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Guest Star Goodness

Guest Star Goodness: Person of Interest “Risk” 

Photo Credit: Giovanni Rufino/Warner Bros.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: I love it when there’s a role reversal on this show. Not only does Finch have to be out in the field in “Risk,” but Reese has to infiltrate the world of high finance – someplace he’s clearly not comfortable. I also like it when the guys have to call on Carter to get them a piece of the puzzle they can’t obtain on their own. The only other person I would’ve liked to see in this episode is Fusco. I really do love that he’s a part of this team and I miss him when he’s not around.

This week’s number belongs to prop trader Adam Saunders. Finch and Reese aren’t sure if the SEC’s probe into him is warranted, but there is definitely something illegal going down at his job. And Adam Saunders’ life is definitely in jeopardy. Two attempts are made on his life and it’s not entirely clear who is targeting him or why until the end of the episode (more on that later).

Matt Lauria. Photo Credit: Giovanni Rufino/Warner Bros.

It is such a treat to see Matt Lauriaon this or any show. I think I’ll be a hardcore fan of his for a long time solely because he was a part of an amazing show called Friday Nigh Lights. I also enjoyed him on the criminally underrated Shawn Ryan series The Chicago Code. So I get excited any time he’s a guest star on any of the shows I watch. I liked him here. I think we all have prejudices against Wall Street types, especially now but it was nice to see him play a guy with a conscience. I loved that he got a chance to redeem himself and prove to his uncle how much family means to him.

Adam’s uncle Bob was played by Rescue Me’s John Scurti. He took Adam in after Adam’s mother died and his father went out west to find work. He never had much to offer Adam in terms of money, but he was there in every other way. So after Adam put himself through night school and worked his way up to the job he has now, he made sure to help his uncle invest in the market wisely. After Bob loses everything in the pipeline deal, Adam’s able to get it all back and expose his fellow trader for wrong doing.

Noelle Beck. Photo Credit: Giovanni Rufino/Warner Bros.

Noelle Beck plays Baylor, a partner at the bank. She’s having a secret relationship with Adam, something Reese quickly discovers. When she’s killed Adam is the prime suspect. Although we know he’s innocent, her crime scene was staged to make Adam look guilty. And the plan might have worked if Reese hadn’t been there to save Adam’s life the second time. Noelle is probably best known as Trisha Alden on Loving or Lily Snyder on As The World Turns, but she’s also recently guested on Blue Bloods, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Law & Order: SVU.

Deirdre O'Connell. Photo Credit: Giovanni Rufino/Warner Bros.

When things really start looking bad, Reese takes Adam to the only place he’s ever felt truly safe. When he was homeless Reese lived with a group of people in an abandoned building for four months. There, a woman named Joan looked after him and she’s the only person Reese trusts to look after Adam now. It was so touching when Reese thanked her. I’m glad he found someone he could count on when he was in such a dark place in his life. You may recognize Deirdre O’Connell from guest roles on Law & Order or Law & Order: SVU.

SEC investigator Doug Rasmussen is either harassing Adam or just doing his job, or so we think at first. Soon enough his part in this money making scheme is exposed. After spending most of his career going after people involved in illegal activity, he decides to play for the enemy. Although it looks like he’s taken into custody at the end of the episode, he turns up dead in his apartment where he seems to have taken his own life. I love it when Scott Cohen plays a bad guy because he’s so good at it. Actually, he’s great at playing morally ambiguous characters and he’s had a lot of work doing just that during his long career. Recently you’ve seen him guest star on Pan Am or as a series regular on Necessary Roughness. I love him as Nico.

But what really happened here? Who wanted to make $300 million on this deal and what did they want to use that money for? After Carter does some poking around on her own and finds a cell phone dumped in the trash outside the bank, she hands the phone over to Reese. And who’s on the other end of the line? Enrico Colantoni‘s Elias. I was wondering when we’d see him again. I like that Finch and Reese were able to thwart his plans this time, but they’re not always going to be able to. And if they don’t stay out of Elias’ way the machine will spit out their numbers soon enough. I know that won’t stop them from doing the right thing but I do hope they’ll continue being careful.

Person of Interest airs Thursdays at 9/8c on CBS.

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