Person of Interest Review: Welcome to Suburbia

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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.

Reese & Zoe in the Suburbs

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.


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


Great ep. I especially loved seeing more of the machine's evolution and of course Finch and Grace.


Person of Interest meets Green Acres John with his high powered Jag Zoe with her fancy cocktail drinks... PERFECT!! I'm a guy's guy from DC ( Ground Zero 4 women power players) and I like the the way the main women characters & POI's are written(Joss & Zoe's interactions w/John
are great) A "pat on the back" 2 all the back-room staff writing casting(Alicia Witt..bring her back!) props ... u guys n gals are great.


@Mia I am with you, the humor is so fantastic.


Another stellar episode. Love this show more and more each week.


Alicia Witt is the redhead, and she was on the TV show Cybill, but that was from 95-98. More recently than that she was on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and also Friday Night Lights.


What sitcom was the redhead in?


Enjoyed this episode even though it lacked some of the excitement of last week's show. Reese in the suburbs with Zoe was a great deviation from the city. Their banter and the chemistry works great. I did not expect the targeted victim to turn himself in. That's one of the many things that is great about this show - the unexpected twists and turns. The historical back story was good also. Another great episode -


I realise that they did not have much of Carter in this episode. I liked the fact that Reese chose to listen to her about about confronting those men. I saw her as the moral compass here.
I was able to see a part where Zoe was introducing herself to Carter as John's wife. A bit insecure for a successful woman. I liked Carter's reaction though. WTH!! I am not sure what the writers were trying to do there. Based on the articles I don't think I missed much. I might be able to catch up later on.


Kevin Chapman tweeted that he was finishing a movie and that's why he wasn't in this episode.
I know a lot of people have complained that this season isn't as edgy and dark as last season, but I'm enjoying seeing Reese and Finch have a laugh and enjoy themselves a bit - they definitely deserve it. With Stanton and Snow back and HR not dead yet and The Machine's mysterious protectors in the background, we're sure to go back to the darkness of the first season. But the humor is so fantastic that I'm not in any hurry for it to return.


When I slum on the lame commercial networks on the week days , after I watch all my pay cable /PBS Sunday shows ....Person of Interest is the only must watch program ....

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Person of Interest Season 2 Episode 6 Quotes

Zoe Morgan, will you be my wife?


So shall I pay this out of petty cash?