Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Blacklist - Monarch Douglas Bank

A robbery at the Monarch Douglas Bank in Warsaw provides Reddington (James Spader) with an unique opportunity. Sending Lizze (Megan Boone) after what he knows is the bank of choice for laundering money by a variety of unscrupulous groups around the world, Red uses the team to get his hands on a single employee (Annika Boras) of the bank whose photographic memory not only allows the FBI to get their hands millions in criminal accounts but also provides Reddington some leverage against Berlin (Peter Stormare).

Although there's no real satisfactory ending to the Berlin storyline when the pair meet face-to-face twice during the episode, Reddington is able to force the return of his wife (Mary-Louise Parker). With Berlin still out there, and in control of millions to continue his war against Red (who pleads innocent to to the death of the man's daughter) it's likely we haven't seen the last of the villain, but maybe we'll get a break from the floundering storyline that isn't dramatically improved by Red's assertion that the pair have a common enemy using them against each other.

The other main storyline from the episode involves the return of Mossad Agent Samar Navabi (Mozhan MarnĂ²) whose actions in the field get her hired by Cooper as the newest member of the task force (although Cooper is unaware he's putting another Red-friendly asset on the team). With her addition and Red's wife now safe, hopefully things will get relatively back to normal beginning next week involving hunting down more members of The Blacklist. And frankly, I'd be okay with Berlin disappearing back into the shadows until sweeps (or even longer).

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