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Person of Interest Review: No Reservations

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I think you're a better shot than you are a bellhop!

I guess it's pretty obvious that John Reese wasn't cut out for the hotel industry, but his time working the suite life made for a brilliantly entertaining episode.

"Booked Solid" is so far my favorite episode of Person of Interest Season 2, loading up on the action and witty dialogue, dropping in some great twists and closing it out with a great surprise.

Overwhelmed By the Suspects

The installment was penned by Nic Van Zeebroeck and Michael Sopczynski - who first introduced the sexy and smart character of Zoe Morgan back in "The Fix-" and they also happened to be the writers of the highly fun suburbia-focused episode that included Zoe again, in "The High Road."

So it was no surprise that not only did Zoe return for this outing, but it was an overall outstanding hour in general. These two have a great grasp of the tone, the characters,and story. It makes me look forward to whatever episode is next for them.

Interestingly enough, there seemed to be way more action than usual, but watching Reese show viewers what makes him the lethally cool force that he is was fine by me.

Reese was all over the place, taking down bad guys left and right, including some swift hand to hand combat with another assassin. At the same time, he did switch up his usual shot to the kneecap routine, with some to the shoulder and a knife to the chest.

Of course, Reese got some great lines and Jim Caviezel nailed the dry humor, from hoping that the threat would be Derek or even punching him out after getting berated.

Reese even got lucky enough to have one of the hotel guests hit on him. Let's face it, the guy is smooth no matter what type of outfit he's wearing.

But the chemistry that really got the sparks flying was with the short interactions between Reese and Zoe. I kind of enjoy the fact that she's on for brief moments to keep us wanting her to come back for more, but man, her character lights up the scene no matter how long around.

From their flirtatious quips in the elevator to potentially booking a room together for the night after drinks, we witnessed not other fun human side to Reese and Zoe, but something to root for at least relationship-wise.

Which if you think about the main characters of the show, they generally lead loveless lives. Even Carter turned her time with Cal Beecher into a dead end.

Did she fail the polygraph because her baseline "lie" made her seem like she was lying when answering the questions about Beecher? Talk about a major backfire to the plan not only for her career, but that hope at love as well.

At least she did manage to take part in the action by shooting that last remaining hitman.

And can you believe Fusco, who normally fumbles and bumbles situations leaving Reese to fix them, went super cop on the two hitmen? Not only did he have a great shot, he was pretty quick to punch and kick them out of commission. Way to go, Fusco.

Now, while it was very cool watching Finch and Reese work to take out the hitmen trying to take out Mira the hotel maid, it was a little silly that she became the new manager, on top of Finch deciding to buy the hotel. Even so, I guess in the context of the show it works out.

Plus, the hour did a wonderful job of bringing some of that larger story arc to mix with the case of the week. That persistent assassin was finally able to catch up with Reese before getting beat (there's no way he could defeat Reese) only to be called back to Washington for something more important.

What's more important than finding out who Reese works for?

Whatever it is, it's something huge, because the shocking twist at the end brought back the crafty and intelligent Root, who last escaped in "Bad Code." Turns out, she's infiltrated the big wigs in Washington who are probably connected to the Machine, and trying to hunt down Reese and Finch. What a great way to leave us wanting more.

This was a well rounded and expertly made episode that really captured what makes Person of Interest a stand out show. Keep 'em coming.

Review

Editor Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Root's got a nice backside! The camera focuses right in on it when she first enters the office

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Love this show more and more every week. Delighted to see it stays in the Neilsen top ten in ratings. Has it been renewed for season 3?

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I wonder what secrets will be discovered about Beecher. Does he know who the head of HR is? Carter looked very disappointed to find out that he is under investigation.
Fusco kicked some butt - my man!! Reese and Finch were great together. Glad this week's character was likeable. Not as happy to see Root - she has proven to be very sinister.

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#Steve Of course it was Root... did you read the review? Have you read any of the comments? That was the BIG last minute reveal.

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Anyone else thinking that the secretary of the guy in DC is Root? Otherwise, another fantastic episode of this fantastic series. The twists and turns... A relly great and awesome show

Sarah-silva

This was a great episode! I loved every minute!
The chemistry with Zoe and John is off the charts!
I was not expecting to see Root at the end that was a shock to me!
I loved John punching the hotel manager!

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While I love every episode, they never disappoint, I thought this was by far the best. I have said this in season 1, maybe even season 2, but geeze, how can a best episode keep besting itself over and over. Only with P.O.I.

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Great episode, I loved John and Zoe and the fight between John and Hersh was epic. I loved that John showed mercy towards Hersh. Harold was adorable. and I called Root. Yay

Deann

I was thrilled that we got to see more of Finch, wonderful, brilliant Finch in this episode, and I laughed so many times as his interactions with hotel guests...everything from bathrooms to recommending steak houses! He is a true rennaisance man! I was also glad that he bought the hotel and put the Serbian gal in place as manager. And I was happy to see Zoe and Reese back in action together. They're like two peas in a pod. I wish she would just join the team and work with them on every episode!
And hurrah for Fusco being all manly cop and taking out those assasins! I love me some portly, bad-assed Fusco! The only thing I didn't like about the ep was the assasin guy and his handler in Washington and the re-emergence of Root. She's so creepy and nasty, she gives me chills.

Soapjunk

When she walked in I immediately thought it would be Root, she is smart infiltrating in washington to get closer to the machine. and i LOVE it when zoe comes by, you are right. Because she is not a series regular you just staart rooting for her to come back and i am glad she did. God i hope she will be back next week too