Today I (re)watch: Person of Interest, 1.12

We open with Carter sitting at a diner, waiting for John. They meet up for the first time! This is the beginning of a wonderful, beautiful friendship. I’m so glad. Carter talks about being a cop and having rules (if only real life cops actually followed those rules instead of killing black folks left and right, eh?). John tells her that she could follow all the rules, or break some and help them save lives. She asks significantly less questions than I would if I was faced with such a cryptic endeavor as the one Harold and John have going on, but alright. Will accept.

John: You’re getting paranoid, Carter. That’s a step in the right direction.

This episode’s number is Andrea Gutierrez, a civil litigation lawyer who deals with ex-cons who have grievances with the State. I like her a lot. Of course the framed man is a black man accused of doing drugs while on parole, when he isn’t.

I have watched the whole show before, so SPOILERS MIGHT HAPPEN. Big spoilers will be blanked out but references and irrelevant spoilers are going to be out in the open.

I never knew why this episode was called Legacy. Fun fact: Legacy is a term used to refer (often pejoratively) to a system which is outdated and in need of replacement, but too commonly/widely used to replace efficiently. Like the bureaucratic bullshit the number of the week has to deal with, that can also be easily cheated. #TheMoreYouKnow

We are introduced to Will Ingram, Nathan’s son. He is back for a little while and is looking into his and his dad’s belongings and starts asking questions about the time when his father’s company was “closed” (that is, when he and Harold were working on the Machine). That wouldn’t be my go-to if my somewhat estranged father passed, but to each their own posthumous investigations. And their obvious made-up characters and far-fetched scenarios that exist solely to reveal things about the main characters and plot points.
Because Harold is obviously not telling John anything about Will, John enlists Fusco to follow and investigate Harold, which will carry on for a few more episodes. Friends don’t let friends have private lives. Friends spy on each other. Obv.


“Spy on me so I know it’s real.” 

To get closer to Andrea, John pretends to be a potential client of hers, wanting to sue his boss.

John: [My boss]’s one of those rich loner types. The kind you’d call strange if he didn’t have so much cash. Instead he’s, uh, eccentric.

I love this subtle commentary on class, how certain behaviors get labelled as weird and undesirable if it’s someone poor doing them, but eccentric or mysterious or interesting when it’s someone rich.

Back to the case, it looks like someone sent a hit man after Andrea, and John finds out Andrea’s client’s parole officer is blackmailing his parolees. An upstanding law enforcer, clearly.

I adore Carter interrogating people sometimes: she’s so good, and sassy as hell. Telling the parole officer that he is terrible at his job, getting more people back to jail than she did. HA.

John: You’re good at this, Carter.
Carter: It’s my job. *And* I didn’t even have to shoot anyone to do it.
Carter’s sass knows no bounds.

John knocks out another hit man just in time to save Andrea, again. He takes her to their (Harold and John’s, that is) safe house and hands her a weapon of some sort. I love how he knows women around him can handle themselves. Because we fucking can.
Turns out the ones after her were two white men wanting to make cash off of poor people of color. Big surprise there.

As a team, John and Carter capture the last bad dude. HURRAY!

I have always wondered though, Carter is a homicide detective. Over the years, how does she explain so many cases she’s closed that have zero to do with homicide?

Another episode, another shout out of appreciation for not pairing Reese with the ladies he saves. Andrea sets a boundary about dating (not that he was trying, but just in case) and then gives him a hug goodbye. No unnecessary hetero drama here, huzzah!


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