Person of Interest is currently on a two week hiatus due to March Madness. During this short break, I would like to reflect on one of my favorite characters on the program – Bear the Dog! Bear first appeared in the season 2 episode “The Contingency.” He has been in just about every episode since, playing an important role either working in the field with the team or in the library with Finch. Because he is now a part of the team, he has many memorable moments. I have picked my top 4 moments to talk about.
As an aside, I would also like to make note of the fact that there are many TV shows that use dogs as regulars or as guest stars, and is it just me, or do these dogs have unusually expressive faces?
When we first met Bear, he was working for a group of white supremacists, who acquired him as partial payment for a debt. At that point, his name was Butcher. He was snarling and barking at John, Leon and Lionel, who were all being held captive.
Reese, being a former international spy and all as he reminded Finch recently, not only learned to play Baccarat during that time, but also picked up a few languages as well as knowledge of military dogs. He immediately recognized Butcher’s breed and knew some important facts about him that were unknown to his then owners. Bear “speaks” Dutch, having been trained as a military dog. What a great moment it was when Reese has Bear save their bacon by issuing a series of commands in Dutch and thus allowing them to escape unharmed!
Bear lives with Finch at the Library, because Reese’s apartment will not permit dogs. Finch was not exactly happy about this, but grudgingly agreed to allow it. Their relationship got off to a rocky start, since it seems that Bear has a taste for rare first edition books, which really was no surprise since he got his new name from Reese because he ate a bag full of bearer bonds!
Finch resisted getting attached to Bear, trying at first to ignore him while he worked. Bear, however, being an intelligent dog, persevered by persistently trying to engage him in play and finally won Finch over to his side. They are now good friends.
At the end of season 1 and the beginning of season 2, Finch experienced a terrible trauma when he was kidnapped by the villainous Root. As a result, he suffered from PTSD, and the presence of Bear was a large factor is his recovery.
Finch was afraid to leave the Library for a time after he was rescued, but with the help and accompaniment of Bear, he was finally able to be out and about. Had it not been for Bear, Finch would likely still be fearfully confined to the Library.
Bear is very attached to both John and Finch. In particular, since John speaks Dutch, Bear likely sees him as the pack leader and when John was away for an extended period while in prison, Bear missed him a lot.
When John finally returned to the Library, Bear greeted him very enthusiastically, and the two of them fell on the floor playing affectionately – it was a truly heart-warming moment, underscoring the affection they feel for each other!
So there you have them, my top 4 Bear moments. What are your favorite moments for this hard working dog? Please let me know in the comment section below – I love hearing from you!