The Blacklist (2013– )
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Marvin Gerard (No. 80) 

As Liz pleads for her safety in the Russian Embassy, Red discovers a new plan devised by the Cabal to kill her. A familiar face reaches out to Ressler.


Andrew McCarthy


Jon Bokenkamp (created by), Daniel Knauf (teleplay by) | 7 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Spader ... Raymond 'Red' Reddington
Megan Boone ... Elizabeth Keen
Diego Klattenhoff ... Donald Ressler
Ryan Eggold ... Tom Keen
Amir Arison ... Aram Mojtabai
Mozhan Marnò ... Samar Navabi
Hisham Tawfiq ... Dembe Zuma
Harry Lennix ... Harold Cooper
Fisher Stevens ... Marvin Gerard
Edi Gathegi ... Matias Solomon
Adriane Lenox ... Reven Wright
Sean Cullen ... Alexander Raskovitch
Christopher James Baker ... Clayton
Misha Kuznetsov ... Russian Ambassador
William Connell ... Mikhail Kozlov


As Liz pleads for her safety in the Russian Embassy, Red discovers a new plan devised by the Cabal to kill her. A familiar face reaches out to Ressler.

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English | Russian

Release Date:

8 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This episode was directed by Andrew McCarthy, who starred with James Spader in the John Hughes film Pretty in Pink (1986) as well as Less Than Zero (1987). See more »


When Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) is dialling a number on the pre-paid phone, we hear the number tones, but the display does not show any numbers. See more »


Raymond 'Red' Reddington: Odysseus spent a decade at war. But his biggest battle was finding his way home.
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Featured in The Blacklist: The Director (No. 24): Conclusion (2016) See more »


The Blacklist End Credits Theme
Written by Dave Porter
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why this episode is a perfect "10"
13 October 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

1. All the basics are there. Perfect writing, acting, pacing, direction, music ... just wonderful. In fact, if a viewer who had NEVER seen the first two seasons were (hypothetically) to see this episode, I believe said viewer would become an instant fan and back-order the first two seasons from Amazon. It's THAT good.

2. Boone and Diego Klattenhoff step up their game, revealing aspects of their characters even die-hard fans have never seen before.

3. The always-amazing Spader does a throwaway exchange at the diner which could well go down in film history, alongside De Niro's ARE YOU TALKING TO ME, Eastwood's DO YOU FEEL LUCKY and Nicholson's instructions from FIVE EASY PIECES (also set in a diner) on how to order toast.

4. Also like the running gag off the top which is obviously meant for insiders only, where the drop-title with the Blacklist number that USED to represent the FBI target for the episode is still running, even though (discussed in an earlier review) the short-arc for the entire series has changed in a most dramatic way.

5. With the writing team at POI caught in a lobster trap entirely of their own making, this series along with BANSHEE are possibly the two board leaders for the year.

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