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Person of Interest Review: Love and Death

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Relationships can be a killer.

At the very least, when you have a problem, talk it through. It's much easier and far less dangerous than hiring hitmen to take out your respective loved ones. There's a lesson there for all of us.

"'Till Death" took the marriage vows to heart when the machine brought up two numbers and Reese and Finch discovered that a married couple wanted to kill each other.

Preventing a Couple's Murder

Mark Pellegrino, who guest starred as the husband, seems to be in everything these days. And that's a good thing. Whether he's Lucifer on Supernatural, Gavin Baker on The Closer, or least we forget, the infamous Jacob on Lost, Pellegrino nails each role.

Perhaps I would have liked to see him play an agent opposite Reese, much like Alistair in last week's "Critical," but he still did a good job at being one half of an arguing couple.

And man, could they argue! Even I was ready for Reese to just let them dangle off a roof.

Reese was in top form as always, looking ever so smooth taking down the bad guys. There's something rather fun in watching him go toe to toe with any enemy, and using a nail gun was a nice way to change it up.

As for Reese being the marriage counselor? It's a good thing Finch was there to step up before Reese decided to do anything too crazy.

In a lot of ways, Reese comes across as the ladies man, the smooth talker, the sharp dresser, so you would think that in his endless bag of tricks he'd be able to diffuse an argument. He did diffuse a bomb after all.

Yet, it was rather great seeing Finch show off his relationship skills. He may come across as less than social and more attune to computers, but his flashbacks with Grace showed why he was perfect for the situation.

From the birthday clues to their conversations, it was clear that Finch and Grace's love for each other was blossoming. These two were really making a connection, and even when Finch wanted to tell her his big secret, she told him to do it when he felt comfortable.

It's rather tragic that this hero can only see her from afar now.

Really, this episode was a great character focus on relationships.

Carter, who I've been enjoying her banter when working with Reese, has an admirer in narcotics Detective Cal Beecher. It was nice hearing Reese ask her about moving on from her husband, and Beecher seems like a great prospect. Although, my only fear is that him getting involved with her could end up getting him killed.

Even Fusco was riding the love boat, and it was rather hilarious that Reese called him out for being melodramatic and evading his calls. That, and Reese telling him that he doesn't deserve time off. Granted, who doesn't want Fusco to have his time in the sun with a pretty lady?

This was an enjoyable episode that managed to delve a bit deeper into the characters at the same time it perfectly coincided with the topic for the case of the week. And it's with those strengths, along with the stellar acting, that really does make Person of Interest continue to be a stand out show.

There's just so much to offer and clearly so much more fun to come.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (124 Votes)

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

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    No matter the story line. No matter how different it is from week to week. It seems to always work. Whoever did the casting for this show really "gets it". Great stuff.

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    @Suncatcher - One underrated aspect of this show is the humor. Obviously, most of the focus is on the drama and serious nature of the content, but both Finch and Reese have some downright hilarious lines. The humor might be dry as the Sahara desert at time, but still really funny. "Marriage counseling", indeed!

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    Good to see Dr Burton come over from Army Wives ....always liked him ...and he'd work in here just fine ..

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    I'm definitely NOT a lame commercial network guy ...but I'll slum any Thur night for POI and Elementary ... With those 2, CBS gets it right !

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    PS - I was at a seminar last night. I was worried about missing POI. Then the professor, a very high end attorney, dismissed us early saying, "I can't miss Person of Interest!" Most chimed in, "me neither!" And we ALL raced out the door!

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    I did really enjoy this episode, but someone I correspond with made a salient comment: This could have been a Valentine's Day episode. It would be perfect.

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    I really liked this episode. It was so balanced - "classic" POI. The writers absolutely nailed the cast, played to their strengths and characters, while continuing to grow our knowledge of their back stories, and serving up a nifty mystery. Not too many shows with the husband & wife putting contracts out on each other. Loved it! Also, I felt the lines in this one were the funniest this season.
    Reese: I'm proud of you, Finch. You've really gotten comfortable with your breaking and entering duties.
    Finch: Thank you for appreciating my descent into deviant behavior.
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    Finch: Although, though, unlike other couples, you've opted for murder instead of divorce. I suppose I should commend you for being so goal-oriented.
    And, Bear got his "doggie Danish" and dutifully followed Finch frantically walking in circles around his desk. Bear may be taking on Finch's characteristics...

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    Love, love, love POI.
    Didn't Ben kill Jacob on Lost? I kept waiting for some homage to that, like the Count of Monte Cristo nod, or the Savannah mention, but nothing. Too bad.

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    The flashback scenes easily stole the show for me - really the acting is so good even in places that shows generally write off like these. Also, it wasn't just the scenes themselves but the amazing haunting music - I almost tuned out the scenes listening to it.

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    First, I absolutely agree with your assessment of Mark P. he is a terrific actor and I honestly would not mind seeing him as a guest star on every TV series, he just creates these characters and we do not see him as Satan, Jacob, or Gavin. Wait, isn't it time he gets his own show. Terrific actor. Second, I was amazed how outraged I felt when I thought Fusco had been shot - Again. I thoroughly enjoy this show and tune in regularly to see what Reese and Finch are doing. But is is nice to see these other fine actors.