Blindspot recap: Split the Law | EW.com

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'Split the Law'

Jane remembers the time she was taken as a child, and it's not pretty.

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Blindspot

Season 1, Ep. 5 | Aired Oct 19

This week’s Blindspot reveals another government controversy, with the beginning clue coming from another one of Jane’s tattoos. Jane’s flashback’s are also becoming much more common and vivid, and Jane is starting to remember the troubled events following her abduction as a child. Weller is also dealing with the conflicting isotype test, refusing to give up that Jane truly is Taylor Shaw. He hasn’t told Jane yet about the test, and with her mental breakdown this episode. it’s probably best she isn’t in the know for now.

Before the breakdown, Weller has Jane over to “re-meet” his sister and her son in an attempt to uncover any more flashbacks or memories. The dinner is genuine, and Weller has good intentions of putting Jane’s mind at ease. Unfortunately, the evening goes completely opposite as intended, and Jane starts to have a mild panic attack when one of her flashbacks starts to become much clearer than before. Weller admits the dinner was probably too much at once, and he’s there to comfort her later when she apologizes for rushing out of the apartment.

Dealing with the awkward dinner-date is sidelined when the team finds out about a hostage situation with two gunmen at the Municipal Workers Association. They are lead to the location before the police get ahold of them due to a tattoo on Jane’s thigh with a 10-digit number that indicates the address to the MWA. I’m still a little confused as to how they put two and two together so quickly, but this show always moves a few notches above realistic. The crimes are always a little bit off-the-wall, but I guess that’s what keeps things interesting.

When they arrive at the MWA, the two gunman claim that they’re MWA workers who were laid off and lost their pension, but when their faces are run through the database it’s discovered that they never worked for the MWA. The gunmen start shooting the hostages, and the FBI charges in and guns them down. The injured are taken out, and the team starts to sweep the building.

Jane and Weller find a door with blood on the knob, and it leads them to a room with a dead man tied to a chair and two others dead on the floor next to him. Someone creeps up on them, and Jane takes them down — just as CIA Deputy Director Tom Carter (Michael Gaston) walks in. They find out that this area is actually a CIA black site, which is illegal on domestic soil, as the CIA can only operate internationally. Obviously something fishy is going on because a) Tom Carter is the creepiest and b) the CIA is acting extremely shady.

Jane learns that the CIA and FBI don’t play nice together, and before she can learn more she’s booted from the room while Carter fills in the FBI out of formality. Jane and Agent Zapata head back to the FBI van, where Jane (to Zapata’s surprise), easily goes into the security cameras to pull up the footage from the holdup. She notices something off with three of the hostages that were “taken to the back room,” and finds out that one of the hostages had changed shoes.

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After the team learns that the CIA was working to find an old terrorist informant who had gone dark, they realize that the “holdup” was actually a rescue mission by the terrorist group. The fake hostage with a shoe fetish was actually a man named Doti, who in his free time took up how to create bombs.

The FBI team interrogates two of the accomplices from the holdup, and aside from the fact they won’t reveal anything, they both look like they have the flu. Things get even fishier when one of them starts pulling out his hair. Patterson gets the blood samples back and discovers that the two of them have extreme radiation poisoning. This leads them to learn that Doti has been working with terrorists on the black market, bringing in CCM137 — which is used to make bombs.

The team figures out that he escaped from an ambulance, so they start looking for him and his terrorist group’s hiding spot. Knowing that they all probably have extreme radiation poisoning, Patterson says that they need to look for high readings of the substance to pinpoint their location. CCM137 isn’t going to be floating all over the city, so they should be able to locate them quickly.

NEXT: Jane starts getting some nasty flashbacks.

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