It looks like our Blacklist guy this week will be played by Dr. House’s BBF on House. He doesn’t look the part of a bad guy but he just poisoned a whole train car full of people! All before the credits even start! I guess on this show he is a bad guy that leaves suitcases armed to deliver chemical attacks on seemingly random train cars. His name is Frederick Barnes. Red says he is the most dangerous man in the world!
Liz is still really pissed off at Red for saying that her husband Tom is a bad guy. Red still maintains his position.
The deal with Frederick is that he had a baby with his lab assistant a few years back and the kid had a rare disease that is incurable and causes your arteries to harden and then you die. He was a brilliant medical researcher that wanted to create a cure for the disease. No one would back the research because it is so very rare that there are only a handful of people with the disease. So, I suppose in an effort to save his son, he is infecting lots of people with an amped up very that is fatal in minutes rather than years. A lot of media attention and more causes would make the research more appealing to investors.
Red goes to Cuba to a guy he thinks can get him the radioactive chemicals Frederick uses in the chemical attacks. It’s a high level security risk and only a few people can get access. He is hoping his guy can tell him the name of the source. Oh wait, he is duping his buddy telling him he has a client that will pay $10 million if he can buy back some of the chemicals he sold to his last client (Fred). He puts a super-duper phone tracing thingy under the table traces the call. He is at the courthouse right up the street from Liz. Because all the blacklist bad guys hang around where Liz and the douchebag FBI guy are. Every episode, the Blacklist guy is like four blocks away. But even so, they arrive too late because Fred already killed an entire courtroom full of people. Liz could not catch a bad guy if her life depended on it. Ditto douchebag. So he got away. He took the security guy hostage and Liz put her gun down when Barnes told her to and kicked it away. He shot out a bunch of windows causing mass confusion and escaped. Douchebag told her boss. Now she is in trouble.
One young black woman survived being in the courtroom with the chemical spray. The FBI thinks he conducting tests on a wide variety of people to see if reactions vary. Barnes shows up to the survivors room and changes her IV bag, which knocks her out. He takes a bone marrow biopsy to hopefully get a sample of her immunity to the disease where he can hopefully create a cure for his love child.
Liz calls Red for help and he tells her that Barnes will probably go to try to off the survivor. She finally gets a clue and calls Barnes baby mama , but ALAS AND ALACK! It is too late! Barnes is already there. He knocks the baby mama out and tries to get to the kid with the antibodies he has in a syringe. The kid runs! Oddly the kid does not scream. Why not? And where is the husband/fake father? Oh now he is screaming. So Barnes chloroforms him and just as he is about ready to deliver the cure, Liz shows up and once again has him at gunpoint. Barnes tells her it is his son’s only hope. If he does nothing he will die anyway. Liz is all self righteous about experimental medicine and killing a bunch of random people and legal stuff. And she shoots him before he can deliver the cure. Which I think is dumb. Eleventy billion people died for that vial. Might as well let him poke the kid with it and THEN shoot him. Liz never does anything right. And where is douchebag during all this? Off tattletaleing again?
Red says it’s a pity that Barnes is dead. Liz doesn’t get it. Red says that someone who is willing to burn the whole world down to protect the one person they love, that is something he can relate to. Liz says, “Is that meant to be directed at me?” Because Liz is dumber than a box of hair. Red says she is presumptuous.
Also during this episode, Red bought a house. It was already in escrow but he had his female agent drop by with double the asking price in cash, just in cash escrow “fell through.” At the end of the episode, Red goes to see the house he bought. The agent can’t understand the urgency of him buying such an ordinary property. He says, “I raised my family in this house.” As they leave, the agent says he must have a lot of memories here. Red says he spends everyday trying to forget what happened in that house, but this should help. And he blows the house to smithereens.
Next episode it looks like Red will probably kill Liz’s ailing “father” because he wants to make some sort of deathbed confession to Liz.