Finally, after an eternity of waiting, it’s finally time to see the show where Liz and Tom come face to face and confront each other. Thankfully, we are not in China, because the Chinese government pulled the episode from the internet today because it portrays the Chinese government in a bad light. I bet the Chinese fans are freaking out!
I am only watching the trailer of things from previous episodes and I am already lost. When was Lizzie in a car with a little girl who says she wants to call home and let her Daddy know she is okay and then they get hit by a mack truck? I have no recollection of that whatsoever!
We start in China where a bunch of women in a labor camp are being vaccinated. One of the women is shot up with something different from the rest and immediately has a seizure of some sort and her heart stops. The nurses insist that she be taken to a hospital. The military guys say no, but eventually, she is placed in an ambulance. In the ambulance, suddenly all the nurses are speaking in English and one of the military guys radios someone in English to say that the passenger is enroute. Meanwhile, the head military guy inside realizes that one of the syringes is not like the other. He tries to stop the ambulance but it has gotten away. They are taking the woman to Washington D.C. because that is where everything happens on this show.
Some Serbia terrorist types get a phone call and are summoned to Washington D.C. to retrieve the prisoner.
Meanwhile in make believe land with Liz and Tom, Tom is questioning Liz on why Jolene has gone from a missing person case to a homicide. He should be nervous seeing as he is the one that killed her. Meanwhile Liz plants a GPS tracker in Tom’s car key.
Liz and Red are staring blankly at their stupid crime wall with all the photos and arrows. Red gives Liz her next case, The Pavlovich Brothers. It appears that these four guys were responsible for that car crash scene I was mentioning before. It was from the pilot episode when the General’s daughter was kidnapped. The brothers were hired by the Chinese government to snatch back the woman from the labor camp. It seems the CIA grabbed her first to get some information about biological warfare systems the Chinese government has. Our merry band of idiots rushes to protect the woman, whose name is Lee, from the brothers, but alas they are two late, the brother have already grabbed her and flown away with her in a badass helicopter.
Tom surprisingly doesn’t have time to teach fourth-graders today and calls in sick. Red has a team of people following him. Liz goes to meet with Red because she apparently isn’t that busy with work either. They tail Tom to the National Archives where Tom was supposed to pick up something from an older black man carrying a green package. But because stupid Liz runs into the building for no apparent reason, Tom starts to feel like something is off and suddenly halts the exchange and leaves. Red’s people take pictures of the older man and the car’s license tag.
Meanwhile the Pavlovich brothers have Lee in some deep dark place because of the shortage of lighting funding for this show, at least 70% of every episode must be filmed in utter darkness. Or something. The woman has something in her hand that we can’t see because, DARK! One of the dudes shoots her up with something. She appears to be trying to write something on the wall.
Later at Chez Keen, Tom has found the music box Red made for her. He seems very suspicious about the box. Because, um? Music boxes are very suspicious things, like snow globes. The two lovebirds talk about their day. There re is very little truth in either version. Tom pretends he went to work and then mentions he stopped by the National Archives to see about booking a field trip. While he was there he saw a woman who looked just like her. She lies and says she was in the office all day. Tom suddenly has to walk the dog. Oddly, he tells her he loves her before he leaves. Seconds after he leaves with the dog, the dog walks back in. Tom is nowhere to be seen.
I never knew there were still so many payphones in the world. Tom finds one and calls Berlin. He says, “Mockingbird knows. Requesting immediate evac. She knows.” Then he destroys the keys with the GPS monitor.
Liz goes to Red to tell him Tom has bolted. Liz is embarrassed and ashamed that she has been duped for the past two years. Red basically tells her to get over it. Liz is becoming unraveled.
Red and Dembo shake down the driver of the car the black guy left the archives in who reluctantly tells them where to find him. The guy appears to work at a University copy center. The two shake him down and get a list of all the drops he has made (there were four) where the items were picked up and where they were dropped. The green package contained an advanced calculus text with some sort of code written inside. Red makes a copy of the code and tells the guy to make the drop as if nothing has happened. He takes copies of the guy’s ID and the code from the text book.
The hot middle-eastern dude uses some farfetched whackadoodle method to determine the location of the brothers. It was utterly ridiculous. But at least the hot middle-eastern guy got a scene, and really, that’s all I care about.
Red has tracked Tom to one of the drop off sites he got from the guy with the green package. He’s been inside for four hours. Dembe asks if he should call in an extraction specialists, but his regular guy is on a job elsewhere. However will they get him out? Liz tells Red about the lead on the brothers. He tries to talk her out of handling the Tom situation on her own, but he can’t because she is an idiot.
The evil scary brothers put Lee in a box with an oxygen tank, looks like they may just ship her on a slow boat to China. Suddenly Red arrives and introduces himself. Instead of riddling him with bullets and turning him into swiss cheese they put their weapons down. Because….he’s Raymond Reddingtion!
But the time Team Post Office arrives, everyone is gone. Ressler notices the writing on the wall.
Meanwhile, the brothers are blowing up the guards around safe house where Tom is holed up. There are all sorts of bullets flying and cars being chased and guys with leather jacket on motorcycles shooting things up, and other really macho shit. They whole thing ends with the Serbs getting their man.
Liz can’t get in touch with Red. So she goes to look for him. At her apartment. Which makes no sense whatsoever. There she finds all four brothers and Tom tied to a chair. “A gift from Reddington.” says one of the brothers. Liz has no reaction to finding four Serbian terrorists making themselves at home in her apartment while he sham of a husband sits bound to a chair with duct tape across his lying mouth.
The Serbs leave and Liz starts ranting on Tom. The girl can’t even rant properly. She barely raises her voice. She doesn’t slap his lying face. It’s a piss poor confrontation.
But Tom, oh he cuts her to the bone with this monologue.
“It was the shoes. That’s when I knew. It was those brown leather shoes. It was our third maybe fourth date, you’d come over to my place on Halstead, we’d ordered takeout and rented a movie that we never finished because we ended up…and you had to get up early for work and by the time I got up you were gone. I remember standing at my closet half-dressed reaching for my shoes when I saw that you had drawn this little heart in the dust on my shoe. You remember that? It was the sweetest thing. And ever since that moment I just felt sorry for you. Because I knew. I knew that I had you. Part of me didn’t want it to work, but it did.”
HE FELT SORRY FOR HER? Why has she not Lorena Bobbited this dude yet? And why did Red leave her alone in a room with this guy? Where is Red?
Meanwhile, middle-eastern guy has decoded the message written by Lee. It is even more ridiculous than his helicopter analysis theory. Apparently, a symbol for Archimedes water displacement theory means she is on a slow boat to China. It also tells them exactly what boat and what port and the color of underwear the captain is wearing. Did I mention the guy is hot? I think they just count of us focusing on that rather than the ridiculous writing.
Liz gets in touch with Red and he tells her how to find Lee, she tells the Feds and they go get her. But who cares about that? No one that is who.
Back to Liz and Tom. Tom asks if Daddy Red is going to come make him talk. She says he is not, she is going to do it herself. Liz starts breaking his fingers one by one with a wrench. Well, that’s a start. Liz wants honesty. She says that Tom has been making her pancakes for two years. She hates pancakes. Tom replies with, “If you are going to handcuff someone, don’t break their thumb. and jerks his arm out of the Ziploc baggie tie the Serbs used to restrain him.
Then the most ridiculous hand to hand combat in the history of television breaks out between the two. Tom gets her gun which apparently she felt no need to keep on her person when deals with a man who has been posing as her husband for some unknown nefarious purpose. He makes her handcuff herself to the bannister.
Tom tells her that he is not there to hurt her. That was never part of his job. He is one of the good guys. Reddington is not who she thinks. He tells Liz to take the key that was hidden under the lamp to the bank and open the safety deposit box. The information inside will prove that he is not who she thinks he is. He tells her goodbye and leaves.
Outside, Red and Dembe watch Tom leave. They have two people posing as a young couple in love follow him.
Back in the storyline no one carries about Lee spills her guts. Director Cooper asks about Liz. What was going on with her today? Where did she go? Ressler says, “I think she is having troubles at home, sir.” Well that’s an understatement.
Liz takes the key to the bank and finds an orange envelope which has something so bad in it that next week she tells Red they are done and he is a monster. Also, Red is under attack by a really big bad Blacklister and apparently has to rely on the goof troop to protect him. That doesn’t sound good.