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Cede Your Soul is all about boundaries. The main couple in need of some boundary setting is of course, Jane and Weller. Their lives are a little too intertwined, and it’s beginning to cause friction, but We also get to explore some boundary pushing with Reade and Tasha, Patterson and Mayfair, and even Weller and his sister, Sarah, but first, let’s talk about Jane and her sex dream.
That’s right. Jane has had her first dream since all this has begun, and it’s sexy. It’s also powerful enough that she brings it up in therapy. Dr. Borden asks whom the man in her dream might be, and Weller is brought up, though Jane denies it was about him. She believes it to be a different man, due to him having a tattoo of a tree with deep roots on his arm. Borden thinks the tree might be symbolic. He also thinks, given their unusual circumstances, she and Weller might be a little too entangled with each other. Maybe it’s time to establish some boundaries.
Which is good, because while Jane is talking to Borden, Weller is being read the riot act from Mayfair about losing his objectivity regarding Jane. She thinks he’s not as solid as he used to be. So now, we get to watch Jane and Weller be extra tense around each other, which gives us a nice awkward locker room scene where Weller scolds Jane for not having her gun on the correct side. He’s harsher than he needs to be and Jane picks up on it.
Before that’s explored too deeply, we get into our case of the week. A Saudi prince is gunned down in his government-issued car. Their route shouldn’t have been discovered, but Patterson uncovers a tracking app called Trakzer. It zeros in on equipment embedded in all government vehicles. No car is safe.
Patterson uncovers several seemingly unrelated government deaths, but now they know it’s due to the app. The reason this case isn’t sent to the FBI Cyber division is because the creator of Trakzer has a logo that is identical to one of Jane’s tattoos, a horned owl. They track down a hacker going by the name, The Horned Owl, to an apartment in Bed-Stuy. There they find a young girl, who claims she works for the government.
Her name is Ana Mendes, and she refused to talk to anyone without her NSA contact, Leonard Gail. Tasha tries to use their Latino connection to bond with Ana, but bombs out. She goes to help the others get a hold of this Leonard Gail, and Jane sneaks in to talk to Ana.
Jane plays it smart. She just asks about the tattoo. Ana tells a sad story about how it was her brother who created the owl to make her feel safe. There’s a little bit of bonding, then Weller comes and lays Ana with the truth. There is no Leonard Gail. She was hired by the bad guys, and her app, which was only supposed to be used a proof of concept, is responsible for many deaths. Ana is shaken by this and agrees to help, but she can’t just shut Trakzer down. The code is on her recruiter’s server.
His name is Shawn Palmer, and he never leaves his home. It’s booby-trapped, and possibly rigged to unleashed the Trakzer code to the public, should Palmer feel threatened in any way. They have to devise a plan to lure him out.
I love how they used a combination of old school, causing a power outage, and new school, hacking his system to overload his servers and start a fire, to get him out. It would have worked perfectly too had Shawn not decided to try and play hero and put the fire out himself. He was overcome by the fumes. Luckily, Weller and Jane were nearby to get him out safely. Palmer is taken into custody and Trakzer is shut down. And that’s the end of that chapter.
But of course, it’s not over. After Jane tries to awkwardly make friends with Ana, Ana is taken home and promptly attacked by an enforcer and his goons for the Petrovich Heroin Syndicate. They need Trakzer back online, and if not, then they need her to track down a vehicle. She has an hour.
Lucky for Ana, these guys don’t understand code or she wouldn’t have been able to hack the FBI firewall and send a code to Patterson. They access Ana’s webcam; realize it’s Ana’s apartment, and head over to rescue her. Except she’s not there. All that’s there is her computer. They attempt to get into her computer before realizing her username is actually the VIN number of the vehicle being tracked.
The truck is a weapons truck from Homeland Security. It’s being shipped abroad, and poor Ana gets to watch the drivers get brutally murdered. Shortly after, Weller and the team show up. Guns are whipped out and everyone is shooting. Jane goes after the guy holding Ana, and kills him. The enforcer tries to get away with the truck full of weapons, but Weller throws a grenade into it and BOOM! No more weapons of enforcer. Game over.
Later, Jane and Ana talk again. Ana will be going into protective custody for a little while. It’s not so bad. Ana offers up a little info on one of Jane’s tattoos – the box of black covering the Navy Seal tattoo.
It turns out the box isn’t just a box; it’s also a puzzle. There’s a message hidden within it. Patterson doesn’t know what it is yet, but this now means all of Jane’s tattoos, including the ones they already decrypted, might have double or triple meanings. Everything needs to be looked over again.
The episode ends with Weller and Sarah finally telling their dad about Taylor being alive, Weller takes a tiny step forward in reconciling with him, and with Jane being watched yet again by a mysterious guy. Only this time, it’s the guy from her dream with the tree tattoo. He’s real!
Other Points of Interest:
~Tasha is confronted by her bookie, Randy. She asks for one more day to get the money. After she gets it to him, sheclaims she’s done. Randy doesn’t believe her. Neither do I.
~Reade knows that something is wrong with Tasha, but doesn’t know what. I predict something coming up within the next couple of episodes. He’s too smart not to figure it out soon.
~Patterson goes behind Mayfair’s back and talks to Weller about the Saul Guerrero case. She knows this is a big lead and doesn’t understand why Mayfair isn’t allowing her to pursue it. I can’t help but feeling that Patterson is going to find herself in a big mess, one which probably involves her boyfriend.
~Patterson and Ana have a great moment together, whereAna is trying to tell Patterson how to hack Palmer’s system. It’s an older vs. younger generational thing. The reason it’s so funny is because Patterson is not that much older than Ana. And it’s helpful later in the episode because that’s how Patterson knows it is Ana “hacking” the FBI.
~Patterson is a giant geek about how she organizes her board games, alphabetical by game designer, not name.
~The team is starting to believe Jane’s tattoos are there to help, not harm.
~Jane is so desperate for company that is not the team or Weller that she tries to invite her security detail to grab a beer, either at a bar or at her place. They have to turn her down.
I don’t know how I feel about this episode. The main story is good, but the dialogue between Weller and Jane is so on the nose that it becomes tiresome to listen to after a while. Boundaries keep coming up. First it’s overreacting to stuff, then it’s realizing they need to do things apart, but then it’s also trying to stay connected. It’s too much. I like Weller offering to step down from the case, but we all know it’s not going to happen. He’s too invested in Jane. We get it. It doesn’t need to be hammered in. Going forward, I would love to see Jane work more closely with Tasha or Reade. Especially Reade. I’d love for their dynamic to be explored more thoroughly.
I know I keep saying this, but the show keeps being too obvious and gimmicky, and there is no reason for four different aerial shots in an episode, unless there’s a chase by air. This is what’s holding the show back. The mystery of Jane is clearly so dense and thought out, but I keep getting distracted by all the hackneyed stuff. I don’t want this to be a good show. I want it to be great, and it can be. The creative team just needs to step up.