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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have to add get rid of root keep elias. loved him on flashpoint and just shoot me. what a good actor he is!!!!!!!

@ barbara

Dec 17th

@ barbara


Sarah silva

This was a great episode!
The opening was so great!
I like having more of Fusco.
Reese was great as always and he was bleeding like crazy but still managed to take out guys and get the answers he needed too!
I would not have been mad if he killed Quinn but did not and Quinn was arrested instead.
I loved Fusco beating up Simmons. I also loved Elias at the end, that was so perfect and the look on Simmons face when he said he was not going to kill him BUT was going to watch his friend do it was great. Sorry I know killing someone is bad and I not condone such action BUT it this case it was 100% justified as he killed Carter and tried to kill Reese.
I liked Root for the first time too!

@ Mrs alex o'loughlin

it's as if I left this comment!!!!with much better English of course...
I just don't like that bear gets close to everyone! I just wanted him to be John's and Harold's!!!


I still hate they killed off Carter but I am hoping this means there will be more Fusco now and less of Root. I am not a fan of Root. Shaw is growing on me. Root and Shaw are very poor replacements for Carter. I knew Elias and his friend where going to kill Simmons. They need to do flashback on how Elias and his friend became friends. Elias little speech was chilling. I watched this final arch but I don't know if I will watch POI anymore.


The casting folks trying to have it both ways...find someone who will fit the profile of both minority and white...and Sara Shahi perfectly fits that mold....

@ George

I like Shahi but she doesn't count as minority, as she doesn't "show"! I don't think the purpose is to keep the balance... I don't know why... I didn't see Carter as a "black" woman... I just loved the fact that a woman was that strong in her job and... I don't know... just thinking loud!

Kitanishi h mcdonald
@ rihanna

I am sorry but being of iranian or spanish descent DOES count as being a minority.


from beginning to end best episode ever!!! luved how shaw kicked butt at the start. fusco knocking the crap out of simmons. i had been annoyed with root in the past and i had mentioned last week unless root helped and elias (luv him) i wish she wud go. well root pulled thru but i still think she has an agenda. as for elias wow!!!! i new he wud he liked carter what a great ending


"The Devil's Share" was the best episode of "Person of Interest" this year, maybe the best since the show began. I am heartbroken that Carter is truly dead, and I agree that Detective Carter was the heart of the show, just as Finch represents the brain and Reese the hands and Lionel Fusco, in some cases, the feet and in some cases, the show's Court Jester). The new women in the series are cold-blooded and lack heart. I think Carter is irreplaceable in the series. That said, the acting last night, by everyone, but especially by Jim Caviezel and Kevin Chapman, was at a whole other level. Michael Emerson is always good. I particularly loved Chapman's acting during his confrontation with Simmons. It was Lionel's finest hour to date, and I love his redemption story, which has been one of the best things about the show. I also loved the flashback scene with Caviezel in which the shadows on his face made it look like a death's head. What an episode. The writers of "The Mentalist" should take note. (I'm a fan but was very disappointed in "Red John.") That's how you do a climactic show right.

@ FilmAlicia

I completely agree with you on all counts - Person of Interest has impressed me from the very first episode, but "The Devil's Share" takes it to a whole new level. We all knew that Simmons would be dead by the end of the episode, I think, but the drama lay in how we got to that point. And was it ever intense! Fantastic job all around, but like you I give special praise to Jim Caviezel and Kevin Chapman. They've really gone all in with their performances these past few episodes. And I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed the Death's Head lighting effect on Reese during his flashback sequence; it was quite eerie, wasn't it? Also, kudos to the costume and makeup departments, as well. Wow!

@ Dreamrose

yes I noticed the lighting for him too. he looked like a skull. and appropriate!

@ Dreamrose

I agree. The episode wowed me. They gave Detective Carter a fitting send-off.


Best opening sequence....ever! Producer/Creater Jonathan Nolan penned this 3 episode arc finale which explains the film like quality.
I love the evolution of Fusco from season 1 to now, he has become our moral compass, our everyman. I also enjoyed seeing how Reese unraveled to the point where we meet him in Season 1.
Love this show-so smart, intense- always a great ride. I agree the episode went way too fast.


Great episode. Just one question, did Fusco and Simmons stop somewhere and clean up on the way to the cop shop? After the fight Fusco's face was covered in blood but when he walked Simmons into the precinct his face was clean.


Wow. I don't say that very often, but just... wow. I mean, although I've loved this show from the beginning, I don't think I've been blown away like this since the end of "Blue Code". I thought the show had settled into a comfortable groove, and I was okay with that. I've been enjoying the hell out of it for the last couple of seasons, but I honestly believed the show was pretty much done *impressing* me. Boy, was I wrong. "The Devil's Share" has proven that, when firing on all cylinders, PoI is still hands-down the greatest show on network TV.


Gonna love Elias every single day for rest of my life, ha !

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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?