Person of Interest brings Valentine’s Day to Christmas
Love is in the holiday air for this week’s ‘Person of Interest.’ In Til Death, Mark Pellegrino guest stars as a murdering lovestruck spouse while Reese flirts with Carter, Carter flirts with a new love interest, Fusco flirts with his girlfriend, and Finch flirts with his ex-fiancee.
The Reese and Carter match up is like the crush you have on the high school quarterback. Sure, you’re the tiny girl with a ponytail and too-short bangs. Sure, he’s the 6-foot goliath with the stone-blue eyes and the fox-cold smile, but everytime you’re together he smiles at you and you think it’s going to happen. Then he runs off with his genius best friend or the leggy prom queen and you’re back to square one. This week, Person of Interest didn’t just return to the old Reese and Carter relationship, it made love this week’s theme by relaying Finch’s courtship of his fiancée, introducing new love interests for Fusco and Carter and reconciling a love-ruptured-turned-assassins couple.While this week didn’t incorporate the Machine’s backstory, it still felt full, warm and fun due to the three overlapping couple stories. Although not much happened in the way of overarching story development, this is my favorite episode so far.
I’ll tackle the Carter-Reese stakeout first because it returned to the season one chemistry while augmenting it. Season one Reese would not have asked or cared about Carter’s love life. And, season one Carter wouldn’t've revealed as much about her marriage. In our interview, Henson stated she hoped she’d learn more about her character’s husband. And, this week we do. But, we still don’t know if her husband died in action or they divorced. While I’m glad the show didn’t return to Jessica, it still has last season’s dangling plot line where Carter and Reese still need to discuss Carter’s knowledge and Reese’s past feelings. I’ve noticed that whenever Carter or Zoe ask John about his relationships or himself, he’s always saved by the bell. Smart, writers. Very smart. Also, why did Finch interrupt Fusco’s date, when Carter could’ve just staked out the wife while Reese staked out the husband?
Another relationship I loved included Finch’s flashback to his courtship with his fiancée. I love that the costuming, art and lighting continued the coordinated blue palette with the blue wash, the blue bar, Finch’s blue shirt, her blue dress, and Finch’s blue eyes to reflect the past. Interestingly, the blue didn’t detract from the warmth of Finch’s then-burgeoning relationship. And, I loved that as the show transitioned from then to now, we lost the blue tones, but we didn’t lose the deep affectionate. However, the directing connected the opening shot of the cold washed past with the opening shot of the warm toned present by showing Grace wearing a blue dress in both time periods. I must say that Finch is hypnotic as a man in love.
Continuing the love trend, I love the growing romance between Finch and Reese. Finch and Reese are perfect partners. In season two’s premiere episodes, Reese talked mysteriously about his only friend, Finch. In this episode, Finch mysteriously referenced re-connecting with a lifelong love. If it isn’t Grace (or stalking Grace), who is it? Maybe Reese and Finch don’t share an erotic romance, but they have a romance full of chemistry and love nonetheless. I enjoyed the first ten minutes of their initial interaction so much, I could’ve continued watched them without introducing other characters. Who didn’t love their flirtatious baseball chatter? Oh, and, NOW Finch also calls Reese John?! What?! Interestingly, Reese still uses Finch’s last name.
Despite the love fest, I feared a return to season one’s fractured patterns with Fusco reverting to his shady old self while Reese/Carter check up on him. But, I’m glad that didn’t happen. Although I like Fusco’s lady love, I’m not a fan of Carter’s love interest for incredibly superficial reasons. Look at Carter, she’s hot. She has it going on. She has swagger, hot hair and an incredibly athletic physique. But, this guy … Come on, now! Finch gets Carrie Preston as his love interest, Fusco gets a pretty woman, Reese has himself to hit on. However, Carter gets the world’s worst 1980s pick up line about roses and ashes? What?! Admittedly, it’s partially the haircut. When I saw a couple of pictures of Sterling Brown with a shaved head, I went “HELLOOOO, NURSE!” But, the hair he’s sporting now makes him look like the guy next door. Am I glad that Nolan and crew cast Sterling Brown on the show? Yes, because I love his talent. He’s brilliant. He did his undergrad at Stanford and received a drama MFA from NYU. However, I had my heart set on Szymanski, Snow (until Cara kidnapped him), last season’s finale FBI agent or the hot identity theft cop Fusco worked with last season.
I loved this week’s War of the Roses-esque guest plot starring Mark Pellegrino because I have such a crush on his talent. He throws himself into any role easily and wholeheartedly. He rocked as the scheming, evil Bishop in Being Human. I loved him as the utterly lost father on Grimm. And, this week he displayed his comedic talents as the loving yet un-loving assassin-hiring husband. When you hear shots fired on your property, do you REALLY go out to investigate? And when someone identifies themselves as NYPD, do they need to verify again?
Overall, I enjoyed this week. Despite Thanksgiving last week and multiple holidays around the corner, Person of Interest touched on holiday warmth where we watch the gang interact with and support each other. Is it safe for Fusco to bring someone into the circle of four? What if she’s a plant? Also, isn’t kidnapping the most awkward first date scenario, ever? I love that the show continues to show both Fusco and Carter as competent. During the final scene I sat in wonderment at Carter’s shooting scene. Now I know why Reese wanted to call Fusco first. Either way, I loved this week’s love. Keep up the good work, POI.