Person of Interest 4×18 ‘Skip’: A team stretched thin

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“Skip” is rightly named as that is exactly what you can do with this episode if all you cared for was the main story. I understand that Person of Interest is attempting to keep whatever conclusion they want for the Samaritan story as the season finale, but this is getting a bit ridiculous. They attempted to justify these filler episodes by saying the team went back to the original dynamic of Reese and Finch saving people vigilante style, but after everything that has happened this season those moments are the least of our concern. We were thrown into the Battle of New York’s underground between Dominic and Elias as well as the Battle of the A.I. between Samaritan and the Machine. There were soldiers lost and friends made. And even still we are dealing with stories that have next to nothing to do with the big picture. Unless all of these POIs are meant to become recruits, using their unique talents to help Team Machine take down Samaritan just as it is about to succeed, then I will be very disappointed in the stretching out of a storyline that could have been way more intense and action-packed if it ended at the fall finale (not Samaritan entirely, but maybe Greer’s story?) Anyway enough ranting, let’s jump into “Skip.”

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

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Source: CBS

This episode’s POI is bounty hunter Frankie Wells (guest star Katheryn Winnick, Vikings) who is attempting to bring Ray back to Florida for skipping bail in a case involving an illegal dealer named Worthy. The story takes a turn when Ray is saved by Athena aka Harper (the drug stealing POI from ‘Blunt’). During the events we learn that Frankie is not hunting art to return him to Florida, but to kill him for murdering her brother. That is quite the turn, but not really unexpected for some extra drama. The rest of the episode follows a rather flirty dynamic between Reese and Frankie as they finally take down the baddies in a very stretched out and unnecessarily twisted story. Harper returned after receiving texts from The Machine, giving us the belief that perhaps the A.I. is recruiting old numbers without informing Team Machine. In the end Reese does not follow through on his flirtation with Frankie as he has his mindset on another. At this point Reese goes to see Iris and gives her a reason to stay around for a few more episodes.

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Source: CBS

The secondary storyline follows Root and Finch as they receive a second POI this week. The person in question is Beth Bridges (guest star Jessica Hecht, Friends), an algorithm expert who sold software to Greer. She meets Finch as her deal is closing and instantly her number comes up. Things don’t seem good for Beth. However, Finch secretly put a Trojan on her laptop to infiltrate Samaritan. He would be able to find out valuable information, but it would allow Samaritan to track him down. While weighing the two options Finch decides to try to give Team Machine a leg up in the war disregarding his own safety. As he moves forward with his plan Root intervenes and destroys the Trojan to protect Finch, showing her belief in emotion and gut feelings rather than following the Machine’s orders. Yet, somehow Finch finds a way to put his life into peril by chugging poison that Root had meant to use on Beth. Root convinces the martyring Finch to go to the hospital if she won’t kill Beth. Finch is pissed off that his Trojan horse plan was not successful and decides that it is in their best interest if Root goes away for a while. DAM.

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Source: CBS

  • Now that Root is outcast, what climactic moment will she return to help Team Machine?
  • When will Shaw return? What is Greer’s plan for her? What will Team Machine’s reaction be?
  • The POIs of this season seem to be returning more and more frequently, could it be foreshadowing their return in the final battle?
  • Who will win between Elias and Dominic?

What did you think of this episode of Person of Interest? Was the story shocking or predictable? Do you have any theories as to what may happen in future episodes? Let me know in the comments below!

Dylan Phillips

Dylan Phillips

is a film fanatic and TV junkie from the mysterious land of Canada. He is an aspiring writer/director who hopes to make his mark on the industry one way or another, whether it be behind a camera or with a pen. When he isn’t watching hours upon hours of movies or writing scripts, Dylan can be found playing his guitar, avidly watching baseball or writing film reviews on his website and blog.

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  • SavhFan

    I loved the eppy! Even more so the 2nd time I watched it. There was a lot going on this eppy and Yes the Machine is maneuvering behind the scene and Root & Finch are not privy to it. The relationship between Root and Finch has hit a very rough spot. Finch has always been willing to give himself up for others. He gave himself up for Grace. He gave himself up for Beth by swallowing the poison. Both were perfectly in character for Finch. Root IGNORED the Machine and did plan to kill Beth. Kind of fun seeing the old sociopathic Root back. Ready to kill without a second thought. Love the flirty give & take between “Frankie & Johnny”. Was well played. LOVED the fight scene in the butcher shop when they were handcuffed! The surprise of the night was the kiss that was returned by Reese. The scene started out as the typical awkward, clueless Reese (who has no idea of the effect he has on women)…Iris bares her soul and all he can say is ‘uh oh’…the more she tries to explain how wrong it is….his response is ‘K’….but when she kissed him…..THAT registered. That was a major step for Reese. This was the first truly romantic kiss we’ve seen by Reese since Jessica. And ***SPOILER** Zoe is due back on 04-07-15…..THAT will be interesting! Watch the eppy more than once………..there is a lot to see!