The Blacklist Recap: It’s Red’s Playhouse, And We’re Just Living In It

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Red Reddington (James Spader) gets into a fight on The Blacklist. Will Hart/NBC

Tonight’s episode of The Blacklist was like an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, just subtract the saucy late-night romance and add a gaunt surgeon who runs an illegal organ transplant ring. You know, the usual. 

The next big bad on Red Reddington’s (James Spader) list was Dr. James Covington, who rents out organs to the wealthy who want to skip the donor line. The problem is, if you run out of cash, he repossesses the organ, leaving his former clients all kinds of dead. Cue Lizzie and Ressler’s latest mission.

But with her ex sweetie Tom (Ryan Eggold) still at the forefront of her mind and in her dreams (looking extremely floppy-haired and unshowered), Agent Keen (Megan Boone) is more on edge than ever. She’s even rejecting Red’s slurpee offers. (“Oh my gosh, you have no idea what you’re missing! Try a grapefruit gusher. It’s just like you today — a little bit sour.”) 

Some of her stress lies in the team’s latest addition, Samar Navabi (Mozhan Marno), who has come seemingly out of nowhere, so naturally she’s a part of Red’s plan. Her perfectly coiffed hair and leggy physique certainly boost the FBI’s hotness quota, but something tells us her intentions aren’t necessarily innocent. 

Meanwhile, Red’s in the middle of trying to, once again, take down Berlin, hook hand and all, but hits a snag when one of his nemesis’ agents, Mr. Vargas, played by Paul Reubens out of Pee-wee’s Playhouse but wearing an equally comical wig. When Mr. Vargas convinces some of Red’s allies to align themselves with Berlin, Red decides to teach them a lesson — the kind of lesson that involves several bouncers who like to talk with their fists. Unfortunately, he targets the wrong members of his inner circle as the one who outed his men is actually the one leaking intel to Berlin. Thankfully, Red is always one step ahead, and Mr. Vargas actually is working for him to help find the disloyal links in his twisted web.

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Agent Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) and Agent Keen (Megan Boone) on The Blacklist. Craig Blankenhorn/NBC

Back on the case, Agents Keen and Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) attempt to thwart to organ transplant ring by intercepting the transporter, but he speeds away (“Of course it’s a motorcycle”) and meets a bloody end after colliding with a car. Fortunately, the motorcyclist has the name of Dr. Covington’s patient, B.B., who just happens to be old pals with Red. In typical Red fashion, he finds a way to coax Dr. Covington’s number out of B.B. with the use of a particularly potent dose of Viagra and a faulty grease-soaked heart. 

But the agents better act quickly if they want to prevent the dastardly doctor from scoring his next illegal organ. Their search leads them to an abandoned warehouse with an unmarked basement. But rather than walking in on a Jigsaw-like villain playing God as his victims are chained to one another, the FBI agents are transported into a makeshift hospital in which children are awaiting transplants. Turns out, Dr. Covington is a murderer with a heart of gold. He steals from the rich to provide for the young innocents who have run out of chances. 

Keen can’t bring herself to interrupt a little boy’s lung transplant, and convinces Ressler to look the other way and give the doctor enough time to complete the operation. Turns out, Agent Keen is tip-toeing the line between right and wrong, seeing more grey than black and white. She should, however, be focusing more on the curly-haired hottie living in her motel and toting around a sniper rifle. Whoops!

Tell Us: Were Keen and Ressler right to let Dr. Covington complete his surgery?

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