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'Blindspot' spot of the week: Jane Doe has a secret admirer

Season 1 | Episode 6 | “Cede Your Soul” | Aired Oct 26, 2015

Things got personal—almost a little too personal—at the beginning of this week’s Blindspot, which depicted Jane Doe in the throes of a sex dream with an unknown man, identifiable only by the tree tattooed on his arm.

There are fans out there who were disappointed that it wasn’t Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton). When Jane (Jaimie Alexander) confided her intimate moment to FBI shrink Dr. Borden (Ukweli Roach), he immediately suggested that it was. Not dissuaded by the mention of the tree tattoo, he went on to tell Jane to keep her relationship with Weller more professional, creating an uneasiness between the show’s two main characters that we got to live with for the rest of the episode.

At least, we lived with it until the closing seconds, when the mysterious man resurfaced, tree tattoo and all, standing on the street across from Jane’s new apartment. Who is this guy? What does he want? And how much did this episode mess with those folks pulling for a Jane/Weller relationship? (Don’t tell me that the writers didn’t know it would make those fans crazy.)

Let’s take these questions in order. Having killed the unidentified man who trained Jane and helped to erase her memory (Johnny Whitworth), Blindspot has come up with a new mystery dude to take his place. It stands to reason that there’s more than one person from this group in Jane’s past—could Whitworth’s character really have done everything by himself?—and with the first one having been dead for two weeks, this second guy has taken his place as the person responsible for shadowing Jane. Or maybe he’s just some other random stranger.

But hopefully this new guy won’t die before he gets a name. If Jane’s dream is to be believed, this character is about to insinuate himself into her life, and become very close to her. That’s going to open up a whole other barrel of monkeys for Blindspot to deal with. What’s going to make Jane willing to drop her guard like that and become at least physically involved with him? As cautious as she is, it doesn’t feel like she’s the girl who would be somebody’s one-night stand. And as this man wins over Jane, how many alarm bells is that going to set off for Weller and the entire CIRG team? They’ll be checking this guy out more thoroughly than a father interrogating his daughter’s prom date.

One thing “Cede Your Soul” does is raise the issue of Jane having a personal life in the first place. She talks about wanting room to breathe and invites her security detail in for a post-work drink (although they decline). She wants interactions outside of the team, as she tells Weller that she doesn’t feel comfortable socializing with either the team or his sister because of the case, and she deserves that. It would be incomplete if Blindspot asked us to believe that all Jane does is work, go home, and stare at her tattoos in the bedroom mirror. She’s going to get out into the world, and the show has to address what happens then—particularly the security concerns. The very first thing the FBI has to worry about is someone getting close to her for their own ends.

Now, to those fans who are hoping that Jane and Weller eventually get together, I can understand any frustration that might’ve come out of that opening scene. It wasn’t hard to see what the script wanted viewers to think of that moment, particularly when put together with the vulnerable last scene between Jane and Weller in last Monday’s episode. Even if you’re not a fan of the pairing (and I’m not), that first act does offer a certain perspective on Jane and Weller anyway.

These two already have such a compelling relationship between them, thanks to the fact that Jaimie Alexander and Sullivan Stapleton are gangbusters in their respective parts. The idea of having someone other than Weller as Jane’s case officer is as startling to the audience as it is to Jane (though don’t be surprised if that’s a plot point for a future episode). We’re already conditioned to see these two as a unit, because we’re well aware of how they positively affect each other. As Jane mentions, even the baggage of Taylor Shaw between them can be considered a plus, as it means no one would care more about her than Weller. Whether or not things ever get romantic, the idea of a third person in the picture definitely feels like an intrusion. Not that this guy lurking around outside Jane’s apartment leaves the best impression either.

However Blindspot chooses to advance Jane’s secret admirer, that story is obviously going to have a major impact on Jane’s storyline as an individual and in the dynamic she has with Weller. It’s something that will cause a lot of tension and generate a lot of buzz amongst the fans, as it should. That makes it something to look forward to. Let’s just hope, though, that she doesn’t have to have any more uncomfortable chats with Dr. Borden about her dreams.

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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