I'd presumed it was Fusco who would die ... until last week, when they went out of their way to show us that Carter's son had a clean-and-sober dad who was again active in the boy's life. Since both potential "croakees" were single parents with sons, there was no reason in the world to clutter up further an already tangled plot line other than to assure the viewers that Joss's son would not be left alone in the world. Having had a whole week to think about it, I was OK with it when it happened. Hope they'll get a little bit more diversity on the team again though!
Just occurred to me, there *was* a "number" in this episode; we got it in the previous episode: Nicholas Donnelly, the FBI agent. Finch received the number at the end of last epi. I really liked the fact that Fusco had recognized Carter's earring and rescued it before she even came on the scene. And I found it fascinating that Mr. formal-last-names Finch called Carter "Joss." There's some fine plotting and characterization being set up here. OK, I'll shut up now.
Couple things: Number one, the past four episodes have actually been a real-time arc of about 4-5 days. Number two, Kara had to die because Annie Parisse has a new gig (on The Following, I think). Personally I thought it was a great episode, doling out answers, triggering new questions, and setting up all kinds of future complications.
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