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Person of Interest Review: Date Night

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Hopefully, your head is not all tied up in knots after the amount of twists and turns in this week's Person of Interest.

One of my biggest compliments of this show (and there are many) is the drama's ability to actively combine the case of the week with the larger seasonal story in a way that feels natural. It works in allowing casual or first-time viewers to get a sense of what the show is all about, while the long-time watchers see the characters grow and the multiple story arcs progress bit by bit.

And there's always something for everyone, whether it's trying to solve the mystery along with Reese and Finch; great humorous moments; bullets-blazing action scenes; a touch of potential romance; or individuals with dimensionality and personality.

"Bury the Lede" did a good job on touching pretty much all those bases, and although it wasn't my favorite, the negatives of the hour seemed more minor compared to how the show performed overall.

Don't Become the Story

Reese and Finch spent most of their time tracking the pretty and determined journalist Maxine, but the real focus was all about the mysterious boss of HR.

So, while the story bounced from politician scandals to mob boss' sons to anonymous callers, the identity of the boss could have been pretty much anybody. And it turns out Fusco, who used to be on the corrupt cop pay roll, didn't have a clue.

Of course, bringing back the dirty officer Simmons seemed only natural, but I found it very odd and interesting that rather than have Reese take him out, Fusco went along with his plans. Is that something that could cost Fusco down the road?

Who knows, but Fusco has been playing on the good side for a while and it really seemed as if he was just trying to clean the slate for good. Except, like Simmons said, once you're in, you're in.

Clearly the same case is for Maxine, whose passion for publishing the juicy news stories got her in hot water. And maybe I missed something, but how did she manage to get her article published in the first place?

I know she said she had sources, but none of them really confirmed that the mob boss' son was the actual HR boss. It just seemed like for a professional to jump to conclusions because it sounded good rather than rely on cold hard facts was a stretch for me.

I am glad the reveal of the HR boss didn't turn out to be just the politician, but was the moment dramatic enough for everyone? I appreciate that Finch saw beyond the simplicity and that we did actually see who it was, but I wasn't left in utter shock.

Hopefully, we'll get to see more of the HR boss and learn if he can be as much of a formidable foe as the ones that have already appeared on the series.

But some of the best moments of the night weren't about the corruption or the enigmatic players in the political game. Instead, the comedy really helped sell the hour.

Finch was on fire with an endearing awkwardness, from getting Bear the squeaky toy... nagging Reese for not reading up on his internet dating profile... and even the shock and awe of seeing the massive collection of guns in Reese's closet.

Even the moment when he told Reese that he'd been texting Maxine and Reese asked what he just said was hilarious.

The dinner date was full of its own laughs that really got me perked back up during the episode, and it couldn't have gone more differently than Reese probably thought.

I loved that Reese tried to play it cool and Finch kept telling him he was doing it all wrong. And it was fantastic that Maxine talked about superheroes and Reese finally decided it was a good idea to put on the glasses Finch got him.

Anyone think of Clark Kent with a Batman voice?

Of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Paige Turco's return as the sexy and smart Zoe Morgan. She had a small amount of screen time but she nailed that fun flirty attitude when she's with Reese. Those two together are perfect.

It's not often that the smaller moments shine more for me than the bigger story, but I just had more fun with the likes of Reese trying out dating or Finch on doggy duty. But that's the great thing about Person of Interest: it stays fresh, it tries out new things and it still finds a variety of ways to make the hour enjoyable.

What did you think of the episode? How would you fare on a date with Reese? Did you guess who the HR boss would be?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (189 Votes)

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

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Just read the reviews on last show Sunchaser pretty well covered it all. There's not much more to say ,everyboy just clicked together. We are also are seeing another side of our two favouite chacaters. At the same time they are surrounded with excellent actors and very good writing and storylines. It's a "5" guys" EXCELENT".My wife just bought the first season POI. We are good till next week now.

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I do not see Fusco removing the entries as any sign of backsliding. He HAD to remove his entry from the ledger or when it was handed over, the FBI would be coming after him. Since he did he also had to remove Simmons' entry just to protect himself with HR (or what remained of it). The removal however also removed 6 other names (I think there were 2 names per page) although there was no way that they could have been left in the book.

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I too think Maxine new John was the man in the suit.

Sarah-silva

This was a great episode. It had tons of funny moments. My favourite was when Finch told Reese he had glasses for him and that would throw Maxine off..a la Clark Kent. All the other funny moments mentioned were fantastic too. I think Fusco trusted the wrong guy Simmons is just dirty and in the end Reese will find out and may tell Fusco their deal is over. All in all an enjoyable episode.

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I totally agree with the review and with Suncatcher's comments, there was, indeed, the perfect balance between comedy and drama/action in this episode, and I was so thrilled that the journalist recognized that he and Zoe Morgan have a thing for each other that can't be denied! There is certainly chemistry there, but then,I thought that Jim C really sizzled with sexy during his date and every other time he encountered the reporter. He knows how to throw out those smoldering sexy looks from that handsome face and those steely eyes...sigh. I think it is rare that a man uses his testosterone for good, and Reese just seems to use all of his powers for good with a casual, natural style that is breathtaking.I also loved that Finch was flirting and texting, while he was also being driven nuts by Bear's squeeky toy! LOL! I love those guys!

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It's nice to finally get to see the other side's of the main characters. Finch hurriedly throwing the toy to the dog, hiding in the closet and eyes bugging outta his head when he saw the weapons. Reese on a 'date', which he clearly is rusty in that department. And his putting the glasses on. I'm glad someone finally agrees with me- Jim Cavesill would make a great Batman- but I couldn't stand him leaving the series. Great episode!

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I found this episode to be perfectly balanced between drama and comedy as only the POI writers can achieve! I was laughing outloud at Finch's antics with Bear and trying to help Reese with pick up lines on his first date in a long time. Talk about the blind leading the blind! Loved the line when Reese asked Finch (texting Reese with lines to use), "What did I just tell her (Maxine)?" The entire cast seemed to be having a lot of fun with all the comedy in this episode. Us too! Loved it at the end when Finch solved the squeaky toy problem as he had a Grinch-like look on his face as he held up the squeaker part he had just removed from the toy. Like most others here, the look on Finch's face when he hid in Reese's closet and found himself surrounded by weapons of mass destruction was priceless! My favorite part - when Zoe Morgan patted Reese on the butt as she left the restaurant. (Loved Caviezel's hot new Porsche! A bonus from CBS? He certainly earned it! Wonder what they gave Michael Emerson)? : )
POI so consistently delivers outstanding scripts and acting, it continues to be the best show on TV in many years!
PS - Greg Plageman and J Nolan continue to taunt us with hints about a "hot" new relationship between Reese and Zoe Morgan. We know they are "playing house" in the suburbs next week. Hmmmmm....

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The intertwining of the different story lines was very entertaining. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the hour. Although, I felt Maxine was too overzealous, I liked the nice twist that she was unwittingly the perpetrator. I didn't like that she got an innocent man killed, but for all the other great writing and nuances of story line - I can let that go.
I believe that Reese felt something was amiss w/Fusco and yes, later down the line - Fusco will pay for that indiscretion. I didn't figure out the leader of HR and i was surprised - 1st reaction - he's no Elias, but we may get surprised down the line.
Love Finch in the closet, loved the dog with the squeaky toy, loved Reese out on a date - hilarious. Excellent show - great review - I also gave it 5 stars!!!

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I really loved this episode. I do think Maxine figured out that John was the man in the suit. Loved how akward John was on the date. The cast and guest actors all played off each other so well. Nice to see Gloria Votsis again. Always a treat when Paige Turco/Zoe shows up. I give this episode 5 stars. Look forward each week to this great show. Writers and actors well done!

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Great episode......Great review! I literally found myself Laughing Out Loud! The writers and the actors should be commended for a job well done!
Also liked the new twist that Maxine was the victim AND the perpetrator.
I agree also that Maxine, who was certainly no dummy, figured out that John Anderson was 'the man in the suit' and decided to drop that investigation. Her admiration and affection for John helped in that decision. If she hadn't figured it out, no power on earth would have stopped her from digging.
Also............as a side note.........the Porsche Sinister in the eppy it was Jim Caviezel's personal car.