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Person of Interest “Razgovor” 

Photo Credit: John P. Filo/CBS
Photo Credit: John P. Filo/CBS

So now we (kind of) have an explanation as to why Shaw’s the way she is. We’re all very familiar with her anger, but not even she remembers what it’s like to feel anything else. As we see in flashbacks, not even the death of her father twenty years ago did much to phase her. But somehow this 10 year-old person of interest Genrika Zhirova makes Shaw feel something. I’m not saying it’s warm or fuzzy, but it’s nice to see Shaw care about another human being.

Photo Credit: John P. Filo/CBS
Photo Credit: John P. Filo/CBS

Shaw Makes a Friend

I think Gen is going to make a pretty spectacular spy when she gets older – if that’s something she still wants. When we first meet her, she’s on the run from the Russians. It turns out she’s been recording all sorts of things going on in her apartment building. She only wanted to get the drug dealers out, but she accidentally catches HR making plans to sell a new kind of drug.

Carter’s on the case too, but that part is not by design. She’s busy surveilling Simmons and his crew, trying to get the evidence she needs to take down all of HR – especially the head of the operation, who has remained elusive so far. She’s not interested in anything less than bringing the entire organization down. Reese offers his help again, but Carter still doesn’t want it. When they both end up at the same location after tracking two different cell phones, they realize their cases intersect. And despite Carter’s present mission, she doesn’t hesitate to agree that they need to trade the tapes for Gen’s life.

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

Carter Turns Her Partner

How’s it feel to be played Laskey? Part of me really wanted him to be this fresh-faced kid out to learn all he could from his seasoned partner. I did think Carter was starting to trust him, but I’m glad her defenses are so high these days. Well, I’m not glad. But I like that her self-preservation instinct is so strong right now. She was so good at manipulating him and Simmons into a trap, with the help of Finch and his team, of course. Am I the only one who found it immensely satisfying to see Reese and Simmons go toe to toe? I have to admit, I wouldn’t have minded Simmons getting more of a beating for what he’s put all of our team and Gen through.

Now Carter has Laskey under her thumb. When she took his new gun from him early in the episode, I had no idea it would come back into play so quickly and in such an important way. Carter uses it as an enticement for Laskey to turn on HR. It’s either that or she’ll frame him for murder. Carter is not playing around anymore.

Random Thoughts

I have to admit, I was having a bit of trouble with Shaw before this episode. I think she’s insanely capable and would want her to have my back if I were ever in danger, but she just doesn’t warm up. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Now that we’ve gotten a peek into her past and see her actually connect with another human being, I’ll admit I like her a lot more. Her “guns first, questions never” attitude was getting a bit tedious, but now that we’re actually getting to know her better I get it. Kind of. And how much did i love her taking that drug kingpin’s blood without his permission? Her survival skills are pretty impressive. And even Finch likes how she sent off mission this week. With Root back in play, I’m definitely worried though. It takes a special kind of person to sneak up on Shaw. I can’t wait to see where that goes.

Carter is going down a dark path and I find myself really engaged by her storyline this season. I love that Finch and Reese have known about her extracurricular activities almost from the beginning. And, obviously, I like her mission to take HR down. But I want her to be careful. I can’t imagine Reese will allow her to get hurt, but he can’t constantly be looking over her shoulder. If she needs his help, I hope she’ll ask for it.

Person of Interest airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on CBS.

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