Person of Interest: Season 2, Episode 3 “Masquerade” (B+)
As this show eases back into its normative state, it’s clear that it’s improved considerably since its debut last year, getting comfortable with its characters and establishing a much more enticing framework in which its sarcastic personalities interact and work together to help save the number of the week. Officially adding Carter and Fusco to the semi-credits that accompany the show’s opening monologue emphasizes the fact that a much more efficient and fulfilling working relationship now exists. Carter’s “You wouldn’t know anything about that, would you?” has become endearing, and I like how she doesn’t sit back and take his orders, suggesting that he sit in the car and then coming into the bar because she got bored and it took him more than four minutes, in addition to her advice that you should ask people questions before you knock them out. After playing the punching bag as always, Fusco even got the chance to come to the rescue and to set up his very own punchline before Carter rammed the car. Sofia was a great number, constantly ditching Reese and then finally coming to accept and value his help. Finch dealing with a difficult adjustment back to the real world was powerful, and underscored comically with the presence of the dog. Agent Snow’s predicament is rather unfortunate, being held captive and forced to do whatever he is asked by Cara, and I have a feeling that Carter is going to keep on pushing to find him, even if she’s not entirely honest with her two friends.