Person of Interest - S05E07 - "QSO" - 05/24/2016
After the weekend wedding, we jump straight back into the Machine Wars
Getting back into the city, we find our heroes at Fusco’s bedside at the hospital.
Fusco did make it out of the tunnel alive (and so did Bear!) but he’s (somewhat justifiably) pissed off at Reese and Finch for keeping him out of the loop.
While Reese and Finch decide to guard Fusco, the Machine sends Root out on some more side missions.
It’s a fun and a more in depth look at what Root does while Reese and Finch are often chasing numbers. This one includes saving the life of a Russian diplomat while posing as a ballerina.
But that’s not enough for Root, who keeps pleading with the Machine about Shaw’s status.
Finally, the Machine sends Root out on a mission that may help Shaw after Root ditches her cover of a Colonial reenactor.
Meanwhile Shaw’s still being tortured by Samaritan’s doctor and she’s looking pretty rough but she does manage to get in a few licks on her captors.
(I liked the look the guards gave each other when the doctor told them to bandage her hand.)
Our friendly Samaritan doctor decides to take Sameen on another “field trip”.
Meanwhile, Root has stepped for the producer of Art Bell type radio show host Max Green (30 Rock’s Scott Adsit).
It turns out that Max has tumbled onto a secret radio signal masquerading as interference but really contains a secret code.
When a mysterious entity fakes an on-air suicide of one of Max’s listeners Warren, who’s been helping him decode the signal, it doesn’t take Root and Reese (and us) to realize that it’s Samaritan that’s behind the signal and now Max is in it’s sights.
Root realizes that she can use the signal to send a message to Shaw and it’s a good thing to.
Shaw’s latest “field trip” was the doctor showing Shaw a researcher who’s work could have unintended effects on the World ecosystem.
Shaw thinking it’s another simulation, shoots the researcher dead but later finds out it was real (I figured it out when she shot her).
As result, Shaw has lost all hope and is considering killing herself when she gets Root’s message (four alarm fire) just in the nick of time.
And while Max promised that he’d keep quiet about the signal, he goes back on the air to break that promise.
And of course, promptly gets poisoned by the station receptionist who’s a Samaritan operative.
Meanwhile, Fusco tell Finch that if you’re not going respect enough to tell me the whole truth, I quit.
So the question is, did the Machine know that Max wouldn’t stay silent and sent Root in there anyways to give Shaw hope.
An interesting look into Root's world and we're getting back to the Machine Wars.
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