Person of Interest Review: The Bodyguard

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Who wouldn't want John Reese as his or her bodyguard?

For a guy who's not only a great pick pocket, a lethal fighter, a quiet charmer, snazzy dresser and loyal friend, it's hard to go wrong. He's pretty much the whole package.

And with Finch returned to his usual roost behind his computers, Reese was back to his quippy and cheery self, exuding that confident kick-ass swagger that illustrates what makes these two a fantastic pair of teammates and friends.

Essentially, "Masquerade" got Person of Interest right back into the swing of things with the standard number popping up and everyone doing what he does best.

Reese Poses As a Body Guard

The case itself was interesting by at first letting viewers believe that the Brazilian diplomat's daughter, Sophia, was the potential target of a assassination attempt. And with her bossy, bitchy attitude, it wasn't hard to see her having her fair share of enemies.

Except it all took a nice turn toward her potential danger being caused by merely being witness to a killer that happened to be at a party she was at. Talk about wrong place, wrong time. That's some John McClane problems.

But, really, these cases wouldn't be as exciting or the curve balls entertaining if it weren't for the chemistry and charisma of the cast. Not only did all of the characters contribute in their respective manners, but there was something more going on with each of them that extended beyond the episode itself. It's enjoyable to see these characters continue to grow.

Finch may have been doing his usual computer work, but it was obvious that the Root kidnapping had a huge effect on him. For a guy that can portray such a resolute confidence in certain circumstances and pretty much where it concerns the machine, it was a big change to see him have that panic attack.

But I love that his affections for the dog, Bear, progressed throughout and that Reese was able to help him eventually get out for that drink by episode's end. These two are pals and with their new furry companion, three is not a crowd.

As for Fusco, he was his bumbling, dopey self, but he's so endearing that you can't help but want him to succeed even when you know he's gonna screw up. It was great that he was able to save Sophia, even if he ended getting his gun taken a few moments later.

Yet, it really didn't matter because Carter plowed right into the bad guy with her SUV. Now that's teamwork.

Even the bar fight, for instance, Carter coming in to save the day showed how much more the team has evolved from just Reese doing the hands on work. And there was a great and funny rapport between the two about Reese taking longer than four minutes and Carter getting bored in the car.

Of course, Carter helping out was only part of it, as she continued to dig deeper into Alica Corwin.

And I know I've said it before, but it's a testament to the show in its ability to have that one-off feel for the casual viewer, while interjecting bits of the larger mythology at the same time

Bringing back the assassin from the Person of Interest Season 2 premiere to retrieve whatever was in Alicia Corwin? Well, that plot thickens.

Not to mention the return of Agent Snow and Cara, who we last saw showing up alive in "Matsya Nyaya." Where is that story headed?

There is a lot going on, but it never feels like too much or overly complex, and that level of excitement for what's to come just increases with each scene.

It's hard not to gush over the return of Person of Interest, especially after being bumped by the debates last week, but the fact that it's in full form is fantastic. This episode certainly made me all smiles and even getting Reese to smile made things that much more fun. If you aren't watching, you're missing out on a great show.

What did you think of the episode? What's up with Cara? What's the secret with Alicia? Why do people think they can beat Reese?


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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Sarah silva

Another fantastic episode!
I want John Reese to protect me if I ever need it! LOL!
I think the scene at the end with Reese and Finch was super sweet and the look on Finch's face when Reese was telling Sophia that some one looked out for him and it saved his life (he did not say those exact words but he was taking about Finch).
I like it when Fusco, Carter, Reese and Finch work together,they all bring something different to the table and it is great!
How funny was Carter when she walked into the bar and shot the guy that was going to shoot Reese!?!?
I love this show more and more each week!


@Michelle - you were confused re Agent Snow, Reese, Stanton, etc. You are in luck! Looks like CBS is re-running "Matsya Nyaya", that pretty much explains it all, TONIGHT (10/20, Saturday) at 9:00 PM! Catch it if you can! Great episode!


I enjoyed this episode as I usually enjoy all the previous eps of this excellent show. Cast was well integrated and the story was good and also the mythology getting more interesting with the return of Snow and Cara.
I liked when Reese was speaking to Sophia when she felt she was all alone and he told her he had been there too and it was a friend who helped him to find a purpose again, or something to that effect. Then they cut to Finch's face and he seemed so proud. So touching!! Looking forward to next week!


@Michelle: I need some help, please:( I am so confused about what's going on with agent Snow. Why is he no longer "pursuing" Mr. Reece? Why was he limping in the last episode and most of all , why is he wearing some sort of bomb on him? I am completely and utterly lost:( I don't think I missed an episode?
- Snow - Is the bad CIA guy who had Reese shot in S1/E10. Stanton was Reese's CIA partner. Stanton and Reese were given the same orders by Snow to kill the other after completing their mission in Ordos, China. Stanton shot Reese but then learned it was a set up by Snow. Reese escaped (and met Finch in NYC). Stanton did too - and caught up with Snow in NYC. She killed Snow's partner who shot Reese then shot Snow in the knee and took him hostage in S1/E20, "Matsya Nyaya". Fast forward to "Masquerade" and there's Stanton with Snow hooked up to a bomb in order to control him. Not sure whose side Stanton is on but it sure ain't the CIA's. We'll all find out what she's up to some time this season! Hope this helps?


This is the best show that I have ever seen, and I don't say that lightly. I hardly ever enjoy 'today' TV...every other show I liked was always an old classic. My favorite character is Finch. Reese is great, but we're all used to shows having a handsome tough-guy. TV has finally created a truly original character in one else on TV is like him. I was so hoping that things wouldn't be completely back to normal in this episode...Finch is a sensitive, caring guy...he's devoted his entire life to saving strangers' lives! There's no way that he would simply bounce back from what Root put him through...she killed two people right in front of him (maybe 3, if the woman in the restaurant died from the drug that Root put in her drink) and he probably blames himself for their deaths...something that would devastate him. I'm so glad that Root got away, because that means that she will be back, and I can't wait to see what happens when she reappears, lol! Thank you, CBS, for a really fantastic show!


Great episode! I sound like a broken record; saying this every week. The writers are consistent, as are the cast. Loved Carter busting in on Reese, and saying "I got bored sitting in the car." And when Finch was picking up the dog's ball with a napkin at the first of the show and by the end, was picking it up with his bare hands. We got to see some of Reese's softer side last night and it was a treat. Can't wait till next week!


I loved the show. Great bonding with the dog and the end of the show.


I need some help, please:( I am so confused about what's going on with agent Snow. Why is he no longer "pursuing" Mr. Reece? Why was he limping in the last episode and most of all , why is he wearing some sort of bomb on him? I am completely and utterly lost:( I don't think I missed an episode?


@fsidemaffia Titanium- David Guetta ft. Sia. I am surprised that you haven't heard of it. Check out the video on YouTube. Its pretty good.


ne1 knows the song played in the club they enter around 10 minutes ?

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Person of Interest Season 2 Episode 3 Quotes

There are two men watching us and I'm about to introduce myself.


Finch, I think Sophia is gonna need a new body guard.