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Season 4 | Episode 8 | “Point of Origin” | Aired Nov 18, 2014

The latest Person of Interest starts with a typically action-packed opening, albeit with a minor twist. Although Reese finds himself in yet another gun battle, this one turns out to be nothing more than a training exercise when he is tagged by a police academy cadet named Dani Silva (Adria Arjona), who also happens to be the team’s new number.

While Finch deems Dani as simply “average,” Reese, undercover as an instructor, sees something more. On his way out, he runs into Iris, who checks in on him since their last session. He then proceeds to trail Silva, who shoots down an advance from Ortiz (Mike Figueroa), one of the recruits, as Finch decides that Fusco’s help may be warranted.

Meanwhile, Samaritan continues to recover the data that would incriminate Shaw and potentially blow the team’s cover as Greer and Martine monitor. Martine is dispatched to try to track down the identity of the mystery person and also to reclaim the stolen virus.

Reese in actionShaw and Fusco are on surveillance duty as they watch over Silva, waiting for a date in front of a supermarket. As a group from the academy, including Ortiz, heads her way, Shaw and Fusco watch as Silva takes some photos with her camera and promptly enters a car standing by. Silva exchanges words with the man at the helm before he hands her a gun and states, “Keep it stealth. Stick to the plan.”

Back at the academy, Reese watches as Silva sifts through a trash can. Finch confirms that she is collecting information on her fellow recruits, which concerns Reese. Shaw and Fusco have moved their stakeout to a quiet (save for Fusco’s snoring) suburban neighborhood, where the driver of the car exits a house and is on the move.

Martine, disguised as an attorney, visits Katya in prison and inquires about Tomas, his last job, and where their latest recruit came from. Katya doesn’t spill, but Martine persuades her to cooperate by taking out a picture of a little girl (presumably Katya’s). Katya, in turn, gives Martine a name: Romeo.

As Reese continues trailing Silva, while being badgered by Iris, he gets word from Shaw that Silva is no ordinary recruit. In fact, she’s already a cop. Reese proves his “hero complex” by saving Silva (and Iris) from being shot and killed in a drive-by, confirming that she is not the perpetrator but the victim … and that her cover has just been blown.

Silva is not happy that she was being followed, as Reese learns that she is working for Internal Affairs. Shaw and Fusco track the shooter to a community center where he pairs up with one of the volunteers, who leads him to none other than Mini (aka Dominic). That means means that the Brotherhood is involved. As Mini shows his displeasure by ordering the execution of the shooter, Finch connects the dots and realizes that he is in fact Do(mini)c.

Later, Dominic and his crew meet with Ortiz, who hands him a flash drive with some stolen files. Dominic suggests that Ortiz “call in sick” at the academy and dismisses him. Dominic reveals that the files he stole are “the keys to the castle.”

Martine arrives at a bar and finds Romeo tending it. She proceeds to try to extract some info about his getaway driver, but he’s a hard sell. Faced with a shotgun-wielding associate of his, Martine easily unarms him and blasts Romeo, who spills that he contacted Shaw through a dating app.

Reese continues protecting Silva and her cover as they arrive at a crime scene, the victim turning out to be IAB Detective Howard (Rob Morgan), the man who met with Silva earlier in his car. The perpetrator made the scene look like a theft and, using Silva’s weapon, clearly made it appear that she was the culprit.

As Silva opens up about her past, Reese and the team turn out to be the only ones who can ID her as IA. Silva suspects that it was Ortiz, the obvious mole, who framed her, and they track him to Spanish Harlem. Soon Reese and Silva are on their way, bringing Bear the dog along for the ride.

The trio tracks Ortiz to a school serving as a gang hideout. Ortiz reveals that he stole the files for Dominic in order to protect his uncle, who works for the community center fronted by the gang leader. Silva gets Ortiz to back down, but one of the gang members triggers the alarm. Reese and Silva decide to shoot their way out as gang members proceed. Finch leads them to the pool, where Reese promptly throws in some grenades to open an escape route.

As Fusco cuffs Ortiz, Reese and Silva part ways, with the possibility of meeting again some day. Back at the school, Dominic arrives, unhappy at the results and proving his might. At HQ, Finch and Reese discuss Dominic’s power grab and pinpoint the common denominator regarding the files he stole: Elias, who also turns out to be the team’s new number.

As Samaritan closes in on IDing Shaw, she is seen back at the department store under her original cover. Busy assisting a customer, she gets a chat request from Romeo. In fact, it’s from a nearby Martine, who turns, gun drawn, and makes eye contact with Shaw. She quickly realizes that her days as a counter girl may be over …

“Point of Origin” does a nice job of slow-burning toward the fallout the team faces from the events of last week’s episode, where Shaw’s recklessness finally caught up with her. This ep also throws in bits and pieces of POI lore, including fleeting references to HR and Detective Carter.

Silva, well played by Arjona (who could be Michelle Rodriguez’s kid sister), is also the second character this season (following Walter from “Pretenders”) to know of the team’s reputation. It’s a neat little recurrence that shows that their efforts don’t go unnoticed.

The final moments of the ep seem to not only set up Dominic as a force to be reckoned with, but also set the stage for Shaw’s comeuppance. In fact, the final scene makes me wish that the next episode was ready to watch, like, RIGHT NOW.

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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