On Blindspot Season 3 Episode 7 our favorite team rallies together to solve the tattoo that got Stuart killed and we find out just how dark and twisted Hirst really is.
If confirmation that Hirst was dirty caught you by surprise on Blindpsot Season 3 Episode 6, you were in for a rude awakening this hour.
It's certainly within the realm of believability that a director of the FBI could be prone to manipulation and blackmail, but the ease with which Hirst turned to violence was shocking: slitting Stuart's throat without the blink of an eye.
This flashback of the murder was startling to me -- the fact that Hirst would use her own hand to do her dirty work proved how far gone she is. Zero sympathy. Sociopathic.
Even with this knowledge it almost struck me as more evil the way she tried manipulate Reade, poking at his biggest vulnerability, and trying to pry him away from Zapata.
Hirst: I think Zapata found her tribe when she joined the CIA.
Reade: What do you mean?
Hirst: They're snakes. And I want this taskforce to proceed without them. First thing tomorrow morning, you will revoke Zapata's FBI clearance, and you'll inform her that she is no longer a part of your team.
Reade: But why?
Hirst: I don't trust her. And neither should you. A history like yours... illicit drug use... it makes you vulnerable. Someone like Zapata could use that against you.
It was incredibly heartbreaking to see Reade accept the realization that he had been used as a puppet in Hirst's game because of his past "indiscretions with drugs."
The way that Reade and Zapata continue to have each others back despite everything that has transpired in the last two years and the time they were apart, is touching. This is a pair that seem the most unbreakable out of anyone on the show.
Between the jokes about Reade's girlfriend, and the tension between he and Zapata when they were hiding out in the hospital server room, it seems like there maybe more than friendship bubbling under the surface.
Reade: Hirst hired me because I have a weakness she could exploit, same as Van Gogh. At least his weakness was noble.
Zapata: Reade, you need to stop beating yourself up about this.
Reade: No, you don't understand. She's still manipulating me. She wants me to remove you from the team.
Zapata: None of that matters anymore. We have Van Gogh. You don't have to do anything for Hirst ever again.
This scene of course reminded me of the one kiss the two shared in Season 2, which was quickly blown off. They were in a different time then, different people (Reade wasn't a boss, Zapata didn't wear heels.) Maybe this is finally the time for them...
Weller: I'm sorry, I know it's a lot to ask.
Allison: Do you want our daughter to grow up visiting us both in prison?
Patterson: We... we don't have anyone else we can trust. We just need that one file, that is all.
Allison: Oh, I brought the file. I just want you all to feel appropriately guilty from dragging me down with you.
Patterson: Oh, well, that's... a little mean, but okay.
The case of the week didn't just bring closure to Stuart's death, or solidify Hirst's evil ways, but also provided a mirror for Weller to examine the potential repercussions of continuing to lie to Jane.
It turns out that the mysterious Van Gogh figure, AKA Eric Vance, was not a creepy ax-murdering crazy person, but rather a man who got himself caught up in Hirst's dangerous web while trying to save his dying husband from the clutches of cancer. Tragic, if you ask me.
Vance lied to Julien about the reality of the awful things he was doing, but he felt justified in doing it because he was protecting his partner from unimaginable pain. Sound familiar?
When Weller asked Vance if he regretted his decision to lie, the answer was a firm no, but in doing so he lost the love of his life forever. It seems like this should have been more of a warning than a comfort to Kurt, since his biggest fear is losing Jane once again.
Weller: Do you regret keeping everything from him?
Vance: No... not one bit. If I'd have told him about the blackmail, he'd have left the trial. I knew that. And I had already watched him battle cancer for two years. He was in agony all the time. So, I made a decision. If lying to the person I love means sparing them horrible pain... I'll lie.
Despite the sacrifices Vance made to save his husband, and help the team take Hirst down in a very legitimate way, the still weren't able to protect him. Hirst's long and dangerous reach took him out right in front of their eyes.
Will this be Kurt's future if he doesn't come clean to Jane?
We had a few special guests return this episode -- Allison and baby Bethany!
I was thrilled that this part of the story was addressed as the reality of Kurt's child and their other life in Colorado had fallen to the background.
Allison was a vital part of this hour as she not only helped the team take down Dr. Palmeri and save the city from a dangerous outbreak, but unknowingly forced Kurt to face his future with Jane and what could happen if he continues to lie.
Allison: [Vance] has been lying to his husband for two years.
Kurt: He kept this from him to protect him, that's not such a bad thing.
Allison: That is such a Kurt Weller response.
Kurt: What's that supposed to mean?
Allison: You always think you have to protect everyone. But shielding someone from the truth isn't heroic, it's just dishonest. People can handle more than you give them credit for.
Their family unit is obviously a little different than most, but the ease with which Allison, Kurt, Jane and little Bethany celebrated their early Christmas was charming and adorable.
It was awesome to watch Allison and Jane work together in the field, and they showed exceptional teamwork. Not only can they bond over sweet Bethany, but they can take down an evil doctor and save millions of peoples lives, all in the same day. (With Patterson's help, of course! Girl power!)
Watching Jane interact with Bethany brought to mind the scenes of their life in Colorado that we were treated to in the season premiere. There was a period of time when she was a huge parental figure in the baby's life, and it's clear that this brought feelings about her own newfound daughter to the surface.
I wasn't shocked to see Jane made the decision to look for her daughter again.
If you take all of the other craziness out of the equation, wanting to know that her child is safe and happy while also not wanting to disrupt her life is a noble and understandable desire.
Although, I'm sure Jane is in for a huge surprise when she finally tracks down Avery and whatever happened in Berlin is finally revealed. Is she going to gain a daughter and lose a husband? I seriously hope not.
The rest of the season is sure to be a rollercoaster, especially now that Hirst knows the team is on to her. Will they finally be able to take her down for good? Who will get caught in the crossfire? I can't wait to find out!
Do you think Kurt should come clean to Jane? What is Hirst's next move? Comment your thoughts below!
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