A great episode! I was expecting the back story on Shaw and the upcoming episode too. That little girl was great, she reminded me of a young Dakota Fanning. Hopefully, this will help quiet some of this forum's criticism about this show.
I completely agree. After a opening handful of episodes that were mostly standard-issue filler episodes, this past week's episode really got back to doing what the show does best. I missed Fusco, but otherwise everything ran like a well-oiled machine.
I thought both little girls were excellent, and both were asked to do a lot more than the usual child mugging for the camera. The PoI had to speak Russian and hold her own with adults without being TOO cloyingly precocious. "Sameen" had to portray a child who'd just lost her father in a completely unconventional way. She couldn't fall back on over-the-top histrionics, but she still had to hold your sympathy. Shah is a psychopath, but she's not evil. That's a hard tightrope to walk, and the girl who played Sameen did it well.
The scene with Carter turning the tables and "owning" the rookie cop in the cop bar, was like a defining moment for her.
Great scene amidst a series of back to back surprises. You could tell Taraji P. Henson was relishing the material.
The over the top moment though, and there weren't many in season one, was Shaw giving herself a blood transfusion. C'mon man! Doesn't do that much good if the damage isn't repaired.
The pilot had Reese blowing up the car he was in with a grenade and then dragging Fusco away from the wreckage, so I've accepted right from the get-go that elements of this show are heightened.
And I think with the blood transfusion Shaw was just buying herself time to find the girl.
The one nice thing if Shaw's tied up with Root for a while is that it would allow some episodes with the quartet of Reese/Finch/Carter/Fusco back working cases together as a team. As much as I like the Shaw character, it does dilute things a bit from the original concept.