'The Blacklist' Season 1, episode 20: A Ressler-Liz hook-up would be a lot of fun

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diego-klattenhoff-megan-boone-the-blacklist.jpgOn "The Blacklist," "The Kingmaker" enters the picture (briefly, ha) and gives Reddington a clearer indication that some major player is out to get him.

The Case of the Week

This was actually an interesting case of the week, with the Kingmaker working on orchestrating the rise and fall of dozens of politicians worldwide. He is not merely a political operative, however -- he orchestrates sex scandals and personal tragedies.

The plot with the New York assemblyman was particularly interesting -- driving off a bridge with your kid in the car to gain political capital? -- but the Kingmaker served a larger purpose for ...

Reddington's Dealings

The politician the Kingmaker took out in Prague before the NY assemblyman job was someone that meant a lot to Reddington, professionally. It causes Reddington to meet up with Alan Fitch (Alan Alda) again and ask for help from Fitch and co. So Fitch convenes a meeting of the Shady Old Man Club (with a couple token women thrown in), but they vote not to help Reddington. They're more scared of whomever is targeting Red than they are of whatever Red allegedly has over them.

Since this is not the season finale, we don't yet know who is targeting and why, but based on the previews, that's what Season 1's last two episodes are delving into.

Liz and Sam (and Tom)

Meanwhile, the folder Tom sent Lizzie to find in the safe deposit box contains photos of Red at her father's hospital. She gets surveillance footage and a hospital report to inform her Reddington was in the room when her father died, which Red confirms. He tells her he put Sam out of his misery and that if Sam had been in his right mind, he never would have even hinted at telling Lizzie anything because it wasn't his secret(s) to tell.

She's disgusted with Reddington and walks out, calling him a monster.

Thoughts & Tidbits

  • Obviously Lizzie is not "done" with Reddington because then we wouldn't have a show. But it works on an organic level too -- once she's over being sad and upset that Red killed her father before she could speak with him and say goodbye, they'll be OK again.
  • It's kind of a shame this show is a network drama and therefore must be strung out over 22 episodes. It would really move along at an awesome clip if it only had to produce the cable channel norm of 13 episodes.
  • We didn't see any Tom this week and that's OK. We actually fear Tom may not be long for the world because how do they keep him involved once this "Berlin" person comes into the picture? Reddington is one-half of the heart of the show, so it's highly unlikely that Tom and "Berlin" take him out by season's end. Tom probably has to go.
  • But also because Ressler and Lizzie sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g. OK, not yet. We don't actually think they did anything after that door closed. But they've been building up to a Ressler-Liz thing for weeks now. It actually makes a lot of sense. He loses Audrey, she loses her husband because he's been lying to her and suddenly they find each other amidst their grief and loneliness (plus he just saved her life). It's not some let's-get-married thing, it's about getting needs met, both sexual needs and also needing to feel safe and cared for and not lonely. And it'll make for fun awkwardness at work. Thumbs up.

Best Lines:

Red: "I was a lifeguard my junior year in high school. Had to give mouth-to-mouth to Mrs. Beerman. She belched up a lungful of corned beef and chlorine, I haven't been in a pool since."

Red: "He's raised opposition research to an art form. He arranges scandals, exploits proclivities, assassinates when necessary."

Red: "You know me considerably better than either of us would like to admit. I will win this war. This enemy of mine? Will lose. Even with you and your short-sighted brethren watching safely from a distant hill. Why? Because as bad as you may think I am, as far as you think I'm willing to go to protect that which I hold most dear, you can't possibly fathom how deep that well of mine truly goes. You think you've come here simply to say that you can't help me, but all you've done is ensure that when this is all over, I won't be able to help you. When the day inevitably comes that I settle up with your little alliance, it will be you, Alan, alone in the dark."

What did you think of "The Kingmaker"?
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