Person of Interest “Identity Crisis” Review

Person of Interest Identity Crisis (1)

Person of Interest returned from its miniature 3-week hiatus with “Identity Crisis”, our first episode of the series with TWO persons of interest! With only three more episodes left after tonight’s installment, are things ratcheting up enough to the season finale? We’ll find out in tonight’s episode!

“Identity Crisis” was a tale of two Jordan Hesters. When the number comes up for somebody named Jordan Hester, it turns out that the social security number belongs to somebody who has had their identity stolen. So the first thing to do was find out which one was doing the identity theft and which one was having their identity stolen.

At first I was disappointed how predictable it all was. I mean, if I had to guess which one was the moonlighting drug trafficker, I’d probably guess the scruffy looking barkeep over the respectable and pretty looking blond girl. But this show has always done a good job at keeping itself fresh and unpredictable, so it fooled me yet again when we found out that the pretty blond chick was the one who stole the other dude’s identity!

However, regardless of what came before it, and anything that came after it, this episode will always be remembered as the episode where Finch gets high on ecstasy. Person of Interest definitely isn’t known for its lightheartedness, and Michael Emerson doesn’t get much opportunity for any kind of physical comedy, but man he was cracking me up. Tripping his face off on the couch, pointing excitedly at the crackling microwave, and chuckling as he pushed Fusco’s buttons (literally), was absolutely hilarious.

The final confrontation with the fake Jordan Hester was a bit anticlimactic, but we did have an interesting new storyline introduced with the FBI approaching Carter about tracking down Reese. While I’m not excited about her being all anti-Reese again, I’m glad it gives Fusco a reason to help out the guys a little more.

I enjoyed this episode quite a bit, but I hope the last three episodes lead up to a more exciting season finale. Will Carter turn on Reese and sic the FBI on him? We’ll stay tuned to find out!

Random Thoughts:

– How corny was it when Finch said “Will the real Jordan Hester please stand up?” Would Finch’s character even get that reference?

– I’ve never done ecstasy or anything, but does it usually come in multi-colored shards like that? It looked more like an arts and crafts project than an up-scale drug lab.

– It was nice to see Seth Gilliam of The Wire fame as the identity theft officer Dez Franklin. It’s good to see Carver making some meaningful arrests!