One second in and already it is clear that production was unable to afford lighting services. I get that lots of this show happens in the shadows, but there is really no point in filming scenes that we can’t see! Like this first one. A lone dude is in a room full of computers working alone when suddenly he hears a noise. Why doesn’t he turn a light on? Actually, in this situation it would not have worked. All the computers have been hacked by IVAN and he has to pull the plug on everything to try and stop it. He heads outside, where it is broad daylight I’d like to point out, with the prototype of some invention to take to another location. Sadly, Ivan hacks into his car computer and deploys the drivers side airbag causing him to have an accident and die. Isn’t the airbag supposed to keep the guy from hitting his head? Ivan then steals the prototype.
Red joins Dembe and Mr. Kaplan out in the woods where Tom buried Jolene and Cowboy. Red examines the bodys then tells them to put everything back exactly as they found it. He calls 911 to report a missing person.
Tom and Liz are enjoying some banter over breakfast when they get a knock on the door from the Police. This is never a good thing. Apparently, they are already investigating Jolene’s death. They tell the cops the story about her suddenly moving to Dayton. Tom tells the cop they were not particularly close.
Liz goes to see Red who is working on some sort of electronic stuff. Liz jokingly asks if it is a timing mechanism for an explosive device. Red shows Liz a news story about the guy who died in the car accident. Red tells her that Ivan intentionally killed the guy. He also has a grudge against Ivan because he stole from him. Ivan is a bad guy who has never struck on US soil before and the Feds should be very concerned. The Feds immediately start working on the case. Liz gives Aram Jolene’s phone number to run a check on.
But first, Aram, Ressler and Liz go to check out the car the guy died in. Aram figures out right away that the airbag was deployed before the crash. He also finds Ivan’s hacker signature in the car’s computer. They also find the case that the prototype was in. Just as they are ready to head back to the black site, some NSA special agents come screeching in and tell them to get away from the car. Somehow, Cooper also just happens to show up. A pissing match ensues over who has the highest level of security clearance. Cooper wins. The dead guy, Nathan Platt, was an NSA agent who was working on a project named Skeleton Key. The skeleton key they were working on would give the user the ability to hack into the world’s most impenetrable computer systems. The government was developing it to cut into an enemy’s national security during wartime. Now, Ivan, the bad guy has the prototype.
Liz goes back to talk to Red who continues to work on some sort of project. Red tells Liz Ivan is in Belarus. So as Red puts it they all need to take a field trip to Belarus. I love field trips! Red meets with Ivan and confronts him about stealing $5 million from him. Ivan denies it. Red tells Ivan the cops are on the way to arrest him for murdering the NSA agent and he can provide him safe passage for $5 million plus interest. After a bit of hesitation, Ivan graciously accepts the offer. Red asks for 8 million before he will leave. Ivan makes the deposit. As they leave the police (in this case Ressler) try to arrest Ivan. Red shoots Ressler. WTF? It was a fake shooting to make Ivan trust Red.
Tom wakes up in the middle of the night to find Liz on her laptop. She tells Tom that Jolene’s real name is Lucy Brooks. Remember that Wajung? WaJing? episode where Red got one shot to look into the FBI database and he looked up Lucy Brooks? Liz says she is so sorry for bringing her into the house. Tom comforts her saying, “You never really know people, do you?” Liz says she is going to find her, no matter what it takes.
Liz meets with Aram about Jolene’s phone number search. He says she was the last number she called. He give her the address of where she called from. Liz sets off to Tom’s warehouse set up. OOOOOOOOOOO!
On the airplane, Ivan tells Red he is not the one who stole the skeleton key. Someone is using his name. Ivan gives Red some intel on the guy who is using his name and he gets the FBI on it. They find out that he has hacked into a bunch of stuff including the social security network where he raised the benefit amount for Mrs. Lee. They visit Mrs. Lee and she claims to have no idea that her benefit had increased because it is directly deposited into her account. She has a grandson, who just became their number one suspect.
Liz calls Tom who is at the warehouse telling him she is headed to the location to check out some things. Why would she do that? She never calls Tom to update him on her day. Tom hangs up on her and begins trying to destroy the crime wall he has built with all of Liz’s information. He’s freaking out. She is less than a block away. Liz has a key to the hideout. How is that even possible? She lets herself in. Miraculously, the wall is blank. There are guns everywhere so for the first time Liz decides to pull out her gun. In a scary warehouse, that no one knows she is at. All alone. Sigh. Tom has gone out the back door to burn all the evidence in a metal barrel that I suppose he had on hand for just such and occasion. Liz is hot on his heels and sees the bucket burning evidence, but she just lets it burn. The two sort of dance around each other until Tom uses a door to knock her down. Then he punches her in the face and runs before she can see him. At least that is what we are supposed to believe. Tom gets away. That whole scene was really stupid and unbelievable.
Liz gives the police a description of the guy as “male Caucasian, over six feet, dark hair.” How the hell does she not recognize her husband?
We see Tom at a pay phone. He calls Phantom Finance and says he is having a problem with his account. When the receptionist says the line is secure, Tom says, “Watch post identified, bonafides in question, tell Berlin I was forced to liquidate.” Then he hangs up.
Liz got a call to meet her merry band of inept Feds at a local high school that Mrs. Lee’s grandson attends. At the high school lunch room, the apple of our little hacker’s eye is bemoaning a family move to Colorado. He is hanging on her every word from a couple tables over. Not only that, but he has the exact same sack lunch she does. He is takings sips of the drink, bites of the sandwich and bites of the apple at exactly the same time she does. #SynchronizedEating Suddenly the Feds show up with a half dozen or so uniformed cops for good measure. All to question a high school kid that they know basically nothing about. Overkill? Way to scare the kid off. The kid, Harrison Lee, bolted. He is at his locker logging in to the skeleton key. Liz, brilliant federal agent that she is calls out to him to give him time to bolt again. Which he does. Why is the name Harrison Lee so familiar? The kid uses the skeleton key to activate the fire alarm and now the hallways are packed with students.
Liz goes to Red and he laughs are her for not being able to bring in a 17 year old. She is really there to ask about Jolene. Red is being evasive. Liz goes off on Red and tells them that Jolene Parker was in her life because of him. All of her current issues with her husband are because of Red. She says thank God she has Tom because with Red she never knows what to believe. Red says he has never lied to Liz. Red continues working on his project which is starting to look like it may be a fishing reel.
Back at the black site, Aram has found all sorts of info on the kid’s computer. The girl he stares at during lunch is Abby Fisher daughter of David Fisher lead engineer of the Skeleton project. He’s stalking her. They go to call David and tell him but conveniently at that exact moment all the power goes out in the city. Which, really doesn’t feel much different from most scenes on this show. Harrison starts messaging Abby using her friend’s phone info. He is trying to lure her outside. Liz and Ressler go to David’s house to warn him about Harrison coming for Abby, but it is too late, she has already snuck out her window. Somehow Harrison is able to light the street lights one by one to lead Abby to him.
Meanwhile, Aram manages to triangulate the whatchamacallits to pinpoint the kid’s exact location and off they go, racing against time to save the girl. Harrison tells her he stole the skeleton key so she would not have to move to Colorado. Harrison professes his undying love and Abby tries to make a break for it. Abby trips and Harrison runs. Malik rescues Abby and Liz takes off after Harrison, alone, as usual. Harrison jumps on the train and Liz shoots out a window and jumps into the train. Liz talks Harrison out of crashing the train.
Liz tries to invite Ressler over for dinner. He declines. I am totally expecting those two to end up together next season. Back at home Tom is making dinner. He asks Liz about he trip to Jolene’s apartment. I have never seen an apartment with a car inside it before. Why does she think that is her apartment? She says things were not good. There was evidence of foul play. Tom asks what that means. She says the scene is still being processed. When Tom “finds out” that Liz was attacked he becomes super sweet. This creeps me out and fucks with my safety issues. The police email her pictures from the scene. In the pictures she sees a toy she had given Tom that morning to share with his students in the trash can. The music swells. Liz finally realizes Tom is not who she thinks he is.
So once more she trots over to see Red. We didn’t see how she explains her departure to Tom. When she arrives she simply says, “You were right.” Red’s project turned out to be a music box. Red plays it for her. She recognizes the song. When she was a little girl she had nightmares and she remembered a fire and lots of smoke. Her father would climb into bed with her and hum that song. He would tell her she was safe and that everything was going to be okay. Liz says, “You spent days building that damn thing. You knew about the song.” Liz sobs in Red’s arms as he tells her everything is going to be okay.
Hmm, this episode Ted tells Liz he has never lied to her. In a previous episode he told her he was not her father. Maybe her father had an evil twin? What? The writing for this show is not particularly logical.
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