The Person of Interest
season 3 premiere, "Liberty," begins to answer our burning questions: will the machine remain loyal to Finch and keep sharing the social security numbers of "irrelevant" individuals in imminently violent situations? Will Root gain actionable knowledge from the Machine now that she is locked away in the asylum?
Amid such existential questions, the
season begins quietly at night on a dark street. A kissing couple is interrupted when a black van pulls up and masked gunmen draw the couple inside.
"Sorry about your dad, Raphael," says one of the gunman, adding that Raphael's father would still be alive had he worked for the cartel rather than against it.
Reese, evidently following a new person of interest (given by the Machine despite being freed last season), begins shooting the other hostage takers. The van flips on its side and crashes to a stop. Reese and Raphael exit out the back. "Man, you're crazy!" says Raphael.
"You're welcome," says Reese. Carter arrives. Reese says, "They never say, 'Thank you.'"
"Maybe if you found a way to save them before all hell breaks loose," she replies.Samantha Shaw on a Date
The scene is already odd: sniper-happy Shaw is on a date, in a horse-drawn carriage at night. He pays her a compliment: she is a fascinating woman.
Shaw replies that she is only on the date because he has been mixed up in a deal gone wrong with gangsters and there is a "big fat bounty" on his head.
Several SUVs pull up with the aforementioned gangsters throwing open the doors. Shaw shoots five gansters down. The carriage driver, Lionel Fusco in disguise, also pulls his weapon and tries to shoot, but the gun does not go off.
Shaw addresses her date, who looks confused to say the least. "Here's the deal," she says. "You need to change your name and leave town. Start now."
Finch arrives and lets Shaw know that he appreciates her resolving the situation, but asks her to leave less dead bodies in her wake.
Shaw drops the phone Finch gave her and crushes it with her foot; she is off the clock.Person of Interest: Officer Jack Salazar
Finch is worried that Shaw's erratic behavior might impact their plans.
"We can't say we didn't already know, Finch," says Reese. "First time we met, Shaw shot me!" he says. "People are out there trying to kill her, you know."
The latest number is US Navy Petty Officer (second class) Jack Salazar. His history? He assaulted a man in a barroom brawl twice.
Finch and Reese walk along the river and realize that it is Fleet Week, and finding Jack Salazar will be like finding a needle in a haystack. Sailors will swarm the city to blow off steam, but Reese realizes he will find them in bars.
After frequenting a number of them, Reese finds the target. Salazar and his friend are talking with two girls, when one calls him a "jarhead."
Some army officers come up behind the sailors and ask if someone called someone a jarhead. Salazar offers to buy the officers a round, but instead a fight breaks out and then the soldiers leave the bar.
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Root sits by the window in cosy asylum pajamas as her psychiatrist enters and says other patients are complaining that she is talking to herself. Root counters that she hears from a higher power. She adds that the voices want her to stay so she can work through issues.
"You're not alone; all these government reports about the government recording our texts, messages, it's easily to feel violated, even paranoid," he says. "Do you have feelings you're being watched?"
Root smiles, looking up at the all-knowing dark dome on the ceiling where a video camera monitors their discussion.
Brawls and Negotiations
Reese and Finch profile the case and the officer's friend RJ: Robert Johnson Phillips, Petty Officer Third Class and ship store keeper. Both officers must sign back into the ship together at midnight.
Meanwhile, at the police station, Carter, having been demoted from detective to officer, has picked up a homeless man. Fusco says she got hosed on the shooting and she is determined to get her job back.
Carter shows Reese a way into a bar in Hell's Kitchen frequented by sailors but unknown to their supervisors: on the other side of a phone booth, they push through an open wall.
The person of interest is there along with his friend, and he sends his friend off into the night with money to pay for a girl. In return, his friend gives him a package of Cuban cigars, saying he stole them off the ship.
Leaving the bar, Jack calls R.J. because he needs him to return to the ship. Reese is watching and says to Finch that some devil dogs with a special ops background sealed the block. They accosted Jack, punching him. Reese says he'll go steal a car.
The men grab Jack. A black car pulls up to take them away. They throw him in the trunk, but the car speeds off because Reese is driving.
Jack took a bullet, and Reese brings him to see Finch and Shaw, who begins to remove the bullet from his shoulder.
We learn that the men who tried to fight Jack were forced recon devil dogs.
Jack says that he and R.J. helped smuggle illegal Somali weapons through US customs. Turns out that the stolen goods were retrieved after Somali pirates attacked a deep sea mining vessel, and the US Marines intervened. They were smuggling uncut diamonds, hidden in the Cuban cigar case.
Root sits in the office of Dr. Ronald Carmichael, who continues therapy sessions with his patient. He asks Root about her Uncle Harold who arranged her admission, but she refuses to respond because she doesn't want to be anything less than forthcoming.
"You say you don't want to be less than forthcoming and yet you're lying to me," he says.
Root assures that she has been honest, but Dr. Carmichael pulls his cell phone out of her pocket. "Maybe not completely," she says.
Root says that it is important to be in contact with the voice.
Instead, Root's doctor orders her to be separated from all forms of technology and instructs his aids to move her to solitary confinement. "For a psychiatrist, you're really a terrible judge of character," she says.
Jack laments his choices, but Reese notes that Jack stuck up for his friend in the bar and says, "You're a good guy, Jack, you just haven't figured it out yet."
Shaw is on a roof and takes out a sniper after Reese distracts him. She sees in the window that R.J. is rigging up to a bomb and she does not risk shooting her target.
Reese goes into the room and R.J. is strapped to a bomb with a phone on his chest.
The main devil dog's face appears on the phone. "We told you to come alone," he says to Jack. "Now he's a guest at our party. If you try to move, R.J. explodes. Destroy your phone!" Jack stomps on it.
Meanwhile, Carter goes to would-be crime boss Carl Elias' hideout in a warehouse. He is eating a lobster dinner, and she asks for a favor: a name of a pawn shop.
Finch intercepts the phone signal on R.J.'s chest so it looks like Reese is still standing there. Meanwhile, Jack walks toward the park and hears a phone ringing. He pulls a lunchbox from a fence and answers the phone. He is instructed to bring the diamonds to a pawn shop.
At night at the pawn shop, Jack's deal to sell the raw diamonds for R.J.'s captors is not going well. The Russian owner complains that Jack was not the man on the phone, and tries to renegotiate, offering 30 cents on the dollar.
Jack says, "You don't know who you are dealing with." The devil dogs emerge. Their leader says, "We don't renegotiate. You said 50 cents on the dollar." The pawn shop owner offers $1.2 million total, and then everyone in the store pulls a weapon on everyone else but no one shoots.
Then the door opens and everyone turns. "I'm sorry, are you guys closed?" he said. "Can I make a suggestion? How about 40 cents on the dollar."
Shaw is on the roof across the way and sees that multiple shooters are on the floor above. Reese and Jack fall to the floor and survive the ambush.
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Carl Elias' first man takes the money and uncut diamonds off the pawn shop counter and walks.
Now that Carter is no longer a detective, Reese offers Carter assistance if she should ever need it. Carter goes home to her apartment and pushes her closet clothing aside to reveal a case bulletin board she has created to investigate the shooting that put her off duty.
Jack is worried that life in the military will never be normal. Reese buys him a drink at the bar. Jack looks at a happy couple at another table. Reese assures him that he can do right and have a chance at a normal life even in the military. Reese says, "You think you're the first kid to stand in front of a judge and make door number two?"
Jack says to the bartender, "I'd like to buy the happy couple two glasses of champagne." He drops one of the uncut diamonds into a champagne glass."
Finch arrives and says he never knew Reese was in the military. "I am a very private person," says Reese.
Back at the asylum, the doctor asks Root for the truth. Ruth counters that the truth is a vast thing and that her doctor is the 43rd smartest person in the building, according to standardized tests, smokes 9 cigarettes a day, visits a massage parlor and fantasizes about his patients on online forums.
"God is 11 years old and was born New Year's Day in Manhattan. She has chosen me and I don't know why yet, but for the first time in my life I'm a little scared what's going to happen," Root says.
"You might want to give me my phone back," Root says, adding that she is in an argument with the voice she hears over whether or not she is going to kill her doctor.
So will Root kill her doctor? Does she really argue back and forth with the Machine at night? We will have to wait and see.Person of Interest
airs Tuesday nights at 10pm on CBS.
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