Triangulation Order (108.21)

When Vance asks for a triangulation order to help him and Ben find the location of the missing passengers, he may have raised a red flag by not attaching it to a project when asked for a file number.

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Vance’s request

Scene shifts to Vance at his NSA office.

TABITHA: You wanted to see me?

VANCE: Oh, Tabitha, good. I need to run a triangulation. Last 48 hours. Every cellphone that’s been in all three of these locations Upstate New York, just off the throughway here, Upper East Side, here. Well, basically all of Brooklyn.

A red flag

TABITHA: Copy. Which op? I need to assign a file number to the request.

VANCE: Don’t worry about it. I’ll take care of it.

TABITHA: Yes, sir.

Triangulation significance

In trigonometry and geometry, triangulation is the process of determining the location of a point by forming triangles to it from known points. In psychology, Triangulation is a manipulation tactic where one person will not communicate directly with another person, instead using a third person to relay communication to the second, thus forming a triangle. It is also a form of splitting in which one person manipulates a relationship between two parties by controlling communication between them.

There are numerous types of triangulation are occurring in the series which come to the forefront in this episode. As Metacrone points out,”Grace and Ben return to their pre-828 routine of Friday night date nights, while Jared and Lourdes decide to stick to their plans to start a family. But both marriages are weakened by lies and deceptions. Jared and Ben each have a connection with someone other than their wives, and they both have ongoing involvements in the 828 case that they haven’t mentioned to them.”1 If that is not triangulation, I don’t know what is.

FOOTNOTE:  1Metacrone at

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  1. Ha, I love that Vance can’t just have a meeting with Ben like a normal person. He has to do things like set off the fire alarm just because he can. He isn’t quite as reckless as Ben (yet) but he’s definitely throwing up red flags for people around him to see. The underling who was asked to triangulate the signals without a project to bill it to didn’t argue with him, but she knows something is up.

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