Family is back front and center on Blindspot Season 4 Episode 19, “Everybody Hates Kathy,” starting with Kurt and his mom.
On Blindspot Season 4 Episode 18, “‘Ohana,” a composite sketch revealed that Kurt’s mom, Linda, was the Sandstorm operative seen exiting a sandstorm safe house several episodes earlier. Family hasn’t been an easy subject for Kurt, especially given that in on Blindspot Season 1 Episode 23, “Why Await Life’s End,” it was revealed that his father murdered Taylor Shaw.
Since we never really unpacked that revelation, Linda’s presence seems like a welcomed, if not a little oddly placed, layer to the story.
When Linda reveals that she was supposed to go to that location and pick up some money that Ellen Briggs (aka Shepherd) left her in her will, it feels like more moving pieces that are just meant to mess with Kurt and Jane’s head. Looking at it now, with Shepherd and Roman dead it feels like the show could be running out of tattoo storyline even though Patterson and Rich keep unlocking more.
However, “Everybody Hates Kathy” also shows that Blindspot has no shortage of facets to mine for new and interesting angles.
Linda’s story about trying to save her kids from Bill is a part of Kurt’s past that needed to be told. There has been some talk about Kurt being a pawn in Shepherd’s game before, but hearing from his mom’s perspective and finding out that she was trying to save him adds a new dimension to what we already know.
It’s also an interesting choice to put her opposite Jane for more of her scenes instead of Kurt. Rather than Kurt having it out with his mom Jane is able to relate on a more personal level, especially when Linda says:
LINDA: Bill kept his demons on the inside, but somehow mine all got out, and I didn’t want them around that. Something tells me you know about that. Having demons.
The introduction of Kurt’s mom plays very well against the story of stolen launch codes that are about to be handed over to the Russians. In fact, the parallel is so similar it feels exactly like the kind of plot that could be manufactured for television.
Elizabeth Mitchell delivers a spectacular guest performance as Scarlett Myers and the revelation that Evan is trying to save his son from his mother plays out in a perfect parallel to Linda’s revelations.
Then we have the eponymous Kathy from the title. Kathy is a character that first appeared on Blindspot Season 3 Episode 3, “Upside Down Craft,” as a part of the white hat hacking group Three Blind Mice.
I always felt like we breezed a little too quickly over what happened in the jump between Blindspot Season 2 and Blindspot Season 3, and one of the things that I really wanted to hear more about was Rich and Patterson’s involvement with this white hat hacking group.
Revisiting the dynamic between Kathy and Patterson now feels unexpected but it’s also delicious to dive back into how Patterson and Rich feel about this time in their lives.
RICH DOTCOM: Okay, I’m going to quote someone very wise that I once knew, “Keybord vigilantes, must sacrifice themselves for the greater good.”
PATTERSON: I said that when I thought I was retiring from the FBI and when I didn’t realize we were working with a lunatic.
Kathy went to prison at the end of the episode and is now back working with Dominic on Helios–unbeknownst to Rich and Patterson who just donated to a wedding fund.
The scenes with Kathy, played by Heather Burns, have a cheerful and childlike quality. The idea that she called Rich and Patterson to her for a bridal party fitting feels like a very fitting rouse.
The ensuing attempt to pay Kathy off is a particularly interesting plot when you consider the ramifications it could have down the line. By the end of the episode, I wonder if there is a wedding, and if the $400,000 Patterson just paid to Kathy’s Dream Wedding Website is actually going to help fund the nukes.
By the end of “Everybody Hates Kathy,” I am more worried about Patterson than any other member of the cast, and I can’t imagine how Helios is going to blow back on her.
In the end, “Everybody Hates Kathy” is an episode that sets up a few interesting building blocks for the final three episodes of the season.
While it’s a joy to watch, it also seems to drag on a little too long in certain places. “Everybody Hates Kathy,” also has some pretty phenomenal guest stars, and while Scarlett Myers might be on her way to prison, it would be a shame if Heather Burns and Lisa Emery shrank into the background once again.
Especially since Kurt and his mother seemed to be mending their relationship, and I think Kurt has been missing an extended family unit.
- Reade and Zapata’s cohabitation is adorable and it makes me miss the place they were in at the end of Season 3. Here’s hoping they can get back there.
- It’s very hard to hate Kathy when you find out that she exposed New England National’s creation of 2.5 million credit card accounts without their customer’s permission, resulting in close to $4 million dollars in fees. I would hate to see a portion of that show up on my credit report.
- The more we get into this season, the more I find myself shipping Rich and Patterson. I feel like it’s more a “work wife” relationship but after Bill Nye thought that Rich was Patterson’s boyfriend it feels more and more like the show may be going in that direction. Especially after she generously just decided to pay his half of the $400,000.
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Blindspot airs Fridays at 8/7c on NBC.
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