Blindspot recap: Evil Handmade Instrument
Game changer! Tonight’s episode of Blindspot was filled with death, grief, torture, and new and old boyfriends. We begin where we left off: with the gang looking into David’s case. Patterson can’t go home; she’s still in shock from what’s happened. She begs the FBI psychiatrist to let her stay on the case, knowing that her apartment is filled with memories of David she can’t bear to revisit. Bethany agrees to let her stay on the case for now, and the team starts to look into any clues they have as to who murdered David. (Sidenote: David apparently has a collection of Firefly DVD’s, further proving his coolness and making his death even more heartbreaking. #RIP)
They find a print on David that matches a man named Roger Levkin, a Russian immigrant who gained citizenship by marrying his wife, Emily, 10 years prior. That information combined with the books of code and secret messages from the historical society leads the team to believe that he may be a Russian spy using old-school messaging tactics. Patterson confirms this by decoding the last message left by David’s killer, which said there were “no updates” to report.
The team heads to Roger’s house to question him and find his wife tied to a chair while he holds a gun to her head. Weller takes him down and arrests him to take him in, but Roger tells his wife “sorry” and commits suicide using some sort of poison inside of his mouth. The team tries to tie all of this together and discovers that in Roger and Emily’s circle of friends are two other Russians named Olivia and Kate. They both are married to wealthy, established men, and their timeline of marriage matches Roger and Emily’s.
Kate’s husband has reported her missing (conveniently after David’s death), so the team goes to find the other friend, Olivia, who works at the Queens Museum. As soon as they get there, she runs, but after a motorcycle race (of course Jane knows how to operate a motorcycle at high-speeds) they catch her. Patterson pulls out mad bluffing skills during Olivia’s interrogation and gets her to admit that she was recruited to be a Russian spy as a teenager, and she and her two friends were sent to the U.S. to marry prominent people and report back information.
After David was killed, Olivia says that she and her two friends were given instructions to take out specific targets. If one of them failed to take out a target, someone else on the team would take care of it. Olivia’s target is Boris Ivanovich, a popular New York Times writer who’s known for his anti-Putin articles. When the team tracks him down, they find him dead on a park bench. The team looks into what links the two targets, and put together that both of them are tied to anti-Russian agendas. Emily, Roger’s wife, is a professor who has testified in several congressional hearings in favor of sanctioning Russia for humans’ rights violation.
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Knowing that the next target could be dead at any moment, the gang continues to dig for clues. Patterson is heads down on the case, doing anything she can to help catch her lover’s killer — she discovers that Olivia and Roger both visited the same website after David’s death. The website is for Brighton Beach, a neighborhood with a large Russian presence. There’s a flower shop in the area with flowers containing the same poison that Roger used to kill himself, and there are also signs with the three spies’ code numbers they uncovered from the books at the historical society.
According to Olivia, she can decode only her own messages; clues are given exclusively to each spy. Nothing can stop Patterson at this point, and she’s able to find out that Kate is attending a conference that day where a senator tied to a bill behind aiding the Ukrainian military will be present. Betting that this is most likely Kate’s target, the team heads to the conference.
NEXT: Well, hello, mystery man
When they arrive and spot Kate, she tries to run. Jane catches up with her and the two duke it out, with Kate getting a little too close to winning. Kate has a needle pointing at Jane (assuming with the same poison Roger had), but Weller shows up just in time to turn it around on Kate and throw her in the ocean — it was a little dramatic, but Weller would go “overboard” to protect Jane. (Sorry, it was too easy.)
Patterson arrives at the scene to look at the woman responsible for David’s death, but she seems even more depressed after seeing her dead body. Back at the office, she confesses to Jane that she thought work and catching David’s killer would fill the massive void she’s suffering from, but she can’t stop feeling broken from what’s happened. She goes on about how she wishes she would have paid attention to how perfect she and David were for each other and not wasted any time they had together. All she wants is to turn back time and live in the moment and tell him how she, too, was in love with him. Ugh, she needs to head back to her apartment, pop in those Firefly DVD’s, and just let it all out. Nathan Fillion makes everything better.
Patterson’s breakdown has inspired Jane, and she sneaks out of her safe house to go meet Weller outside of his apartment. He’s pissed that she doesn’t have her security detail with her, but she says that she wanted “a time that was just us,” and kisses him. They have a full-on makeout session before they’re interrupted by Weller’s nephew (way to kill the vibe, kid), and Jane turns to head home. Weller’s too mesmerized by what just happened to call her detail to walk her home, leaving her completely vulnerable.
Of course, Carter takes advantage of Jane’s lonely walk and has his team kidnap her and bring her to a basement where he ties her down. He starts torturing her and demands she tell him who she is and what she knows about Daylight. Jane’s honest (well, sort of) and says she doesn’t know who she is or who sent her to the FBI. His interrogations trigger a flashback, where she’s walking past Carter — who’s talking to someone else and doesn’t seem to notice her — and hears him say, “the program is called Orion.” She asks Carter what Orion is, and this infuriates him more. He ups the torture a level and grabs a drill, but before he can do any further harm the tree-tattoo guy busts in and takes out Carter and his men. At first I thought maybe Carter would have a bulletproof vest on (surely he can’t die this early in the season!), but tree-tattoo guy wasn’t messing around; Carter is dead (assuming he doesn’t survive multiple bullets to the chest.)
The mystery man looks longingly at Jane, who recognizes his face from her dreams/flashbacks. She lies there yelling, asking him what’s going on. He’s silent, pulls out his phone, and shows her a video — of herself. She doesn’t have tattoos yet in the video, and her hair is longer. In the video “Jane” says she knows she must be confused, but the fact that she’s viewing this means that everything is executing accordingly. She also drops a major bomb saying that she is the one who did this to herself: Jane is responsible for everything that is happening/has happened to her; it was all her idea.
Theories, questions, and other notables:
- We can’t be too surprised by this revelation; we pieced together that Jane was involved with what’s happening to her from the flashbacks. The real question is, why is she doing this at all?
- Orion seems to be the real government program that’s catapulted all of this — Daylight was just another part of government corruption Jane and whoever else was trying to expose (I think). With Carter dead, Bethany is the only person tied to Operation Daylight. Will Jane bring her down?
- We last saw Zapata signing her resignation. She doesn’t know Carter is dead; will she try to get her job back once she realizes he’s no longer a threat?
- So … about that kiss. Oscar — mystery tree-tattoo guy — is described in Jane’s video as a man she can trust and that he’s there to help. There’s a 99.99% chance he saw her kiss Weller, and it’s obvious that he and “Jane” were in love/engaged pre-memory wipe. If Oscar’s in the picture now, there’s no doubt that her feelings for him could resurface.
- Will we finally start to get answers into who Jane really is, what’s with the tooth/DNA test contradiction, and why she’s doing this?
- Who will be the next big-bad now that Carter’s gone?