Let the love triangle officially begin! The Blindspot writers are heavily pushing the Ali-Weller relationship, making Jane’s balancing act even more difficult. In this week’s episode we have yet another case to solve, and this time the gang’s personal lives are making work even more stressful. Reade is dealing with breaking up with Sarah, Weller’s having an almost too-cute romance with Ali, and Jane is standing awkwardly on the sidelines — getting unsolicited birthday gifts from Weller. Let’s break it down.
The case this week involves an armored vehicle being hijacked, leaving three men dead. The vehicle has a logo on it that doesn’t match any registered business, leaving the team clueless as to what it was carrying. The three victims were South Korean nationals with clean records and visas issued by a woman named Vanessa Chang who works for the USACMA (United States Army Chemical Materials Agency). Patterson and Co. figure out that the truck was carrying sarin gas, which is so deadly that when a person is exposed to it their insides can liquefy in under a minute. Over 40 cannisters of it was stolen, so the team needs to act quickly.
The team brings in Vanessa and an Army general working with the organization and uncover nothing; both claim they aren’t involved. Vanessa says something about how one of the men killed was involved in some shady business, but she knows nothing aside of that. Patterson, being the sleuth that she is, tracks down that some other military officers were paid a ton of money on the side from the organization and purchased a piece of property. The property was previously a man-made pond that had since been turned into an open, empty field…and it just so happens to have an extremely high electric bill. Knowing something criminal is probably happening, the team searches the field and finds a sewer tunnel leading underground. They find the general, who is housing massive amounts of stolen chemical weapons. He threatens to blow everyone to pieces if they approach him, but of course Jane takes him (and a bomb detonator) out before anything can happen.
The team finds out that Vanessa backstabbed the general for a better deal and track down where the rest of the stolen sarin is being sent for transport. They find Vanessa in the midst of transporting the stolen chemicals, and after a shootout, the team saves the day and stops the deal from going through.
Quite honestly, the case in this episode was the most irrelevant so far in the series. The show has been building up each character with thoughtful story lines that are giving them depth, making us as viewers start to understand — and care about — their decisions and struggles. Whenever the series centers a case around a specific character’s development it thrives, and this episode could have elaborated so much more on each of our leading cast members’ stories. With so much of Taylor’s background being unveiled in recent episodes, this case seemed forced.
The most powerful scenes of the episode were ones of each of our leading stars, like Patterson, who received a call in the beginning of the episode from a restaurant confirming a reservation made by David (obviously, before his death). She was at first confused but realized that David had made a reservation at one of their favorite restaurants as a surprise date night. She immediately wanted to bury herself in work to blur the guilt and pain she was feeling, but she found solace in confiding in Dr. Borden (whose significance we are waiting to be revealed — I’m still pulling for the twist that he works with “Taylor” and was sent there by her).
Anywho, Patterson tells him about the reservation, and he suggests that she go and grieve by celebrating his life, versus clouding herself in guilt. She eventually agrees, and while she’s at the restaurant, she solves his last newspaper crossword puzzle. She finds that he planted a clue for her in the puzzle with three columns next to each other saying, “Got One Patterson.” She knows that it is a clue to one of the tattoo puzzles, and the trailer for next week indicates that she follows the lead solo, getting herself into major trouble. If this is anything like Zapata’s starring episode from the other week where she went undercover, it’ll be a reviving episode from this week.
NEXT: Weller puts his usually brooding aside and gets serious with Ali.