‘Blindspot’ Recap: Of Whose Uneasy Route

Last night’s episode of Blindspot, “Of Whose Uneasy Route,” opens just after Alexandra’s death. Weitz arrives at the NYO and begins clearing out Mayfair’s office, insisting that he’s running the nurse investigation and it’s for Mayfair’s own safety. Yeah, right. Things don’t get better when Weitz greets Zapata by name.

Meanwhile, Jane and Patterson box together, where Patterson suggests to Jane that she could get rid of her tattoos since they’re all encoded in the FBI database. Zapata lies to Mayfair that she only knows Weitz because he hit on her once. Sara and Weller sign documents prepping for their father’s impending death – and then Weller heads to his required quarterly meeting with Dr. Borden, while Sara gets on the elevator with Weller’s attorney Kristen (Lindsey Broad) and Reade.

And it’s going to be the most awkward elevator ride ever when the FBI begins a test of their emergency preparedness system. They’re on lockdown, which means everybody is stuck exactly where they are via steel doors.

But Patterson, who’s with Jane, realizes she has no service and can’t get into the network. The strange message on her tablet screen – which is clearly written in non-fluent English – makes her realize the FBI is being hacked.¬†Weller jokes with Dr. Borden about sports as he always does, but in the lockdown admits he’s worried about how Sawyer will deal with his father’s death. Dr. Borden suggests that Weller learning he was wrong about his dad’s involvement in Taylor’s disappearance might have shaken his instincts – a crucial tool for an FBI agent. But before Weller can answer, they’re interrupted by Patterson and Jane, who climbed in through the HVAC system.

To stop an outside attack, Patterson explains she needs to get to her lab so they break through the windows and manually hotwire doors. Patterson realizes the hackers are downloading the identities of every undercover FBI agent – but she can’t stop it because she’s locked out of the system. They have to disrupt the analog connection at the main point of entry room – but it’s on the other side of the hall and hotwiring all the doors will take too much time. They have to start a massive fire to open the doors.

As the four work on the fire, Reade and Sara struggle on the elevator. Kristin is panicked until she gets high on anxiety meds. Sara gets angry when Reade asks her about Sawyer since he broke her heart, prompting Kristin to excitedly announce this must be the key to getting them back together. And the hackers, a couple, whisper in Spanish to each other, saying this list will be their lottery ticket since all the cartels already want to buy it. The woman is scared but her boyfriend calms her down.

Jane and Weller start a fire and manage to get to the main point of entry room before carbon dioxide puts out the fire and shuts down all the doors again. But their plan doesn’t work because it turns out the hackers are inside the building, which means they need to be in the main server room instead. Worse, the doors are shut and they only have a minute of breathable air left.

Luckily, Patterson talks Weller through hotwiring the door and the duo make it out safely. Meanwhile, Mayfair admits to Zapata she used to be involved in some shady FBI dealings and warns Zapata that whatever she’s doing with Weitz, she should make sure she can sleep at night. And Zapata finally confesses that Weitz is investigating Mayfair. It’s an emotional confrontation, with Mayfair demanding to know how she can work with someone who doesn’t trust her.

But their conversation is interrupted when Jane and Weller burst in on them. They’ve collected guns from the evidence room to use against the hackers.

So the team heads to the main server room. Cue a shootout, where hacker Nicole (Katty Velasquez) dies and hacker Carlos (David Castaneda) escapes. (Both are custodial staff.) Afterwards, Carlos announces over the PA system that unless the team releases Nicole in the next 10 minutes, he’ll drop the elevators from the top floor, killing everyone inside.

Patterson manages to override Carlos on every elevator except for the one Sara, Reade and Kristin are in due to its security protocol. Mayfair and Zapata hunt down Carlos while Jane and Weller race to the top of the building to see if they can get their teammates out of the elevator. After an incredibly suspenseful few minutes, Carlos dies and Jane and Weller manage to pull everyone out before the elevator plummets to the floor.

But it’s not a happy ending. Not only does Sarah tell Reade she’s moving to Portland so Sawyer can have a relationship with his father, but also Mayfair is arrested for first-degree murder. It turns out Alexandra’s real name was Donna Hollaran, a private-eye turned fixer. Weitz thinks Mayfair killed Carter then had Donna cover it up, then killed Donna when she began demanding too much money. All his evidence turns out to be what Jane’s been planting throughout the season – Oscar wanted her to set Mayfair up! Worse? The money Mayfair gave Sofia was found with Donna…which means Sofia’s in on it too. Poor Mayfair!

All in all, I wasn’t a huge fan of this episode. The only real character development in this episode happened with Sara/Reade and Mayfair/Zapata, but it could have happened more interestingly in another way. We didn’t even get any tattoos solved! I liked the revelation of Jane’s true mission at the end…but in general, this felt like a filler episode that didn’t add much to the overall plot except in a few scenes. Here’s hoping they do better next week.

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Image via NBC

Last night’s episode of Blindspot, “Of Whose Uneasy Route,” opens just after Alexandra’s death. Weitz arrives at the NYO and begins clearing out Mayfair’s office, insisting that he’s running the nurse investigation and it’s for Mayfair’s own safety. Yeah, right. Things don’t get better when Weitz greets Zapata by name.

Meanwhile, Jane and Patterson box together, where Patterson suggests to Jane that she could get rid of her tattoos since they’re all encoded in the FBI database. Zapata lies to Mayfair that she only knows Weitz because he hit on her once. Sara and Weller sign documents prepping for their father’s impending death – and then Weller heads to his required quarterly meeting with Dr. Borden, while Sara gets on the elevator with Weller’s attorney Kristen (Lindsey Broad) and Reade.

And it’s going to be the most awkward elevator ride ever when the FBI begins a test of their emergency preparedness system. They’re on lockdown, which means everybody is stuck exactly where they are via steel doors.

But Patterson, who’s with Jane, realizes she has no service and can’t get into the network. The strange message on her tablet screen – which is clearly written in non-fluent English – makes her realize the FBI is being hacked.¬†Weller jokes with Dr. Borden about sports as he always does, but in the lockdown admits he’s worried about how Sawyer will deal with his father’s death. Dr. Borden suggests that Weller learning he was wrong about his dad’s involvement in Taylor’s disappearance might have shaken his instincts – a crucial tool for an FBI agent. But before Weller can answer, they’re interrupted by Patterson and Jane, who climbed in through the HVAC system.

To stop an outside attack, Patterson explains she needs to get to her lab so they break through the windows and manually hotwire doors. Patterson realizes the hackers are downloading the identities of every undercover FBI agent – but she can’t stop it because she’s locked out of the system. They have to disrupt the analog connection at the main point of entry room – but it’s on the other side of the hall and hotwiring all the doors will take too much time. They have to start a massive fire to open the doors.

As the four work on the fire, Reade and Sara struggle on the elevator. Kristin is panicked until she gets high on anxiety meds. Sara gets angry when Reade asks her about Sawyer since he broke her heart, prompting Kristin to excitedly announce this must be the key to getting them back together. And the hackers, a couple, whisper in Spanish to each other, saying this list will be their lottery ticket since all the cartels already want to buy it. The woman is scared but her boyfriend calms her down.

Jane and Weller start a fire and manage to get to the main point of entry room before carbon dioxide puts out the fire and shuts down all the doors again. But their plan doesn’t work because it turns out the hackers are inside the building, which means they need to be in the main server room instead. Worse, the doors are shut and they only have a minute of breathable air left.

Luckily, Patterson talks Weller through hotwiring the door and the duo make it out safely. Meanwhile, Mayfair admits to Zapata she used to be involved in some shady FBI dealings and warns Zapata that whatever she’s doing with Weitz, she should make sure she can sleep at night. And Zapata finally confesses that Weitz is investigating Mayfair. It’s an emotional confrontation, with Mayfair demanding to know how she can work with someone who doesn’t trust her.

But their conversation is interrupted when Jane and Weller burst in on them. They’ve collected guns from the evidence room to use against the hackers.

So the team heads to the main server room. Cue a shootout, where hacker Nicole (Katty Velasquez) dies and hacker Carlos (David Castaneda) escapes. (Both are custodial staff.) Afterwards, Carlos announces over the PA system that unless the team releases Nicole in the next 10 minutes, he’ll drop the elevators from the top floor, killing everyone inside.

Patterson manages to override Carlos on every elevator except for the one Sara, Reade and Kristin are in due to its security protocol. Mayfair and Zapata hunt down Carlos while Jane and Weller race to the top of the building to see if they can get their teammates out of the elevator. After an incredibly suspenseful few minutes, Carlos dies and Jane and Weller manage to pull everyone out before the elevator plummets to the floor.

But it’s not a happy ending. Not only does Sarah tell Reade she’s moving to Portland so Sawyer can have a relationship with his father, but also Mayfair is arrested for first-degree murder. It turns out Alexandra’s real name was Donna Hollaran, a private-eye turned fixer. Weitz thinks Mayfair killed Carter then had Donna cover it up, then killed Donna when she began demanding too much money. All his evidence turns out to be what Jane’s been planting throughout the season – Oscar wanted her to set Mayfair up! Worse? The money Mayfair gave Sofia was found with Donna…which means Sofia’s in on it too. Poor Mayfair!

All in all, I wasn’t a huge fan of this episode. The only real character development in this episode happened with Sara/Reade and Mayfair/Zapata, but it could have happened more interestingly in another way. We didn’t even get any tattoos solved! I liked the revelation of Jane’s true mission at the end…but in general, this felt like a filler episode that didn’t add much to the overall plot except in a few scenes. Here’s hoping they do better next week.

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Image via NBC

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