Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Blacklist - Gina Zanetakos

After having it out over the box under their floorboards Tom (Ryan Eggold) agrees to turn himself over to the FBI in order to prove his innocence. With Agent Keen (Megan Boone) suspended and sent home, Malik (Parminder Nagra) begins the interrogation of Elizabeth's husband. Reaching out, Reddington (James Spader) informs Lizzie that if she wants answers she needs to find Gina Zanetakos (Margarita Levieva), a member of The Blacklist who specializes in untraceable corporate terrorism and, if Reddington is to be believed, she is also Tom's mistress.

Giving Cooper (Harry Lennix) Zanetakos' name, but withholding her connection to Tom, and with the threat of murder that may involve a dirty bomb, Cooper has no choice but to put Keen back on the case. Despite fighting the FBI on the matter of her husband's innocence and Reddington on Tom's supposed infidelity the longer Keen stays on the case the longer she begins to question what the truth really is. In order to find the truth Keen enlists Reddington to find the woman's partner, a German bomb maker (Dikran Tulaine) responsible for the device that Zanetakos plans to detonate in the Port of Houston in less 19 hours.

The FBI looks for a radioactive needle in a haystack that that they only find, and successfully detonate underwater, once Keen connects the assassin's latest victim to the staging of the attack. The fallout leaves Zanetakos no choice but to cut a deal with the FBI but Keen doesn't like what either she or Tom have to say when their answers imply Reddington is responsible for the entire plot to frame Lizzie's husband.

I was hoping "Gina Zanetakos" would deal with the truth of Tom once and for all, but although he's released from the FBI I'm far from satisfied that he's as completely innocent as Reddington looks guilty in Keen's eyes at the end of the episode. Given the unique working relationship, Keen will have to put aside her distrust and anger to a man who, given the structure of the show so far, is likely at least as innocent as her husband (if not more so).

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