The Purge Recap: Closer to Home

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: October 30, 2019 (Last updated: 2 weeks ago)
The Purge Season 2, Episode 3 recap: "Blindspots"


“Blindspots” introduces two of our main characters to another as a dangerous downward spiral continues, and the most dangerous threats might also be the closest to home.

This recap of The Purge Season 2, Episode 3, “Blindspots”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.

The fittingly-titled “Blindspots” showcases a population eating itself in the aftermath of the annual Purge. Everyone is looking for something, whether its answers or an explanation of who they really are, but nobody seems able to find it — not without getting their hands dirty, anyway.

Marcus (Derek Luke) is still none the wiser about who put a $75,000 bounty on his head, and even a private investigator can’t seem to dig up any adequate reasons for someone to want him dead. Throughout The Purge Season 2, Episode 3, his wife Michelle (Rochelle Aytes) emerges as the likeliest suspect. She’s hiding something, for sure, but for now, her tracks are covered. Even her discreet meet-ups seem innocent enough — therapy to deal with her experiences. But she needs something from their marriage that Marcus, understandably obsessed with his own safety, isn’t giving her.

It’s hard not to be suspicious of Michelle, alibi or not, because the fact remains that someone is definitely out to get Marcus. “Blindspots” closes with him only narrowly avoiding being hit by a car.

A big chunk of The Purge Season 2, Episode 3 is devoted to Ben (Joel Allen) getting more and more in touch which his psychotic side to genuinely chilling effect. His initial efforts to let off some steam lead him to a crazy farm where people can pay to batter animal, but he wusses out. His murderous tastes are a lot more specific. Since he’s been experiencing some issues in the bedroom, he’s recommended strawberries. But when he purchases some from a local farmer he flips out, chases the man down, stabs him and beats his head in with a rock. Is his steam blown off now? I must say that I doubt it.

And then there’s Ryan (Max Martini) and Esme (Paola Nuñez), whose stories intersect in “Blindspots”. Thanks to Vivian’s (Charlotte Schweiger) further analysis of the footage, she’s led to a truck and subsequently to a bar regularly frequented by Ryan, Sara (Chelle Ramos) and Doug.

The stick-up gang is dealing with two problems in The Purge Season 2, Episode 3: The loss of Tommy (Jonathan Medina), who is sentenced to death on next year’s Purge Night during a sham trial, and what happens to the money during that same night, which is limiting their annual take. It’s a nice touch that the government ship the dough out of the way during the lawlessness, further justifying the expansion of the mythology in this series. We’re also treated to some flashbacks to Ryan and Tommy’s time in the police force, containing more interesting details about how lawmen become priority targets during the Purge.

Esme is eavesdropping on the gang, but she isn’t as subtle as she likes to think. Ryan susses her out and confronts her directly, asking why she’s following him. Now that these two characters have met, it’s unlikely that their stories will untangle anytime soon.

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