Recap: Person Of Interest S 01 E 05

Season 1, Episode 5:


Gates: "They said no cops, no FBI."
Reese: "They didn't say anything about me."

The latest person of interest is Samuel Gates, a New York City judge with a reputation for being tough on crime. Reese and Finch keep him under close surveillance but only discover too late that Gates' son, Sam Jr, is the intended target of a kidnapping by an international crime organization called SP-9. In exchange for his son, Gates is ordered to dismiss the case of a hit-and-run driver who is secretly SP-9's money launderer. While Gates stalls, Reese tracks down the kidnappers and rescues Sam Jr, and Finch hacks the SP-9 bank accounts and delivers them to Detective Carter and the NYPD. Gates is grateful for Reese's help, but warns him that sooner or later, the authorities will catch up with his illegal vigilante activities and there's nothing he'll be able to do; Reese tells Finch that despite this, Gates may be an ally in the future.

Tropes present in this episode include

  • Book Ends: Begins and ends with Reese and Finch sitting in a diner.
  • Brick Joke: The gang member was given a burger as help for giving Reese information despite having his hands tied and couldn't eat it. Guess what he is seen eating when he is finally allowed out.
  • Character Development: "Try the Eggs Benedict, Mr. Reese. I've had them many times." Finch begins to open up to Reese.
  • Climactic Music: "Intro" by The XX.
  • Drunk Driver: The events of this episode are set in motion when SP-9's money launderer drinks and drives.
  • Stock Legal Phrases: One of the examples listed on that page is quoted verbatim.
    "Has the jury reached a verdict?" "We have, Your Honor." "What say you?"
  • Subtext: Reese realizes that just because Judge Gates has said he can't help him, doesn't mean he won't when the time comes.
    • He was reading between the lines.
  • Vigilante Man: The subject of some discussion between Gates and Reese.