Summary: The next POI is a woman named Vanessa whose husband recently died. She is suspected for killing him. Reese and Finch are unsure of if she is innocent or guilty. Vanessa escapes confinement and continually does some mysterious actions. Eventually Reese catches her and they quiz her. They discover that her husband, Jeremy is still alive and framed her. Determining her to be innocent, they let her go. However, she goes to kill Jeremy for revenge. Reese goes to stop her, but determines that they are both bad people. Reese lets them both kill each other.
The Good: This episode has fun moments. The opening scene was fairly pointless, but it was decent comedy and was a clever use of Bear. Shaw had some really fun scenes as well. I enjoyed the brief book club bit, and Shaw debating whether or not to murder the slow banker was pretty funny.
The main story was built nicely on mystery. I wasn't ever sure about Vanessa's intentions until the episode's ending, allowing the interesting mystery to carry the entire episode's drama. There were many intriguing aspects to it, in particular the brick of cocaine, Jeremy's status and the intrigue on whether or not Vanessa is lying.
The ending of the episode was really strong. It was surprising to see Reese do something so dark when he simply allowed Jeremy and Vanessa to kill each other. It was a surprising turn for his character to make, and I think it's safe to say that his time with Shaw has influenced this change. Seeing Reese develop a darker side makes him more interesting, and I hope this leads into a larger storyline for his character.
The Bad: The story didn't do much to grip me. After getting used to the more serialized storylines last season, it's tough to adjust to an episode with almost nothing for the overarching story. All we got was confirmation that Laskey is HR, which I was already suspecting so it didn't do much for me. While the story was fine, it didn't get the assistance of a serialized story to become anything more than average.
There were parts of the episode which made me groan. The dumb trial scene was a really stupid joke and only served to break my immersion due to how unrealistic it was. They just had to ask Vanessa some questions, there was no need for the objection stuff. This show's dialogue has never been the best, but it was especially noticeable in this episode. Vanessa telling Carter "I didn't kill my husband" didn't feel like a real moment and she only said that to continue the mystery in dramatic fashion.
I feel like Shaw's character is being sabotaged for comedy. While her scenes are fun, they solely focus on the angry aspect of Shaw's character. It's fine to focus on specific elements of a character as long as the character's other traits get some time as well. Unfortunately for Shaw, she seems to have been horribly simplified in these early episodes and I really hope that she can reclaim the depth that initially got me invested in her back in "Relevance".
The Unknown: Is there a darker side to Reese that has been unlocked by Shaw?
Best Moment: Reese deciding that Vanessa and Jeremy aren't worth his time was a shocking moment. How many times have we seen Reese in a similar situation? Many times, with the last one being as soon as two episodes ago. Every time he has tried his best to prevent any casualties, even with bad people like Kruger. It was surprising to see him leave two people to die, even going as far as to give a man a gun so he can kill his wife.
Character of the Episode: Reese.
Conclusion: This was the most procedural episode in a while which makes it a weaker episode than what I'm used to. However, the story was told well which prevents this from being that bad.
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