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Audrey Esparza as Tasha Zapata, Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller, Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe -- (Photo by: JoJo Whilden/NBC)

Audrey Esparza as Tasha Zapata, Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller, Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe -- (Photo by: JoJo Whilden/NBC)
Audrey Esparza as Tasha Zapata, Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller, Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe — (Photo by: JoJo Whilden/NBC)

We get an answer about whether or not Jane is Taylor Shaw, Jane’s status on the team is discussed, there is a surprising twist involving the bearded man, and Bethany gets a shock….

This episode was all about trust and teams. Reade and Zapata are having a hard time trusting Jane, as is Weller. They have all worked together for so long that introducing a new element in the form of Jane is throwing everything off. Weller is also not sure how he feels about Jane because of his connection to her if she is Taylor Shaw and because she won’t follow his instructions. Jane, on the other hand, knows she has skills that are useful to the team and is frustrated that they won’t work with her the way she wants. She is also frustrated because every time they get a lead about her past, something happens to snatch that lead away from them.

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This week, that snatching was primarily done via the death of the Bearded Man, which seriously shocked me. I had figured that he was going to be around for a while, possibly as an antagonist, but more likely as a shadowy figure who would help slowly unspool the mystery that is Jane’s past. While it is possible that he could still be alive via some form of trickery, I highly doubt it, so that door to her past is shut. And what did the dying thief mean by the word “Orion”? In Greek mythology, Orion was a great hunter who was placed in the sky as a constellation by Zeus. Could it be that Jane’s memory was wiped because someone is hunting her? Or maybe she is the hunter and her memory will return slowly in order to reveal her target? Or maybe it is something else entirely.

So Jane Doe’s DNA matched that of Taylor Shaw. Assuming that there was no weird switch going on (hey, anything’s possible!), that could explain why she was sent to Weller. It is way too early to speculate intelligently about any sort of long term plans, but it is possible that she is meant to act as a distraction to him. After all, if he is focused on helping his childhood friend, he may miss other things that are going on, such as Operation Daylight, which involves Bethany.

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Which leads to the obvious question, which is “What is/was Operation Daylight?” The CIA director seems awfully eager to eliminate all possible threats rather than just hide things from them, which tells us that it is something awful that they really want to keep secret. Was it an operation that went wrong or some black bag op that people just want to keep secret?

Making Jane an official part of the team was a good idea and an acknowledgement of the reality of the situation. She was never going to simply stay put the way Weller wanted, so giving her a gun and making her a part of the team is going to be good because it will give her a sense of belonging which will make her integration into the team easier. Not easy, but easier. I only wish I could trust what Bethany says about trusting Jane. It is rather obvious that she let Jane on the team in order to keep a closer eye on her, which cannot be a good thing.

Until next week!