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Season 4 | Episode 14 | “Guilty” | Aired Feb 10, 2015

Person of Interest evokes the courtroom thrillers of John Grisham in an episode that feels like a throwback to the early seasons (“It’s just you and me again, Mr. Reese”) and brings back a recurring character who is a personal fave of mine. (Hello, Zoe Morgan.)

With Shaw confirmed alive but still missing and Root MIA, Team Machine is once again a boys’ club. Reese and Finch are in a rather glum state, and to make matters worse, Finch (or rather, “Professor Whistler”) has received a jury summons. To deflect any sort of attention, Finch decides to honor it instead of trying, as Reese suggests, “to get out of it like everybody else.”

In the waiting room, Finch tries to deflect conversation from Emma (Blair Brown), a fellow teacher. Before long, the two are placed in the same jury box. Emma seems eager to stay on the jury, while Finch passively tries to get out of it (by basically blurting out the entire premise of POI). He’s placed in the galley by the judge and surprised when he is dismissed … until a juror’s cell phone rings and the judge holds him in contempt. Alas, Finch’s “number is up,” and he is placed in the box.

Reese has another session with Dr. Campbell, where he gets the good news that she is signing off on him. He has a run-in with Fusco where he forwards Finch’s request that he remain more in the background in any future missions.

CBSFinch’s trial involves the murder of Caroline (Amanda Rising), a CEO gunned down in her home by her own husband—a saga of greed and jealousy. He gets word from Reese that the Machine has just spit out the latest number—and it happens to be none other than the woman sitting next to him, Emma.

Emma seems purely vanilla, despite prescription medication and meetings with a shrink in her history. Finch suspects an unusual obsession with the case itself and decides to keep close watch. Fusco defies Reese’s orders and continues investigating a missing-persons case (three, in fact).He concludes that it might be connected to Elias. Reese pays a visit to Dr. Campbell and suggests they continue their sessions. Dr. Campbell, who is from a family of cops, calls him out on not being one and sets up an appointment.

The trial continues. Witnesses state that the company is in good health after Caroline’s death and that she was easy to work with. The defense, however, presents evidence suggesting otherwise. During recess, Finch hacks into Emma’s phone and sees an incriminating text conversation. As lunch is served, one of the jurors goes into shock due to an allergic reaction. Finch concludes that Emma is a mere pawn—someone is trying to fix the trial and is targeting the jurors one by one. Everything points to the defendant, Chad (Pedro Carmo), as the culprit.

This is where the episode gets really good: Zoe Morgan (Paige Turco) walks into the picture. Zoe is quite possibly my favorite recurring character in the entire series—the female Reese, if you will, just as enigmatic as the man himself. If there are any Reese-Zoe shippers out there, I tip my hat to you. Anytime these two characters share the screen, POI sizzles.

Zoe appears to add her expertise in the case. Reese doesn’t seem to mind.

The two start to examine how each juror will vote, thus determining how much danger they’re in. They pick the case apart, coaching Finch on how to persuade the jury. Reese and Zoe have a moment where she figures that he is interested in someone. “It won’t last,” she says, before walking out.

Reese and Dr. Campbell have their (fairly quiet) session. Reese surprisingly opens up—even smiles a few times. He’s obviously comfortable in Dr. Campbell’s presence.

The closing statements are given and the jury begins deliberations. Reese and Zoe still haven’t found the fixer as Finch suffers in the jury room. He takes the lead in calling for a guilty verdict, but the team is caught off guard by foreman Emma’s enthusiastic response. They conclude that the fixer is working not for Chad but for the real killer, who wants him convicted.

Finch stalls by taking the role of Henry Fonda from 12 Angry Men—now trying to persuade the jurors that Chad is innocent. Reese and Zoe come up with evidence that Caroline’s death is linked to her company and, possibly, a disgruntled employee. Unfortunately, the fixer ups the ante by uploading a “smoking gun” video of Caroline and Chad arguing in public.

The jury is sequestered and forced to give up all electronic devices. But Finch is able to communicate with Reese via Morse code. Emma, meanwhile, gets a note ordering her to end the trial or be responsible for Finch’s death. Finch finds her on the balcony, preparing to jump. Finch comes clean about what he knows and vows to protect Emma.

Zoe and Reese finally determine that the fixer is in the hotel with all the jurors. Finch and Emma are paid a visit by fellow juror Tim (Bryan Terrell Clark), who turns out to be the fixer, hiding in plain sight all along. Reese arrives and the two go at it. Reese manages to save Tim before he goes over the balcony, so he can see Tim stand trial. The case is dismissed, Chad is set free, and Phillip Ward (Rich Topol), Caroline’s right hand, is arrested for her murder.

After the intensity of the last four episodes, “Guilty” goes back to the basics in a comfort-food sort of way. The very reason that this episode isn’t spectacular is what makes it so great.

Of course, it is all the human moments that allow this episode to shine: the bookend sequences with Reese and Finch in a restaurant, showcasing their unbreakable bond; the return of Zoe Morgan, played to perfection by the always-welcome Turco; the sessions between Reese and Dr. Campbell, where he—shocker!—smiles not once, but several times; and the beautiful look on Finch’s face, knowing that the team truly made a difference in the latest POI’s life.

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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