Less Man in the Suit, more Man in the Orange Jumpsuit, as Reese spends this week’s POI hanging out at Rikers and sitting out of the action, while Carter and her wig-of-the-week (no one has this many new hairdos) run around breaking all sorts of laws to try and protect him. It must be love (love, love), surely? SQUEE!
With his go-to-guy and gal otherwise tied up, then, Finch takes the lead on the Number of the Week: a teenage boy lugging around a load of secrets. Because this is tv, he’s also a teenage boy who conveniently mirrors Finch himself in a number of key respects – I mean, who among us isn’t a reclusive, world-changing computer genius blaming himself for the loss of a loved one? – but the story still manages several surprising twists, Michael Emerson is superb, and putting Dr Linus in a classroom again is a lovely nod to the show that made his name in the first place.
Plenty to like then – the Pi scene in particular was disconcertingly moving – and this was a very good episode, but I have a confession to make: I think I would’ve liked “2 Pi R” better if Reese hadn’t been offscreen for most of it. I know, I know. There are waxworks more animated than our hero and I criticise him for it more than most, but it’s a very different show without the big, blank-faced brawn of the operation striding around. A show I still enjoyed – a change is nice every now and again – but I kinda missed the big guy. Come on Carter, love, let’s get him out of jail soon, eh? Reese and I are counting on you.