Recap: Blindspot Season 1, Episode 12 – War Games

Rachel Cericola
BLINDSPOT -- "Scientists Hollow Fortune" Episode 112 -- Pictured: (l-r) Francois Arnaud as Oscar, Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe -- (Photo by: {Paul Sarkis/NBC)

Last week, we came back from the mid-season hiatus and were treated to a lot of action. This week, there were a few fists of fury, as the crew tracked down a deranged scientist in “Scientists Hollow Fortune.” (That translates into “Follow These Instructions,” in case you’re keeping track.) Plus, another big piece of Jane’s puzzle is put into place. Shall we get to the recap?

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BLINDSPOT -- "Scientists Hollow Fortune" Episode 112 -- Pictured: (l-r) Francois Arnaud as Oscar, Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe -- (Photo by: {Paul Sarkis/NBC)
BLINDSPOT — “Scientists Hollow Fortune” Episode 112 — Pictured: (l-r) Francois Arnaud as Oscar, Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe — (Photo by: {Paul Sarkis/NBC)

The episode begins where the last one left off, on the roof with Jane (Jaimie Alexander) and Oscar (Francois Arnaud). He has a pen that’s an exact replica of the one on Mayfair’s (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) desk. He wants Jane to swap them out. Jane asks about the bearded man, but Oscar is too focused on the pen. He says that if Jane brings back Mayfair’s pen, he will provide more information. Jane takes the pen home to dissect it, but it appears to be a normal, old pen.

After a brief tutorial on how Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) makes PB&J, we see an Army solider (Gaius Charles, Friday Night Lights) wandering out on a road. A man picks him up and takes him back to the base, which turns out to be a really bad idea. The Army man kills the driver and two soldiers, while wounding a fourth man. The killing machine in question is Charlie Napier, who served three tours in Iraq.

This guy seems to be connected to Jane — in more ways than one. Letter fragments on the back of her leg are decoded to reveal Napier’s name. Even creepier, Patterson (Ashley Johnson) says that Charlie Napier actually died in action 18 months prior. Um, what?

BLINDSPOT -- "Scientists Hollow Fortune" Episode 112 -- Pictured: Pictured: Ashley Johnson as Patterson -- (Photo by: {Paul Sarkis/NBC)
BLINDSPOT — “Scientists Hollow Fortune” Episode 112 — Pictured: Pictured: Ashley Johnson as Patterson — (Photo by: {Paul Sarkis/NBC)

It turns out there are four other names in that code as well. All four have similar backgrounds and have staged similar attacks. As the crew contemplates why and how this is happening, Patterson tracks the dead driver’s cell phone to Charlie’s childhood home.

When the FBI crew pulls up to the house, a woman outside says, “He has a gun.” They find Charlie inside and armed. He asks for his mother, as Weller tells him to drop the weapon. When Charlie says he can’t take it anymore, Jane has a flashback to her own military training. Charlie then says he “can’t go back” and Jane tells him his mom is actually downstairs. Of course, she’s lying. They take him into custody.

During questioning, Charlie says the last thing he remembers is a dungeon and flames. He sounds completely insane. A little blood test shows that’s he’s on all sorts of drugs. However, it’s not the volume that’s impressive, but that one of the drugs in his system is “Zeta Interacting Protein.” This is the same drug that was used to erase Jane’s memory!

Weller thinks there’s a connection, but Jane remembers her own words: “You did this to yourself.”

BLINDSPOT -- "Scientists Hollow Fortune" Episode 112 -- Pictured: (l-r) Ashley Johnson as Patterson, Ukweli Roach as Borden -- (Photo by: {Paul Sarkis/NBC)
BLINDSPOT — “Scientists Hollow Fortune” Episode 112 — Pictured: (l-r) Ashley Johnson as Patterson, Ukweli Roach as Borden — (Photo by: {Paul Sarkis/NBC)

Dr. Borden (Ukweli Roach), Patterson, and Weller soon realize that this drug combination is being used to build a better solider. Charlie is a test subject!

Jane realizes that the best way to trigger Charlie’s memories is to find his mom. Despite being a killer, the mom is happy to see her son. This triggers Jane to ask Weller about his own dad. Weller says he may have been wrong about the whole Taylor Shaw thing, but dear, old dad was both distant and drunk.

CID comes in to take Charlie away. Seconds later, Patterson finds a link between the soldiers. It turns out when each of them were declared dead, a private contractor named Northlake were the first ones to show up on the scene. Zapata (Audrey Esparza) says that Northlake kidnapped each of the soldiers and faked their deaths, in order to run these super-solider experiments.

While Charlie is being transported, the truck is hijacked by a group of men in black masks. They kill all of the CID agents inside and take Charlie.

BLINDSPOT -- "Scientists Hollow Fortune" Episode 112 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe, Audrey Esparza as Zapata, Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller, Rob Brown as Reade -- (Photo by: {Paul Sarkis/NBC)
BLINDSPOT — “Scientists Hollow Fortune” Episode 112 — Pictured: (l-r) Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe, Audrey Esparza as Zapata, Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller, Rob Brown as Reade — (Photo by: {Paul Sarkis/NBC)

The FBI pieces together Charlie’s whereabouts using the location of where he was first picked up at the beginning of the episode, a footprint, and some of the things Charlie had been talking about during the questioning. See, his babbling paid off!

Charlie is brought back to a location where doctors are shredding documents and smashing hard drives, while patients are strapped to beds in another room. A female doctor tells Charlie it’s almost over. Maybe she knows our FBI friends are right outside?

The crew tracks down Charlie’s location near a church. As bells ring out, Jane has another military-era flashback. She has quite a backstory, doesn’t she?

Inside the hospital, the crew finds all four soldiers dead, but there’s no sign of Charlie. Another thing left behind was the remnants of a video file. It shows that female doctor, talking up some of her results. It seems that Charlie was the only success story in the lot of soldiers — and look how great he turned out!

The crew realizes that this week’s criminal is Dr. Lindsay Sparacino. They say she wants to sell the formula being injected into Charlie to anyone looking to create an army of super soldiers. The world isn’t the only thing in danger, though. The crew says that Charlie probably won’t make it out of this whole thing alive.

BLINDSPOT -- "Scientists Hollow Fortune" Episode 112 -- Pictured: Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe -- (Photo by: {Paul Sarkis/NBC)
BLINDSPOT — “Scientists Hollow Fortune” Episode 112 — Pictured: Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe — (Photo by: {Paul Sarkis/NBC)

First, the doctor needs to conduct a few more experiments on Charlie, who is strapped to a table inside a storage unit. The FBI crew moves in and wipes out most of the bad guys without incident. Okay, there is one really cool fight between Reade (Rob Brown) and one of the gunmen. However, by the time they reach Charlie, he’s been dosed with more ZIP. He can’t remember the FBI team and takes off in panic. Jane goes after him. She tries to tell Charlie that she doesn’t want to hurt him, but the two start scrapping. Charlie picks up Jane’s gun and Weller blows a hole in him. Does everyone on Jane Doe’s body end up dead? Better watch out, Weller!

Shortly after, Jane has another flashback. She’s with her commanding officer, as he welcomes her to Orion! All sorts of other memories about Orion start flooding the screen. Apparently, the whole thing didn’t die with Carter.

Mayfair calls Jane into her office and the two have words about the day’s events. Mayfair leaves the room and Jane Doe swaps out the pens.

BLINDSPOT -- "Scientists Hollow Fortune" Episode 112 -- Pictured: Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Mayfair -- (Photo by: {Paul Sarkis/NBC)
BLINDSPOT — “Scientists Hollow Fortune” Episode 112 — Pictured: Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Mayfair — (Photo by: {Paul Sarkis/NBC)

Next, we see Weller and his father (Jay O. Sanders) chit-chatting over some green drink. Weller asks what happened the night that Taylor disappeared. It turns out his dad really didn’t have anything to do with her disappearance, but spent the night trying to kill himself. He couldn’t do it, though.

The episode ends with Jane asking Oscar about the bearded man. He was part of their mission, but Oscar can’t tell Jane who killed him just yet. He also tells her that tonight’s events have nothing to do with her situation. She then asks about Orion and he informs her that it’s where she died.

Whoa. So that was a crazy ending, but let’s talk about tonight’s biggest bombshell: Reade is dating Weller’s sister (Jordana Spiro)?!? At least someone is getting some romance. Earlier in the episode, Weller apologized to Jane for standing her up. He thinks things between them are too complicated. In other words, we won’t be hearing about them as a couple for a while. At least, I hope not. There’s too many other things to concentrate on!

Blindspot certainly has a formula, doesn’t it? Do you think we’ll find out more about Orion next week? More importantly, does Reade’s new link to Weller mean he’ll get more screen time? Give me some of your thoughts below!

Blindspot airs Monday nights at 10/9CT on NBC.