After several weeks of embedded details, this episode introduces nascent mob boss Carl Elias. It is also the first episode that explores the idea that Reese is not infallible, but can be fooled by someone equally clever and seemingly benign.
The episode is set in Brighton Beach, a neighborhood in southern Brooklyn with a large, multi-generational Jewish population which began immigrating during the Depression and in the years surrounding World War II. Newer residents are primarily Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union. It is also the center of the Russian mafia in New York.
Vocabulary and Acronyms
Veni, vidi, vici (Latin): I came, I saw, I conquered. Elias's final quote in the episode.
Vory (Russian): Thieves. When Peter Yogorov tries to enter Will's apartment, Will tells him "that vory are supposed to show respect to one another." In the Russian Mafia to become a "Vor" (plural: Vory) (a thief) is an honorary title meaning to become a made man. The honor of becoming a Vor is only given when the recruit shows considerable leadership skills, personal ability, intellect and charisma. Invocation of the term "Vory" was another way of saying, "Honor among thieves."
Bloopers and Continuity Errors
When Finch calls up the schematics for Scarface's SUV, they mistakenly show the plans for a vehicle equipped with a convertible top.
The BRS (Bay Ridge Savings) bank where Finch hacks into the ATM is really a Jewish Community Centre (Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton - Manhattan Beach, Inc) located at 3300 Coney Island Avenue, adjacent to Brighton Beach
Stills of BRS Bank and Surrounding Area
"BRS" Field of View
711 Brightwater Court
Jewish Community Center
NYPD on-scene as Finch leaves
Police Presence west of "BRS" bank
Brighton 7th Street / Brightwater Court
Jewish Community Center & environs map
Brighton Beach filming area
Will is reading The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, the tale of a man who disappears, is believed dead, and reappears with a new identity. Jim Caviezel (Reese) starred in a 2002 production of this story.
When Reese tries to give Charlie Burton, a.k.a Elias, a gun to defend himself, he tells Reese about a memory involving one of his foster dads. This implies that he has had multiple in the past, as Carter discovered of Elias’ life in the foster system earlier, foreshadowing the reveal at the end.
"The Machine found a man who was targeted for death. We just didn't know that he was also a killer." (Finch)
"How many numbers will come up because we saved one man's life?" (Reese)
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