Recap: Person Of Interest S 01 E 09

Season 1, Episode 9:

Get Carter

Reese: Your life's in danger.
Carter: I'm a cop. My life's always in danger.

With Detective Carter bull-headedly sticking her nose into various cases and continuing to investigate the rise of Elias as one of New York's most influential crime figures, it's no surprise to Reese and Finch when her number comes up. The pair dig deeper into Carter's life and background and learn that there's no shortage of people who might want her dead; chief among them is Elias himself, who has allied himself with "HR", a loose infrastructure of New York's corrupt cops and city officials that want to put the "organized" back in "organized crime" (and get paid, of course). With Reese and Finch watching her back, Carter tries to solve a gang killing and intervenes in a domestic dispute, unaware that Elias has decreed she be dead by the end of the day.

Tropes present in this episode include

  • A Day in the Limelight: For Detective Carter, this week's POI. We learn she served in Iraq and is the single mother of a teenage son. Though it's implied that her husband is deceased, "Endgame" reveals that he is alive, but the relationship broke up when he refused to get treatment for his PTSD.
    • Flashback: To Carter's time as an army interrogator in Iraq.
  • Arc Words:
    • "You can't play God."
    • "It's a long war. You're all alone."
    • "Whether you like me or not, Joss, you're not alone."
  • Badass Boast: From Reese, delivered at gunpoint with the recipient half-dangling off a building.
    Reese: Tell Elias if he so much as touches Detective Carter again, I will put him, you... everyone in the ground. You got that?
  • Bullet Proof Vest: Saves Carter's bacon long enough for Reese to intervene.
  • Cat Fight: Instigated by Carter between Hector's two girlfriends. She locks Fusco in the room with them and then giggles behind the closed door.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Carter's informant Bottle Cap.
  • Grenade Launcher: Reese uses one to blast his way into Hector's garage. No one ever accused him of being subtle.
  • Last Name Basis: Carter insists on it.
  • Quip to Black - Reese: "Oh I'm... pretty close."
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Since he has to follow his Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist on a motorcycle, Reese temporarily sheds his trademark suit for a motorcycle jacket. Of course, after Joss hears that a guy in a motorcycle jacket with a submachine gun and a grenade launcher tore up Hector's shop, she muses that his suit must be at the cleaners.
  • Rogues Gallery Showcase: "HR" is introduced as working with Elias, who makes a brief cameo.
  • Shown Their Work: The interrogation scenes are extremely realistic.