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Season 4 | Episode 16 | “Blunt” | Aired Feb 24, 2015

The newest Person of Interest wastes no time in getting started. The latest number turns out to be Harper (Annie Ilonzeh), a student whose generated number turns out to be not her social but her college ID.

With Reese on campus and on her tail, Finch decides to look into her ex-roommate—but not before declaring higher education to be “an overpriced bacchanalia full of entitled, oversexed binge drinkers.” Remember that his civilian cover is one of a college professor.

Reese sees Harper switch backpacks and follows her to one of the dormitories. After an uncomfortable run-in with a couple of coeds, Reese manages to tail her to a different floor. He spies her having a conversation with her boyfriend Trey (Connor Hines), whose misdemeanors trigger a red flag.

Having agreed to cover Trey’s shift, Reese watches as Harper heads to a medical marijuana dispensary. As Finch sets Reese up with a dispensary card (“Finch, how do you know so much about getting marijuana?”), he’s paid a visit by Root. She states that the Machine has recruited her in creating an app. Finch decides to keep tabs on her.

Reese arrives at the dispensary under his Riley cover. Harper is approached by the dispensary’s manager, Noah (William DeMeritt), who is obviously perturbed that Trey bailed on his shift and concerned about the latest money drop. That night, Reese watches as Brotherhood members follow through with the money transfer. Before they are able to roll out, the Brotherhood are ambushed by a Mexican cartel, but Reese intervenes. A panicked Noah rushes out and Reese throws him the money bag, but they find it filled with phone books.

Reese turns a corner to find Harper with the actual bag. Harper gets the upper hand just as Finch informs Reese that her number has come up—again. Reese is convinced that Harper is less than interested in their help. A visit to her dorm room proves that Harper is involved in shifty activity on campus. An empty closet suggests that she is also on the run.

At HQ, Fusco digs up her file and learns that Harper is a master at falsifying her identity. Dominic pays a visit to the dormitory, obviously upset at the failed money transfer, and is able to extract info from Noah regarding Reese’s presence and Harper’s last-minute subbing. The Brotherhood ends up grabbing Trey for further information.

Fusco interrogates Jorge (Kareem Savinon), a cartel member not so eager to flip. After shown a picture of Harper, Jorge states that it was her, under the name “Maria,” who tipped them off about the transfer. More information leads Reese to a nightclub where Harper is seen partying. Harper says she used most of the money to pay off debts but is interrupted with the arrival of Brotherhood members. Reese is left to tend to them on his own—and does so in typical Reese fashion.

Outside, Harper is halted by Fusco and taken away. The three end up at a restaurant where Harper calls Reese out on his cover. Reese changes the subject to her foibles, trying to figure out how the cartel come into play. Meanwhile, Finch interrupts to say that Trey’s number has just come up while he continues to tail Root.

The Brotherhood beats up Trey as they try to find out Harper’s whereabouts. Dominic lays out his plans to take advantage of the fact that banks have a policy of not going into business with pot dispensaries.

The boys place a defiant Harper under protection at Finch’s apartment and come up with a game plan. Reese arrives at the dispensary with a suitcase full of (Finch’s) cash. When his terms are rebuffed by Brotherhood members, he asks to speak with Dominic. Weapons are drawn and Reese walks away with a second request for a one-on-one with their boss (“… or I can keep kicking his ass from a distance. Whatever he prefers”).

Root has a meeting with a dot-com entrepreneur, pitching her app idea to him and hoping to enlist him as a partner. He promises to talk to his “boss” and get back to her.

In what is easily the highlight of the episode, Dominic has a sit-down with Reese at a restaurant where he presents his terms for the money exchange. Dominic reciprocates by asking Reese to reveal who he really is.

The terse conversation continues with Reese refusing to buckle and Dominic insisting that he hand over Harper. Before Reese can say another word, Brotherhood members surround him. Luckily, Fusco is working sniper duty and has Dominic in his sight. An unfazed Dominic stands and walks out, smiling. Did this scene remind anyone else of the epic showdown between Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Heat?

Finch and Harper’s plan B involves Harper meeting with the cartel members. She concocts a scheme to lure them to Dominic, whose money-laundering plan doesn’t sit well with the cartel. At the factory, Reese heads to the roof in order to nab Trey. A Mexican standoff ensues right as the cavalry, led by Fusco, busts in. Dominic has a side conversation with Harper, thanking her for giving him the heads-up via Noah. Impressed with her skills, he tries to recruit her into the Brotherhood.

Root has a second meeting and is introduced to the company boss, who turns out to be Caleb Phipps (Luke Kleintank), before being welcomed aboard. As Reese and Finch say their goodbyes to Harper, Reese kindly informs his partner that she swiped his watch. “It’s okay,” responds Finch. “I stole her ring. She knows where to find me if she wants it back.”

While “Blunt” has plenty of merits, especially the reveal of Caleb, a character from an early second-season episode (“2 Pi R”), I couldn’t help but notice the workmanlike feel of the episode. Maybe it’s the odd fit of the team falling in with members of a pot dispensary that threw me off, but there was really nothing that special with this entry in the POI canon. The Harper character was certainly one of the more interesting numbers, a sort-of Yojimbo/Man With No Name type who ends up playing all sides.

This may be a case where I will appreciate this episode after a few more are aired. Seeds are certainly planted and the ending definitely leaves the door open for Harper’s return. I wonder if Finch was able to get some answers following Root. Hopefully these questions, as well as many more, will be answered soon.

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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