“Blindspot: In the Comet of Us” could be seen as the tattooed version of “Spotlight” (The 2015 Oscar winning film about sexual predator priests being protected by the church and the establishment.) In this episode it is Zapata who solves a tattoo and the result is a college under siege by two gunmen as Weller and his team attempt to save as many as possible.
The show follows separate events and each member of the team has moments that interact with others. For example, when Reade is trying to keep the rigged door from exploding, the mini-fridge that Weller throws through the window in his timeline lands outside. Reade notices it and asks what it is.
Each team member is shown prior to the active shooter scenario at the college. Jane (Jaimie Alexander) is show with Oscar who is attempting to put some distance between himself and Jane. She reacts badly to this news.
Zapata (Audrey Esparza) is at an addict support group meeting, for gambling, and it is the first time she admits to having a problem although she does not share in her first meeting.
Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) is with his father who he has taken out of the hospital to be at home and Reade (Rob Brown) is getting a suit fitted. His tailor offers advice on dating as well as fashion; making the agent wear a bowtie. Tasha remarks on it at the beginning of their shift:
“What’s with the bowtie Bill Nye?”
Mayfair (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) deals with the fact of Sonia being alive.
Weller’s team learn about the tattoo’s relevance, it is on the hand inked on Jane’s lower abdomen, and that the numbers point to the university football game scores, four of them. The team speak with Coach Jones and while they are there, the head of the college closes ranks against the team and someone starts shooting inside the buildings.
One of the shooters is Levi Hart (Charles Brice) the scholarship player who sparked off the investigation because Zapata read the story of his being busted for drugs. Reading the article allowed her to make the initial connection between the scores and the tattoo. They question the coach.
At the university there are two shooters and both men are armed with automatic weapons, wearing body armor and have rigged exits with explosives.
It is revealed that Jones was molesting young players and that the university was offering full scholarships as hush money so the boys would not talk. Hart took the money but then flipped out when he saw the coach vetting new youngsters.
“Blindspot” manages to pile up quite a body count in this episode and somewhat annoyingly Weller, and Reade, get blown up again. Also annoying was the too vulnerable Jane Doe. While it does make a certain amount of sense that Doe cannot be a bada** all the time, it irks that she choses react to Oscar this way. Especially with the final scene in this week’s episode proving that her handler may not be trustworthy.
A number of things are learned about the team, including the head of the organization, Bethany Mayfair. Mayfair gives Sonia almost $50k and then tells her to get out. Tasha reveals a bit of backstory with a tragic domestic shout when she was a regular cop and Weller reconciles completely with his father.
The episode does not end well for the football player and it is an interesting storyline. It appears that the tattoos pointed directly to Coach Jones. This is puzzling as the ink thus far on Jane’s body has dealt with terrorism and not sexual abuse.
The twist at the end of “Blindspot” of Carter’s body being unwrapped was surprising, as was the interaction with Oscar and his colleague. It sounds like this will affect Jane somehow.
The connection between Jane, Mayfair and Carter is Operation Daylight. With the conversation between Bethany and her former lover, in the back of her car, Jane is also connected to Mayfair’s Sonia. It appears that Daylight may be driving all this season and all that remains to be seen is whether Jane will be able to connect the dots on her own.
“Blindspot” airs Mondays on NBC.