‘Blindspot’ 4×05 Review: “Naughty Monkey Kicks At Tree”

Blindspot is here again! After a week of waiting, we were finally able to enjoy “Naughty Monkey Kicks At Tree” and it was not disappointed at all. The episode has had moments full of action, emotion and tension, moments that have changed everything. Let’s talk about everything!

Here we go!


It has been very funny and frenetic! There has been a lot of action and some great stunts. The drone scene has enchanted me. But, at the same time, it has also been fun to see Rich as the central axis of the investigation and infiltrated along with Kurt. They always give us wonderful moments together.

We have also learned more about Rich’s recent past and that is always welcome, especially when he is dragged into the main focus of the investigation. My poor baby always gets in trouble … but in the end saves the day. I love him!



Remi blurs more every second. She is, at first, very sure of everything she does, tries to convince herself that she follows her plan perfectly, that she can do it. But everything changes when Kurt looks at her, she can’t hurt him, not him. But she is unable to accept it, continues to deceive herself … or tries.

In fact, I think in this episode we’ve seen something more of Jane than just around Kurt.

BLINDSPOT — “Naughty Monkey Kicks At Tree” Episode 405 — Pictured: Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC/Warner Bros)

Although she manipulates Keaton to tell her Shepherd’s whereabouts – by the way, we’ve seen Keaton guilty, I think he appreciates Jane and really regrets what he did to her – when Keaton was dying on the ground, she really was desperate, looking for a way to help him, to save him. That moment has affected her emotionally and Remi would never have affected, indeed, she would have accelerated Keaton’s death as revenge for what she did to her and Shepherd. But she doesn’t. And I think that is a point to take into account.

The truth is that, although I would have preferred them to deal with the Jane/Remi issue in a different way, there has been movement since last week. In this episode we do see continuity in Remi’s doubts. We see how she continues to doubt in relation to Kurt, she is getting carried away more and more and that affects her plans … but we also see how she starts to react more like Jane around other people besides Kurt.


You know that I never liked this character, but I think he deserves to be here today. His actions have pleased me, I think we have seen for the first time the human and noble side of Keaton. He has not thought twice and has tried to save Remi, risking his own life in the process. And, when he thought it was his last moments, his thoughts only revolved around his wife and son, his family.

He is a complicated man. His work forces him to keep his cool and eliminate the emotions of his heart. But he has them. We had not been able to see it until now and, of course, I don’t excuse what Keaton does in his work, but I have to admit that I was delighted to see that he is something more than the questionable actions he does in his work. I hope he recovers completely.


With this couple we go from suffering to suffering. The arrival of Tasha in Reade’s house brings heartbreaking consequences. Tasha is the one in charge of trying to extract information from Reade, as a last attempt to save him from torture but he … simply does not recognize her. All doubts, all his fears have come true. Reade no longer trusts her. For him, Tasha has become despicable.

And she confirms it at every step when she tells him that he is not different, that he also has that dark side … she comes to mention the lowest and most complicated moments of his life. Here Tasha takes advantage of his guilt, of his demons … and turns them against him. That ends up breaking the last bit of confidence that Reade felt towards her.

Reade is in an impossible position. For one thing, he just wants everything he’s living and seeing from Tasha to be just a nightmare. But, on the other hand, he is terribly aware that everything is real … even if his heart refuses to believe it.

One moment that made me cry is when Reade asks Tasha if she ever really loved him. He asks her in a broken, broken voice, as if begging her to end his agony at once. And she … for the first time we really see her. Her facade cracks a moment and she answers in a whisper … “I always loved you.” Here Zapata is really screaming, she is screaming at Reade to trust her, that everything has an explanation, that she loves him, that what happened between them meant everything to her, as much as to him. She screams while her eyes and lips remain silent.


BLINDSPOT — “Sous-vide” Episode 404 — Pictured: Audrey Esparza as Tasha Zapata — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/Warner Bros)

Reade sees something in it almost at the end. Here they mix their desire to find a logical explanation to everything that Tasha is doing and that has seen an inflection in her eyes. As he says, he knows her. He knows when there is something that doesn’t fit. Only he doesn’t finish interpreting it well. He knows Tasha is scared but thinks it’s because of Madeline.

But in reality, she is afraid for him, for herself and for them. She doesn’t want to hurt Reade or anyone else on her team, but she fears she has to do it and can’t help them. She fears that the darkness ended up swallowing her. And she, above all, is terrified that, as a couple, she and Reade can’t overcome the consequences of everything.

They are justified fears. Because I see Tasha darker and darker, playing with fire … like when she killed Claudia without blinking because she was a mole (which, by the way, has surprised me a lot. Very well maintained façade on her part). Zapata can be burned … she needs Reade not to do it, but he turns completely away from her when Tasha rejects his offer with mockery – although the truth is that his offer, that he tries to protect her, has reached her heart.

It is clearly seen at the end of the episode, when Reade is furious. Furious with Tasha for all that he has made him feel and then snatch him and furious with himself for having ever believed. He needs to catch her. He doesn’t trust her anymore. He doesn’t believe her. Although what really happens is that he is destroyed inside and sees no possibility of repair.

Zapata is losing the love of her life and is not able to react to it and, at least, talk to him.

I still think that Zapata only maintains a facade but … can they forget and overcome this when the mission is over?


It has been a great Jeller episode! Although it has been sad … but all this has just begun.

The first important scene is when we know that Patterson has found a possible cure for Remi. But it is experimental, and she must be compatible. I think it’s very important that Kurt tells Patterson to “make her compatible.” He doesn’t care what has happened, she has to come because she has to be cured, there is no other option, he can’t think of the possibility that she isn’t.

We also see that he has not neglected Jane’s meeting with that mysterious woman and asks Patterson to investigate. She realizes that something is happening, and Kurt’s answer is clarifying. First he says no and after that he  says he hopes not. Here he shows his doubts, the same doubts that he would love to not have, but he has … and he only hopes that he is not right.

Everything that happens in the episode makes him feels like he isn’t right. Remi cuts her hair like Jane, as she says, more in agreement with who she is. Remi mentally repeats that everything has been done to control Kurt and reduce his suspicions, I’m sure, but the fact is that the underlying and real reason for her haircut is that Jane is coming back … and Remi wants the Jane’s life is her life too.

BLINDSPOT — “Naughty Monkey Kicks At Tree” Episode 405 — Pictured: Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC/Warner Bros)

When Kurt sees her, I think his reaction says it all. That look so tender, of pride and even relief: Jane has returned. Really, for him, she has returned to what she was. And that hug she gives him when he tells her about the experimental treatment confirms it. Remi in that moment lets herself be carried away. Hugs, or rather, clings to Kurt with everything she has, closes her eyes, doesn’t let go of him.

As I always tell you, the love Kurt feels for her is something that Remi has never experienced, and she wants more. That’s why she doesn’t want to let go of his hand when she undergoes the tests for treatment. Remi is scared about everything. She fears that it will not work and her death sentence is almost a fact. But, above all, she is afraid that it will work … and she will have to kill Kurt just as she promised to do. She doesn’t want to do it, but feels obligated to do so.

That’s why Remi’s reaction is important when they finally discover that she is not suitable for treatment. For her, her death is a fact, but Kurt tries to comfort her, encourage her, even though he himself is terrified and destroyed, not even being able to think that there is no cure for her … he is there for “Jane.”

But what Remi says is of vital importance. She says “I have things that I need to do.”Here we see that she is not following her plans because she really wants revenge, as before, but because she needs it. And she needs it because it is a kind of response to blind loyalty that, from her earliest childhood, Shepherd instilled in her. She brainwashed her, making it impossible for Remi to betray her.

BLINDSPOT — “Naughty Monkey Kicks At Tree” Episode 405 — Pictured: (l-r) Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe, Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/Warner Bros)

Now, with all those memories fresh in mind, Remi thinks she needs to, that she has to be faithful to Shepherd … even if she doesn’t want to do it in her heart.

But the truth is that Remi is losing Kurt and her happiness and is unable to react to it. Kurt’s fears have become facts when Patterson has discovered the truth about Jane’s meeting with that mysterious woman. His look has completely changed to one of distrust and disappointment. The disappointment is worse than the anger, it goes much further … and that is precisely what Kurt feels at this moment.

Remi is getting back to being Jane more and more but Kurt moves away from her in leaps and bounds … I’m sure they’ll get over everything but, until then, we’ll have to suffer a lot. Nothing worthwhile is easy, blindspotters, remember that.


In conclusion, it was an episode that marked a before and after in the season. The emotional conflicts of the characters have reached a turning point that has changed the dynamics of the relationships between them. It is impossible to go back and everything that has happened in this episode will have reverberations in the near future.

Reade and Kurt have been hit with a heartbreaking truths that have broken them inside … while Tasha and Remi are losing the love of their lives and are unable to react to that fact. Will it be too late when they do?

Agree? Disagree? Don’t hesitate to share your opinion with us in the comments below! We’ll be back next week with the 4×06 “Ca-ca-Candidate for Cri-cri-Crime”. And here’s the promo for the next episode.


Blindspot airs Fridays at 8 / 7c on NBC.

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