This week’s Blindspot brings us yet another episode not completely focused on Jane. We spend most of the hour watching Patterson deal with the ongoing guilt of David’s death and ultimately getting herself into (almost) the same situation he did. Why would she make the same mistake? Let’s break it down.
In the last episode we saw Patterson go on a surprise date that David had planned before he died. Coincidentally, his last crossword puzzle had also been published in The New York Times. She solves the puzzle and sees that he had left a clue specifically for her, and it involves one of Jane’s tattoos. Patterson speaks to David in her mind (think: Izzie Stevens and Denny Duquette circa the glory days of Grey’s Anatomy) as his clues lead her to his apartment, to a SUPER creepy doll that looks like the fortune teller from Big that turns David Moscow into Tom Hanks, then to her lab for research, and ultimately to the creepiest of all antique shops. Way to kick up the romance, David!
Apparently, David had seen a picture of the bull tattoo on Jane and thought to look deeper into it. Even though the team had already solved the bull clue before, he was right — there was a double meaning.
I can deal with Patterson doing this on her own as some kind of grieving process, but what I can’t deal with is what she does next. She gets to the creepy antique shop called Aldebaran (which is a large star in the constellation Taurus) and sees that it’s closed. The shop owner, Mark, answers and says she can come in and browse if she’d like while he prepares to open. As she’s about to give up and leave, Mark asks her if she’d like to have some tea with him. She says yes, then proceeds to tell him about her scavenger hunt to his shop. She didn’t say she was with the FBI, but it doesn’t matter — she was talking about classified information, and one would think she’d learn her lesson from the first time. You know, when her boyfriend was murdered? Mark gets a little weird and heads to the back to get something. She follows him back there — because that’s a great idea — then he knocks her out. Ugh, Patterson!
She wakes up in a basement, where Mark ups the creepy scale to Hannibal Lecter levels by touching her hair and face like he wants to wear it. He finds her FBI badge and heads upstairs to call someone. He tells them how perfect she is and starts messing with a map of the constellation Taurus, putting out major serial killer vibes. Patterson gets strength from her visions (or hallucinations?) of David to break free of the rope around her hands and escape the basement, thinking she’ll find herself in the streets of New York City. She finds herself in the middle of the woods, freezing. At the same time, Weller and Co. are on their way to the Aldebaran antique shop; they know something must be wrong. Patterson never misses work without calling in, and they see that she was in the office early that morning and accessing files of Jane’s tattoos.
While Patterson is wandering around freezing in the woods being chased by Mark and his slimeball brother (I’ll get to him in a minute), Weller and Co. put the case together: Mark’s real name is Owen, and his brother is a legislator named Patrick. Years prior, Owen was accused of murdering one of his former students (back when he was a teacher) and carving a constellation into her chest. Even more messed up, Patrick had this covered up by getting a large corporation to pull some strings to get his brother off. The corporation did it with the promise from Patrick that he’d always vote in their favor. This is the real reason why Jane’s secret group had this clue tattooed on her body.
As you’d expect, Weller and Co. arrive at the secret location where Patterson was taken and they scour the woods for her. Weller gets into a punching match with Patrick, and Jane is about to get shot by Owen from a distance when Patterson hits him with a tree branch to skew his aim. Jane immediately turns and shoots Owen and saves Patterson from the cold.
Once she’s better, Patterson finally says goodbye to whatever memory her conscious is holding onto of David and forgives herself from the grief she carries from his death. There was also a clue that she may have feelings for Dr. Borden, which seems odd to me. I have a feeling his significance is more than a rebound for Patterson, but maybe a romance with her will be a gateway to that.
NEXT: More secrets and deals are made as the team’s trust falls apart.