Recap: Person Of Interest S 01 E 17

Season 1, Episode 17:

Baby Blue

Finch: "I'm afraid I may have done something rather rash."
Reese: "What do you mean by rash?"

Don Gianni Morretti is being released from prison and Carter thinks it was arranged by Elias, so that he can make a move on his Mafia father. Reese tags along with Carter and they're able to intervene when a hit squad tries to kidnap Morretti; she and another NYPD dectective, Symanzki, one of the few cops Carter trusts, take the Don to a secret safe house in the city for his protection. While Reese is occupied, Finch investigates the newest number, a woman named Leila Smith whose social security number was only registered six months ago. He tracks Leila to a hospital and discover that she's only a six-month old baby who was delivered anonymously. A pair of killers disguised as nurses show up looking for the baby, so Finch, seeing no other option, kidnaps Leila. Now with the added pressure of having to take care of a baby, Finch and Reese work to track down Leila's real family and discover that she's the daughter of a wealthy industrialist and his former receptionist who was murdered by the same killers.

Fusco is approached by HR's representative, Officer Simmons, and ordered to get Morretti's location out of Carter. He trails Carter and discovers the safe house, but tells Simmons he didn't find anything. Finch tries to leave Leila safely with her grandparents, but the killers find her and take the child. None of their contacts know who's behind the kidnapping, and with only a matter of hours before the killers attempt to get rid of the child, Reese uses the burner phone to call Elias and enlist his help, appealing to his experiences as an orphaned child. Elias tells Reese where to go and he's able to recover Leila, but at the last moment he's double-crossed and thrown in the back of a freezer truck along with the baby. With only minutes before the cold will cause permanent damage to Leila, Reese reluctantly gives in to Elias' demands and tells him where to find Morretti. Elias keeps his word and frees Reese, who gets word to Finch and Carter that the safe house has been compromised, but it's too late: when they arrive, the police captain has been shot and Morretti is gone. As a result, Carter refuses to work with Reese and Finch.

Tropes present in this episode include

  • Adult Fear: When the baby goes walkabout. Then they find her playing with one of Reese's hand grenades.
  • Ambiguous Situation: We never find out what happened to the guy Reese was threatening in the bar. But considering it looked like he was about to put a bullet in the guy's face when the scene cut, it's possible this may have been a Gory Discretion Shot.
  • Book Ends: John meets Elias at the place where he was first introduced to Finch with a bag over his head. At the end of the episode, Carl sees his dad for the first time in the same place.
  • Bittersweet Ending: They save Leila, but Elias succeeds in kidnapping Don Morretti, Szymanski is seriously injured, and Carter refuses to work with Reese and Finch anymore. And then there's also the part where Reese talks about how he'll probably never have children of his own. All in all, it was a rough episode.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Finch uses the name "Dr. Tillman", the person of interest in episode 4.
    • The same 'funneling' technique used in "Risk" is used to ambush Don Morretti, and the phone Elias left for the protagonists at the end of the episode is used to contact him.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Compared to their usual stoic selves, Reese and Finch go positively gooey over Leila.
  • Deal with the Devil: Reese goes to Elias for help in recovering Leila. It blows up in his face.
  • Decoy Damsel: A woman by the side of the road with a broken leg is used to lure Morretti into an ambush.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Carter shoots the lone female member od Elias' hit squad.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything? - Reese & Finch really do start acting Like an Old Married Couple.
  • Doorstop Baby: Leila Smith is one.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Reese tries to play on this to get Elias' co-operation, saying that a man seeking to run all the organised crime in New York will need to set rules on what is allowed.
  • Facial Composite Failure: The Amber Alert sketch of Finch the Creepy Child Kidnapper.
    "It's no wonder they never catch anyone with these things."
  • Face Palm: Reese gets in a fantastic one after they find Leila chewing on one of his tear gas grenades and Finch chastises him for leaving his weapons lying about.
  • Fag Hag: Claudia Cruz was probably this to her boss' son Bradley.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: Fusco's loyalty to HR is tested when he's ordered to find where Carter is hiding Morretti.
  • Karma Houdini: Finch got away with kidnapping.
  • The Kindnapper
  • Locked in a Freezer Truck
  • Not So Stoic: The first time we see Reese lose his cool.
  • Occam's Razor: Finch fails to apply this to Leila at the beginning of the episode. He thinks she's either in witness protection or someone with the resources to get data inserted into the Social Security database due to the fact that her SSN has only existed for six months. The real explanation is much simpler - Leila's SSN only came into existence six months previously because that's when she came into existence.
  • Rich Bitch: Mrs Petrosian is an incredibly heartless example, John's not happy, especially after he learns she's the one who killed the POI's mother and planned to sell her off.
  • Sadistic Choice
  • Would Hurt a Child: Elias, though he claims otherwise. Specifically, he knows that Reese won't take the chance that Elias will let them freeze to death.
  • You Said You Would Let Them Go: Averted — Elias keeps his word.