The Machine identifies a school teacher who witnessed a mob hit as their next POI and Reese and Finch rush to save his life.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Lazlo Yogorov
Ivan Yogorov
Patti D'Agostino
Al Calderon ...
Gene Gillette ...
Lead Dealer
Skinny Dealer


Carter, her team (including Fusco) and the organized crime unit are investigating what they know is an execution murder of a mob leader named Benny D'Agostino in a bodega in the Russian mob ruled area of Brighton Beach. The murder was the retaliation hit by the Russian mob on a rival mob infiltrating Brighton Beach, that rival mob led by an unknown man named Elias. D'Agostino was one of Elias' underlings. On the surveillance recording, Carter notices that there was a witness in the bodega who vanished after the shooting. Reese, who gets a call from Fusco about Reese possibly helping to identify and find this missing witness, is one step ahead of Fusco in that he knows that his and Finch's latest case is that witness, a dedicated local schoolteacher named Charlie Burton. As Reese approaches Burton, he knows that the Russian mob are after Burton for being a witness. Reese convinces Burton to go on the run with him to try and get out of the neighborhood. While the Russian mob are in ... Written by Huggo

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3 November 2011 (USA)  »

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During this episode the teacher meets a student and asks how he got on with reading The Count of Monte Cristo. Jim Caviezel played Edmond Dantes in the The Count of Monte Cristo (2002). See more »


John Reese: You were meeting Benny at the bodega that day, weren't you? The shooters were looking for you.
Charlie Burton: Yeah, the benefits of no one knowing who you are Or what you look like. That's gone now, I suppose. It's time to evolve. I'm ready for the next step.
[Turns the gun]
Lazlo Yogorov: Go ahead. I'd rather die than see you running my city.
Charlie Burton: You know what Benny said before he died? He said, "Veni, vidi, vici" - I came, I saw, I won. He said your almighty Bratva was already crumbling. He said we'd already won.
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Traditional, arranged by Nina Simone
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Two rival mobs, Italian and Russian, fight for the control of the city.
11 October 2012 | by (New York City, USA) – See all my reviews

There is nothing worse than when something made to look serious turns out to look like comedy. That is the case with this episode. I didn't know whether to laugh or cringe out of collective embarrassment that we humans are prone to. The episode is written by someone who has never been to New York, or maybe has been here in the 1970s. In one shot, we're shown a building near Brighton Beach, and told that "even locals don't go there, it belongs to Bulgarian drug dealers" or something along these lines. That building is actually home to $700,000-$900,000 apartments in reality. But it gets better, inside we see people making or using drugs on the stairs, holes in the walls, guys walking around with guns, etc. I don't know if people that have never been to NYC in their lives think that this is a plausible representation of any neighborhood of our city, but it's not. Even the worst buildings in the Bronx are not like that, let alone Brighton Beach, which has gotten quite affluent in the last two decades.

Brighton Beach isn't beautiful, because it's boring, not because it's dangerous. There is no mafia; no Italian, no Russian, no mafia of any kind like the one pictured in this episode. And what would an Italian mobster be doing in a cheap Russian supermarket as shown in the beginning of the show?

It's sad that people from the outside watch these kind of episodes about New York and think that this is even remotely a realistic portrayal of the city. This isn't the 1979 anymore and there are no buildings or streets where "even the locals don't go" - that's just ridiculous. If you're going to write a script for a show that's going to be on TV, why not at least leave your Hollywood villa and visit the city you're writing about?

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