James Spader is at his best, as usual, playing the mercurial and mysterious Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington. This week, we find Liz Keen struggling with the realization that her husband, Tom is not in fact her loving doting school teacher husband, but working for an unknown organization and she is his “job.” Liz is reeling from the newfound knowledge that her marriage is a sham. She is emotional and erratic to say the least.
Red, for his part, is cool as a cucumber as always. In the midst of Agent Keen’s drama on the homefront, Red adds to her plate bringing to Keen’s attention that the Pavlovich Brothers have returned to the United States. A group of criminals who specialize in abductions and ransoms have targeted a Chinese Immunologist who was involved in the development of Chinese germ warfare diseases. She had chosen to turn herself over to the United States and was arrested in China for treason. An American operation extracted her from a Chinese prison. But once stateside, she was taken by the infamous Pavlovich Brothers.
Throughout the episode Agent Keen is torn between her duties as an agent and her need to discover all she can about who her husband really is and why he was assigned to her. Red is of course right in her ear, trying to convince her on a course of action that is smarter and less reckless than hers. Red has a team of people undercover and tailing Tom everywhere he goes. Stealth is the name of Red’s game. That is until Liz storms into the National Archives to see what Tom is up to, against Red’s advisement. Tom realizes Liz knows and makes a run for it.
Agent Keen meanwhile discovers the location in which the Pavlovich Brothers are holding their Chinese hostage before smuggling her out of the country. Keen shares this information with Red, who of course arrives first. What ensues shows why we all love Red in spite of his moral ambiguity and his devious and criminal nature. He hires the Pavlovich brothers to find and abduct Tom, which they do by shooting up the safe house Tom was hiding out in and chasing him down in a Fast and the Furious-style high speed chase.
The FBI arrives where they believe the Pavlovich Brothers to be hiding only to find it abandoned. Keen repeatedly tries to contact Red to no avail. Instead, she returns home to a shocking scene. The Pavlovich Brothers in her kitchen, one pouring himself and drink, the others seated enjoying their drinks. “A gift from Red” is tied to a dining room chair. It’s Tom of course. The brothers clear out leaving the Keens alone. Talks between the two turn ugly fast and Agent Keen grabs a wrench from the drawer and breaks Tom’s thumb in an attempt to extract information.
However, in breaking his thumb she accidentally gave him the means to escape his handcuffs. They fight violently, Liz’s anger boiling over. However, Tom overpowers her and grabs her gun. He tells her to take the key she found and gives her the location of the safety deposit box. He tells her that his job was never to hurt her and that Red is not who she thinks he is. Then he leaves her to escape the cuffs. Sooner rather than later, Red is at Liz’s side. She apologizes for losing Tom, but as always Red is ten steps ahead, and had been watching the whole time. His people are still following and watching Tom. He reassures Liz that she deserves the best in life and tries to comfort her.
At episode’s close, Agent Keen is at the bank and opens a large manila envelope that was in the box. It appears she finds pictures, however we are left wondering what they show until next week, but we can bet that they reveal something about Red that shocks her, perhaps turns her against him. Guess we will just have to find out what the big reveal is next week. Can’t help but root for Red in all this, so let us hope it’s nothing too evil. Tune in next week, Monday April 28th, 2014 on NBC to find out what comes next on the Blacklist.