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Season 4 | Episode 13 | “M.I.A.” | Aired Feb 3, 2015

Shaw’s death (or mere disappearance?) continues to haunt Team Machine, and you can bet they will stop at nothing to find the truth about their fallen comrade, as this episode of Person of Interest nicely proves.

Reese and Root arrive in quiet little town in upstate New York, per Finch’s leads, to find the missing truck that may have carried Shaw. Fusco, meanwhile, is stuck at the precinct and forced to explain Reese’s absence when he is visited by Finch.

Reese and Root end up stepping into a time warp when they arrive at the town fair, celebrating 212 years of history. (“I don’t see why Samaritan would have spirited Shaw out to Pleasantville,” deadpans Reese.) As Fusco surveils the latest POI, he spots none other than Dani Silva doing the same not too far from him. Silva immediately spots him and states that they do in fact share a commonality in Albert Weiss (Mason Pettit), currently visiting his niece, but also a name that has popped up on several cold missing-persons reports as a witness.

Reese uses his detective cover to inquire about surveillance tapes with the local authorities. Root easily charms her way into the office of Chief Wick (Brian Russell) and takes a peek, while Reese notices the abundance of weaponry for such a small town. Root requests to see the hard backups as the captain makes a pass at her. Root nips the situation in the bud and finds footage of the truck, implying that Shaw is somewhere in town.

Reese and Root check into a B&B, with Root hiding the gagged chief in a large duffel bag. While Wick proves quasi-useless, Finch chimes in with info that the truck has been impounded. Fusco and Silva delve deeper into Weiss’ background, leading to the possibility that he is a gangland hit man. They track him to a restaurant, where Silva suspects Weiss is shadowing a new target. Finch calls to tell Fusco that one of the waiters is in fact a gang member, giving Silva’s hunch some credence.

Weiss is on the move, forcing Fusco to step up and keep Silva at bay. As Weiss enters the kitchen and faces his supposed mark, Fusco interjects. Weiss plays dumb as Fusco cuffs him, but not before he starts banging his head on the counter, feigning police brutality.

Reese and Root arrive at a junkyard to find the truck. They open the back to see a gurney, some medical tools, and lots of blood. Shaw is nowhere to be found.

The two immediately head to the home of the town doctor, demanding answers. He states that he was recently fired, but got an anonymous call asking for advice on how to perform a craniotomy before hanging up. He then divulges info regarding the town’s habit of turning a blind eye (“Bad things happen here when you ask questions”) and its dark past—before revealing that he is actually under house arrest.

At the station, Fusco watches as Weiss walks out a free man. Finch briefs him on Shaw’s situation before giving him a lead on Weiss’ residence as the waiter, Marcus Young (Daniel J. Watts), is put under police protection. Reese and Root spy Ms. Thompson (Maddie Corman), one of the town’s more important citizens, while the junkyard is swarmed by cops. Reese approaches her in the only way he can …

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Silva arrives at the address to find tons and tons of lye, as well as other means of disposing bodies. Weiss shoots at her, but Fusco saves her.

Reese approaches a bound and gagged Thompson after her phone proves to be of no help. She denies any knowledge of Shaw’s whereabouts and states that she is basically a mere puppet in a much larger play. Finch warns Reese that Root shouldn’t get a chance to interrogate Thompson, where she’d essentially torture an innocent person. Thompson continues to paint a portrait of a town that strives to be a utopian society, or “ant farm,” as Finch points out. Once things were perfect, it was time to “shake the ant farm.”

Root disregards Finch’s pleas and physically threatens Thompson, leading her to divulge that she has in fact seen Shaw and that she can lead them to her. As a reward, Shaw gives her a nice wound on her right hand.

Fusco lectures Silva on her recklessness and states that Weiss may in fact be after them now. As Silva arrives home and prepares to take a shower, Weiss slowly makes his way to the bathroom—only to face an armed Silva when he opens the door. Fusco appears but is quickly thwarted by Weiss before he is taken down by Silva.

Thompson leads Reese and Root to the factory, where they find shipment boxes filled with transponders. They give Samaritan full reign on tracking. Plus there are devices that prevent seizures for people with epilepsy or brain damage, making them assume Shaw is in fact a guinea pig for testing. Turning a corner, they find a makeshift hospital with a doctor and an occupied bed. As Root approaches, her eyes widen when she finds that it is in fact not Shaw, but a secretary from the Exchange, who was whisked away during the chaos. Finch also confirms that the blood in the truck also does not belong to Shaw.

With the team’s hopes deflated , Reese grabs the secretary as he and Root leave the odd town of Maple behind. Back in the city, Root begs for the Machine’s help in finding Shaw and is rewarded with a ringing pay phone with a message that says “STOP.”

In one of the more unique episodes of POI, the search for Shaw leads to a dead end—and possibly closes the book on the search for Shaw. But as the episode cuts to black, a shot of Greer is followed by one of Shaw, who is in fact alive and well.

So there we have it. Proof of life. What does this all mean? As the introduction of Maple throws in a new monkey wrench, and sends the show in Stepford Wives territory, we’re faced with the question of whether Root is done with the team for the time being, allowing her heart to lead her on a personal quest to find her one and only.

While the series seems to be going back to its procedural roots for next week’s episode, the serialized aspect of it keeps getting richer and more interesting, and we seems to be getting closer to a Machine-Samaritan smackdown.

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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