I’m not sure if the writers planned for this when they were crafting the season, but airing two episodes a week seems to be working out for Person of Interest. “Truth Be Told” — the weakest episode of the season so far, but still enjoyable — picks up on some of the threads in Monday’s “SNAFU,” particularly Reese’s dark past.
“Truth Be Told” opens with a flashback to a meeting at the CIA in 2010. Supervisory Agent Terence Beal (Keith David), the man who recruited Reese, assigns Reese and Kara to investigate a military advisor named Brent Tomlinson who is suspected of helping the Taliban steal a shipment of Stinger missiles. If they discover he’s guilty, they’re supposed to handle him, which is code for kill him.
Back in the present, Reese is trying to maintain a normal life, or as close to normal as possible. He’s supposed to meet Dr. Iris Campbell’s parents today and asks them to meet him at this pirate-themed bar where he’s taking care of a number in the bathroom. Once the number is handled, he casually strolls out to meet his girlfriend’s parents. Later, he tells Finch that the lunch started off rocky but her parents started warming up to him by the end.
After meeting the parents, Reese turns his attention to their newest number: Alex Duncan, a computer science guy who works for an international consulting firm that has a contract with the DoD. While the Machine is back to spitting out irrelevant numbers, it still has trouble processing and providing other information, so Finch can’t just ask the Machine if Alex is a victim or perpetrator, which means Reese has to go undercover. On his first day in the office, Reese realizes fairly quickly that something’s up with Alex because he seems pretty anxious and won’t get a drink with him after work. After everyone leaves the office, Reese observes Alex breaking into his supervisor’s office and stealing some files. Unfortunately, the CIA shows up, led by Terence Beal, and arrests Alex — which just made Reese’s job harder.
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With a little help from the Machine, Reese is able to track down where the CIA took Alex to drug and interrogate him. He infiltrates the building in a ski mask and rescues Alex; however, Terence recognizes his eyes and his in-field improvisational skills (removing the steering wheel of the CIA’s car so they can’t chase after them) and realizes Reese is alive.
In another flashback to 2010, we see Reese and Kara interrogating Brent Tomlinson about the missiles. He denies stealing anything, and they can’t find any evidence that he did in his room. Annoyed at being questioned, Brent starts ranting about how little he’s received for all that he’s done for his country, but Reese interrupts him by putting a bullet in his head because he interprets that rant as a sign of guilt. It’s only after he’s dead that Kara finds a stash of money hidden in his briefcase. Impressed by how cold Reese acted, Kara explains that Beal picked him because he had no family to go home to and would thus give all of himself to the agency.
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