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'Blindspot' spot of the week: How badly did Jane screw up her world?

Season 1 | Episode 10 | “Evil Handmade Instrument” | Aired Nov 23, 2015

I hate to be a buzzkill, but things don’t look good for Blindspot‘s Jane Doe. Between her impulsive choice to kiss FBI handler and childhood BFF Kurt Weller, and certain messages passed on by her ex-fiancé, Jane might have royally wrecked her world.

First: that kiss. Motivated by an emotional Patterson weeping about how she’d pushed David away, Jane (Jaimie Alexander) decided to duck her security detail and pay an unexpected visit to Weller’s (Sullivan Stapleton) apartment. When he got there, she planted one hell of a kiss on him and he gave her one in return—before his nephew spoiled the moment. But still, there was kissing and it was epic. Probably should’ve been some Lifetime-style violins in there.

In case you missed it, here it is again:

But let’s not start writing the wedding invitations just yet. Crossing this line could actually be very bad for Jane. For one thing, if anyone finds out that she kissed the FBI agent who is still technically working her case—and they will find out, in part because this is TV and in part because literally everyone else picked up on the sexual tension weeks ago—that’s a big reason to get Weller reassigned. In no plausible world does an FBI agent remain on a case where they’ve become intimate with someone involved. So there will always be the fear of someone else, someone much less sympathetic, taking over the reins.

That’s if Weller doesn’t back off himself, since he did give that whole spiel about objectivity. Kissing her is one thing, especially after the tease that was last week’s episode, but pursuing a full-blown romantic relationship might be too much for his principles, especially if it would mean having to entrust her safety to another lead agent.

Oh, and then there’s the video. After leaving Weller, Jane was thrown into another van and taken off to CIA boss Tom Carter (Michael Gaston), but he in turn was shot dead by Jane’s former flame Oscar (Francois Arnaud). The episode then closed with Oscar showing Jane a video that she had filmed prior to her memory loss, telling her who he was and that this whole thing was her idea. A video hasn’t caused this much trouble since The Ring.

Here’s where it gets (more) complicated. Setting aside the fact that Jane has to personally deal with the knowledge that she was in on the amnesia plan, it also forces her to call everything since then into question. If it was her idea to send herself to Weller, then obviously she knew about their history beforehand, since she is, most likely, Taylor Shaw. So how fair is it for her to pursue a romantic relationship with him, knowing that her past self purposefully took advantage of that backstory? Even if it was for the greater good, it does feel a bit manipulative. And though Jane wasn’t aware of any of that until now, how is she going to feel looking at Weller knowing that she planned all this, and he hasn’t got a clue?

It all adds up to a very precarious position over the next 13 episodes. There’s her individual struggle as she comes to terms with having been the mastermind behind this situation she’s wrestled with so much. Then there’s dealing with Oscar (who at least finally got a name) and the history that they have. On top of that, she’s got to decide about Weller—to pursue him or not, to tell him this new truth or not. And even if she somehow balances these two men in her life and what they’re telling her, somebody else could still come in and ruin it all.

Jane has come this far to build the beginnings of a new future for herself. She has a house, even if it’s a safe house, a job, a pseudo-family with the FBI team, and someone she loves. She’s making great headway in taking her life back and accepting what she’s been through. So, of course, just as she gets comfortable, Blindspot comes in and messes all of that up. You have to feel for her, because all she really wants to do is help people and be happy.

But as they say, happiness doesn’t always make for good TV. For viewers, it’s going to be really interesting to see how Jane deals with her newfound knowledge and the ethical dilemmas it presents. Watching her develop as a character has always been far more interesting than Operation Daylight (or now, Orion). Jane is in a position where who she is now definitely doesn’t jibe with who she was then, and she’ll have to decide between following what her past self set up and what her heart is telling her in the present. She could make some huge mistakes, but those mistakes will have us on the edge of our seats.

Blindspot returns on Monday, February 26, 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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