Person Of Interest: A Marked Cuban

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They're breakdance fighting!
We're almost halfway through the second season of Person of Interest and I'm starting to wonder if we're due for any shake-ups next year. CBS has already opted to pull back on the flashbacks, meaning we don't know a hell of a lot more now than we did at the end of last season. Is it time to expand the core group of four? Beyond adding a dog, I mean.

Or maybe they'll kill somebody off. In order of least to most likely, here's who I think might get offed by season's end: Finch, Reese, Carter, Bear, Fusco.

Sorry Fusco; Bear's a cool dog.

Can you really tear hundreds in half and then tape them together.

Our Number of the Week is Fermin Ordonez, a Cuban-born cab driver with spotless credit who nevertheless just emptied out his bank account. Finch installs surveillance and GPS in Ordonez's cab, and Reese follows on motorcycle. Obviously, shadowing a cab driver presents a unique set of difficulties. Especially one who used to be a major league pitching prospect until he blew his arm out and gets a bit irate when drunk fares demand to hear the ballgame.

Meanwhile, one of the Machine's audio intercepts picks up a convo between two of Elias' men stating the gangster wants nothing more to do with HR, going so far as to wonder "who's even left?" Well, Simmons (Robert John Burke) and Quinn (Clarke Peters) are, and Quinn knows they need Elias to get revenue flowing. Looks like Simmons is going to meet Elias' guys, and he's taking Fusco with him as backup.

A spook and his dog.
Ordonez is rounding up money to buy something. I hope it's Elian Gonzalez. But no, it's just to bring his wife Maria and son Jorge up from Cuba. How boring. But now a Mr. Mendoza tells him his $40K is only enough to bring in one. What will he do? What. Will. He. Do?

Well, for starters he hits up a fellow defector from the Cuban national team who's now doing well for the Yankees. He doesn't get much out of him. Figures. Fucking Yankees.

Simmons, Fusco, and an as-yet unnamed recruit meet with Elias' guys in one of those bombed out warehouse districts that used to make NYC so enjoyable. Simmons offers the current whereabouts of Grifoni, the sole survivor of the Mafia Don Massacre, in exchange for Elias' help in rebuilding HR. Elias accepts, provided HR brings Grifoni to him. That shouldn't be hard.

Carter, backtracking Ordonez's GPS logs, comes across a murder investigation swarming with Secret Service (led by the nominally frigid Agent Regina Vickers). The dead man is a Russian named Vadim Pushkov, who just happens to be the guy who gave Ordonez the torn hundreds. Reese helps Ordonez escape from a bunch of Russkies Estonians led by a blonde who looks kinda like Billy Madison-era Bridgette Wilson-Sampras. WANT TO TOUCH THE HEINEY.

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