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.


Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (184 Votes)

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


Every Thursday night I tell myself, there's no way POI can deliver yet another 5 star episode and every Friday morning I tell myself, they did it again! I have never seen another series like this one that has now given us 29 perfect - or near perfect episodes - from day 1. Writing, acting, production, yeeesshhhkahh! This is better than sprinkles on donuts!
(Loved when Finch reminded Bear about "boundaries"). SavhCaro said it here already - the writers write to the actors strengths (and whoever did the casting was a genius). My favorites last night:
- the machine fixing up Finch (and he was smart enough to realize it);
- Zoe introducing herself to Carter, "I'm John's wife."
- the end when Zoe reminded Reese he lost big at poker and suggested staying another night to win it back. (Wink. Wink.)
I predict next week will be 30 for 30. Pass the sprinkles, Bear! : )


Fabulous! POI is turning into my favorite hour of TV.


I loved loved LOVED this episode. One of the best things about POI is you really don't know what to expect from week to week. They keep it fresh and lively. Zoe & Reese as a couple was so well done. They were certainly two 'fish out of water'.....neither is domesticated. I actually laughed out loud at Reese in the hardware store in a suit! And Zoe carrying the dirty ambrosia bowl back over to Connie......NOBODY does that! LOL! Also love the 'shout out' for Jim Caviezel's unreleased movie "Savannah" when Zoe introduced him as her 'exotic dancer friend Savannah' that was one disguise he never used in the CIA! But I would have paid good money to see his 'act'! LOL! The writers certainly 'know' their actors and write to their strengths. Who would have thought that Jim Caviezel or Michael Emerson could be so funny? The dry humor one-liners are perfect for Reese & Finch. My heart went out to Finch as he was 'guided' by The Machine to Grace. I think The Machine was 'sentient' way earlier than we have been led to believer. A tweet from Kevin Chapman explained he was finished up a movie he was in which explained his real absence from the episode. I like Reese & Zoe together..........they sparkle and make such a striking couple....the sexual tension is there & played perfectly by Paige Turco and Jim Caviezel.

Sue ann

Finch wasn't being stingy. The dog ate them off before Reese picked that one up. That's why he said that he wouldn't patronize that doughnut place again if he were Finch. Because dog saliva is not tasty.


Thanks Sean for the great review, I really enjoyed this episode, loved the flashbacks, and I believe that the Machine kinda pick Grace for Harold, Loved Zoe she is Fantastic and the way she introduce her self to Carter was fun too, Carters new car is awesome so as her new hairstyle, where was Fusco? I loved the story it was simple but beautiful, everything was perfect to me, an hour of Joy, I voted 5 stars.


Bear adds a foil for humorous situations in an otherwise intense hold your breath action suspense drama. Loved when John grabbed a donut devoid of sprinkles because Bear had licked them off and complained to Finch that he was getting stingy with sprinkles and should go elsewhere for donuts. Harold could not bring himself to tell John that the dog got to the donut before he did. Love the show!


I enjoyed seeing more of Finch's backstory with Grace and learning more about how he created the machine. Wouldn't an introvert be the perfect person to program human behaviour? Introverts are always watching and analyzing. I loved that Graham turned himself in. Almost as much as I loved Zoe threatening to sue for custody of the dog. Did anyone think she looked, just a bit, as if she wished John were serious about the proposal? For someone of her caliber I bet she doesn't meet many men her equal in charm, wit, who intrigue her but who are also good guys. I imagine most men she meets are schmucks. Person of Interest does quiet wonderful humour and drama well. I look forward to every week's episode. Even if Finch is a bit stingy with the sprinkles. ;)

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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?