Person of Interest Review: Date Night

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Hopefully, your head is not all tied up in knots after the amount of twists and turns in this week's Person of Interest.

One of my biggest compliments of this show (and there are many) is the drama's ability to actively combine the case of the week with the larger seasonal story in a way that feels natural. It works in allowing casual or first-time viewers to get a sense of what the show is all about, while the long-time watchers see the characters grow and the multiple story arcs progress bit by bit.

And there's always something for everyone, whether it's trying to solve the mystery along with Reese and Finch; great humorous moments; bullets-blazing action scenes; a touch of potential romance; or individuals with dimensionality and personality.

"Bury the Lede" did a good job on touching pretty much all those bases, and although it wasn't my favorite, the negatives of the hour seemed more minor compared to how the show performed overall.

Don't Become the Story

Reese and Finch spent most of their time tracking the pretty and determined journalist Maxine, but the real focus was all about the mysterious boss of HR.

So, while the story bounced from politician scandals to mob boss' sons to anonymous callers, the identity of the boss could have been pretty much anybody. And it turns out Fusco, who used to be on the corrupt cop pay roll, didn't have a clue.

Of course, bringing back the dirty officer Simmons seemed only natural, but I found it very odd and interesting that rather than have Reese take him out, Fusco went along with his plans. Is that something that could cost Fusco down the road?

Who knows, but Fusco has been playing on the good side for a while and it really seemed as if he was just trying to clean the slate for good. Except, like Simmons said, once you're in, you're in.

Clearly the same case is for Maxine, whose passion for publishing the juicy news stories got her in hot water. And maybe I missed something, but how did she manage to get her article published in the first place?

I know she said she had sources, but none of them really confirmed that the mob boss' son was the actual HR boss. It just seemed like for a professional to jump to conclusions because it sounded good rather than rely on cold hard facts was a stretch for me.

I am glad the reveal of the HR boss didn't turn out to be just the politician, but was the moment dramatic enough for everyone? I appreciate that Finch saw beyond the simplicity and that we did actually see who it was, but I wasn't left in utter shock.

Hopefully, we'll get to see more of the HR boss and learn if he can be as much of a formidable foe as the ones that have already appeared on the series.

But some of the best moments of the night weren't about the corruption or the enigmatic players in the political game. Instead, the comedy really helped sell the hour.

Finch was on fire with an endearing awkwardness, from getting Bear the squeaky toy... nagging Reese for not reading up on his internet dating profile... and even the shock and awe of seeing the massive collection of guns in Reese's closet.

Even the moment when he told Reese that he'd been texting Maxine and Reese asked what he just said was hilarious.

The dinner date was full of its own laughs that really got me perked back up during the episode, and it couldn't have gone more differently than Reese probably thought.

I loved that Reese tried to play it cool and Finch kept telling him he was doing it all wrong. And it was fantastic that Maxine talked about superheroes and Reese finally decided it was a good idea to put on the glasses Finch got him.

Anyone think of Clark Kent with a Batman voice?

Of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Paige Turco's return as the sexy and smart Zoe Morgan. She had a small amount of screen time but she nailed that fun flirty attitude when she's with Reese. Those two together are perfect.

It's not often that the smaller moments shine more for me than the bigger story, but I just had more fun with the likes of Reese trying out dating or Finch on doggy duty. But that's the great thing about Person of Interest: it stays fresh, it tries out new things and it still finds a variety of ways to make the hour enjoyable.

What did you think of the episode? How would you fare on a date with Reese? Did you guess who the HR boss would be?

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Também gosto de quando em um seriado a trama principal nunca se perde, pode dar as voltas que quiser contando que ela esteja lá sempre e que alguns elementos vira e mexe apareçam, adoro isso. Adoro a série e com o Urso ficou um pouco mais humana, afinal que não gosta de cachorro né?


The chemistry between Zoe Morgan and Reese is unbelievable, I'm hoping that the writers don't muck it up as many do and have them in bed together. They have a good thing going (the sexual tension) why ruin it. I predict Zoe will become a regular, I'm just wondering angle the writers will come up with to make her a fixture. Reminds me of Michael Emerson's character (Ben) on Lost. He was only suppose to do maybe 2 or 3 episodes of that show, but his performance was so good, he became a regular guy you loved to hate.


@Dadesh64. The Real HR boss is actually the campaign manager of the guy who was running against the guy who was arrested for being the HR boss. Lol! It's just one of those episodes, isn't it?


Where do I find the song list for Bury the Lede" viewed last night on Persons of Interest?


@gatvfanatic, I am with you.

Beverly brooks

Excellent episode. Finch is such a great character. Reese on a date, he was so lovable. Show just keeps getting better each week.


Any episode with Zoe/Paige has to be good. She should be a permanent cast member.


Loved the episode too for all the reasons others said but no, I don't think Maxine figured out Reese was the man in the suit. She had no clue.


Great episode. How funny was it watching Finch get all excited about the info and then exasperated because Reese was not behaving 'correctly' for his date? :) Also agree with the reviewer that it was a bit of a stretch Maxine would've been able to print that story. Loved the HR angle and being a fan of Fusco, I am hoping he can get through this. Probably the least interesting part of the ep for me was Maxine. I did almost skip through large parts of her and Reese's convo, but overall it was a good ep.


all funny moments, yes... but how could you guys forget that little scene in the station where Reese is all uncomfortable and bumps into Fusco and they both try to look away like they don't know each other... now that was funny!

Person of Interest Season 2 Episode 5 Quotes

I simply made the grievous error of buying bear a squeaky toy.


How am I supposed to save a woman who wants to put me on the front page?