Did TPTB give Carter that surname just so they could use that pun ep title? Carter was a military interrogator and based the bar and she is also supposed to be the ‘heart’ of the show and its ‘moral centre’. Carter tries to hunt down Elias and save a battered wife.
Elias’ uncaring father is alive and in jail. Reese is sullen. Carter is in peril and she has a son. There is a morass of political and police corruption in the city. Reese does his usual Terminator impersonation to save Carter. Where does Reese get his weapons and where does he keep them? Carter rants, there is a betrayal and Elias lurks. This was okay.
“I’m the one who has to investigate when your husband finally beats you to death.”
“Lead poisoning. It’s going around the neighbourhood.”
Reese finds a photo of a younger Finch. IA harass Carter. Reese crashes a crime scene and it ties to a coked up car crash. Different sets of people are in peril this week. A corrupt banker (Jack Gwaltrey of ‘Profit’) lurks.
Snow, a former CIA colleague of Reese gets Carter to sell Reese out which causes things to escalate. This was mediocre even if had hints of Reese’ past, Finch posing as an idiot blogger and Carter being a tool who has seen too much.
“You got shot. Take some time off.”
“My vest got shot. It can take some time off.”
“Your little friend with the glasses.”
“Hey, Fusco, you die in there?”
“I’m hearing rather too much of your lower intestine. Could you possibly move your phone from your belt to your jacket pocket?”
“Killers just tried to take out Wendy and Paula.”
“Please tell me they failed.”
Finch gets treatment for Reese’ gunshot wounds in direct fashion. There are flashbacks to Finch and his old partner Nathan (Brett Cullen, who was Goodwin on ‘Lost‘ who Michael Emerson's Ben got killed). Nathan pretended Finch was just his IT guy and Nathan was threatened by an NSA boss (Cotter Smith).
Reese and Finch hang out in an apartment as Reese heals and they investigate the building supervisor Trask. Is Trask a harmless bag of wind or a stalker? In-between investigating Trask, Finch and Reese perv at a woman doing yoga. Finch has to do the fieldwork as Reese is laid up. Finch and Carter have a stare down and there is a game changer revelation about the Machine at the end. This was good.
“Stitch him up no questions asked and you can be a doctor again.”
“So, Trask is armed, has a dangerous fixation on Lily and he just chased me up three floors. Safe to say he’s our perpetrator.”
Reese and Carter meet now Reese has walked off being shot with a sniper rifle. A lawyer who represents ex-cons is in peril. Finch bails out Nathan’s son Will (Michael Stahl-David of ‘Cloverfield’). Reese breaks bones and cracks teeth to protect the lawyer and uncovers a nasty parole officer and a social worker scam. He also spies on Finch and knocks a would be hitman out with a book of criminal law. This was okay.
“You getting paranoid Carter. That’s a step in the right direction.”
“You went ninja on that guy.”
“You were never in jail?”
“Not in this country.”