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'Blindspot' spot of the week: Nice to meet you (again)

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Eight Slim Grins” | Aired Oct 5, 2015

There’s only one choice for this week’s Blindspot Spot of the Week: We know who Jane Doe is! The reveal of her identity—or at least the confirmation—definitely qualifies as the biggest of moments. If you somehow missed the scene when it happened, or are like me and just can’t believe it’s true, here it is one more time:

Ladies and gentlemen, this is huge.

Firstly, from a production standpoint, imagine the guts it must take to drop your key reveal in the show’s third episode. The entire advertising campaign for Blindspot was based around the question of “Who is Jane Doe?” and the writers didn’t wait a month before they told us. That is gutsy—to take that primary draw away this quickly means that they have a tremendous amount of faith in the rest of their story. On any other show, we’d be waiting until the season finale to get this information, if that. (Let me refer you to John Doe, which was canceled before we were ever told his real name.)

This move also offers up a tremendous amount of fan service. Everybody who was wary about getting involved with another serial mystery because of the possibility of never getting answers? Blindspot just showed that it’s going to give answers, and it’s not going to play hard to get with them, either. Anyone who’s watching the show, or anyone who’s thinking about it, can now do so in good faith that their time will be well-spent, whether this show lasts a season or a decade. Revealing that Jane Doe is Taylor Shaw just opened up a whole lot more questions.

This is no longer a “who is it” mystery. This is now a character story about a woman who was abducted 25 years ago and is now reunited with her childhood best friend. It’s a story about how and why this woman, somewhere in those two-and-a-half decades, became a Navy SEAL involved with a group of people capable of wiping her memory.

There are, of course, the procedural questions. What do Jane/Taylor’s mysterious backers know about Operation Daylight (which we learned this week has something to do with an FBI case Mayfair worked regarding a prominent gang leader)? How did those same people know about her history with Weller in order to point her in his direction to begin with? There are all sorts of loose ends for the puzzle lovers out there, and that part’s going to keep us on the edge of our seats.

But more than that, it’s going to be truly compelling to see how the relationship between Jane/Taylor and Weller now changes, and how it affects each of them individually. Jane/Taylor knows for sure that there’s a person from her past that is going to be around long enough to tell her something, at least as much as he remembers. That added familiarity, or at least the knowledge of it, may make it easier for her to trust him. At the very least, she now has something to build upon—not just Weller, but also his sister, Sarah, who knew Taylor too. For Taylor, this is a start.

And Weller has a tremendous weight off his back. After 25 years, he has the answer he’s been searching for, something that probably drove him to becoming an FBI agent in the first place. Jane/Taylor is not only the key to solving all of these crimes—she could be the key to proving his father’s innocence and resolving trauma that had such a negative impact on his family. This reveal just amplifies how personally entangled with Jane/Taylor he is, and for a guy who seems to keep a lot of people at a distance, that’s probably going to be a struggle for him.

There’s just so much raw emotion in this new story direction. How do you deal with someone you never expected to see again coming back into your life? How are you supposed to treat that person, especially when they don’t remember being the person you were once close to? Is it with the familiarity of the past? Or do you look at them as the person you know now? From Taylor’s perspective, there’s a person in front of her that she’s supposed to know. Does she feel like she should get closer to him because of a shared past? How much does she want to ask, especially with the awareness that his memories don’t end well?

Blindspot has brilliant possibilities in its future. It’s anchored by Jaimie Alexander and Sullivan Stapleton, who have already proven themselves wonderful at pulling out the emotion and internal lives of their characters. Just imagine what they can do now that we know Jane Doe’s real identity. It is truly a pleasure to meet you, Taylor Shaw. I can’t wait to see what else you have to show us.

Blindspot airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on NBC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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