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TV Review: BLINDSPOT: Season 1, Episode 9: Authentic Flirt [NBC]

Jaimie Alexander, Blindspot

NBC’s Blindspot Authentic Flirt TV Show Review. Blindspot: Season 1, Episode 9: Authentic Flirt begins with two assassins are torturing an innocent American in a generic dark basement and cuts to the lab.

Patterson (Ashley Johnson) decodes the coffee truck sign for David (Joe Dinicol). He tells her he is madly in love with her, but she says their timing is just “off”.

Thomas Carter (Michael Gaston) is a little over confident that he has Zapata (Audrey Esparza) by the throat with their little arrangement. He wants her to plant a state of the art bug in Jane’s (Jaimie Alexander) safehouse. She says “no”, but then thinks she has to agree to this slime.

Jane’s tattoos lead to an anagram decoded that is the name of a puppy message board user in a conversation about meeting at an open house on Staten Island. The team shows up to an abandoned house and are ambushed by a pair of very sophisticated assassins who don’t last more than a minute against Kurt (Sullivan Stapleton) and Edgar’s (Rob Brown) sharp shooting, and to everyone’s surprise, Jane knows Bulgarian. Kurt recovers a lapel pin and a pair of gala invitations in an envelope.

Patterson confirms that the assassins pair entered and exited Barcelona on the day Perry Byrne (Eric Reis) was tortured. He is the brother of the ‘lost puppy’ Robert Byrne, an accountant who helped put away Victor Morello, mob boss. Mayfair alerts the U.S. Marshalls and Kurt’s ex-girlfriend (Trieste Kelly Dunn) shows up to let everyone in on the catastrophic news that the secured witness database has been hacked and all the location data has been stolen.

David is casually hanging out at the Brooklyn Historical Society to catch someone messing with the cipher books. He starts following a woman (Heidi Germaine Schnappauf) who he should have left alone. This affair with Patterson cannot have been worth this risk, but he is a total tool for love.

Off we go to the ball, but not before Kurt’s enthralling crush on Jane grabs his balls once she presents herself in her gown.

Thomas shows up to harass Mayfair with autocratic paranoia. She wants a paper trail to cover their tracks and thinks they are safe with Guerrero (Lou Diamond Phillips) alive because there really is no way to pump him for information about Daylight, but Thomas is actually worried that someone is going to tell him about it for leverage, I think. He is pressing her because his hunch is right about Jane’s tattoos. Someone knows about Daylight and he most likely suspects Mayfair spilled the beans. Thomas is bloodthirsty as usual. He actually thinks putting the pressure on her to off someone will make her snap and give him an excuse to kill her if you want my opinion. It makes the most sense to kill the only other accessible person who actually does know about their history. He doesn’t have access to the White House Chief of Staff. She did the right thing by telling Kurt about the illegal intel. If she winds up dead, there is someone with the strongest motive out there to be found, and the bribing of Zapata is a serious loose end that could lead right back to this sleeze. One thing he has done by exposing his worries to Mayfair is make himself a prime suspect if Jane were to be murdered.

Patterson details Mayfair about Rich DotCom (Ennis Esmer), a turbo hacker who has become a seriously involved web criminal and just so happens to be the man behind the moniker found in Jane’s tattoo anagram. After recovering several deleted threads on the puppy message board, the analysts learn that he deals in just about everything that can be bought and sold on the internet.

Jane and Kurt have been whisked away by helicopter to this dude’s house. There’s always a catch; he has sold the list to another buyer (Kofi Boakye), and they have to figure out who it is and get the other USB back containing the list. Sigh. They are stuck until Janes’ $6 million puppy collar checks out. To kill time and gain a bird’s eye, Kurt picks Rich’s pocket for the security room key card and they i.d. the other buyer from footage and wipe the drive clean.

The other buyer isn’t too razzed about the list being on the open market, but when Kurt tries to bully the USB off of him, he nearly gives Kurt and Jane a run for their money with some fancy martial arts. I wish I knew what style that was. It doesn’t matter. Kurt chokes him out and when Rich shows up, he shoots the first buyer in the chest and then expects answers from Kurt and Jane about their involvement in a job they did together in order to “distill” them twice and prove they are lying about who they say they are.

Kurt apprehends Rich and he and Jane have to fight off security detail until Zapata and Reade cost by in the helicopter to retrieve them.

Unfortunately, Jane’s house warming party turns sour when Mayfair gets word that David has been found with a slit throat. Sal Guerrero gets shanked for presumably being a rat. And that’s the end for two guys who were both suspected of more than they bargained for. I was kind of hoping David was a bad guy.

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Stephanie King

I am a meticulous writer. Story is my strong suit.

I do not waste time on political "critique" or paranoid "undertones" that might have been an inspiration to a story writer, but clearly are not a main or secondary theme.

I can identify high concept, main and sub theme(s), protagonists and antagonists, secondary character roles, the turning point, the key, the antagonist's story thrust, the spine, twelve sequences, the climax, the resolution, and most importantly, the goal of any film. I am aware of the act structure which can be from three to five acts, generally.

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