Season 3, Episode 10: “The Devil’s Share”
Original air date: Nov. 26, 2013
- “The Devil’s Share” brought to a conclusion the three-part “Person of Interest” story that raised the show to new heights and rescued its third season from stumbling mediocrity of the first seven episodes.
- Enraged by the murder of Carter (Taraji P. Henson), a badly wounded Reese (Jim Caviezel) hunts her murderer, Officer Simmons (Robert John Burke). Shaw (Sharah Shahi) is also on the chase, leading fist first as always. Finch (Michael Emerson) tries to corral his team with the help of Detective Fusco (Kevin Chapman).
- Despite his wounds, Reese finally returns to the single-minded, Batman-like justice-dealing machine that made his character so appealing. No wisecracks, just butt-kicking intensity. Caviezel sells it well. When he walked away from a flaming car full of Russian mobsters, I thought, “Man, I wish this guy was playing Batman instead of Ben Affleck.”
- Finch finally releases Root (Amy Acker) so she can use her mojo with the machine to find Caviezel before he murders the captured Quinn (Clarke Peters) and hunts down Simmons. There’s another great Bat-Reese moment, when Quinn realizes its Reese coming for him at the U.S. Marshall‘s safe house. “The man whose coming for me,” he tells a Marshall, “you won’t be able to save him.” He’s right, but Finch and friends do convince Reese not to pull the trigger in Carter’s memory. It’s Fusco, acting alone, who finally brings Simmons in, legally.
- This was a wonderful episode and a terrific series of episodes. It shows how good action television can be and capitalizes on the power of serial drama. Bringing Acker into the central cast fold should strengthen the team. Her character hints at dark days ahead. Boy, I hope so. This grim three-parter was just what this show needed to return to top-notch entertainment.