Person of Interest: Sotto Voce
The final shot of tonight’s episode, which featured the entire team standing together for the first time in quite some time, might have been the most hopeful moment of the season so far. Up to now, the final season has been pretty dark. Thankfully, “Sotto Voce,” which is all about friendship and trust, lightens the mood a bit as we see two of our wayward Team Machine-mates work their way back into the fold. But, before we get to the chummy stuff, Person of Interest has to tie-up a loose end from the third season.
Person of Interest: Terry Easton
We start in New York, where Reese arrives at an investment firm just in time to stop Terry Easton, a locksmith, from blowing the place up. After disarming the bomb, Reese takes the anxious Terry back to the precinct to interrogate him because he doesn’t seem like the type of guy who (a) could build a bomb or (b) would choose to blow an investment firm on his own.
When Reese returns to the precinct, we learn that things are still ice cold between Reese and Fusco, who is flying solo until his new partner transfers. While Fusco helps some uniforms book a bunch of guys from the Templario Cartel, Reese heads into interrogate Terry. When Finch and Reese find evidence that Terry’s wife was kidnapped, Terry finally admits that someone threatened to kill his wife unless he planted the bomb. Right at that moment, the mysterious man calls Terry and tells him that his wife will die because he failed. Finch, who is listening in, recognizes the voice as belonging to the criminal mastermind The Voice (who we met in the season 3 episode “Last Call”).
One of the things I’ve always loved about Person of Interest is its world building. Like its former network sibling The Good Wife, this show has always had a deep bench of recurring characters to pull from to enrich some of its week-to-week stories and the return of The Voice is a nice example of this. Since we’re in the final season, it’s about time the show revisited this dangerous antagonist who posed quite a challenge to Finch and the team when they first met him in season 3. If I had one complaint about his reintroduction, it’s that I wish we had gotten one more episode with him in season 4 to create a strong rivalry between Finch and The Voice, but that’s a quibble.
Using the photo’s metadata, Finch is able to track Carla’s location. So, Reese and a bunch of cops head off to the Meatpacking District to find her. When they arrive, the police rush inside the warehouse to find the wife while Reese, who receives a call from The Voice, remains outside. After acknowledging that he recognizes Reese from the events in “Last Call,” The Voice proceeds to blow up the building with all of the cops inside.
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Back at the precinct, Fusco has his hands filled with a cab driver named Amir, who was booked on an unregistered gun charge. However, when they ran a ballistic test on the weapon, they discovered it was linked to many unsolved homicides. At first, Amir plays innocent, but when Fusco calls him on his BS, he immediately flips a switch to cold-blooded serial killer.
After the bomb in the Meatpacking District goes off, the Eighth Precinct receives several other bomb threats calls to keep them busy. Reese returns to the precinct hell-bent on finding The Voice after his fellow police officers were injured, and he discovers someone slipped Terry a phone with a message from The Voice instructing him to free the gang members and also freed him from the interrogation room. Clearly, The Voice has another accomplice in the precinct.
But, it’s too late. Someone frees the gang members before Reese can stop it, and then they start locking in the few remaining cops at the precinct — remember, most of them are out tackling the bomb threats. Now, it’s up to Reese, Fusco, and one uniform cop to stop the gang members from getting what they came for: Amir, who Fusco locked up in solitary confinement. It turns out Amir is The Voice’s former assassin and The Voice has sent the Templarios to kill him because he found out The Voice’s real identity. As The Voice always says, “Cleanliness is all.”
Surprising no one, the uniform accompanying Fusco turns out to be The Voice’s other inside man, but Reese stops him before he can kill Amir. That’s when the real trouble starts because the Templarios corner Rees and Fusco, who are short on ammo, in the bullpen. So, these two channel their inner Bad Boys for an awesome, last-stand shootout in the precinct.
Meanwhile, Finch turns to Elias for help with finding The Voice. Eager to leave the safe-house for the first time in several weeks, Elias agrees and leads Finch to The Voice’s bomb-maker, who is named The Custodian, like he’s some knock-off The Blacklist character. I’m always happy when Michael Emerson and Enrico Colantoni share a scene because they play off of each other so well. If there’s one thing we learn from their escapade, it’s that Elias genuinely considers Finch a friend, and their scenes together flush out their relationship. Like Root, Elias is the only one who calls Finch by his first name (occasionally Reese will do so too), which suggests some deep connection between the two of them that Finch doesn’t share with Reese. They’re bonded by their shared intelligence and cunning.
The information gathered from The Custodian leads them to an apartment in SoHo, which turns out to be The Voice’s base of operations. There, they find out that The Voice has been tracking Finch since their first encounter; they also find evidence that he paid an actress who looks eerily like Terry’s wife, which means one thing: Terry is The Voice. As someone who isn’t hesitant to jump up and down and say I called a twist, I’ll admit I didn’t see this coming, maybe cause I was focused on all of the buddy cop stuff going on between Finch and Elias and Reese and Fusco.
During the gunfight, Terry sneaks off and kills Amir in the interrogation room and almost kills Reese, but Fusco takes a bullet to the arm as he saves Reese. Aww, friendship. The gunfight leaves the precinct in a beautiful mess — shown by an even more beautiful aerial shot — that makes you wonder if this is the last time we’ll see this set.
As Terry makes his escape from the precinct, he receives a call from Finch, who commends him on his skill, but says it’s too late. Then, they finally come face to face. The Voice believes he has the upper-hand because he has a gun, but then Elias shows up with his own gun. The Voice declares this a draw and hops in his escape car; however, Elias blows it up as he drives off and Finch barely bats an eye, which is rather scary.
Following the events in the precinct, Reese finally decides it’s time to tell Fusco everything, which has been a long time coming.
Root Finds What She’s Looking For:
While everyone else is dealing with The Voice, Root receives her own number from The Machine, which unexpectedly leads her to Shaw, who has finally made it back the U.S. Determined to get her revenge, Shaw has been taking out one Samaritan agent at a time.
When Root finally catches up from her, Shaw is rather distant because of everything she’s been through; she still can’t tell the difference between reality and the simulation, and it breaks my heart to hear her talk about how traumatizing those 7,000 simulations were. The scene starts to mirror that scene in “6,741” as Shaw decides that the only way to keep Root safe is to kill herself. However, this Root is real and refuses to live without her and also puts the gun to her face.
Clearly, that show of solidarity and love was enough to convince Shaw to stay her hand because she’s there with Fusco, Reese, Finch, and Root standing under the bridge. That moment stands out because Sarah Shahi allows a slight flicker of emotion to cross Shaw’s face as she’s reunited with all of her friends. It’s subtle, but it’s there. It’s good to have the team back together.