Person of Interest: Season 1, Episode 16

Risk (23 Feb. 2012)

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The Machine leads Reese and Finch to Wall Street when a sharp young trader at a major investment bank becomes embroiled in a multi-million dollar financial scam.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lionel Fusco (credit only)
Bob Sowoski
Sydney Baylor
Paul Ashton
Inspector Doug Rasmussen
CSI Tech
Delivery Man (as Vladimir Versailles)


The next number that the machine dispenses belongs to Adam Saunders, a proprietary trader with the Wall Street investment firm Baylor Zimm. Adam is seemingly a high roller who likes to play big and win big... all with the company's money. However, that high rolling exterior is partly a mask for a man who does his homework to figure out the odds, which usually pay off for him. Below the professional surface, there are three issues which may be factors in whatever incident will be happening. The first is that he is having a clandestine relationship with one of the company's managing partners, Sydney Baylor. The second is that he has been and is currently being interrogated by Inspector Doug Rasmussen with the SEC, who seems to think that Adam and or Baylor Zimm as a company are involved in some securities illegalities. And the third is that Adam's uncle, a food truck operator named Bob Sowoski, is a client with Baylor Zimm, although another of the traders is handling his Uncle Bob's ... Written by Huggo

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Good in spite of its many faults
2 May 2014 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

The writing of this show is hands down clever so critiquing this episode is a bit tricky. My issue isn't with the acting or the overall story but with the facts of that story. I know writers make up details of a story to accommodate time or legal reasons and I don't bother with those. But sometimes in telling their story writers skew the general facts, actions or motives in a way that pushes an underlying agenda. This is one of those stories. Again, the writing is clever; they use the phrase 1% and it's located on Wall Street in a story to show the stock brokers' greed and how it affects people. In this case the people look like they are homeless. In fact, John knows one lady who was there for him when he bottomed out.

Without coming out and telling us that it was pure greed that motivated the collapse on Wall Street they tell us that pure greed motivated the collapse on Wall Street. The writers say that the SEC has no teeth yet it was laws passed by Congress in efforts to widen the availability of mortgages that created this issue. If the SEC didn't have laws for the new regulations that mortgage companies did exploit and make use of, then it was Congress' lack. There can be no crime where there is no law forbidding it, no matter how egregious the action. And how many ordinary people take advantages of loopholes? Greed isn't restricted to the 1%.

Another sly move on the writers' part is that Congress had to pass a law to allow fracking. It isn't Congress' job to decide what new technologies are legal. There used to be a politburo that did that tho... And the pipeline that isn't necessary. Well, in the real world we know how necessary that is.

When writers use a vehicle as wonderful as Person of interest for their personal soap box it just makes it less interesting. Audiences instinctively know truth it's just loathsome when writers pander to their baser instincts.

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