The recap and full episode of Person of Interest – Season 2 Episode 22 – “God Mode”:
Since last week’s episode “Zero Day” ended in a cliffhanger, tonight’s episode “God Mode” fed off of that. Before I begin this recap: I must say that Agent Shaw (Sarah Shahi) and Root (Amy Acker) should be promoted to Series Regulars for Season 3. I think their characters are more exciting than Carter (Taraji P. Henson) and Fusco’s (Kevin Chapman) characters. Not only are Root and Shaw exciting to watch, their characters are yin and yang. Root portrays the unlikeable bitch so well; but on the contrary, Shaw portrays the epic, LIKEable bitch so impressively. Shaw, Root, Reese, and Finch would make up the perfect team.
Last week, we learned that Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Root have full control of The Machine for a minimum of 24 hours. (Finch wasn’t able to remove the virus from the Machine, so he had no other choice but to relinquish control of the administrative role). He also re-wired The Machine so that two individuals could have access to the administrative role – Root AND Reese.
For the majority of the episode, Finch partnered up with Root, and Reese partnered up with Shaw. Reese and Shaw knew that Finch had something to do with the virus, but they didn’t know why. At one point in the episode, Shaw actually believed that Finch had partnered up with the enemy, Decima Technologies. Reese, however, knew that Finch would never stoop that low.
Let’s start off with the Flashback to 2010:
In “Zero Day”, we learned that The Machine had considered Nathan Ingram (Brett Cullen) an irrelevant number. Finch – not knowing that Nathan was “non-relevant” – re-coded The Machine so that it would erase all of the irrelevant numbers every night at the brink of midnight.
In “God Mode”: Nathan – who became infuriated by this – called the press, and insisted that he will publicly discuss The Machine on a ferryboat. Shaw’s former employer – Hersh (Boris McGiver) – was already one step ahead of the game. Hersh’s main goal, as an employee of “Research” was to kill anybody associated with The Machine. And because he found out about Nathan’s upcoming speech on a ferryboat, he decided to kill Nathan. Hersh planted explosives inside of a van, fled the scene, and blasted everybody who was on that boat (including Finch). With that said, the ferry was still at shore, at the time.
Several hours later, Finch awoke from a hospital bed, only to realize that Nathan had passed away beside him. He was devastated, but he was also trying to escape from Research and HR – aka the rogue operatives who have been trying to track down Finch. Then, Finch had no other choice but to walk out of the hospital while housing a bleeding neck and broken leg. He also lost the love of his life in Grace (Carrie Preston) on the same day. Grace had stopped by the hospital to look for her fiancée, but Finch hid from her to keep her out of harms way. Grace assumed that Finch had died on the ferryboat.
Ah, that’s why Finch walks with a limp! Because he walked out of the hospital before the doctors had a chance to treat him!
When Finch arrived home, he asked The Machine if it knew about Nathan’s death. Low and behold, this is when Finch realized that Nathan was on that “Non-Relevant” list.
Fast forward to 2013:
In a continuation of Episode 21, Hersh untied Root’s former boss – Special Counsel (Jay O. Sanders) – from an armchair. (Root tied Special Counsel to an armchair in last week’s episode). And for the remainder of this episode, Hersh and Special Counsel worked together to locate The Machine, and to kill Reese, Finch, Shaw, and Root as well.
Root, on the other hand, didn’t realize that Finch had been lying to her this entire time. Finch had directed Root to The Machine’s whereabouts; when in reality, Finch moved the Machine to another secret location. But before Root figured out that Finch had been tricking her, they headed to a bioengineering facility to “set The Machine free”, as Root likes to say. Then, having realized that Finch had tricked her, she pointed a gun at Finch’s face. But Reese and Shaw arrived just in time to shoot Root in her shoulder. When Reese asked Finch to explain himself, Finch told Reese that he planted a virus within the main virus because he knew that someone was trying to take over The Machine, but he didn’t know exactly who.
When Root was in the hospital to treat her wound, she picked up a nearby payphone. Is she in full control of The Machine now? We’ll have to wait for Season 3 to find out.
Carter realizes that she had been working with a dirty cop:
Also in last week’s episode, Detective Raymond Terney (Al Sapienza) framed Carter for the murder of an innocent bystander. But when Carter’s colleagues interrogated her in the Interrogation Room, Terney revealed his true colors. He admitted to her that he is indeed working for HR, and that he will do everything he can to kill her son, Taylor.
Terney also tried killing Elias (Enrico Colantoni), but Carter was there to save the day. Carter saved Elias’ life.
- Since Fusco (Kevin Chapman) didn’t appear in the last two episodes of Season 2, will he not be a Series Regular anymore? Has he been demoted to a “Recurring Character”?
- Is Root now in full control of The Machine since she picked up the payphone at the hospital?
- Does Reese not have access to The Machine anymore?
- Who else is working for HR?
- How will Carter avenge Beecher’s (Sterling K Brown) death?
Ah, this episode opened up so many new questions. This show is BLOWING MY MIND!
Let me know how you interpreted the episode in the comments below! Thank you so much for following all season long. I can’t wait for Season 3!
I’ve also embedded the full episode here for you: