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'Eight Slims Grins'

In an episode all about trust, we are introduced into a major inside threat.

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Blindspot

Season 1, Ep. 3 | Aired Oct 05

The third episode of Blindspot begins where we left off last week, with Jane being attacked in her apartment. She takes down the Man from the Woods Flashback (or “Ruggedly Handsome Man” as IMDb calls him) long enough for him to say he’s there to help her and not to trust “them.” But before she can find out anything else the man is shot dead right in front of her — and it wasn’t the FBI. Another day, another opportunity eliminated for Jane to find out who she really is.

Adding further frustration, Weller and the team discover that the mystery man is a ghost, just like Jane. There are no prints, records, or clues into whom this man might be — er, was. Their focus is shifted from the mystery man to a robbery downtown, where a group of super-thieves who call themselves “The Candymen” have robbed a jewelry store. The group is known for their colored face masks and impressive robbing skills. Their score sheet includes being in and out in under one minute, and they have racked up $70 million in stolen gems. This time, the team got cocky and stayed a few seconds too long; one of them was shot and left behind.

Of course, there’s a link to Jane with this case. The injured thief’s name is Casey, and he has the exact same tattoo as Jane’s original Navy Seal one that was covered up by her mystery artist. The significance is that there is (rarely) never two Seal tattoos that are the exact same. With no other leads into their case, this is worth looking into. Weller could also use the distraction from his investigation into Jane’s DNA match with his long-lost childhood bestie, Taylor Shaw. Bethany informs him that they’ll have the results by the end of the day, so Weller quickly gets the team together to dive into the robbery case.

Patterson finds a lead through ALPR, automated license plate recognition technology, and the gang heads to a strip mall where the possible thieves’ vehicle is parked. Of course, Jane insists on going in with the team to investigate the mall’s stores, but Weller makes her sit in the car to radio in anything that might happen in the parking lot. I know she has major Jason Bourne vibes with her fighting skills and an uncanny ability to hit any target she aims for, but it’s still a little ridiculous that Jane is given (almost) all freedom on these FBI missions — you’d think it’d be the opposite with her extreme skills. Yes, she’s essential to uncovering the mystery behind her, and yes, Weller has some possible emotional ties, but shouldn’t they put a little more caution into her involvement with high-stake crimes?

Jane continues to prove her worth, though, and she sees one of the suspects leave and re-enter a store. She follows him in — but of course doesn’t radio this — and awkwardly approaches him, allowing him to turn and run. She throws a few punches with him outside of the store and learns that he doesn’t know who she is, and by the time the rest of the team shows up, he’s gotten away. Weller is understandably upset with the escape, which drives a deeper wedge of mistrust between him and Jane.

The FBI find another lead for the team to follow up on, this time being a friend of one of the suspects who was spotted on surveillance cameras scoping out the jewelry store. She gives up that the thieves have a boat in the harbor, and Weller sends half of the team to investigate while he heads to the hospital with Jane. Casey has woken up, and there’s no time to waste in seeing if he knows Jane.

NEXT: Jane and Weller find more than one surprise at the hospital.

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