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'Blindspot' recap: 'If Love a Rebel, Death Will Render'

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Jaimie Alexander, Sullivan Stapleton
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Finally! We get some answers! Well, sort of. This episode delivered more than I expected as far as Jane’s backstory, but we still have more to learn. First, Jane confronts Oscar about the allegations against Mayfair and how she set her entire conviction in place, allegations that Oscar affirms, saying it is what Mayfair deserves for what she’s done. Just when we think that we’re going to get another one of the their bickering matches, Sophia enters the room. Say what?! Yes, Sophia has been in on this, and “Taylor” wrangled her in. Let’s get to the details.

As soon as Jane sees Sophia, her memories are instantly triggered. She approached Sophia (pre-memory swipe) and convinced her to atone for her sins from Project Daylight by helping her take down Mayfair. Destroying the love of your life in the most public, brutal way has to mean that they did some pretty horrible things with Project Daylight that have yet to be unearthed. Sophia’s conscience must be beyond repair. Oscar also refers to Mayfair’s arrest as “Phase 1,” which means there’s a lot more conspiracy to come. What else is planned?

Back at the FBI HQ, Weller is playing interim director while Mayfair’s investigation continues. He visits her at her home while she’s on house arrest and tells her that he’s not giving up. She refuses to speak up about Sophia or Daylight, though, so they’re starting to run into dead ends. Because there aren’t any leads currently, Weller decides to continue to work cases until something pops up. Mayfair’s authorities have stepped in and decided that Project Jane Doe is a little too sketchy to keep running, so it’s been decided that it will be shut down. I must say, this seems like a smart move on the FBI’s part. It’s hard to believe that a case with a mystery woman with intel into extreme cases tattooed on her body would go this long ignored by outside forces. Carter surely couldn’t have been the only other person that knew about the Jane Doe file and paid attention.

Weller, of course, refuses to cooperate and tells the team to work on the Jane Doe cases under the radar. The newest one involves a baby being dropped off in a duffel bag in the middle of a city square with a wrist tattoo the same as Jane’s. It turns out that a former nurse named Edward dropped off the bag because his conscience couldn’t handle the work he was doing any longer. When Weller and Co. tracked down Edward, who was meeting with his sister-in-law that’s a lawyer, he was shot and killed. Adding more mystery, Patterson ran tests on the baby, and the DNA matched that of a Bryce Warren, the son of a former presidential candidate. The gang visited Bryce’s house and discovered that he and his wife already have a son with a severe case of leukemia, and they both denied that Bryce had an affair. Before they can dive into what’s really going on, Bryce’s dad, Peter, showed up and kicked them out, even calling the FBI to complain about the abrupt home visit.

Weller is reprimanded by the big guys for investigating the Jane-related case, and Jane is booted from the building — but her work doesn’t stop. She heads to the child services’ office and finds sketchy suspects breaking through security. After an elevator shake-down and shootout, one of the suspects escapes with the mystery baby. Meanwhile, Patterson discovers that the baby’s DNA also matches Bryce’s wife, making things even more confusing. His wife comes in and shares that Peter had them enter a top-secret medical program promised to produce tissue that could help their son Michael so long as she and Bryce donate their genetic samples. The gang pulls a Maury and breaks it to her that tissue wasn’t the only thing being created in the super-secret lab and that they now have another baby. Imagine marinating on that news on a Monday.

Jane is still playing super-spy and takes one of the suspects as part of the child services shake-down and forces him to show her where the baby is being taken. She finds the lab and sees it’s filled with several babies. Peter and the woman who took the small child walk in, and she starts to take them out. Weller and Co. also arrive, and we have another moment where the team saves the day and Weller has another life-saving moment with Jane. The writers are really pushing the Weller-Jane connection, and it’s all about to come crashing down.

NEXT: “I wish I could be there to see his face when he finds out what you really are.”


Meanwhile, Mayfair is trying to piece together how all of this came crashing down on her. Remember when she had her friend Marcus White look into the blurred photo a man driving a car? Marcus’ colleague in Denmark came through, and he shipped the photo to Mayfair. Clear as day, Oscar is shown in the enhanced photograph. With a solid lead, Mayfair plays hooky by putting her ankle bracelet on her dog and starts to investigate.

She puts together that Alexandra — er, Donna — was a complete setup and that the bald man being aggressive the night they met in the bar was involved in the setup. She tracks the man down, and it turns out he’s just a for-hire driver that does a few extra favors here and there. He confirms that Donna met with Sophia by showing him a photo. He even calls out the super-special cigarettes Sophia smokes, confirming he isn’t blowing smoke (that pun was just too easy.)

Mayfair remembers a particular shop that Sophia would get her French cigarettes from and pays it a visit. After paying $100 for a tip, Mayfair gets a number that she trusts Reade to investigate. Reade and Zapata have bonded over their own under-the-radar missions, and they convince one another to trust each other in helping Mayfair. They track down the number and tell it to Mayfair, who shares with both of them her pride in having them on her team. Her investigation leads her to what appears to be an underground lair…where she runs into Jane! Dun dun dun…

Jane is screaming for Oscar when she sees Mayfair, and it’s too late to hide the shock and shame from her face. Mayfair calls Jane out for infiltrating the team and abusing their trust, and right before we think Mayfair is going to shoot Jane, we hear a shot. Right away, it’s obvious it’s Oscar (ugh, he’s the worst), and Mayfair goes falling to the ground. Oscar screams at Jane to run, but she shouts him out of the room and runs to Mayfair’s side.

Mayfair is never one to give up, and after some choice words she tries to take a shot a Jane, vowing to not let her take down the rest of her team. Jane continues to beg for Mayfair to believe she didn’t know what she was doing, but it’s too late. Mayfair’s last words, contain, “I wish I could be there to see his face when he finds out what you really are.” There isn’t another phrase that could haunt Jane more. What will Weller do?

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I wish I could say that was the biggest bomb dropped in this episode, but there’s more. Weller is told that he’s permanently the new FBI Director, a job he clearly does not want (like, ever), and that the Jane Doe case is completely shut down. Choosing optimism, he jokes to Jane that they can now date and lays a handful of kisses on her (before the Mayfair mess). All seems great with the show’s main ship, so we know something is about to go down.

Weller gets a call that his dad is on his last breaths, and he heads to the hospital. When he arrives, his dad is blabbering while slowing drifting away. He tells Weller, “It wasn’t her… It wasn’t her… She’s still there, under the fort… I’m sorry… I did my best… She’s under the fort…” Uh, excuse me?! Confirming our suspicions, Weller’s pops admits to killing Taylor before taking his last breath. So, if the real Taylor Shaw is underneath a childhood fort, then who the hell is Jane?


  • Weller was nearly hysterical at his dad’s confession moments before his death, and the promo for next week hints that he’s not approaching Jane with anymore optimism. Has Jane reached the end of her rope?
  • Mayfair is dead! Is Jane going to dispose of her body or turn it and herself in?
  • If this is only Phase 1, what else does Jane (or whoever she really is) have up her sleeve?
  • Who is Jane, and why is she doing this? Oscar keeps calling her Taylor, but is that only a part of the Phase 1 plan to keep her playing his game?
  • The promo shows that Oscar needs to wipe her memory again. How many times has Jane’s memory been wiped? Who’s really in charge here?

Sign off with your predictions in the comments, and check out EW’s exclusive interview with Mayfair herself, Oscar-nominated actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste.