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'Blindspot' spot of the week: Is Weller's personal life a disaster?

Season 1 | Episode 13 | “Scientists Hollow Fortune” | Aired Mar 7, 2016

Blindspot fans, let’s set aside the non-answers about Orion and Northlake. This week, let’s talk about how Kurt Weller’s personal life has turned into a complete and undeserved disaster.

Weller is a hard-working if tightly wound FBI agent whose biggest issue is that someone else tattooed his name on Jane Doe’s back. Yet in “Scientists Hollow Fortune,” Blindspot had him officially call time on the (already rushed) flirtation between himself and Jane, forced him to watch his father have a breakdown over what really happened the night that she disappeared, and revealed to the audience that his sister Sarah has been secretly dating his FBI teammate Edgar Reade. It was a terrible episode for Weller, and it’s hard not to feel like the guy doesn’t deserve all this drama.

The hits just kept on coming all throughout the installment. First, Weller had to face Jane in the FBI locker room after they didn’t meet up the night before to discuss that midseason finale kiss. Despite being the one who got left holding the emotional bag, he was so polite that he was apologizing to her. Then he told her that anything between the two of them would be “too complicated.” That’s said not knowing about the late-night meetings that Jane is now having with her former fiancé, Oscar; just wait until those two come face-to-face and Weller learns the full extent of Jane’s relationship to Oscar (you know it’s going to happen).

Fans may be rooting for Weller and Jane to couple up, but it might just be more trouble than it’s worth. It certainly paints a lovely story right out of a Hallmark movie—the hero reunited with his long-lost childhood friend who turns out to be his soulmate. But despite Jane’s attraction to Weller, she has way too much baggage to be girlfriend material. Aside from the ex-fiancé who won’t stop hanging around, there’s the whole matter of her being part of his unit and the conflict of interest that presents. Maybe once some things sort themselves out and the FBI stops poking into the team’s business, they’d have a shot—but right now, what Weller needs is something that’s stable and uncomplicated. Or, you know, just to not date anyone at all.

He has enough complications with his father, who, under pressure from his son, finally admitted his whereabouts on the night that Jane/Taylor Shaw went missing: Struggling with depression, he’d gone out to kill himself, only to change his mind. The elder Weller was too ashamed to ever admit this, at least until he had a massive breakdown at Kurt’s kitchen table. It was the best scene of the episode, so here it is again:

Blindspot has hammered on the bad relationship between Weller and his father since the second episode, and while this breakdown also qualifies as a breakthrough, there’s still a lot of work to be done. As Weller said to Jane earlier in “Scientists Hollow Fortune,” just because she’s alive doesn’t excuse the fact that his father was an angry drunk and a terrible parent. Will understanding a little more about what his dad was going through mean Weller can find it in him to try to mend fences? Or will he continue to keep his distance, which he’s well within his rights to do? That’s a weight he’s got to get off his shoulders one way or another.

Then there’s the revelation that Sarah’s mystery boyfriend is Reade, which actually is good news—at least that means she’s dating a good guy. But when Weller finds out (and it feels like it’s going to be unintentional, because Reade is in no hurry to ‘fess up), he’s likely going to go into his protective big-brother mode. He trusts Reade with his life in the field, but trusting him with his sister is blurring that line between personal and professional. Even if it’s not his personal life, it still affects Weller; plus there’s the element of it being hidden from him for who knows how long. Reade saying he’s waiting for Weller to be less stressed—but he’d have better luck waiting for the winning lottery numbers.

Weller is always stressed. He’s always worried over at least one person in his life. That shows just how big a heart he has, which in turn is the exact reason you can’t help but want some peace in his life. He spends so much time looking out for others, yet almost everyone has made his life more complicated, except for (maybe) Patterson. When this season is over, it had better end with Weller going on vacation to Tahiti. He’s earned it.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like things are going to get any better for Weller: The commercial for next Monday’s episode teased a return appearance by his ex-girlfriend Allison, last seen in “Authentic Flirt” both hitting on him and trying to convince Jane to do the same. There’s no way that goes well. We may as well just hand him the Advil now—and keep hoping that someday, Blindspot gives this good guy a break.

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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