After questioning Kathy about her involvement with the Three Blind Mice — she admits that she was in the group, but says that she did nothing wrong, that the emails in question were ones Loewe sent and then deleted, and so she was just restoring them in order to bring him down — Patterson comes to a realization. It involves more shady business, so she pulls Rich aside and tries to formulate a plan with him.
Basically, the code for her app allows her backdoor access to every single user who downloads it. That’s a huge invasion of privacy, but Patterson says he’s never used it…until now. When Kathy mentions that Loewe is once again going to short a stock and cause some sort of disruption in order to make some money, Patterson decides to look into his lawyer’s phone. She finds messages about an electric car company and the batteries they use, and she and Rich figure out that Loewe plans to ruin the company for his own gain.
But how do they tell the team this information? Patterson can’t exactly admit to the illegal backdoor access to 75 million phones. So, Rich records an “anonymous” tip using a voice modifier, saying that Loewe has hired men to plant a bomb at an electric car event, where Volta, the company whose stock Loewe is shorting, will be unveiling their new cars.
In a fun sequence Weller and Jane storm the event and manage to take down the bad guys and stop the bomb from going off. Jane even manages to avoid starting a fire with the spark that comes from firing her gun; with the room filling up with gas, the bad guys assumed Jane would have no choice but to let them go. Instead, she fires her gun through a bottle of oil, suppressing the spark and, at the same time, really impressing Weller. Nothing gets him going (I know, I’m sorry) more than Jane showing off her firearm skills.
While the operation stopped a bomb from going off, the FBI is at a dead end. They can’t track the money used to pay for the guys who set up the bomb, meaning that they have no way of pinning the attempted attack on Loewe. Hirst still calls it a win though, reminding the team that they saved a lot of lives.
In that moment of triumph, Rich and Patterson are allowed to relax. It would seem that the search for the Three Blind Mice is over. That is until they meet up in the middle of the night after they both get texts from each other, only for Kathy to show up and kidnap them. She knocks them out with beanbag rounds from a shotgun, slaps them with shock collars, and stores them in a basement somewhere.
If there’s a weak link in this episode, it’s Kathy. The story of Patterson and Rich’s past catching up with them is an interesting one, but Kathy is such an over-the-top character that it kind of ruins what should be very real anxiety about Patterson and Rich getting caught. Instead, the episode makes us sit through Kathy’s bug-eyed ramblings about how she felt connected to her partners, and how she wants to work with them again to kill Loewe because it was so much fun to work together back in the day.
It’s all just too exaggerated and too predictable. From Rich not really crashing the plane to the team showing up just in time to rescue them from the abandoned zoo where Kathy is hiding them, there’s no real built-in tension, and the episode suffers because of it. Essentially, what starts out as an interesting case-of-the-week loses its appeal when it’s not focused on the main characters and how they’re adapting to their current situation.
With that said, “Upside Down Craft” pulls it all together at the end. Reade puts the pieces together about Rich and Patterson being the other two Blind Mice, and the team realizes that Roman’s plan with the new tattoos involves exposing secrets about everyone. He’s trying to make them turn on each other, and when he calls Jane later on, he says that he’s going to make her feel pain like she’s never felt before.
The episode doesn’t end with that call though, but instead circles back to Stuart’s murder. After Patterson starts to figure out the tattoo clue he was deciphering when he was killed, she determines that it’s pointing to a number of owners of Van Gogh’s famous “Self Portrait.” But what could that possibly mean? What could that have to do with his death?
We don’t know, but as the episode ends, a man with one ear meets with a woman who works at Kinga, a company that manufactures an Echo/Alexa-type personal assistant. He makes sure this woman has wiped all evidence of something involving Stuart, who had a Kinga in his apartment, but it’s unclear what he wants or who he is.
All we know is that he’s missing an ear, like Van Gogh. A curious case indeed, and one we’ll have to stew on for at least another week.