Person of Interest Review: Girls Night Out

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Call them Finch's Angels.

Sam Shaw, Joss Carter and Zoe Morgan had their time to shine on Person of Interest this week, as the bevy of beauties donned sexy club attire, excitedly compared weapons and left the boys to play backup. Nothing quite like a ladies night, right?

Using the femme fatale trio as bait on "Lady Killer," the Machine pulled up a number for a Boston playboy who teetered on the lines of stalker/killer and just plain overly attentive.

Shaw & the Playboy

It was nice to see Warren Kole as the focus, especially since he's played a bad guy on Fox's The Following and a good guy on USA's short-lived Common Law. It wasn't easy to tell which way his character, Ian Murphy, would fall, although the ominous music played tried to convince viewers when he was holding a knife or following Carter.

Except the real truth was about familial lineage and social class. Murphy had a son and was tricked into believing the girl he loved had an abortion, all by the father who wanted an heir and not someone of the "low class."

Which made it fantastic when Reese was able to punch the social elite grandfather and it ultimately ended with a happy day for Murphy. Plus, there's a possibility of a Carter romance further down the line.

And I was glad that Carter was the one chosen out of the three at the club (loved Shaw's look when Murphy passed her by). It was nice to see Carter get a little more involved, reveal that she's still really a detective even if she's officially an officer and love isn't lost on her.

Shaw, on the other hand, while she acts like a bad ass (and is a great shot), does have a soft spot beneath that steely exterior. It just happens to be for the fuzziest of the group, Bear. Nice to see he got a huge bone and spiked collar.

It was good to see that all three women had vastly different personalities while all being strong characters in their own right. Although, it was funny when Reese pointed out that Shaw always looks "angry."

The return of Zoe was such a treat and her rapport with Reese feels so natural. She's never overused (but is that possible?), and she provides her own sexy charm to whatever is happening. Lucky Reese gets to walk her home.

While Finch, Reese and Fusco were more downplayed for the hour, they still had their humorous moments: Fusco hitting on the ladies in the club, Reese discussing his love life with Shaw and Finch telling Carter to dress as least conservative as possible. And even though it was fun to see the women in the limelight, I'm looking forward to watching Reese back at the forefront, getting to show off his combat skills again. Maybe even some more backstory for him as well.

But in classic Person of Interest fashion, the B story of Root in the psych ward weaved throughout the hour was just as important. Not only was the Machine continuing to aid the crazy chick (Amy Acker has that character down. Just the way she laughs, stares or tilts her head makes you not want to mess with her and at the same time can't help but want to watch every minute), but it was also preparing her escape.

Her shootout with the government agent sent to kill her was similar to the preciseness of Reese following the Machine's directions in last season's finale, "God Mode." She may not have killed anyone, but she is super lethal with that weapon. Is that progress?

And unleashing her back on the world? What a great start to another mystery surrounding the Machine. Just what is its end game?

Person of Interest Season 3 is continuing its slow build and rise as the episodes keep getting better, the characters are always charismatically delightful and entertaining, and saving the day like a group of superheroes is fun to watch. The next chapter of this series is just getting started.


Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


What has made this show great is a phenomenal storyline with talented actors. This episode proves that once again.


I have had my doubts about Shaw, but this episode was just EPIC. I love POI!


Hey guys, while it's fun seeing all the "ladies" getting involved, let's get back to what has made this show so great. Reese and Finch. The way the season has started, the show moves too slow. Finch giving orders and Reese taking out the bad guys with the help of Carter and Fusco, that's what MADE THIS SHOW. Hopefully putting all the "ladies" in the early episodes as the writer said, is just setting up the season. The show with the "ladies" doing most of the work was fine for an episode or two, but their appearances periodically made them so much more appealing than running the show. A "Charlies Angels" is not what made this show great. Reese, Finch, Carter, Fusco and the occasional returns of all the "side" characters made it great. Hope someone is paying attention. Still, great episode, but let's get back what made this show the best on TV.


I agree poi getting a bit too scify. Adding shaw seems to have put john in the background which is ashame as he in past season was the man doing all the kick butt. Poor fisco hardly seen and root annoying.


Shaw is an amazing addition to an already amazing show which just keeps getting better and better. I only wish Zoe were featured in more episodes!


[i]When Shaw started with the cast,she annoyed me with the perpetual chip on the shoulder attitude. However, she has loss some of the tude and I love the banter between her and Reese. She works well with the rest of the team. I also appreciate that the women get to shoot people and be tough.[/i] Thank you, I find it astonishing that Shaw was again bashed last episode, She was really funny last episode, finally she was able to open up with Reese, how quickly she jumped to share her gun with Carter and Zoe, its like she finally found a family, how can people overlook those aspect and just hate her for being hardcore most of the time. Really looking forward to her flashback episode and hoping that writers can finally fix things. Only 1 flaw remains in POI that Mr. Reese has been sidelined far too long, really hoping he comes back to his form and give us some more kneecaps and gun fights :D


When Shaw started with the cast,she annoyed me with the perpetual chip on the shoulder attitude. However, she has loss some of the tude and I love the banter between her and Reese. She works well with the rest of the team. I also appreciate that the women get to shoot people and be tough.
I wouldn't mind a love relationship between Ian and Carter - that would be cute.
It's a true mystery what the writers are planning for Root and the Machine. I can't wait to see what's in store.


I would LOVE for Carter and Ian to become a couple. I hope Ian comes back he has amazing chemistry with Carter they seem to REALLY LIKE EACH OTHER. It was so nice to see a man give Carter the attention she deserves and shower her with affection.


Have to agree with recent posts....get rid of Shaw, the character is ruining the storyline and the chemistry of the initial characters. To top it off, Sarah Shahi is not a particularly good actress, at least not as this character. Very awkward to watch, the chemistry is just not there and the character takes away screen time from the characters that do work. In the words of the great Fonzie....producers and writers of POI, stop the direction of this plot line before you jump the shark!


Sigh... really not liking the new direction. Though the show was fine with just reese\finch\fusco\carter Not a fan of shaw at all, shes just basically like a copy of season 1 reese only not as funny as he was

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Person of Interest Season 3 Episode 3 Quotes

Guys these days have so many emotions. They cry, they want to be held. I just don't know what to do with them.


You look fine, Shaw. You just look... angry. All the time.