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Season 4 | Episode 18 | “Bounty” | Aired Mar 24, 2015

We all know Reese has the best poker face on television; he finally gets to show it off in the opener of the new Person of Interest. No, Reese hasn’t gone on a gambling bender. He is merely watching the latest number, Francesca “Frankie” Wells (Katheryn Winnick from Vikings), a hostess at an underground card game.

Manhandled by her boss, Ray (Ato Essandoh), Frankie manages to turn the tables on him. But Reese’s attempt to intervene turns out to be a big mistake. As Frankie flees, Reese is left to explain himself to security before realizing that she swapped his badge.

Root pays Finch a visit at HQ, where he divulges his plan to have a meet with Beth Bridges. At a swank hotel, Finch walks up just as Beth is wrapping up FaceTime with her investor. She explains that the “i’s” and “t’s” are almost crossed in a contract involving the algorithm she created. The concern on Finch’s face is unmissable.

Reese runs into Dr. Campbell at the police station, where she drops a bombshell: no more sessions with her. Noticeably shaken, Reese turns his attention to finding Frankie and getting his badge back. (“They suspend you for that kind of thing,” states Fusco, not helping.)

He gets a frantic call from Finch inquiring about the new number, which turns out to be none other than Beth. Then Reese tracks Frankie, pretending to be “Detective Riley,” to a bar. As Reese arrests her, she identifies herself as a bounty hunter attempting to bring Ray, who’s trying to flee the country, to justice. Ray walks in and is given chase by a still-handcuffed Frankie and Reese, who watches as he enters a car driven by—surprise, surprise—Harper Rose.

Finch meets Root and tells her of the new number. Root states that his meet with her must have triggered the event, and is convinced that it isn’t Samaritan’s doing (“If it were, you’d be dead”) before agreeing to assist him. They tail Beth to her hotel room, where Root is angered to find out that she might be in business with Greer. They watch as Beth is confronted by a mystery man.

Having teamed up to find Harper, the pretend detective and the bounty hunter track her down at the nightclub she frequents. A defiant Harper, set to nab Ray’s new ID, divulges nothing. Later, Reese and Frankie follow her car and watch as it’s T-boned. As gunfire ensues, the car’s driver turns out to be a decoy. Seemingly having the upper hand, Reese and Frankie are blindsided by the gunmen’s leader, the fedora-wearing Mr. Worthy (Jeff LaMarre).

The two wake up and find themselves handcuffed together at a meat market. Worthy, apparently, wants Ray more badly than Frankie, and is willing to kill for him. Frankie manages to free them from the cuffs, but a kiss on the lips proves to be mere distraction for leaving Reese cuffed to the freezer door.

Arriving at Whistler’s office to find it ransacked, Finch tells Root his plans to use Beth’s algorithm to get inside Samaritan and infiltrate it from within, fearful now that someone else might be privy to his plan. They watch as Beth argues with the same man, Wolfram (Alexander Blaise), who turns out to be her ex. Root gives Finch cold comfort that it’s the ex behind everything, including the appearance of Beth’s number, before abruptly leaving.

Credit: CBSFinch manages to follow her all the way to Beth’s hotel room, where he watches as she digs through her belongings. It dawns on him that it’s not the ex who is the threat, but Root herself. “Yes, Harold. I’m afraid I’m gonna have to kill her,” she says, preparing a poisonous cocktail for Beth and admitting that she knew all about his plan and was the one who broke into his office.

Reese recruits Fusco to help him find Ray, who has a tendency to be connected to dead bodies—particularly an accountant named Deacon. Harper arrives at the rendezvous point with Ray’s new papers. As she hands Ray the goods, he suggests, in lieu of cash payment, a hard drive with info on Worthy.

Frankie arrives and holds Ray at gunpoint, ready to pull the trigger. As Ray asks why she wants him dead, Reese arrives and states that Deacon was her brother. Before she is able to pull the trigger, Reese intervenes and the gun slips, leading Ray to grab it and hold Harper hostage. A gunfight ensues, and soon they are joined by Worthy and his men. Harper uses the flash drive as leverage to settle everything, while Reese convinces Frankie to stand down.

As Root and Finch continue debating the worth of Beth’s life, Finch grabs and downs the poison. As it takes its toll, Finch remains willing to sacrifice himself to save Beth. A panicked Root concedes, promising not to kill her as she races him to a hospital.

Reese calls Harper out and asks for the real flash drive. She refuses and states info she could’ve gotten only from the Machine. Finch arrives at Beth’s room to see her angry over an email purportedly sent from his account, debunking one of her studies.

After parting ways with Frankie, Campbell calls Reese into her office and tells him the reason she had to let him go was because she has feelings for him. She moves in for a kiss and Reese returns the gesture.

Root takes credit for the email and tells Finch she destroyed the activation device. Stating he doesn’t want to see her for a while, Root walks away. He knows that despite ending a good plan to bring Samaritan to its knees, her friend will live another day.

A fantastic episode from start to finish, “Bounty” is enlivened by a superb sexy/tough guest turn by Winnick as bounty hunter Frankie. Her sizzling chemistry with Reese pays off nicely with the end scene, where Dr. Campbell finally opens up about her feelings for Reese. Continuing a season trend, the episode also saw the return of Harper, whose brief talk with Reese leaves the jury still out on whether she is friend or foe.

Root;s decision to save Finch from harm over planting a seed that might lead to Samaritan’s demise is an interesting arc for her character. Still wounded by Shaw’s disappearance, Root’s actions force a chasm to come between her relationship with Finch. It will be interesting to see how this resolves, as the season finale is right around the corner.

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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