You know that you have too many Rinch feelings when you read ‘Rinch family’ instead of ‘Rich family’ and suspect that sooner rather than later there definitely will be 'Rinch life', 'Rinch people', 'Rinch style', 'Rinch traditions', 'Rinch country', 'Rinch world' etc. etc. etc.
To me, this exchange has never been about money. Money has never been a issue. Although all the mayhem settled and Harold is alright, some uncertainty remains. The Numbers have stopped and a formal reason for Reese to stay has gone. It may happen that now he’s not needed in Harold’s life anymore, for Harold might want to start over, to have a new life, etc. Given Reese’s low self-esteem, it’s not entirely impossible that he might still think Harold deserves better than ‘a monster’ in his life. Either way, since he treasures Harold too much to make his life miserable for the sake of his own happiness, he lets Harold decide in an indirect way:
- Since the numbers have stopped, it’s not right you should go on paying me as generously as you are. [Harold, although The Numbers have stopped, there is nothing I’d wish more than to stay with you. But if you have different plans for your life that don’t include me, you shouldn’t feel compelled to give them up for my sake. I can leave]
- Since you give away 90% of what I pay you, I don’t see why I shouldn’t continue. [John, where does this come from?.. Ok, listen to me, there is no reason for you to leave. All my plans definitely include you. They, in fact, are all about you. Of course, I don’t want you to leave. I wish you to stay. But you should stay only if you want to. And don’t worry about a new job, we’ll come up with something
yes, love is very important, but Finch is still very practical and rational]
- … [just look at John on the last gif :)]
If you have a different view, head canon, or an explanation for this, you’re welcome to share it here :)
Some other unnecessary thoughts about this scene from God Mode.
I like how the whole thing is composed:
Rinch family dateFinch, Reese and Bear walking in a park ——> Reese asks Finch if their mission is cancelled forever ——> Finch tells him he doesn’t know for sure ——-> Harold apologizes for ruining John’s life ——> Harold waits for John to leave angrily ——> Obviously, John doesn’t see it this way, so he doesn’t blame him. He, actually, responds with deep understanding and support ——> Finch doesn’t say anything. But it looks like Harold believes that he doesn’t deserve this unique treasure (he may not know but John seems to feel the same) —-> the boys discuss their future without the Numbers and reach mutual understanding ——-> everything has been happening with TM still ‘watching’ them ———> TM calls.
Although I’m a boring person who is inclined to a ‘weak AI’ hypothesis regarding TM* and an irritating person who calls TM ‘It’, sometimes I enjoy considering something ‘metaphorically’, like ‘TM’s daddy’s girl’. Anyway, metaphorically speaking:
1. TM ships Rinch. TM is one of ours :) TM watches the boys settling their personal issues, etc, and contacts them only after they have sorted everything out.
2. TM cares for DADmin and his family. TM gives the boys time to sort everything out.
3. TM is daddy’s girl. TM wants to be sure that DADmin is ‘in good hands’. TM sends a Number, only after Reese shows support and understanding, and determination to take care of Finch even without The Numbers.
* It may evolve, though. Why not? Well, either way, I wouldn’t apply such terms as ‘life’, ‘child’, ‘emotions’, ‘feelings’ to it. At least for now.