“Her Spy’s Harmed” doesn’t waste any time getting to what we all want to know: Did Reade really kill Coach Jones at then end of last week’s episode? And what was on that tape with his name on it? He certainly had the motive to do it, and if the tape was evidence of any abuse, it might have pushed him over the edge. Still, Reade’s ultimately a good dude, right? He’d never do that.
So, when Zapata comes in the room and Reade insists that he didn’t kill Jones, that he came up from the basement after hearing a noise and found his former coach like that, she believes him. She trusts that her friend isn’t hiding anything from her. They take off just as the neighborhood security shows up, but there’s one problem: Reade’s tape, which he didn’t watch, is still in the VCR, which means that when Jones’ body is discovered the police will eventually come looking for Reade.
From there, Zapata makes a plan, and to her credit she does so all while she and Reade are standing around in their underwear. That’s the cool composure of an FBI agent for you. She says they need to burn their clothes, get some sleep, then when Jones’ body is discovered, go back to the house under the guise of an FBI investigation and put the tape back. If only everything on Blindspot was that easy.
Back at the FBI headquarters, Patterson has unspooled the Black Hole image and has combed through all the revealed Douglas Winter emails. While almost every one is literal junk mail, there’s one that stands out. It’s an email they believe he sent to his girlfriend, and they believe it’s a coded message telling her to meet him at a hotel in Bulgaria. When they question the girlfriend and determine she never received the email, and figure that Mayfair intercepted it, Nas and Weller head to Bulgaria to find Douglas Winter himself.
With everyone else on the team busy, Jane gets called back to Sandstorm, and once again the weakest part of this season rears its head. It’s hard to get invested in the story of Sandstorm’s potentially deadly plan because we know so little about it, and because the show is purposely holding back information. I know that’s how drama and mysteries work, but at the same time, there’s something missing from the scenes where Jane interacts with Roman.
What I’m saying is that all the Sandstorm stuff so far this season works on a character level, giving us some insight into Jane’s childhood with Roman, but that it doesn’t work nearly as well on a plot level. It’s just not engaging enough. Here though, Jane and Roman prepare to go on a mission to finally get the microchip, the last thing Sandstorm needs before executing their plan. That adds some stakes to the plot and might finally get the ball rolling on the drama and tension.
Still, “Her Spy’s Harmed” is more about building the other relationships on this show, once again taking the focus away from Jane and Roman, which is perhaps why their story has been so underserved so far this season. So, while Jane and Roman plan their microchip heist, Patterson and Borden are trying to navigate their new romance, while Weller and Nas are in Bulgaria trying to find Winter. Alas, there’s just one thing they didn’t expect: The CIA is there too, looking for Winter as well. The race is on to find the man responsible for the biggest intelligence leak in U.S. history.
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