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Season 4 | Episode 7 | “Honor Among Thieves” | Aired Nov 11, 2014

Team Machine, in a state of disarray and with Samaritan tracking their every move, has been fairly calculated in keeping a low profile while following through in tracking the numbers still coming in. The latest POI, however, proves to be their biggest challenge yet in staying covert since disbanding last season. And the results may well bring them all down.

Shaw is on a mission when she gets a call from Finch with a new number. Before he can continue, three armed men wearing masks run out from a building—and enter the BMW Shaw has been sitting in. Shaw, apparently, is busy with her cover as the getaway driver for a band of thieves. She’s able to ditch the police in pursuit by hiding under a freeway overpass. While the team celebrates their victory, Shaw, upset at the fact that their getaway was hardly clean, knocks them all out. She then grabs the bounty—a bag of gold bricks—and tosses it in the river before walking away away for good. (“Sorry, Romeo, I think we just broke up.”)

Reconvening with Reese, she joins the surveillance of the team’s new number: Tomas Koroa (Adrian Bellani), an international wine dealer. Shaw immediately feigns interest in their new POI and shoos Reese away.

At a playground, Finch approaches a woman with a French accent looking after two children. The woman, of course, turns out to be Root busying herself with her latest cover. Finch takes out a picture of Nick Dawson, New York’s newly appointed governor. While his relationship with Greer makes it too dangerous to bring him down outright, Finch states that they can still undermine anything he does, the first of which is a $12 million grant given to software engineer Jerrod Wilkins (Johnny Sparks). Wilkins, it seems, left the private sector to head a mysterious charity. When his boy has a “boo-boo,” Root’s nanny instincts come into play and she goes to action.

Shaw continues her stakeout on Tomas, who seems clean. She watches as the woman who made a pass at Tomas earlier, and two other men, enter Tomas’ car and drive straight into an adjacent storefront. It turns out that Tomas is a thief who uses his wine-dealing profession as a cover.

Back at HQ, Shaw brings Reese and Finch up to speed, showing them security footage of the smash-and-grab and even exuding some sort of admiration for the crew. Finch reveals that Tomas’ crew are on Interpol’s radar and have hit multiple targets in four continents. As the trio go through Tomas’ rogue’s gallery of confidants, Finch reveals that one named Marko (David Vadim) actually was caught in Prague but died under suspicious circumstances while in police custody. While Finch has no problem delivering the gang to the authorities, Shaw convinces him to pursue justice through them, and soon enough is going on the inside.

At a hotel, Katya (Faina Vitebsky), the lone female of the crew, is interrupted by Bear and Fusco. Bear’s behavior gives Fusco probable cause to check her bags for contraband; next we know, Katya is being led out the hotel in cuffs as her team watches. This gives Shaw her in, and the plan is in play.

105453_wb_0081bRoot and Finch, meanwhile, are keeping tabs on Wilkins. Root, while babysitting Wilkins’ son, hacks into his home computer and gains info on his suspicious charity, which involves issuing free tablets to every elementary student in the state—thus giving Samaritan free reign on millions of homes. Like clockwork, Samaritan catches on to what the two are up to and attempts to hack into Root’s phone. She promptly drops it into an aquarium and walks out.

Shaw makes her first move by meeting Tomas at a bar. As Tomas interviews Shaw, Root intervenes in her com, leading to an interesting back-and-forth that might entice all you Root/Shaw shippers out there. Tomas leads Shaw into his workroom, filled with weapons of all shapes and sizes, as well as site plans. As Tomas’ two other partners walk in, he proposes that Shaw join them in order to keep their score—set to happen in 20 minutes—as scheduled.

So now it’s Shaw at the hotel, inquiring about jewelry security and leading the concierge to the vault where Tomas and his men await. They promptly knock him out and follow through with their plan to steal the safe. At the hideout, Tomas promptly opens it to reveal a secure metal case belonging to a doctor who is an expert on infectious diseases. As Tomas reveals a bounty of vials, Shaw smells betrayal and whisks Tomas to safety by shooting her way out.

Shaw recalls that the case had the letters MARV on the label, leading Finch to enlighten everyone that the letters refer to the deadly Marburg virus—or, as Root succinctly puts it, “It’s like Ebola’s evil twin.” Fearing her research lost, the doctor smuggled it in the U.S. illegally, but now it’s in the hands of Tomas’ men and their mysterious client. Tomas admits that he knew nothing of what he was actually stealing and that all communication with the client was done anonymously, then proposes that he and Shaw team up to find the mystery man.

Reese tracks down Tomas’ men (or at least their dead bodies), with no trace of the vials. At the station, Fusco interrogates Katya hoping to get a crumb of information. She cops to the fact that they were always meant to double-cross Tomas and that he was hired specifically for his set of skills.

The team ends up tracking the vials to Knight & Morris, “the oldest and most secure storage facility in New York” and “a fortress.” Tomas is shocked to see his old partner, Marko, step out, alive and well. Naturally, Tomas assumes that the situation is Marko’s revenge for them failing to bust him out from prison. As Shaw and Tomas decide on their plan to break into the storage facility, Shaw’s eyes go wide when she recognizes an agent from Relevant—one she trained herself. Grice (Nick Tarabay) and his partner, Brooks (Theodora Woolley), are there to destroy the stolen vials. Finch suggests that they walk away, but Shaw will hear none of it, as the Relevant agents will stop at nothing to get rid any evidence leading to the vials, including Tomas.

Outside Wilkins’ building, where he plans on creating tablets via 3D printer, Root drugs the legal secretary and takes her place. Under Samaritan’s eye, she walks into the building and heads to the control room, cutting all signals. Finch, under the guise of a janitor, goes to work destroying Wilkins’ work, while an IT guy arrives to reboot the system. Finch manages to succeed in his mission and race back to HQ in order aid Shaw and Tomas. Grice and Brooks, already in, get word from Command that they now must secure the vials.

Finch continues to guide Shaw and Tomas safely through the facility as they reach Marko’s vault. Tomas quickly safe-cracks the combination and breaks the lock to find the metal case, minus the vials. Marko and his men appear, the vials in their possession. Marko tells of the plan to start a pandemic in the city with “two healthy human hosts”—namely, Shaw and Tomas. As Marko fills the syringe and approaches Tomas, the Relevant agents inch closer before being sidelined by Reese and Fusco. Shaw and Tomas manage to take down Marko, secure the vials, and plan an escape, but are thwarted by Grice as Brooks finishes Marko off. Grice immediately recognizes Shaw and lowers his weapon, allowing her and Tomas to escape with the vials.

Wilkins gets word that all his work has been lost as firefighters clean up the mess. Finch ponders exactly what Samaritan was planning with those tablets, pitying the fact that what Wilkins was trying to do was genuinely noble. As Finch leaves Root, she is joined by Shaw, who states that Tomas is “halfway to Barcelona” and that she was tempted to join him. Root expects something more from Shaw, but is disappointed to hear that there is more work to be done.

As Grice and Brooks pack up, Grice makes sure to delete all evidence of his run-in with Shaw from the security cameras—but is immediately intercepted by Samaritan, who implements a facial recognition process …

Continuing a motif that seems to be the standard of the season, “Honor Among Thieves,” written by David Slack, highlights a particular character of the team—in this case Shaw, easily the most unstable (Root, I feel, is more of a “disciplined” unstable). Highlighting Sarah Shahi’s talent of balancing the funny and the sexy, the episode also manages to add more fuel to the “will they/won’t they” aspect of the Shaw/Root relationship, best exemplified in the most excellent “three-way” scene between Shaw, Root, and Tomas.

With the midseason finale almost here, the episode ends on a startling note of one-upsmanship on the part of Samaritan. This hints at dire repercussions to come, thanks to Shaw’s insistence on “saving” Tomas, despite Finch’s repeated warnings to hand over the case to the proper authorities. It’s hard to say what will happen beyond tonight’s episode, but it’s safe to assume that for Team Machine, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride from here on out.

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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