Elias: Nah, it's just beginning. "Veni, vidi, vici."
Tropes present in this episode include
- Actor Allusion: One of Charlie's students is reading The Count of Monte Cristo. Jim Caviezel starred in the 2002 film version.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Elias seems like a genuinely nice schoolteacher, even though he's started a bloody gang war and has no problems kneecapping Russian mobsters.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: Nina Simons's "Sinnerman" over the final scenes.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: The witness is one of the most dangerous criminal masterminds of the lot.
- Don Incognito: So incognito, the Russian Mob didn't realise that the head of the gang trying to take them out was their children's English teacher.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Elias' reason for leaving Reese alive. He wouldn't want to seem "ungrateful".
- Growing the Beard: Some feel the series really hit its stride with this episode.
- He Knows Too Much: Reese, Finch, Carter and the NYPD think this is why the Russians are after Charlie, to stop him testifying to what he saw in the bodega.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Looks like Keith Mars decided to work on the other side of the law.
- Hidden Villain: Charlie Burton, aka Elias.
- It Has Only Just Begun: Elias' war.
- Karma Houdini: Other than having his Secret Identity blown, Elias gets off scot-free at the end.
- The Mafiya: The episode centers around the start of a war between families.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Reese ended up saving one of the most dangerous men in the city.
- Not So Different: Reese compares "Charlie" to Finch. The comparisons only get more apt once we discover his true identity.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Finch and Reese feel this way after realizing they just saved a man that is most likely going to be the cause of a lot more future numbers.
- Prophecy Twist: "Charlie Burton" really was in danger, but it turns out he's a far more dangerous figure and saving him will put other lives in jeopardy.
- And remember, the Machine spits out the names of people who are connected— they can be victims or perpetrators. This guy happened to be both so it's no wonder his number came up.
- The Reveal: On two seperate fronts, it's revealed that mild-mannered schoolteacher Charlie Burton is really brutal crime boss Carl Elias.
- Save the Villain: Reese unwittingly saves one of the bloodiest new crime figures in New York from being taken out by the competition.
- Shout-Out: After trying to figure out who Elias is for the whole episode, Reese discovers too late it's the nebbish, helpless character who's been in his grasp the whole time. Sound familiar?
- Stock Episode Titles: At least 90 other episodes have this title.
- Two Aliases, One Character
- We Can Rule Together: Elias offers Reece a job in his organisation. One can't help wondering if Reece would have taken such an offer prior to Finch finding him.
- Wham Episode: The series' first.
- Wham LineYou really think we'd go to this much trouble for a witness?