"Person of Interest" has some unique characters and relationships, but none as much so as the one between Carter (Taraji P. Henson) and Fusco (Kevin Chapman). Carter is an excellent detective with a good moral compass. She always does everything by the book. The only exception was when she was betrayed by CIA agents she had trusted in the episode "Number Crunch," and nothing about the situation was by the book. Her only choice was to do what was right.
Fusco, on the other hand, was introduced as a dirty cop who tried to kill Reese (Jim Caviezel) for money in the "Pilot." Reese forced him to the good side with blackmail, but he has continued to try being a good cop ever since. He was initially forced to work with Carter, but she has seemed to grow on him over Season 1. Now that they know that they are each working for Finch (Michael Emerson) and Reese, their relationship is about to get even more interesting.
They trust each other.
When Carter got Reese shot in "Number Crunch," Fusco began to worry constantly that she was up to no good in regard to Reese. Despite that, he trusted her to at least do things by the book, because that is simply who she has always been. Surprisingly, Carter told Fusco directly that he was the only one she could trust in the episode "Flesh and Blood."
They have the same goal.
Even though they didn't know it until the Season 1 finale episode, "Firewall," they are both working for Reese and Finch. They both want to try to do what is right, even when the line between right and wrong is blurred.
Carter's honesty can keep Fusco in line.
When that line between right and wrong is blurred, Carter will have a much easier time keeping Fusco in line, now that she knows his story, and what he is up to.
He may convince her to set down the book once in awhile to do what's right.
Fusco has always been willing to do everything Reese asks of him. Carter, on the other hand, sometimes refuses to do certain things when she feels it crosses the line. In the episode "Baby Blue," for example, she quit the team because Reese's actions led to a kidnapping, even though they also resulted in saving a baby from slavery or death.
Fusco never cares where the line is. He simply acts on what Reese feels is right. Once in awhile, doing this may not coincide with the rules. Just as Carter will be able to keep Fusco in line, Fusco may be able to convince Carter to break the rules once in awhile to do what's actually best.
Image source: "Flesh and Blood" -- Detectives Carter (Taraji P. Henson, right) and Fusco (Kevin Chapman, left), on PERSON OF INTEREST, Thursday, April 5 (9:00 - 10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: John P. Filo/CBS ©2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved
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