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Season 4 | Episode 17 | “Karma” | Aired Mar 10, 2015

This new Person of Interest begins with flashbacks nuggets involving Finch and his old partner, providing the backbone to a very Finch-centric episode.

2010: A wheelchair-bound Finch makes his way through an alley leading up to an empty loft. He tapes a picture of Alicia Corwin (Elizabeth Marvel) on a mirror and promptly calls her. Using a distorted voice, he accuses her of causing Ingram’s death and states, “You’ve been warned.” Hanging up, Finch fiddles with what looks like a homemade bomb.

2015: Finch is in a therapy session, misty-eyed and reminiscing about Ingram. In reality, he’s scoping out the latest POI, Dr. Edwards (Patrick Kennedy), as Reese and Fusco listen in. Edwards tragically lost his wife eight years ago, as well as his status as a big-shot shrink specializing in patients who have experienced physical trauma. Planting a pen camera in the office, Finch and the doctor part ways.

As Reese and Fusco listen in on the doc with his latest patient, a young woman in a wheelchair, Reese departs for his own session with Dr. Campbell. Later, Finch arrives at Edwards’ apartment to find most of his wife’s belongings still around, while Reese spies the good doctor planting a gun in someone’s locker at the gym, then heading to a bank. Looking like he’s going to rob it, Edwards instead walks out, messes with the breaker box, and makes a call on a burner phone in the guise of a bank employee.

Finch draws the conclusion that Edwards is after Clyde (Frank Carlo), who happens to have been responsible for his patient’s situation. Edwards calls the bank and talks to the teller he was impersonating, stating that his “associate” is about to rob the bank just as Clyde walks in. Chaos ensues when Edwards sets off a smoke bomb that disables all the cameras. The teller accuses Clyde of robbing the bank. As security grabs him and checks his duffel bag, they find a gun. Edwards has successfully framed Clyde for robbing the bank.

Finch unearths evidence that suggests this isn’t the doctor’s first rodeo, that he is acting as a vigilante and serving justice to his patients. He suspects there may be more to come.

At HQ, Finch digs more into Edwards’ past and finds that his vigilante status began after his wife’s murder. He was responsible for sending Morris (Daniel Sauli), the man who allegedly did the deed, to jail on a manslaughter charge. Reese decides to crash a black-tie gala thrown by the nonprofit that the doctor founded. While Finch bemoans the hit a donation would cause to their petty cash surplus, Reese comes up with a better idea. He arrives at the function with Campbell, and later joined by Fusco. Reese watches as Edwards gives a speech paying tribute to his wife. Finch spots some fracas over at the service entrance and is shocked to see that it’s Morris, who apparently was just paroled.

Morris enters the ballroom, and as Edwards finishes his speech, approaches him. A scuffle ensues. Morris is led out by security, and as Edwards walks to his car, Reese realizes it’s wired to blow. He is able to save the doc just in the nick of time.

At the precinct, Reese and Fusco listen as Edwards describes the night his wife was killed. Morris had denied his involvement in her death; the manslaughter charge was due to circumstantial evidence. Reese questions why Morris, who has experience in demolitions, would risk everything upon getting paroled. Finding evidence that Morris is about to acquire a weapon, Reese goes to meet him at the rendezvous point. Fusco gains the report on the bombing to find that it was amateur hour.

Credit: CBSAs Reese waits for Morris, Finch finds evidence that Edwards may have fabricated his statement to the police. Reese watches as Edwards walks up to a trash bin and lifts the weapon that was supposedly meant for Morris. They draw the conclusion that Edwards is planning to kill Morris. Reese tails him home as more evidence surfaces that he set up everything involving Morris’ daily activities, including the car bomb.

While Fusco empathizes with Edwards, Finch slowly becomes convinced that Morris may be innocent. Reese watches as Edwards sets in motion his plan to finish his quest to put Morris away for good. As Reese debates the merits of Edwards’ plan with Finch, the doc’s trail goes cold.

Later, Finch is able to track Morris’ brother’s cell, and finds a text from him setting up a meet. As the brother is at the station, Finch assumes that the text is coming from Edwards. Finch angrily decides to take it upon himself to try to stop Edwards, and manages to get to the location in time to see him holding a gun to Morris.

2010: Finch watches as a spooked Corwin gets in her car. She is immediately met by a threatening voice stating that any sudden movement will set off the IED attached to the car. Before Finch can continue, the nearby pay phone rings again. Corwin pleads for her life, as Finch can’t decide whether to believe her or not. As the ringing continues, he lets Corwin go.

2015: As Finch tries to talk the doctor down, Morris proclaims his innocence. Finch realizes the location is where Edwards proposed to his wife, and watches as the doctor turns the gun on himself. His scheme is to frame Morris for his murder.

As Reese arrives, gun drawn, Finch tells of his experience with Corwin and how he realized that “… life was infinitely more complicated than that.” Edwards wells up and drops his weapon. Reese is back with Dr. Campbell, who stresses that it will be healthy if he allows himself to grieve over past tragedies. “I’m not sure I know how to do that,” says Reese.

A somber Finch watches as Edwards takes baby steps in moving on. Pondering whether Morris really did the deed or not, Reese and Finch are assured that if he kills again, “we’ll be there.”

If this season of POI belongs to just one character, it is most certainly Harold Finch. From the lost and deceptive Claire Mahoney to this episode’s Dr. Edwards, Finch seems to have an unusual connection to a lot of the numbers that have popped up in the season. This means we’ve gotten episodes that are excellent showcases of Michael Emerson’s talents, giving us a Finch coming to terms with the monster he has created. This makes him far more empathic—and far more vulnerable—than ever before.

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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