Person of Interest Recap 2×08
Love was once in the air for Finch until he became the mastermind behind “The Machine”. After finally completing the finishing touch on the machine, Finch knew that he had to seclude himself from everyone because no one could know about his master piece. This meant giving up the love of his life. Finch has flashbacks of falling in love with his then girlfriend Grace and how he had to let her go.
Finch informs Reese that they have two Numbers to investigate. They belong to a married couple, Sabrina and Daniel Drake. The Drakes own a publishing company and have been married for twenty years. Drake was born poor and earned a full scholarship to get through college. Finch has run a background check and discovers that a militia leader, Wade Huggins, has made threats against the publishing house after it published an indictment of the group. Finch goes to the Drakes’ home while Reese enters the publishing house office with an card duplicator so he can scan an active card and access any offices in the building.
The Drakes meet Henry in a conference room and he insists that they should sell the company because it’s losing money. He assures them that the deal is legit but Sabrina isn’t interested in selling the company. As Reese listens in after cloning their cell phones, Daniel tentatively suggests that they see how the board votes on the sale. Henry points out that their the majority shareholders and that the board vote is meaningless. As he leaves, Finch checks Henry’s background and tells Reese that Henry was the first investor in the company and owns 5% of the shares.
At the station, Fusco is making a private call and tells the person that he’ll meet them that night. Carter comes in as Fusco’s phone rings. When he sees that it’s Reese’s phone number, he sends it to phone mail. A suspicious Reese calls Carter and asks what is going on with Fusco, and she admits that he’s been acting jumpy. Reese then has Carter check on the militia and she informs him that they’ve already got word that the group is holding a protest at a book signing hosted by the publishing house.
While Finch follows Daniel as he leaves a restaurant, Reese sees a man approach Sabrina’s car, attached a bomb underneath, and walk away. Reese removes it and walks into an alleyway, working to disarm the bomb before someone calls the cell phone triggering device. He cuts it off just as the cell phone rings, and Reese makes a note of the phone number. Meanwhile, Finch spots Daniel taking a call a different cell phone than his regular one, one that they haven’t cloned. However, Daniel walks past Finch as he talks to Santiago, the man at the other end, and tells Santiago that he’d better handle things if he wants to collect his fee. Reese, listening in, realizes that Daniel hired Santiago to kill Sabrina.
Carter talks to Cal, a new detective and a possible love interest, and gets some background on Santiago. The officer explains that Santiago was a small-time drug dealer who ended up his own product and was arrested during a B&E. However, Santiago had an expensive lawyer who got him off with a reduced sentence. Carter admits that she can’t tell Cal much about the case and he says that he understands. However, he reminds her that she now owes him a favor and promises to do some checking on what Santiago is currently up to.
Reese follows the Drakes to the book signing, where the militia group has already gathered. Finch figures that it’s a good time for Santiago to make another murder attempt and make the militia look responsible. Reese spots a sniper in a nearby building and moves in, but Finch tells him that he’s intercepted a text message… from Sabrina to the sniper, giving him the word. Reese shoves Daniel out of the way, faking a casual accident, and the sniper misses. By the time Reese catches up to him, the second killer has made good his escape. Reese and Finch realize that the Machine gave them two Numbers because the Drakes are planning to kill each other.
Fusco is on a blind date with a woman, Rhonda. They end up at a fancy restaurant with gourmet food that neither one of them much likes. They talk about their children and Fusco admits that he doesn’t see much of his son because of his long hours. Rhonda, clearly interested, asks about his job but Fusco awkwardly avoids the question. Finch has Fusco paged to the phone and tells him that he needs to work on his conversational skills. He tells him to keep an eye on Sabrina at her company office and put his cell phone battery back in his phone. Fusco goes back to the table and tells Rhonda that he has a stakeout, and she understands because she has a cousin who is a cop.
Carter and Reese set up surveillance outside the Drake home and talk about marriage and love. Speaking from experience, Carter talks about how it’s easy for one person in a marriage to change and fall out of love with them. Reese wonders if she’s considered starting up new but Carter says that she doesn’t have any spare time between her job and her extracurricular activities with Reese. When she asks Reese about his love life, he avoids the question and Cal calls her before she can pursue the matter. Cal tells her that Santiago boosted a deli van to get into the publishing house and she thanks him for their help. Someone cuts the power in the house and they realize that Sabrina’s hired killer is going after his target.
Fusco enters the building and finds Santiago, posing as a deliveryman delivering deli food. Santiago opens fire on the detective and runs off, and Fusco finds Sabrina as he chases the killer down. He gets her out of the building just as Carter and Reese pull up. Reese tosses Sabrina in the trunk with Daniel just as Rhonda returns with falafels. Reese gets in the car while Carter introduces herself as Fusco’s partner and then takes off with Reese.
Reese takes the Drakes to a safehouse and ties them in chairs. As they argue back and forth, Reese finally tells them what the other has been up to. They admit that they have no way to contact their respective killers and start arguing again, and Reese goes into the next room where Carter and Finch are watching through a one-way mirror. Reese left them alone because he figured they could use some counseling, and Finch suggests they speed things up with a different approach. Sabrina and Daniel talk about how they were at a beach house when the photo was taken. Daniel mentions that Sabrina was still pregnant at the time and she suddenly calls out to Reese, saying that she’ll tell them what she can about her hired killer. Reese comes in and she explains that she hired the killer through a security firm. She tried to call off the murder after the failed bookstore signing but the phone number was disconnected. Daniel admits that he tried to call off Santiago but couldn’t reach him, either. Reese cuts them loose and explains that he’s going to take them home and use them as bait to draw out the killers.
Santiago brings in two men and Carter and Fusco engage them in the stairwell. Carter takes down one and another one shoots Fusco in the chest. When Carter tries to get to her partner, Santiago opens fire.
Sabrina’s killer goes to the remodeled kitchen and prepares to open the pantry door, but Reese arrives and attacks him. Santiago closes in on Carter but Fusco, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, guns the killer down.
Reese finally grabs a nail gun and shoots the hired killer in the shoulder, and then pins his foot to the floor. He then beats the man unconscious.
The next morning, the police take away the Drakes and the surviving killers. Cal comes by to check on Carter, who thanks him for his help. He points out that she still owes him and suggests she accept a dinner date with him to make up for it. Carter hesitates and then agrees. I smell a relationship, possibly, I hope.