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Person of Interest Review: Spy Kid

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Person of Interest Season 3 has featured a decent batch of episodes so far.

Plus, the new chapter involving the freed Machine, Root on the loose and Shaw as a new member of the team has been a good slow buildup without rushing into anything and wasting the storylines that have been opened, in addition to dealing with the past ones resurfacing.

With "Razgovor," I was a bit skeptical that a majority of the focus would on Shaw, especially because there's a possibility she could get overused, leaving the original crew too much in the background. Except the episode was a knockout punch that was able to converge the characters and give them all something to do, at the same time pulling in each respective story together, and then delivering a final shocking kicker moment at the very last second.

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I'm glad Shaw has found her way onto the team, albeit she's getting paid for her work. And we get it, she seems pissed off all the time, likes to follow her own rules and would rather shoot first and ask questions later. It works for her character, which made this episode the opportune time to expose a different side to her, one that has a little care and compassion.

Sure, she likes Bear (who doesn't?), but it was nice to see Shaw rise above Finch's concerns in respect to watching the little girl spy-in-training. She does have a heart, even if it's not so openly emotional. There was a determination for a character and a willingness to stick her neck out despite the fact she was hurt and needed to go to a doctor.

The flashback of her younger self also revealed that she wasn't once a happy go lucky kid who became hardened. She was equally as emotionless as a child faced with the death of her father, a tragic moment. It wasn't that she didn't necessarily feel anything for the incident, it just wasn't the outpouring of tears. Yes, the rescue crew noticed something wrong (and maybe that will be further explored), but over the course of the episode we saw exactly the real concern that Shaw felt.

I liked that in focusing on Shaw's character, there wasn't a dramatic change or campy transformation. It remained true to who she is from her shootout with the bad guys, taking down some more with the needles and stealing a little blood from the Russians.

Plus, there was a nice bonding period between the little girl who went all super spy and the actual female spy. It was funny that Shaw was flustered with the girl's questions and Reese laughing at the fact that Shaw got made by a 10-year-old.

Interestingly enough, the girl as the person of interest seemed innocent enough, but her recorded tapes of the big wigs HR and the Russians (Finch listening to the tape tape marked "Gross! was hilarious) connected to Carter's solo investigation.

It was great that Carter wanted to do her own snooping and I enjoyed seeing her get to grow on her own and not just as a sidekick. Which made it much more exciting of a twist when her new partner tried to have a sit-down with her and she flipped the table on everything. She knew right away when he partnered up that he was working for HR.

But I was shocked when she shot and killed the other cop/bartender with her partner's gun (I knew that would come back at some point.) On top of that, rather than kill her partner, she's blackmailing him into working for her? Whoa, things are getting crazy. I just hope it doesn't backfire on her when she gets in too deep. At least she's got a pretty sweet jacket to add to that badass attitude she displayed throughout the episode.

The same could be said for Reese and Finch, even if they played more of a supporting role for the hour.

Finch got to do all his techno stuff and it was enjoyable to see him smile about his chemistry knowledge right before the building exploded.

Reese, who exudes that calm and collected cool just by sipping a beer or walking the dog, got to have his own great moments, too, from smiling before punching the guy with tremors to faking him out with the corn syrup. But it was that awesome fight between Reese and Simmons that was the standout for his character. He shot him in the kneecap, sure. But it was way more fun watching those two battle it out with fists flying. And then pulling the vanishing act at the very end? What a fun scene to watch.

There was so much going on from the plots to the characters - to the action, the drama  and the touches of humor - that after the dust settled from the dealings of HR, the Russians and the person of interest saving (ward of the reclusive billionaire? So in a few years, she'll join the team, right?), I was prepared for a simple conversation with the regrouped team talking about getting ready for next time.

Instead, viewers were treated to that last surprise moment of Root showing up and using a Taser on Shaw. Wow. Did not see that coming. What a way to end things and leave us wanting more.

This was an entertaining and engrossing episode of Person of Interest right up the conclusion and a great hour that kicked things into high gear. This show has clearly still got it and I'm looking forward to seeing where the rest of the season is headed.

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Really nice story telling with this episode. The show's writers and producers are doing a great job weaving in Shaw. I do like that all of our regulars got just as much air time. It truly is an ensemble show ... and I'm so glad that they're letting Carter flex her muscle. She didn't climb up the police ranks for nothing. One of the other posters made a brilliant call on where Shaw might have left her bug ... why didn't I think of that? I looooove Bear! Previews looked foreboding for our favorite team! Noooo!

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I loved this episode. I loved the way Carter "owned" the rookey like that, it was phenomenal. Shaw is starting to grow on me.

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This was one of my favorite episodes. Some back story on Shah, and finding out that Carter knew about her new partner's link to HR all along. Confiscating his nice new gun for "ballistic" testing was a shrewd move, and then using it to plug his accomplice so that he is incriminated if he doesn't work for her - brilliant! I just wondered where Elias was in all this. Last we saw, Carter had him hidden away in a "safe location".
Root showing up at the very last moment was the icing on the cake.
@Grimmfan#10 - it shouldn't take a tech savvy guy like Finch very long to find the bug, now that he knows there is one.

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@PHXcowbot I completely agree with everything you said. I absolutely love all of the characters and the fact that the writers know what to do with all of them and I am truly enjoying Shahi as Shaw this season. After seeing her in various shows generally playing some sort of perky character who's full of emotion, it's a joy watching her play a stoic, unemotional bad ass on POI. I just love it. It was also nice to see Carter turn into a full on bad ass too. I kept wondering why she hadn't asked or accepted any help from Reese or Finch and this episode explained it all and proved why she doesn't really need their help -at least not yet. I only wish POI still aired with Elementary because I love that show too and loved Thursday nights because of the two shows. POI is by far one of the best shows on television. Hopefully, it'll get nominated for an award or two soon enough.

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the flashback scenes of Shaw as a young girl shows her to be a classic psychopath - "I do angry, and that's about it"
Maybe that is the story line from the Nolan Brothers - to show that Reese is bad because he has to be to save others, and Shaw is bad because she HAS to be. Sarah Shahi carries her role so beautifully - no break, perfect continuity of character.
She is a great addition to the cast. I love Bad Grrrllzzz.

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time to go Shaw. you are a rabid, wild, disgusting animal. BUH-BYE.

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I really enjoyed this episode.
Carter is awesome! The whole bar scene was great!
I missed Fusco this episode, hope he is on next week.
The end with Root standing over Shaw's bed and holding the taser! CRAZY.
Can not wait for next week.

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@ grimmfan#10 bear's collar ? it is both the best place (bear is never far from harold) and the most risky one … although, if harold hasn't noticed, it might be safe … however, now harold is looking for it … wonder how long it will take him to find the bug and how much (not) finding the bug will "bug" him … :D

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continued...I think the "bug" in Finch's place is in Bear's spiked collar. What do you guys think it is?

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I love love love this show. I love the fact they have women who kick butt and the men don't have a problem with it. I knew Reese knew what Carter was doing but knew she could handle it. When you need help just call. Love Reese! Shaw if funny. I think she has the same "thing" the guy had on the Blacklist this week. Really can't feel anything but do care about others because she was very upset about her partner being killed and was watching his parents to make sure they are alright. I don't get crazy Root being able to sneak up on her. That is a little out there. I am ready for Shaw to take her down! Where is Fusco??? I like Fusco, more Fusco! I loved the rookie telling Carter she did not know her place and she called him son! Always have liked Carter but she really kicks butt! Everyone talks about Kerri Washington on Scandal but Taraji P. Henson beats her hands down to me! I was surprised that Reese and Finch did not get Jenni mom out of prison?!?! Also the "bug" is in Bear's spiked collar. Where does everyone else think it is? Finch don't give Bear cookies!

Person of Interest Season 3 Episode 5 Quotes

You're not gonna believe this, Finch. Shaw just got made by a ten-year-old.

Reese

What, Finch, you think I didn't bug your office?

Shaw