Reese and Finch head to Atlantic City for their next number, that belonging to Lou Mitchell, an irascible, widowed and retired watch repairman, who, like many of his age, has a small ... See full summary »

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Reese and Finch head to Atlantic City for their next number, that belonging to Lou Mitchell, an irascible, widowed and retired watch repairman, who, like many of his age, has a small electronic footprint, meaning that Reese and Finch will have to use other means than electronic to follow him. In viewing Lou's activities, Reese sees a man living on a fixed income but who is constantly at the casino and constantly losing, over the past few months in the order of several hundred thousand. But Reese also sees some visual signs that he may have been involved with the mob in his younger days. But in following Lou's movements, Reese and Finch see that Lou is not alone in his goings-on although he does not acknowledge those others, who are all seniors like himself, and they don't acknowledge Lou or any of the others. When Reese and Finch learn what Lou is up to and why his number came up, they want to intervene through the casino to prevent the incident involving Lou from happening, but ... Written by Huggo

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After Finch starts explaining Baccarat to Reese, Reese replies, "Please Finch, I was an international Spy. I know how to play Baccarat." A nod to James Bond's favorite Casino Game. See more »

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In the episode when they got Bear the dog, it was established that he only understood Dutch commands. In subsequent episodes, they stuck to this. But in this episode, when John plays fetch with Bear, he uses the English commands "Sit! Out!" See more »

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John Reese: Seems his game of choice is baccarat.
Harold Finch: Ah, he enjoys the classics. It's designed to be simple. Two hands. Player, banker. You guess which hand adds up closest to nine.
John Reese: I was an international spy, Finch. I know how to play baccarat.
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Written by Frederick Edward Weatherly
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Worst episode in the series so far..
11 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

And for the record this is a series I pretty much love.

It is March of 2013 and in the middle of a brutal winter the writers behind this generally excellent series all come down with a case of Brain Freeze.

Seriously. The critical flaw in the premise behind the show is that, with the wrong script, and the wrong tone, and the wrong direction, suddenly you may find yourself watching an episode of TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL instead of a clever riff on THE BOURNE IDENTITY.

What's wrong with this episode you ask? Pretty much everything. The opening scene is a set-piece taken from 100 forgettable movies, a throw-away scene simply designed to remind the viewer that they are retrieving a "spoofy, comicy" character from an earlier episode who (coincidence!) will be needed for the plot arc in this instalment.

The "number" that pops up requires the duo (now a trio) to head to Atlantic City where every possible cliché about "the mob" is trotted out, and the victim in need of protection (see above) constantly talks about his dead wife and, generally, looks like he would indeed be more at home in a TBAA episode.

The climax, in this case an escape or table-turning (reversal) after being caught by the bad guys, is terribly done, and seems more random or lucky than any sort of well-planned action scene.

Even Bear, who does a walk-on in the aforesaid opening scene, seems eager to get back to his trailer and away from this horror.


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