‘Blindspot’ Recap: If Love A Rebel, Death Will Render

Last night’s episode of Blindspot was the last one before the season finale. And while most of the episode was just OK, the last few minutes packed a punch.

” Love A Rebel, Death Will Render” opens with Jane yelling at Oscar in their usual warehouse. She’s furious that she unknowingly framed Mayfair for murder, insisting that Mayfair should pay for her actual crimes instead of a triple homicide she didn’t commit. That’s when Sofia Varma shows up and reminds Jane that they can only set both her and Mayfair’s actions right by working outside the law, the same way they did with Daylight. As Sofia speaks, Jane realizes that Sofia is echoing her own works back at her. We also learn that ousting Mayfair for running Daylight – the program that used illegal intel and fake informants to force convictions – is just the beginning of the plan. It’s a plan Jane concocted, and Oscar reminds Jane to trust herself.

Two weeks later, Weller goes to bring Mayfair the mail she hasn’t received while she’s been in jail. She’s out on bail but confined to her home and wearing an ankle monitor. Mayfair reveals that the FBI Director asked her to take a plea, at which point Weller begs her to come clean about Daylight. (I can’t believe he knows!!) Mayfair refuses, saying they’ll find out the truth some other way. She doesn’t want to overturn all her Daylight convictions.

Meanwhile, Zapata and Reade confess to each other the various secret dealings they’ve had all season. Zapata is furious the government thinks Mayfair is not only a killer but a stupid one; Reade points out that whoever’s framing Mayfair is likely a “they.” Zapata looks terrified.

Weller, who’s acting as interim Assistant Director, heads to the NYO and meets with FBI Director Pellington (Dylan Baker). Pellington doesn’t believe Mayfair is innocent, and he’s thus concerned about all the money going into the Jane Doe project. He suspends the project and any related investigations…a fact Weller conveniently forgets to mention when Patterson calls him over with a new case.

A baby less than 24 hours old was left in a bag outside the building that houses Child Protective Services. She has a tattoo on her wrist – a barcode identical to the barcode on Jane’s. The man who dropped her off? Edward Donella (Greg McFadden), a disgraced ex-nurse. He just sent an email to his attorney sister-in-law asking to meet at Arlington Square, so the team heads there. We also learn the baby is a genetic match to Bryce Warren (Mark Junek), whose father Peter (Dan Ziskie) is a billionaire businessman and was a major presidential contender in the last action. (Gee, I wonder where they got that idea.)

Meanwhile, Mayfair finds that her friend from a few episodes ago was able to get in touch with the man who could edit the traffic-cam photo. Oscar’s photo is there and it’s clear as day. So Mayfair goes through all the events that led up to her framing – and she realizes the bald man she “rescued” Alexandra/Donna from was working for Donna. So she sneaks out, using a key she has in a safe to remove her ankle monitor and attach it to her dog.

The bald man conveniently left his number with the bartender, so Mayfair is able to get to his apartment. The man isn’t very helpful since he only helped Donna out a few times. He does recognize Sofia, saying he drove Donna out to meet her a few times. He also mentions the odd French cigarettes Sofia smoked.

The team interrupts the meeting at Arlington Square. Edward surrenders immediately, saying, “I tried to convince myself that we were helping but they had to be stopped.” Suddenly, shots are fired. Edward is killed by a sniper.

Back at the NYO, the FBI has few leads. Edward hasn’t contacted his family in over a year. They can’t trace the sniper. Most interestingly, there are no records of the baby’s birth and the Warrens haven’t reported her missing. So the team makes a house call.

But the story only gets more confusing. Bryce’s wife Tracy (Suzy Jane Hunt) has clearly not just given birth, and Bryce insists he hasn’t had an affair. All his attention is consumed by Matthew, his kid who has acute myeloid leukemia. According to Patterson, one of the best treatments available is a bone marrow transplant from a genetic match AKA a sibling. And it turns out Tracy is the baby’s mother! But their questioning is interrupted when a furious Peter walks in.

Afterwards, the whole team is called before Pellington, and they all try to cover for Weller when he confronts them about disobeying. Aww! Of course, Weller fesses up – and he refuses to drop the case. Pellington tells Weller to investigate the shooting but leave the Warrens alone. He also makes Jane surrender the weapon and leave the building until further notice.

Naturally, Jane is upset, especially since she’s gotten personally attached to the case. After all, this baby showed up with a bag and no identity – just like her. She’s also worried she might need to be physically present at the case to crack it. So while Weller insists he’ll try to keep her on the team, Jane heads off to CPS herself. That’s where the baby is. She notices people sneak in so she follows them, and manages to beat up two men. But she can’t stop the woman from shooting people and stealing the baby.

Meanwhile, Mayfair goes to the only shop in the city that carries Sofia’s French cigarettes, a tidbit she remembers from their previous relationship. The cashier orders these cigarettes especially for Sofia, who leaves a number. He gives Mayfair the number after she gives him a little money. Then, Mayfair calls to ask Reade to trace it.

Zapata overhears the conversation and is worried Mayfair might be digging herself into a deeper hole. But she ends up staying on Mayfair’s side, calling Mayfair back with the address. She asks Mayfair to trust her and asks her not to give up on her, and Mayfair says she hasn’t. Mayfair also calls Zapata a “good influence” on Reade, saying he would never have helped Mayfair before meeting Zapata. (I have to say, I’m not so sure I would call this a good influence. Didn’t he just break the law?)

Tracy comes to the NYO and sheds a little bit more light on the baby. Apparently, Peter funds a medical research program that is “on the verge of being able to print genetically coded organic material” like bone marrow, so she and Bryce gave several genetic samples. Last month, the company had a breakthrough. But since it would take years to get approved, the company is supposed to secretly transplant the bone marrow to Matthew tomorrow. Tracy reluctantly gives Weller the address after learning the company is not growing tissues but children via surrogates.

Jane has somehow already found the facility, where dozens of babies are. And it turns out she did physically need to be there! The barcode on her wrists lets her into that same room. Peter Warren is there, as is the woman who stole the Warren baby earlier. Thats’ when gunfire erupts outside: the rest of Weller’s team has arrived. Peter and the woman try to move the babies to a different facility, so Jane attacks them.

By the time Weller gets into the room, Jane is passed out on the floor and might even be dead. Weller is able to perform CPR to bring her back. Peter Warren is taken into custody, the Warren baby is found, and CPS begins to look for the company’s clients to find the babies’ biological parents. Pellington even makes Weller the new permanent director of the NYO. He’s furious Weller disobeyed him but impressed by his leadership, ability and integrity.

Unfortunately, it’s not all good news. The Jane Doe project is officially finished. And Pellington basically threatens Weller. Either he takes his new promotion, or he’s out of the FBI.

After turning in her access badges, Jane is depressed and worried. She’s always had a purpose since she woke up in that bag; now she doesn’t know what she’ll do. Weller says she’ll do whatever she wants, then kisses her now that they’re no longer coworkers. Just afterwards, Patterson invites them for a drink. But Weller is called away by his father’s home nurse, who thinks Weller Senior is on his last breath.

Jane also skips the meeting, heading instead to the warehouse and yelling, “Oscar, it’s over.” But Oscar isn’t the one who’s there – instead, it’s Mayfair. This is the address Reade sent her to!

Mayfair has a gun and is furious Jane “lied to [them] all,” but she doesn’t have a chance to shoot Jane before Oscar shoots her in the back. Jane is devastated, sending Oscar away when he tries to get Jane to leave with him. She sobs over Mayfair, who is less sad and more angry. Mayfair tries to kill Jane again before Jane knocks the gun out of her hand. Mayfair is worried about her team and tells Jane, “I just wish I could be there to see his face when he finds out what you really are,” before dying. Jane can only sob and repeatedly insist she doesn’t know.

And that’s not even the biggest bombshell of the episode! In the final scene, Kurt rushes to his father’s deathbed. His father admits that he killed Taylor by accident, saying her body is under the fort. Weller Senior’s last words? “Tell Sarah that I did my best. Under the fort.”

I have to say, I wasn’t a huge fan of this episode – mainly because the case-of-the-week just wasn’t that interesting. Its developments were predictable, especially after we learned that Matthew was sick. I would have been far more interested had the hour focused solely on Mayfair and Jane.

Speaking of, I’m shocked that Weller knows and seems to not care about Daylight. This is exactly the kind of thing that should rile him up! When did he find out? Why was he OK with it?

Also, I have to say, the kiss between Jane and Weller was shockingly anticlimactic. I’ve been vocal about the little sexual tension I generally feel between Jane and Weller, but that kiss took the cake. I suppose the writers were going for easy and natural, but it just seemed blah. Or perhaps it was merely overshadowed by the far more interesting events immediately surrounding it.

All in all, this episode felt like a very long introduction to the season finale. I hope the finale is more interesting and explosive. Because after an excellent first season, it would be a true shame if Blindspot ended on a dull note.

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Image via NBC 

Last night’s episode of Blindspot was the last one before the season finale. And while most of the episode was just OK, the last few minutes packed a punch.

” Love A Rebel, Death Will Render” opens with Jane yelling at Oscar in their usual warehouse. She’s furious that she unknowingly framed Mayfair for murder, insisting that Mayfair should pay for her actual crimes instead of a triple homicide she didn’t commit. That’s when Sofia Varma shows up and reminds Jane that they can only set both her and Mayfair’s actions right by working outside the law, the same way they did with Daylight. As Sofia speaks, Jane realizes that Sofia is echoing her own works back at her. We also learn that ousting Mayfair for running Daylight – the program that used illegal intel and fake informants to force convictions – is just the beginning of the plan. It’s a plan Jane concocted, and Oscar reminds Jane to trust herself.

Two weeks later, Weller goes to bring Mayfair the mail she hasn’t received while she’s been in jail. She’s out on bail but confined to her home and wearing an ankle monitor. Mayfair reveals that the FBI Director asked her to take a plea, at which point Weller begs her to come clean about Daylight. (I can’t believe he knows!!) Mayfair refuses, saying they’ll find out the truth some other way. She doesn’t want to overturn all her Daylight convictions.

Meanwhile, Zapata and Reade confess to each other the various secret dealings they’ve had all season. Zapata is furious the government thinks Mayfair is not only a killer but a stupid one; Reade points out that whoever’s framing Mayfair is likely a “they.” Zapata looks terrified.

Weller, who’s acting as interim Assistant Director, heads to the NYO and meets with FBI Director Pellington (Dylan Baker). Pellington doesn’t believe Mayfair is innocent, and he’s thus concerned about all the money going into the Jane Doe project. He suspends the project and any related investigations…a fact Weller conveniently forgets to mention when Patterson calls him over with a new case.

A baby less than 24 hours old was left in a bag outside the building that houses Child Protective Services. She has a tattoo on her wrist – a barcode identical to the barcode on Jane’s. The man who dropped her off? Edward Donella (Greg McFadden), a disgraced ex-nurse. He just sent an email to his attorney sister-in-law asking to meet at Arlington Square, so the team heads there. We also learn the baby is a genetic match to Bryce Warren (Mark Junek), whose father Peter (Dan Ziskie) is a billionaire businessman and was a major presidential contender in the last action. (Gee, I wonder where they got that idea.)

Meanwhile, Mayfair finds that her friend from a few episodes ago was able to get in touch with the man who could edit the traffic-cam photo. Oscar’s photo is there and it’s clear as day. So Mayfair goes through all the events that led up to her framing – and she realizes the bald man she “rescued” Alexandra/Donna from was working for Donna. So she sneaks out, using a key she has in a safe to remove her ankle monitor and attach it to her dog.

The bald man conveniently left his number with the bartender, so Mayfair is able to get to his apartment. The man isn’t very helpful since he only helped Donna out a few times. He does recognize Sofia, saying he drove Donna out to meet her a few times. He also mentions the odd French cigarettes Sofia smoked.

The team interrupts the meeting at Arlington Square. Edward surrenders immediately, saying, “I tried to convince myself that we were helping but they had to be stopped.” Suddenly, shots are fired. Edward is killed by a sniper.

Back at the NYO, the FBI has few leads. Edward hasn’t contacted his family in over a year. They can’t trace the sniper. Most interestingly, there are no records of the baby’s birth and the Warrens haven’t reported her missing. So the team makes a house call.

But the story only gets more confusing. Bryce’s wife Tracy (Suzy Jane Hunt) has clearly not just given birth, and Bryce insists he hasn’t had an affair. All his attention is consumed by Matthew, his kid who has acute myeloid leukemia. According to Patterson, one of the best treatments available is a bone marrow transplant from a genetic match AKA a sibling. And it turns out Tracy is the baby’s mother! But their questioning is interrupted when a furious Peter walks in.

Afterwards, the whole team is called before Pellington, and they all try to cover for Weller when he confronts them about disobeying. Aww! Of course, Weller fesses up – and he refuses to drop the case. Pellington tells Weller to investigate the shooting but leave the Warrens alone. He also makes Jane surrender the weapon and leave the building until further notice.

Naturally, Jane is upset, especially since she’s gotten personally attached to the case. After all, this baby showed up with a bag and no identity – just like her. She’s also worried she might need to be physically present at the case to crack it. So while Weller insists he’ll try to keep her on the team, Jane heads off to CPS herself. That’s where the baby is. She notices people sneak in so she follows them, and manages to beat up two men. But she can’t stop the woman from shooting people and stealing the baby.

Meanwhile, Mayfair goes to the only shop in the city that carries Sofia’s French cigarettes, a tidbit she remembers from their previous relationship. The cashier orders these cigarettes especially for Sofia, who leaves a number. He gives Mayfair the number after she gives him a little money. Then, Mayfair calls to ask Reade to trace it.

Zapata overhears the conversation and is worried Mayfair might be digging herself into a deeper hole. But she ends up staying on Mayfair’s side, calling Mayfair back with the address. She asks Mayfair to trust her and asks her not to give up on her, and Mayfair says she hasn’t. Mayfair also calls Zapata a “good influence” on Reade, saying he would never have helped Mayfair before meeting Zapata. (I have to say, I’m not so sure I would call this a good influence. Didn’t he just break the law?)

Tracy comes to the NYO and sheds a little bit more light on the baby. Apparently, Peter funds a medical research program that is “on the verge of being able to print genetically coded organic material” like bone marrow, so she and Bryce gave several genetic samples. Last month, the company had a breakthrough. But since it would take years to get approved, the company is supposed to secretly transplant the bone marrow to Matthew tomorrow. Tracy reluctantly gives Weller the address after learning the company is not growing tissues but children via surrogates.

Jane has somehow already found the facility, where dozens of babies are. And it turns out she did physically need to be there! The barcode on her wrists lets her into that same room. Peter Warren is there, as is the woman who stole the Warren baby earlier. Thats’ when gunfire erupts outside: the rest of Weller’s team has arrived. Peter and the woman try to move the babies to a different facility, so Jane attacks them.

By the time Weller gets into the room, Jane is passed out on the floor and might even be dead. Weller is able to perform CPR to bring her back. Peter Warren is taken into custody, the Warren baby is found, and CPS begins to look for the company’s clients to find the babies’ biological parents. Pellington even makes Weller the new permanent director of the NYO. He’s furious Weller disobeyed him but impressed by his leadership, ability and integrity.

Unfortunately, it’s not all good news. The Jane Doe project is officially finished. And Pellington basically threatens Weller. Either he takes his new promotion, or he’s out of the FBI.

After turning in her access badges, Jane is depressed and worried. She’s always had a purpose since she woke up in that bag; now she doesn’t know what she’ll do. Weller says she’ll do whatever she wants, then kisses her now that they’re no longer coworkers. Just afterwards, Patterson invites them for a drink. But Weller is called away by his father’s home nurse, who thinks Weller Senior is on his last breath.

Jane also skips the meeting, heading instead to the warehouse and yelling, “Oscar, it’s over.” But Oscar isn’t the one who’s there – instead, it’s Mayfair. This is the address Reade sent her to!

Mayfair has a gun and is furious Jane “lied to [them] all,” but she doesn’t have a chance to shoot Jane before Oscar shoots her in the back. Jane is devastated, sending Oscar away when he tries to get Jane to leave with him. She sobs over Mayfair, who is less sad and more angry. Mayfair tries to kill Jane again before Jane knocks the gun out of her hand. Mayfair is worried about her team and tells Jane, “I just wish I could be there to see his face when he finds out what you really are,” before dying. Jane can only sob and repeatedly insist she doesn’t know.

And that’s not even the biggest bombshell of the episode! In the final scene, Kurt rushes to his father’s deathbed. His father admits that he killed Taylor by accident, saying her body is under the fort. Weller Senior’s last words? “Tell Sarah that I did my best. Under the fort.”

I have to say, I wasn’t a huge fan of this episode – mainly because the case-of-the-week just wasn’t that interesting. Its developments were predictable, especially after we learned that Matthew was sick. I would have been far more interested had the hour focused solely on Mayfair and Jane.

Speaking of, I’m shocked that Weller knows and seems to not care about Daylight. This is exactly the kind of thing that should rile him up! When did he find out? Why was he OK with it?

Also, I have to say, the kiss between Jane and Weller was shockingly anticlimactic. I’ve been vocal about the little sexual tension I generally feel between Jane and Weller, but that kiss took the cake. I suppose the writers were going for easy and natural, but it just seemed blah. Or perhaps it was merely overshadowed by the far more interesting events immediately surrounding it.

All in all, this episode felt like a very long introduction to the season finale. I hope the finale is more interesting and explosive. Because after an excellent first season, it would be a true shame if Blindspot ended on a dull note.

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Image via NBC 

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