It feels like forever since we last saw The Blacklist. And in the interim, James Spader picked up a Golden Globe nomination for his role! This week, I will experience a technical difficulty about half way through. I was taping two things and watching other shows on DVR. When I finished my recaps the TV was on The Blacklist. I didn’t want to start in the middle so I turned the channel and the show stopped taping. So I manually restarted it. Hopefully, whatever I missed was not important.
We begin at a kid’s birthday party at some sort of Chucky Cheese like place. It all seems very deja vu, I think I recently watched a Law & Order rerun that started this way. It did not end well for one of the children. On this show, a mother just drank some punch a random dude thrust into her hands. I my opinion, she deserves what is coming. I mean who does that? Yep, She did not even make it out of the parking lot before she fell out and got abducted by a crazy man.
The crazy man looks at tons of X-rays of Karen, the Kool-Aid drinking mother before he begins to torture her. This show looks like it is going to be a gory one, like The Stew Maker. I hate when these shows get all gory. The crazy dude calls 911 from a pay phone when he is finished and says, “I’ve done it again.”
Liz and her husband are chatting in the kitchen. He is going to Nebraska for an interview. She doesn’t want to live in Nebraska. They need to talk about their relationship, but they are interrupted by a call from the FBI about the crazy guy. Liz goes to work.
Reddington has been missing since the incident with Alan Alda on the Anslo Garrick episode. We need to find him immediately because he is the entire reason people watch this show. The FBI is questioning Liz about his whereabouts, but she doesn’t know anything. The FBI also concerned about her husband being brought to the premises. They are also interrogating Agent Ressler and the hot middle eastern guy. They are looking for a mole.
The crazy guy is called the Good Samaritan because he never kills his victims. He just tortures them and then calls 911 so they have a chance of survival. Wait, that is what modern society thinks is a “good Samaritan” is these days? Wow. Karen did not make it.
Red is taking care of the body of his right hand woman, Dembe, who was shot in the last episode. It has been so long since we watched this show, it’s hard to remember what happened previously. Winter breaks suck. Later, Red interrogates a man about “the man with the apple” he leads Red to a female EMT at the hospital. It seems that everyone involved in the job was anonymous and did not know each other. The EMT is the one who removed the chip from Red during the Anslo Garrick investigation. Red also meets up with the doctor who gave Red the injections during his torture. Everyone was paid in small bills. Red kills them all.
Red calls Liz. He asks about the Good Samaritan. He wants to help. This case is important to Lizzie because one of his first victims died in her arms. Red says that torture is usually tailored to that specific person. He hangs up. Liz goes to review the injuries of all the victims. Liz discovers that the victims inflicted on the mother were the same injuries that the kid had. He was being abused. The Good Samaritan inflicted the same injuries on the mother as the child had received from his abuser.
Cooper tells Agent Meera Malik that she has been cleared. She immediately rats out Liz for not telling him about Red calling her.
Red strolls into a restaurant with a gun. He says, “Hello Theodore” and then starts shooting. He kills everyone but Theodore. Theodore is the one that paid the minions for their part in the hit on Red. He set everything up. Red wants to know who is behind the entire job and is torturing Theodore until he talks. Something tells me Theodore doesn’t have long to live. In a brilliant, gory, hysterical scene, Red kills poor Theodore and leaves to go after the banker that Theo just gave up.
Back at headquarters, Liz and Ressler are interviewing the abused son of the latest victim. The kid gives the I fell off my bike story. He says they were accidents, that is all I am supposed to say. Ressler asked who told him to say that. He says, “my mother.”
The Good Samaritan, or Sam as I will be calling him, is a nurse. It seems he chooses his victims from his clientele. When a patient is being abused, he tortures the abuser in the exact same way.
Reddington confronts “the banker” outside his home as he and his wife are headed out to dinner. Something tells me they are not going to make it to dinner. Red demands all of his wire transfer information by tomorrow. And the banker and his wife live to enjoy another dinner.
NO!!! They are going to pin the whole mole thing on Aram, the hot middle easterner? NO! The FBI goes to get him, but Red gets him first. Red tells Aram to steal five million dollars from an account and deposit it into Red’s account. Why is everyone being mean to Aram?
And of course, this is the scene that got lost in the DVR hookup. I am just going to assume Aram got the job done and nary a luscious black hair on his head was disturbed.
The good Samaritan whose name, at least in this group meeting, is Victor. He shares that he was abused by his mother. Oddly, he still lives with his mother who is in a wheelchair and apparently can’t speak. Victor is at the meeting scouting for new abusers to victimize.
Henry, the banker, walks in from work to find his wife and Red having drinks and chatting. Red whispers in his ear, “I know what you’ve done.” Henry tries not to pee his pants. He calls for help, apparently from the police. The wife asks Red if he prefers rice or noodles. He says, “Whatever is faster, I believe the police are on their way.” Will they survive to enjoy this dinner? Or was last night’s their last? Henry after some persuasion by Red gives him the name “Newton Phillips.” Red apologizes to the wife who he has shoved into a closet saying he must take a rain check on dinner. Red leaves, shockingly not killing Henry the banker.
Victor goes home and rolls the mother out to the torture chamber where he plans to torture the husband of one of his patients. He by detaching his retina.
Meanwhile, Liz and Ressler are on the heels of the Good Samaritan. How? Well you see the guy who runs the confidential group meetings told them that Victor was there and chatting with George. He also shares his abuse story with Liz, telling her that Victor was abused by his mother. So Liz immediately knows that Victor has George at his childhood home. Mind you none of the other tortures were at his childhood home, and Liz has been working this case for years. But now she knows exactly where Victor is, right there in DC, at his mommy’s house. See how that works? Yeah. Me neither. But just like that, Liz goes and shoots the Good Samaritan , Victor, or Carl, or whatever his name is this scene. And she goes to the hospital to threaten George, the abuser that if he ever puts his hands on his wife again, she will hunt him down and finish what the Good Samaritan started.
Oh thank goodness! Aram is alive, albeit not so well and back at the FBI with scary escorts. He gives Cooper a file from Red that identifies the mole as Newton Phillips.
The next scene shows Red somewhere that looks like Scotland releasing Dembe’s ashes into the water. He turns to his assistant, and calls him by name, “Newton”. Red says he should have come to him. Newton says that they threatened his family. He begs Red to make it look like an accident for his wife’s sake. Red suffocates him and pushes him off the rock,
Red shows up at Liz’s house to congratulate her on her case. Liz asks if that means he is back. He says, I don’t know. My house is clean, but yours is not. We all know he means Tom, but Liz doesn’t get it. Red says he has the next name for The Blacklist.