Season 4, Episode 8
Point of Origin
Reese volunteers as an NYPD police academy instructor in order to keep an eye on Dani Silva, a talented young student whose suspicious actions make him question her motives. Meanwhile, Martine armed with information from Samaritan uses a little old-school "human intelligence" to hunt a member of the team.
- Arc Word: "Relationships"
- Birds of a Feather: Like Reese, a judge gave Silva a second chance, and she was recruited for a secret intelligence operation.
- "I had a math teacher once, who said all the world's infinite possibilities rest within this one, simple circle."
- Silva has heard about the takedown of HR, and asks John if he was part of it. He doesn't give a straight answer.
- The Brotherhood infiltrating the NYPD via moles is compared to The Mafiya mole Laskey.
- According to Iris, Reese being involved in yet another shooting, this time inside a police station, has not helped his reputation with Internal Affairs.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Dr. Campbell says that Reese has this. He immediately proves her right.Iris: We can start where we left off: your hero complex, which men often develop in response to being bullied as a child.
Reese: Iris, my school didn't have bullies. I kept them in line.
Iris: Uh, bullying bullies is kind of the very definition of a hero complex... You seem distracted. There something else on your mind?
Reese: You could say that.
Iris: Look, I'm not sure what you're running from, but—
Reese: I'm not running from anything. I'm trying to save someone!
- Cliffhanger: At the end of the episode, Martine enters a department store, verifies Shaw is in the vicinity, and draws a handgun just as Shaw notices her.
- Continuity Nod:
- IA agent Silva notes that Fusco's name seems familiar.
- Dominic recruited Ortiz as The Mole by using an expensive lawyer to get a relative off on drug charges. This is the same tactic he was going to use with Malcolm, who was also thinking of becoming a cop.
- Cutting the Knot:
- Even with a partial photo of Shaw, all the surveillance cameras of the USA and the precise location of her phone that it knows to belong to a person it wants eliminated, Samaritan can't find her. Sadly, Greer and Martine are not bound by such restrictions and manage to track her down just fine.
- The Brotherhood gets information on Elias' organization by stealing the NYPD intelligence files, getting years-worth of intel without much effort. They do so by hacking the files via the NYPD Academy, whose security is less tight.
- Trapped in the school by superior numbers, Reese blows a hole in the bottom of the swimming pool to create an escape route.
- Danger Room Cold Open: Reese at the training academy as a tactical instructor.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Silva."In high school, I was a runner for a gang. Where I'm from, it's not a choice. Once you're in, it's either knocked up or locked up."
- Dramatic Gun Cock: Reese trolling Iris — he's really getting to grips with his whole shooting people thing.
- Enhance Button: Samaritan is shown working on the blurred image it has of Shaw.
- Frame-Up: Silva's handler is shot with her training gun.
- Good Old Ways: Greer and Martine discuss the advantages of human intelligence.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: When Finch was a teacher, he was really hoping to inspire the students with his circle speech. It turned out it did inspire one of his students; that student just happened to be Dominic.
- I Have Your Daughter: How Martine leverages Katya, by pressing a photo of her daughter up against the window.
- Impostor Forgot One Detail: Silva notes that Reese's tactics on the range are military, despite not having a military background as Detective Riley.
- Internal Reveal: Team Machine discovers that Mini is Dominic, which the audience has already known for four episodes.
- Klingon Promotion: Dominic asks another gang member "You the Number Two?" before having him kill his leader.
- Lampshade Hanging: After various characters all say something to the effect of 'it all comes down to relationships', Martine's reaction to finding out that the way to find Shaw is via a dating app (an app to find relationships) was just "How apropos."
- Linked List Clue Methodology: Martine puts the squeeze on Katya, and gets Katya to give up Romeo, who she then gently persuades to reveal how he contacted Shaw.
- The Mole: Ortiz, Silva's academy partner, who is in with the Brotherhood.
- More Dakka: Two silencers, and Bear with a vest-load of hand grenades!
- Moving the Goalposts: It's never just one job with the Brotherhood.
- Offhand Backhand: Martine shooting the man behind her in the bar scene.
- Oh, Crap!:
- Shaw, once she sees Martine at the makeup counter.
- Shaw and Finch both react this way when they realize that "Mini" is Dominic.
- Ship Tease: Iris laughs off Reese's suggestion that she's a Stalker with a Crush, but she does appreciate Reese saving her from a drive-by shooting.
- Shame If Something Happened: The Red Herring trainee suspect suggests she might have a training accident next time they use live rounds.
- The Starscream: Invoked by Dominic; when the leader of the Trinitarios starts giving him problems, they hand a gun to his Number Two and ask if he wants a Klingon Promotion.
- Take That!: A darkly comedic one from Rousseau. Having bluffed a man with a double-barreled shotgun, eliminated him, and then blasting Romeo with one barrel, she says, "Sorry to go all Dick Cheney on you."
- They Have the Scent!: Bear is used to find Ortiz in the abandoned school.
- Villain with Good Publicity: The Brotherhood's "community centers".
- Walk and Talk: An Enforced Trope when Iris starts badgering Reese at the same time he's trying to follow Silva.
- Wham Line:Finch: And I finally figured out the common denominator. Our new number. [Finch places a photo of Elias on the board]
Martine: No worries. I found her.
- Martine gets one too:
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Played straight by the Trinitarios. Dominic and his number two give a gun to the Trinitarios' number two. The Trinitario shoots his own leader, not Dominic.
- You Have Failed Me: Dominic's modus operandi.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Dominic tells the Trinitarios to kill Ortiz.
- You Look Familiar: Garcia, the Trinitario leader played by Luis Da Silva, Jr., previously appeared in "The Crossing".
- You Remind Me of X: Silva's dedication reminds Reese of Carter.