This week’s episode of Blindspot, boasting the unwieldy title of “We Fight Deaths on Thick Lone Waters,” isn’t all that different from the show’s typical case-of-the-week format. Once again the larger season arc of Sandstorm and Phase 2 takes a back seat to a random FBI case. This time, the mission sees Jane and Weller going undercover as part of a heist taking place at a political summit. Of course, everything goes south and the team is left scrambling to get Weller and Jane out of a jam. As much as the content is similar to many other weeks, “We Fight Deaths on Thick Lone Waters” is unique in its delivery.
How so? Well, the episode essentially starts in the middle, fills in all the details, and then hurtles toward an intense conclusion. So, when the episode starts, the FBI team is in the middle of chaos. They’re stationed outside the political summit, waiting for Weller and Jane to make their way back outside, and to apprehend whomever it is that they’re after. None of that happens though. Instead, a bomb goes off and the FBI manages to snag two suspects, but Weller and Jane remain lost in the wind.
Even worse, Matthew Weitz shows up. You might remember him as the Assistant US Attorney who has more than a shaky relationship with the FBI, seeing as though he was going after Mayfair last season. Now he’s back to monitor this case and audit the team’s actions; it turns out that a bomb going off outside of a major political summit tends to get Homeland Security involved. From there, the episode works backward a bit, filling us in on just how the FBI got into this mess.
In so many words — Blindspot uses a lot of words, so let’s condense — back when the gang first met Rich Dotcom because of a “puppy forum” used to hire criminals, Patterson decided to set up some fake accounts for the FBI team just in case anyone ever needed to go undercover and catch some bad guys. After months of inactivity there was finally a hit: Weller and Jane had been contacted for a heist. Along with them are two very real criminals: Lynn Burton, a deep web hacker, and Clive Doyle, a low-level career criminal.
So, after the whole operation goes south, all the FBI has to go on is Lynn and Clive, both of whom are in custody. Matthew Weitz takes point on questioning Lynn. With her future in prison certain, she scrambles to tell the truth in exchange for a deal. She details how a man named Emile hired them, and all they knew was that they were going undercover to steal an “item” from the Evergreen Environmental Summit.
The bigger news is that Nico Marconi, an arms dealer who’s eighth on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, is bankrolling the job. He’s the one that wants the “item,” and he’s willing to cough up $8 million to get the job done. With these details revealed, Blindspot begins to have a little fun with the timeline of the heist. When Nas questions Clive, he tells a different story as we watch the same scene play out in different ways; in one, he’s the hero, and in the other he’s taking a backseat to the actions of Jane and Weller.
On the one hand, it’s hilarious to watch Clive make himself out to be an action hero. His ego certainly makes for entertaining segments filled with impossible escapes and perfect kung fu fighting skills. On the other hand, now the FBI has no idea where the truth lies.
NEXT: Don’t get distracted