TV Review: Get Your 'The Blacklist' Refresher

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Major Episode Developments:
Red recruited Vanessa Cruz (the misunderstood villain-of-the-week) for his personal Suicide Squad-type initiative. Tom revealed to Liz that he was hired by Red to infiltrate her life, and in an amazing save, Dembe pulled a wounded Red to safety and retrieved “The Fulcrum” simultaneously. 

The Cliffhanger: Red was gravely wounded by a sniper, just as Liz had given him “The Fulcrum” and swore him off again.

The Rundown: Why did Liz not want to know Red’s motives for hiring Tom before she blew him off? Her questions surrounding her estranged husband have plagued her the most, and Red seemed willing to explain. Instead, she furiously dismissed him. Unlike what had been teased in the promo for the episode, the Tom vs. Red showdown hardly took place.

Their standoff lasted .5 seconds in Liz’s doorway, and Tom left without incident. It was a disappointing resolution to a highly anticipated face-off between the two.

Liz’s complicated feelings for the two duplicitous men in her life have been an essential ingredient to the series, and having Tom back on the show has livened up the season’s energy exponentially. However, just as things seemed to be making progress on that front, he seemed poised for an indefinite exit. 

Exploring the man behind the faรงade and learning whether his feelings for Liz were genuine has been fun terrain. The show hasn’t been as good without him on it. Liz’s depression is directly linked to the lack of Tom, and this audience member feels her pain. Exploring whether Liz can love him for who he really is would be a compelling central story arc moving forward.

The Potential Outcome: There’s zero doubt Red will survive his injuries. He is the main character of the show. The effect it has on Liz and whether or not he’ll finally come clean about the origin of their relationship is the only game-changer possibly on the horizon. Should he require a medical intervention that only a blood relative could provide, Liz might finally get the answers she (and her viewers) have been waiting for.

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