🔴 Script 10:11 The Man in the Hat


🔴 Script 10:11 The Man in the Hat

NBC’s series The Blacklist starring James Spader and Megan Boone
Series created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Program air date: 5/7/2023 in the US (9pm Central/Chicago Time)
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Last updated: 5/9/2023 at 11:25am CT [ Central/Chicago time ]


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Directed by: Olenka Denysenko
Written by: Daniel Cerone

Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington – James Spader
Donald Ressler – Diego Klattenhoff
Harold Cooper – Harry Lennix
Siya Malik – Anya Banerjee
Dembe Zuma – Hisham Tawfiq
Officer in charge (local) – Michael Bonini
Agnes Keen – Sami Bray
Herbie Hambright – Alex Brightman
Convenience store owner – David Campbell
Jack (robber) – Derek Chariton
SWAT leader – Brian Dives
Ron (Red look-alike) – Wally Dunn
Maxy (Ron’s wife) – Nina Hellman
Chuck – Jonathan Holtzman
Sargeant McGinly– Royce Johnson
Ji-Min (clerk) – Nancy J Lee
Cynthia Panabaker – Deirdre Lovejoy
Francine (heavyset) – Makia Martin
News Anchor – Valerie Smaldone
Sammy (stoner kid) – Jovan Tyler-Graham
Margot (bus driver) – Aurelia Williams


Note: OurBoard provides a raw version of each script (the screen captions). These typically are available by noon the next day, but can be delayed by a day or more. I add the speakers, formatting, and descriptive material when called for. Red’s lines are highlighted as Red:. Cooper is Cooper:; Ressler is Ressler:. I am sure there are mistakes.




🔴 Script 10:11 The Man in the Hat


Brief (Where we’re at):

Red is still on the outs with Cooper, who is angry over Red having tricked the task force and killed his enemy Wujing (Blacklister #84) and Wujing’s right hand man, Zhang Wei, in the Post Office. Red also stole a top secret cyber weapon with the help of Bo Chang, the Troll Farmer (Blacklister #38), who is now in Red’s employ.

So, Red gave Cooper a case that involved Cooper personally. It had to do with the very first time Cooper was involved in sending a man to prison. Cooper was on the jury of a man named Lawrence Nelson 25 years ago. As a young man, Cooper alone of the 12 jurors believed Nelson might have been innocent, but the other jurors pressured him to change his vote to guilty. In the intervening time, Nelson completed his prison sentence and began a criminal enterprise which earned him the name The Postman (Blacklister #173). He used minicopter drones to smuggle contraband in and out of prisons.

In reviewing Nelson’s old files, Cooper discovered that Nelson had indeed been innocent. Nelson had been framed by an over-zealous prosecutor with political ambitions, who became the Attorney General of Maryland. What’s more, Nelson’s recent criminality was focused on getting revenge against the AG. So why did Red give this case to Cooper?

Cooper: … I was never sure we made the right decision, but I guess I don’t have to wonder anymore. He’s unmistakably criminal.
Red: As a man with some criminal experience, I can assure you that sometimes forces much greater than ourselves help to lead us to those waters.

Might Lawrence Nelson’s life have been different if Cooper had continued to hold out for his innocence? It’s possible. Fate, Red seems to be hinting, turns on just such contingencies.

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[ Philadelphia PA ] [ A roadside convenience store called the Quick Stop Deli ]
[ Inside the store, which also sells an assortment of marijuana products, a young man with his hair braided in corn-rows is live-streaming about the store’s stoner offerings ]
Sammy: [ Lively and upbeat, spinning around ] What’s up, fam? I’m back to help you with all your smoking needs in the birthplace of America, City of Brotherly Love, the city that loves you back. [ Chuckles ] Like me. Sammy D. And I’m live at the Quick Stop in Crum Lynne shopping for a decent blunt wrap. Let’s take a look at the inventory, shall we? Oh, wow! Check this out. This is like your OG smoker paradise right here. You got your basic hemp leaf, organic wraps. Shoot, flavors galore. You can’t go wrong. Rose petal wraps.
[ The clerk, Ji-Min, is checking out a heavyset woman named Francine who just bought a soft drink ]
[ Door bell chimes✨] [ Someone enters ]
Sammy: [ Sniffs ] If you want to feel boujee, I guess. [ Chuckles ]
[ Francine leaves the store ] [ Door bell chimes✨]
[ Francine passes a straggled, desperate-looking young man. His name is Jack ]
[ Ominous music plays ]
[ As Francine passes Jack, he pulls back his jacket, revealing a revolver ]
[ Once in the store, Jack locks the door ] [ Lock clicks ✽ ] [ Jack turns around, pointing his gun ]
Jack: Hands in the air!
Ji-Min: [ Gasps ]
Jack: Everyone! Now!
[ Woman screams‼️ ]
Jack: [ To Sammy ] You, with the phone! Drop that phone!
[ Sammy, freaked out, shakes his head and keeps livestreaming until Jack bats the phone away from him ]
[ Behind Jack, in the next aisle, is a man wearing a fedora. It looks like Red ]

[ In his kitchen, Harold Cooper pours himself a cup of coffee ] [ Cellphone rings✨]
Cooper: Harold Cooper.
[ Dembe is calling. He’s driving ]
Dembe: Harold, I sent you a news link.

Anchorwoman: We’re following breaking news as we come to you live this morning. Local police are working a hostage situation at a convenience store outside Philadelphia.

Cooper: Why am I watching this?
Dembe: A young man was live-streaming when the gunman entered. The footage went viral. I think I saw Raymond inside. I’m on my way to pick up Ressler.
Cooper: Wait. Reddington is holding up a food mart?
Dembe: He appears to be a hostage.
Cooper: Why is he in Philadelphia?
Dembe: I don’t know. I tried calling him, but he wouldn’t answer.

Anchorwoman: This video contains threats of violence–

Cooper: Hold on, Dembe.

Anchorwoman: –and may be disturbing to some viewers.

[ Sammy’s video: ]
Sammy: Two hundred and sixty-eight followers!
Jack: Hands in the air! Everyone! Now!
[ Woman screams‼️ ]
Jack: You, with the phone! Drop that phone!
[ A glimpse of the man in the fedora appears ]

[ Keyboard clicking ]
Cooper: It does look like him, doesn’t it? You really think that’s Reddington?
Dembe: Can we take a chance it’s not? If Raymond is arrested in front of TV cameras, we can’t help him.
Cooper: This task force is already hanging by a thread. Cynthia Panabaker is coming in to the Post Office today. She wants a briefing on the status of Wujing and the Troll Farmer.
Dembe: You haven’t told her?
Cooper: That Reddington executed Wujing and recruited the Troll Farmer? No, I haven’t figured out how to explain that yet. This is not the day to be behind the curve, so let’s get ahead of this hostage situation.

[ Agent Siya Malik barges into Cooper’s office ]
Siya: I’m sorry to barge in, but there’s a viral video out there, and I swear it looks just like Reddingt–
Cooper: Reddington. I know. Ressler and Dembe are on their way.
Siya: What can I do?
Cooper: We have a separate fire to put out. I need you to conduct an inventory of our case files.
Siya: Seriously? W-Why?
Cooper: Senator Panabaker is on her way here right now. She doesn’t know Reddington used the HexRoot program to tamper with our database. If Main Justice learns the truth, I need to find out exactly what damage he’s done.
Siya: I’ll do whatever you need, but my security clearance doesn’t give me access to all of your cases.
Cooper: Oh, you’ve tried to open them?
Siya: [ Awkwardly ] Uh– I was curious about some of my mother’s old cases, specifically her last case.
Cooper: You want to know why she was killed.
Siya: It’s why I joined this task force. I’ve asked around, but nobody can tell me anything because it’s above my clearance level.
Cooper: Not anymore. I received approval for your interim TS/SCI clearance a couple of days ago. Our entire system is open to you, but today I need you to stay on task. Conduct a damage assessment and report to me.

[ Police radio chattering indistinctly ] [ Siren🚨wails ] [ People chattering indistinctly ]
[ Dembe and Ressler pulls up outside the Quick Stop Deli ] [ The scene outside the convenience store is problematic: multiple police cars, people mulling around ]
Dembe: Look at this. This is not good. I just hope Raymond isn’t inside.
Ressler: There’s a Zoomer Car. Isn’t that how he’s been getting around these days?
Dembe: One of the ways. How do we explain our presence here?
Ressler: Lie.
[ Ressler sees the Officer in charge ]
Ressler: Ah. Agent Ressler, FBI. This is Agent Zuma. The suspect inside that store fits the profile of a man we’ve been chasing for multiple armed robberies across state lines.
Officer: Thank God. We’ve been doing out best here till the big guns arrive.
Dembe: We’ll take it from here. What’s the situation inside?
Officer: Subject is armed and barricaded with an unknown number of hostages. We’re maintaining a perimeter with six uniforms, two covering the back exit.
Ressler: Have you attempted to make contact?
Officer: No. I mean, sort of. I was the first responder. When I pulled up, the assailant saw me through the window and shouted to stay back or he’d start killing hostages. We’re just– We’re a small borough, you know? We don’t get these kinds of situations out here.
Dembe: Did anyone make it out of the store when the gunman entered?
Officer: No, but there was a woman inside right before. County sent over this mobile command truck. She’s waiting in there.
Ressler: Thank you.

[ Inside the mobile command truck, Ressler and Dembe talk to Francine, the customer who left the store right before Jack, the perpetrator, entered. She’s sipping on her soft drink with a straw ]
Francine: Okay, so, I had just bought my little morning coffee, and I was heading to the car, when I saw the devil himself walking my way, right? Like, I’ll never forget those dark eyes. He was strung out like a research monkey. I knew he was up to no good even before I got a look at that revolver.
Dembe: Are you sure it was a revolver?
Francine: Yes, sir. I saw the cylinder. Look, my daddy always said he’s rather have six absolutes than 15 maybes. You know, on account of semi-automatic misfires.
Ressler: We sure could use your help identifying those hostages. Uh, can you tell us who was inside the store when you left?
Francine: I– Let’s see. There was, um– There was Ji-Min. She’s this real nice Korean lady. She sells me my Powerball tickets. And there was, uh, the stoner kid with, like, his iPhone, and, um, an old woman. Oh, and I saw an older man, too.
Dembe: Was that the man wearing the fedora?
Francine: The man had a fedora, definitely. I love those hats. They’re so stylish, right?
Ressler: So, a total of four hostages, then?
Francine: Wait. I– There might have been somebody wearing a Phillies hat, as well? I remember the hat.
Dembe: So maybe five hostages?
Francine: Maybe.

[ A corridor at the The Post Office ]
[ Cooper’s cellphone rings✨]
Cooper: Harold Cooper.
Ressler: [ On phone ] Lot of signs point to Reddington as a hostage inside the store. Look. We’ve tried texting him, but no luck.
Cooper: This is Reddington we’re talking about. I can’t believe he hasn’t pumped the gunman full of bullets by now.
Ressler: Well, maybe he’s waiting for us to take control of the situation out here so he can avoid public exposure.
Cooper: Can you control the scene?
Ressler: Not without help. I’d like authorization to call in a TAC team, one of our own. We got to clear out this local PD and the news media, take complete command out here.
Cooper: Excellent idea. Make sure the TAC team includes a hostage negotiator. Get those people out safely.
[ Cooper has walked to the yellow elevator to greet Senator Cynthia Panabaker, formerly a top official at the Department of Justice who supervised the Reddington task force and who continues to exert huge influence over its operations and its relationship to the DOJ ]
Cooper: Cynthia. It’s good to see you.
Panabaker: You say that now. Is there someplace we can talk, Harold?

Ressler: Cooper signed off on a TAC team. I’ll make sure they get here fast.
Dembe: It won’t happen fast enough.
[ Armored vehicles arrive ]
Ressler: You gotta be kidding me. SWAT?
Officer in charge: Philly’s best. I told you the big guns were on their way. They were the first ones I called.

[ Ressler attempts to sort out the pecking order. He goes up to a man dressed in a suit ]
Ressler: Sergeant McGinley, we appreciate your presence here, but a federal HRT team will be here within the hour.
McGinley: I’m sure the armed suspect inside will show the courtesy to wait. [ Calls to his man ] Powers, set up an inner perimeter and find a wall to snake a camera through. I want to see what we’re up against in there. You have building schematics yet?
Ressler: I don’t think you heard me. I’m part of an FBI unit that reports directly to the Attorney General. You make any intrusion into that building, you’re gonna face Main Justice.
McGinley: I know how to follow orders, but the second this turns into an active-shooter situation, this is my show.
[ McGinley walks away ]

[ The command vehicle ] [ Ressler enters ] [ Door closes ]
Ressler: I don’t know how we’re gonna sneak Reddington out of this circus, even with our own TAC team.
Dembe: The DSL line into the building was cut. Local PD just reconnected it for me. I’m calling inside now.
Ressler: Well, I just hope our gunman’s trigger finger isn’t as itchy as our SWAT friend out there.
[ Line ringing✨]
[ Telephone ☎️ rings inside the convenience store ]
Ji-Min: [ Answers ] Quick Stop. Can I help you?
Dembe: This is Agent Zuma with the FBI. Everything is under control out here. Is everyone okay inside there?
Ji-Min: [ To Jack ] He wants to know if everyone’s okay.
Jack: [ Shouting at the phone ] No! Nothing is okay in here! If anyone comes close to this store, I start shooting people!
Dembe: Please, let him know that no one is coming inside.
Jack: Hang up the phone! Now!
[ Dial tone sounds – – – – – – – ]
McGinley: That boy in there is gonna start shooting before your HRT team gets here. You know that, right?

[ At the Post Office, Siya Malik reviews online files. Eventually, she notices a file of current and former members of the task force. There is a listing for Meera Malik. She clicks on it and the profile appears ]

[ Cooper’s office ]
Cynthia Panabaker: Last week, you walked a notorious criminal into my office, one Mr. Bo Chang.
Why? Because he had just stolen a dangerous cyber weapon from the NSA. You then allowed Mr. Chang to escape from your custody.
Why? Because unknown to him, he was actually escaping from an exact replica of this building that was painstakingly recreated by Raymond Reddington.
Why? To lure Wujing, an even more notorious criminal, to his unwitting arrest.
[ Inhales sharply ] If ever there was a story whose ending I wanted to find out more, I can’t think of it, but, Harold, since our last meeting, you’ve been more mute than a mime at mass.
Cooper: Our plan ran into complications. We waited at the duplicate Post Office, but Wujing never showed.
Panabaker: How come?
Cooper: He went to the real Post Office instead. When we returned, we found his body and the body of his associate. Both had been shot.
Panabaker: Where are the bodies now?
Cooper: In cold storage.
Panabaker: Why am I only learning of this now?
Cooper: We’re still investigating to determine exactly what happened. The cameras were wiped.
Panabaker: I’m gonna save you some time and tell you what happened. Reddington happened. He didn’t build a Post Office to fool Wujing. He built it to fool you, and you played right into his hands. Standing guard for an attack that was never gonna come. How did Wujing get the real address?
Cooper: I have to believe Reddington fed it to him somehow so he could execute Wujing himself instead of allowing us to arrest him.
Panabaker: Executing a man inside a federal facility. It’s gonna spell the end of us, Harold. Reddington’s days of going unchecked are over. Where is he now?

[ Outside the Quick Stop Deli ] [ Police radio chattering indistinctly ]
Ressler: Choppers are 20 minutes out.
McGinley: Twenty minutes? This could be over in five. I need details on what kind of threat we’re dealing with inside there. What’s our gunman’s name? Any criminal record?
Dembe: We’re not authorized to share that information.
McGinley: Look, I am sick and tired of getting jerked around by the two of you.
[ Gun fires 💥 ]
McGinley: [ Over bullhorn ] Active shooter. All teams, breacher up on my go!
Ressler: Stand down, Sergeant!
McGinley: No.
Ressler: Blind intrusions only puts hostages at risk.
McGinley: So do bullets.
Ressler: One bullet. And we don’t know if anyone inside is hurt.
[ Keypad beeping 🔅🔅🔅]
Dembe: I’m calling inside.
[ Line ringing ~~~~~~~~~ ]
McGinley: This is a mistake. You’re gonna get everyone in that store killed.
Dembe: If we have a chance to de-escalate the situation, then that’s what we’ll do.
[ Line ringing ~~~~~~~~~ ]
McGinley: That’s it. We’re going in.
Ressler: No, you will not!
[ Line ringing ~~~~~~~~~ ] [ Ressler grabs the bullhorn ]
Ressler: [ Over bullhorn ] This is Agent Ressler with the FBI. We need to know if anyone’s hurt inside. Please, answer the phone.
[ Line ringing ~~~~~~~~~ ]
McGinley: All teams, on my go!
Ressler: No!
[ Store door opens. Ji-Min appears with a white towel ]
Ji-Min: Don’t shoot! You can come in now! Crazy man dead!
Ressler: Alright. We’ll take point. [ To McGinley ] You hold your team back. Do not enter unless I give you clearance.
McGinley: [ To his squad ] Stand down.
[ The SWAT leader lowers his gun ]

Dembe: Soon as we get inside, we have to get Raymond out of sight.
[ Ressler and Dembe enter the store ] [ The survivors’ hands are raised ]
[ There’s a man wearing a fedora, but it’s not Red. (His name is Ron and he’s with his wife, whose name is Maxy) ]
Ressler: FBI agents. Everyone stay calm.
[ Jack lies in a pool of blood on the floor. Ressler checks his pulse ]
Ressler: He’s dead.
Dembe: Is anyone else in here?
[ Sammy shakes his head ‘no’ ]
Ron: Just us.
Ressler: Let’s check the back, just in case.
[ The SWAT team makes their move ]
— Go, go!
SWAT leader: Contact! Give me a two! Back room!
Ressler: Hold that order.
— Keep your hands up!
SWAT leader: All clear. Nobody in back.
Ressler: Let’s get medical help in here.

[ The Post Office. Siya sits at a workstation ]
[ People chattering indistinctly in distance ] [ Herbie walks over ]
Herbie: Good news. Sue just had her 12-month doctor visit, and she is on target with all of her developmental milestones. Except finger pointing, which I always thought was rude. [ To Siya ] You alright?
Siya: I don’t know. I– Cooper asked me to sort through the files Reddington tampered with, and I couldn’t help but take a peek at my mother’s personnel file.
Herbie: Yeah, well, human nature. I totally get it.
Siya: There’s a reference to me in her FBI name check as “adopted child.” So I pulled my birth certificate, which I’ve never read, because, I mean, who has? And it shows that I was born at a health clinic in Kolkata.
Herbie: I take it this is all news to you?
Siya: My mother told me I was born in the UK. And to make matters worse, I did some research, and I don’t think that health clinic ever existed.
Herbie: Maybe it’s time to call your Pops?
Siya: No, I don’t want to drag him into all this, or my brother, not until I know what’s up, if anything. She was always so straightforward with me. If I was adopted, she would have told me. It has to be a mistake, right? I mean, I have my grandmother’s feet.
Herbie: I mean, there is one way to find out. This personnel file includes a copy of Meera Malik’s DNA profile. I could run a DNA test against yours. If you want.
Siya: What I want is not to have seen any of this. [ Sighs ]

[ Quick Stop Deli ]
Ji-Min: The crazy man came to rob the safe, hit me with his gun. Sammy tried to stop him. Brave boy. They fought for gun like this. And then boom!
Dembe: Why did he hit you? What set him off?
Ji-Min: You. Not you. All you people out there. I told him, “Put down the gun before you hurt us.” That’s when he hit me.
[ Door bell chimes✨] [ Ressler enters ]
Ressler: Excuse me. I ran our assailant’s ID. His name’s Jack Davis from Philly. Some minor drÕ½g offenses, assault charges.
Dembe: A nobody, in other words.
Ressler: Yeah, I say we let the locals close this one out. I don’t see any reason for us to stick around, do you?
Dembe: Yes, I do. The witness inside the store before the robbery saw a gunman with a revolver. She was very clear about that. Look at the weapon that was recovered here.
Ressler: That is definitely not a revolver.
Dembe: A Browning High Power. Wooden grips. I’d recognize it anywhere. That’s Raymond’s gun. And those are his clothes.
[ The older man, Ron, is wearing a fedora and a coat that looks like Red’s ]
Ressler: We need to interview these hostages, all of them. I want to know exactly what went down in here and where the hell Reddington went.

Ressler: Alright, we’re gonna go through this from the very beginning, okay? So, where were you when the suspect entered the store?
Ji-Min: Behind the counter. Yelling at Sammy. Uh, then I heard a loud voice.

[ Flashback: ]
Jack: Hands in the air! Everyone! Now!
[ Ji-Min screams‼️ ]
Jack: You, with the phone! Drop that phone! You! Hands!
[ Ron, wearing a fedora, raises his hands ]

Dembe: Where were you standing at the time?
Sammy: Right here. Right in front of the smoking accessories. Quick Stop has a fine selection, if you’re in the market.
Dembe: And the gentleman in the fedora, where was he when the assailant entered?
[ Sammy points ]

[ Flashback: ]
[ Ron raises his hands ]
Ron: [ Nervously ] It’s just a Peanut Chew. No cause for alarm.
Jack: Move! Move over there! All of you! Where I can see you!

Ressler: You were saying that you were wearing both that coat and the hat at that time?
Ron: Yeah. I love this coat. It’s very slimming. And, uh, the hat. You get to be my age, you do what you can. My wife, Maxy, she loves the look. Humphrey Bogart.
Dembe: When I saw you in the viral video, you were standing alone. I didn’t see your wife.
Ron: She was in the back. Picking out a yogurt.

[ Flashback: ]
Jack: And who screamed back there? Who else is in this store?
[ Ron’s wife Maxy steps out ]
Maxy: Please, don’t shoot.
Jack: Get your ass over there now! [ To Ji-Min ] Now, you. Open the safe.
Ji-Min: No keys. Manager has the keys. Here. [ Register beeps🔅] Take the money and go!
Jack: I’m not here for pocket change! I want the safe! What time’s the manager get in?
Ji-Min: 8:30. [ It’s 7:16 ]
Jack: Well, we’ll wait. [ To Sammy ] You! Turn that sign around and shut the blinds!
[ Sammy complies ]
Ji-Min: [ To Jack, pleading ] This is a bad plan. You see the camera?
Jack: Yeah. You got a security camera, lady. And I bet you pushed the silent alarm, too. But I cut the data line outside. I thought this out.

Ressler: And you’re positive that you four were the only ones inside this store, other than the gunman?
Maxy: I didn’t see anyone else.
Dembe: A customer who was here could have sworn she remembered seeing someone wearing a Phillies cap.
Maxy: You mean those?
[ She points to a tall rack of baseball caps ]
Ressler: That could have been what she saw. Tell us more about this gunshot we heard.
Maxy: Oh. That was terrifying.

[ Flashback: ]
[ Police cars have started to arrive ]
Jack: Damn it. Damn it! How did they know? One of you must have called! Who called?
Sammy: You took my phone, man.
Ron: My phone’s on the charger in the car.
Ji-Min: [ Begging ] Hey. This is over. You put the gun down now before people get hurt.
Jack: Are you telling me what to do?
Ji-Min: No.
[ Jack pistol whips Ji-Min across the temple ]
Ji-Min: [ Screams‼️ ]
[ All gasp ]
Jack: I give the orders here!
[ Jack turns around and Sammy is there: they struggle ] [ Shouting indistinctly ]
[ Gun fires 💥 ]
Ji-Min gasps: No!
[ It’s Jack who has been shot. Staring at Sammy, he crumbles to the floor ]

[ Cooper’s office ]
Panabaker: What am I supposed to do, Harold? We have a task force built around an asset you can’t control or reach on a cellphone apparently.
Cooper: Reddington’s been more of a free spirit than usual lately. I can’t deny it.
Panabaker: I’ve lied to the AG so many times to hide his indiscretions, but this time, it’s just too big to sweep under the rug.
Cooper: We’ll find a path forward, Cynthia. We always do.
Panabaker: I know my path. I’m gonna meet with the AG tomorrow and advise that he launch a full DOJ investigation into the execution of Wujing and his associate inside a federal facility ~ interviews, forensics, autopsies, the works.
Cooper: You know that will spell the end of this task force. You also know the good work we do here. What can I do to change your mind?
Panabaker: Get Reddington’s ass in front of me to explain himself. By the end of the day. Anything less, I’m going to the Attorney General.
[ Door opens and closes ]

[ Cooper makes a call ]
[ Ressler’s line ringing✨]
Cooper: Ressler. I need a status report.
Ressler: Well, we’re about to head out. None of the hostages put Reddington at the scene. He’s not here physically now, so–
Cooper: Do you believe he was there?
Ressler: Honestly, I don’t know what to believe. We got a coat and a hat and a gun here just like his, but no Reddington. I suppose it could all be a coincidence. Look, the good news is there’s no hard proof either way, so we dodged a bullet.
Cooper: I’m sorry to report there’s an even bigger bullet headed our way unless we can get Reddington to Panabaker today. So, Agent Ressler, I’ll ask you again. Do you believe that Reddington was a hostage inside that store?
Ressler: Yeah, I do.
Cooper: Then you and Dembe get back there and break those witnesses and find Reddington.

[ Back inside the Quick Stop Deli ]
Ressler: I know you’re all ready to go home and, you know, leave this nightmare behind you, but first I feel like we could all use a little, um, sharing time. How about I go first? See, as an FBI agent, I’m not in the business of responding to, uh, armed robberies, uh, by strung-out junkies at roadside food marts. If I’m being honest with you, what brought me here today is my pursuit of the FBI’s Most Wanted criminal, Raymond Reddington. But, then, I think you already knew that. [ To Ron ] That is a fine hat. You mind if i take a closer look?
[ Ron gives Ressler the fedora ]
Ressler: Hmm! Borso– lino? Is that Italian?
Ron: I guess.
Ressler: Hmm. Sounds Italian. What about this coat? Huh?
[ Ressler pulls back the coat and reads the label ]
Ressler: Oh. Loro Piana. Why, this is the same brand that’s favored by our fugitive. Huh. I don’t know much about fashion, but my partner over here, he sure follows the trends. Agent Zuma, what would you say this, um, ensemble costs?
Dembe: About $5,000.
Ressler: Five thousand dollars? That’s a lot of money for a truck driver on disability, Ron. Now, Maxy, did you approve this extravagant purchase?
Maxy: Bogart. I love Bogart.
Ressler: Bogart.
[ Ressler plops the hat back on Ron’s head ]
Dembe: Look, we know you’re all scared, and we know the gun left behind belonged to our fugitive. What did he do? Did he threaten you? Did he promise you money? [ To Ron ] We know he did something to convince you to wear his clothes. [ To Ji-Min ] And you – to make up a story. [ To Sammy ] And you – to be a hero.
Ressler: [ Loudly ] Alright. No more lies! Alright, you tell me exactly what went down inside this store, or we’re arresting all of you for aiding and abetting a wanted killer! Do you understand me?
Ji-Min: Okay, okay. There was a man here. It’s true.
[ Dembe shows a photo of Red ]
Dembe: This man?
Ji-Min: Yes, that’s him. He walked into the store right before the crazy guy. Wanted Peanut Chews.

[ Flashback: ]
Sammy: [ Live-streaming ] Check it out. You got your basic hemp leaf, organic wraps. Man, flavors galore. Rose petal wraps. If you want to feel boujee, I guess. [ Chuckles ]
[ Red enters and goes to the counter ]
Red: Excuse me. Do you sell Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews? I can never resist the temptation when in Philadelphia.
Ji-Min: Uh, second aisle on your right.
Red: Ah. Thank you.
[ Ron is there, wearing a Phillies cap ]
Ron: I think the yogurt cups are in the back cooler.
Maxy: Oh, thank heaven. I need my morning Go-Gurt.
Ji-Min: Hey. You open, you buy! [ Shouting in Korean ]
[ Door bell chimes✨] [ Jack enters ]
Sammy: [ To Ji-Min ] Oh, I can see you’re very agitated, but listen. I’m giving you free publicity. Yo, I got like 268 followers.
Jack: Hands in the air! Everyone! Now! You, with the phone! Drop that phone!
[ Ji-Min gasps ]
Jack: [ To Red ] You! Hands!
[ Red raises his hands ]
Red: Just a Peanut Chew. No cause for alarm.

Dembe: So, the man standing here in the video, that was Reddington.
Sammy: Most definitely, Officer.
Ressler: We’re agents.
Sammy: My bad.
Dembe: So I’m guessing you weren’t the one who shot the assailant.
Sammy: No, sir. Agent, sir.
Ressler: Why don’t you tell us how this gunshot really went down?

[ Flashback: ]
[ Siren🚨wails ] [ Jack peers through the louvered blinds ]
Jack: Damn it! Damn it! How did they know? One of you must’ve called! Who called?
Jack: You took my phone.
Ron: My phone’s on the charger in the car.
Ji-Min: [ Pleading ] Hey. This is over. Put gun down now before people get hurt.
Jack: Are you telling me what to do?
Ji-Min: No.
[ Jack pistol whips Ji-Min across the temple ]
Ji-Min: [ Screams‼️ ]
Jack: I give the orders here!
[ Sammy struggles with Jack ] [ Shouting indistinctly ]
Red: Hey, pistol whip.
[ Gun fires 💥] [ Jack falls, shot in the heart ]
[ Women gasp ]
Jack: [ Panting ] [ He collapses ]

Ressler: What did Reddington do next?
Ji-Min: He told us he was a wanted man.
Sammy: He said he’s someone we don’t want to cross. He was holding a gun when he said it.
Ron: He made me swap hats and coats.
Dembe: You were wearing a Phillies cap.
Maxy: He knew the FBI would come for him. But what if he comes after us?
Ressler: We’ll provide federal protection if necessary. But where is Reddington? How did he get out of the building?
Sammy: [ Clears throat ] Back door. He went through the back when you came to the front.
Dembe: Did he say where he was going?
Ron: He asked if there was a bus station. I told him two blocks east.

[ Ressler and Dembe walk through the back room ]
Ressler: You buy their story?
Dembe: It’s not like Raymond to threaten civilians, but he was cornered.
[ They open the back door to the outside ]
Ressler: Don’t know how he could’ve made it out without being seen. I mean, SWAT had this exit covered.
Dembe: The cashier said the gunman was dead. McGinley and his team must’ve regrouped before they followed us inside.
Ressler: [ Sighs ] It’s like Brussels all over again. I spent years hunting Reddington, and he was always just one step ahead.
Dembe: We have a lead this time. The bus station. Maybe we’ll get one step ahead of him this time.

[ Siya’s workstation off the war room in the Post Office ] [ People chattering indistinctly ]
[ Herbie walks over ]
Herbie: Done. I ran a rapid analysis on the DNA profiles in the system for you and your mother. Uh, and– And I printed out the results and put it in this envelope. I didn’t read it. I didn’t want to violate, you know, your privacy or open myself up to any HR complaints.
Siya: Oh.
[ Sima takes the envelope ]
Herbie: [ Cautioning ] You don’t have to open that. I could tear that up right now in teeny, tiny, little pieces, and we can forget this ever happened.
Siya: What would you do if you found out today that you might be adopted?
Herbie: Oh, I’d be fine. I would celebrate. Boy, that would be a doozy of a phone call with Mom and Dad. [ Chuckles softly ] I might make that call anyway. Look, did you like your childhood? Did you feel loved?
Siya: Yeah. Right up until the point when my mother was killed.
Herbie: If your world view is working for you, why take a risk in fixing something that isn’t broken?
Siya: ⋘⋙ Because I need to know.
[ Siya takes out the report. At the bottom, it says “Possibility of Match: 0%”
Siya: [ Tearfully ] That world view? It’s broken now.

[ Cooper’s office ] [ He talks to Ressler and Dembe, who are in a vehicle ]
Cooper: Any leads on Reddington? We’re running out of time if we’re gonna get him in front of Panabaker.
Dembe: We just left the bus station. A bus bound for DC departed shortly after Raymond escaped. We figure that that’s where he’s going since the convenience store is south of Philly.
Cooper: Excellent. Give me the bus number, and we’ll take over from here.
Ressler: We’re gonna check out his warehouse, see if he found another way into town.

[ A bus station ]
Dispatcher: Bus 2250, I’ve got an FBI agent on the line, needs to talk to you.
Margo: FBI?
Dispatcher: I’m gonna transfer. Margo, you’re on the line with FBI Agent Siya Malik.
Siya: Margo, hello. I need to know if you have a passenger on board. White male, 60s, ample build. May be wearing a gray jacket and a Phillies cap.
Margo: Sounds like half the men who ride my bus. Hold on. I see a guy like that. Back seat. He’s either asleep or faking it. What do you want me to do? We’re– We’re about to pull out of Baltimore.
Siya: Stay on your route and act normal. I’m gonna meet you at your last scheduled stop in DC.
Margo: Alright.

[ Bus 2250‘s last stop in Washington D.C. ]
[ Siya and Herbie are waiting. The bus pulls up ]
Siya: You coming?
[ Herbie sees that Siya is wearing a gun ]
Herbie: Isn’t that a bit excessive? It’s just Raymond. What are you gonna do, shoot him?
Siya: Just wait here.
[ Siya gets into the bus and goes to the back. She pulls the Phillies cap off of the man ]
Siya: Hey.
[ It’s not Red ]
Man: What the–
Siya: Oh. Sorry. Uh–

[ Hours later at the Quick Stop Deli ]
Manager: When can I open my store? People are gonna be dying to shop here after the shootout today.
Officer: Look, the crime scene is released, but you can’t reopen until you hire a cleanup crew, alright? That’s a lot of blood.
[ Police radio chattering indistinctly ]
[ Light clicks off. Door opens and closes ]

[ The Chikin Ba bar ]

♪♪ Oh, yeah, oh, yeah, oh ♪♪

[ Door closes ]
[ Ji-Min, Sammy, and Ron and Maxy enter ]

♪♪ Oh, yeah, oh, yeah, uh-huh ♪♪

[ People speaking Korean ]
Ron: That was fast thinking. “The back door.” Good one.
Sammy: You really think that one dude bought it?
Ron: I hope so. If our new friend makes good on all the stuff he promised us, I’ll never have to work another day in my life.
Maxy: You’re already on disability, dear.
Sammy: What if we went through all this and he blows us off?
Ji-Min: No. He’s an honorable man. He saved our lives. He will do as he says. Hmm?

[ Flashback: ]

♪♪ Show me your wild side ♪♪

[ Gun fires 💥 ] [ Jack falls dead ]
[ Women gasp ]
Red: Well, that was unpleasant. We don’t have much time. I’m a wanted criminal. The worst of the worst, if you believe the FBI’s list. Of course, I’m not much of a list person myself. I prefer to rely on my instincts when it comes to judging someone’s character.
[ Telephone rings ☎️ ]
Red: Ignore that.
[ Telephone ringing ☎️ ]
[ Reddington grunts ]
[ Red replaces the his gun with Jack’s revolver, so the fired bullet matches the gun ]
Red: Okay. So, here’s what happened. The bad guy here, he– What’s your name, dear?
Ji-Min: Ji-Min.
Red: He struck Ji-Min with his gun. Our young Internet-er rushed to her aid, fought over the weapon, and it went off. [ To Ron ] Sir, if you don’t mind, your jacket, please.
Ron: Wait. You want us to lie to the cops?
[ Red changes jackets and hats with Ron ]
Red: Well, I could frighten you all and tell you that I’ll have my people do their worst, but what’s the point when it’s so much easier to make you happy? Or at least make you rich.

Ressler: [ Heard over bullhorn ] This is Agent Ressler with the FBI. We need to know if anyone inside is hurt, so please answer the phone.

Ji-Min: How rich?
[ Telephone rings ☎️ ]
Red: Jackpot rich. Wish-come-true rich. Rich enough to pay all your bills and start something new, something exciting. Ji-Min, do you have a favorite bar?
Ji-Min: Chikin Ba.
Red: Chikin Ba? I’ll send a representative to meet all of you there tonight. He’ll have your money. All I need now is a way to get out of here. Oh, dear.
[ Red tugs on his fedora which is now on Ron’s head, trying to adjust it ]
Red: [ Sighs ]

[ After dark, Red emerges from a trap door in the floor of the store. It leads to a cellar. Ji-Min must have told Red about the cellar ]
[ Red walks right out of the front door of the darkened store ] [✨Door bell chimes✨]
[ Red gets into his rental car, and drives off ]

[ The Post Office; Siya’s workstation ]
Siya: I made it through the case files. As expected, Reddington used the HexRoot program to scrub himself from the records. Any references to him or the intel he provided are missing or redacted.
Ressler: What about his immunity agreement?
Siya: Gone. It’s like he was never part of this team.
Dembe: I don’t understand Raymond’s play here. He’s left himself completely unprotected from prosecution by the US government.
Ressler: What happens tomorrow when Panabaker turns us over to the DOJ? I mean, we’re the ones who are gonna take the full blame for Wujing’s murder.
Cooper: Panabaker will do what she does. If we have to face Main Justice, we’ll mount the best defense possible, but we can’t do anything until we locate our asset, who’s becoming more erratic by the hour. Once we find him, I’ll need someone who can keep eyes on him at all times.
Siya: I’ll do it. I don’t have a life.
Cooper: The assignment is yours. Everyone, go home, get a good night’s sleep. Tomorrow, we’ll discuss the best strategy to handle the DOJ. Agent Malik, a moment.
Cooper: I’m just checking in. Are you okay? Are you sure you want to do this?
Siya: Yes. But– I went through the case files today. All the case files.
Cooper: You read how your mother died.
Siya: Among other things. The file said that she was attacked in a nightclub from behind and her throat was slit.
Cooper: I’m sorry.
Siya: It’s okay. I expected the worst. What I didn’t expect was… I joined this team because I wanted to know what happened to her. And why. This task force had the answers, so I wanted to be one of you, find out if her death meant something. She was my mother.
Cooper: Then you read the case file. And it read like many other case files. No logic to the crime. No reason. No answers.
Siya: Yeah.
Cooper: When something important in your life is unknown, it can lead to a feeling of helplessness. You took a job in intelligence so you could take control of your life with knowledge. But in this job, the only real knowledge to be had is that most questions never find a satisfying answer. But if you need to know if your mother’s death meant something more than what it meant to you, I can tell you – Meera Malik was a good woman and a fine agent. She saved lives. And her loss was immeasurable.

[ Cynthia Panabaker arrives home. Red is sitting at her kitchen table ]
Red: Cynthia. I received a voicemail message from Harold today that you have urgent business to discuss with me.
Panabaker: You missed my deadline.
Red: I did. But I’m here now.
Panabaker: Doesn’t matter. I can’t cover for you anymore, Raymond, waiting for your casual disregard for human life to destroy my career and the careers of others. I set a meeting with the Attorney General tomorrow to tell him everything I know, starting with your execution of Wujing and his associate Zhang Wei inside the Post Office. I don’t care what it’ll cost me. And I know what it’ll cost me.
[ Red holds up a thumb drive ]
Red: You must be referring to this. My casual disregard for humanity served you well enough when you needed someone interrogated to save a member of your family. I still have the recording, of course.
Panabaker: Send it to The New York Times. I don’t care. I’m ready to pay for my mistakes. Do your worst.
Red: Cynthia, I’m trying to do my best. It’s in nobody’s interest if you’re only helping the task force because I’m forcing you to. Help them because the world is a better place with them in it. Wujing and the Blacklisters that he broke out of prison, that mess was created by my former associate, Marvin Gerard. It was my mess to clean up. Anyway, that’s my two cents. Spend it how you will.
[ Red gets up. He leaves the thumb drive on the table and exits ]
[ Door opens and closes ]
[ Phone clicks ✽ ] [ Line ringing✨]
Panabaker: Lorelei, cancel my meeting with the Attorney General tomorrow.
[ Phone clicks ✽ ]

[ Door opens ] [ Keys jingle ] [ Cooper is home ]
[ Agnes sits at the table, paging through a thick book ]
Cooper: The Barnes Foundation? Where’d you get that?
Agnes: It’s from Pinky.
Cooper: When did he give that to you?
Agnes: [ Chuckles ] Pinky works in mysterious ways. I-I was upstairs and came down for a snack, and these were sitting on the kitchen table with a note.
Cooper: You mind if I read the note?

Red: “Dear Agnes, last we visited, I was so pleased to hear your exciting stories about your field trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. But upon reflection, I was a little disappointed that you didn’t have a chance to experience the amazing artworks of the Barnes Foundation. So I rented a car yesterday and drove there to buy a catalogue for you….

[ Ressler and Dembe arrive at Red’s warehouse/garage in Washington D.C. ]
Ressler: Looks like Reddington’s not here.
Dembe: He was here.
[ Two bars of Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews are on the table ]

Red: … I would’ve gotten the catalogue to you sooner, but I ran into a little trouble when I stopped on the way home to buy some world-famous Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews. Anyway, I wanted you to see how the Barnes Collection integrates art and objects from across cultures and time periods to reveal the universal impulse to create wonder. …

[ Chuck shows up at the Chikin Ba bar and finds Ji-Min, Sammy, and Ron and Maxy. He gives them the cash Red promised them for their help ]

Red: … The kind of wonder that exists within each of us and makes life worth living.
So enjoy the catalogue. Hopefully we can go to the Barnes together one day.
I love you.

Agnes: Sweet of him. Right?
Cooper: Amazing.

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