Person of Interest delved into Shaw's past as she had to protect a 10 year old spy when her number comes up.
Shaw began the episode by saving a medical delivery driver, despite her reluctance to listen to him talk afterwards showing her lack of patience. She even hung up on Finch, although having had Reese for two years, I'd assume he's used to it by now.
I don't think that Shaw gets paid quite enough. Dealing with a 10 year old isn't quite what she signed on for. Trying to tail her was more difficult than it first seemed, despite Shaw being more intelligent than meets the eye. Bugging Finch's office doesn't really surprise me.
Genrika's question as to whether Shaw is a robot was funny, but was probably directed at the wrong person. Reese is more of a robot than she is. As much as she was happy saving Genrika, her multiple questions may have made her doubt the reasons behind saving Genrika.
Her original suggestion that she was a spy isn't all that strange when she introduces Shaw to her spy station. This girl is effectively a 10 year old version of Reese and Shaw combined. Of course, with her grandfather being in the KGB, it isn't really surprising. However, her naivety was what got her in danger.
We learn that Shaw has no emotion. Well, except anger. Anger is a pretty strong emotion with her. This fact was emphasised by the flashback to Shaw's past. We find out that Shaw's first name is Sameen, and that she and her dad were involved in a car crash, which resulted in his death. The scene between the rescue officer and her showed that she lost all emotion even before she was that young.
She managed to fail in protecting her, as Genrika gets taken and Shaw gets a kick to the face. Of course, Shaw isn't the quietest but is resourceful, and managed to take out a kidnapper even with a bullet hole in her arm. Impressive.
While Shaw was disobeying orders, Finch was listening to the tapes recorded by Gen. He heard something quite inappropriate, managing to miss the label on it. Finch may be a computer genius, but he may need to learn how to read.
This show has a good track record of connecting storylines, and it didn't let up here. While Carter continued to track HR, and Reese was tracking Gen's kidnappers, they found that the kidnapper was paying HR to kidnap Gen. While Gen heard information about HR, they were giving the Russians access to a new drug.
Shaw is incredibly intelligent, even when in pain. Making a blood transfusion with one of the people behind the kidnapping was rather genius. She manages to get HR to agree a deal to trade Gen for the tapes. Reese's intervention with Simmons was, as per usual, composed.
While Simmons suggests the pair need to have a talk, he obviously meant "I'm going to kill you." Their fight was brilliant, although Reese let Simmons live, which I wasn't too happy about. Although, as much as he is a frustration, he's useful to have as a foe.
After Shaw did a Reese and took out multiple bad guys to save Gen, Person of Interest pulled one of its coolest stunts yet. Destroying the drug infested building was superb, one of the best stunts I've seen to date. As thanks, Gen gives Shaw her grandfather's medal, and told her that her feelings exist, but she just doesn't use them. Perhaps it'll be something she can work on.
Carter, tracking HR, seems to be getting closer to finding out the boss's identity. Her secrecy with her mission ended when Reese was waiting by her truck. As she said, one of these times she's just going to shoot Reese. As much as his appearance from nowhere is cool, it isn't very safe.
Laskey has a new gun, which Carter brilliantly deduces was moved to New York illegally. A clean gun, it seems clear that Carter is suspicious of Laskley. Their scene in the bar was fantastic, as Carter pulled a Reese (this episode featured more of the other characters being Reese than Reese did). Having previously figured out that he is with HR, she used Laskey's new gun to kill the barman who was going to kill Carter. She now has him working for her, which will mean more info on HR, but probably puts Carter in more danger.
As the episode ended, I was almost given a heart attack as Root was seen to be standing over Shaw, and tasering her. As I said before, I love when Person of Interest connect storylines, and bringing Root back into the mix is brilliant for the show.
One problem with the episode was that there was no Fusco (a fact which I didn't even notice until I watched next week's promo). It's disappointing, as he is a good character, and the show may be setting him up to die.
Wow. This was by far the show's best episode this season. The subplot's connection to the main plot greatly improved both aspects, while adding Root back into the mix has left it on a knife edge. 9/10
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