Greetings, fellow TV watchers! I will be filling in on this week's recap of The Blacklist
as we continue to try and unearth the mysteries surrounding criminal mastermind Red Reddington and his intriguing (yet borderline creepy) obsession with Agent Elizabeth Keen. Much like the previous two episodes, "Wujing" centers around someone on Reddington's blacklist (though, at this point, I'm tempted to just call it a hit list given the fact that everyone on it seems to wind up dead). This time, it's involving a high-level Chinese spy who Reddington's been helping to decode CIA transmissions. Because of course
Meanwhile, Agent Keen takes it upon herself to do a little digging of her own into her husband Tom's secretive background. But will she uncover anything of interest? Does the FBI let Reddington escape yet again? And most important, does anyone get stabbed in the neck with a pen? This show's batting two for two, so it's entirely possible. Let's dig in and find out!
Decoding for Dummies
Wujing, a notorious spy killer, calls on Reddington for a favor. He needs his help in decoding a CIA transmission that will give him the name of his next target. One of Wujing's men goes to see Reddington, who's playing chess by himself in the park (naturally), and requests his assistance. He accepts the offer, but tells the guy to leave him in peace for now. ("I prefer to play with myself in private." -- Ha! Awesome.) He even brings Agent Keen in on the project as his fake encryption specialist, making for yet another great bonding experience for this increasingly weird relationship. And apparently, the CIA is just totally cool with all this.
But there's one big flaw in this plan (well, there's actually several, but this one just really stands out): Keen has absolutely no decoding background whatsoever. Not to mention the fact that they're expecting her to spy on a guy who kills spies for a living
, and she only just started working there. But since Reddington wants her, she's their girl. She tries to refuse, but they play the whole "An agent's life is in your hands" guilt trip card, so she agrees, but on the condition that he will explain why he's so infatuated with her.
As for her lack of encryption knowledge, no worries! There's a guy for that (but is there an app for that?), who's able to give her the cliff notes version of decoding. You know, because I'm sure it's really just that simple. Heck, from now on, I'm going to start referring to myself as a encryption specialist then!
The plan is to plug a flash drive into one of the computers during the decoding process, allowing the CIA to know who the next target is as soon as Wujing and his merry band of followers do. Then it's just a matter of who can get to the victim first. No pressure, though!
The CIA team place a bug on Keen, which is masquerading as nicotine patch (clever). However, they don't account for the fact that Wujing's operation takes place deep underground, where no tracking devices can penetrate. Not only does this cut them off completely from the CIA, but it makes it nearly impossible for them to provide access to Wujing's computer system (only his own computers can do that). So while Reddington offers a nice distraction, Keen slips the flash drive into one of Wujing's men's computers. It works. The next target is: Henry Cho, who (twist) is not an agent, but an architect who's been helping the CIA gain access to certain building plans. But who's going to get to him first?On Your Mark ... Get Set ... Go!
Reddington and Keen are just about to make a swift exit when the compound goes into a system lockdown. The computers know someone made contact with an FBI server somewhere in this room and can even pinpoint it down to the exact location it came from. We all know it's Keen, but since she planted the flash drive on someone else's computer, that guy's the one who gets punished. Sorry, dude, but thems the breaks. Wujing throws the guy's computer to the floor, taking the flash drive along with it. The guy sees it and knows exactly what's going on, but before he can say anything, Reddington shoots him point blank. At first, Wujing is furious that he killed one of his own men and threatens to kill Keen in return. But that Reddington is one smooth talker and is able to convince him to back down.
Meanwhile, the CIA is racing to locate Henry Cho, who of course is not answering his phone. He's too preoccupied showing his son around a construction site (which seems a little dangerous for a young kid, no?). They're eventually able to warn him that Wujing's men are coming, giving him a head start to run and hide. Fighting ensues, many impressive combat moves are made, and both Henry and his son get out safely. Now go buy your kid some ice cream!
As for Wujing -- after dropping Reddington and Keen off by the side of the road, Reddington laments that it must be hard for Keen to see the bad guy get away instead of watching him receive justice. But Keen has a few tricks up her sleeve as well: the CIA is able to locate Wujing's vehicle since she had left her fake nicotine patch on the car's backseat window. Okay, that's impressive.
Keen insists that Reddington hold up his part of the deal and explain why he only wants to work with her. He reveals that it's because of her father, but when pushed for details, he remains pretty cryptic. Ugh, what does it all mean?!?! She says she's nothing like him. She has a family and friends, while he has nothing. "I have you," he responds. Again, still kinda creepy. Just give us answers, Red!Sleeping with the Enemy?
But Keen's life isn't as perfect as she's letting on. She's still extremely suspicious about her husband Tom's supposed secret identities and even has ballistics run a test on used bullets from Tom's gun to see if they match any crimes in the police database. But when the report comes back, pretty much all of the information is blacked out and considered classified, so that's definitely not a good sign. Agent Ressler, however, has been keeping tabs on Keen's activity at the office and was able to nab the non-blacked-out version of her ballistics report. No major details are given, but it involves Homeland Security.
But that's not Keen's only problem: as the episode closes, Reddington is looking at a bunch of cryptic numbers on a piece of paper, while another unknown group has taken the liberty of bugging her entire house. Looks like Reddington isn't the only one interested in Agent Keen these days.
So what did you think of this week's episode of The Blacklist
? What do you think those numbers mean? How is Reddington connected with Keen's father? Were you disappointed no one was stabbed in the throat with a pen? Take our poll below and feel free to sound off on your predictions in the comments below! The Blacklist airs Monday nights at 10pm on NBC.
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