I was wondering if anyone would mention the series (I had been planning on doing so if no-one else did).
The reference is to the first book in the series - "On A Pale Horse". The basic idea of that story is that Death is a human serving the role. When Death comes to collect you, if you can kill him you assume the role.
"First, the list of suspects who could be Red John was reduced from five to three, as Jane realized three of them - Bertram, Smith and McAllister - all have the same tattoo on their left shoulder."
Not necessarily - All we know was that the PI was killed by someone with the Tattoo. We do NOT know she was referring to Red John (or was working for him or one of his followers). The tattoo could be a "Tyger, Tyger" ID since we know that one of those with it is a member.
I have no problems with you mentioning Throw Momma as a plotlime reference. As I noted, while watching I spotted the plot as from the Hitchcock movie. As to not mentioning Strangers, you could have said both Throw and Strangers (to cover your bases). That way you hit the most well known of the movies that have used this much recycled plot. I am at an age where my references tend to be of the original use when the idea has been recycled later. I like that the writers toss off movie references (usually by Tony) for the fans even when they may not be recognized by everyone watching.
While the reviewer mentions the "Throw Momma From The Train" plot, while watching I said "Strangers On A Train" - the 1951 Hitchcock movie which as referenced in Throw Momma as the inspiration for the murder swap (one of the characters came up with the idea after seeing the movie).
The train rescue was over played. The motorman just honking the horn as opposed to hitting the breaks (releasing the dead man switch) was played for drama. Since he sees the guy on the track, why keep going instead of just stopping (note that he blows through the station).
As to who will be the "Hero" who will die, I am making a wild guess that the Fusco clips in the trailers are a red herring and that it will turn out to be Carter's ex (ie: Her son's father). I am getting vibes from the way they played his backstory that they are setting him up as the one who is being referred to in the promos.
"I think Peter already suspects Neal got that money. That was easy enough. All Neal had to do was go and get it as soon as he found out where it was and then tell Peter the rest."
I agree. He also seemed to have known about Mozzie being the mysterious helper with the delivery last week (as well as knowing that Mozzie lost everything when his identity was revealed and his assets were stolen). Thus I can see him as seeing the money vanishing as an way of making Mozzie "whole" since he would suspect/understand what Neal did with it.
"You may have noticed that only once did Tony refer to McGee with a McName. Most of the time he referred to him simply as "Tim"."
He also called him "Probbie" (as in "I am the senior agent and you are a trainee/jr-agent") at least once.
"The flip side is that "She" is talking to Root, and in some ways giving better advice and intel than a mere number to Finch."
You have to remember that the info being supplied to Finch is restricted by his original cinstructions which said to only release the subject's SSN and no other info on why they were selected. The information being supplied to Root is based on the Machine selecting her as its asset and is aimed at it protecting its existence and independence. Two separate purposes/missions and thus two different types of data. While Root seems to be getting better intel/advice she is also unaware of its significance - Only that following the advice/intel will allow her to help protect the Machine (which as been her goal from day one).
Since Howard is involved, he could have stashed Jennifer in the Barn like he did with the son. When the barn went bad, she might have been released like Duke with false memories (just like Audrey/Sarah/Lexie/etc.).
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