of Charles Dickens’ classic story “A Christmas Carol,” as Ebenezer Scrooge, evolved into a kind and generous man after getting visited by three spirits, on a Christmas Eve, long ago. The latest episode of the CBS series “Person Of Interest,” examined that subject, as John Reese realized with a little help, that he needs to let people into his life. However, Reese unlike Scrooge was very familiar with the spirit that visited him.

Once again, the show-runners of Person Of Interest, bend the envelope of the format, this time keeping the viewers on their toes, determining, fact from fiction. It’s a cold open, already unusual for the show, known for their opening and the ominous words “We are being watched.” The screen’s black but we hear the sound of banging, screaming and sirens, then we see Reese sitting behind the wheel of a car, while Harold Finch sits in the back and complains about Bear. Finch’s upset that the dog’s digested two rare books of his, Reese offers to buy him a new one, but Harold says John doesn’t get a large enough salary.

The passenger door opens and Detective Joss Carter enters the car, with coffee. We know it’s a flashback as Carter got killed in the middle of the previous season. They’re staking out a number a guy named Benny Belasco, whose on bad terms with HR. Reese and Finch are unsure if he’ll get knocked off by a corrupt cop, or Belasco will shoot a member of the NYPD. Harold asks if they’ve got this handled, as he needs to walk and feed Bear.

He leaves and Carter remarks she’s not used to arriving so early, Reese asks what she means. She responds she’s in homicide, usually the people she deals with are dead. She then shakes her head as she looks at Belasco, saying he’s totally unaware he’s in danger. Reese replies, he should realize it, stealing from crooked-cops, Carter says she’s seen a lot of dead bodies, not one of them looked like they knew it was coming.

Back in the present, Reese comes back to reality when Fusco calls him Wonder Boy and tells him two members of the Brotherhood are dead, one of Carl Elias’ men’s still alive. Reese wonders why “The Machine,” didn’t pick it up and Harold says it may have been a crime of opportunity, meaning all at the same place, same time by coincidence. Finch explains “The Machine” doesn’t predict those kinds of crimes.

He tells Reese that a new number’s come up, nothing to do with Elias or The Brotherhood, the number’s named Chase Patterson. He’s 25-years-old, comes from a Park Avenue Family that got murdered back in 2008, his mother, father and two sisters got killed, he claimed he was out that night. It’s a cold case as Patterson left the United States for France, shortly after the murders. This is his first time back in the States since.

Reese says he’ll take the number, so Finch, Fusco and Root have to keep Elias and the Brotherhood from starting a gang war. Root shows up, soon after wearing a wedding dress and veil, Finch confused wishes her congratulations. She tells him to save it, this was a plan to find out “The Machine’s” location, that went South. Finch asks how would she feel about stopping a gang war, she enthusiastically comes on board.

John in his guise of Detective Reilly, requests the Patterson file from the desk sergeant, he’s given a box from the evidence room, as the Detective handling the case got murdered. That detective was Joss Carter and the box contains all of her personal belongings. John looks through the box, finds an envelope with To John written on it, it’s a picture of Reese and his former fiancée Jessica, from happier times.

We head back to March 8, 2008, the day the Patterson’s got killed. Carter’s a rookie detective, her partner’s Raymond Tierney,  who was heavily involved in HR. He tells her they got a big one, a Park Avenue home invasion, leading to a quadruple homicide. Tierney’s pretty confident that Chase, a kid with drug problems killed his sisters and parents.

They head to the building, Tierney says they have to play this one by the book and let him do the talking. Joss stands and watches as her partner interviews the household staff, he’s told there was friction between Chase and his parents. He’s ready to arrest Patterson, but Carter asks if he killed them and stole their stuff for drug money, why didn’t he take a Jade figurine, he could have gotten 20 grand for. Tierney tells her to ask him herself, we find ourselves in an interrogation room with Chase and Joss.

In the present Detective Reilly’s duplicated her movements, checking out the now vacant penthouse and bringing Chase in for questioning. He asks Patterson where he was the night of the murders, he says he already gave his statement to the woman detective, Carter.

Patterson told Carter, he’d been in the family’s cabin in the Catskills relapsing. He’d been clean for six months, before he lost his fight. He then told Carter that the last time he relapsed, his mother found him in his room unresponsive, she held his hand until he regained consciousness in the hospital. He went to rehab and his mother was at every meeting. He told her she was treating him like a child, she said he was one, her child. He said he planned on begging his mother for forgiveness for his latest back slide, but when he got home she was gone, they all were. Carter believes him.

Back in the present John asks who killed his family, Patterson says either charge me or let me go, he’s released as Reese has no evidence to hold him. Back in 2008, Tierney asks Carter why she thinks Chase’s innocent, she says she looked in his eyes. She says he’s damaged but didn’t slit his mother’s throat, Tierney’s cellphone rings, when he hangs up he says the murderers DNA showed the killer was a family member. Joss says she’s heading to the Catskills to check out the cabin.

She heads to the cabin, hears somebody inside, but they escape without her seeing them. Her phone rings and it’s Tierney, she says she thinks Chase just left the cabin, Tierney tells her Patterson left the country from JFK two hours before heading to Paris. The case’s closed and they’re onto a new one.

Reese heads to the cabin, he sees two baggies of weed and some pill bottles on the coffee table, he hears something, pulls his gun then realizes it’s Chase. Patterson says somebody else put the drugs on the table, they’re not his, a shot rings out and Reese is shot in his abdomen, the wound’s bad, he falls to the floor in a heap. Turns out that the Patterson’s doorman’s Patterson’s father’s illegitimate son and he killed the family.

He tells Chase that Patterson senior, dated his mother in high school, got her pregnant and dumped her. Years later he found Patterson, and the man gave him money to stay away. He got fed up with the “new family,” and killed them out of anger, he planned to kill Chase, but he left for France too quickly.

He aims at Chase’s head and tells him to take some of the pills in the bottle, after he swallows them, the doorman says he’s got eight hours to live. Reese tries to reach for his service revolver, inches from his hand, but the doorman kicks it away. He says seven years earlier Carter scared him away, but he’s ready to kill a cop at this juncture. He drags Reese through the snow, then goes to get a shovel, when he returns John’s sitting there holding his backup weapon, aimed at the doorman.

We’re back at the stakeout, Joss tries to get John to open up about why he ended things with Jessica. He tries avoiding the question, but finally says he didn’t think he’d come home alive and she deserved better. He wanted her to be happy, although her marriage lead to her death. Joss says you can tell your friends and your police psychiatrist that, but I’m not buying it. How does Joss Carter know that John will see a police psychiatrist, when she died before he saw her. We find out that John’s dying from blood loss and hypothermia, Joss is just a hallucination.

John’s actually in the Catskills, he killed the doorman but he’s sitting in his car with a broken window and without the keys. Carter’s image pushes him to crawl to the doorman’s corpse, grab the keys and crawl back to the car. However the engine’s frozen and the motor won’t start.

He tells Carter that Finch, Root or Fusco will soon arrive, she reminds him he never told them where he was going. His keeping people out has led to this situation, with his life hanging in the balance. He tells her he misses her and she says if you miss me, then I left an impression on you which is good.

She then insists that he tell her why he left Jessica, he responds on his first tour of duty, he cleaned up after a firefight between US Rangers and the Taliban, all were killed. He noticed each of the men had pictures in their wallets of loved ones, he felt if he didn’t have a picture he could focus fully in his job. She tells him that’s what lead him to dying all alone.

He starts to fall asleep, but Carter tells him to wake up if he sleeps he dies. He thinks he sees headlights on the road, but it’s just the moon. He tells her she’s right about him not letting others in, but says that wasn’t the reason he didn’t share this with the team. It made him feel close to her again and he wanted to keep that to himself.

She tells him that there are people who want to love him, but he needs to tear down his protective wall and allow them in. He tells her she’s right and asks if she’ll stay with him. She takes his hand and says of course. John starts to fall asleep again, but we start hearing music and his eyes open, there’s a car coming to save him, he says I did it Carter, but he looks to see he’s alone.

Person Of Interest: How Can You Hide When A God Wants To Find You?

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Photo Courtesy Of CBS

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Rest up, we need you ready for battle

John Reese to Root, Search And Destroy.

That’s what it’s come down to on the CBS series “Person Of Interest,” it’s time to put up or shut up for “The Machine” and her human operatives. Artificial Intelligence system Samaritan’s on the offensive, seeking to find “The Machine’s” location, destroying the life of a software pioneer in the process. Samaritan’s administrator John Greer’s seen his wishes fulfilled, Samaritan’s a system without a moral code, willing to do what ever takes to get the mission accomplished. The only thing standing between it and global domination’s, Harold Finch’s creation and the strength of John Reese. What they found out in this episode however,  was they can’t save a man who wants to find out the truth, despite the costs.

Sulaiman Kahn, founded Castellum Security Inc. in his garage, he starts out the episode of the CEO of the planet’s largest manufacturer, of anti-virus software. However, Samaritan hijacked his company out from under his nose. He wakes up to find his picture on every network, newspaper and information website, as all his private information got leaked by a hacker. The released documents also show that he’d been embezzling company funds and that he has outstanding warrants for arrest in six states. All of that information, got planted into his files by Samaritan.

Kahn’s also the latest number given to Finch and Reese, they watch as piece by piece, Kahn’s life’s torn apart. Fired and escorted from his business, by his own security guards, he gets a call from his wife Linda, saying she’s humiliated as photos of him with other women in the Middle-East have gone viral.

Reese follows Kahn to a neighborhood bar, where Kahn meets his associate and longtime friend Mark Lee. He tells Lee that he’s gotten targeted by an Artificial Intelligence System and he needs Lee to check the power meters in the company’s building. Mark replies that either Kahn’s insane, or correct, either way he wants to get away from him, but Kahn swipes Lee’s swipe-card to enter the building.

John follows Kahn into the building, watching as the CEO removes a fastened metal screen, obstructing the meters. He gets to the meters, when Finch tells Reese that the NYPD is on the way and John’s cover identity Detective John Reilly, shouldn’t be seen there. Samaritan will surely discover him, putting everyone in danger, he watches from the shadows as he’s arrested.

Fusco finds out they sent Kahn to Riker’s Island, he and Reese go there to get him released, but the officer at the desk says Kahn’s being held on warrants from six states. Samaritan contacts one of Kahn’s fellow inmates, offers him 100 thousand to kill Kahn, then disables the video-cam feeds. Kahn’s getting strangled, when Reese dressed as a prison guard, takes out the attackers and pulls Kahn out to freedom.

Reese has a NYPD SUV, and drives away from Riker’s, going through red lights, to escape their pursuers. However, Samaritan activates the Street Bollards, which are like six-inch little poles, emanating from the asphalt. Reese hits the poles and the SUV flips over, Kahn’s knocked out, but John climbs out, aiming a pistol at an oncoming vehicle. Root’s driving and asks if John wants a ride?

Finch, Root and Reese, eating Chinese Take-Out while Kahn’s still passed out in a chair, his head on the table. Root asks if Harold’s forgiven her, he says we have other pressing matters, as long as he’s here, this safe-house, won’t be safe for long. Root asks how can you hide, when a God wants to find you, then says we should blow his mind and tell him there’s two of them.

Kahn wakens, sees the three of them and tries to flee, unaware there are manacles on his feet. He asks who they are and Reese responds, they’re the folks keeping him alive. Harold says that if he answers their questions they’ll release him, while Reese puts him back in his chair. Reese asks why he wanted to see the meters so badly, Kahn responds that they registered using ten times more power, than his company ever utilized. He says that’s powering an outside system, Then he says that an Artificial Intelligence System’s destroying his life, he believes the reason’s for his research, he’s about to get into biotech manufacturing. A digital immunization chip, that he believes the system wants to make a prototype of without him.

Root’s able to locate an IP address of the facility that’s siphoning off the power, Kahn insists on going with them. She picks up signals from video cameras in the wooded area they arrive at, which John destroys with some quick shooting. They find a set of metal doors that lead to an underground facility in use. John and Root takeout the terminal operator, but Harold gets alarmed at the code he sees on the screen, Root does as well as she says they need to leave.

Martine Rousseau and a squad of Samaritan assassins are on scene when they emerge, a shoot out engages as John and Root take out a bunch of operatives. Root then goes for Martine, they’re both out of bullets, so they start walloping each other, Root’s nearly choked the life out of Martine, when Reese pulls her off the Samaritan operative. He later says he should have let Root kill her. Kahn runs away in the confusion.

However we find out his fate in the episode’s final scene, when he’s presented to Greer and Rousseau. Greer tells him that Samaritan did hijack his company, but for different purposes than he suspected. Samaritan used the software to find “The Machine.” Khan says he wants to see Samaritan, wants to look it in the eye, Greer says alright then and shoots Kahn in the chest, he dies instantly.

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


Person Of Interest: Sisters Are Doing it For Themselves

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Photo Courtesy Of CBS

Warning: Spoiler Alert

There’s always been a strong female presence on the CBS series “Person Of Interest,” even when that presence was just Taraji Henson as Detective Jocelyn Carter, in the show’s first season. However the latest episode of the series, entitled “Skip,” was jam-packed with female characters, most of them familiar faces, however a critical member of the cast, was a new character. Bounty-Hunter Frankie Wells, who traveled to New York City, from her home in Florida to bring back a criminal, who skipped the state named Ray. Frankie, also was the first number “The Machine,” assigned Harold Finch and John Reese, in the episode, but another women, who we’ve met previously, also got into danger according to Finch’s creation.

This edition, was a bit more disjointed than usual, with people coming and going throughout the hour and the action at times became a tad complicated. While not all plans by our heroes, worked out ideally, situations that verged on becoming deadly, fizzled out without anyone suffering permanent bodily harm. Friendships, however did take a beating in a couple of cases, one likely irreparably, the other likely to get smoothed over in the near future. We also saw two things, I mentioned over the last few weeks, come closer to fruition, subjects we’ll touch on, a bit later.

Our first scene’s at a very high-stakes gambling room, where admission alone costs the player’s 20 grand. Reese is sitting at one of the poker tables, with quite a lot of money in front of him, when the hostess Frankie Wells, tells John she’s glad he’s beating one of his opponents, whose supposedly mean. Frankie backs away smiling with a drink order in her hand and ends up spilling on her employer, the man running the room, whose named Ray. He tells her she’s fired, she says she really needs the job and he grabs her by the fist and drags her out of the room.

Reese follows them about a minute later, surprised to see Wells beating the stuffing out of Ray and he intercedes and Ray takes off, she then takes John on and Reese eventually takes out his gun, just as three enforcers come out, brandishing weapons. Frankie takes off, Reese tells them he’s a cop and reaches for his badge, but Frankie stole it, he however got her cellphone.

Harold’s at the subway-car, when Root shows up and says it’s been a long time since they saw each other and Finch excuses himself as he tells her he’s meeting someone for coffee. She replies judging by the color in his cheeks he’s meeting a woman and he actually is, Elizabeth Bridges the woman he met and hung with during a conference in Hong Kong earlier in the season.

At that point he put a Trojan Horse in her computer, as he knew her work would be wanted by Samaritan and they’re taking her algorithm formula to utilize in their programs. The program that Harold installed is dormant, but when she tells him the news he tells her he wants to take her out to dinner the next night to celebrate, he’ll activate it then.

John returns to the station banged up when Dr. Iris Campbell, John Reilly’s Department Psychiatrist, tells John she can no longer have him as a patient and recommends one of her colleagues. John asks what’s wrong and she dodges the questions, he asks if things he’s revealed scared her and she says she doesn’t want to discuss it. As someone, whose really not a “Shipper,” but wanted John and Iris to get together, I was rather bummed.

Reese tells Fusco that Frankie stole his shield and Lionel tells him he needs to get it back yesterday, that he’ll get a long suspension if brass finds out. John starts searching through her cell phone and he thinks he’s come up with the location, she’s heading to next.

Wells’ at a bar flashing the shield briefly, saying her name’s Detective Reilly and she wants to talk with one of the employees Athena. Reese says he wants his badge back and she tries to run, but he catches her and cuffs her, taking his shield back in the process. Suddenly Ray enters the bar and she screams at him to stop, even though she’s cuffed. He runs out to the street, with her on his tail and Reese chasing the two of them, Ray starts to try to cross the street, but a car swerves to miss him, just then a young women pulls up and tells him to get in.

Ray looks at her and smiles, says Athena and jumps in the passenger seat, when they pass John and Frankie the young woman yells Hey Reilly. It’s the con-girl known as Harper Rose that we met in the episode entitled “Blunt.” At that time I said I thought that Annie Ilonzeh, who plays Harper, looked like a great fit to become part of the cast and this episode just solidified those beliefs.

Harold calls Root and tells her he needs her help with Elizabeth Bridges as “The Machine,” made her a number shortly after his meeting with her for coffee. Harold and Root trail Bridges for a while, but then she gets into a verbal argument with her ex-husband who’s trying to get her to come back to him, Root and Finch left at that point.

The two head back to Harold’s office in his guise as college Professor Whistler and he freaks out, thinking that somehow Samaritan’s connected Finch and Whistler. Root tells him that’s ridiculous as he’d be dead if Samaritan knew where he was, she blames Elizabeth Bridges’ ex-husband, who likely saw them having coffee together.

Back to John and Frankie, as they follow Harper’s car, thinking she and Ray are inside heading somewhere, another vehicle T-Bones Harper’s car and  a bunch of thugs step out of the other vehicle and start shooting up Harper’s car, only to find some teenage boy inside, nearly in tears, saying she told me I could have the car.

John and Wells start taking out the thugs, it looks like they’ve got them all, when recovers and knocks out Reese with a blow to the head from behind him. Then another guy gets up and the two hold Frankie’s arms, an older man steps out of the car wearing a fedora and says Miss Wells, I’m Mr. Worthy, how you doing? She’s then knocked out by one of the thugs.

Root tells Harold she needs to leave as she’s on a mission of her own, she needs to take care of, when Finch asks if he can help she kisses him and says he’s a dear friend, but she has to do this on her own. Harold tails Root and a little while later he enters an office she’s in and asks if Elizabeth Bridges became a number because Root’s going to kill her and she admits that’s the case.

Reese and Wells find themselves handcuffed together in a butcher shop when they come to, Worthy asks Frankie where Ray’s at and she says she doesn’t know. Worthy then tells Detective Reilly that unless he convinces her to tell him where Ray’s hiding when they return they’re both dead.

Root tells Harold that she must kill Bridges to keep Harold safe, if he activates the Trojan Horse, Samaritan will detect it, find him and eliminate him. She says Finch’s too Hell-Bent on doing this to allow Elizabeth to live as it’s a death sentence for Harold. She shows Harold the vial of poison she’s going to inject Bridges with, completely undetectable, all will think she died of a heart-attack. Finch grabs the vial and drinks the poison, saying now there’s no reason to kill Elizabeth.

Frankie’s able to grab a paperclip just before Worthy’s two goons come back and she frees one of each of hers and Reese’s hands and they overpower the goons. She then kisses Reese passionately and handcuffs him to a refrigerator door handle, leaving him behind to find Harper and Ray on her own.

Root starts to call 911, but Harold pulls the phone socket out of the wall, he says he refuses to let another friend die. Root tells Harold that if Shaw died it’s not his fault, if anything it’s her fault as she called Shaw and asked her to help. Harold starts shaking from the poison and says neither of them want friends to die.

Reese gets back to the station and Fusco’s done a lot of detective work on Ray while John’s been away. He believes that Ray murdered his accountant down in Florida, the cause of death was ruled a mugging, but he says the two argued the night before and the next day, the accountant gets his throat slit. He also found out that Ray grew up in New York City and worked for a relative at some building that the relative owned but the business went bust. He bets Ray’s hiding out there.

That’s exactly where Ray’s at as we see Harper enter the building with all the forged documents he needs to skip the country, he tells her to come upstairs. Harper shows him the documents and Ray practically salivates, she tells him he owes her 50-grand and he gives her the evidence he has that could convict Worthy. She tells him she doesn’t want that and he says take it or leave it, she starts to take the documents back and Ray puts a knife dangerously close to his fingers.

Harold has about five minutes left when Root says he wins, she promises she won’t kill Bridges and she’s going to take him to the hospital to get the toxin for the poison that he swallowed. He looks at Root and manages a weak smile and tells her to hurry.

Wells, followed by Reese enter the building and aim their guns at Ray, Harper grabs the documents and gets ready to split when Worthy and his goons enter the building and tell them all he’s going to kill Ray first and then kill all of them. However Harper has an idea that she think all can live with, she offers Worthy the evidence that Ray has that could convict the criminal, in exchange for letting Ray go and leaving the building and he agrees. She asks Detective Reilly if he’s willing to allow Worthy and his associates to leave and he says they can but Ray can’t.  Worthy says nice doing business with you and leaves the building.

Harper then says to Ray he’s not leaving the building a free man, so he can either die or get arrested, and he agrees that getting arrested is the better option. But it turns out that Frankie’s brother was the accountant that Ray killed and she doesn’t want him to live, but John convinces her to settle for him getting put away for most of the rest of his life. Ray grabs a gun and John shoots him in the leg, he then looks at Wells and says I said don’t kill him.

Harold has his activator with him when he knocks on Elizabeth’s hotel door and asks why she cancelled dinner, she shows him the e-mail reporting her to some organization from his e-mail address trying to damage her credibility. She says she knew they disagreed on theory, but she never expected something like this from him. She asks if it was all a lie and Harold weakly responds, it wasn’t all a lie. She says she never wants to see him again and shuts the door on him, of course Root sent the e-mail to thwart Harold activating the Trojan Horse.

He talks to Harper who says she’s been blowing up with somebody she thought he and Harold set her up with and she’s made all sorts of money from Thornhill. John says he’s got an associate that uses the alias Thornhill and she says then you do know him, he responds that some people think Thornhill’s a she. After she leaves Reese calls Harold and leaves a message that “The Machine’s,” been giving assignments to Harper. That sounds like a future team member to this viewer.

John returns to the station and Frankie thanks him for everything, then gives him a hug, she looks him in the eye and says call me when you’re a free man. As soon as she leaves, Iris Campbell asks Detective Reilly if they can talk in her office and follows her in there.

She apologizes for not telling John the reason she has to stop treating him, because she’s developed feelings for him. She tries explaining herself, then finally says to heck with it and kisses him. She then starts to walk away when John grabs her hand, looks into her eyes and tells her he keeps secrets really well, then kisses her passionately, looks like JOHRIS are now a couple.

The Story Continues on Tuesday April 14, at 10:00 pm on CBS.

Person Of Interest: Seeking Closure Through Vengeance

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Photo Courtesy Of Giovanni Rufino/Warner Bros.

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Loss has become a reoccurring theme on the CBS series “Person Of Interest,” both Harold Finch and John Reese, have lost loved ones due to violence and Harold’s operating under the assumption, that Sameen Shaw died in a battle with Samaritan. The latest episode, entitled “Karma,” dealt with Harold’s seeking closure a few years back, while “The Machine’s” latest number’s seeking it in the present. Character’s debated whether a man convicted of homicide, deserved to have the rest of his life ruined, without definitive evidence he committed the crime.

The first images we see are flashbacks, Northern Lights employee’s Alicia Corwin’s ID badge, Harold telling his partner Nathan Ingram, that engineers who worked for Northern Lights, keep turning up dead. Ingram saying Alicia’s not going to bump him off, then Nathan greeting Finch at the ferry, where seconds later a car bomb, would kill Nathan and cripple Harold. Then we see a news report on the death of Nathan, CEO and founder of IFT.

A graphic tells us we’re back in 2010, as we see a badly injured Harold, negotiating the streets of New York in a manual wheel chair. He gets to his office and Finch’s got limited use of his arms and hands, he struggles to tape a photo of Corwin to his window. He struggles to operate his laptop, then calls Alicia’s cellphone on it, with his number undisclosed. He uses an electronic device to distort his voice and tells Corwin, he’s aware she killed Nathan Ingram and she’ll pay dearly for that.

He disconnects, then listens in on the call she places on her cell phone. She gives her ID number then asks to speak to the office of the Special Counsel, only to get told their unavailable. Alicia says you make him available, I just got threatened on my cellphone, the woman at the other end says she’ll check into it.

We return to the present and it appears that Harold’s having a therapy session, with a shrink named Shane Edwards, who deals with victims of violent crimes. Harold’s got his arm in a sling and talks about losing his dear friend and the fear of losing the ability to use his arm permanently. Fusco and Reese monitoring the conversation, tips us off he’s the latest number, Lionel says “Glasses” should tell him about his group of nutty friends, Reese tells Fusco that he’s part of that group as well.

Dr. Edwards tells Harold that even though our world stops when we encounter tragedy, the world still continues and one has to make their peace with that to get on with their lives. He then says that’s it for today and they should schedule another session. Reese tells Fusco, that he’s got a therapy session of his own back at the station. John in his guise as NYPD Detective John Reilly meets with Dr. Iris Campbell.

Edwards then meets with a young woman in a wheel chair, becoming paralyzed in a car accident with her former boyfriend, intoxicated and hitting her at the time of the accident. He went to jail but he’s already out and he’s celebrating his new-found freedom, she asks Edwards, why fate worked out that way. The doctor responds that justice usually finds people like her former boyfriend in the end.

I’m not much of a “Shipper,” however I truly would like to see John and Iris develop a romantic relationship, it’s apparent he’s got feelings for her, even if he tries denying it even to himself. I believe she could handle and support, what John’s real mission is, as she’s aware of his compulsion to save the world. The session’s not great as John’s uncommunicative and Iris, says he’s reverting back into withdrawal, despite his promise to acquire new habits. He replies sometimes that’s tougher than it seems.

After Reese’s session, he follows Edward to a gym and watches the psychiatrist plant a gun in someone else’s locker and leaves. He then goes into a bank, throws something in a trash can, walks over to one of the bank officer’s desk, grabs a business card and leaves. Edwards then uses a burner phone and calls his patient’s former boyfriend, Clive Barton and says he’s the bank officer and all his assets are frozen. Barton starts screaming and Edwards says just come down and ask for Brian Humphries and they’ll quickly straighten it out.

Edwards then calls Humphries, tells him his partner’s coming to rob the bank and he’s going to ask for you, if you give him your keys and code, nobody will get hurt. Humphries hangs up and Barton walks in seconds later, the bank officer says take what ever he wants just don’t hurt anyone. Barton’s about to ask what he means, when Edwards triggers the explosive device he put in the trash can and frames Barton for armed robbery.

Turns out Edwards’ a vigilante shrink, he’s framed seven people who hurt his patience, since a deliveryman, Wyatt Morris got convicted of murdering Edwards’s wife Lucy eight-years before. Edwards said that he came home saw Morris truck double-parked then shot out of parking lot when he arrived home, he went upstairs and found Lucy murdered, lying in a pool of her own blood. Morris got convicted of manslaughter as all the evidence was circumstantial.

The camera Finch planted in Edwards apartment showed him putting tape on the lapels of his tuxedo, the doctor’s giving a speech at the gala event, honoring his pro-bono work with patients of violence in Lucy’s honor. Reese takes Iris to the event, as Lionel joins them at the table as well.

Edwards takes the podium to address his guests, when Harold lets Reese know that Wyatt Morris, just snuck into the service entrance, he’d been released from prison the day before. John leaves the table, and starts getting close to the former convict, who heads straight for Edwards and the two get into a shoving match. Morris’ escorted out of the building and Edwards heads to his car, which explodes before he reaches it. Morris runs away, but is Edwards setting Morris up?

It certainly appears that way as Edwards’ places a call to Wyatt’s cellphone, leaving a text supposedly from Morris’ brother telling him to meet him at the conservatory at the botanical gardens. Harold realizes Edwards’ plotting something so he goes to intervene.

Back in 2010, somehow Harold in his crippled condition, attached a bomb to the undercarriage of Alicia’s car, he’s also rigged the door-locks so that he controls them. Then he calls her with the electronically enhanced voice, tells her about the device and says she’s getting repaid for Nathan’s death. Corwin says Nathan was a friend and was unaware of the hit on him, but realized Northern Lights was responsible once it happened.

“The Machine,” attempts to contact Harold on a payphone, but he disregards the ringing. He asks how can he believe her and she responds he can’t but she’s telling the truth. She says she really wanted to help the world with Northern Lights, but things went awry and she committed terrible acts. She says perhaps she’s responsible for Ingram’s death after all. Harold, releases her, unlocking the buttons and the payphone ceases ringing.

Edwards confronts Wyatt at the observatory and has him put gunpowder from an envelope on his hands, however Harold comes in trying to talk sense to Shane. Edwards tells Harold he’s shooting himself to death to set up Morris and begs him to say Morris pulled the trigger. Reese enters with gun drawn, but this is Harold’s situation, Finch tells Edwards that if he dies there, the memory of Lucy dies with him, while he could be sentencing an innocent man to life in prison. Shane puts down the gun.

Reese asks Finch in the final scene, what if Morris killed Lucy and Harold replies some questions never get answered. However if Wyatt Morris committed murder and attempts to again, they’ll stop him.

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

Person Of Interest: The Girl’s Got Skills

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Photo Courtesy Of CBS

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Samantha Groves aka Root, made her first appearance on the CBS Series “Person Of Interest,” as a number selected by “The Machine,” as did Sameen Shaw, which leads me to ask the question, did we meet a future member of the team, in the latest episode entitled “Blunt“? This week’s number was a young woman whom we were introduced to as Harper Rose, although that’s not her real name. Harper’s not the computer genius that Root is, or is she a Government trained lethal weapon, like Shaw.

She’s an old-fashioned con-artist, whose got more identities, than most women have shoes. She’s as clever as a fox and is able to pit enemies against each other, while she quietly walks in, acquires what she wants, then slips out of sight. She had an easy rapport with Finch and Reese, while impressing a big man in the New York City underworld. This is total conjecture on my part, but I wouldn’t be surprised if actress Annie Ilonzeh, becomes a permanent member of the team.

This wasn’t one of the stronger episodes of the season, or in the history of the show, perhaps because the premise was faulty. The story revolved around Medical-Marijuana dispensaries in New York State, unfortunately the State of New York, doesn’t offer Medical Marijuana, the bill’s gotten caught in the State Legislature for the last couple of years. However, lets carry on with the story.

According to Rose’s records, she’s an anthropology major at NYU, back on campus after taking a year off traveling Europe. Reese’s on campus keeping an eye on her, when he notices she picked up another students back-pack and he follows her across the campus.

Suddenly we hear Root’s voice behind Finch, asking if he’s hard at work, she tells him she just got back from Sri Lanka, where they have the world’s greatest black tea, which she brought some back for Harold as a present. She asks if Harold’s recruited any new members and he replies, that he thought they didn’t want to involve others, after Sameen’s abduction. Root says in a city  that’s got 7..5 million people, they should come up with at least a couple of folks willing to fight for freedom. She says she’s got to leave, “The Machine’s” got her creating an app, which piques Finch’s interest.

Reese follows Harper through a dorm and she gets to her boyfriend Trey Wender’s room and he asks if he can cover his shift at work that night, he says he’s beat. After giving Trey, a hard time she says she’ll take his shift and kisses him goodbye, saying she’ll see him that night.

As John follows Harper to her job, Harold figures out that she works at a medical marijuana facility and in order to enter the building you need to have a registered prescription. Harold puts John in as Detective John Reilly, putting down PTSD and back-pain as his requirements for his prescription.

Harper shows up and she talks with the facilities manager Noah and he asks where Trey’s at, she tells him, her boyfriend got sick so she’s covering for him. A few minutes later Detective Reilly shows up and says it’s his first time there. Jordan kind of gives him the stink-eye, but she points him to the area she thinks he should head to.

Noah comes out, says they’re having a money-pickup now and to close down the shop. Because of facility not able to put their money in FDIC banks, due to Federal Regulations, he’s got Dominic and the Brotherhood, doing the runs and holding the money. He tells her to pack a valise with all the cash on hand. However she grabs two bags, one she fills with newspapers and gives it to Noah, the other one, with the money in it, she keeps for herself.

Dominic’s two men come to pick up the money, they don’t get 500-feet, when two cars pull up in an ambush. They’re members of the Mexican Cartel and they engage in a shootout with Dominic’s guys. They get the valise and find newspapers in it and Reese tells Harold, that Harper scammed them all.

He goes after him and catches her and she says oh yeah you’re that fake cop, Reilly says that she’s messing with the wrong guys and she says she can handle the cartel. John says that might be true, but Dominic’s crew’s a different story. He tells her to drop the bag, which she does, but when John bend’s down to pick it up, she smacks him across the back with a baton, takes back the bag and books.

Harold’s trailing Root, but she’s got built-in radar and she soon loses him in a crowd, he says out loud nicely done Miss Groves. Reese talks to someone who knows Harper and he says he can’t tell him much, but that girl can dance. With likely close to a thousand spots, one can dance in New York City, Reese of course picks the right one. He asks her where the money’s at and she tells him it’s gone, after paying her bills, buying some friends drinks and paying off these guys she owed, the money’s history. John tells her that Dominic’s got Trey and unless he gets paid, Trey will soon die. She says she’ll take care of it and disappears, but this time Fusco’s there to catch her leaving the club.

Harold’s deduced she’s not Harper Rose, she just took over her identity as the real Miss Rose is still off campus. Reese and Fusco bring her to an apartment, with Harold waiting for them. She asks if it’s his apartment and he says he owns the building. She starts putting things together, Reese is a former Military/Govt. Ops, Fusco’s a real NYPD detective and Harold’s the money guy and they go around rescuing people, Finch calls it a public service.

Harold acquired the money to pay off Dominic, buying Trey’s freedom and taking the target from Harper’s back. John and Mini meet at a diner and John tells him that he’s got the money that’s owed him and he’ll trade it for Trey and assured the girl will remain safe. Dominic smiles and says he’ll go for that if he tells him who he really is. John says I’m NYPD Detective John Reilly as it says on my card. Mini asks what kind of detective’s going to cough up money like that for those two?

Dominic then brings up Elias and asks how come Reilly cuts him such slack, John says his and Carl’s agreement’s they stay out of each other’s way, hence no problems. Mini asks if he can have the same deal and Reilly says, if you stop killing innocent people. Dominic says that girl’s not innocent and offers Trey for the money, which John refuses. Four of Dominic’s crew shows up, but Lionel’s in sniper’s position, with his laser scope on Dominic’s heart. Mini says this conversation’s over and they all leave the diner.

Root meets with a representative of some tech firm named Javier Braga and he loves her app, he says he thought it was going to be some little achievement but he’s amazed at what she’s done. If his boss’ impressed as he is, they’ll soon be in business together.

Harper says she has to rescue Trey, he’s an innocent and it’s her fault his life’s in danger. She says she can do it on her own, but it would make things far easier if she gets back up. She then looks at Harold and asks you’re pretty technical, right?

Harper goes to the headquarters of the Spanish Cartel and they want her head on a platter, but she asks which would she like more, her head or tens of millions of dollars? Dominic holds all the money for the city’s dispensaries, and she knows where the cash’s kept. She walks them over there.

While she’s heading to Dominic’s with the Spanish Cartel, John descends from a rope to rescue Trey. He cuts him loose and then they get him upstairs and on to safety. The Cartel shows up, to find Mini and his men, but he tells them he moved the money earlier that day. Everybody’s got guns on each other, the Cartel members get arrested due to the serial numbers on their guns’ filed off. Dominic’s men are allowed to go free.

Harper called Mini to have him move the money, she said they both wanted the Spanish Cartel off the street. Dominic tells her she’s brilliant and to give him a call when she’s done being a vigilante.

Root’s introduced to the company’s founder, Caleb Phipps, legendary in his field. He asks if she’d like to work on a project for them and Root plays humble and says she’s overjoyed. Something tells me this company’s part of Samaritan.

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

Person Of Interest: Harold Nearly Gets Played By Samaritan Agent

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Photo Courtesy Of CBS

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Something’s been missing from the fourth season of the CBS series “Person Of Interest,” it took me until moments before the network aired the fifteenth episode, entitled “Q&A,” for me to figure out exactly what that missing ingredient is. The answer is “hope,” something that’s been in short supply on the show this season, our heroes rarely end an episode, this season with a decisive victory. Many episodes, such as this one end in what Harold Finch referred to as a draw.

Rival Artificial Intelligence System Samaritan’s emergence, has put the POI team on the run since season three concluded. It’s impeded the team’s mission, to either save or stop the numbers “The Machine,” provides for them and they’re totally clueless about whether their friend and colleague Sameen Shaw’s even alive. (Shaw is alive, although she’s held captive by Samaritan, apparently a special project of Samaritan’s Administrator, John Greer.)

Although the team’s down to a skeleton crew of Finch, John Reese and NYPD Detective Lionel Fusco, their resources were split even further, as Reese and Fusco watched over the latest number, while Finch got involved with a young woman he tried to dissuade from joining Samaritan, earlier this season.

Our first scene takes place at the headquarters of the planet’s hottest search engine, Fetch And Retrieve. Reese’s moonlighting for extra money, under his guise of NYPD Detective John Reilly, working security for the firm. Finch’s there to attend a meeting with the company’s head of software Calvin Mazer and the young woman whose the company’s CEO. Apparently they’re interested in bringing on Harold’s other identity, college professor Harold Whistler aboard for some special products.

It turns out that both men are in the right place at the right time, as the latest number a young woman named Anna, works for Fetch And Retrieve, helping design the company’s voice activated search engine they call VAL. Harold syncs cellphones with the young woman and Reese monitors activity, while Harold has his meeting.

She gets a text message from a man named Alek, asking if she’s set for 9:00pm that evening. She sends back an unenthusiastic response, causing Reese to think she’s in an abusive domestic relationship. Meanwhile, Finch on the way back to their headquarters after the meeting, sees a new leaflet for the Nautilus scavenger hunt, that Samaritan used to recruit Claire Mahoney, the young woman Harold tried to convince not to join Samaritan earlier this season. He rips the poster down and takes it with him study it further.

Anna’s quite distraught over what appears to have been a system malfunction with VAL that cost a user his life. The user wanted a suicide hotline and VAL sent him a series of articles on easy and painless ways to take your own life. She speaks with her associate and friend Naresh Gupta and he dismisses it as a fluke, a one time occurrence that will never happen again.

Harold intently studies the Nautilus poster, he realizes the phone number given are coordinates, but he suddenly becomes aware that there’s an embedded image in the picture. The image’s a message saying, You Were Right, he realizes it’s Claire contacting him and the coordinates are where she wants to meet. He tells John he’s going to have to handle Anna without him, suggesting he might want to bring Fusco in to help.

Reese follows Anna after she leaves the complex, down to a warehouse type building, a guy opens the door when she knocks, tells her to hurry in. John can’t enter the door, but finds another entrance and he’s in the middle of a crowd waiting for an MMA fight. It’s two women, one’s a redhead and the other fighter’s Anna, Reese realizes the bruises he saw on her arms aren’t from an abusive boyfriend, it’s from her matches. Anna’s the aggressor from the start and she kicks the spit out of her opponent, quickly taking the match.

Harold gets to the meeting place, softly calls out Claire and she pops up freaking out saying they’re searching for her. Suddenly we hear a shot and Mahoney gets hit in the shoulder, Harold moves her out of the line of fire and soon the shooting stops. Finch tells her they’ve got to take care of her wound.

Reese goes to check out Anna’s house, where she lives with her sister Jill, what John finds out when he searches the house, is Jill’s suffering from cancer and is receiving chemo treatments. He speaks with Finch who tells him that Anna went to college on a judo scholarship, which likely lead to her joining the MMA circuit in New York. Unfortunately New York State, bans MMA competition, so the matches are held secretly and organized crime, profits from the gambling on the fights.

Harold hacks the camera system in a mortuary, then treats Claire there. She wakes up and starts telling him he was right about the company she works for. They say they’re out to make the world a better place, but she found out all the information she’s gathered for them has led to deaths of ordinary people. She said a man named Charles Wynn was poisoned in the hospital, right after his granddaughter entered the world.

Finch tells Claire about Samaritan, that it’s an Artificial Intelligence System, that’s attempting to reshape the world according to its wishes. Claire pulls out a flash drive, she says just before she ran off she took the flash drive filled with source code from someplace called Samaritan. When she realizes Harold has the cameras on a loop she says that the two of them can use the source code to defeat Samaritan.

Anna’s walking down the street when a vehicle stops and two big men emerge wearing ski masks, grab her and put a black hood over her head. Reese suddenly appears and says he doesn’t think the lady wants the ride, removes her hood and starts beating on one of the guys. Anna takes on the other guy and they jump back in their vehicle and take off, she starts trying to hit John when he says look at me don’t you recognize me? She stops and says the security guy from work, he flashes his shield and tells her he’s a cop.

Lionel and John question her and she tells them about the victim of VAL and wonders if that has something to do with her attack. Reese asks why she’s so interested in this incident, she replies a few months ago someone close to her asked the same question to her. If that person had asked VAL instead of her, that person would have died, John realizes she’s referring to her sister Jill.

Lionel gets a call from Finch asking if Fusco could look into the official death records of someone. Lionel says no problem and asks Harold the name, he replies Charles Wynn. Finished with his call he goes back to Mahoney and she asks him if he’s checked out the flash drive yet and he responds no. She says lets plug it into your laptop and check it out. Harold suddenly asks her what if she’s a spy for Samaritan and the flash drive will actually release a virus giving Samaritan all his info as well as his friends. He says he checked out Charles Wynn, the only man by that name that died in the tri-state area, died in a car accident after suffering a heart attack.

She says the poison caused the accident and the Medical Examiner didn’t find the poison, due to believing Wynn, who had a history of heart trouble suffered a heart-attack. He didn’t look for the poison. She then tells him he’s leaving her there to die, she reached out to him as he was the only one who told her not to take the path she did. He told her when they first met she was incapable of killing. Harold replies, that was before I lost someone close to me recently and I won’t lose any others. She plays on his sympathy and wins back his trust.

Anna thought her friend Naresh got fired or possibly killed, but Fusco finds him in his own office. He made a call to his superiors, reported VAL had a glitch and they appreciated his gesture so much they promoted him. Lionel tells Gupta, that those same people are looking to hurt his friend Anna, or worse, then convinces Naresh to help him look for possible problems with VAL.

Fusco calls Finch tells him they’ve come up with a document and they’re sending it to him. Harold studies the document and calls back Fusco and Naresh and says the source code got tampered, VAL now directs clients to paid advertisers for Fetch And Retrieve. Naresh checks it out and realizes Finch’s correct, he and Fusco go to break the news to the CEO.

Harold’s laptop shows an image of a security guard who just entered the mortuary and he sees blood on the keyboard down in the lobby. Finch says he’ll soon be there and they need to do something. When the guard enters the room he sees nobody, Finch sneaks up behind him and knocks him out with a vase. He then opens a coffin that Mahoney hid in and tells her they’ve got to leave.

Claire starts giggling saying she never realized he’s that resourceful the first time they met. No wonder that Samaritan’s after him and wants to silence him. Then she says you’re quite a man Harold. When he turns around to ask how she knows his name, she has her pistol aimed at him, saying she really blew it. She then tells him she’s taking him to Samaritan.

Gupta and Fusco tell the CEO about the problems with VAL’s source code, she asks if he’s sure and he says there’s no question it’s gotten tampered with, he’s curious who did it. He gets his answer seconds later as the head of software Calvin Mazer walks into the office with three big guys holding guns. He tells Naresh and the CEO he called an audible as he knew she’d never approve the plan. Suddenly Reese and Anna enter from the back door, each taking out a gunman and Fusco knocking out the third.

Claire takes Finch to a school and says welcome to Samaritan, they step inside and it’s a charter school for impoverished children that Samaritan built. This is how they’re making the world better, by working on projects like these. She pleads with Harold to join Samaritan and help them achieve their goal, the bell rings dismissing the students and Finch asks what if he says no? Four gunmen come out to answer Harold’s question. He says while he’s impressed with the school, he can’t help but wonder, if Samaritan shot Claire to convince Harold, what lengths would they go to, to reach the children. Claire nods to the gunmen it’s time to leave and the six walk onto the porch of the school. We hear gunfire ripping through the air, then all four gunmen fall dead, we then see a familiar face and realize she’s responsible for it all.

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Photo Courtesy Of CBS

Root says it’s nice to finally meet you Claire, then shoots her in the arm, Claire drops her cellphone and runs into the school. Root says let’s get you out of here Harry and takes him back to headquarters. John’s there when they arrive and asks Root’s back? She responds only for eight seconds then grabs a metal valise and leaves.

The last scene’s back at Fetch And Retrieve as John Greer has a meeting with the company’s CEO. He tells her he’s sorry to hear about their recent setback, but perhaps they can move even further by working together.

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

Person Of Interest: Finch Gets Jury Duty

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Photo: Courtesy Of CBS

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Times are trying for Harold Finch and John Reese currently as they went into this week’s installment of the CBS series “Person Of Interest,” with just a skeleton crew. They are living under the assumption, that Sameen Shaw’s dead, even though she’s alive and kicking, held as a captive by Samaritan. Samantha Groves, better known as Root, left the reservation, when Finch told her they might never find out what happened to Shaw and Harold told Reese it’s a good idea to keep NYPD Detective Lionel Fusco out of the loop, for fear he ends up badly injured or killed. So just like the early days of season one, Reese and Finch decide to operate once again as a two-man-team.

Unfortunately, Harold’s been called for jury duty in his guise as college professor Harold Whistler and he fears avoiding it, because it could mess up his cover-story. So Reese’s is on his own, trying to catch up on numbers “The Machine,” gave them over the last few weeks while they were preoccupied with staying alive. Finch tells John that all the numbers he’s looked into that they couldn’t help are either dead or in jail as they couldn’t stop the people they got assigned to monitor, from committing foolish acts.

Finch’s pulling out all the stops trying to avoid serving on the jury, he tries hacking the court’s computer system, but the attempt fails. He tells the judge and the two presiding attorneys that he believes a giant computer runs this nation, without most citizens being aware it exists. That almost gets him off, but he ends up replacing a previously selected juror, who’s cellphone rings in the courtroom.

As if Finch doesn’t have enough on his plate he’s joined by a former high-school English teacher named Emma, played by veteran actress Blair Brown. Depending on your age, you may know her from her younger days when she starred in movies such as “Continental Divide,” with the late, great, John Belushi or her TV series which was the first show referred to as a Dramedy, by Television critics, entitled “The Days And Nights Of Molly Dodd.” Or if you’re younger you might remember as Nina from the FOX series “Fringe.”

Turns out that Emma’s “The Machine’s,” new number, both Reese and Finch believe her problems stem from the trial and they’re correct as someone’s threatening the former teacher via text. She needs to ensure a guilty verdict in the trial or people will get hurt and their blood will be on her hands.

Lionel sees three missing person’s files on John’s desk at the police station and realizes that he’s working on a “side-project,” and offers to help, but Reese brushes him off, which only arouses Fusco’s curiosity. He knows he’s being shut out by Finch and Reese, but can’t understand why.

The trial that Emma and Harold are on the jury for, is a murder trial as the State of New York has charged Chad Brice with the murder of his wife Caroline, a high-flying executive with a tech-company. The prosecution states that Brice was jealous of his spouse’s success and worried she’d leave him high and dry, so he murdered her and the evidence points in that direction. Finch believes that Emma’s getting pressured by the defendant and he vows to convince the rest of the jury to convict Brice.

Reese’s standing in the courthouse when he runs into an old friend, Zoe the executive fixer. A woman whose job description’s cleaning up messes left by wealthy individuals. Her arrivals not coincidence, she realizes John and Harold are involved in the trial and came by to give Reese some assistance.

Finch sees Emma grab another cellphone out of her purse and links his phone to hers, and soon sees the texts being sent between Emma and the person who’s threatening her. She tells her stalker she can’t do what they asked of her and we read a text for her to follow the instructions she got or someone will get badly hurt. She says Kill Me, but the fixer says they know they’ve got her vote so she won’t be harmed.

Things look gloomier for Brice with every witness who testifies, as all speak of Caroline glowingly as if she was Mother Theresa, while barely hiding their contempt for Chad. Numerous witnesses state the marriage was troubled and that Caroline had been talking about divorce right before she got murdered.

Zoe and John spend an entire night coaching Harold, to become a man who can convince the other jurors to follow him. He’s far too polite according to Zoe, when they first start, but Finch practically screams at John and Zoe when they portray opposing jurors at the end of the session. Zoe pronounces Harold ready to do the job.

The lawyers give their summations the following morning and then the Judge calls recess for the courtroom so the jurors can start deliberating. There’s a challenge for the foreman, as this Type A, female business executive wants the slot, but so does Emma. They put it to a vote and just one juror raises his hand to support the executive.

Emma asks if anyone has comments and Harold stands up and says he believes the evidence against Brice is so overwhelming he must be guilty, he’s shocked seconds later when Emma says she agrees with Harold completely. They take their first vote and all the jurors vote to convict, except for Finch. A sports fan named Tim asks Harold why he changed his mind and he replies he think his decision was too hasty and they should examine all the evidence piece by piece. The rest of the jurors groan. That night they’re told they’re sequestered and have to give up all their electronics, so Finch’s connection with John and Zoe’s over.

When Emma gets into her hotel room she sees a message on her bed, from the fixer. There’s a picture of all the jurors with a red-bubble around Finch’s picture saying he’s going to die and it’s her fault. She finally snaps and climbs out on her balcony and gets ready to jump off and end her life. Reese and Finch, communicating with Morse code as John tells Harold to get out on his balcony now.

Finch sees Emma ready to jump and climbs over the railings so he joins her on her balcony. He tells her that he’s aware she’s getting pressured to have the jury convict Brice, by an agent working for the real killer but he says he’ll help her and they’ll catch the guy.

The two of them go into Emma’s room and suddenly Tim bursts her door open, he’s the fixer and he’s going to take Harold out and make it look like a suicide. He doesn’t factor in Reese showing up and the two duke t out with Harold and Emma helping John however they can. Tim trips and slips over the railing and he’s holding on with one hand when his grip starts to loosen. Reese grabs his hands and hoists him back up, when Tim asks why John saved him, Reese tells him he wants him to stand trial, then knocks him out with a punch to the jaw.

Charges against Brice get dropped, it turns out that it was Caroline’s assistant that killed her as the project she created was dangerous to people and she planned on alerting the country. Lionel cuffs him and takes him to jail.

Fusco confronts John in the next scene and says he knows what Reese and “Glasses,” are doing, because Shaw’s status is unknown they’ve decided to protect him. Well he knows the risks and he’s not giving it up, he’s part of the team and it’s his choice what he’s willing to sacrifice his life for.

Finch and Reese meet for breakfast at the same restaurant the next morning and John lets Harold know that Lionel’s back on board, he tried to get rid if him but he’s like a fungus. John looks at Finch and says to Harold they can’t do this alone. Harold smiles and says he’s well aware of that, that’s why he hired John.

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

Person Of Interest: The Search For Shaw Leads To Maple, N.Y.

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Photo: Jeff Neuman/Warner Bros. Entertainment

Warning: Spoiler Alert

The creator of the CBS series “Person Of Interest,” Jonathan Nolan has shown the ability to keep his show adaptable and ever-evolving, over its four seasons on the air. The series changed it’s focus during the third season from wide-spread corruption in the NYPD, to the growing threat, that an Artificial Intelligence System could become in our society. Nolan’s also showed an amazing use of the medium, brilliantly displayed in the eleventh episode of this season, as “The Machine,” tried plan after plan before settling on what to tell its human operatives.

Shows that strive for quality, tend to err in being overly ambitious, a sin I can easily forgive. Trying to shoot for the star’s preferable than aiming for the lowest common denominator. However I’m afraid what the series did with this week’s episode, entitled M.I.A. as the show attempted to fit far too much information and action into 54-minutes of television time. Unfortunately in doing that, they really didn’t give justice to the individual stories attempting to get told. Attempting to tell a story of a “Too Perfect,” town in upstate New York, looking to take out a Jersey City hit-man in Brooklyn and references to “Schrödinger’s Cat,” was too much to process in one sitting.

Here’s the basics; Harold Finch believes that Samaritan abducted Sameen Shaw in a refrigerator truck, after shooting her at the New York Stock Exchange. That truck wound up in the small upstate New York town of Maple, that’s when the tracking stopped. Reese and Root are up in Maple trying to find Shaw and they soon realize that the seemingly All-American town’s involved with an all too familiar entity.

They arrive on Founder’s Day as Mayor Dowd and a woman named Miss Thompson tell all the residents,  how proud they are presiding over the town’s 212th birthday, then tells everyone to have a good time. A brass band plays on the town square and Root and Reese head to Police headquarters

With nobody else in New York City, Finch imposes upon NYPD Detective Lionel Fusco, to take the next number. The man’s named Albert Weiss, he’s a sales associate at a hardware store in Jersey City, in New York to visit his young niece. Fusco watches him in the park and says the guy’s a beat-up puppy-dog of a man, why would anyone want to hurt him. He soon sees a former number, NYPD Internal Affairs Officer Dani Silva, watching Weiss as well and soon Silva approaches Lionel. She’s no longer with Internal Affairs, she’s now in gang’s division and Weiss appears on two witness lists.

Root and Reese pose as two NYPD homicide detectives, looking for surveillance footage. The Chief comes out and he’s pretty brusque at first, but Root’s flirting warms him right up. She starts going through the footage and finds corrupted images and asks the Chief where are the DVD backups, he says he’ll show them to her if she has dinner with him. He then gets overly frisky, and winds up bound and gagged in a suitcase by Root. Harold tells Reese and Root that he’s located the truck, it’s impounded in Maple.

Fusco starts thinking that instead of the victim, Weiss’ the hit-man that’s made a bunch of witnesses disappear. He checks into the hardware store that Weiss works for and they reported a robbery of a 100-pounds of lye a few years ago. Silva says that could make a lot of bodies disappear.

Root’s driving and Reese starts looking at scenery and she snaps at him to stay focused, he needs to keep his eyes on the road. John looks at her and asks, you really believe she’s alive, don’t you? She asks him if he’s ever heard of “Schrödinger’s Cat,” and gets met with a blank stare in return. The theory poses the following exercise, there’s a box with a cat and a lethal substance inside it, there’s an 80% chance the cat’s dead. However, “Schrödinger’s Cat,” states that until you open the box the cat’s neither alive or dead, it’s both, once the box opens reality sets in.

Fusco and Silva meet at a restaurant and Silva’s dressed to the nines and Weiss’ having dinner a couple of tables away. Finch calls Fusco and says one of the employee’s a gang member and he’s probably Weiss’ target. The man starts to get up and Fusco follows him into the kitchen. Weiss sees the gang member and starts to pick-up a meat pounder when Fusco asks him what he’s doing in there. He says he was looking for the restroom and Lionel arrests him for trespassing and puts the cuffs on him. The suspect then slams his head twice into the metal-counter opening a gash in his head and starts asking Fusco not to hurt him.

Root and Reese find the truck but it’s abandoned, there’s a gurney in there and it looks like an operation took place there, but Reese says it doesn’t look positive. Root tells Harold she wants the Hospital’s Director of Surgery and he texts the address. They burst in to Doctor Victor Haskell’s house and Root starts asking about the surgery he performed and he says he got suspended by the hospital and hadn’t operated for months. He says he did receive a call the other night asking about a brain operation, that didn’t sound positive. They hung up and the number was blocked, Reese asked if he called the police and Haskell responded that if you asks questions in Maple you get into trouble.

Then we find out the real story, Maple was on the verge of bankruptcy, manufacturing had fled overseas and people couldn’t find work. Suddenly a corporation came in and bought the town and brought prosperity to all, they started producing transponders in one of the factories and people went back to work. But then strange things happened, the Mayor “committed suicide” and he was a City Council Member, suddenly had his seat taken and arrested for medical malpractice and lives under house arrest with an ankle alarm. He tells them the person that runs the town’s Miss Thompson and she calls all the shots.

Weiss gets released by the police and Lionel will get suspended is he gets within 100-yards of him. He gets a lead from Finch and hands it off to Silva, it’s a home owned by Weiss under an assumed name. He tells her to show caution, it looks like Weiss took out a Jersey City officer.

Silva heads to the house and breaks in, it looks abandoned then she sees all the packages of lye, a huge tub and a chain saw, bullets  start flying as Weiss caught her down there. The two trade bullets and then we see another shooter as a window’s shot out, Lionel joins Silva downstairs, but Weiss escaped.

Back in Maple tells Reese and Root that the police will immediately start searching for her, but her hopes drop when she sees the chief’s already imprisoned by the pair. She then tells the duo that all she does is follow orders. She said her real name’s Mary Anne Holt, six months ago she worked in a CVS in Pittsburgh had a heart-attack. She woke up in Maple’s hospital with a new pacemaker and they told her this was her second chance in life. Reese still believes she knows more and is about to hand her off to Root, when Harold asks if he can have a try talking with her.

Finch asks her about the former mayor and Dr. Haskell and she responds the blonde haired woman told her some needed to get sacrificed for the common-good. Harold explains to all of them that Samaritan bought this town to study it like an ant-farm. First it made everything wonderful then shook up the ant-farm to watch how the ants reacted.

Root says enough playing and pulls out a surgical drill and tells Thompson that this is what they used on her friend and she’s going to use it on her, when she admits she saw them wheeling a dark-haired woman into one of the factories and she can show them where. Root then drills a hole in Thompson’s hand and says if she lies on this question, the next one will be through her skull. She asks if she was alive and Thompson says yes.

They head into the factory and they find all these tracking devices that Samaritan plans to plant everywhere, on everything and in effect everybody. Then Root sees an implant, they’re planning to put in someone’s head. They ask where Shaw’s at and Thompson points to a sign stating secure area, she says she has no authorization for there and they’re on their own. Reese grabs her and says remember to duck when the shooting starts.

Silva heads back to her apartment goes into her bathroom and closes the door, Weiss appears out of the shadows opens the door and Silva’s standing there, with her gun aimed for his heart, then Fusco shows up with his weapon aimed behind him. Weiss says he never gets caught, pushes Silva in the bathroom and pulls the door shut, knocks down Lionel and has Fusco’s weapon pointed at him when Silva kills him with two to the chest.

Reese and Root take out the guards and see a woman in a hospital bed, with dark hair, her head facing away from them. Root runs over and shouts Sameen, but it’s another woman a secretary at the NYSE, that they were going to put the implant in. They rescue her and then leave.

Root and Reese are back in New York and Finch and Root are together, he tries to get her to accept they may never find out what happened to Shaw. Root looks at a surveillance camera and pleads for “The Machine,” to help and a payphone rings and it’s sending them a message. Sierra, Tango, Opera, Poppa, STOP, “The Machine, ” told them to stop searching. Finch says to Root that maybe it has a plan.

He then says For our own survival, our sanity, we must reconcile ourselves to never knowing the truth. Otherwise our pursuit of this will consume us entirely.

Root says goodbye to Harold  and walks away.

We see Samaritan Administrator Greer and we hear a familiar voice say, if this is the after-life it sucks. Greer chuckles and says rest up Sameen, you’ll need it.

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