The Blacklist recap: Let's Get Biblical

The parable of the Good Samaritan and a little Revelations from Johnny Cash define this episode, but not quite as much as Red killing everybody
Ep. 11 | Aired Jan 13, 2013

OVER IT Red is getting real tired of everyone's bullsh...well, you know.

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After confirming that the son was abused by his mother and looking at the medical histories of the other victim’s surviving family members, Lizzie and Ressler realize that the Good Samaritan has fashioned himself some sort of vigilante killer for abuse victims. It just so happens that the name “Good Samaritan Killer” works really well for this, as well as the whole “leaving his victims half-dead on the side of the road” thing.

And speaking of that guy, he’s found his next project. You see, the Samaritan works as a nurse and sees abuse victims come through his ER all the time. On this particular day, a woman comes in with a broken wrist and a looming husband. The Samaritan follows that husband to an abusers support group he’s attending and shares with the group that he was abused by his mother as a child, but they’ve “figured out a way to reconcile.” Excellent character actor Frank Whaley earns every bit of his guest spot on Red’s Blacklist, making lines that sound completely normal out of context -- “we worked out a process, call it a home remedy, that has allowed us to move forward” -- with the creepy smile and persistent head nods that just scream, Imma kill someone real soon.

Once Meera has been cleared of being the leak (Parminder Nagra is free to be excellent!), she discovers that the money Garrick’s people were being paid with was coming from an account owned by an alias that appears to be Aram the Tech Guy’s (No! Free Amir Arison!). And would you look at that? Red’s already got him tied up with  a bag over his head. Red tells Aram he has to transfer five million dollars into his bank account from another account with no trace in a matter minutes, or he’s going to shoot him. Aram does it, of course, because he a damn black ops tech FBI agent, and Red concludes that he must be being framed because he could obviously make the money untraceable if the account had really been under his alias. It’s a pretty roundabout way of doing things, but at least we finally get to see Red figure something out, rather than just being an omnipotent, all-knowing crazy person.

There’s just one stop left on Red’s Roadtrip to Justice, and that’s the banker’s house who handled the money Aram was framed with. Henry the Banker arrives home to find Red, in a mock turtleneck and dressy jeans, I kid you not, charming his wife into making him Beef Stroganoff and sitting down to an intimate dinner for three. It quickly becomes a little too intimate when Red pulls out a gun and shoots him in the leg (a Blacklist favorite). But the best part is obviously his exasperation with Henry’s wife’s screams: “Janice, if you don’t stop, I’m going to put you in the closet” and, once he follows through on it, “Janice, if you don’t stop your yammering I’m going to have to shoot through this door which would be a shame because I won’t have any idea what I’m shooting at!”

One Papua New Guinea head-on-a-pole threat later and Henry whispers to Red who was actually transferring the money. Victorious, Red parts with, “Janice, my sincerest apologies. I’ll take a rain check on the Stroganoff, it smells delicious.” All I want is for Janice to yell back, “I'll make you choke on it, asshole,” so there will be just one person who is worthy of being in the same room with this man. And who better than Janice?

NEXT: When is it ever not about the creepy mother/son relationship?

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