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Many Happy Returns 

Finch gives Mr. Reese the day off as it's his birthday and chooses to work the new number with Fusco. FBI start looking into the murder of Jessica's husband.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... John Reese
... Joss Carter
... Lionel Fusco
... Harold Finch
... Sarah Jennings
... Marshal Brad Jennings
... Sharon
... Jessica Arndt
... Peter Arndt
... Special Agent Nicholas Donnelly
Fred Applegate ... Medical Examiner
... Detective Marianne Nichols
... Mr. Han
... Triage Nurse
... Bartender


Because it's Reese's birthday and because there are no new numbers, Finch gives Reese the day off. However, there is a new number that Finch believes would not be a good case for Reese to work on, since it may hit a little too close to home regarding the nature of the death of his ex-girlfriend, Jessica Arndt. Reese is aware of Finch's motives. That number belongs to Karen Garner, who Finch is pretty sure is the victim. He is certain that Karen Garner is an assumed name and that she is on the run from someone, probably a violent boyfriend or husband. The case does hit home for Reese who decides to take matters into his own hands much like he would have handled the situation if the woman was Jessica. This situation doesn't sit well with Carter, who has been asked by FBI Agent Donnelly to assist in the investigation on Reese and finding his DNA at a past crime scene in New Rochelle, that crime scene being the death of Jessica's husband, Peter Arndt. Finch encourages Carter to join that ... Written by Huggo

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3 May 2012 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Reese's apartment is the same one used by Tommy Egan in the tv series Power See more »


It is Mr. Reese's birthday, which at the end of the episode his military record shows as being May 1st. But when he looks at his phone, the date says April 24th. See more »


Detective Joss Carter: You know about a case up in New Rochelle?
[Harold is silent]
Detective Joss Carter: I'll take that as a "yes". FBI linked your your partner's DNA to a crime scene.
Harold Finch: Agent Donnelly, no doubt.
Detective Joss Carter: He wants me along for the ride.
Harold Finch: Perhaps that wouldn't be such a bad thing
Detective Joss Carter: How do you mean?
Harold Finch: Well, if there was any evidence that threatened our mutual friend, I'm confident that you would find it before Donnelly would.
Detective Joss Carter: Are you suggesting I obstruct a federal investigation?
Harold Finch: ...Of course what you did with that evidence would be ...
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Good, but clichéd.
24 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

This episode revolved around domestic violence; so sadly what we got was a clichéd view of it. The view we got was the one fueled by mindless selfish fear. I don't hold my breath for an innocent man getting treated fairly within our kangaroo society. It is based on potentially every stranger is our enemy, the mistake is the 'potentially' is ignored and everyone is simply the enemy. Based on this fear men are obviously dangerous to weak people, and thus are guilty in fearful people's eyes, the reaction to fear when they do not feel a threat is to attack for ego's sake, these people are opportunistic and infest our society.

So for me the episode came across as propagandist towards the clichéd view of domestic violence that exists for the reasons I have given, men are overwhelming seen as the perpetrators, it is easy to convict a man of a violent crime against a woman, I'm not saying their aren't male abusers that would be ludicrous what I am saying is innocent men will be stitched up and lied about by many people as it serves their disgusting interests. Still in this episode I liked what happened I just wish it wasn't the clichéd view.

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