Season 1, Episode 9:
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:
- Break-In Threat: Elias himself walks into the police station to put 'condolence' flowers on Carter's desk (as well as getting a peek at his own file).
- Beneath Suspicion: Carter's confidential informant turns out to be the assassin.
- Camera Sniper: Reese surveilling Carter.
- Compensating for Something:
- 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?
- Bulletproof 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. The sounds of them fighting can be heard throughout the rest of the scene.
- FaceHeel Turn: Carter's informant Bottle Cap.
- High Altitude Intimidation: Reese on the HR captain.
- Impersonating an Officer: Reese dresses as a SWAT member.
- Implied Death Threat:
- The gangbanger Carter is chasing.Hector: You need to be careful, I heard some kid got popped on this block last night. You got any kids, detective?
- Then he does a Finger Gun to the potential witness she'd just been talking to.
- The gangbanger Carter is chasing.
- Last-Name Basis: Carter insists on it.
- Not So Different: Carter invokes this with the man she's interrogating in the flashbacks. Reese points it out in the present, saying that the "stopping bad things from happening to good people" job that he and Finch do is something that Carter's been doing her whole life.
- Oblivious Mockery: Fusco has the grace to look embarrassed when Carter mentions how a mafia boss thinks every cop is a Dirty Cop.
- 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.
- Quip to Black - Reese: "Oh I'm... pretty close."
- Rogues Gallery Showcase: "HR" is introduced as working with Elias, who makes a brief cameo.
- Shout-Out: Get Carter. Reese's "knock knock" quip may be from the John Wayne movie Brannigan.
- Shown Their Work: The interrogation scenes are extremely realistic.
- There Is No Kill Like Over Kill: Reese uses a Grenade Launcher to blast his way into Hector's garage. No one ever accused him of being subtle.
- You Are Not Alone
- You Have No Idea Who You're Dealing With: Subverted. The Dirty Cop Reese is dangling off the edge of the building protests that Reese is threatening a police captain. Reese's response is to threaten to shoot the man with his own gun.