Recap: Blindspot Season 1, Episode 21 — When a Stranger Hacks

Rachel Cericola
BLINDSPOT -- "Of Whose Uneasy Route" Episode 121 -- Pictured: Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller -- (Photo by: Jeff Neumann/NBC)

The first season of Blindspot is about to wrap up, so things are really starting to hit the fan. Oh sure, we’ve seen bad guys (and bad FBI guys) die off, but really this show is starting to become less about solving the mysteries buried on Jane’s (Jaimie Alexander) body and more about solving what’s going on with our FBI team.

This week’s episode, “Of Whose Uneasy Route” — that’s “To Your New Safe House, anagram fans — again throws Jane’s tattoos to the side for a good, old-fashioned hacker story. Now, I’d have to say watching an episode about the FBI getting hacked sort of creeped me out. If they can’t ward off attacks, what hope do the rest of us nerds have?

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BLINDSPOT -- "Of Whose Uneasy Route" Episode 121 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe, Audrey Esparza as Tasha Zapata, Rob Brown as Edgar Reade, Ashley Johnson as Patterson, Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller -- (Photo by: Paul Sarkis/NBC)
BLINDSPOT — “Of Whose Uneasy Route” Episode 121 — Pictured: (l-r) Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe, Audrey Esparza as Tasha Zapata, Rob Brown as Edgar Reade, Ashley Johnson as Patterson, Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller — (Photo by: Paul Sarkis/NBC)

But I digress. When we last left our team, Jane was hanging with Weller (Sullivan Stapleton), Zapata (Audrey Esparza) was cornering Reade (Rob Brown), Patterson (Ashley Johnson) was striking up a friendship with Dr. Borden (Ukweli Roach), and Mayfair (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) was wrapping up the worst first date ever.

Of course, a deceased potential lover may be the least of Mayfair’s worries. After that night, she arrives at work to find Weitz (Aaron Abrams) packing up her entire office. Remember him? Mayfair sure doesn’t, so she seems pretty suspicious when she sees him talking to Zapata. Later, Mayfair corners her about their relationship, but Zapata manages to sweet talk her way out of it — for now.

Jane and Patterson are the only ones who start the day more at ease. Well, maybe that has something to do with the two taking out some aggressions on a heavy bag. In between jabs, Patterson suggests that Jane have her tattoos removed. Um, what?

Weller is elsewhere, having his mandatory session with Borden, but they’re actually just talking about sports. He’s not really the type to open up — unless it’s to Jane, of course.

BLINDSPOT -- "Of Whose Uneasy Route" Episode 121 -- Pictured: (l-r) Rob Brown as Edgar Reade, Ashley Johnson as Patterson -- (Photo by: Paul Sarkis/NBC)
BLINDSPOT — “Of Whose Uneasy Route” Episode 121 — Pictured: (l-r) Rob Brown as Edgar Reade, Ashley Johnson as Patterson — (Photo by: Paul Sarkis/NBC)

Reade runs into Sarah in the FBI elevator, which seems like the worst possible place to run into an ex. Then the elevator gets stuck, upping the discomfort just that much more. However, they aren’t the only ones stuck. Zapata is trapped with Mayfair, Weller is with Borden and Patterson is with Jane. Everyone thinks it’s a lockdown drill, until Patterson tries to access the FBI system from her tablet. It turns out that someone is hacking the FBI!

Since they have time, Borden tries to get some info out of Weller about his father’s illness. Weller says he’s fine, but he worries about Sarah’s son, Sawyer. Just as it looks like Weller might open up (it could happen!), Jane and Patterson drop from the ceiling.

While those four try to get elsewhere in the building, we come to realize that the elevator is really the last place you’d want to be during this lockdown. First of all, the tension between Reade and Sarah is evident and downright awful. Then there’s a woman named Kristin, who is completely freaking out about being trapped.

BLINDSPOT -- "Of Whose Uneasy Route" Episode 121 -- Pictured: Ashley Johnson as Patterson -- (Photo by: Jeff Neumann/NBC)
BLINDSPOT — “Of Whose Uneasy Route” Episode 121 — Pictured: Ashley Johnson as Patterson — (Photo by: Jeff Neumann/NBC)

Meanwhile, the foursome of Weller, Jane, Patterson and Borden is out and about. Patterson hot-wired a door and Weller got them even further by breaking a window. When Patterson finally reaches a computer, there’s not much she can do except watch the attackers download info about every single undercover FBI agent.

Shortly after that, we get a glimpse of the hackers, a young couple looking for a money-grab. We have to imagine that this isn’t going to turn out too great for them.

In an attempt to cut off the hackers, Patterson suggests cutting off where the wires enter the building. To do that, the crew needs to get the building out of lockdown and into emergency mode, so the doors will open up. Patterson suggests starting a fire.

BLINDSPOT -- "Of Whose Uneasy Route" Episode 121 -- Pictured: Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller -- (Photo by: Jeff Neumann/NBC)
BLINDSPOT — “Of Whose Uneasy Route” Episode 121 — Pictured: Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller — (Photo by: Jeff Neumann/NBC)

As soon as the system is triggered, Weller and Jane make a run for it and make it to the wire room just before the doors are locked again. Weller takes an axe to the wires, but nothing changes. It’s then that Patterson realizes that the hackers are actually inside the building.

It doesn’t take long for the hackers to figure out what’s going on, so they activate the CO2 system inside the wire room. Patterson says that Weller and Jane only have about a minute of breathable air, but it’s just enough time for Weller to hot-wire the door.

Patterson says that she thinks the hackers are probably somewhere where there’s physical network access. She points the two to the main server room — and she’s right, of course. However, they first need to make a pit-stop at the evidence room, in order to grab a few weapons.

Zapata breaks down to Mayfair about how she knows Weitz. She says Weitz thinks Mayfair is corrupt. Zapata then rambles off a laundry list of incidents and factoids that send Mayfair into a defensive tailspin. She says she can’t continue to have Zapata on her team if she can’t trust Mayfair as a leader.

BLINDSPOT -- "Of Whose Uneasy Route" Episode 121 -- Pictured: Audrey Esparza as Tasha Zapata -- (Photo by: Paul Sarkis/NBC)
BLINDSPOT — “Of Whose Uneasy Route” Episode 121 — Pictured: Audrey Esparza as Tasha Zapata — (Photo by: Paul Sarkis/NBC)

Their conversation is cut short by Weller and Jane, who are making their way around the building. The four take off with another agent and enter the server room just as the hackers are wrapping up. It turns out they are armed, as well. A gunfight breaks out in the dark room. One agent is killed and Weller retaliates by killing Nicole, the female hacker.

It turns out her boyfriend is Carlos Wanzer, who obviously doesn’t know about Nicole’s current status. He makes himself known to the crew by announcing that if he doesn’t get Nicole, he will rig the elevators to drop — which would kill Reade, Sarah, and Kristin. (Not that Kristin would feel it anyway, what with all of those pills she took!)

Carlos gives the FBI 10 minutes to comply. Of course, this is more than enough time for Mayfair and Zapata to track and kill Carlos, while Weller and Jane rescue everyone in the elevator — barely!

After the smoke clears, Sarah informs Reade that she’s moving to Portland, Jane and Weller make plans to go out for drinks, and Weitz tries to arrest Mayfair for murder.

BLINDSPOT -- "Of Whose Uneasy Route" Episode 121 -- Pictured: Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller -- (Photo by: Paul Sarkis/NBC)
BLINDSPOT — “Of Whose Uneasy Route” Episode 121 — Pictured: Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller — (Photo by: Paul Sarkis/NBC)

Instead, Weitz decides to take Mayfair into an interrogation room, where everyone can listen in. It turns out that Alex wasn’t really Alex; her name was Donna, and that was no date. She was actually a disgraced private investigator turned “fixer,” who has been under investigation for about 10 years. Weitz thinks that Mayfair killed the fixer, as well as Guerrero and Carter.

Weitz starts producing all kinds of evidence to back up his story and confuse the FBI team nearby. First, he says that when he went to check the FBI file on Donna, it was deleted. Of course, this was Jane’s doing when she inserted the thumb drive Oscar had given to her. He also had GPS records, which again… all thanks to Jane. He even had a photo of a note that was written with the pen that was in Mayfair’s office — the one that Jane planted. And finally, Weitz says he found money in Donna’s apartment. It was the money Mayfair had given to Sofia!

So Jane is setting up Mayfair! Why exactly? I’m guessing we won’t be privy to that information before the end of this season, but it’s certainly an interesting twist. Frankly, I’m hoping we get a little more information about Orion/Daylight. Those two things have to play into this somehow, right? And what about Sofia? Did she set up her ex? It’s looking like you can’t trust anyone! Sound off with your own theories in the comments section below. See you next week!

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