Tonight's episode of “Person of Interest” was titled "All In." As the episode opens, Leon Tao is being seduced by a woman who handcuffs him to a bedpost, then two men who he scammed show up to kill him. He warns them they had better not mess with him, when Reese and Bear come in to eliminate the Nigerian scammers.
As Leon and John go for a drink in the hotel, John gets a call from Harold to say he is going to Atlantic City. The newest "Person of Interest" is Lou Mitchell, a retired watch repairman. He is a widower, who lost his wife six months ago, and he has no cell phone, no email and very little digital footprint. He is at the Baccarat table and seems to have lost quite a bit of money. The dealer calls him by name, so he must be a regular, as he leaves the table, and she tells him that she will see him tomorrow. As Finch hacks his bank account, he sees that Lou is nearly broke. He withdrew almost all of his money when his wife died and now lives on Social Security.
As Reese follows him into a coffee shop, he sees that he is a watch repairman with no watch or wedding ring; he probably pawned his valuables. Reese also notices that all of his fingers had previously been broken. He could have rubbed the mob the wrong way long ago. As the waitress calls him by name and pours his coffee, Finch finds the wedding announcement in an archived newspaper. It seems that he was involved with the mob for a long time.
As Carter is looking into the casino for Finch, Beecher comes to tell her that he made a reservation for dinner this weekend. She asks him to help look into a casino. As Lou loses again, the casino owner Darien Makris, offers him a free spin on a slot machine. When Lou inserts his card, Finch sees that he has lost $2,000 a day since his wife died six months ago; over $320,000 and counting. As Reese and Finch meet, they wonder where he got that money in the first place, then Reese asks if he could be an old mafioso in hiding. Reese believes he could be dangerous, but Finch believes he could not be a killer.
Carter sees her friend Detective Shemansky being taken in with handcuffs. He was going to testify against a Russian mobster, but someone planted drugs and money in his apartment. Carter knows that it is a setup and try as she may, she cannot convince anyone to listen. In the courthouse, the mobster is taken by Officer Simmons to a meeting, with Alonzo Quinn, who recognizes him as HR. Quinn makes a deal with him for money if he, and his brother avoid jail.
In Atlantic City, Lou has picked up prescriptions at a drug store two days in a row, but Finch notices that several elderly people who frequent the casino are also there. As Finch is sitting in a diner, Lou comes up to him and asks why he has been tailing him all day. They sit down, Finch tells him that he is with the IRS and wants to know where he got all the money he lost. He tells him that he is in grave danger and wants to help him; Lou walks out leaving Harold with the check. As he is leaving, he throws Harold's keys into the lobster tank.
Looking further into the elderly people in Lou's circle, all have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars. They now know that Makris is using senior citizens as drug couriers in his operation. Lou's number was the only one that came up because he is skimming off the top, and it looks like Makris is on to him.
Joss Carter asked Beecher if he knew who reported Shemansky; it was him. Carter now knows why she was warned about him. She asked Fusco if he ever heard anything about Beecher. He told her that they put lots of dirty cops away, but HR is not gone.
As Lou is leaving the casino, Makris' man approaches him and tells him that they know he is skimming. As he holds a gun to him, Reese steps in and eliminates the threat and takes him away. He tells him he is working with Harold. They send him away to live in Chicago and lead Makris to believe he is dead. In comes Leon as Jason Bao, a billionaire playboy who is now a high-roller used as a diversion to give Finch time to hack the casino's computer system. On top of that, Lou is back playing every chip he ever skimmed and Finch is backing him, so he'd better be as good as he says.
When Lou bets so much that he draws attention of Makris and the rest of his goons, Finch does his best to grab all the files and sends them to Reese, who shows them to Makris; who lets Lou continue to play. As he wins over twenty million dollars, they direct deposit it into his account. Then he and his goons meet them outside. He has Reese, Finch, Lou and Leon tied up and makes Lou play Russian roulette aiming the gun at each of the others; Reese subsequently attacks them and Lou shows Makris the bullet he slipped out of the gun.
Makris was taken away, hopefully for good. Quinn met with Shemansky, and the assistant district attorney after the money planted on Shemansky was traced back to HR. Quinn told them that the mayor had asked him; his chief of staff to ensure that the case against the Russians is moving forward. Then he gets up grabs a gun and shoots them both dead. Detective Tierney then comes in, and Quinn asks him if they are clear on the story? He answers yes, then Quinn tells him to shoot him in the right shoulder; as Tierney replies, yes Boss, and proceeds to shoot him.
Wonder who will be the next "Person of Interest," after this interesting twist of events? If you liked what you read, please click on the "Subscribe" button above, and you will never miss another post from this Examiner. Thanks!