Prague, Czech Republic. This is where our story begins this week. We see a limo driver waiting for his client. The client enters the cab on his phone and tells the person on the other line to let Mr. Reddington know that everything is proceeding according to plan. The driver, of course, is not a driver but a man on a mission. Having made the car unbearably hot, the client complains to which he is offered bottled water, a trap of course as the water is laced with a drug that knocks the man unconscious.
He awakens naked in a bed he does not recognize, then he sees a man lying on the floor also naked and dead. He tries to wake him but only finds deep bruises on his neck (indicative of strangulation). As he tries to figure out what to do, there is a loud bang on the door. The police have arrived. Revealed as Emil Dusek, a member of Czech Parliament, he is arrested for murder. Clearly framed and clearly someone who worked for Red.
Red for is part goes to visit another associate to discuss matters. He believes Dusek has been framed for the murder by a man called the Kingmaker. What Red doesn’t know is who hired this infamous Englishman known as the Kingmaker to weaken his organization. Meanwhile Lizzie is hard at work trying to figure out her own mystery.
Last week, we were left with a cliffhanger. What photos did Lizzie find in the bank vault? We waited with bated breath to see, and this week the photo is revealed. It’s a series of photos of Red entering Saint Adrian’s Hospital, the same hospital Lizzie’s father was in when he died. She shows the photos to her partner, and he tries to convince her that even if he was there the day her father died, it may not mean anything more than he was visiting a friend. Lizzie scoffs asking since when did Reddington have any friends. Her phone rings (Reddington of course) and she decides not to bring it up to Red until she can authenticate the photo.
Red summons her to the house he is borrowing (one full incidentally of Cannibus) and tells Lizzie about the Kingmaker who is on his way to the United States. Clearly bringing Lizzie a case that is to his own benefit, Red assures Lizzie that Tom is being watched and monitored by his people and tries to focus her on the Kingmaker, who of course is already in the United States and is meeting with his client, a young politician by the name of Patrick Chandler (an Assemblyman in New York State). The two discuss a plan to have Patrick’s car go over a bridge, though the details are kept quiet. Patrick agrees and goes on his way.
Lizzie and her FBI colleagues are hot on the Kingmaker’s trail, finding his identity (or alias as the case may be) and tracking the credit card used to buy the plane ticket to a hotel room rental in Manhattan. Of course when Lizzie and her partner arrive, there is a couple having a romantic dinner, not the Kingmaker who cloned the man’s credit card and passport to make his entry into the United States.
Reddington continues to try to take matters into his own hands by going to ask Alan for assistance in finding the man attacking him. He wishes to work together to take down what he calls a common enemy. Meanwhile Patrick is leaving a shop with his wife and daughter. He and his wife share a tender loving moment before they get in the car presumably to go home. They head for the bridge right around the agreed upon time of 4:00pm. As planned an accident occurs a van heading in the opposite direction swerves and hits them, sending the car over the edge of the bridge. His wife dies in the accident. Red connects the Kingmaker to this accident and the FBI scramble to figure out what the real play is given that Chandler is a newbie in politics.
Liz and her partner continue to try to figure out Red’s connection to Liz’s father on the day of his death which by means of surveillance footage, they determine did exist. Liz notes that the time stamp puts Red leaving the hospital an hour before her father’s time of death.
The two go to question Chandler about his accident and meanwhile, the Kingmaker finds the van driver to have a little chat. Apparently Arturo was never meant to leave the accident scene but was intended to tell police he lost control of his vehicle. To ensure his plan is not derailed the Kingmaker shoots Arturo and then stages the scene to look like a suicide. He is always a step ahead of the FBI who come across the scene after the fact and cannot prove that Arturo did not kill himself.
The FBI did manage to track down a pay phone used by the Kingmaker to contact Arturo. Liz and Red go to check it out and Red shows Liz the significance of the pay phone. It stands in front of an underground club that only people like Red and the Kingmaker knows exist, in fact they know Red by name (a fake one) and the two find out where the Kingmaker is staying by asking the club owner. Also in the club, Liz grills Red on his presence in the hospital room the day her father died. Red is glib stating, that he knew her father and he knew him and he went to say goodbye.
Liz goes to the Kingmaker’s room and she and her partner find a complex set of computers showing blueprints, photos, wiring schematics and alarm codes…a breeching plan to attack and kill a Senator. The death of a Senator in office triggers a special election and therefore would be a key opportunity for Chandler to advance his career. The FBI try to reach the Senator with no luck as the breech has begun. The Kingmaker himself is in the house to do the job, but he stops to have a conversation with his victim giving the FBI the time to arrive on the scene. Lizzie and Ressler enter the house. The Kingmaker attacks Liz, taking her gun and beginning to choke her to death. Ressler shoots him in the head killing him.
Alan, meanwhile, turns Red down in helping him find his attacker. Red asks Lizzie for 2 minutes alone with the Kingmaker to find out who hired him in Prague and is deeply upset when he finds out the Kingmaker is dead. Liz arrests Chandler for his crimes and she receives a phone call. Red left the hospital an hour before her father’s body was found, however the coroner’s report places his time of death 45 minutes to an hour before the body was found. Liz then confronts Red and he admits to killing her father, telling her that her father asked him to do it. Lizzie tells him she’s done and calls Red a monster leaving the house and slamming the door behind her. She goes home but cannot stand to be there, the betrayal by two men in her life too much to bear she goes to Ressler and he lets her into his apartment no questions asked.
Are Lizzie and Red really done? What is this big secret that Red is keeping from her? Find out more next week on the Blacklist, Monday May 5th, 2014 on NBC.