"Person of Interest" (POI) has always excelled at blending irony and a good dose of humor with action and great stories. The Season 1 finale, "Firewall," exceeds expectations in this arena. The episode is a top-notch story, layered with irony, woven with humor, sprinkled with action, and jolted with heart-pounding suspense. It has the feel of a blockbuster movie.
Much of the irony and bits of humor come from the paranoia and level of surveillance going on in the episode. Some of it also comes from the fact that Reese (Jim Caviezel) has decided not to tell Fusco (Kevin Chapman) and Carter (Taraji P. Henson) about each other, leading to almost sitcom-style humor.
Reese has Fusco spy on HR, but HR is spying on the new POI, Caroline Turing (Amy Acker). Finch (Michael Emerson) also has Carter look into HR, as Alicia (Elizabeth Marvel) spies on Finch. Carter sees that Fusco is acting strangely, so she begins to spy on him. The FBI is spying on Reese, but Reese is spying on Turing. Carter, trying to protect Reese, also begins to spy on the FBI's operation.
Carter catches Fusco "in the act" as he hides out sitting on the toilet while having a secret phone conversation. The look on his face is priceless, as if she literally caught him with his pants around his ankles. He tries to explain the situation in layman's terms, reminding her of the "guy in the suit," and another guy with glasses who "looks like a professor."
Carter rolls her eyes as she realizes they are both working for Reese and Finch. From that point on, they work together as a team. Reese should never have kept the secret from them. They work really well as a team! They are just adorable together in the midst of utter disaster.
Some fans have pushed for Reese and Carter to be a couple at some point. When Jim Caviezel appeared on "The Talk," even Sheryl Underwood mentioned that she would like to see them get together. Perhaps Reese now has some competition. Who would fans prefer? Should it be "Reester"? "Fuster"? Neither? How about "Reesco," in honor of the Reese-Fusco bromance that seems to be brewing?
John Reese in distress
John Reese normally stays calm. In the most heart-pounding moment of the episode, Reese appears clearly freaked out. HR is on level 25 of the hotel where Reese brought Turing. The FBI is on level 27, about to break through to level 26 and capture Reese. Reese guides Turing on how to bypass the elevator controls, so it will skip level 25. It seems impossible for Reese to fight his way through this one, but that's because it is. Finch saves them by shutting off power to the entire building at the last second.
Alicia catches up with Finch and wants him to shut down the Machine. In a shocking cliffhanger, Turing kills Alicia, and abducts Finch. Zoe (Paige Turco) figures out that the whole thing was a setup and informs Reese that Turing is actually Root, who was the unseen computer hacker in the episode "Root Cause." She called the hit on herself in order to gain access to Finch, and therefore the Machine.
Reese appears distressed again as he searches for Finch. The scene of him sitting in Finch's place with no one to talk to is heartbreaking. In the final moments, Reese goes out and speaks into the first surveillance camera he finds, as if speaking directly to the Machine, asking for help. A pay phone rings, and he answers it.
Who was on the phone? Who was watching Reese? Is the Machine's contingency plan actually a person who watches over them and fixing problems when everything goes wrong?
Image source: "Firewall" -- Caroline Turing (Amy Acker, left) and Reese (Jim Caviezel, right) on the first season finale of PERSON OF INTEREST, Thursday, May 17 (9:00 - 10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: John Paul Filo/CBS ©2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.