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Blindspot recap: A Stray Howl

Is it possible we learned Jane Doe’s identity already?

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TV Show
Drama, Mystery, Thriller
run date:
Jaimie Alexander, Sullivan Stapleton
Current Status:
In Season

“Everything just feels so out of control.”

Jane Doe is still struggling to cope with her lost memory, her body full of mystery tattoos, and her lone flashback — target practice in the woods with the mystery man.

Kurt Weller tries to tap into Jane’s muscle memory this week to unlock more of her mind by doing some target and sparring practice. It works, and Jane gets a chilling memory of strolling into a church and shooting a nun dead. Maybe just keep that one to yourself for now, Jane.

Weller’s FBI team gets the news that Chao has died of a supposed massive heart attack in the hospital. We know that’s not true, and so do they, but there’s no time to focus on that now. They’ve unlocked another one of Jane’s tattoos. How are they doing this? For one, FBI smarty-pants and head of the forensic science unit, Patterson, has created a database for Jane’s tattoos — also referred to as “a Google alert for her tattoos.” By using Jane’s first tattoo and a polyalphabetic substitution cipher, they decode another one, which leads them to Major Arthur Gibson (Robert Eli), a grounded Air Force pilot.

Of course, Jane follows along to Gibson’s house, hoping he holds a clue into who she is. Team Weller doesn’t hesitate letting her join them this time. For one, they can’t really stop her, but after last episode, she’s proven she can handle herself. At this point, everyone is probably scared Jane will throw them in a chokehold if they tell her no.

Gibson answers the door; he appears on edge and tells them to get off his property. Not a minute later, the house explodes. According to the firemen on scene, the whole place was rigged, but no body was found. Sounds like Gibson had some evidence to bury.

Weller and the gang look for more information from Gibson’s former Commanding Officer. The CO tells them that Gibson was grounded after a psychological trauma and was given a desk job, but he then spiraled after suffering from severe PTSD. What Weller finds out is that his former CO is lying, and Gibson was actually given a promotion and higher security clearance. What is the Air Force trying to hide?

Gibson breaks into the home of an Air Force drone specialist and holds his daughter captive in order to threaten him to do what he asks or he’ll never see her again. The major forces the specialist to carry out a personal vendetta and send a missile straight to his former CO, killing her. That’s one way to deal with your issues.

“What if these tattoos are a trap?” Great questions, Jane, but there’s no time to think about unlocking the intent behind your tattooed-cover body. The FBI seems to think the more important question right now is, “Who’s next on the list?”

NEXT: Jane goes on the attack… again