Jane is lying in bed with a man — happy, smiling, and in love. They are nuzzling, kissing, and it’s clear this connection is beyond sexual; it’s emotionally intimate. Jane wakes up, shocked by how relaxed and at ease she was in her dream. But was it just a dream, or was it a memory?
Jane’s flashbacks and mystery tattoos bring a refreshing element to each episode, and this week it looks like we are going to get a love triangle in coming episodes. When Jane talks to her therapist about her dream, he suggests that it may be a depiction of what she craves: strength, security, love. The man in the dream had a tattoo on his forearm of a tree with deep roots, which definitely depicts the emotional stability Jane yearns for. She analyzes this further and comes to think this may be about Weller: Is their relationship moving towards intimacy? Weller is the closest — and only — thing to a real part of her past life, so naturally her feelings toward him are going to be more intimate than with anyone else.
Bethany seems to think that Weller feels the same way about Jane, and she confronts him about being too emotionally invested in the case. Weller assures her that he can handle the case, but as the episode progresses, we see him struggling with the reality that a new lead agent may need to take over Jane’s investigation.
Then we have the crime of the episode: A Saudi prince is tracked down in a security vehicle, and he is shot and killed. Apparently the shooters had a mobile app on their phone that the government had never heard of that allowed them to track government vehicles under the radar. The app is called Trakzer, and the logo is a creepy-looking owl — which just so happens to be tattooed on Jane’s leg.
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Patterson starts connecting the cases of murdered government officials, and it’s clear that they were found from using the app. They track the type of code used to make the app using their fancy FBI techniques, and they come across a hacker that matches the same pattern. They grab the associated address, and when they arrive at the hacker’s apartment, they find a young girl named Ana who informs them that she built the code for the government. She claims that she was contracted by the NSA. Hmm…
They take her in, and she informs them that her contact at the NSA is a man named Leonard Gail. Bethany reaches out to the NSA, and they tell her there is no one there by that name. Either the NSA is lying, or Ana is lying. Weller thinks that it’s neither and that Ana was conned — by whoever the bad guys are — into building the code. It turns out he was right, and the young 17-year-old had no idea she was building an app that would get several people killed.
Now knowing the truth, Ana tells the FBI everything she knows about her “NSA” contact. The liaison between her and the real criminals behind the scam is named Shawn Palmer. The team wants to go in and take him in for questioning, but his home is bugged with all sorts of firewalls, and they don’t want him to retaliate and release the Trakzer code to the public.
They decide to smoke him out, and when they take him in, he cooperates fully. The source code for the Trakzer app is now dead, and all is good in the world. This seemed way too easy, and the team ponders on whether this specific tattoo on Jane’s body was meant to help them in some way — or make them think that someone is helping them. Before they can take that thought further, Patterson sees that someone has hacked into the FBI’s system with her username. She figures out that it must be Ana, and when they are given a video feed, they see she is being held hostage in her apartment by Russian criminals.
NEXT: It’s rescue time once again for Weller and Co.
When the team arrives at her apartment, they are already gone, but Ana left a clue for them to find her. It’s the VIN number of the truck the criminals wanted her to track down, and they find out that the truck is filled with weapons. They find the truck, and a shootout ensues (of course.) It wouldn’t be a new episode without a completely realistic battle scene with torpedo guns and cars blowing up.
Ana is rescued, and the criminals are stopped. The crime was a little more anticlimactic this week, but this episode’s crime was more a vehicle to analyze Weller and Jane’s relationship than one to uncover another conspiracy. Ana is a young girl with no family, who is lost and using her anger (and mad-coding skills) to deal with her issues. Jane relates to her on that level, feeling alone and lost herself.
She even goes so far as to ask Ana to hang out sometime, which was such a desperate move that it actually made my heart hurt. Weller feels the same when he approaches her about getting too close with people involved in their cases, even offering to have her come out for drinks with the team. What Weller doesn’t understand is that Jane needs an escape from her everyday life of analyzing the tattoos from her naked body that are displayed all over the office and stopping the crimes that are erupting from them.
Jane is depicted as perfect victim right now — I feel sorry for her, I sympathize with her, and I want her to win. This leads me to believe that the real Jane — Taylor Shaw, or whoever she is — may not be that much of a saint. She’s too likeable. I’m anticipating a flashback scene or reveal that shows “Jane” doing some very controversial and questionable acts pre-memory wipe. Speaking of, it turns out that the man in her dream is actually real. We see him on a cell phone outside of Jane’s safe house after she’s dropped off by the FBI, with his forearm tattoo of the tree in full view. Will he reveal himself to her in next week’s episode?
Jane and Weller aren’t the only characters suffering; Zapata is becoming an increasingly important character. She took the bribe money from Carter, confirming her gambling problem and that she is giving him information on Jane in exchange for cash. She pays the bookie and clearly feels bad, and I have a feeling we haven’t seen the end of her exchanges with Carter. Carter is manipulative, shady, and ruthless. I have no doubt he will blackmail her into doing more of his dirty work. The question is, will she dig herself so deep that not even her friends will forgive her?
The episode ends like last week with a scene between Weller, his father, and his sister. Weller’s sister is pushing him to tell their dad that “Taylor” is alive. It’s also revealed that Weller’s dad is terminally ill. Weller still wants nothing to do with this father, but when he comes home to him sitting at his kitchen table for a second time at his apartment, he gives into his sister and sits with them. Weller’s sister tells their father that “Taylor” is alive, and he breaks down in a sobbing mess. I can’t help but think that Weller’s father had something to do with Jane going missing. He may not be at complete fault, but he may have been put in a situation where he had no choice but to hand her over to whoever took her.
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