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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

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

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Dreamrose

For me, the best parts of this episode - far and away - were Finch's flashback sequences. Michael Emerson shines as Finch in love, and the scenes between him and real-life wife Carrie Preston are beautifully touching, despite the tragedy of knowing how the relationship will end.

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I though this episode was great. Action, humor, heartbreak, and a little love mixed in, which would explain striving for the all around love angle. The characters need some depth and it will be done in small doses. This show will not end up like Grey's Anatomy. Lost's Ben did end up meeting Jacob .... because ..... well ..... he stabbed him.

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The married couple was prototypical of couples that have a lot on their plate and lose sight of their marital vows when something traumatic happens to them.
Couple that with an insanely competitive world of publishing and you understand how they could lose sight of what made them tick as a couple. Reese, as usual, was pretty smooth, though I do feel his time in the CIA and personal pain with his ex-girlfriend does hinder his chances to get close to someone on an intimate level. Though one wonders when/if Zoey will be getting closer to John as the season(s) progress.

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Not one of my favorite POI episodes. It looked as though it was striving to stress the all around love angle, even between the feuding couple. Interesting, though, to see Ben and Jacob reunited again (Lost fans will understand). Oh wait...Ben never actually saw Jacob on Lost.

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