Person of Interest Review: Dangerous Liaisons

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Did we actually accomplish anything here?

In some ways, Finch's words make sense. Reese didn't save the day and almost managed to get himself killed. Twice. And that doesn't even count his flashback.

Sure, technically Reese stopped Tommy, the person of interest, from getting away with murder, but being both the perpetrator and finally the victim meant that the whole thing essentially negated itself.

So, was this an episode worth skipping over? Not in the least.

Reese Goes Undercover

The title alone, "Matsya Nyaya," which translates from Hindi as "law of fish," implies that if you remove rules and you remove laws, society will fall into anarchy where the strong rule over the weak.

Based on the world that Person of Interest has created, the belief rings true. Not only do characters not follow the laws, but the government systems that create them find their own agendas in their never-ending quest for dominant supremacy.

The FBI, the CIA, the corrupt police force known as HR, Elias - and in a sense even Reese and Finch - are simply trying to one up everyone else around them so that their mission, their ideals, are the ones that stand out.

Multiple betrayals and what seemed like endless people getting shot in the back illustrated that there is always a bigger fish. Reese may be the bad ass that is a force to be reckoned with but he isn't invincible. And he doesn't escape unscathed.

Which makes me both feel for Fusco and worry for Reese.

Fusco has been forced to play both sides, finding himself steeped in corruption and deceit for the sake of "good." Except we know that Reese sees Fusco as merely as an asset, so his ends justify the means.

Yet, even Fusco saving Reese's life at the end, it was the manner in which he had to go about doing it that marked a significant point for the bumbling cop that follows orders. Fusco clearly wasn't following any when he pulled the trigger and killed Captain Lynch. Yes, Lynch was corrupt and probably would have killed Reese, but Fusco did it with such an ease that I fear that his path to redemption just got longer.

Kevin Chapman, who plays Fusco, normally provides a certain clumsiness to the character but there was a very calm and direct manner in letting Reese know his capabilities. How long before Fusco pulls on that leash that Reese holds and bites down? I really enjoy his character and watching him try and make his own mark in a world full of bigger fish, but now, he might not just be the small fish everyone thinks he is.

And that's why Person of Interest continues to be captivating beyond the basic procedural and action sequences. The characters really are brought to life in a way that avoids a one dimensionality.

But it was the layering of background this time that really got me interested as we learned when and where Reese abandoned the CIA crew, as well as had his first interaction with "the machine." He may not have known what the software engineer said, but his mission was all about the machine and it was obvious the death and danger that surrounded it. Funny how he's right back to following orders without question from the one thing that almost got him killed in the first place. Has he stopped pressing for answers from Finch?

I was surprised that the woman giving Reese and his partner, Cara, their orders was the same woman that Will Ingram went to speak to about Finch back in the episode, "Wolf and Cub." What made her go from stern task-giver to worried about a mere man in spectacles? How quickly everything changes when it comes to power. What is or was her role in all of this? Was it simply fate that brought Reese and Finch together?

Of course, like most Person of Interest episodes, the show ended with another great piece of music accompanied by another last second twist: Reese's old partner is alive and kicking in New York. What is her agenda? Will she team up with Reese or against him?

The series is doing a fantastic job stringing everything together and finding ways to culminate the bigger picture as the season draws closer to the end. It's certainly a testament when you can combine character development, solid action and some cool twists that lead to something more when for the most part the show runs as a procedural.

Oh yes, Person of Interest is certainly accomplishing something big.


Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


Best show on tv now but last night hinted at messing it up with a lot of unneeded flash backs that have ruined other shows. Now to completely drop the continuing bad guy and they will save the show.


POI was one of the shows I was looking forward to the most last Fall. It had a slightly slow start, but boy, hasn't it ever figured itself out and become a great show. I love how everything is weaved together without feeling forced and how layered the characters are. Fusco remains a fave for me. I guess I liked to see him redeem himself. I'm not sure if I agree that his road to redemption got longer. My initial reaction was it got shorter. Push comes to shove, he's going to back the right team.


It was great last night!!! I was like so excited and my kids looked at me like I am crazy over this show that is boring to them. LOL Can't wait to see next week!!


GREAT review about a GREAT episode of a GREAT show! I was glued to my TV from start to finish and caught myself yelling at it more than once. Last night was truly inter-active tv! LOL! I bow to the master story-teller Jonathan Nolan. He has woven a complex and impelling story that has all of us caught up in the maelstrom of POI. Can't wait for next week's eppy.......but that also brings us closer to the finale and the long hot dry summer of new NEW is a double edged sword.


Wow! Another unbelievably amazing episode! Ran out of adj. for this show!
Heck, it's better than a two-hour Batman movie.


"Reese sees Fusco as merely as an asset" Does he? Or is that what he just tells Finch to show that he's not attached to Lionel? He doesn't want to be seen as weak probably.

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@nia and niks4u - Thanks guys. Simply a typo on a late night, but all fixed! Glad to hear you guys enjoyed the episode though!


Is it possible that Cara is ROOT?


Good review otherwise but I don't agree that the road of redemption for Fusco got longer. In this world nothing is good or bad, you have to play with the cards that you are dealt with. He had a choice to make between Reese and the Captain and he chose to help Reese without much thought.
The coming back of Reese's old partner is an intriguing twist . Lets wait and see where that goes. I have a feeling that its going to be an interesting plot.
As always POI delivered and there is no doubt in my mind that with the capabilities that they have shown so far, it is going to entertain us for a long time.


@SM 'Hindu' is a religion, not language. The language is called 'Hindi'. Come on, there are more than a billion people who speak Hindi, surely you knew that. It was a term coined by Kautilya who was the Prime Minister of the Empire of ChandraGupta Maurya(who by the way defeated Alexander when he came to India) and is considered a legend in Political Science. The term doesn't mean "Law of Fish", it means 'Justice of Fish' which basically means that in that type of society, strong devour the weak.

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Person of Interest Season 1 Episode 20 Quotes

Fusco: I should have shot you and simplified my life.
Reese: Pressure getting to you?

I care about HR, Fusco, not the money. What you do with it is your business.