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Condone Untidiest Thefts is the fifth episode of the second season and the 28th overall episode of Blindspot.


Short Summary

A politician is nearly killed by an assassin for the Irish mob during a rally, so Weller and the team join forces with U.S. Marshal Allie Knight to hunt down a mob leader.

Cast

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Full Summary

A man hides a revolver inside of a video camera and prepares it to make it a lethal stealth weapon.

At Sandstorm's headquarters, Jane cuts her hair in order to ditch the old hairstyle that reminded her of the time she was captive and tortured by the CIA. Seeing her from afar, Shepherd approaches and helps her with a loose hair tendril at the back of her head. Jane retrieves another memory in which she sees herself lying on a bed and being helped by a female doctor, from the time, she believes, after the Orion attack. Still shocked by the new revelation, she asks Shepherd if she ever mentioned a female doctor before and she explains that the doctor found Jane wondering around the town the doctor was stationed in. Shepherd also mentions that if it wasn't for the woman, Jane wouldn't have survived the attack and that the doctor was killed after she saved Jane. Trying to place a timeline of her old life, Jane asks how she got back to the United States, to which Shepherd answers that she had to hide for weeks until she eventually managed to board a cargo ship as a stowaway. She then advises Jane to focus on the future because the most important thing is that she's with her family again.

Nas and Weller look for some useful evidence that could explain what Sandstorm wanted from him and why they were interested in Weller's life for over twenty years. He finds a cellphone and Nas allegedly admits that no one from the CIA was able to decode what was encrypted inside of it. She also points that Weller is barely in the military school's yearbooks to which he reckons he hated school because he had a hard time dealing with the fact that his father might have been the one responsible for Taylor's disappearance. Worried about his sister, he used to sneak out of the school to check on his sister, Sarah, and make sure she was okay. On the yearbook, it is stated that Weller was an outstanding marksmanship student.

Zapata burst into the room with information about the black-hole picture Mayfair left on her USB drive and admits that, in order to crack the info, she had to ask for Shadowcat's help, who said that the way to understand the photo was through Laminar Flow, an advanced technique that requires high computing power. Nas, still upset with Zapata for sharing classified information with a dark web hacker, thanks her for the help and mentions that if she ever shows evidence to a convict again, she'll have to fire her.

Meanwhile, Reade is surprised sleeping in his car by a police officer and is ordered to leave the place, revealing that he is still in the place where he was surveilling Coach Jones' house from the night before.

Patterson is joined by Dr. Borden in her bathroom as they both brush their teeth together after he spent the night at her apartment. He asks about leaving together for work and Patterson accepts, but not before she shows a little discomfort due to her personal issues. He kisses her before he leaves the room.

At the hospital, Allie and Weller discuss Allie's stubbornness of not wanting to leave her field duty despite her pregnancy.

After talking to Reade and granting him a personal day, Weller enters the lab where his team is waiting and compliments Jane's new haircut.

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Patterson briefs the team that the compass tattoo has a number in it which is the server address of an app called Snapitz and that the rest of the numbers match up to five Snapitz accounts that link up to known associates to the O'Malley's, Irish mob's most powerful crime family. They were using the app to communicate through pictures of different endgames tablebases moves, each of them representing a letter to form the code: "Adams Park, Wednesday, Noon."

The team follows the lead to the park where a political rally for immigration reform is taking place featuring politicians and VIPs. When the man with the hidden revolver shoots two people, Weller and the team look for the suspect until he's seen and taken down as a result of Jane's distraction. Back at the FBI, Weller isn't too pleased to see Allie assisting on the case after she received a call from Tasha asking her for help after identifying the shooter as Michael Herskope, an associate of the O'Malley family. The shooter's target was Senator Quinn Donahue, first cousin with Patrick O'Malley, the latter being the head of the Irish mob. Patterson arrives just to inform that the serial number on the gun hidden inside of the camera matches one registered to Patrick O'Malley. Allie tells Weller that she wants to help in the investigation but she's simply ignored.

Reade follows Jones's steps and attacks him trying to get some answers about the child abuse he committed against other kids and, possibly, to him; but Jones doesn't have a chance to answer before Reade is stopped by a shop owner.

Taken under custody, Patrick orders to see Allie, stating that he would speak only to her. Weller tries to understand why Patrick knew Allie by name and she admits that she has been best friends with his sister, Stephanie since they were kids.

Jane walks into Patterson's lab to ask her for help on a drawing of a ring she got from that morning's memory at Sandstorm's HQ. She wants to know if there's a way to track the ring and identify the person who was wearing it. Patterson, worried about Jane's need, accepts and promises she'll do her best.

At the interrogation room, O'Malley reveals that he has cancer and only 6 months to live, and also that Allie is dating someone named Conor. Weller interrupts their chat and informs O'Malley that his cousin was almost murdered and that the motive behind the attempted murder was to carry out revenge for putting away O'Malley's younger brother. O'Malley says h retired from the mob as soon as he found out he had cancer and insists that he has nothing to do with the attempted murder of Quinn Donahue.

Patrick reveals that Quinn Donahue is the head of the Irish mob and he sent Michael to act as the shooter to intentionally hurt two civilians and make Quinn's name show up on all the major newspaper headlines.

When Jane talks to Patrick and tries to make him see that his family framed him for murder, he opens up and confesses that he has tapes with evidence to take down Donahue.

Zapata receives a call from NYPD informing her that they got a complaint report of Reade for harassing Jones earlier that day. She calls Reade and when the call goes to voicemail, she asks Weller to take the rest of the day off.

Weller, Nas, Allie, Jane, and Patrick arrive at a law firm to retrieve the tapes but get ambushed by members of the Irish mob; leading the group to get separated. It's up to Jane and Allie to get the tapes with the help of Patrick's attorney, Melissa Coto.

Reade breaks into Jones' house and discovers a bunch of tapes in the basement presumably recordings of child abuse.

After taking the tapes and trying to escape the ambush, Allie gets shot in the leg, enters a state of shock, and admits to being pregnant with Weller's baby. Jane does everything she can to stop Allie's wound from bleeding and distracts her with questions about her baby.

Patrick, feeling guilty for Allie's injury, decides to buy them some time and takes the briefcase, leaving the evidence to Jane, and shoots one of the members of the mob. Jane carries Allie on her shoulders in an attempt to leave the place alive until they're intercepted by Nas and Weller. Weller kills what seems to be the last members of the Irish mob in the building, and carries Allie in his arms.

In the locker room, Weller thanks Jane for saving Allie and she congratulates him on the pregnancy, telling him that she always thought that he'd be a great dad. When she leaves, she runs into Patterson only to receive bad news about the ring. The person who wore it could not be found, but the rings' origin seems to be Kabul. She then calls Oliver Kind and invites him out for drinks.

Shepherd meets Roman and expresses her concern about Jane's recurring memories and also admits that she lied to her about her rescue from Afghanistan. This worries Roman and asks Shepherd if Jane remembered Chris but she denies it and admits that Jane might very soon.

Decoded black-hole picture.

Weller thanks Nas for keeping him focused earlier that day and Patterson bursts into the room to tell them that she decoded the black-hole picture. The decoded black-hole picture turned out to be a bunch of emails that let the team know where Douglas Winter is and that he was working alongside Mayfair.

Zapata tracks Reade's location to Jones' house to discover him next to Jones' dead body.

Tattoo

Location: Back of right thigh. Meaning: A mobile application was used as a communication device to carry out an attack on Quinn Donahue.
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Some of the numbers in the compass correspond to the server address for Snapitz, while the rest of them match up to five Snapitz accounts with associates of the O’Malley family. They used the app as a communication device to send a coded message through pictures of chess end-game movements that ordered a hit on Donahue, who turned out to be the head of the Irish mob in the USA.

Quotes

Zapata: "This might be my favorite interrogation ever."

Jane: "Loyalty's a noble value but you can't let it blind you."

Major Events

Trivia

  • Snapitz is a reference to Snapchat a multimedia messaging app on which, one of the main features is that pictures and messages are usually only available for a short time before they become inaccessible to their recipients.
  • When Jane throws the gunman down the stairs in the law firm chase the Wilhelm scream sound effect is used it is a stock sound effect first heard in the 1951 film Distant Drums likely voiced by Sheb Wooley. The Wilhelm scream has been used in numerous Movies, TV shows, Cartoons and, even Video Games over the years.
    • The Wilhelm scream has become a kind of in-joke in the sound among sound designers.
    • It was Named after Private Wilhelm(a Character in the 1953 Western The Charge at Feather River) by Ben Burtt who found it and incorporated it into Star Wars. This was its breakout use.

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