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Blacklist Recap: Getting to Know You

Let’s imagine that the creative minds behind The Blacklist have designed these final Season 3 episodes like a treasure map.

Ever since Liz was suddenly killed off in the April 14 installment, the friends and co-workers that she left behind have slowly, methodically attempted to find the proverbial loot — in this case, the people responsible for her untimely death. Sure, there have been a few detours — Red’s trippy pit stop in Cape May still makes my head hurt — but for all intents and purposes, he and the FBI task force have made it their mission to track down the group that targeted Liz on her wedding day.

With the introduction of Famke Janssen’s Scottie Hargrave in Thursday’s episode, we got a few steps closer to learning who put a hit out on Agent Keen. And since Scottie will likely play a major role in the season’s final two episodes — in addition to leading a potential Blacklist spinoff eyed at NBC — let’s break down what we learned about her in this week’s pivotal hour:

WHO IS SCOTTIE? | Legally named Susan Hargrave, Scottie is the co-owner — along with her husband, Howard — of Halcyon Aegis, a private military intelligence agency that specializes in particularly sophisticated, complicated operations.

HOW IS SHE CONNECTED TO LIZ’S DEATH? | In short, Scottie and her company were hired by an anonymous employer to capture Liz on her wedding day. And, as Scottie makes clear to Red when she eventually comes face-to-face with him, she and her team weren’t hired to kill Liz — just to abduct her.

HOW DOES SHE KNOW RED? | As is the case with everyone on the titular list of criminals, Red encountered Scottie and her husband before — but these circumstances are much, much more dire. In order to get some face time with Scottie, Red needs to get her attention by infiltrating all of her active business operations, derailing them and killing off some of her closest associates, all of which he does with ease. (Ever the showman, Red pins a typed note to the body of each new casualty, asking Scottie to meet him in person.)

The Blacklist - Season 3Eventually, Scottie agrees to a face-to-face with Red, which, as far as she’s concerned, will be the perfect opportunity to kill him and settle a score she has with one of her adversaries. But Red manages to stay one step ahead of Scottie’s murder plot, thanks to intel from Tom, and any attempts to end Red’s life are totally thwarted.

Once he and Scottie are finally seated across from one another, Red demands to know who hired her to target Liz. She quickly reveals that it’s a man by the name of Alexander Kirk. (If that moniker sounds familiar, it’s because TVLine reported on that character’s forthcoming story arc back in March. Described as a charming and charismatic businessman, Kirk — to be played by Ulrich Thomsen — is Red’s longtime nemesis, and he’s got ties to an intimate, shocking secret from Red’s past.)

The big takeaway from Red’s chat with Scottie? Since Scottie now has a target on her own back, after failing to abduct Liz, Red insists that he and Scottie work together to take down Kirk, who is now their mutual adversary. After all, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, right?

Elsewhere in the hour:

* In order to get some intel on Benjamin Stalder — the powerful energy executive from last week’s episode — Tom poses as a hipster named Reggie in an attempt to hijack the computer files of Amanda Bigelow, an assistant at Stalder’s company.

The only way to get those files, though, is for Tom to go on a date with Amanda and make out at her apartment — something that Aram is none too pleased to hear about the next day. After reassuring Aram that he did love Liz and has no intention of dating new people anytime soon, Tom gives Aram some romantic advice of his own: Tell Samar how you feel about her, already!

Your turn! What did you think of Janssen’s Blacklist debut? Drop all of your thoughts on the episode in a comment below.

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37 Comments
  1. luke says:

    The show is a success because of James. Now NBC do me a favor… hire Fisher Stevens full time, make him a part of every episode and let the two of them wreak havoc on thursday night tv.

    • Ben says:

      Fisher Stevens has been a great addition. Dunno if he needs to be a series regular but he definitely should stay around.

  2. Debbie says:

    Famke Jannsen was flatter than usual in her performance tonight. I don’t hold out much hope for this backdoor pilot and certainly won’t be watching if it makes it to series.

    • lechatnoir says:

      She’s not bad . she’s just not interesting enough. I think abc has decided that her branded look should be trench coat and fendi bags. She had something similar on htgawm and that hemlock cove. Now on the spin off. They should give her strong material and introduce her as a dutch vrouw . And let her speak NL

  3. Jane says:

    I’m impressed and intrigued by Scottie Hargrave indeed! I thought Famke did a great job – she’s usually a very understated actress that does just enough to make the role stick. I’ll be watching the rest of the season for her episodes and her spinoff!

  4. Lee W. says:

    I couldn’t even concentrate on this episode, boring.

  5. Kevin K says:

    I enjoy this season’s Blacklist and who knows if the series spin-off gets picked up as a series for NBC. Famke Janssen should get nominated for POTW.

  6. ndixit says:

    If Susan Hargrave is supposed to be the ‘Red’ of the spinoff then the show doesn’t have much hope based on this introduction. There was nothing really interesting about the character, nor in Jannsen’s performance. Still, she has a couple of more eps to reverse that.

  7. Justbecause says:

    Yikes, she was just as flat in this episode as Megan Boone was as Lizzie…maybe flatter.

  8. Charlene Frazier says:

    I loved very episode. Is next week the final for Season 3 or is it the final episode of the show. I will truly miss it. It was one of the best of all time.

  9. courieroldstyle says:

    Its really sad to see how the show is using all other characters to sell the spin off aka the Tom Keen vehicle. Tom gave not!Berlin the kill list that led to Meera’s death and Cooper being stabbed. And now the whole task force is best buddies with Tom as if Meera never existed, Cooper never nearly died or Tom never killed the innocent harbormaster. Red who claimed men like Tom dont change THANKS him. And its not becaused Tom loved Liz, he held a gun to her head, lied to her every day for their relationship. Its all just a retcon for money and a spin off. Not to mention that Liz once knew that it was Tom’s fault Meera was killed.

    This show lost all its appeal to me.

  10. Lorraine says:

    I love the Blacklist. James Spader is the best and I could watch him for hours as he is incredible. He makes everything work – everything – and I can only hope this series gets another year. He always surprises me with his comedy in very serious circumstances – he has been my favourite actor since Boston Legal – he just knows what to do and how to perform ie, his expressions are so real. I absolutely love the show. Hats off to the Raymond Reddington character! Please tell me that Lizzie is not dead as she must be off so Ray Red can fish out the killers.

  11. sadekqua gaines says:

    I didn’t know if I would still watch the show once Luz died

  12. Cat says:

    This show is so much better without Liz…but the “Scottie” personality doesn’t seem up to Red’s standards. She didn’t put a lot into that performance last night…just reading the lines…boring.

    • Murica! says:

      Indeed. Her performance was bland. Nothing special. They should kill of her character and keep Tom on this show. After this episode I have zero confidence in the spin-of.

  13. Beverly rutherford says:

    The show is terrible without Liz no one likes it any more

  14. Michael Faley says:

    perfect music in opening slaugherhouse, FIRE by THE LAST INTERNATIONALE.

  15. Barbara says:

    I did not like Scotty at all. I was really wanting Red to take care of her.

  16. Charles says:

    Booooo! Unless Liz’s death is all a charade.

  17. Phaka2 says:

    Really love the dynamic without Liz. Hope she doesn’t come back.