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Season 4 | Episode 4 | “Brotherhood” | Aired Oct 14, 2014

Until now, the new identities of Team Machine have been the subject of fun and games. Tonight, the honeymoon ends for one member.

Snippets of episodes past involving the Brotherhood gang and Reese’s conversation with Elias are shown before two black SUVs pull up in front of a brick building. Two members of the Brotherhood enter, followed by the sounds of gunfire. Samaritan deems this as “irrelevant.”

Reese is at a grade school scoping out the latest number, or rather numbers: a young girl named Tracie Booker (Kaci Walfall) and her brother, Malcolm (Amir Mitchell-Townes), whose mother is in prison and father is deceased. Finch mentions that he has failed to locate any other relatives. Shaw, dressed rather provocatively, also has no luck getting info through Malcolm’s friends.

Reese manages to bribe one of the schoolchildren for info and stumbles upon a crime scene, the shootout seen earlier. He is approached by a DEA agent named Lennox (Rosie Benton) who briefs Reese—aka Detective Riley—on what went down, a drug deal gone sideways involving the Brotherhood and the Armenian mob. Both sides each have a surviving member, and there is a huge amount of heroin at the scene but no drug money.

Finch manages to track the kids down at a Fifth Avenue cl—othing store and figures that they are the ones who stole the drug money. As they walk out, Finch tails them only to see Malcolm lay down a wad of bills on the street which promptly goes flying into the crowd, allowing them to make a clean break. Reese recruits Shaw to interrogate the surviving Brotherhood member and suggests that it’s time Finch “caught up with an old friend.”

On the subway, Elias approaches Finch. He takes offense at Finch’s suggestion to act as a mediator between the warring gangs and states that he’d be able to control the Armenians, but the Brotherhood is on him. The Brotherhood’s leader, Dominic, has gone missing and Elias also states that he knows “something has changed” with the team and doesn’t appreciate being kept in the dark.

At the precinct, Fusco fumes at Reese for dragging him into the homicide investigation and states that Link (Jamie Hector), the Brotherhood lieutenant Reese had arrested prior, is no longer in custody and might be after him. Lennox has been waiting for Reese to arrive and the two continue talking about the investigation. She states that the DEA may have a leak who is in cahoots with the Brotherhood, then shows Reese footage of Malcolm buying clothes and a disposable phone with the stolen money.

Shaw has that talk with the surviving Brotherhood member, Mini (Winston Duke)—”They call me Mini because I’m big.” She asks him to call Link to find out his location before escorting him out of the ambulance at gunpoint.

Tracy and Malcolm arrive at a parking lot where they are fired upon from an SUV before another—piloted by Shaw—crashes into it. As the kids run off, they are approached by Reese and Lennox. Shaw circles around as the detectives attempt to get them to safety. They arrive at a crime scene worked by Reese earlier and decide to lie low there. Lennox asks the kids about the drug exchange and they state that they need the money to get their mom out of jail, figuring it is more than enough to hire a high-priced lawyer.

As they hand the gym bag over to Lennox, she unzips it to find crumpled newspaper. “Wanna be the man, you gotta have a plan” is Malcolm’s retort as Reese smirks approvingly. He approaches Malcolm and demands that he tell him where the money is hidden, vowing to protect him and his sister no matter what. Convinced, Malcolm scribbles the location of the cash on a piece of paper and hands it to Reese who then hands it to Lennox. Lennox decides to sweep the perimeter for threats as a precaution.

Meanwhile, Shaw dumps the SUV and decides that the next step is to find Dominic. She leads Mini to a basement, cuffing him to a pipe and threatening to torture him unless he divulges Dominic’s location. Mini states that he’s a dead man if he does.

Reese gets a call from Fusco who tracked down a number on a cell phone that might belong to Dominic. With Reese’s blessing, he dials it only for it to belong to the phone being held by Tracy, who tells Reese that it is Lennox’s. Reese concludes Lennox is the mole. He looks outside the window to see members of the Brotherhood approaching the complex.

105274_wb_0192bcWith Shaw still working on finding Dominic’s location (she tells Finch that she let Mini go but not before slipping a tracker on him), Reese and the kids head out for a game of “hide and seek.” Two Brotherhood members enter an elevator only to find it booby-trapped as Reese and the kids use the stairwell to make their escape. As they lay low, Malcolm tells Reese that the gun possession charge that led to his mother’s arrest was his fault—the gun belonged to him.

Arriving at the parking garage, Reese and the kids are immediately confronted by the Brotherhood. Luckily, Fusco arrives just in time to dispatch the gang members and free the kids. During the commotion, Malcolm wanders off and approaches an SUV with Link in the backseat where he proposes a trade: his life for his sister’s.

As Malcolm gets in the SUV and they drive off, Reese, holding the bag full of money, blocks their path. Malcolm concedes that he was just “trying to make it right.” Reese responds, “You can’t make something right by doing something wrong,” and, in turn, gives himself over to Link for Malcolm’s freedom.

Mini arrives at a laundromat and is immediately found by Shaw. She forces him to cuff himself to a laundry machine before finding heroin packages in a laundry cart. In the SUV, Link finds that the bag contains no money before Reese’s phone rings. Shaw tells Link that if he doesn’t let Reese and the kids go, the heroin goes bye-bye. Link promptly drops Reese off at a corner.

Tracy and Malcolm walk to school as Reese observes. He tells Malcolm that they’ve been assigned to a new home together and has arranged a meeting with a lawyer. On the subway, Finch sits across Elias and references their last conversation, stating that the truth would put him in danger and that he was right about the “changes” before handing him a copy of The Invisible Man—with the address of the Brotherhood’s stash house tucked inside.

Picking up Mini at the laundromat, Link reveals a bound Lennox in the backseat. As Lennox asks to speak with their boss, Mini promptly shoots her, identifying himself as Dominic.

A great companion piece to the season-opener, “Panopticon,” this episode fleshes out what may be a new threat for the team, namely the Brotherhood gang. It also throws Reese in the hot seat as he feels the real danger of being a “detective” but also gives him an opportunity to show just how big of a heart he has. His scenes with the kids, well played by Walfall and Mitchell-Townes, are great and show just how good Jim Caviezel is in this role.

Still, a couple of small caveats: The twist of Lennox being the mole was way too easy to figure out and quickly creates a plot hole the moment she tells Reese that there is a mole in the DEA. (Why tell someone who doesn’t know that piece of info—especially if you’re the mole?!?) I did like the second twist of Mini being Dominic—having the main baddie hide in plain sight is always a fun concept and they definitely pulled it off here. But, overall, the episode kind of felt derivative of past POI episodes and is easily the weakest of the four that have aired so far. That said, plenty was set up here and it’s exciting to see what the season holds.

Person of Interest airs Tuesdays at 10/9C on CBS.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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