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Blindspot recap: 'Authentic Flirt'

A gala, an ex-girlfriend, and the show's first death.

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Season 1, Ep. 9 | Aired Nov 16

No, no, no! Tonight’s Blindspot delivered the first major death of the season, and it wasn’t pretty. In addition to one of the saddest moments of the series so far, the episode gave the consistent ass-kicking of Jane, major romantic vibes, and some even more romantic flashbacks. Our crime for the week starts in Barcelona, with an assassin couple torturing a young man, asking where his brother is. The poor man screams in pain and continues to shout that he doesn’t know the location of his brother. The male assassin convinces his female counterpart that they’ve reached a dead end, resulting in the victim’s death.

Flash to New York City, where Patterson is getting her morning coffee from a street vendor. She consciously looks at the menu and notices a hidden message: “I miss you.” She turns and sees her ex-boyfriend, David, smiling in the distance. She cautiously approaches him, knowing that he’ll continue to press for them to be together. He tells her that he’s madly in love with her (ugh, sobs!), and even though she feels the same way, she tells him that they can’t be together. She blames this on her job, reiterating that the case she is working on is the most important, intricate case she may ever have, and her full attention (and his safety) needs to be dedicated to it. She leaves him heartbroken and thinking that maybe he can help. If the case is solved, that means she can prioritize her heart instead of her job, right?

Zapata’s also dealing with some drama. As expected, Carter has cornered Zapata into doing his bidding. He hands her a super-snazzy surveillance camera that he wants placed in Jane’s safe house in the next 24 hours. Zapata is her typical sassy-self and refuses to do so. But as Carter reminds her — she’s his. He paid off her gambling debts, and now she’s his minion unless she wants some serious consequences. Carter’s sinister ways creep me out more and more each week; I’m scared for what he has in store for Zapata if she doesn’t comply … we all know Carter plays by his own rules.

Zapata gets to take her mind off of whether or not she’ll do what Carter wants when a new case pops up. Patterson has been messing with the scrambled mess of letters in Jane’s tattoos and comes across a combination that leads to something: “ASHWELLCREEKKENNELS.” This is apparently a username for an online puppy forum, “Rough Around the Ears.” The forum is used by black-market vendors and buyers to share information and make deals. The team isn’t sure exactly why they were led there, but they see that there’s a meet-up set for later that afternoon in Staten Island and go to investigate.

When they arrive, they are (in typical Blindspot-fashion) greeted by a shootout. The attackers are the two assassins we saw from Barcelona earlier. The team takes them down, then finds what they came there for: two tickets to a charity ball that evening. The gang also finds a six million dollar necklace and a mysterious pin in their possession. They take the information back to headquarters to piece it together.

The gang realizes that the couple were assassins, and through the couple’s several passports (the best Patterson has ever seen), the gang finds out that they must have been a part of the kidnapping and torturing of a U.S tourist in Barcelona, Perry Bryne (our victim from the beginning of the episode). Perry’s brother is Robert Bryne, the accountant who provided evidence to put away mob boss Victor Morello, which is why the assassins are looking for him. Robert is currently in witness protection, but the gang finds out from their U.S. Marshal friends that WITSEC (Witness Security Program) has been hacked, and all persons in the database are now compromised. They put the WITSEC hack and the Bryne hit together and assume the exchange at the event must be for the stolen list from the WITSEC database.

The team knows they have to act fast, and Weller and Jane decide to pose as the two assassins, as a) the seller doesn’t know what the assassins look like (or at least they’re betting on that) and b) the seller will be expecting one of them to speak Bulgarian — and we found out that Jane does. Their identities will be confirmed by the pin in the assassins’ bag, and Jane will have the payment from the multi-million dollar necklace.

NEXT: Awkward! Weller’s ex-girlfriend shows up.