Person of Interest Review: Taxi Driver

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Who knew that taking a simple cab drive could be so dangerous?

Person of Interest focused the case of the week on a taxi driver trying to bring his family into the United States, and the unfortunate laptop trouble he gets mixed up in.

Except the episode, "C.O.D." left me rather underwhelmed.

Finch In The Middle

It's not that the hour was bad, because it wasn't, but I kept waiting for something bigger to happen or an emotional chord to be struck.

Sure, Reese had his fight scenes per usual and Finch did manage to get out of his office to do some work, but overall it felt like it was missing that extra kick the show normally doles out.

I am curious as to how the HR storyline will progress and if Simmons and his boss can rebuild their corrupt company.

Certainly, having Fusco caught in those dangerous waters was probably the more entertaining aspects of the night. He still desperately wants out, but he's not a clean cop, so the situation becomes more difficult.

And I'm glad he at least tried calling Reese even if he was never able to tell him the truth. There's such a struggle taking place for his character and you can't help but want to root for him.

Which made him telling Simmons he was done even greater, despite the fact that his past is definitely going to have bad consequences for him.

Can Fusco ever really escape HR?

Certainly Elias wants nothing to do with HR, and though we didn't get to see him, I enjoy that his presence is still a heavy one on this show.

It's cool that Reese and Finch's adversaries can always come back to face them again.

But ultimately, it was the taxi driver and the murderous Estonians that left much to be desired.

In fact, the Estonians, even though they were a threat, didn't really have a personality that jumped off the screen. They just weren't memorable.

As was the person of interest himself. Sure, he wanted to save his family, but it just didn't give me the emotional resonance I think the episode wanted. Maybe if he had a speech where he stared into a mirror shouting, "You talking to me!?"

That said, Bear did get a chance to use his attack skills again, even if his final moments were playing catch with Reese. Which if you think about it, should Reese and Carter have been in the outfield of the baseball game? I guess they probably didn't think anyone could hit it that far.

Person of Interest has been on fire with its episodes, so it was bound to happen that one might end up being less than stellar. That said, even if this was my least favorite of the season so far, it still managed to give us those good moments like Reese riding a motorcycle and Finch walking into the bar with Bear like a boss.

After all, who doesn't love Reese and Finch kicking ass and saving the day?

What did you think of the episode? Can Fusco escape HR? Sound off below!


Editor Rating: 3.7 / 5.0
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Aren't we all becoming a tad spoiled? Last week, I was one of the ones griping about that week's show but, on reflection, I agree with mrmike that a not-so-good episode (paraphrasing here) of POI is way better than the "best" episodes of the stuff served up on other prime time shows. One thing that has always bothered me, though, is why do they do it? I mean Finch spends fortunes in righting wrongs, like this week when he showed upo with a briefcase full of cash that was twice the asking price for the laptop. And both he and Reese put themselves in serious harm's way each week. But why? In a way, it seems like the super-hero motivation....fighting evil just because it's there. Still very enjoyable and the best show on the box, bar none!


It was the twists that the episode lacked. And not much happened. I'm really happy that what I consider a pretty mediocre episode of POI was (by standard standards?) very good and had the whole Fusco thing going on... Wow.


I agree with the review. The episode didn't have the tension its known for - it was not up to its usual standard. The script was a little thin. I thought the cab driver component of the story was light for POI. However, the Fusco story was gripping. He's in a world of trouble and is trapped. I wish Reese/Finch valued him more - at least Carter treats him with some respect. I hope they get back to their normal level of greatness next week.


@Kaitcat, I agree with you that last weeks episode was horrendous. But I thought this one was almost as bad, if not worse. Sure, last week's episode had the most moronic plot ever, but at least it was acted well and there wasn't all kinds of stupid stuff going on. This week, a secret service representative met with this guy and blew her cover completely. It's these kinds of things that ruin good shows.


In the close captioning on this episode, when Bear was given a command, the caption stated it was done in Germain. Am I misremembering or when he was introduced (and in prior episode CCs) wasn't it stated that he responded to Dutch not Germain commands?


jeff at December 7th, 2012 4:42 PM asked "forgive me for a "duh" moment but what does H.R. stand for?" I do not think it was ever mentioned. It was only referred to as HR.


hey folks
I agree with the reviewer. not a stellar P.O.I. I'm still looking forward to the rest of the season. Nice to see some of the focus on Fusco. I like his character.
forgive me for a "duh" moment but what does H.R. stand for?


Not every episode can be a perfect 5. Just because P.O.I. has virtually delivered a "5" almost every week an occasional 4.5 is still great. You're [we're] all spoiled with virtual perfection every week. It's still until further notice the best hour of television week in and out.


Fearful that it's being set up for Reese to "have no way out" but Fusco throws himself on his sword, so to speak, thereby saving Reese, leaving his family to mourn a hero, not a loser. Not happy because I've grown to love Lionel. Have nothing to back this up other than (quoting Reese here, ironic, yes?) as a writer, that's what *I* would do. Set Fusco up in a lose/lose situation so that his sacrifice creates a win.


I agree with General Rapunzel that Fusco has become an endearing character that viewers look forward to seeing each week. He's as much a part of the team as Carter.He gets no respect, though, from HR or from Reese/Finch.
Anyway, I liked this episode, because, really, a mediocre episode of POI is more interesting than a 'great' episode of nearly any other show. I hope that we will see the end of HR without the death of Fusco, who deserves a break.
I loved that the family of the cabbie finally found their way back to him, and what made it even sweeter was Bear dropping a ball for some father-son pitching time.

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