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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.

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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.


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Photo Courtesy Of CBS

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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.

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Photo Courtesy Of CBS

Warning: Spoiler Alert

As the previous episode of the CBS series “Person Of Interest” concluded, we saw storm-clouds ahead on two fronts, one concerning Artificial Intelligence System Samaritan, the other with a rapidly growing New York street gang, known as The Brotherhood. Although the first situation needed a speedy solution, most of this episode revolved around the second, as the leader of The Brotherhood Dominic, challenged the Boss of the New York City underworld Carl Elias. Although both men get involved in criminal activities all over the spectrum, Harold Finch and John Reese prefer that Elias remain in power, as he’s cleared up the chaotic situation the city was, before he took over.

The open finds us watching Sameen Shaw and Samaritan operative Martine, staring down each other inside a high-end clothing store. Sameen’s boss picks the worst possible moment to criticize her countertop at the makeup center, as Martine pulls out her pistol and begins firing, Shaw getting her and the manager down below the counter before the bullets get close. Shaw reaches into a cabinet underneath her counter and pulls out an automatic weapon, that likely weighs more than she does and starts advancing and firing on her foe. She winds up behind a post, puts down the weapon and grabs her pistol engaging in a firefight, until she makes it to an exit that deposits her on the street.

Root rides up on a motorcycle, gives Shaw a helmet, tells her to jump on and off they go, while Samaritan loses their signal. Root rides the bike up a ramp and into a moving van, then covers the motorcycle with a furniture blanket, they hide behind some furniture and the movers close up the truck and take off to someone’s new home. Harold reaches them inside the truck and tells Shaw that her cover’s blown and she’s not safe on the streets, she needs to get back to headquarters. Shaw replies they’re in the back of a truck and have no idea where they are, but Finch tells her he’s got her GPS signal.

Reese’s following the number that “The Machine,” assigned them, Crime Boss Carl Elias, as Dominic stole every important document about Elias from the NYPD computer. Elias and his number one guy Anthony are walking the boardwalk when they meet up with another man, Bruce Moran, his childhood friend and the man who handles all of Carl’s money. Bruce tells him about a couple of crisis he averted and tells Elias he’s lucky to have him. Elias gives him a hug and he walks away.

The moving truck’s stopped and we hear the driver talking with a cop, who opens the back of the truck and it’s Fusco. He gets them out and then tells the truck-driver everything’s cool and he can take off. Using the shadow-map  that Finch designed they start following the trail that will take them back to headquarters, without being detected by cameras, and thereby Samaritan.

Reese approaches and Elias says it’s an unexpected pleasure to see him so soon and John responds it’s not a social call. Elias asks who he’s playing Guardian Angel for this time and Reese tells the Crime Boss it’s him, Dominic’s coming after him hard, and he stole all sorts of info from the Department’s computer. Carl thanks John but tells him he can handle this young lion on his own, when he and Anthony leave, one of Elias’ men tries to shoot them in the back, but John shoots him first.

Reese tries to talk Elias into leaving the city for a while and he flat-out refuses, but he appreciates John providing him extra protection. The trio head over to one of the gang leaders that work for Carl, a guy named Gino. Elias tells him about the attempted hit and Gino says he’s shocked, but looking at Carl’s face he realizes that Dominic turned him. He asks Gino if Dominic got to Bruce, and Gino responds he honestly doesn’t know but he’s on his way there right now, Reese tells the other two guys they need to leave and they get out in plenty of time.

Martine calls the head of Samaritan John Greer and tells him that she lost Shaw, that somehow Samaritan developed a blind spot, which puzzles Greer. He tells her to keep digging and he’ll investigate further into what happened with Samaritan.  She decides to talk to the cop that stopped the truck, to see if he knows anything.

As Shaw and Root walk they start talking and she asks when “The Machine,” will provide her with a new identity, and Root gives her a pitying look. Shaw’s truly ticked off, she says that Root goes through a dozen identities in a week sometimes, she only gets one and done? Root tells her she doesn’t make the rules but if she doesn’t go into seclusion she’ll put all their lives in danger.

Dominic heads to Gino’s who told the leader of the Brotherhood he tried to stall with Elias, but they took off and they realize Gino got turned. Dominic asks what else did they discuss and Gino mentions they discussed his accountant Bruce. After they leave Gino’s Dominic tells his second in command that this Bruce must run all of Elias’ businesses, when he was in jail and living off the grid.

Bruce’s office’s located in the penthouse of a dilapidated building that Carl owns and he’s only restored the penthouse. When they reach the floor it looks like a totally different building. Elias needs to get something from his safe and starts punching in the combination, when the Brotherhood start shooting through the door. Reese grabs Elias and they go out through a secret passageway, Anthony starts to join them, but gets shot, so he tells Reese to get Carl out. Elias tries to go back, but John stops him, then attempts it himself, but there’s too many guys. The two of them hide in a room that Carl says he never liked.

Harold contacts Root and Shaw and tells them he’s off to help Reese and Shaw can’t join them, for fear of Samaritan seeing her. She says she thought that the Artificial Intelligence System can’t see them and Root agrees but tells her their operatives can. Sameen asks Root if she knows where Reese is and she nods, but won’t tell her. Shaw says she won’t move unless Root takes her there and for once Root’s bested.

Back in the room Carl dislikes, Dominic calls Elias on his cell and tells him he’s got a chance to make one deal, if he turns himself in he’ll allow Anthony and Detective Reilly to go free, Elias says he needs a better deal than that and hangs up the phone. As soon as he does though, we see the regret on his face and he tells John that he’s been friends with Anthony forever, they met at a Juvenile Detention Center when they were kids, Anthony got sent there as his father beat his mother for years, until one day Anthony slit his father’s throat. He then asks John if he ever wonders how long he can keep things going, Carl’s quite melancholy and Reese realizes he may struggle to get saved.

Reese gives Carl a gun and then says as soon as he gets Elias safe he’ll go back for Anthony, the reach the street and Elias comes out second, then points the gun at Reese and tells him he’s sorry, but he can’t let John go back in that building, they’re too much even for him. He then slams the door behind him, and there’s no knob on the street side of the door. Finch calls Elias and tells him he shouldn’t do this, he’s the one that brought back order to the streets, Carl tells him he’s touched with John and his efforts but he must go and we see Dominic and two of his men directly in front of Carl.

Root takes Shaw into a building, but it’s not where John, Elias, The Brotherhood and Finch are at. Instead Root sticks Sameen in the neck with a syringe filled with elephant tranquilizer, Shaw tries choking Root, but passes out first.

Elias asks Dominic where’s Anthony and Dominic tells him the deals terms have changed he needs to give up the safe’s combination, before he releases Anthony. Elias now gets angry and says how do I even know he’s alive and the leader of The Brotherhood calls up to the penthouse and they put Anthony on the phone. Anthony says that Elias should give up the combination and Carl says he’s waiting for him to get released, but Anthony says he doesn’t think that’s happening. Elias gives the guys in the Penthouse the number, but he kind of smiles at the end, something’s up.

The guys upstairs get to the last digit and Dominic screams stop, but it’s too late, the safe’s wired as a bomb and detonated upon that code’s entry, the entire penthouse blows up, the only person to escape, Dominic’s right-hand man. Dominic said he still won and Elias asked him how come he’s not smiling, then Reese shows up and Dominic slips away. Elias tells John and Harold that he appreciates their support, but a day’s coming when Dominic will pay for Anthony and advises them to stay out of his way.

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Photo: Giovanni Rufino/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and CBS

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When they find themselves with their collective backs against the wall, the team from the CBS series “Person Of Interest,” have overcome the odds and wound up on top in each situation. In the latest episode, the team and the viewers, realized just how overwhelming those odds are this time, as they take on two adversaries on two different fronts. As the episode concluded, we witnessed while one situation, gives the team enough time to prepare, the second threat’s imminent and immediate and imminent.

The episode entitled “Point Of Origin,” has Reese in his guise as NYPD Homicide Detective John Reilly, as a temporary instructor at the Police Academy, with the latest number, a young woman named Dani Silva’s one of the recruits in the class he’s teaching. A training session’s taking place, we hear John’s voice yell from outside a door, that he’s going in alone and he bursts through the door wearing a combat uniform, complete with helmet.

He quickly takes out three of the four recruits, but Silva’s hiding upstairs and gets him with the paintball in his calf. She jokingly apologizes that he didn’t mention using the fire escape, so she took advantage of the loophole. He smiles and says he can’t blame her for coloring outside the lines. One of her classmates threatens her for cheating and making the class look bad, but another recruit named Ortiz, intercedes and tells the dude to chill. Two guys leave and Ortiz asks if she wants to join them for a beer after class, but she says she’s got a date.

We move to Samaritan’s headquarters and the Artificial Intelligence System alerts the administrator  John Greer, that ISA Agent Rice, allowed two criminals to escape with the virus he coveted in the previous episode. The crooks, were the gang’s leader Tomas and Shaw, Samaritan attempts to recover an image of Shaw but isn’t able to get it clear enough to identify. Greer’s operative Martine, enters the room and Greer tells her the new information and wants her to track the woman, who he believes is a member of Finch’s crew. Since Martine’s the former investigator for the Hague, Greer thinks she’ll nail the assignment.

Shaw and Fusco relieve Reese of babysitting Silva and they follow her to the street, where they assume she’s waiting for her date, but they’re soon surprised when they see the members of her class head into the pub near where she’s standing. As they enter and get seated, she takes pictures of all of them and a beat-up Oldsmobile drives up and she climbs in. She shows the pictures to the driver and he asks if the pictures are “them,” and she replies they’re the targets. He asks if she’s ready to move and she says give the word and hands her a pistol. She climbs out and Shaw and Fusco tail the driver home.

They’re outside the guy’s home the next morning, with Fusco’s snoring getting on Sameen’s nerves and she punches him. He wakes up and the guy gets in his car and leaves. Fusco says they should follow him, but Sameen says, they’ll likely learn more breaking into the house. Lionel tells her to wait for him.

Martine heads to Ryker’s Island, posing as Katya’s new Public Defender, Katya’s incarcerated due to Fusco planting drugs on her in order to get Shaw on Tomas’ team. Martine’s pressing the woman on information about how she joined Tomas’ gang and who recommended her, Katya tells Martine she’s fired, hangs up the phone and starts to walk away. Martine raps on the glass and signals for Katya to sit down and pick up the phone, then shows the prisoner a picture of Katya’s daughter. She gives up Romeo as the guy who recommended her and Shaw.

Reese starts following Dani, but he’s grabbed by Police psychiatrist Dr. Iris Campbell, who reminds Detective Reilly he missed that morning’s session. John tells her this is a bad time, but she threatens to pull her recommendation that allows him to instruct at the Academy. He puts his hand on her back to steer her and says lets walk and talk. She’s flustered but agrees, then she brings up Reilly’s hero-complex, which she states usually a result of being bullied as a child. John responds there weren’t bullies in his school as he kept them in line, she replies that’s proof of a hero complex.

Shaw gets on his earpiece and tells John, that Silva’s the victim not the perp, she’s actually an officer from Internal Affairs looking for the mole in her class. Lionel chimes in according to her last report, she’s identified him. Just then Reese realizes Dani’s heading right into a shoot-and-run and he starts to sprint, Iris asks why he’s running from her, he replies he’s not, he’s trying to save a life then whistles. Silva hears the whistle and dives for cover, while John shields Campbell from the gunfire, while she’s freaking. He puts her in a cab and goes after Silva. Reese tells her he knows she’s a cop and she admits she’s from Internal Affairs and needs to contact her handler in person, John says he’ll tag along as her backup. Harold tells Reese to act carefully, as an IA officer could blow his cover.

Somehow, Shaw and Fusco tracked the shooter’s phone and he’s at an elementary school and texting back and forth with the leader of the Brotherhood, Dominic. A young woman’s giving out tough-love and money to some of the youngsters, she’s looking to recruit them young for the Brotherhood. She takes him into another area to meet up with Dominic and Sameen recognizes him as Mini, who she believes is an enforcer for Dominic. However when he orders the shooter’s execution, Finch informs her, that Mini’s actually Dominic, some kids enter the area and Dominic tells them to do the hit elsewhere. Shaw wants to take him out, but Lionel points out the kids.

Turns out Ortiz’s the mole and planted by Dominic, to hack into the Academy’s computer system and get Dominic access to the NYPD computer system. Dominic pulled strings and got Ortiz’s uncle out of a drug conviction and this was the repayment, a one time deal. He says he can’t show up at the Academy while Silva’s still alive and Dominic reassures him that matter’s on its way to getting rectified. The young woman tells Ortiz that he’ll hide out in an abandoned school-house in Spanish Harlem, for a few days.

Dominic and the young woman talk about how important the flash-drive that Ortiz brought him actually is, bringing up Edward Snowden, saying he worked for a satellite office of the NSA. The young woman catches on that the leader of the Brotherhood used the Academy as a satellite office for the NYPD. He explains it’s all about taking down Crime King Carl Elias, the man whose keeping him from being the top of the heap.

Meanwhile on the other side of town, Martine walks into Romeo’s bar while his back’s turned and he shouts out they’re closed. She asks can’t a girl get a shot of whiskey in this town after hours and Romeo, turns around likes what he sees. They each have a drink and she gets down to business asking about his crew, he tells her he’s not giving up any of his boys. She says it’s a girl his former driver, he tells her she quit and she asks where she is. He tells her he doesn’t know everything’s compartmentalized for a reason, but tries to text her, only to find out his signals blocked. A heavy-set man with a pompadour and mutton-chops comes out of the back with a shotgun, she says that Elvis forgot to load it, knocks the guy out and grabs the weapon and fires at Romeo, but it’s just buckshot. She pulls out her pistol and stands over Romeo as he’s lying on the floor behind the bar, she sees he tried to text “Nadya,” Shaw’s cover name and takes the phone and leaves.

Reese and Silva reach the safe-house and see the place’s lined with cruisers, someone killed her handler Detective Howard and used her training weapon to murder him. She wants to go inside and get her files proving her identity, but John tells her they’re not in the house. They head somewhere safe and she explains that she got forced to join a gang in school, got arrested and the judge gave her a choice to clean up her act, go to college and make a life, or do time in prison. She got her master’s in Criminal Justice and Internal Affairs recruited her before she graduated, Howard’s her surrogate father and taught her everything.

Lionel shows up and John introduces him, then Fusco says he’s got bad news and worse news for her. Ten thousand dollars got transferred into her account the day before and they identified the weapon as her gun and she’s wanted for murder. Silva tracks Ortiz to the school in Spanish Harlem and her, Reese and Bear, wearing a collar of grenades, drive to it, while Fusco returns to the precinct. Ortiz meets the gang members that run Spanish Harlem and he tells him he did a one-time-only favor for Dominic.

The Latino gang leader pulls an old-fashioned compass, used to draw circles and says if it’s a one-time-deal, the Brotherhood no longer needs him and tries to stab him with the tool. Reese and Silva arrive just then, knock out the two guys and tell Silva they’re getting him out of there, but the leader comes to and presses an alarm that brings gang members for ten-blocks rushing the school. Finch directs them to the schools swimming pool area, but the door they wanted to use got blocked. Harold tells them there’s an exit underneath the pool and John throws all the grenades in, creating a chasm in the bottom, he throws Ortiz first, Bear’s trained to swim he jumps next then Silva and Reese, they enter the street via a manhole cover.

Dominic’s at the school and picks up the compass and talks about circles and the reason he’s not running the city’s due to Detective John Reilly, whose circle keeps intersecting his. The young woman’s about to take out the leader, but Dominic gives the gun to the leader’s number two and has him take the leader out. Harold and John back at their underground lair and Finch informs him that “The Machine’s” got a new number, Carl Elias.

Martine tracks Shaw’s cellphone signal to the department store she works at, but Samaritan says she’s not there, so Martine asks for the latest update of the image from the robbery and it’s clear enough to identify Sameen, who she sees about 250-yards directly in front of her and she grabs he weapon. Shaw and she make eye-contact and Sameen’s grow wide with recognition as the screen goes black.

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

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Photo Courtesy Of CBS

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There’s a reason they put up graphics, saying “Don’t Try This At Home!” John Reese can pull off pretending he’s an NYPD Homicide Detective, named John Reilly, but your average businessman’s not up to the task, as an insurance worker named Walter, learned in the latest episode of the CBS series, “Person Of Interest.” Walter, a nondescript, quiet man, who basically keeps to himself, got inspired listening to the police scanner about the so-called vigilante, known as “The Man In The Suit,” who seemed to disappear a few months earlier. So when a woman in his office Elena, whom he’s got a crush on, lost her brother earlier in the week in a suspicious looking suicide, Walter decided to investigate the case.

That lead to Walter coming up as the latest number “The Machine,” supplied to Harold Finch and Finch got Sameen Shaw a job in Walter’s office and Reese to follow him when he hits the streets. When Walter sees Elena weeping, he offers his condolences and some tissues. She thanks her office-mate and says the thing that bothers her the most, is that her brother Abel, neglected to leave a suicide note. Walter says he’s working on that and in tandem, Elena, Shaw and Finch all say what? Walter then mumbles something and heads to his desk, Shaw realizes that Walter’s got the phone data card from Abel’s cell phone and put it in a burner phone, which Sameen quickly copies.

He puts on an ill-fitting fedora and leaves the office, John takes up the chase and Harold tells Shaw he needs her back at headquarters. When she arrives he tells her via speaker-phone that he needs to attend a conference in his guise as Professor Whistler and asks Sameen to take over monitoring the computers until he returns. She begrudgingly agrees and asks if the conference’s in Boston and Harold tells her its Hong Kong.

John  follows Walter to Abel’s apartment as he inspects the room and then the fire escape, Reese and Shaw start to think that Abel’s death wasn’t a suicide and it appears Walter knows that too. He heads to the office of the truck driver’s boss, dispatcher Banks Van Hess. He tries to gain access into the building, but it’s locked tight, suddenly a security guard appears and asks if he can help. Walter tells him he’s trying to see Van Hess and the guard replies, he’ll just radio to the dispatcher, but Walter pulls out a badge, identifying himself as Detective Hodges of the task-force. He tells the guard if he alerts Van Hess, he could blow his case, so the guard lets him in the building.

Walter walks around looking for the dispatcher and luckily sees Van Hess first, as he’s tied to a chair and being doused with gasoline by two thugs. The dispatcher swears he doesn’t know where it is, the thug says he finally believes him, then shoots him between the eyes. He then sets the room on fire and the pair take off, leaving Walter alone and stunned, until he hears a voice, he turns around and gets knocked out by Reese.

Harold arrives at the conference and gets greeted by an attractive woman his age, who identifies herself as Beth Bridges and tells Professor Whistler, his topic, which centers on operators maintaining control of the machines they create is  the antithesis of everything she believes in. She’s not nasty in the least, in fact she seems delighted to debate him and the pair hit it off, although their philosophies differ. Harold believes Beth’s another professor, then realizes she’s the head of a new tech firm that’s sponsoring the conference.

Reese/Reilly, wakes up Walter with a vial of ammonia under his nose, then plays along that Walter’s really Detective Hodges and asks him to compare notes, then brings him to the station. Reilly tells Walter that he believes the homicide he’s investigating’s connected to the case Reilly and his partner are working. Fusco walks in and Reilly introduces Walter as Detective Hodges, but Lionel quickly realizes something’s off and Reilly asks to talk to him privately. John tells Fusco that Walter’s not a cop, but he’s the latest number and could help them. When they finish their discussion, Walter’s vanished.

Walter’s back at his office and his cell phone rings and a hardened voice greets him as Detective Hodges. He nervously disconnects and he picks up his office phone and the same voice addresses him as Walter. He runs out of the office and a group of thugs attempt to kidnap him, but Reilly and Fusco, save Walter, overcome the bad guys and pick up a huge gun in the bargain.

When they meet up with Shaw, Walter smiles at Reilly and asks if he’s a super-hero and John says no. Fusco and Shaw arrive, Lionel sporting shades and Sameen wearing a little black dress and Walter says, to John he is a super-hero, then tells Fusco he’s a lucky guy. Shaw identifies the weapon as being a next-generation prototype, that can shred armor vests and easily pierce armor-coated limos. John grabs Walter and puts him in a locked room at the precinct for his own protection.

Professor Whistler and Beth Bridges, finish lunch and about to return to the conference, when they’re mugged and a thief on a motorcycle takes all their possessions. When they return to the conference, Bridges tells Harold she’s calling the police, but he begs her not to, as the thief got his passport and he’s got visa troubles. He’s also able to draw out the characters on the back of the motorcycle, the name of the restaurant he delivers for, they decide to get back their property on their own and Harold grabs an umbrella.

Walter’s room gets opened with a key by a man wearing an FBI windbreaker, identifying himself as an agent and saying Detective Reilly, said that Walter might help with a gun running case they’re working. However, the guys a thug trying to kidnap Walter and he and Reilly get into a standoff, until he pushes Walter  away and escapes.

We hear John’s voice ask where New York Gang Lord Carl Elias’ at and we see an address that the other man in the conversation identifies as a communal address. Reese draws his weapon when he enters the building, but a well dressed, attractive , young woman, assures him that’s not needed. He enters a vault that’s labeled Fort Knox and filled with racks of high-tech state of the art automatic weapons. Elias walks in and Reese talks about the cascade of weapons and what it took to acquire them, then threatens to take Carl out, but Elias says that three snipers placed directly above them would stop that. He then tells Reese that they should take a walk.

Elias and Reese had problems early in their relationship, when Reese saved the Crime Bosses life, thinking he was a New York City School teacher. But after two or three run-ins, they established an understanding between them, Finch even visited Carl regularly in prison to play chess with him. Reese told Elias, that he wanted the Gang Leader to work for him earlier this season. However bad feelings exist on both sides in this situation, as Reese believes Elias’ gang’s responsible for bringing one hundred of those next-gen weapons to NYC and trying to kidnap Walter.

Elias tells Reese that he indeed sent the phony FBI agent into the station but the Armorer, a guy from Chicago’s responsible for the weapons and the other kidnaping and he tells Reese, that Walter knows where the truck’s at that Abel abandoned, holding the weapons. The reason he knows is he’s got Abel’s cell-phone.

The Professor and Miss Bridges wait outside the restaurant the thief works at and finally he gets on his bike and starts to ride off, but Harold smacks him in the front of his helmet with the umbrella and the thief falls from his motorcycle. Beth and Harold recover their stuff and run away.

Walter gets kidnapped again while John’s away and the Armorer’s gang follow the route on the phone to the truck. Shaw locates the truck from the copy and texts it to Reilly and Fusco. They arrive just as the armorer’s about to kill Walter and they get into a shootout with Walter in the middle. Things look tough for Reilly and Fusco, but Elias’ man shows up with the prototype and the three take everyone out, but Walter sees John’s in the sights of a shooter, knocks down Reilly and takes the bullet.

Elias then appears as the Armorer’s the only member of his gang breathing. At first Carl congratulates the Armorer, for his plan, but soon realizes that he’s not pulling the strings. He offers to trade the Armorer’s life for who his boss is, but the gangster tries to shoot Elias and gets shot by Carl’s aide.

In Hong Kong, Beth Bridges and Professor Whistler exchange goodbyes and she tells him she’ll be in New York soon and would love to meet him for coffee. Harold smiles and says he’d love that, she gives him her card and kisses him on the cheek, but when she leaves Harold’s smile disappears. He walks down an alleyway and we realize he hired the mugger to put a tracking device on her laptop, as she’s soon going to be doing business with Samaritan.

The final scene’s a meeting with Elias and his aide and Dominic of the “Brotherhood,” and his aide. Mini asks Carl, where the guns are, and Elias informs him the NYPD destroyed all one hundred of them. Dominic then tells Elias, that’s the second time he’s interfered with his affairs and Elias isn’t a king. We know this war’s only going to get more heated this season.

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

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Photo: John Paul Filo/CBS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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