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


hey do you guys know what motorcycle he was riding the whole time.


Es war geil Det. Terney noch einmal zu sehen!


OMG! - I loved this episode - I love POI, but last week's show just didn't do it for me. It was well written, just didn't excite me. Yes, the taxi driver sitting in the alley and allowing himself to get blocked in was questionable. However, I am glad that the storyline had a happy ending. @ Colonel Rapunzel - I thought I was the only one that likes Fusco. I feel sorry for the guy. Evidently, he got caught up in something that he badly wants to escape from. The HR storyline is a thriller and I always love Elias'involvement in the plots. Love the hang up on Finch when he asked Carter about her date - lol. Can't wait for next week.


Could not disagree more with this review. I thought C.O.D. was a great episode. Unlike last week's dreadful episode, which I only watched once for too many reasons to list here, I think I'm on my fourth or fifth trip through C.O.D. This was a believable story about a guy down on his luck who isn't feeling sorry for himself, but is trying to fix his life. I also liked the way Carter and the Secret Service agent were allowed to cooperate and work together. A lot of times these relationships between women are portrayed as hostile. And finally, I'm a baseball fanatic and that endeared the episode to me even more.


I completely and totally agree with you. I didn't love last weeks episode either, but this was the worst one thus far. There was no big payoff at the end the way I was expecting. And the writing was really horrendous at parts. See below for examples (under spoilers). So I'm hoping for a better episode next week, but with my second favorite writer and what looks like an interest plot, I'm thinking it will be. ****SPOILERS****
1. When the cab driver goes into the alley and is threatened by the woman he drove over there, she says on the phone, "Clean this up." Now, the cabbie (who we later learned speaks a bit of Russian) doesn't think this is suspicious and stays in the alley for another 20 seconds or so. And when the guys wielding the guns trap them in, nobody even gets a good enough shot to break a window. 2. For example, when Finch has just purchased the laptop and is greeted by the Estonian woman, four armed Estonian mobsters enter the bar. Nobody at the bar thinks this is at all suspicious at first, and rather than trying to shoot Finch, they go to shoot the dog? And then an unarmed Reese takes them all out without them either shooting the dog or Finch. This scene ruined the episode for me.


I think that ' C.O.D. ' was a great episode of Person of Interest, which imho, remains by far the bast show on television. This episode, like so many others moved along like a F1 Ferrari.


I am a little confused as to the Fusco storyline these last few episodes. If Finch is listening in on Carter's date (hilarious) surely he could dig up Fusco's phone logs and find out what he's up to...


I was wrong about burn my shadow being mislabeled. but I'd still like to know about tonights song.


The case interested me, but not as much as the Fusco-HR storyline. Can we give props to Kevin Chapman for his portrayal of Fusco? He makes Fusco so endearing; from the spineless toad in the pilot to a man who would love be one of the good guys? He's really grown into possibly my favourite character to watch. I want to tell Fusco to grow a pair and tell Reese what's going on, but I also want to slap Reese up alongside his head and tell him to stop treating Fusco like the gum on the bottom of his shoe. I can't wait for it to come to a head. Hopefully Fusco can fully redeem himself and be part of the A Team. Last note: yea for Bear!


The joke really was on HR during this episode. Not only is their overture to Elias rebuffed (rather violently!), Simmons is blackmailing Fusco with faulty information! Remember, Fusco wasn't actually the one who shot the bad cop; that was Reese, saving Fusco! Furthermore, Simmons tips off Carter - Carter, of all people! who actually works with Reese, too! All that needs to be done is to move the body. Then Simmons is pretty much left with an empty threat.

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