It’s something of a miracle that the New York branch of the FBI managed not to set themselves and the Five Boroughs on fire the whole time Patterson was in California not working for them, given that nobody on Blindspot would be able to save the world/breathe without her sorting everything out for them every week. This week is no different, either: instead of letting the “Avery’s dead, you killed her, I hate you!’ business drag on for the rest of what could have been an interminably long season, Patterson is on it like the proverbial car bonnet. Thanks to her, we now know it was all a set-up: Avery has been working with Roman and the Max/Diedrich gangster guy Kurt fell foul of in Berlin and, surprise, surprise, she’s NOT DEAD.
Jane’s reaction to this is Jane’s reaction to everything at the moment, though, which is to blame Kurt because apparently everything – global warming, third world debt, the change in the Irn-Bru recipe – is Kurt’s fault. FFS, Jane. She stamps her feet and wants to take her fancy man Clem to Germany to spring Avery instead, but Reade – who is genuinely having a great season so far, well done, Reade – insists that Jane, Clem and Kurt all go together, which is so excruciatingly awkward I’m not altogether sure it doesn’t breach the Eighth Amendment prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. To their credit, however, Kurt and Clem refrain from beating each other to death, choosing instead to channel Kurt’s aggression and Clem’s discomfort into a bit of posturing and an atmosphere so frosty you could store liquid nitrogen in it. We’ve seen worse.
There’s some exciting stuff about a secret East/West Berlin tunnel network, Princess Avery is saved and everyone has no issue at all with her because teaming up with gangsters and framing her step-father in order to destroy her mother’s marriage and life is no big. Kurt, however, who hasn’t actually done anything Jane hasn’t done (many times over) is not yet forgiven and, at this point, I’m beginning to think both he and Clem deserve better than Jane. And Avery and Roman deserve each other.
A whole episode of Doe Clan dynamics and Jane glaring at Kurt while simpering at Clem might have been a little much, though, so happily “Technology Wizards” gives us another, much more fun plot to keep the rest of the team busy and the audience from despair. Yes, our beloved Rich Dotcom is back – WOO HOO! – to help “All-beef Patty” with a teeny-weeny problem: someone is using the back door in her Wizardville app to blackmail a bunch of people and possibly cause a terrorist attack in NYC. Otherwise known as your usual day at Tat HQ.
Rich is awesome, obviously, Rich and Patterson together are even more awesome, and ex-boyfriend Boston’s return adds an unexpected touch of feeling to proceedings since Jealous Rich is very funny, but he’s also a little bit heartsore, as is Boston himself. Everybody’s human. Despite me wanting to brain Jane for most of it, then, the combination of the two main plotlines, some decent action scenes and some zingy lines means this is a highly entertaining way to spend 40ish minutes, with shipper-ish stuff going on everywhere if you want it to be. Good stuff.