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for this week's episode, "Allegiance," is Maria Martinez. She's an engineer for
Hydral Corp, a company that builds generators in third world countries. Seems all
well and good, but she displays some suspicious behavior when not bringing
light and running water to the needy. For example, she gets a mysterious call
about a package, steals a GPS tracker, appears to know a few Arabic words and
isn't white. Thus, they think she's a terrorist.
with a man named Jamal Risha to talk about his brother Omar. Research says that
Omar's been detained by Homeland Security after emigrating from Iraq seeking
political asylum. When Shaw and Fusco find Maria taking pictures of the UN
building in New York, they assume that she's about to commit a terrorist act. Then
they realize that she's actually just taking pictures of a specific man and
uses the stolen tracker to trace his location. Still suspicious, but in a manner
less threatening to national security.
The man in
question is Rene Lapointe, a French diplomat. Maria delivers the package to
him, but it turns out to be a huge stack of evidence proving that Omar isn't a
terrorist. Lapointe is currently the episode's villain so he is predictably
dismissive and corrupt in the face of a detainee's innocence. Finch and Shaw
pose as Omar's lawyers to get more information out of him and confirm that he
is, in fact, a huge jackass.
These People Made Of?
less than pleased with Lapointe's personality, but she's encouraged when a
Greek diplomat named Savin takes interest in Omar's case. She doesn't have a
lot of time to focus on this, though, because she gets attacked by the French
Foreign Legion in her elevator. My fears of dying in an elevator tend more
towards a Tower of Terror-esque plunge, so thanks, Person of Interest, for giving
me a new phobia!
saw that coming a mile away and takes the legionnaire down with ease. More
legionnaires attack and Reese helps by throwing one of them, and himself, out of a stories-high window. The force of
their fall crushes a car, but Reese walks away without injury. Apparently, the
reason he's so fearless in the face of bodily harm is because his body cannot
be harmed. Damn.
point, we take a detour into the Land of Backstory and learn how Maria and Omar know
each other. He worked as a translator for Hydral Corp on a project of theirs in
Iraq. While there, he and Maria were attacked by insurgents, and he saved Maria's
life. Because of these actions, he will be put to death if he ever returns to
Iraq. Finch poses as his lawyer to get more information from Omar, who says
that the six generators from the Iraq project never showed up. Towns went dark,
people died in non-functional hospitals and insurgents took over the city. Finch
figures out that Maria's boss, Ken Davis, must have gotten a really good offer
to ship the generators elsewhere.
Maria is not
happy when she learns that her boss is essentially having Omar killed to keep
his crime from coming to light. Shaw actually manages to read her emotions and
realizes that she and Omar are in love. She even tells Maria that her father
rescued her mother from a similar insurgent situation in Iran, which is the
most personal information she's ever shared in her life. Since she can't leave
the library without the French Foreign Legion descending on her, Maria looks
through the "evidence" collected against Omar and realizes that Davis forged an
incriminating letter. She exploits Shaw's one true weakness -- alcohol -- and escapes
to find the original copy of the letter in Lapointe's office.
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Smokescreen and a Big Ass Truck
Fusco and Reese about two seconds to rescue Omar from deportation. The problem
they have now is that Maria is running around the UN offices with the French
Foreign Legion after her. The team goes in under the guise of firefighters
after Shaw sets off a smoke bomb, and promptly engage in hand to hand
combat. Spoiler: they win.
reunites with Savin, who helps her get into Lapointe's office. It seems like
she might get the evidence she needs when Lapointe returns and Savin responds
by shooting him dead in his own office. Turns out he's also French Foreign
Legion. He gives a brief speech about how politics is a free pass to be a
terrible person when the team takes his rationalizing ass down. Diplomatic
immunity? Not today, buddy!
is the New Currency
So now that Maria and
Omar's futures are secured, Shaw continues to have some level of feelings, and
all seems fine and dandy. The only missing party is Davis, who has escaped to
meet up with Greer in the park. Greer
was the one who bought the generators, obviously for Samaritan, and thanks
Davis for his troubles by having him killed.
reveal isn't really surprising, since he popped up earlier in the episode as
well. More important, Root was following him. He's now got the capability to
cripple the Machine's various ways of following him for short periods of time.
Root, always resourceful, "borrows" Bear and uses him to track Greer by scent.
But Greer is rapidly becoming as omnipotent as she is and knows that she's
He makes her
an offer: help him merge the Machine and Samaritan and take over the world. Maniacal
laughing was strongly implied in this scene. Root, of course, knows that Greer
just wants to control Samaritan and the Machine, and she wants to set them
free. They end at an impasse, assuring that a war of epic proportions is about
to start and both convinced that they are on the right side.