Person of Interest Review: Dirty Sexy Money

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This was my favorite episode yet.

All the wheels of Person of Interest are seemingly coming together and the fluidity and pace of "Judgment" kept me actually interested in what was happening. That's right, I wasn't bored by the case or the story itself.

Maybe it was because it felt a lot like Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, and I thoroughly enjoyed the stories and style of those films. The tone of Person of Interest is certainly darker than most, as vigilante justice is key in taking down the bad guys that the police and FBI cannot.

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Reese has been growing on me and it's because he seems to be developing and growing as a character. Or Jim Caviezel is becoming more comfortable with his portrayal. Either way, I'm a fan of this primetime hero.

He's definitely amped up his ass-kicking abilities. There was more than one fight scene of quick punching, blocking and arm breaking. I love that finally a bad guy actually decides to use his gun during a fist fight, even if it really doesn't do anything to Reese. I swear, he's like a Terminator.

Even the notch on his voice level was turned up to where you could actually hear most of the clever or short things he was saying. He may not say a lot, but sometimes there's a lot of meaning behind his words. It's all about reading between those lines. Or recognizing that he's not messing around.

Also, the way Reese glides in and out of places when he pleases adds to his mysterious edge. One minute he was talking to Fusco, and the next, Fusco was talking to himself. Reese remains in control of his situations and that confidence makes him just as dangerous.

Someone must have told him that his personality needed a check, though, because he was coming up with more quippy lines and that growing small smirk that screamed "I'm bad ass."  Driving around the Russians in his car trunk and playing "two cats in a bag" continued to show that he means business. The bad guys go down whether its a bullet to the body or a fist to the face.

In the end, Reese wins. I'm surprised no one has given him a nickname yet.

It was fantastic that "Judgment" was bookended by the opening and closing scenes of the diner. They were small moments but gave just that tiny bit of insight into Finch and Reese. Only when one lets their guard down slightly will the other do the same. Their own mistrust and attempts to learn about one another make for an interesting, dynamic team.

Even the plot about the Russians kidnapping the son was rather intriguing. There was no twist that the victim was actually the perpetrator or vice versa. Rather, there was plenty of mystery behind the gang, their leader (who looked a lot like he belonged in the world of Fringe. Guess J.J. Abrams shows really do collide sometimes), and their end goal. Could they be back to face off against Reese again? He certainly left that option open by handing the group members over to the police.

Unfortunately, the episode wasn't without its faults, either.

Finch fell short for me this week. Aside from the opening and closing, he felt like a secondary character that stated the obvious. Yes, we know the Machine picks up numbers connected to malice and violence. Yes, we know you need to find a way to save the Judge. You don't have to spoon feed the audience. Simply show us. We're smart enough.

And for some reason, I'm still having a hard time liking Detective Carter. I just don't understand why she's so determined to catch "the man in the suit." Doesn't she have other cases that don't involve Reese? I'd almost rather see Fusco go head to head with Reese (which would never be possible). Carter lacks any dimensionality or background yet for me to see her as an equal opponent. She adds very little to her scenes. Maybe down the road? Just don't wait too long.

Overall, the episode was filled with a sense of closure, cool moments, the good guy winning and some great concluding music to bring it all together. The score featured a simple rhythm, but it complemented the emotions and tone of the show. It was upbeat and triumphant, as well as dark and mysterious.

This series is on a gradual upswing and I like what it's becoming. Let's just hope it's own number doesn't eventually come up.


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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


Ok. Everyone agrees that it is well done and well acted show so how soon do you think they will cancell it? That is the way it normally works. Right?


I loved this episode as well. They finally reached their stride as a show and it's officially (although it's been for some time for me) the best new show of the fall season. Jim Caveziel's badass vigilante is awesome. He's so badass he doesn't need a nickname : ) He's enigmatic and I never know what to expect from him. One thing I knew for certain this week though, as long as a kid was involved he would do whatever it took. I like the development in he and Finch's arrangement. It's gradually moving from a partnership to a mutual respect and eventual friendship. The diner scenes really honed in on that and I loved it. I have to agree about Carter. She does not seem like a threat at all. I can't be convinced that she'll ever come close to catching Reese so everytime she appears it's like the band that plays during intermission while everyone is up getting drinks and snacks and the REAL band is changing costumes. It's a shame really because I happen to like Tariji. Fusco put some life into her scenes but can she have a case that isn't connected to Reese? Does this woman not work other cases?!It's kind of annoying.


I agree - their best episode so felt like they're finally figuring out the formula. I loved how they jumped right into the case versus Reese shadowing someone for 30 minutes. I also appreciated how they didn't make the deadline - I honestly expected Reese to find Sam and the lady not be acquitted. I'm still not 100% sure where they are going with Taylor either. It feels a like they are heading in the right direction when they added Fusco to her department. Hopefully that will gel soon. Best new show thus far and the only one I'm continuing to watch.


Funny how everyone is saying this was their favorite episode yet, because that's how I felt too. Alot easier to follow then the previous ones. I have to say my favorite part was when Reese thanked Finch for giving him the job. A nice break from them always talking business. I'd like to thank TV Fanatic for awesome recaps of all my fave shows. I love reading everybody's comments.


I have seen all the episodes and have kept trying to get my mother to watch. She did this week and I think she is as hooked as I am. Nice jobe for everyone involved in making this show.

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@Art - Thanks for the song info. It really was a great way to end out the episode @Sue Ann - Reese, the hero, looks relatively unhappy because he lost the woman he loved and has become rather cold because of it. That said, he's finding purpose with his job and he looked a lot worse at the beginning of the show. @bbbb - I'm glad you were able to catch that. I thought they were Russian, but couldn't remember if it was mentioned or not. Certainly very cool that you can read and understand Polish without those subtitles when Reese was speaking. I believe the actor, Jim Caviezel can speak a few languages. Polish might actually be one of them. @cha11 - I'm glad you found TVFanatic as well! Happy to have you here. It's great when people come to discuss a show with their thoughts and opinions. I certainly love reading them. @Sandy - I agree that the characters make this show. I just wish Detective Carter had something more to do or at least some background. As for the others, very diverse and interesting.


Still number one new show in my book. Really enjoy Reese/Finch interaction particularly when they are testing each other. Carter is just distracting, do not like her and find that story line tedious and boring, on the other hand, I do like Fusco's part in each episode. Reese and Finch's characters are intriguing and look forward to learning more about them.


This was a great episode! I'm really liking this show ... a lot. I'm liking Reese and Finch (and the actors portraying the characters)... a lot. It's exciting without an extreme amount of gore, which I can do without. That's why I love the shows on TNT and USA like Leverage, White Collar, and Burn Notice. They give me action heroes and excitement without horribly graphic gore. I think this is the best new drama on a prime network this season. I'm starting to really look forward to Thursday night TV, the same way I look forward to NCIS Tuesday. By the way, I'm happy to have found TV Fanatic. You do a nice job, and I feel comfortable writing comments.


They are not Russian, they seem to be a fictitious ofshoot of an actual Polish gang from Warsaw called Pruszków Mafia by the media. Also, the crowned eagle on the chest of Leon Turski is the national emblem of Poland, which (being Polish), I find extremely offensive. The Pruszków Gang has nothing to do with nationalism or patriotism, they're just bandits, and making them revere Polish national symbols only soils the symbols. Having said that, I have to actually commend Reese speaking Polish (he said the name of the gang, and watching without subtitles I was able to understand, which is almost never the case when American actors try to speak Polish). Also, the articles on the gang on the computer screen are in Polish and well prepared - fictitious of course.

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I have not seen all of the episodes, but this was the one for which I managed to stay awake. It was well-written, and the action followed a logical path. I was less confused than usual (staying awake does indeed help ...). It was nice for once to see a deadline pass without having someone save the day with one second left on the clock. I have been seeing that since at least the original run of the original Star Trek, and it is old. The "not guilty" verdict was a pleasant change, which led me into wondering how they were going to get out of this fine mess. I thought it was very well-done. I originally saw this show as a way to not miss The Mentalist by turning off the TV, but I am learning to appreciate it for itself. Can anyone tell me why the hero looks so very unhappy? I think I missed that somewhere.

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Person of Interest Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

It's time we go for a little ride.


Reese: Thank you.
Finch: I beg your pardon?
Reese: For giving me a job.
Finch: Try the eggs benedict, Mr. Reese. I've had them many times.