Time for a shake-up on Team Tat this week, as everybody tries to move forward from last week’s upheaval.
Reade isn’t letting any of it cramp his style; he and Sarah are still busy getting, er, busy, although Kurt is still not on board. “I can’t have your personal life interfering with our work!” says Mr Objective, at which point Reade’s eyes roll so hard they fall out and float down the Hudson. “A little hypocritical,” he points out, both bravely and entirely justifiedly, to the glowering Kurt, since “your feelings for Jane have clouded your judgement since day one.”
Kurt himself, of course, can’t be with the one he loves so is getting up to all sorts with the one he’s with instead. “I don’t wanna play proxy to the woman you really want to be sleeping with,” says Allie, not trying all that hard to avoid it. “That’s not what this is about,” says Kurt. “Uh, yeah it is, dude,” says the entire audience, “you’re fooling nobody.” Except maybe Allie.
Jane, meanwhile, tries her own form of avoidance, calling in “sick” and being about as convincing with her excuses as Kurt. Ironically, he’s the only one she manages to fool – he’s so worried about the woman he “doesn’t” really want to be sleeping with that he keeps trying to call and console her from the mission of the week. Luckily for Mr Hardass’s nerves, though, Jane’s memory wipe means she’s forgotten how calling in “sick” actually works; she heads in to work, anyway, to be side-eyed by Mayfair and called out by the sensitive psychologist, so Kurt’s concerns are assuaged and the pair of them get an awkward but sweet moment of gazing and pretending it was the “team” who missed each of them. Aw. And squee! Although, since Kurt then goes back to Allie and Tree Tat Man blackmails Jane into sticking with the Tree Tat Plan, the good ship Jeller is still on pretty choppy seas.
It’s Zapata who has the biggest change of pace and perspective, however, as with Jane out of the office, there’s an opening on the team for badass operative, female, to be blackmailed by a different federal agency (hello DOJ! Welcome to the party!) on the one hand and go undercover for the FBI on the other. Like all Team Tat missions, however, things go a bit wonky right from the off, and Tasha ends up in the clutches of a particularly horrific sex-trafficking ring because Team Tat are exceptionally brave and well-meaning, but also kind of stupid sometimes. I mean, of COURSE, the traffickers were going to steal all their victim’s valuables, you idiots. Argh.
Having said that, though, Tasha proves both brave and resourceful now that she’s actually been given something to do, and the story’s genuinely tense, gripping and well-told. I was both impressed by her and properly worried for her which is something new for both of us, and helped make what was already a very good episode terrific.