Person of Interest Review: Welcome to Suburbia
John, it's the doorbell. Let's try to not shoot any girl scouts on the first day, okay?"- Zoe Morgan
At this point, it's really no surprise that Person of Interest continues to dish out quality episodes like Reese dishes out gunshots to the kneecap. They really hit their marks every time.
With "The High Road," Reese had the unusual chance to travel to suburbia to protect Graham, a former safe-cracker turned doting husband and father. The transition to the neighborhood was the perfect way to add a twist to the generally city-centric plots, bring back the wonderful Zoe Morgan and let Reese continue to charm with his deadpan humor.
Zoe is always a welcome addition to this show and the chemistry is so great between her and Reese that with their flirtatious back and forth in "getting married" to playing poker, you can't help but expect them to jump each other and let the clothes fly off.
Every scene with these two makes you smile.
And Reese really has a fantastic rapport with everyone, including Finch and Carter, each with their own type of banter. From Carter telling Reese to not go fight the bad guys in broad daylight to Reese getting to be Finch's "boss" for the moment, there were more examples of the great interactions between everyone on the show.
I was hoping Fusco might pop in, but he must be on duty dealing with HR or something.
Certainly, the charisma and personality of the characters fit perfectly into the well-oiled machine that is Person of Interest.
And once again, the case proved to be interesting, taking the story one direction with the stolen identity before flipping it and revealing a former thief. Top it off with Graham's decision to save his family by committing one final heist, all while Reese trying to keep him alive.
It's easy to become captivated in each aspect of the hour, not only hoping to see Reese scale buildings like Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible, but also see how the specific person of interest ends up.
Sure, for the most part, we can assume Reese saves the day, but there's always one last little twist to keep things from getting stuck in standard procedural fare. Who knew Graham would choose to turn himself in?!?
Of course, even with the episode packed full of everything that makes watching Finch and Reese save people week after week enthralling, we were even treated to a flashback that gave us another look at Finch working on the Machine.
I may not have the brain to understand the algorithms or the more technical jargon associated with how the Machine actually works, but it's great to see it continue to adapt and grow as it "learns" from watching people and pointing out the significant outliers. The show does a nice job of not alienating viewers from grasping what's going on with the super computer.
So, who knew the Machine would turn out to be a great wingman in picking up chicks?
We finally got to see Finch's first encounter with Grace, a woman we met last season who turned out to be the love of Finch's life. It not only illustrated again that human side to the tech-obsessed character, but cleverly showed Finch a woman that is perfect for him.
It's just a bit sad knowing he eventually had to leave her behind.
This episode really nailed down all the action, drama and humor that makes the series entertaining to watch. And with characters and stories worth following, Person of Interest continues to prove that it is the fresh, fun and top notch Thursday night show you can count on.
Person of Interest: "The High Road"
Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.