Considering how often Weller almost dies each and every week on Blindspot, it’d make sense for him to change careers and find something a little more safe and secure, especially now that he’s trying to live a somewhat peaceful domestic life with Jane. Early on in “Adoring Suspect” he’s on a movie set acting as an FBI consultant, making sure that the movie being filmed has a certain amount of authenticity to it. He’s taking a young actor through the details of unblocking a jammed gun, and he looks right at home.
Weller, of course, is too tied to his job to switch careers and work in fake law enforcement, so this gig on the movie set has to be part of something bigger. We flash back to eight hours earlier to get our answer. Once again Roman has called Weller in order to give him a little nudge in the right direction when it comes to the new tattoo cases. Roman continues to use Weller’s secret — that he met Jane’s daughter in Berlin — as leverage, blackmailing him into doing his bidding.
So, Weller goes to Patterson with a “hunch” about one of the new tattoos. He concocts a story about flipping through a magazine at his dentist’s office, where he happened to notice a logo that looked a lot like one of Jane’s tattoos. The logo is for Sacred Lynx Productions, a studio that largely funds the projects of young actor Keith Rhodes. The magazine features an interview with Rhodes where he lambasts the production company for its shoddy visual effects despite a hefty budget. Where did all of that money go if not into the movie? Weller posits that the production company is a front for something shadier, and gets Patterson to look into it.
While Roman is living the life of an Instagram influencer — albeit a psychopathic, murderous one — in Barcelona and doing his best to stage an “accidental” run-in with Blake, the rich auctioneer from a few episodes ago, Patterson decodes a series of squares on Jane’s tattoo, and that leads them to a backup account for a paparazzi service. They browse the pictures of Keith Rhodes and find one of him with Nico Popov, the head of a Russian crime syndicate known as The Brigata.
The Brigata is known for using massive terrorist attacks to gain influence, but they’ve never ventured outside of their country. But one picture, taken just the day before, places Nico at a party in Manhattan with Rhodes. That means they’re planning their first stateside attack, and it’s up to the team to figure out when it’s going down.
Complicating all of this is the number of other things distracting the team. Jane informs Patterson that she’s changed her mind about finding her daughter. Patterson pushes back before realizing she’s stepped over the line, but she has her reasons: She found the name of a nurse who worked in the hospital when Jane’s daughter was handed over to an adoptive family. Patterson keeps that information to herself for now though, struggling to decide whether Jane deserves to know despite her change of heart.
On top of all that Zapata and Patterson are still looking into Hirst under the assumption that she’s corrupt and covering up whatever crime Stuart was close to exposing. They approach Jane with a request to rescan her new tattoos in order to set up a database removed from Hirst’s influence, but the process isn’t that easy. They need the metal disc that illuminates the tattoos, and there’s no getting that out of the FBI headquarters without triggering a metal detector. Zapata has a plan though, and Patterson is super excited about it because it probably means using some cool CIA gadget that she otherwise wouldn’t have access to.
That cheery attitude quickly changes once Keith Rhodes is nearly killed on set by a prop defibrillator that wasn’t supposed to be charged. After Keith recovers, Weller brings him into the FBI for questioning, though it’s under the guise of giving him a tour because they don’t want to tip off Nico.
Once Weller and Jane lay out all the details, Keith tells them what he knows about the production company. He says that Nico came in out of nowhere and started funding the projects but that he demanded they work in some strange locations. When Patterson checks out the locations, she determines they’re all cities with major weapons plants, and that they specifically carry cyclosarin, a chemical weapon with no antidote.