Person of Interest s3 ep 7

The Number of the Week is uptown hypnotherapist Hayden Price (played by Ken Cosgrove out of Mad Men). Finch is in the field again this week, and while posing as a patient he discovers that Price is hypnotising his clients, then getting personal information out of them which allows him to access their bank accounts. Which isn’t all he’s up to by any means: Price, in fact, is a remarkably industrious and inventive conman, with multiple fingers in lots of pies.

Reese and Shaw follow Price, and meantime Carter is investigating an HR lead, which takes her to Swedish art dealer Sven Vanger, a money launderer for HR and, as it happens, a patient of Price’s. There’s a lovely moment where Reese and Carter’s paths intersect: a quick exchange of intel, a deadpan fist bump, and they move on. And some of the show’s terrific array of supporting players get a scene or two as well: Finch still has Root locked up, and they converse edgily about The Machine; Carter still has Elias hidden away; and Fusco gets to offer an “expert” opinion on a baseball purportedly signed by the ’22 Yankees, worth $4m, or not, as the case might be. The baseball is crucial to Price, Sven, HR, and someone else, in ways which I can’t begin to reveal without spoiling the whole episode.

There is, in short, a lot going on. But with an episode about a con it’s the plotting which is crucial, and ‘The Perfect Mark’ is engineered like a Swiss watch. I watched the last few minutes – which involved the final twists in the con, a couple of not-insignificant deaths, and a bloodstained fingerprint on a photo of the head of HR – with a huge smile on my face. When an episode is as good as this, all you can do is sit back and admire it. Person of Interest is presently* incapable of putting a foot wrong.

*by which I mean 18 months ago

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5 thoughts on “Person of Interest s3 ep 7

  1. CJ Cregg May 13, 2015 / 10:01 pm

    The fist bump was ADORBS. I love Reese and Carter’s friendship – I still think it’s a shame they have reduced their screen time together so much.

    I didn’t like the final, final twist with Natalie but aside from that (and obviously me being allergic to Root) this was excellent. I loved Fusco as an “expert,” I always enjoy Elias and the HR stuff was genuinely exciting. Great stuff.

  2. Jed Bartlet May 13, 2015 / 10:16 pm

    I LOVED the final twist. I thought it rounded the episode off nicely.

  3. Kay20 November 15, 2015 / 6:28 am

    I was genuinely bummed when Laskey died. I thought his character was becoming useful and on the potential path to becoming a hero.

    Carter’s scenes with Elias are wonderful. You can feel the bond between the two, and now I understand his involvement in the aftermath of a big plot point in a couple of episodes.

    Really good TV.

  4. Jed Bartlet November 16, 2015 / 1:31 pm

    Just one of the many great things about this show is the amount of care lavished on a character like Elias. He’s not in it every week by any means, and only gets a scene here and there when he is. But you feel as if he’s a complex and fully-developed person.

    • Kay20 November 16, 2015 / 9:10 pm

      Completely agree Jed. I started out thinking he was a regular old mafia boss. Never been so wrong.

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