Person of Interest 4×07 Honor Among Thieves – Video Recap
“Honor Among Thieves” – Shaw joins a team of international thieves in order to keep tabs on the latest POI, but an unexpected turn of events puts her in danger of being detected by Samaritan. Also, Finch and Root undertake a dangerous sabotage mission, on PERSON OF INTEREST.
At the very beginning of Person of Interest, Honor Among Thieves, Shaw is impatiently waiting in the getaway car on the rest of her gang of petty thieves to drive them away from their latest robbery when Finch calls about a new number. The thieves have taken too long, Shaw asks for Harold’s help in their getaway, before Shaw and company end up evading the police who were hot on their tails. Only Shaw is not happy with their sloppiness in the timing, tosses the loot and the car keys in the river and quits the gang.
Shaw meets up with John Reese who is already watching the newest number, more than likely because she was busy elsewhere, and she learns the numbers is Tomas Koroa, a dual citizen whose apparent occupation is an international wine dealer. Shaw shoos John off to do ‘police stuff’ while she keeps an eye on Tomas. Hours later while talking to Finch that she has no idea why he is the number. All Tomas has done is gone from restaurant to restaurant. It becomes interest when Tomas meets up with three other people. They crash the car through the front of the building and pull off a well-organized heist of a jewelry store.
Finch does his research and finds out Tomas is also part of an international group of thieves known as the Hole in the Wall Gang, because of their modus operandi. Finch is ready to turn them into Interpol but Sameen convinces them that they to find out why they were given Thomas number besides just turning in him and his gang. John, Detective Fusco, and Bear are part of setting up the female member of Tomas’ gang on drug charges opening up a spot for the recently unemployed thief Ms. Shaw. The gang now minus one member quickly accepts Sameen partly because of her glowing references from Romeo as a replacement twenty minutes before their next robbery. (I wonder how much Romeo’s butt kicking influenced his referral. Ha!)
Twenty minutes later, Shaw is pretending to be a guest with valuables she doesn’t feel safe keeping in the room’s safe. The manager shows her the hotel’s vault allowing the thieves to gain access. They steal the vault’s safe, pulling it out of the building through the walls with a truck, with no one noticing all the noise above the Veteran’s Day celebration complete with fireworks. Back at the gang’s lair, Tomas opens the safe only to find vials in a sealed metal container instead of jewels. Shaw senses something is not right, pulls Tomas from the room as the other two gang members, Max and Hendrik, open fire.
Finch finds out the initials, M.A.R.V., that were labeled on the metal box do not mean Marv but M.A.R.V.e, a deadly virus that Root refers to as Ebola’s deadly twin. Thomas doesn’t know the name of the client who wanted the job done. Reese goes back to the gang’s lair; the vials and the other two thieves are gone. Reese later finds Max and Hendrik dead, so they can’t identify who hired them and furthermore the client is silencing anyone involved. Fusco interrogates the woman they arrested and even though she can’t help them identify who hired them, she does tell them whoever it was knew Tomas very well.
Finch learns that whoever stole them put the vials into a vault at the most secure storage facility in New York. When Shaw and Tomas arrive at the facility where Tomas sees a man from his past, Marko. He was the only one of the gang’s members to ever get caught. Apparently Marko faked his own death while in custody and set up this heist to double cross Tomas. Marko believes Tomas betrayed him by not getting him free. Shaw also recognizes some people outside the facility: Grice and Brooks, two agents working for Control with the former being a trainee of Shaw. The team doesn’t want Control and/or Samaritan to obtain the vials. The only way to know the virus is destroyed is to do it themselves prompting Shaw and Tomas to enter the facility. Grice and Brooks also enter, but receive new orders to retrieve the vials for extraction rather than destroy them. Grice is wary of the change, believing that it’s weird that they went from investigating numbers to outright killing them, but Brooks tells him to keep going with the mission.
Shaw watches while Tomas breaks into the vault holding the vials only to discover they aren’t there. Marko arrives with his men, deciding that the best way to disperse the virus in New York as per the client’s wishes is through the healthy hosts of Shaw and Tomas. The relevant agents get to the vault door when Reese and Fusco intervene. The gunfire distracts Marko and his men, allowing Sameen and Tomas to fight back and dispose of them. As Ms. Shaw escapes with Tomas and the vials, Grice is able to catch up with them. Grice believes that Shaw, who he thought was dead, would know what’s best to do with the vials and allows them to leave.
Although he tries to convince her to come along, Tomas leaves the country onto his next heist without Ms. Shaw. Even though the pay sucks and she will get killed doing it Shaw has loyalties to her mission and the people she cares about.
At the end of their relevant mission, Grice deletes the footage from when he let Shaw go, but Samaritan retrieves it and analyzes the footage. Shaw’s face is on the tape! Looks like her identity might be blown.
Finch did his part helping to find out if Tomas Koroa was the perpetrator or victim. But Harold also had his own side mission to accomplish, this time with Root’s help.
Finch at first meets Root in a park. She is impersonating a French nanny. Harold needs her help with finding out what Samaritan is using Governor Nicholas Dawson for. Governor Dawson first move as governor was to grant millions to a charity called OTPS, owned by software engineer Jared Wilkins. The engineer, who just so happens to be at the park, is having a hard time taking care of his child, which allows Root to come to the rescue.
I guess Root took her charges to their parents (I hope she just didn’t leave them in the park) and somehow ends up at the engineer’s house babysitting his son. Using her nanny cover she plants a baby monitor in Wilkins’ home allowing Finch to learn more about Wilkins’ charity. OTPS is an abbreviation for ‘One Tablet Per Student’, a program that would give all elementary school children a tablet to help with their education.
In theory it is a great idea, but Root and Finch believe that this is merely a way for Samaritan to watch the youth of New York allowing the AI to mold them through subliminal coding in the programs. OTPS has a facility set up that will be using 3-D printers to create these tablets. Root disguises herself as an employee and disconnects the INTERNET blinding Samaritan and allowing Finch to hack the printers. The hack causes a fire that burns the building down, destroying the engineer’s plans to distribute tablets. While Finch was hacking into the printers, Harold looked at the tablet’s OS and finds that there was only one suspicious line in the coding. Other than that there was nothing harmful, the engineer was trying to do something good. Finch realizes Samaritan’s motives may be suspect but he can’t help feeling conflicted. “How much wrong are we willing to do in the name of right?”
My thoughts (and remember these are just my thoughts) about the episode are mixed. The number was enjoyable as was his story. Fusco, Reese and Bear’s moments were too few. But it was the reveals about Samaritan, that grabbed me and gave me chills. I still don’t think of the AI as pure evil, but the ways it seems to be using to reach its objectives of protecting for humanity from humanity are becoming more and more of a danger than humanity is to itself. I can’t say Samaritan initially was the client trying to gain access to the virus, but Samaritan changed the Control operatives’ orders. It wanted that virus. As for those tablets, Samaritan could hack into the OS someday and all those things Finch and Root feared could still happen. In comparing Samaritan to Castro, I hope Finch also realizes something.Yeah Castro was good at getting his people to love him. They never saw the gilded cage being built for them. But even a cage made of gold is still a cage.
Honor Among Thieves
Undermining the Governor
Orders to Kill
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