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'Person of Interest' fan recap: Samaritan gets personal

Season 4 | Episode 19 | “Search and Destroy” | Aired Apr 7, 2015

As we inch closer to the fourth season finale, things are getting a tad messier for Team Machine as the latest Person of Interest proves.

In the “better late than never” department, Reese and Finch have an early-morning weapons training session. (“Think of it as a machine,” says Reese.) Finch is predictably uncomfortable at the prospect. Luckily, they are interrupted by a call heralding the latest number.

Khan (Aasif Mandavi, The Daily Show) is a CEO of a software company (think Windows) that has just been hacked—big-time. The hack unearths evidence that Khan was embezzling from his company, and he wakes up to find the IRS knocking at his door. As Reese and Finch start their intel, a portrait emerges of a man who started with humble beginnings and grew to become one of the most powerful (and paranoid) individuals in the country.

Root, whom Reese suggests would be helpful in this case, is still on rocky ground with Finch and continues her rogue streak, shadowing a mysterious man with a briefcase at a restaurant. With the flick of a finger, she sets off poisonous gas and snatches said case.

Khan arrives at the board meeting, where Reese has managed to get his eyes and ears on the inside: none other than Zoe Morgan (and this episode just got better). Khan is unanimously kicked off the board, despite his insistence that he is innocent. To say that he walks off less than quietly is an understatement.

Khan returns home to find his belongings being confiscated by the IRS. He calls his lawyer to find that he is been dropped as a client, while his angry wife, who had uncompromising photos of herself leaked on the Internet due to the hack, refuses to hear him out.

Zoe and Reese team up to see what else they can find on Khan, but not before Zoe gives Reese a hard time about Dr. Campbell. (“Jealous?” asks a beaming Reese.) She does divulge that having been with Khan’s organization for a long time, she finds the hack to be strategic and personal.

In a hotel room, Root struggles to get briefcase open. With the owners closing in, she handcuffs herself to it and hides in a room where she is found—but she manages to one-up the pursuers and flee the scene.

Khan finds himself at a tavern, weapon in tow, and waiting for his former friend and partner Mark (Stephen Park). As Reese listens, Khan tells Mark that he noticed accounts that paid for utilities wiped out, and that the funds were used to pay for barrels and barrels of diesel fuel. Khan also states that the stock market was manipulated specifically to drain him of his shares. In a quasi-paranoid state, he says that whoever is after him is not human, but an A.I. Finch immediately suspects Samaritan.

Mark, of course, doesn’t believe a word and leaves in a huff, but not before Khan snags his employee batch. Reese follows Khan despite Finch’s warning that “there is no way to keep the victim safe if the perpetrator is Samaritan.” Arriving at his company, Reese watches as Khan meddles with the system, but is thwarted by the arrival of the NYPD.

Greer and Martine have been monitoring Khan’s descent into paranoia. Martine requests to be put back in the field and take out Root. Greer grants her request.

Reese arrives at the station and learns that Khan has been sent to Rikers. Fusco arrives to inquire about him and finds that he is being held for more than just trespassing charges. Khan is moved to a holding cell, where Samaritan bribes a prisoner to kill him. Reese arrives, in a guard’s uniform, to save Khan from the prisoners. Fleeing in a van, they are one-upped by Samaritan before being saved by Root.

Over takeout, the trio decide their next move. Khan states that he is being targeted because of a new product they have been developing. Reese assumes it’s a more sophisticated version of the transponder they found during their visit to Maple. Root interjects that she’s found the location of mysterious activity sent through an off-site I.P. address, and suggests a road trip. (Reese takes shotgun, of course.)

Arriving at a remote location, Root picks up a Wi-Fi signal as well as data images. Reese begins taking out security cameras before Finch notices doors that reveal stairs . Arriving at the control booth, where the diesel fuel helps run the generators, Finch and Khan find that Samaritan has full control of Khan’s anti-software program, as well as his company’s servers. Sensing danger, Root suggests they leave immediately. As they reach ground level, a gun battle ensues. Root catches sight of Martine and pursues her, and the two are soon engaged in hand-to-hand combat.

Seeking answers from Finch to no avail, Khan disappears during the chaos. Before Root has a chance to finish off Martine, Reese grabs her and flees. At HQ, Root manages to open the briefcase with a little help from the Machine. Inside, she finds a Fabergé egg, which she promptly destroys at the Machine’s urging.

Finch and Reese lament on Khan’s disappearance. As they discuss Samaritan’s success in winning this battle, a nearby pay phone rings. Khan’s location turns out to be with Greer and Martine. As Khan’s questions are answered by Greer, he requests to see the A.I. everyone has been talking about. “I want to look in its eyes,” says Khan. Greer obliges by shooting him, and while he lights a celebratory cigar, a dying Khan’s wish is granted.

A lot happens in “Search and Destroy,” but perhaps the most important component is that it’s the setup for this season’s final act. Attuned viewers caught some neat references to what we might expect from the season’s final episodes, including the opener, where Reese tries to get Finch to handle a weapon, as well as his offhanded comment that he “won’t be around forever.” There is also unfinished business between Root and Martine, as well as Shaw’s disappearance.

Next week’s episode teases the “return” of a fan-favorite character, but if this season has been about a single character, it would be Finch. A lot has been made about his regrets and inner turmoil surrounding the Machine’s creation. One hopes that wherever the finale goes, Finch will get the final word and some sort of closure.

Let the countdown to the finale begin!

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    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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