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.


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

Sue ann

@ Grimmfan#10 Finch is a billionaire. Just how many billions he has, I don't recall ever being specified.


I KNEW IT I KNEW IT - I knew it would be Root - I even commented about it in the Prison episode review where they showed just the secretaries legs. Awesome. I WANT A PRIZE hahaha.


Great episode! I wonder why Reese left the other guy alive though, he'll be back for sure. Also, there is something i've been noticing for the past couple episodes. The transition between scenes where we see things through the machine's point of view are getting these weird blue screens. I don't remember them from last season so i thought maybe it was because Root was trying to mess with the machine maybe?


Loved, loved, loved this episode--so many twists and turns! And loved the John and Zoe flirtatious moments. Jim Caviezel is so great at playing a badass, cool-headed shooter and fighter, and yet he's so great at also delivering his low-key, understated, but highly diverting one-line zingers. He has that funny little crooked smile when he's about to make an ironic comment or tease Finch or other character. Love that guy! He's got a brilliant sense of timing. Finch was hilarious too as the concierge, furtively referring the couple to an outside restaurant for a better steak, and directing guests to spas or restrooms, in between orchestrating Reese's moves or keeping Mira safe. Juggling Carter and Fuzco too. And dropping in Root at the end to tantalize us! Brilliantly done!


I liked that the Bureaucrat’s secretary turned out to be Root. She showed up in at least one prior episode but she showed up only then as a figure with no face shown. I had my suspicions then about if she was Root and thought they were going to go the same route again until the final reveal of her identity. There is defiantly something she is working on.


Awesome Episode!! Love the big moments, of course, but love the little ones just as much. John slapping down the manager, Harold building the most complicated program in the world and also directing guests to the bathrooms, John "hoping" Derek is the bad guy, Fusco taking out a couple of bad guys! It just keeps getting better!!


Wondering - if the FBI knew about Cal Beecher (they told Carter and dumped her from FBI consideration) does that mean they know about Fusco? I sure hope not. Loved that Reese finally gave Fusco a compliment last night for his taking out the 2 guys with the van. Great seeing Zoe! Loved the little play time for Zoe & Reese at the bar at the end. Off to the penthouse and a magical ending? Nope. The other shoe dropped and Root reappears and is now strategically positioned to find Reese & Harold again for "freeing the Machine?" The POI writers did it again! Just when you think you have it all figured out...


Really love this show. Also like the fact that it is on network that shows it shows more than 22 eposides.Yes that is a remark at NBC! Love Zoe and Reese together. I would love to see more of them but that would take away from what makes them so cool. Zoe needs her own show CBS! Love Reese kneecap shots! I liked Carter and Cal together. Something tells me that he will be a client of the machine soon. Fusco is a cop trying to do that right thing but gets no credit. I like Fusco. How much money does Finch have? I knew when the assistant come in the first time I knew her voice. Then the second time she came in I was still trying to figure out the voice. Loved that it was Root! What is she up to? Love it!


Definitely a 5.0 episode. It had something of everything (and everyone)!! It is a shame Carter ended her possible love-life with Cal Beecher, but wasn't he working for HR? Good to end it before it began. And Fusco stepped up just fine, which he usually does, when needed The maid-turned-manager was not that hard to believe...she was more than qualified to know the inter-workings of the hotel, and with Finch's ability to change her name and build a resume to match, who would question it? Besides, he's now the owner and leaves the viewer with the idea he'll keep an eye on his investment, if needed. Love it when Zoe is part of any plot (and a possible romantic interest for John). Ending was a TOTAL surprise. UH-OH, Root is back and look where she is!! Refresh my her new boss the only Wash beaurcrat left who knows about "the machine?" Great review!


I loved this episode, it may very well be my favorite episode ever. Reese kicking so much ass all over the place and the super hilarious one-liners. Good to see Harold out of the apartment. There is so much going on, I can't wait for the next episode!

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Person of Interest Season 2 Episode 15 Quotes

Oh, I really hope Derek's the threat.


Guest: Feel free to drop yourself off, anytime.
Reese: [Laughs] Excuse me.