TV Review: One Step Closer to Answers in ‘The Blacklist’

Caution: This review contains spoilers.

During this week’s episode, Reddington (James Spader) helps Agents Keen (Megan Boone) and Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) in their pursuit of Dr. James Covington (Ron Cephas Jones). Covington handles a black market for organ transplants, paying death examiners to supply him with fresh organs. The beginning is rather gross with the death of Paul Wyatt (John Nielsen), whose heart has been cut out. An interview with the widow reveals that transplant clients aren’t merely buying the organs, they pay an annual fee to rent them! If the client can’t pay the rent, then he or she will be subjected to a repossession of the worst kind.

Lizzy and Ressler set a trap for one of Covington’s agents and engage in a car chase, resulting in a messy ending. Many of the clients are of disreputable trades, so it is easy for Reddington to saunter into a bar and interrupt the lunch of Bernard Babbitt, a drug syndicate leader. It’s quite chilling when you realize he’s induced a heart attack on Babbit with his own paramedics standing by.

At transplant center, it is clear that Covington uses the shady transplants to fund a more important cause: using experimental treatments to save children’s lives. He’s caught in the middle of a procedure that Lizzy permits him to finish. Ressler is upset that Lizzy sees some value in Covington’s operations. One wonders if Lizzy is slipping, given her paranoia, uses of aliases, and living in hotels.

There’s also a side story with Red, who weeds out a traitor after setting a trap with Mr. Vargas (Paul Reubens), who could easily resemble Spock with that haircut. Even more intriguing is the reappearance of Mary-Louise Parker as Red’s wife, Naomi Hyland. Next week’s promo suggests that Lizzy might be their daughter, which adds a disturbing angle to the dream sequence at the beginning of the episode. Throwing in a bit of the Electra Complex there? At the very least, it’ll be nice to finally have some answers!

‘The Blacklist’ airs on Monday evenings on NBC at 10|9c.

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