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'Blindspot' spot of the week: How many Jane Does are there?

Season 1 | Episode 5 | “Split the Law” | Aired Oct 19, 2015

Already, Blindspot has proven itself good at throwing us some great “you’ve got to be kidding” moments, and this week’s episode served up another one. This week, the FBI’s investigation into a former CIA asset turned terrorist led Jane to recover more memories from her childhood abduction—including that she wasn’t alone.

A tearful Jane (Jaimie Alexander) confides in Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) that she remembers more of being taken, including being led down a flight of stairs into a room where there were other captive children. So now we have another burning question: How many Jane Does are there? Not in the sense that they all went on to become former special-ops soldiers covered in crime-solving tattoos, but obviously there are other kids who were abducted by the same person who took Jane, and other families that were torn apart, and we have no idea what happened to any of them.

We know that somehow, Jane went from that room to becoming a soldier to joining whatever program convinced her to wipe her memory, then to being in that duffel bag in Times Square. But how did she get out of there? There are all sorts of possibilities. Did she escape? Was she rescued? Did she have to kill her abductor to get free? And if it was either of the first two, were any of her fellow abductees saved with her? Or were they not so lucky?

It’s too early to know whether or not that information even has any bearing on the story that Blindspot is trying to tell. There’s nothing that says any of these other victims have to be relevant. But it does paint a chilling picture of someone who was at best a serial kidnapper, and at worst, who knows what else he could’ve done? He’s gotten away with his crimes for 25 years. We know that because Weller’s father was presumed to be Taylor’s abductor that whole time, nobody said anything about any other suspects—or other victims—before now, so did they just not connect the dots?

Keep in mind that Jane’s memory doesn’t necessarily exonerate Weller’s dad either. She told him that she only recalled the hand of the man who took her, not his face. That sets up a really painful idea: Either there’s an unknown other party out there who abducted several kids and has never been held accountable, or Weller might have to consider that his father didn’t commit just one crime. Either way, the world of Blindspot just got a lot more bleak.

What makes this the Spot of the Week? It goes right to the heart of what makes this an outstanding series. As much as it was entertaining to see the FBI square off with CIA boss Tom Carter (Michael Gaston), and as cringeworthy as it is to think of Zapata (Audrey Esparza) selling out the team to him, the real memorable material is in the scenes that enrich the characters and the human puzzle. There’s always a bad guy, and it’s no surprise there’s a mole, but there isn’t always a show that can weave such compelling drama through the procedural elements.

In this one scene, we get a revelation that chokes up the audience as much as it does Jane. It’s scary to think about how many other kids might have been kept in that room and what might have happened to them, and then when you start considering what that means, it spawns other story ideas—and none of them are good. Weller has had a hard enough time dealing with his father in the aftermath of Taylor’s abduction. How tough would it be if he had to consider that there might be even more he doesn’t know? Especially now that his sister Sarah has brought their father into his home?

However you consider this history, whether it’s from Weller’s perspective or Jane’s perspective, there’s so much going on, and there’s so much emotion within all of that. Blindspot has crafted a narrative where the backstory is as complicated and intriguing as the stuff that’s happening in the present day. It’s not just “Who is Jane Doe?” that’s worth answering, it’s “How did she get here?” and “How does that affect everyone else around her?” Whether you’re looking forward or looking back, the show is equally compelling.

It might be a while before we get answers as to the specifics of Jane’s abduction; we didn’t even get a further clue this week as to whether or not she is Taylor Shaw. But it seems like her abductor has taken the place of Johnny Whitworth’s Mysterious Stranger as the enigma in her flashbacks. Now we can’t wait to find out who he is and what else he can tell us—not just about her, but about the circumstances that changed her life, Weller’s life, and probably a whole lot more.

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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