Recap / Person Of Interest S 03 E 13

Season 3, Episode 13:

4C

"The only relevant number on this plane is one hundred and thirty people."
Reese

After resigning from Team Machine, Reese tries to leave the country on a one-way flight to Istanbul. But an overbooked flight causes him to be bumped to a different plane, which happens to be carrying a witness to a major criminal case about an online drug market, who someone (several someones, actually) doesn't want to testify.


Tropes present in this episode include

  • Aerosol Flamethrower
  • Badass Bystander / Hypercompetent Sidekick / Unfazed Everyman: The stewardess is far more helpful to Reese than you'd expect she'd be capable (physically, mentally or emotionally) of being!
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Shaw correctly predicts the ISA hitman will be tall, dark and well-dressed.
  • Battering Ram: Reese busts into the pilot cabin with a drinks trolley.
  • Black Comedy: Half the things Reese does could rival Shaw in their Comedic Sociopathy.
  • Breather Episode: After the brutal one-two punch of the Endgame trilogy and the 'birth' of Samaritan, this is a much-needed moment of levity.
  • Brick Joke: The Jerk Ass businessman that Reese knocked out giving Reese a Death Glare as he leaves the plane.
  • But He Sounds Handsome: Owen describes the Sphinx as a smart guy who's just misunderstood.
  • Butt Monkey: Owen Matthews.
  • Cacophony Cover Up: An accidental version, when the film North By Northwest drowns out Reese dueling various hitmen, including a gunshot that goes off at exactly the right time.
  • Call Back: Shaw makes a point of reminding the ISA travel agent of the events of "Relevance", having assigned all the hit teams sent to kill her and Cole.
  • Carnival of Killers: Five assassins from three different groups are trying to kill Owen Matthews in four separate ways.
  • Covert Group with Mundane Front: The ISA 'travel agency' used to assign hit teams.
  • Crash Course Landing: Finch - who is only certified to fly prop planes - has to land the airliner. By remote control.
  • The Chessmaster: The Machine.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Finch re his decision to introduce the human element to the Machine's warnings.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Owen is The Sphinx.
  • Episode on a Plane
  • Everybody Lives: Assuming that the shot pilot made it to the hospital, not a single person — passengers, crew, Team Machine, or assassins — is killed in this episode.
  • Expy / Ripped from the Headlines: that "online drug market" that only took payment in Bitcoins sounds awfully familiar.
  • Funny Background Event: Reese knocking out the businessman who's patronising the stewardess.
  • He's Back: In Italy, Reese decides to get himself fitted for a new suit, signalling his willingness to stop grieving and get back to work at Team Machine.
  • Implacable Man: As befits an ISA assassin. Being knocked unconscious by Reese once doesn't stop him.
  • Improvised Weapon: Since the fight scenes take place on a plane, where obvious weapons like knives and guns would not be easy to bring in or get, Reese and the assassins end up having some creative moments. Reese pulls off some brutal ones like trying to pin a man's hand to a wall using a wine corkscrew and burning another with a makeshift flamethrower.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Played with when Finch uses a PC flightsim yoke and throttle setup. He is a certified pilot however, just for prop planes.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Reese as a Running Gag. The stewardess knocks back a few during her rant about how her job sucks.
  • In the Back: Reese gets stabbed with a dinner knife by a female ex-Mossad agent. Who then gets clonked by the stewardess with a coffee mug.
  • It's What I Do: When Reese indignantly refuses payment from a grateful Owens, the later comments that he talks about helping people like it's his job. At the end of the episode Reese finally accepts this, returning to Team Machine.
  • Kinda Busy Here: Finch is shouting to Reese that the plane is crashing, which he already knows because he's fighting with a hitman in the cockpit. Finch has to take charge of things himself.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Owen is nearly stabbed with a syringe containing blood coagulant so he will die of apparent deep vein thrombosis. Reese of course says That's What I Would Do.
  • Mythology Gag: Back in season one, Reese mentioned that the CIA was using the War on Drugs to fund their black operations. Now it appears that Northern Lights is doing the same.
  • Oh Crap!: The ISA travel agent the moment Shaw walks in the door.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Owen quickly realises the "Reason You Suck" Speech Reese is directing at him, is actually about Finch who's listening in.
  • Person with the Clothing: The elderly woman next to Reese mentions how you don't need a suit to fly these days. At the end of the episode, Reese decides to get a tailored Italian suit.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: The first Colombian assassin having failed, his partner plans to crash the plane.
  • Pet the Dog: When Shaw meets up with Hersh, he asks how her new employer is treating her. His tone makes it clear he's honestly concerned about her well-being, despite having once tried to kill her.
    • After abusing Finch earlier in the episode, Reese holds up the mobile so Finch can hear the passengers clapping and cheering his successful landing.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: When Owen tries to justify his creation of the online drug market by saying it will avoid costly gang wars, Reese lets loose his frustrations over computer geeks who think they can save lives via their behind-the-scenes manipulations, but end up getting people killed instead. Owen quickly realises Reese isn't referring to him.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: Finch may have accepted Reese's resignation, but the Machine didn't.
  • Running Gag:
    • Reese asking for blankets and scotch whenever he knocks someone out.
    • Shaw sneaking up on Finch again.
    • Reese answers the Who Are You? question by claiming to be a "concerned frequent flyer."
  • Say My Name: Shaw tells Foster the ISA agent to say her name. Shortly before she threatens to make him eat his own tie.
  • Shock Collar: Reese has a lot of fun when he discovers Owen is wearing a stun belt. Then he hands the remote to the stewardess, tells her that it's his beeper and that she should 'alert' him if Owen gets out of his seat.
  • Show Some Leg: The female ex-Mossad agent reaches for an overhead locker, given Owen a good look at her bare midriff while her partner sneaks up with a garotte. For good measure, what she's reaching for is a pillow to smother him with.
  • Somebody Else's Problem: Reese tries arguing this, but events overtake him.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: This time we get to see Shaw sneaking up on Finch.
    Finch: Would it be too much to ask you to snap a twig?
    Shaw: [obviously suppressing a smile] Not my thing.
  • Truth Serum: Shaw drugs Hersh's drink with scopolamine.
  • Wham Shot / Wham Line:
    The Machine: mass casualty event: 94.50%
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