Was this the best episode so far of Blindspot? Executive producer Martin Gero teased that episodes 7 and 8 would be huge for the show — and tonight proved that to be true. We start off with a flashback from six months prior: The mystery hottie with the tree tattoo is burying a box in an unknown location with another man we haven’t seen before. They’re concerned with the right people finding their treasure, but the tatted mystery man is desperately hopeful that their plan will follow through — is he concerned for Jane/Taylor?
Then we’re back to present day at the FBI office, where Weller confronts Bethany about the case on Jane’s back she’s been avoiding. Bethany spills a little about it, saying that it involves a man name Guerrero (Lou Diamond Phillips). Guerrero was an FBI informant for over a decade, but his shady ways caused him to cross the line. Bethany says she was his handler, and after he got wind of an indictment, he went dark — they haven’t heard from him in over two years. Because this was apparently “a huge embarrassment” for the FBI, Bethany doesn’t want to cause any riffs and look into it.
Weller isn’t an idiot, and he knows there’s more to the story. This is the only FBI case on Jane’s body, so its significance has to be astronomical to whatever cause Jane’s purpose serves. Before he can pry further, Patterson discovers another clue from Jane’s tattoos. The black-box tattoo that proved to be holding more clues than what’s appeared to the naked eye is a design of a Petoskey stone, which is the official stone of Michigan.
Through Patterson’s fancy decoding skills, she uncovers an address from the design that lives in Alpena County, in an area called Drackland. Apparently this area is a seriously dangerous spot. It sits on an old pipeline border that was going bankrupt, then there was a huge flood of cash that came in and saved it. The FBI always suspected that it was illegal arms dealing, but they could never prove it. The town coincidentally has strong ties to anti-government groups, making it even harder to go in without being on the defense. Weller decides that they’ll go in pretending to be covering a cold case, and they hop on a plane to Michigan. It’s worth noting that Jane has an extreme fear of flying — turbulence, rather — and almost has a full-on panic attack on the flight.
When the team arrives, they are greeted by the county sheriff, who doesn’t at all believe that they are there to investigate a cold case. He calls them out for wanting to go into the “dead zone” and even admits that he doesn’t go in there unless he absolutely has to. Weller and Co. ignore his warnings and head to the address that Patterson discovered. When they pull up to the house, they see the back of a man tending to his garden. When he turns around, the team is surprised to see that it’s Guerrero. Jane’s clue has led them to the second most-wanted person on the FBI’s list: 19 murders and a slew of other federal offenses. Could the person (or group) behind Jane’s tattoos really being trying to help the FBI, or is it all a revenge conspiracy tied to “Operation Daylight”?
The team realizes that it was too easy to catch Guerrero, and before they can decide what to do next they find that their truck has been raided and the tires have been slashed. They leave with Guerrero and are attacked with guns on the street back into town. They find a clearing, and Jane spots something over the tree line: three oil derricks. The same skyline image is tattooed on Jane’s back — right above where Kurt’s name is. Since the tattoos haven’t been wrong yet and they’re cornered, they follow the lead to the derricks.
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Back in New York, Patterson continues to play Scooby with her boyfriend. They have lined the walls of her apartment with photos of Jane’s tattoos (highly illegal, by the way), and he’s taken it upon himself to take one of the photos out in public and try to crack the puzzle himself. He calls Patterson to tell her he’s gotten a lead, and she seems more infatuated than pissed. She meets him in front of the Brooklyn Historical Society, which has an arch that matches one of Jane’s tattoos.
There’s another clue hidden within the arch, and the two figure out that it’s an ISBN. They head to the library and discover that the number they found holds two clues: the name of the book and the page to turn to. The book is called Faculty Decisions, and on the page number they see what appears to be a code, with the messenger circling random letters.
Patterson’s boyfriend is ecstatic, more excited than Ron Swanson at the opportunity to solve a mystery. Patterson suggests that she head back to her office to use her super-secret FBI software to finish cracking the code, but he offers that they try to do it together in the old library. How very National Treasure of him; I was half expecting Nicolas Cage to pop out for a cameo.
Patterson decides that a better idea would be to remotely log in into her FBI computer so they can play with it in the library. Is she really that reckless that she would tote around classified photos and login to highly confidential software in a public library? Apparently so, because Bethany goes to see Patterson at the office, notices she’s missing, then sees her remote login on her computer screen. She tracks her to the library and sees her sharing confidential FBI information with her boyfriend. Whoops.
NEXT: This time, Kurt holds the key.