“Seriously, the chemistry in this team is all off. I blame the Iron Lady here.”
YES, Rich Dotcom, back “like a BAWSE” to hack the FBI systems, drink Kurt’s Pennsylvanian beer, and nail the problem with the team this season on sight. Oh, and to address the minor issue of a super-assassin trying to murder him, but let’s keep that on the down low since he has “a professional reputation to maintain, (and) can’t be seen going to the Feds for help.”
Because Ennis Esmer’s Rich is an irrepressible joy, so is this episode, with even the team’s best efforts to maintain their misery-guts status barely making a dent in the fun. As a metaphor, Jane’s creepy dream at the beginning is about as subtle as a roundhouse kick to the face, sure, but it also serves as a useful martial arts teaching aid – Evil Jane has some moves, y’all. Zapata stealing the murder weapon is about as surprising as Zapata not dying of the mystery poison, but at least Reade pointed out – as I said last week – that she’s stomping all over what should have been his storyline, Toots. And Kurt allowing Kalinda, a spy whom he knows bugged his entire team and listened to their most private thoughts, to manipulate him again, by the simple expedient of her taking every feeling of guilt and loneliness he’s ever had – and y’know, shared with his therapist, ON TAPE – and pretending that’s how she feels too is infuriating, but there’ll be time enough to deal with that when he finally works out she’s deliberately setting Jane up. I mean, she is, isn’t she?
A question for another day, I suppose. Or for a less hilarious episode. Meantime, Rich Dotcom may or may not have hit on Mrs Kim Jong-Un! There’s a “bogeyman” in the building doing acrobatics along the ceiling! There’s a bomb made out of a water cooler! And a tribute to Speed! I love Speed. I love the complete ridiculousness of Boston Arliss Crabb’s fake death. (It involved a chandelier falling on his head and him lying on a beach. A chandelier. AND a beach. And out of this crack team of investigative agents, only Patterson realised it wasn’t true?) I love the idea of making this “a weekly thing” with Rich Dotcom wearing “a hat of some kind.” I love Rich Dotcom. I love this episode.