Person of Interest
Episode 15: Booked Solid
By: Carlos Uribe
Person of Interest is a drama about preventing planned crimes before they happen.
This week's person of interest is a hotel maid. She's a war refugee from Serbia. She had come to the United States after her family was killed in a genocide. The person who committed this atrocity is now running to be a leader in Serbia but her testimony could bring him down. It's up to our heroes to have to protect her by going undercover at the hotel. They clearly don't know what's going on at first so they have reason to suspect that it could be any guest at the hotel or even some of the staff. They do manage to find the hit squad that goes after her, although they're too late to save a journalist who was trying to convince her to come out with the truth. His death convinces the maid that she has to go public. It's a good weekly plot with fun action scenes but this episode wasn't satisfied with that. It increased the tension tenfold by bringing back Hersh and setting him on the trail of Reese. This helped to raise the stakes for the character as he could potentially be an actual thorn in Reese's side. They do have an epic fight in the hotel kitchen in which Reese manages to come out on top. This was a pretty great episode but the ending ramped up the narrative momentum when it reveals that Root has infiltrated the Special Council as a secretary. It's a great ending to an already great episode. The weekly case was strong on it's own but Hersh's presence made it memorable while the ending knocked it out of the park. What's even better is that Carter just learned that the cop she's dating is under investigation and her association with him has ended any hope she had of entering the FBI. What could have been just a regular episode becomes important by having some significant plot developments that complicated things while at the same time using the serialized aspects to increase the tension with the weekly case.