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November 17, 2017 at 09:00 PM EST


TV Show
Drama, Mystery, Thriller
run date
Jaimie Alexander, Sullivan Stapleton
Current Status
In Season
We gave it a B-

Even though Rossi doesn’t give up Dunn’s location, the team manages to track down the location of a house he’s been using in the middle of nowhere. Patterson cracks the code in Rossi’s book of transactions, determining that everyone is given the name of a bug, and eventually solving more clues to give the team an address in Ithaca, New York. When the team shows up at the house though, Dunn isn’t there. Instead, he’s planted a decoy bomb, which the local police manage to set off. Seriously, every local law enforcement division in Blindspot is incredibly incompetent. In fact, everyone outside of the FBI team seems incompetent.

Anyway, while Weller, Jane, and everyone else try to figure out Dunn’s next move, Roman is making his own. He’s attending a charity auction for children displaced by war, hosted by a woman (No Tomorrow‘s Tori Anderson) who he can’t stop flirting with. Roman is still in his role of “Thomas Jakeman” — I’d chastise Roman for picking such a clearly made-up name if we hadn’t seen him literally steal the man’s identity — and he makes his mark on the auction by bidding on a wish bracelet made by a refugee.

The bid also makes a mark on the host. Introducing herself as Blake Crawford, she’s clearly smitten with the way “Thomas” so graciously gives away his money, especially after she learns about his past in Afghanistan. She’s even more touched when “Thomas” gifts her the bracelet, putting it on her wrist and reminding her that taking it off will lead to her wish not coming true.

This is all part of Roman’s plan, but just what that plan entails isn’t clear. We know that he’s put a tracker on the bracelet that will allow him to follow Blake’s every move, but what could he possibly want with her? How can she be used to exploit the team he’s so desperate to make feel his pain? For now, those answers remain elusive.

Also going on at the same time is Operation Cuddlefish, which is Patterson’s attempt at an adorable code name for her and Zapata looking into Stuart’s murder. Patterson determines that Stuart’s cell phone data was likely messed with, and she also discovers that anonymous tips called into the FBI have been changed. She concludes that it’s likely there’s somebody within a high-ranking organization — she names the FBI, the DOJ, and the State Department — who’s a mole helping cover up whoever murdered Stuart. She suspects Assistant Secretary West, the State Department employee who not only takes Rossi away from the FBI, but also ends up losing him while in custody.

But there’s not much that either Zapata or Patterson can do at the moment, so it’s back to tracking down Dunn. When Dunn releases yet another manifesto detailing his plans, Patterson once again cracks the code and determines that he’s planting a bomb in the basement of New York Metro University’s hospital. Director Hirst is worried that Roman has something to do with all of this, but there’s no time to waste.

When the team gets to the hospital, and both Reade and Zapata take down Dunn, the dismantling of the bomb comes down to Jane and Weller. After every commercial break, “Gunplay Richochet” boasts a new wedding video testimonial from the day Jane and Weller got married. Everybody talks about what a good team they’ll make, through the good and the bad, and it’s all building to this moment. They have to work together to dismantle the bomb, which I guess proves their true love.

I’m joking around, but it’s also kind of true. When Jane and Weller dismantle the bomb just as the countdown clock hits zero, Jane only has one thing to say: “That was kind of hot.” These two love almost dying, and they especially love almost dying together. It’s adorable in its own twisted way.

I can’t say that “Gunplay Ricochet” is the most exciting episode of Blindspot, as the tattoo case lacks a certain intrigue. With that said, the show is setting itself up nicely for future episodes, slowly revealing new information about characters we thought we knew everything about.

Thus, the episode ends on two big cliffhangers: Rossi delivers medical documents to Jane that apparently prove she has a daughter, and Zapata sees Reade getting into a car with the guy from the State Department, Assistant Secretary West, who Patterson believes could be the mole they’re looking for.

All of this is to say: WHAT? If Jane does indeed have a daughter somewhere, that’s a game changer, and yet another piece that Roman could exploit for his own gain. Then there’s Reade. He nearly went off the rails last season, but when we came back for season 3 he was Assistant Director of the FBI. Is it all a front though? Has he turned his back on his team and is now secretly siding with people with insidious motives? By forcing us to question everything we see, Blindspot is putting together a rather promising mystery.

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