Person of Interest Review: Trading Places

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Ever wonder how the shoe fits on the other foot?

Person of Interest took that particular concept to heart when it gave Finch and Reese the chance to trade jobs this week. Finch played the covert run around town and threw an (awkward) punch role, while Reese was confined to his wheelchair, monitoring computers and assisting Finch through his earpiece.

A Super Scene

"Super" essentially picked up right up where last episode ended, even giving a quick recap through different security cameras and audio files of Reese being shot. Of course, Reese didn't die and he was already eager to work on the next number that popped up.

Luckily, Mother Finch told Reese to stay put and, through something of a Rear Window fashion, the two attempted to watch their target and gather clues. I laughed at both Finch and Reese bending their heads while watching the girl do yoga. It's good to know that they aren't as completely cold and steely as they might want to think they are. Maybe they just need the right girl to soften them up.

There was actually a fair amount of humor, mostly from Reese, but also based around their difficulties in their new jobs. Reese holding up his gun and saying he packs light deserved a smile, and so did Reese trying to tell Finch how to fight. There was no one-two punch, just a simple jab to the eyes. It's interesting how much Finch dislikes violence and I wonder if there is a hidden backstory there.

After all, the flashbacks of his former partner/boss indicated that his number came up. Did Finch have something to do with that or was it the shady government trying to control the machine? I'm so used to the government officials being portrayed as bad guys that I wasn't really phased, but was more interested in the relationship between Nathan and Finch.

It almost seems as if Nathan hardly knows anything about the machine. Yet he trusts Finch... who trusts the machine. It kinda makes you wonder what would happen if someone did hack the machine or reprogram it or some glitch caused it to not work properly. I still think that Finch has a lot more information about the machine that he has yet to reveal.

And while I know that each episode the number that the machine spits out isn't specific about the person's relation to the crime, it becomes extremely tedious and unnecessary for Finch to repeatedly explain that it could be either a victim or perpetrator. We know that's the premise, we know they know that's the premise, but do we need to hear it over and over again like we don't know? Maybe lines like that are for the person jumping in on a random episode, but I think even they would still figure it out. It doesn't need to be spoon-fed.

Simply put, the way that Finch allowed Carter to figure out what Reese and Finch do was a nice and basic way of showing without telling. Not only was she highly skeptical, but witnessing it first hand and saving a man's life has clearly given her a new perspective. It will be interesting to see how she handles knowing that Reese and Finch have some way to predict the future and save lives.

Reese still remains my favorite because he carries himself as a bad ass, even on crutches. In fact, I don't think I've ever witnessed a hand-to-hand fight quite like Reese's. Sure he was hurt and pretty much disabled, but he was still able to beat up the bad guy using his crutches to his advantage. I'm sure he was aching to throw a few punches in, too, especially after being cooped up so long. This guy is a fighter and I'm sure will recover in no time.

I wouldn't say that this episode provided the most interesting of cases even with all the twists that were thrown in, but it was a good way to switch things up for our main characters and try something new. It's good to see Carter is being pushed closer to teaming up with Reese and Finch, but I've got a feeling that with all the trust issues still floating around, the band will be bound to break up at some point.

After all, they are trusting everything to a machine.


Editor Rating: 3.9 / 5.0
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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


Anyone noticed at the very end of the episode, the machine produced a threat accessment on Nathan? Now it's got me wondering if Nathan did anything to try to get the machine under his thumb...???


Loved having it back. I like that they picked off where it left off. I love the continuing bromance between Finch and Reese even though they obviously still have some trust issues between the two of them. I loved how finch threw Carter into the deep end. I like Carter. I like her even better since her episode. She has the tough spot of them all because she's completely in the dark but trying to make sense of what's going on.I think that's why I wasn't mad at her when she betrayed Reese,based on the little she knew why wouldn't she have?But her actions afterwards and her loyalty to them afterwards speaks volumes. I love the insight and connection that Reese has with Carter.Even Finch doesn't understand it,but it's awesome.I can't wait to see those two interact next week.She's in just as deep as they are now w/o even really knowing it, and so is fusco.A nice little crimefighting bunch.


So wonderful to have a new Person of Interest back on my TV! Great job bringing Carter into the 'deep end of the pool'. Fast paced & flashback galore keeping us on our toes & hanging on to ever whispered comment. Many hints dropped again about Finch's backstory & the Machine (think we need to start using a capital M now....since it seems to be developing it's own personality......or Finch's personality is showing through.........hmmmmm, food for thought). Anywho.....this show just gets better & better with every episode. Love the humor shining it a deadpan delivery or a look or single raised eyebrow......


So glad the show is back. The twist in the show was perfect [Reese and Finch trade roles]. Again great writing for what is by far the best drama on television. I know I speak for many of you as it always makes me want more...


I didn't like this show when it first started. Glad I gave it another try. I really like it now !!!!


Also love this show...wonder what happened to Finch's original partner (the machine front man) I'm beginning to get a very bad feeling....
This is beginning to get a Fugitive feel....the CIA men chasing Reese..
I also wonder how much is the machine and how much is Finch ? He is so much more than her appears ..

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Who knew....a pay cable guy like me, AMC, PBS ....that a lame, for halfwits Network would / could create a show that breaks into the "quality" drama Top10. this is not the for halfwits only "Ratings" top 10. Dexter 2011, you're fired , and off the list this season. Welcome POI.. The 4th new show to make the drama list:


Ah - so glad it's back and it won a People's Choice for favorite new drama! This has quickly become one of my favorite hours of TV! LOL the yoga girl tilting was indeed great! And so was the donut :-)!


This show reminds me as a cross between some old shows like Institute for Revenge, Search, and the Equalizer. I guess I should clarify. It resembles the Institute for Revenge because it was about a computer, the IFR 7000 (John Hillerman) that would Identify bad guys that the good guy team would go after. Search (aka Probe or Search Control in UK) about agents with video/telemetry capabilities (Hugh O'Brian/Doug McClure) directed by master control supervisor (Burgess Meredith) with access to vast databases. The Equalizer, Edward Woodward, ex-CIA agent, helping the downtrodden, without remuneration and with the help of shady characters.


I've ever seen in a show* I accidentally posted before I was done . I was gonna say that I love this show and watching our makes new realize how done of the other shows I watch are. Oh yeah, another show with great character is american horror story.

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Person of Interest Season 1 Episode 11 Quotes

Are you guys this sloppy when you're tracking Al Qaeda?


Finch: Don't you have anything to unpack?
Reese: [pulls out gun] I travel light.