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Blindspot reveals Patterson and Rich's sordid past

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Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Friday’s episode of Blindspot. Read at your own risk!

Patterson and Rich DotCom’s dirty little secret came spilling out during Friday’s episode of Blindspot.

This week’s tattoo case pointed to an illegal hacker group known as the Three Blind Mice, which planted evidence on a suspect’s computer. It turns out, Rich (Ennis Esmer) and Patterson (Ashley Johnson) were formerly two of the three members, but the third, Cathy (Heather Burns), is the actual culprit. While it looked like Rich and Patterson’s covers would not be blown after the team saved the day, the duo are taken hostage by Cathy, all but unmasking them as members of the collective.

“The team now knows Patterson and Rich were part of the Three Blind Mice — not that they can prove it,” executive producer Martin Gero tells EW via email. “But Rich and Patterson can stop pretending they’re not a great team. Their friendship is one of my favorite parts of the show this year. [There’s a] lot more to come.”

While Reade (Rob Brown) is willing to overlook that detail, the team realizes someone else is impeding their investigation into Stuart’s death, a man whom viewers see has one ear, hence Jane’s tattoo pointing to a Van Gogh painting. “The One Eared Man is just the tip of the spear,” Gero teases. “He’s a small part of a massive conspiracy we’ll unveil as the season progresses.”

Speaking of conspiracies, Blindspot was thisclose to cracking one of their own when Patterson used her first name to signal to the team that something was wrong — a name that still hasn’t been revealed to fans. “Feels good to finally get this out there,” Gero says. “So here we go: Patterson’s first name is ⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️” (Yes, he actually sent a redacted response via email. Joke’s on him, though: This has to mean Patterson’s first name is five letters, right? Right?!)

In the meantime, fans may be wondering if someone will use the backdoor in Patterson’s app to unearth some of the secrets the team has been keeping. “That’s a good guess,” Gero says. “But not all the way correct.”

Blindspot airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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