BWW Recap: Who's Your Daddy (And Is He Alive)? NBC's THE BLACKLIST Finale Gives New Twists to Old Questions
Oh glorious season finale, you did not let us down. You gave us blood, death, mayhem, and some snappy Raymond Reddington dialogue, and even a few solutions wrapped in new mystery, as well as a cliffhanger or two. We cold-open on the debris of the plane crash from last week, as Matt Lauer of TODAY breaks the news of the crash on the banks of the East River. Various violent Russian criminals are climbing out of wreckage in various states of medical condition; one of the guards on the plane is dumped at a hospital as his hand was cut off by one of the Russian thugs.
FBI Agent of Evil takes Red to a cell - he's told he's not having a trial and he's simply going to be conveniently disappeared. Agent Evil asks if Agent Keen was worth all of this, and Red says, quite simply, "Yes." Not snappy, but sincere. Harold Cooper tells Agent Keen that their hands are tied as the task force has been decommissioned. Is she still willing to work with Red? Yes, she says - once this case is over, which it isn't, not with Russian thugs roaming the streets of Manhattan. Hasn't she realized? This is the case that never ends - it just goes on and on, my friends.
Some of the Russian prisoners are caught by the police. They were grabbed to be on the plane, don't know why they were chosen, and they didn't know this Berlin person. All they know is that someone who seemed to be in charge had Russian tattoos. Speaking of Russian thug types, Not-Tom is in a room somewhere with one. Is it Berlin? He has a list with all of the FBI task force members' names on it. There's a plan that's still to be followed.
Lizzie tells Agent Evil that they need to talk to Red. Cut to Red in his anonymous Cell of Disappearing, where he has a visitor - not Lizzie, but Fitch, Man of a Thousand Mysteries. Cut to Ryan Eggold's newest-yet Ford Mustang commercial in which he says Tom will still be a man of mystery for a while (just like Fitch, apparently). Because he's Keen. Tom Keen. Only he's really Not-Tom. Whatever. Sounds like he's back next season, though.
Fitch contemplates Red's problem, and determines that "this concerns me." He's in the intelligence community and this planeload of Russian bad guys isn't on record anywhere. He doesn't want Red in prison but can't have him freed - he can only arrange a transfer, he says meaningfully. Fitch says he wonders if this is the jam Red finally can't get out of, but wishes him luck. Apparently they're secretly as buddy-buddy as they can be given their respective positions. Red enters an unmarked FBI vehicle driven by Agent Evil, who is, somehow not surprisingly, working for Fitch today to take Red to his new holding facility. Red says he figured it would be him. Agent Evil explains how he's to be knocked out for Red to make his escape, and Red had better make it good because he's only got one chance. Red opts, instead of a blow to the face as directed, to go for choking and crashing the car. Once free, he calls Lizzie and warns her that the whole task force is in danger. Yes, even Aram, whom everyone loves. Those brutes!
Meera and Ressler can't be warned of their danger, though, because they're on assignment in a fancy night club where there are escaped violent Russian thugs hiding. While one of them attacks Ressler, because, hey, violent Russian thug, another comes up behind Meera and silently slits her throat. There will no doubt be those who might wish it had been the other way around, with Ressler bleeding out. Meera didn't do much, but she wasn't Ressler, Agent of Goof. At least he got roughed up a little, which is fortunate because he hasn't been abused physically lately. Lizzie gets to the club and finds Meera lying in a pool of blood.
She reports to Red. "You said we were all targets. Why?" "Because the work we've done has forced Berlin out of the shadows." He's made them all targets by association, he fears - but Lizzie says that if Berlin had all of their names it was thanks to Not-Tom. Then she asks Red how Sam was involved. "As your father," Red explains - nothing more than that. Lizzie says her only memory of her father is his walking her out of the fire. Red pauses before he says, "Yes."
Ressler questions another escaped violent Russian thug, getting the same story the police got. Cooper thinks it's time for their good buddy Red to pay one of his charming social calls to the Russian ambassador in order to get information on this unlisted flight. Red drops in unannounced and uninvited, while the ambassador's been napping; he's at the dining room table, enjoying some freestone peaches he brought as a gift, as well as snuggling with the unadorable ambassador's pricelessly adorable puppy. How adorable this puppy is cannot be conveyed in mere words. And it loves to give Red wet, drippy puppy smooches. Surely Red is a better dog owner than the ambassador. Nonetheless, the ambassador, who seems to fear tea and conversation with Red, says that Red had better not harm his dog. What? Red harm one hair of Adorable's head? "I'm not a monster. I wouldn't hurt a dog." Adorable knows - more puppy kisses follow. Boy, those peaches must be tasty. "You, on the other hand..." He throws a knife into the ambassador's leg. Dog lover, judger of fresh peaches, knife thrower - Red is a true Renaissance man.
Lizzie gets the plane manifest from Red and gives it to Cooper. Three Russian convicts are still at large - one must be Berlin. Cooper gives Lizzie the bracelet that the general's daughter gave her in the pilot to encourage her. "It might remind you of all the good we've done."
The guard in the hospital, missing his hand, tells Ressler and Liz the story of Berlin. He was in the Red Army, a colonel, who moved to the KGB. His daughter fell in love with a political dissident and was sent to Siberia to "rot with his enemies." Then his enemies started to send his daughter back to him, in bits and pieces. He determined to wreak revenge, even carving a knife out of one of his daughter's Bones in order to exact his own kind of justice. Swell story, buddy - but how does it tie in with Red, and who is Berlin? "Ask Mr. Hood." That was the guy on the plane in the hooded sweatshirt last week.
Agent Evil is having a Super Secret Meeting with Cooper. Evil doesn't want Red on the street, "but people do. Get Keen and Reddington back." Cooper demands to know what people want them back, but to no avail. He gets in his car without an answer but with a Russian thug in the back, who garrotes him.