Summary: Moretti is released from prison so Carter and Reese watch over him to ensure Elias doesn't attack him. Moretti is attacked but Carter ensures he is safe and move shim to a safe location. Finch notices that the next POI is Leila who is a six-month old infant in a hospital. Finch realizes she is in danger and steals her from the hospital. Reese tries to discover why somebody is trying to kill Leila. He figures it out but Leila is kidnapped. To get her back, Reese goes to Elias for help. Elias helps but threatens to kill Reese and Leila, only letting them live after Reese gives up Moretti's location. The baby is saved but Elias gets to Moretti and captures him. One of the cops Carter left to watch over Moretti is shot and she decides to stop helping Reese.
The Good: Now this is more like it. Whenever "Person of Interest" indulges in its long-term stories, it results in a strong episode. This was no exception.
The episode's dual storylines worked really well. It established tension at the beginning of the episode as Reese was worried about Moretti and Finch was worried about Leila. I really liked how both stories converged into tense moments which had exciting conclusions (the brief shoot-out and the hilarious reveal that Finch kidnapped a baby). Additionally, it resulted in a dramatic final act where Elias joined in with Reese during the baby storyline.
Elias is fantastic. I love his character because he is a genuine threat to Reese, which is pretty rare to find. Elias is currently 2-0 over Reese as he has outsmarted him twice now. That's really good because it means that Elias is a big deal whenever he shows up, since he is an established threat that we have been conditioned to take seriously. The conversation that Elias and Reese had in this episode was great too. I liked the way that Reese convinced Elias to join his cause, but better yet was how Elias betrayed Reese halfway through and ensured that he would be gaining something by helping Reese out.
I thought the ending was really smart too. Reese took a risk by working with the one man who has bested him before and he has paid for it by losing Carter's trust and loyalty. It was a surprising turn of events but it makes a lot of sense for the characters. Carter refusing to help Reese is logical, especially considering that she works as a cop whose job is to protect people, and she was doing a fine job of it before Reese came along. I'm pleased with this development as it shakes things up and increases my interest in what the show has planned as the season's final act.
I think Fusco has been given a strong storyline too. His involvement with HR has given him a good conflict to help explore his character by forcing him to be dirty. I like that Fusco has slowly transitioned from a dirty cop to a decent guy throughout the series as he continues to do work for both Reese and Carter. This character transformation got a great moment in this episode when Fusco refused to give up Carter's secret to Simmons, showing that he has no desire to be dirty anymore.
The action scenes in this episode were pretty solid and tense. I liked Leila's kidnapping scene, Reese's violent attack on the Petrosians and Reese halting the baby swap. They were all dramatic moments, as well as the scene where Elias trapped Reese and Leila in the refrigerated truck.
I thought that having the kidnapper put Leila in a zipped up bag was incredibly smart. It's such a reckless thing to do, and it immediately made me hate the guy who did it. This paid dividends when Reese shot the guy in the head. I was cheering to see the man die because the show added the extra detail to make me despise him, even though he only said like 2 lines of dialogue.
The Bad: It was weak seeing the same car accident trick two episodes in a row. Last episode, it was an attempt on Adam's life and this time it was an attempt on Moretti's life. Elias is going to need to find different ways to kill people.
I was really angry to see Finch walking around in public getting baby formula when he is a suspect for kidnapping a baby. Just send Reese to do this! It was really out of character for the cautious and paranoid man to do this.
The show loves to do the dramatic reveal of the POI escaping from Reese/Finch to leave us with a cliff-hanger before commercials. It's getting comical how frequently this is happening. I find it hard to believe that Leila would escape so easily from Finch, and I find it harder to believe that Finch believed that some small books would keep Leila inside.
Reese breaking into the Petrosians house was tense but also incredibly stupid. Now both Finch and Reese should be suspects who have been seen in public and can be recognized on sight.
The Unknown: So why did Elias contact Reese in the last episode? The cliffhanger went nowhere.
What is Elias planning to do? Is he just going to kill Moretti? Does he have other plans?
Is Carter actually going to stay away from Reese now? Will she come back later?
Best Moment: Carter deciding that she was done was a really strong moment.
Character of the Episode: Carter.
Conclusion: This was a good episode that was pretty fun. It gave the show some momentum and provided a fun story to boot. This was a solid return to form after a few weak episodes.
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