Person of Interest Review: Reese's Revenge

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Despite Carter’s shocking and tragic death on Person of Interest Season 3 Episode 9, the New York detective had grown as a character, found a bond with Reese (someone she originally set out to capture), stuck true to her code and completed her ultimate task of bringing down HR.

Will she be missed? Of course, but that serves as a testament to both the writing, acting and arc of her character. Carter was someone worth caring about.

So the follow-up episode had the major task of not falling flat and squandering all the emotion and tension that had been built up.

Thankfully, Person of Interest Season 3 Episode 10 delivered a worthy aftermath that explored the death, grief and loss from all the characters and provided that final final chapter in eliminating HR, aka Simmons.

The Search for Justice

Using Johnny Cash’s song “Hurt” over scenes of Carter’s funeral, Reese and Shaw getting highly aggressive in their search for Simmons and a heartbroken Finch trying to figure out what to do when it all seemed to be falling apart was a brilliant way to get things started.

It all captured the emotion of what everyone was feeling and starting up the fallout from such a tragedy.

I’m glad we got to see Reese off the rails and raw. He’s always so cool, calm and collected that it opened up a side we rarely get to witness. He was taking out anyone in his way left and right, ignoring the consequences, hell bent on finding Carter’s killer. He was willing to die to get it done.

Which was such a drastic difference in his flashback. He was in control, cold, ruthless and killing because it was just part of the job. It didn’t mean something to him and he was able to brush it off. Definitely, not the case with Carter, and kudos to Jim Caviezel for illustrating how much her death meant.

Plus having Finch tell Reese that killing Alonzo Quinn wouldn’t be for Carter was good to hear. Perhaps we wanted Reese to do what he does best and get some revenge, but it would have broken what Carter set out to do.

Good thing that gun didn’t go off when Reese pulled the trigger.

As for Shaw, she’s been someone we’ve seen have trouble showing emotions. Even her flashback, which illustrated her resilience to be the heroic doctor, had her as more of a robot in telling the family of their loss. She has come a long way since then, especially much later in the game for the team, but even she wanted to find Simmons.

But it was a nice twist of fate that it was Fusco who ended up finding Simmons. From dirty cop turned loyal partner and friend, he got a chance to be the good guy because of Carter and Reese.

Once again, we saw how much he has grown. He showed no real remorse over killing a bad guy in his flashback, the so-called “Devil’s Share.”

And I’m glad that when he caught up to Simmons, rather than simply kill him, he wanted to fight with his bare hands. Risky? Sure. But man, he beat the crap out of Simmons, while effectively taking out his anger and frustration for the death of his friend and the hold that Simmons used to have over him. It was his chance to take some control.

Another great scene for Kevin Chapman in his emotional explosion about Fusco’s transformation, about Carter and taking Simmons in. He may have felt absent in the early episodes of this season, but both his torture scene in Person of Interest Season 3 Episode 9 and this personal monologue made up for it.

It definitely felt fitting that Fusco got to turn in the final piece of the HR puzzle.

Certainly, Finch was in an interesting predicament on how to handle the situation of Carter’s death.

His flashback showed his survivor’s guilt after the death of Nathan Ingram, his friend, as well as his decision to do something “radical.” We all know where that went with his turn to the Machine.

And yet in the present, he initially didn’t want to use the Machine and essentially Root. He worried that the consequences could be catastrophic. He obviously was distraught over the whole ordeal, but reluctantly agreed to set Root free to help them save Reese. He didn’t want to lose another friend and ally.

Root did aid in the endeavor, firing two guns like a badass, and leading them to Reese. But after all was said and done, she put herself back in her cage willingly. Why?

Is this big unknown threat in the future going to be that much of a problem? Is she not the enemy anymore and something much less black and white? Or will she get Finch and company’s guard down and strike when they least expect it?

At least Finch was able to get to Reese in time.

But it wouldn’t be Person of Interest without a last minute twist.

The brilliant reveal from the shadows of Elias was chilling, especially because that’s kind of where he has been all season. He, too, cared for Carter and was perfectly content in killing, as he and Simmons were “uncivilized.” It was a dark ending and another one I didn’t quite see coming until right before it happened.

I just wonder what Elias’ next move will be.

The hour was full of action, emotional moments and great pacing in showing a necessary fallout after Carter’s death. Witnessing the various character decisions and handling of the death, grief and loss both in flashback and present time really helped build upon the story and how far the show and characters have come.

Definitely a satisfying follow-up for a show that continues to prove just how good it can be.


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


I loved this episode!!! One of the best on TV!!!!!


Killing of carter was a bad move matter how you try to justify it. I agree it should have happened at some point but your timing in this case sucks! unfortunately in your bid to be entertaining…uve lost a chunk of the loyal viewers


Doesn't anybody think it is creepy at all at how Mr. Finch keeps a woman locked up in his house? Anyone? He never wants to release her because she can clearly escape other prisons. What the heck? Is he going to keep her there forever?

Sue ann
@ Person of Thought

That is not his house. That is a library he has purchased from the city during the downsizing. She's locked there because it is their headquarters, and the most recent time he locked her up, she returned to her cage of her own free will, after being free. She won't last forever; it would appear that no one does, on that show. But for the present, those involved feel that she is needed, and those are her quarters. Without watching it again, which I do not intend to do, I am not one hundred per cent sure he locked the padlock this last time. I thought at the time that it looked like he did not....


Sure glad to see how well Kevin Chapman acts.


Detective Carter was my favorite character on the show. I no longer have interest in watching future episodes.


I have been watching POI since it came on this show is the best on tv right now and what dynamic duo Reese and Shaw make Rock On POI


I was just a fan, and it seems my opinion didn't matter much. I liked/enjoyed seeing a strong woman doing the right thing on a tv show. Seems stupid and dumb that the person who had so much time and energy and the evidence locked away in a safe deposit box would get killed off, especially since the boyfriend was killed by HR. But then again I was just a person who devoted my Tuesday night to POI. Heck, I can watch " The 1st 48" to see black men as criminals, or Cheers to see an all white cast. Well, at least more and more folks are watching Scandal. Let's see if they kill of the WOMAN. Killing off Detective Carter ruined the show for me.


Loved the episode. I loved how the beginning started with Carter's funeral it was very sad and I'm going to miss her. Everyone on the POI team wanted revenge for Carter's death and I loved the way they went at it. Reese and Shaw didn't care what they did they were doing whatever it took to try and find Simmons especially Reese. I was happy when they let Root out of the cage she is a great addition to the team she's a different kind of psychopath than Reese and Shaw which makes her fun. I was suprized that Root went back into the cage willingly. I was glad at the end when Fusco didn't kill Simmons but he beat him and then took him in it showed how far he's come from being and dirty cop. I can't wait till the next episode.


Just want to point out it's NOT a Johnny Cash song. It's a cover.

@ JonBradInVic

And in Trent Reznor's own words "I pop the video in, and wow… Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps… Wow. [I felt like] I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn’t mine anymore…"

@ JonBradInVic

It is Johnny Cash singing a tune he remade from the original by Nine Inch Nails.


I just watched the last three episodes and they were riveting. The writing is incredible and the acting is flawless. I predict Root will endeavor to take the "machine" to another level, perhaps to tap into the Akashic records. If the machine is going to be upgraded someone other than Root needs to be Finch's cohort, as she is not worthy of such an endeavor. She is too sinister and she creates a disharmony in the rhythm of mystery in the show. She has no chemistry with the other characters, as well. I trust she will be short lived and replaced by someone more in tune with the spirit of POI.

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Person of Interest Season 3 Episode 10 Quotes

We're out of options. We need Root.


Does survivor's guilt pass when everything that has happened actually is, in fact, your fault?