The much awaited return of The Blacklist is finally here! In this episode we meet a mysterious woman from Reddington’s past, Madeline Pratt. There seems to be a lot of chemistry between Red and the woman of mystery. There will also need to be some mention of the fact that Red killed Diane Fowler on the last episode.
We start with this week’s blacklisted person, Madeline Pratt in Istanbul. She playing the role of a grieving widow accessing her dead husband’s safety deposit box. She has identified herself to the bank as, Mrs. Reddington! Oh my! Madeline sends a message to Red to meet her at a bar. Before saying hello, Red asks her how she got the key. She has taken 10 million dollars in documents from Red. It seems as though these two may have a romantic history. She tells Red she has a proposition for him.
Red and Liz are teaming up to steal an antiques statue, the Effigy of Atargatis. Hidden in the statue is a list of the Kungur Six, top Soviet spies that the US hopes to capture to preserve national security. The statue is currently inside the Syrian embassy. Liz and Red intend to go there and pull off the heist. I am not sure if they are working with Madeline Pratt or against her at this point.
But first they go to talk to Cooper who is very suspicious of Red’s involvement in the disappearance of Diane Fowler. Cooper allows Liz to go with Red to the embassy to nab the effigy. Red introduces Liz to Madeline under a fake name with a fake backstory. I am kind of bored. I mean I hate to say it, but…yawn. Maybe it’s just me.
Tom and Liz are still not getting along. Tom wants Liz to go to a teacher conference in Orlando with him. They agree that they need some time together alone.
Cooper asks Agent Malik to investigate Red for the murder of Diane Fowler. Which is interesting because Agent Malik gave Red the intel that lead him to bump off Fowler.
At the party at the Embassy, Liz goes off alone to steal the statue, dumb idea. Red keeps Madeline distracted. Sparks are flying between Red and Madeline. Madeline is upset that Red stood her up in Florence. She is asking Red for an explanation when our favorite newbie FBI agents sets off all the alarms and all hell breaks loose. The guests are taken to a secure bunker, but Liz is caught red-handed. Madeline literally points the finger at Reddington sending security after him. Red goes to save Liz in a somewhat hilarious act as her gay BFF who carries her furs and bikinis. Red saves Liz from the incompetent bodyguard. However, Madeline has already made off with the effigy.
Tom calls Liz excited about the Orlando trip. Liz has to cancel. Tom decides to leave early on his own. Liz is frustrated that her work keeps screwing up her marriage. Liz and Ressler interrogate a guy with information on the effigy. The Kungar Six are not Soviet agents at all but six nuclear bombs the Russians have hidden all across the country.
Red goes to talk to Madeline. The two argue because Madeline seems to be a scorned lover. As they are standing out on a sidewalk in broad daylight they are both tasered and shoved into a van. They come to in a dark and scary place where they are placed in separate cells. Madeline says the statue is already gone. She sold it to the Russians. Red starts rambling about running out of gas. A sad story about walking home on Christmas Eve trying to get home to his wife, and daughter who would be playing the piano. It sounds like bullshit to me but Madeline is hanging on his every word. Red is so making this story up. He gets there and finds blood everywhere and his family dead. Red is going into emotional details and Madeline is crying. Red says that is why he didn’t show up in Florence. That is why he has not shown up in a lot of places over the years. The bad guys come for Red presumably to kill him. Madeline spills her guts to save him. Moments later, Red is there all clean and pristine in a suit. He set Madeline up and now he has the location of the effigy. Bravo, Red. Bravo.
So off everyone goes to get the effigy. There is a huge gun battle. Somehow Ressler!!!!??? manages to restrain the bad guy running off with the effigy. It was hand to hand combat no less and Ressler managed not to get shot! It’s a Blacklist miracle! But alas, the statue was just full of liquid. Madeline set Red up on a good old-fashioned goose chase. But why? What is her angle? Apparently, Red got the coordinates out of Madeline in the heat of a passionate moment they shared while the Feds were off getting the effigy. Red trades the effigy for the coordinates. And everyone is happy I suppose.
Liz thinks Tom is going to leave her. She and Ressler share a moment. Are these two going to end up together? Red goes home to find his priceless Vermeer has been taken and a note from Madeline in its place. The note reads, ” She’s waiting for you in Florence, M.” We are then shown Madeline, presumably in Florence happily gazing at the Vermeer painting.
Liz goes home to an empty house. Tom runs into the “substitute teacher” at the conference and seems very happy to see her.
Some big wig shows up to tell Cooper to stop investigating Diane Fowler’s disappearance. He is to stop his investigation immediately.
The preview for next week indicates that A BIG TRUTH WILL BE REVEALED. I will believe it when I see it. Overall, I was expecting a better episode after such a long hiatus. What did you think?