Friday, October 10, 2014

Person of Interest - Wingman

Okay, that was F-U-N! In what turns out to be one of the most enjoyable episodes of Person of Interest's entire run, Finch (Michael Emerson) reaches out to Fusco (Kevin Chapman) to enlist the detective's help for the their latest number who is a former dock worker turned professional wingman (Ryan O'Nan) helping single men meet women. Shaw's (Sarah Shahi) immense pleasure aside, Fusco struggles to both accept the man's patronizing advice and keep him safe from danger stemming from a stolen weapon shipment with which he may or may not have been involved.

Working on his day job, and trying to do a solid for his new partner, Reese (Jim Caviezel) redoubles his efforts turning himself from the bad boy cop into a the new captain's (Monique Gabriela Curnen) favorite officer by coloring inside the lines (or thereabouts) and closing three cases in a single day. It's a good thing for everyone involved when his four case coincides with Fusco's assignment providing back-up at just the right moment and saving the lives of the number and his partner.

Equally entertaining to both stories is the subplot involving Root (Amy Acker) and Finch working blindly together on a bizarre scavenger hunt that includes Finch taking on the personality of an evil weapon smuggler to purchase and resell a missile launcher from one criminal group to another. Eventually the charade falls apart, but not before the mission is completed allowing Root and Finch to take down a criminal organization and pocket a large number of weapons and untraceable cash to further the fight against Samaritan.

It may not have the emotional resonance of some of the show's darker episodes but "Wingman" provides three terrifically enjoyable storylines. Fusco's discomfort at his cover is only matched by the delight Shaw takes in watching the night's romantic mishaps unfold. Reese uses his skill set to hide his more aggressive antics from his captain while providing the collars which will keep her off of both his and Fusco's back for the the forseeable future, and the misadventures of Root and Finch is not only wildly entertaining but also provides necessary bolstering to the gang's limited monetary supply.

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