Last night’s Person of Interest was the best episode of the show to date. There’s a simple reason: the person of interest story was practically non-existent. Instead, viewers got another look into Reese’s background, lengthy conversations between Carter and Reese, and a reappearance by Elias. It is a good thing that the person of interest story was so minimal – it involved Fusco trying to save an underwear model (Karolina Kurkova) being chased by Armenian gangsters.
The focus on Reese’s incarceration allowed for more thorough story and character development than we typically see in this show. Usually, they are trying to cram in too many storylines. With the focus off the person of interest, viewers gained more insight into Reese’s background and the bond between him and Carter. Reese’s interrogation was the most intimate conversation the show has ever had. It was great to see a personal connection between Carter and Reese. Even though Reese was feeding some false information to the FBI, there were nuggets of his personal struggles and Carter instinctively knew those to be truthful. After Reese was released and met up with Carter, they seemed to understand each other as individuals – not just as vigilante colleagues.