Wolf and Cub
Andre: His being a superhero's not about a cape or a cowl. It's about protecting your fellow man, looking out for him when no one else will.
Tropes present in this episode include
- Badass and Child Duo
- Bad Boss
- Comically Small Bribe: Inverted. Darren offers Reese all the money he has to hire him to find his brother's killers. Reese only takes a quarter.
- Deadpan SnarkerFinch: In other words, the idea of letting a fourteen-year-old hire you to avenge his brother has backfired?
- Did Do The Research: There exist a handful of towns in the United States that have no digital or phone reception.
- Dramatic Gun CockReese: That was the signal, Finch.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Again, Reese tries to make would-be vigilantes realize this, speaking from experience.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Andre is more qualified to talk about superheroes than most.
- Interrogation by Vandalism: Reese convinces a local goon to talk by taking a blowtorch to the money he's supposed to deliver for his boss.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Subverted. At first it looks like Reese is going to use a blowtorch on the gang courier - but he applies it to the courier's money instead.
- Lampshade Hanging: On Reese and Finch's shadowy vigilante shtick.
- Non-Lethal Warfare: Reese uses beanbag rounds in his shotgun.
- Oh, Crap: Both Harold and Alicia become visibly unsettled when Will mentions Harold to Alicia.
- Properly Paranoid: Alicia Corwin
- Put on a Bus: Will Ingram heads off to the Sudan at the end of the episode.
- Ronin: Darren explicitly compares Reese to the ronin of history.
- Shout-Out: To Lone Wolf and Cub.
- Sympathetic Murderer: Darren.
- Taking the Bullet: Fusco takes a bullet for Darren. Specifically, in the ass.
- Time for Plan B: It's even labelled as such. Over the course of the series, the bag gets several new items ranging from a SPAS-12 shotgun to a high calibre sniper rifle.