In the “Person of Interest” episode, “All In,” Leon (Ken Leung) gets in trouble again, but winds up helping the team. The team’s next number is for a seemingly poor old man caught up in a high stakes game from which he cannot escape. Meanwhile, Carter (Taraji P. Henson) becomes involved with a mysterious HR case.
The first number from the Machine: Leon — again!
Leon seems to be having a great time in a hotel room as he gets handcuffed to a bed by a beautiful woman, Candi (Madison McKinley). Wait, that can’t be right! And it’s not, of course; it’s a trap. She leaves him for the Nigerians who have been out to get him, and now they want to kill him. But Leon isn’t nervous because he knows that the Machine will save him in the form of John Reese (Jim Caviezel). He’s just too important to the cause, even though he can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Reese breaks in at the last minute to take care of the Nigerians and rescue Leon.
Next number: Lou Mitchell
Lou Mitchell (Ron McLarty) has a habit of losing $2,000 a week at an Atlantic City casino. He has been doing that for the past six months, which has put him in about $320,000 of debt. Reese initially worries that Lou is one of the mobsters until the team finds that Lou’s old gambling addict friends have the same problem.
It turns out that the poor old people are pawns in a money laundering scheme set up by the casino’s owner, Darien Makris (Michael Rispoli). Makris is also associated with a pharmacy. Nobody suspects any foul play when old folks buy medicine from a pharmacy, but the medicine jars contain gambling money that the men lose to the casino, thus “cleaning” the money.
The entire team puts itself at risk
Finch (Michael Emerson) saves Lou the easy way by faking his death. Finch, Reese, and Leon all pose as gamblers in order to take down the money laundering scheme, but Lou shows up. He wants to win back all the money he lost to Makris’s scheme. He feels that his wife, who had passed away from cancer after Lou spent his life savings trying to save her, wouldn’t want him to die a loser.
Finch goes ahead and gives Lou $2 million to gamble, which he turns into well over $20 million very quickly by cheating. But Makris has one last gamble for Lou. He captures Lou, Leon, Finch, and Reese, then plays a little game of Russian Roulette.
Reese gets the first shot, but there’s no bullet waiting for him. Next up is Leon, but there’s no bullet for him either. When Finch is the next target, Reese just can’t let that happen. He springs into action, kicking Makris in the groin, then knocking over Makris’s men using the chair to which his arms are tied behind his back.
What Reese doesn’t know is that Lou cheated again. There’s no bullet waiting for any of them, because Lou somehow managed to remove it. What a tricky little fella!
A good cop, framed by HR
Shamansky, known to be an excellent cop, is framed for drug possession. Carter gets involved, and proves that Shamansky is innocent. Unfortunately, the head of HR, Quinn (Clarke Peters), is someone everyone feels they can trust. Shamansky speaks freely with him about what happened, only to have Quinn kill him.
Meanwhile, Carter learns that her new love interest, Beecher (Sterling K. Brown), may have been involved in framing Shamansky. Just when she was beginning to trust him again too! Beecher seems like a genuinely nice guy, and the two of them make a cute couple. Is it possible that he isn’t so great after all?
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