This was a weird episode of Person of Interest. Coming off of a rather strong week, it felt like the show returned to a holding pattern with this case of the week. There were many great character moments — all hail Root and Harry’s friendship — but it still felt like there was a certain something missing from the episode.
Number of the Week: The Marriage of Phoebe Turner to Will O’Brien
This week’s number takes Finch and Reese to the wedding of horse empire heiress Phoebe Turner to public defender Will O’Brien. In order to infiltrate their wedding, Finch has to pull some strings. First, he places Reese in a position to get invited to the fancy wedding by having him act as “stripper security” at the bachelorette party, where he catches Phoebe’s younger sister Janna’s beer goggled eyes and becomes her date. I’ll admit that there’s nothing I love more than an uncomfortable Reese. Finch, on the other hand, decides to impersonate Will’s alcoholic Scottish uncle from out of town.
With their invitations secured, they make their way to the big estate, which is currently being stalked by protesters who believe Phoebe’s father is mistreating his horses. Once there, they start trying to figure out who might be targeting the wedding. Obviously, it has something to do with the animal cruelty trial the protesters are bringing against the father.
(My issue with this case of the week: The show goes through the trouble of introducing Phoebe’s entire family, but never really does anything with them. All the ultimately superfluous details just distract from the fact that the show isn’t doing that much to flesh out the numbers.)
During the ceremony, Finch and Reese notice two assassin-type guys lurking around, but unfortunately Reese loses them. However, they return during the reception, and thankfully Reese has Root, who showed up, to help him out. While Reese and Root take out the assassins, Finch takes the stage at his “nephew’s” request to sing. All of Team Machine is surprised he can sing. It’s a great moment — however, the entire situation would’ve been funnier if Reese and Root’s fight had been set to the tune Finch was singing, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister, instead of jumping back and forth between Finch’s song and the regular score.
Reese and Root realize that the gunmen aren’t here for Phoebe or Will, but for the family’s photographer Maggie, who they find out is listed on the prosecution’s witness list. She’s been with the family for 15 years and documents their lives, capturing tiny moments when they don’t even realize — like that time Phoebe’s older sister, and not her father, Karen doped up one of their horses.
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Thankfully, Reese arrives in time to save Maggie from being executed by one of the gunmen. Then, Root shows up in time — riding a horse like the flawless queen she is — to save Reese and Maggie from more gunmen. The day and the wedding is saved and continues to go on without a problem.
NEXT: Uh-oh, Fusco is in trouble.