🔴 Script 10:16 Blair Foster


🔴 Script 10:16 Blair Foster (№ 39)

NBC’s series The Blacklist starring James Spader and Megan Boone
Series created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Program air date: 6/1/2023 in the US (8pm Central/Chicago Time)
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Last updated: 6/20/2023 at 1:55pm CT [ Central/Chicago time ]


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Directed by: Saray Guidetti
Written by: Taylor Martin

Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington – James Spader
Donald Ressler – Diego Klattenhoff
Harold Cooper – Harry Lennix
Siya Malik – Anya Banerjee
Dembe Zuma – Hisham Tawfiq
Jonathan Pritchard – Mackenzie Astin
Herbie Hambright – Alex Brightman
Julian Flores – JW Cortes
Lydia Whitaker – Maya Days
Alicia – Grace Dumdaw
Senator Clayton Dorf – Wayne Duvall
Samuel Feinberg – David Gibson
Lawrence Whitaker – Seth Gilliam
Cynthia Panabaker – Deirdre Lovejoy
Congressman Arthur Hudson – Toby Leonard Moore
Emily Larson – Luz Ozuna
Judge Hurban – Tonye Patano
Press Secretary – Nathan Reid
Weecha Xiu – Diany Rodriguez
Richard Moder– Jonathan Strait
Blair Foster – Francis Swift
Manny Soto – David Zayas


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🔴 Script 10:16 Blair Foster


Brief (Where we’re at):

Members of the task force have been raising concerns over Red’s state of mind. Cooper, in particular has been pressing Red to bring them more cases, since they have been few and far between. Cooper is especially concerned because Congressman Arthur Hudson, who has been asking questions about the top secret task force, has now aligned himself with Senator Clayton Dorf, the powerful head of the Senate Intelligence Committee. So Red gave Cooper three cases to solve, while he himself looked for any weakness he could find in Congressman Hudson’s reputation as a squeaky-clean corruption investigator.

Congressman Hudson passed Red’s investigation with flying colors. The three “easy” cases he gave to the task force, though worth solving, turned out to be investigations into three members of the board of an organization Red was planning to gift “half his wealth” to, a fund called the Wild Fund, devoted to increasing species diversity. So, this massive gift added to the very question the task force is asking: Why is Red giving away his wealth? When Dembe brings up the matter with Red, Red replies that people – especially wealthy people (like the people the three “easy” cases) – put much too much energy into the mindless pursuit of money. And, Red tries to assure Dembe, his own recent parting with own wealth and possessions is no cause for concern.

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[ A man, Lawrence Whitaker, rushes along a sidewalk. He is wearing a messenger bag with a strap over his right shoulder. He opens the bag and checks some papers ]
[ Cellphone ringing✨] [ The message says “No Caller ID.” He answers anyway ]
Lawrence Whitaker: I told you to stop calling me.
Blair Foster: [ On phone ] I know what you’re about to do. You’re headed to the DA’s office, right? Turn around. You’re making a mistake.
[ Blair Foster is one of Washington D.C.’s most notorious “fixers” ]
Whitaker: No, I’m doing what’s right. I’ll be fine. I’ve secured another position.
Foster: The one at DuPont? Two short phone calls, three max, I can make that offer go away.
Whitaker: Do what you want. Nothing will change my mind.
Foster: Let’s play this out. You take whatever it is you think you have to the DA, and then I call Ron, who’s a personal friend, and tell him this case is not worth his time. Who do you think he listens to in this scenario? Me. Because I did him a favor a while back. A favor that saved his marriage.
Whitaker: You wouldn’t be on the phone right now if it were that easy.
Foster: How is your dear little Maggie, by the way? Peanut allergy, right? Gosh, those things are so tough. Mistakes must happen all the time. I heard she went into anaphylaxis in 2019. That must have been terrifying. I guess you just have to hope her little body would survive something like that again.
Whitaker: You’re a sick, sick woman.
Foster: Put your family first. This crusade is not your passion, they are.
Whitaker: You stay away from my family.
[ Lawrence Whitaker comes to his parked car. He tosses his bag onto the back seat and heads toward the driver’s seat door ]
[ Horn 🔊honking ]
[ Another man, Julian Flores, has been watching from a car parked a couple of spaces away from Whitaker. He makes a call ]
[ Cellphone rings✨]
Julian Flores: Looks like he’s leaving.
Blair Foster: [ On phone ] I’ve done everything I can. You need to get those documents.
Flores: What exactly are you asking me to do?
Foster: Whatever needs to be done.
[ Whitaker’s car pulls out, followed by Flores in his car. After a few moments, Whitaker notices he’s being followed. He speeds up and changes lanes ]
Flores: He spotted me. He’s trying to lose me.
Foster: Well, go after him.
[ Flores guns the gas. Foster weaves and speeds until he can’t avoid another car ]
[ ⚡️Tires screech⚡️, car crashes💥 ]
Flores: [ In Spanish ] Damn it!
Foster: What’s going on?
Flores: The dude crashed.
Foster: I don’t care. We need those papers.
[ Siren🚨wailing ]
Foster: Figure it out.
Flores: Negative. Cops are on site. I’m not taking that kind of heat.
Foster: This is what you’re hired for. We need those papers.
Flores: I’m sorry. I’m out of here.
Foster: [ Sighs in exasperation ]

[ Senator Clayton Dorf’s office. He is the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee ]
Senator Clayton Dorf: Senator Panabaker, Director Cooper, this is Representative Hudson.
Congressman Arthur Hudson: How do you do?
Senator Dorf: I appreciate you both being able to meet on such short notice.
Senator Cynthia Panabaker: Look, Clayton, I have time for formalities like I have time for long walks on the beach. You got us here. What’s this about?
Dorf: Well, Arthur and I have some questions about your FBI task force, and no one seems to be able to answer. I mean, we had a heck of a time even getting your name, Director Cooper.
Cooper: That’s intentional. The nature of our work is highly classified.
Dorf: Oh, I understand that, really. And from what little information I’ve been able to glean, it seems that you’ve helped close some of Main Justice’s biggest cases. That’s impressive. However, it doesn’t explain your exorbitant budget.
Congressman Arthur Hudson: $282.7 million last year alone, to be exact.
Cooper: That’s still less than 3% of the FBI’s overall budget.
Hudson: [ Chuckles ] It’s an awful lot for a single task force. How is your budget being allocated, and what is it exactly that you do?
Cooper: We work with gathered intelligence to detain and apprehend criminal suspects around the world. Criminals that wouldn’t otherwise be on the FBI’s radar. We’ve thwarted terrorist attacks, stopped assassinations, disbanded global conspiracies, exposed human-trafficking rings domestically and overseas.
Dorf: Specifics. We want specifics. You must have internal case files that break it all down.
Cooper: Of course. I’m just not at liberty to divulge those.
Dorf: Says who? Alright, Congress and the American people deserve to know where their tax dollars are going.
Panabaker: Give me a break, Clayton. It’s a nice sales pitch, but we both know too much government oversight can be harmful to the FBI’s ability to work covertly.
Dorf: You don’t just get to operate in the blind, Cynthia.
Panabaker: Harold’s task force does incredibly important work. The funding is being well spent. You have my word.
Dorf: Well, we’ll see how your word holds up in front of a judge. Now, unless one of you is willing to elaborate, I think we’re done here.

[ In the hall outside Dorf’s office ]
Cooper: I appreciate you defending us in there. It means a lot, which makes this harder to say. Our case files have been compromised.
Panabaker: What the hell does that mean?
Cooper: When Reddington was alone in the post office during the Wujing incident, he gained access to our computer network and removed any mention of himself from our permanent records. He–
Panabaker: What? How could you keep this from me?
Cooper: Cynthia, I apologize. But at the time, omitting this information and carrying on with our casework seemed like the right thing–
Panabaker: I defended you! I always defend you. If a judge allows them to subpoena those files and they’ve clearly been tampered with, both of our careers will be on the line. Not to mention the fact that you’ve barely had any convictions this year, just a bunch of prison breaks and dead bodies splayed out on the floor.
Cooper: That’s a bit of an exaggeration.
Panabaker: Is it? You fix this. I don’t know how, but you fix it.

[ Cooper visits Red ]
Red: Harold, why so glum?
Cooper: Oh, I don’t know. Maybe because I’ve got a senator and congressmen breathing down my neck trying to get access to our files. Files that have been significantly compromised because of you.
Red: Well, we’ve found ourselves under siege before. Perhaps it’s time yet again to hunker down, take a moment, and let it blow over.
Cooper: Actually, it’s not going to blow over. They’ve secured a hearing before a judge for today.
Red: Then we let the wheels of justice grind at their characteristic snail’s pace and be fine about it.
Cooper: Are you hearing anything I’m saying? The future of this task force is on the line. I need you to start giving us substantial cases again. Cases that can demonstrate to the Justice Department and Congress that we get results and can justify our significant expenditures. We’ve always had a “we scratch your back, you scratch ours” arrangement. But now I’m not so sure.
Red: Well, perk up. I have a few new ideas to discuss that will scratch everyone’s back. First, I need you to look into this container ship. It’s scheduled to arrive at the port of Baltimore.This is the hull number.
[ Red hands Cooper a slip of paper ]
Red: In the meantime, I have another case of the utmost priority. Blair Foster, Washington D.C.’s most infamous fixer. If corruption is what Dorf and Hudson are looking for, then let’s shine a light under every rock in town and show them what real corruption looks like. Ms. Foster has a legitimate law practice, but her real stock-in-trade is her off-the-books private services. She’s stealthy, discreet, has a way of burying scandals before the corpses are even cold.
Cooper: I know of Ms. Foster. Her reputation certainly precedes her. Bureau’s been trying to build a case against her for years to no avail.
Red: Well, one of her biggest clients is corporate giant Moder & Sons. There have been whispers in recent years of carcinogenic materials in some of their consumer products. And I believe the only reason no lawsuit has ever come to fruition is Foster.

[ The Post Office war room ] [ Cooper briefs the task force ]
Cooper: She runs a legitimate boutique law firm employing lawyers, legal aides, clerks, and investigators, but they rarely file cases. Strange, given the power and influence they wield. And when they do, the cases almost always settle or go away. She employs a disproportionate number of investigators for a firm this size.
Dembe: So it’s her work as a fixer that keeps the lights on?
Cooper: It appears so. Most recently, Reddington believes that Foster is responsible for the car accident of a mid-level employee at the Moder & Sons corporation.
Dembe: Why would she care about mid-level employees?
Cooper: Reddington suspects it was her effort to silence him on some internal matter at Moder & Sons. Luckily, the man, Lawrence Whitaker, survived the accident.
Siya: This may be just what we need. If the scandals Foster buried are as explosive as Reddington claims and we unearth them, then Hudson and Dorf and all the rest of D.C.
will have bigger fish to fry than us.
Cooper: Ressler, Malik, visit Whitaker at the hospital. See what you find.

[ The hospital ]
Siya: We’re so sorry you’re going through this, Mrs. Whitaker.
Lydia Whitaker: The impact from the crash caused a subdural hematoma, but he should be off the ventilator soon. I still can’t believe this happened. He’s usually such a cautious driver. He’s just been under so much stress at work.
Siya: We have reason to believe that your husband may have been in possession of some damaging material about Moder & Sons. Is that true?
Lydia Whitaker: He found out something he wasn’t supposed to. He said that he couldn’t talk about it yet and that he might not be working there much longer.
Ressler: Were they threatening to fire him?
Lydia Whitaker: I think they were trying to push him out. He started to get paranoid leading up to the accident. He said that people were following him outside the house and work. I never saw anyone. But he swears he did. I wish I knew more.
Ressler: We’ll look into it. See if we can find out if he was being followed. In the meantime, we’ll station an officer outside the door. Just call us when he wakes up.
[ The nurse who has been attending Lawrence Whitaker steps outside of the room and makes a call ]
Nurse Emily Larson: Hi, it’s Emily Larson. The FBI is here questioning Mr. Whitaker’s wife.
Blair Foster: [ On phone ] [ Sighs ] Of course they are. What about Whitaker’s personal effects? Did you find the documents I’d asked you about? They’d be in a messenger bag.
Nurse Larson: I went through everything. I’m sorry. There’s nothing here.
Foster: [ Sighs in exasperation ] Where the hell is it?

[ The Post Office war room ]
Siya: Larry Whitaker’s wife told us he believed he was being followed leading up to the day of the accident.
Herbie Hambright: I pulled the security footage from buildings nearby Moder & Sons. Over the past week, including the day of the crash, the same vehicle with the same driver was stationed outside.
Cooper: Were you able to run the plates?
Siya: The District of Columbia doesn’t have registration for the vehicle.
Ressler: We’ve had no luck with facial recognition. I’ve run it through all our databases, and it’s like he’s a ghost.
Dembe: If he’s done the fixer’s dirty work, someone in criminal world should be able to ID him. I think we should get this over to Raymond.
Cooper: I agree. He’s still in town. Take it to him over at the warehouse. See if he can help.

[ Red’s warehouse apartment ] [ Dembe shows Red a still photo from the surveillance video ]
Dembe: I couldn’t place it. But I swear I recognize him from somewhere. Maybe Panama when we were doing contracting for Hector?
Red: Could be. Certainly looks familiar. You don’t have a name? Not even an alias?
Dembe: No. But after viewing the footage, I’m convinced he’s military. His protocols and procedures, the way he surveils–
[ Red gets up and grabs a magnifying glass ]
Dembe: [ Laughs ]
Red: Don’t laugh. Wait till you’re my age. First the knees, then the eyes.
Dembe: Tell that to my right shoulder.
Red: Ha! Did you see the tattoo on his finger?
Dembe: Those numbers can mean anything.
Red: Or something. The Black Wasps are identified as 4895. He could be Cuban special forces. You should reach out to Manny.
Dembe: Manny.
Red: Ah, Dembe, we should hang out more. I miss us. Remember that night in Saint-Tropez with Thomas and Yvette? What a gas.
Dembe: [ Chuckling ] Oh, my gosh, Yvette.
[ Cellphone buzzes ]
Dembe: I tried to forget. Excuse me. [ Takes call ] You’re on speaker.
Ressler: Whitaker just woke up. We’re heading out. Any luck on the ID?
Dembe: We’re working on it. I’ll report back soon. [ To Red ] I better get going.
Red: I guess I better get going, too.
Dembe: Get going where?
Red: Havana.
Dembe: Raymond, just call Manny.
Red: These things are always better handled in person.

[ The hospital ] [ Lawrence Whitaker is awake. Ressler and Siya are with him ]
Lawrence Whitaker: I had requested some research files from a few years back of some of our products. I’m in quality control, and I stumbled quite accidentally upon a study that stated that Spring ‘N Shine unequivocally contained carcinogenic compounds.
Siya: What’s “Spring ‘N Shine”?
Whitaker: It’s the number-one multi-purpose cleaner on the market for 11 years running. Which is why I was surprised to find the study. But Moder & Sons buried the report. They didn’t even try to recall the toxic product. Bottles of it had been in circulation for years after the study was completed. People died – Children. I couldn’t, in good conscience, remain silent.
Ressler: So what did you do?
Whitaker: I told a co-worker who I thought I could trust, that I was thinking of going public with what I found. And the very next day, Blair Foster was standing in my office.
Ressler: Did she try to intimidate you?
Whitaker: Not at first. She was friendly. We spoke about family. When she heard that my daughter was wait-listed at Sidwell, she said that she could get her in with a healthy financial-aid package.
Siya: So, she was trying to bribe you. Do you have any proof?
Whitaker: She never put anything in writing. It was all very, uh, casual. And when I didn’t take the bait, she started to threaten me. Subtly, then not so subtle. And she thought that the evidence of the study was destroyed. But I downloaded and printed out a copy before they wiped the server.
Ressler: Do you have a copy of that report on you?
Whitaker: No, it’s in my car.

[ At a car pound, a young woman chats on the phone ] [ The desk attendant, Alicia is absorbed with her phone ]
Alicia: Oh, man.
Julian Flores: Little help, please.
Alicia: One minute.
[ She taps some more on her phone ]
Alicia: That was work-related. How can I help you?
Julian Flores: I got in an accident yesterday. I was told my car got towed here.
Alicia: All right, I just need your license.
Julian Flores: I lost it in the accident. I have my registration, though. It’s my corporate car.
Alicia: I’m very sorry, sir, but I do need a valid license with a photo.
Julian Flores: Listen, it’s been a really rough 24 hours. My laptop and work stuff are in there. My car’s totaled. Can’t you just help a guy out?

[ Siya and Ressler are at the hospital, in a corridor ]
[ Siya’s cellphone dings🔅]
Siya: It’s from Herbie. He spoke to local PD. Mr. Whitaker’s car is at M Street Towing in Southwest. He sent me the address.
[ Julian Flores finds Lawrence Whitaker’s car. He opens the back door and finds the messenger bag ]

[ Ressler and Siya arrive at the car pound (M Street Towing) ]
[ Ressler flashes his badge at Alicia ]
Ressler: FBI.
Alicia: Hi. Can I help you?
Ressler: Agents Ressler and Malik. We need to locate a vehicle. It’s a black Mercedes registered to a Larry Whitaker.
Alicia: Is he in some kind of trouble? He just came by to grab his things. He’s probably still here.
[ Ressler and Siya dash out. Alicia follows them ]
[ They find the car and search for the bag ]
Alicia: Huh. The guy was just here.
Ressler: So was his bag. Now it’s gone.
[ He slams the car door shut ]

[ Judge Hurban’s chambers ]
[ Senator Dorf and Congressman Hudson sit in front of the judge to her left and Senator Panabaker and Cooper sit to her right ]
Judge Hurban: Senator Dorf, I’ve received your motion to compel the Bureau to comply with your subpoena seeking documents related to the budget and casework of Task Force 836. I see that both parties have submitted extensive documents. Anything I need to know before we dive in?
Cooper: To reiterate, Judge Hurban, our refusal to turn over records to Senator Dorf isn’t an attempt to obfuscate what our team does or how we allocate our funds. It’s an attempt to protect my agents and our sources, plain and simple. All of their lives could be in danger if the nature of our work was made public.
Panabaker: And as a sitting member of Congress who’s privy to more details than most regarding FBI Task Force number 836, I wholeheartedly endorse Assistant Director Cooper’s position.
Judge Hurban: Senator Dorf, Representative Hudson. Any final remarks?
Senator Dorf: Oversight on law enforcement is a necessary check and balance. It’s our responsibility, especially in this current political climate, when we’ve seen what can happen when law-enforcement agencies’ authority goes unchecked. We’re simply asking for transparency.
Judge Hurban: While I hear you, Senator, my job is not to be concerned with the current political climate. Only facts. I think I have everything I need. I will try to be expeditious.

[ Manny Soto’s bar in Havana, Cuba ] [ Upbeat music plays ] [ Red walks in ]
Red: Hola, Manny.
[ Manny rises ]
Manny Soto: [ Chuckles ] Red! Como estas, my brother?
Red: Well.
[ Hug ]
Manny: [ Mwah! ]
Red: You seem very well. I guess I’ve got some catching up to do.
Manny: So what brings you here?
Red: I have something I really want to show you.
[ Red lifts the duffel bag he’s carrying and zips it open on top of the bar ]
Manny: You flew all the way to Cuba to show me some old boxing gloves?
Red: Yeah, well, they are old, in fact, almost 50 years old. They haven’t been used since the ’76 Games.
Manny: ⋘⋙ Those aren’t– They can’t be– !
Red: I know they are, and they can! Teofilo Stevenson’s gloves from one of his iconic Olympic performances. I remember years ago, you told me how your father would pile you and your brothers in the back of his Chevy Bel Air and take you over to the Esquela de Boxeo to watch Stevenson train. You told me you’d sit there for hours on end, just totally mesmerized.
Manny: He was something to behold. So skilled with his feet, especially for a heavyweight. A hero among men. Man, those are some of the best memories of my whole life.
Red: Well, they’re all yours– if you can help me with this guy.
[ Red shows Manny the surveillance photo ]
Red: I need an ID and location. I suspect he’s a former Black Wasp.
Manny: I can’t. Too dangerous. You mess with guys like that, you end up with a bullet in your head.
Red: Where’s your sense of adventure? And you can’t at least put out some feelers for me?
Manny: The last time I tried to help you ID someone, you shot two of my police contacts in front of me. I should have known you had an agenda. It’s probably why Weecha left you for Adolfo.
Red: Left me? She didn’t leave me. It’s considerably more complicated than that. Who told you, anyway?
Manny: Straight from the horse’s mouth. Weecha comes through here a lot. Always comes in for a drink. She gets mail here. She calls.
Red: Well, if you change your mind, I’ll be in town overnight in that little inn a block over from Callejon de Hamel.
Red: [ Inhales sharply, finishes his drink ] As for the gloves, once they leave Cuba with me– [ Zipper closes ] –they don’t come back.
[ Red starts to walk toward the door, then turns around ]
Red: Oh, if you happen to talk to Weecha, please, tell her where she can find me.
[ Red leaves ]

[ Blair Foster’s office ] [ Richard Moder enters. He is the head of corporate giant, Moder and Sons, which makes “Spring ‘N Shine” ]
Blair Foster: Richard, please come in.
Richard Moder: We need to talk. Now.
Foster: [ To her assistant ] Could you give Mr. Moder and me a moment alone, please?
[ The assistant leaves ] [ Door opens, closes ]
Moder: The FBI is at our offices asking questions with a warrant. I think you were handling this.
Foster: I am. Whitaker somehow got on their radar, but we secured the report. Without it, there’s no case. We’re safe.
Moder: What about Dr. Feinberg? He wrote the report.
Foster: We have his NDA. We’re covered.
Moder: Do you think he’s gonna honor that NDA now that there’s a federal investigation? I don’t want any loose ends. He needs to be taken care of.
Foster: There are smarter ways out of all of this. What if I could get the investigation to go away altogether?
Moder: [ Scoffs ] How on earth would you do that?
Foster: You need to trust me. I told you this is gonna be clean, and it will be. Just let me do my job.

[ Ressler’s Narcotics Anonymous meeting is winding down. He’s taking leave from Jonathan Pritchard, whom he sponsors ]
Pritchard: I really appreciate you showing up for me today.
Ressler: Of course. You’re doing great. Alright? See you next week?
Pritchard: Yeah, I’ll be here. And if I’m not, dear God, come find me.
[ As Ressler is putting his jacket on to leave, Blair Foster appears ]
Foster: Agent Ressler. I’m Blair Foster. But you already know who I am, don’t you? I know you don’t drink, so why don’t I buy you a cup of coffee?
Ressler: If you want to talk, we can do it here. Besides, the coffee’s free.
[ They get coffee then step outside to sit on a bench ]
Foster: I just wanted to take a private moment to let you know that Moder & Sons intends to fully cooperate with your investigation. We care deeply about our employees and consumers.
Ressler: Well, you don’t seem to care too deeply about Larry Whitaker.
Foster: Larry Whitaker is a troubled man. He started spreading damaging lies about the company after he’d been passed over for a promotion. He was embittered by a system where he was no longer advancing. I tried to reason with him, but I can’t help someone who doesn’t want to help himself. Rich Moder is one of the most ethical and thoughtful CEOs I’ve ever come across. And trust me, I’ve worked with a lot of them.
Ressler: If he’s so ethical, then why would he have knowingly allowed carcinogenic materials to stay on store shelves?
Foster: That’s a fictitious narrative being driven by a man who is unhappy and unhinged. This isn’t gonna go anywhere. This is a waste of your time. You’re meant for something so much bigger than all this. I’ve done my homework on you.
Ressler: Well, clearly. You found me at my NA meeting.
Foster: Son of a cop who was killed in the line of duty. The son goes on to become a successful FBI agent. You’ve had an impressive career. Anyway, it got me to thinking. There’s an empty congressional seat in the 13th District in Michigan that represents Detroit. They want somebody tough on crime. I think you would be perfect. A hometown hero returns.
Ressler: Me? A Congressman?
Foster: I know. [ Chuckles softly ] That’s a wild idea, right? But I’m rarely wrong once I get a read on someone. And I could help you through the process. First, you’d need to drop everything and clear your schedule.
Ressler: No, I’m not dropping anything.
Foster: Agent Ressler, in Congress, you could reach so many more people. You could make a real difference.
Ressler: You know, Ms. Foster, you are worth every penny those corporate schmucks pay you. I’ll give you that. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I got to get back to my office.

[ Manny Soto’s bar in Havana ]
Red: Thank you for calling me, Manny.
Manny: There he is. Red.
Red: I just had the most absolutely mouthwatering boliche.
Manny: Boliche is a bit heavy for the middle of the day, no?
Red: I’m finding I prefer my dinner at lunch, a light supper in the evening, drinks at both. I assume you’ve had a change of mind, yes?
Manny: [ Sighs ] I want to see the gloves again.
Red: [ Chuckles ] Come on. All right.
[ Zipper opens ]
Manny: There they are.
[ Manny reaches for the gloves. Red prevents him ]
Red: The name.
Manny: Julian Flores. And you were right. He was Special Forces. He’s in Falls Church, Virginia, living under an alias. I’ll text you the address. You’re not gonna hurt him, are you?
Red: Why?
Manny: I kind of know his uncle. I like the guy.
Red: He’ll be just fine.
[ Manny takes the gloves ]
Manny: [ Sighs ] [ Deeply inhales the scent of the aged leather ]
Red: [ Chuckles ] You know, I was gonna give those to you either way. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a sentimental story.
Manny: I appreciate that, Red.
Red: Manny, did you happen to talk to Weecha since I saw you yesterday?
Manny: I did not.
Red: Well, next time you do, would you mind giving her a message? Do you have a pen?
Manny: Here you go.
[ Red writes ]

[ Ressler arrives back at the Post Office war room ]
Cooper: Agent Ressler, is everything okay? You were gone a lot longer than usual.
Ressler: That’s because I was with Blair Foster. She ambushed my NA meeting.
Siya: Wait, what?
Cooper: Did she say anything incriminating?
Ressler: Uh, no. No, she steps right up to the line without crossing it. She’s bold. She’s not afraid of anyone.
Dembe: Well, while you were out with our blacklister, we think we may have ID’d the researcher who wrote the report.
[ A photo appears on the overhead ]
Dembe: Dr. Samuel Feinberg. He’s a researcher at Redlands Chemical Institute. And according to their head of research, Feinberg conducted several studies for Moder & Sons over a seven-year period. But his relationship with them ended abruptly in 2017, which is the same year the report Whitaker found was supposedly written.
Ressler: So what, they stopped working with him because he concluded that their all-star product causes cancer?
Herbie: That’s what we’re thinking. It’s not a sure bet, but it’s the best lead we’ve got.
Cooper: Malik, Ressler, go talk to Dr. Feinberg. Not only is he our last chance to get some proof, but he may be in danger if Moder & Sons see him as a threat. And we could use a win because I’m just getting word Judge Hurban has made her decision.

[ Knock on door ]
Ressler: Excuse me. Are you Dr. Samuel Feinberg?
Dr Feinberg: Yes.
Ressler: Agents Ressler and Malik, FBI. May we come in?
Dr Feinberg: Of course. I was expecting you.
[ They step inside ]
Dr Feinberg: This is my attorney, Blair Foster. I’d like her to be present for our conversation.
Foster: Agent Ressler, long time no see.
[ They are now seated ]
Siya: Mr. Feinberg, as you may already know, we’re conducting an investigation into Moder & Sons. We understand you did some research for them at Redlands.
Dr. Feinberg: It feels like ages ago now, but, yes.
Ressler: To be more specific, we’re interested in a 2017 study where you concluded that there was carcinogenic material in some of their products.
Dr. Feinberg: That’s not correct.
Ressler: Are you saying that you didn’t do a study in 2017 on Spring ‘N Shine?
Dr. Feinberg: I did do a study, but I never finished it. The data was unsound.
Siya: We have a witness who’s willing to go on record saying he saw a report of the study, a complete and very damning one for Moder & Sons.
Ressler: And if this report comes to light, and it comes out that you lied during a federal investigation, well, that could end very poorly for you. You understand?
Dr. Feinberg: If you have any more questions, you can direct them to Ms. Foster’s office. I don’t have anything more to say.

[ In their vehicle. Ressler drives ]
Siya: He lied right to our faces like it was nothing.
Ressler: She promised him something. Apparently, it was worth the threat of a federal prison sentence.
[ Cellphone rings✨] [ Ressler picks up ]
Red: I tried to get ahold of Harold, but I had to settle for the second string.
Ressler: I really hope there’s a point to this phone call other than to insult me.
Red: Donald, I can’t think of a better point than to insult you, but I suppose this will have to do for the moment. I’m calling because I have a gift for you at the warehouse. Ms. Foster’s operative, Mr. Julian Flores of Havana.
Red: He’s waiting and he’s ready to talk.
Ressler: How’d you manage that?
Red: Cost me seven favors at Immigration Services. It’s not so simple to get stamps on asylum papers these days.
Ressler: Seven favors? What’d you do, move his whole family over from Cuba?
Red: No. His mistress, her sister, his mother, two cousins, a dear friend from high school, and a dog, which was its own headache.
Ressler: I shouldn’t have even asked. Look, we’re on our way over now.

[ Judge Hurban’s chambers. Senator Dorf with Congressman Hudson and Senator Panabaker with Cooper all stand ]
Judge Hurban: Look, I don’t want to belabor this. You’ve all heard my thoughts. And while there were compelling arguments on both sides, I’m ruling in favor of your task force, Assistant Director Cooper. It’s clear to me that the safety and security reasons for keeping your records internal far outweigh any benefit Congress might receive from making them public.
Cooper: Thank you, Your Honor.
Judge Hurban: So if you will excuse me, I am due in court. I trust you’ll see yourselves out.
[ Door opens ] [ Judge Hurban leaves ]
Panabaker: [ Sighs ] Well, there you have it, Clayton. Can we finally put this to rest?
Senator Dorf: Mm-mm. Not today, Cynthia, because now my interest is piqued. Yeah, I thought Hudson had found political gold with this investigation, but based on how badly you want to keep this secret, I think he might have found a diamond mine.
Panabaker: [ Laughing ] Now you just sound paranoid.
Senator Dorf: Well, as a courtesy, I’m gonna give you a heads-up. I’m holding a press conference later today. I’m launching a formal investigation into the task force. And I will be naming names, Cynthia, including yours. I’m more convinced than ever there’s something here.
Congressman Hudson: And we will get answers.

[ An interrogation room at the Post Office ]
[ Blair Foster sits across from Siya and Ressler ] [ Foster holds up her handcuffed hands ]
Blair Foster: Are these really necessary?
Siya: We just wanted you to get used to the feel of them. You’re gonna be wearing them a lot real soon.
Foster: What could you possibly have on me?
Ressler: Flores talked, Blair. We have him on trespassing, stalking, larceny, identity theft. Well, he was happy to cut a deal. Sang like a robin.
Foster: I’m supposed to be afraid?
Siya: No, you should be aware. He’s implicated you on multiple federal counts. You’re looking at 10 years.
Foster: I have been in badly lit rooms like this one more times than I can count. It’s always the same song and dance. So let’s cut to the deal making, because I’m certainly not going to prison.
Siya: That’s awfully arrogant of you.
Foster: It’s awfully naive of you to think it would go any other way.
Ressler: All right, let’s say, hypothetically, we were willing to play ball. Flores said that you keep meticulous records on all your clients, records that only you have access to. Now, you hand over those files to us, including the one on Moder & Sons, and we might be able to work out a generous immunity agreement.
Foster: All of my files? [ Laughs ] That’s not gonna happen, Don. There’s things in some of those files that would get me killed twice over. That was some fancy pitching, but ball season’s over. I’ll risk my day in court.
Ressler: No files, no deal.
Foster: Look, the fact that the FBI even got this far tells me there’s someone bigger behind all of this. So who’s really in charge here? And what is it they want from me? I’m sure we can find common ground. There’s plenty I’m willing to share, but I only deal in specifics.

[ Red’s cellphone rings✨]
Red: Harold, what can I do for you? I assume you received my gift.
Cooper: We did, and he’s the gift that keeps on giving. We were able to bring in Foster based on Flores’ testimony, and she’s willing to make a deal. But she’ll only give us precise information.
Red: Yes. Well, I suspected she’d be a formidable opponent.
Cooper: I want to do the maximum good here. Dorf is about to have a press conference, and he’s naming names in the hope that enough political pressure will eventually force us to show our hands. We could be done here. This could be our last case.
Red: I wouldn’t be so sure about that. If Ms. Foster wants to be specific, ask her about December 31, 2013. See what she has to say.
Cooper: That’s all? Just that date?
Red: Oh, it’ll be enough.

[ Cooper enters the interrogation room where Blair Foster sits alone ]
Cooper: If you want to cut a deal, you’ll need to turn over everything on Moder & Sons – and any information regarding December 31, 2013.
Foster: There it is. Now we’re all playing on the same field.
Cooper: Care to elaborate on that?
Foster: I’ll tell you every sordid detail as soon as I have my deal in writing.

[ In Senator Dorfs’s office he is practicing his presentation for the press conference ]
Senator Dorf: “And I would like to tell you, as many of you may know, the–”
[ Cooper enters ]
Dorf: Oh, it’s too late, Harold. Now, I’m on in 15. Nothing you can say will deter me. I’m holding this press conference.
Cooper: I understand, but I’m actually here on other business. You see, Blair Foster sent me.
[ Senator Dorf looks stunned ]

[ Senator Dorf’s press conference. Press are gathered. Congressman Hudson stands in the wings ]
[ Senator Dorf steps up to the microphones ]
Senator Dorf: Thank you all for coming out today. I apologize for the delay. I’ll keep it brief.
It’s with a heavy heart that I must report that due to personal family matters, I will be taking a leave of absence from my position effective immediately.
Reporter: Senator Dorf!
Senator Dorf: It’s been my honor to serve this country. I would appreciate privacy at this time. Thank you.
Reporter: But Senator–
[ Reporters yelling questions ]
Press Secretary: I’m sorry. The senator won’t be taking any questions.
[ Senator Dorf leaves. Congressman Hudson appears stunned ]

[ Manny Soto’s bar ]
[ Door opens, bell jingles ] [ Weecha enters ]
Manny: [ In Spanish ] We’re closed.
Weecha: [ In Spanish ] We’ll, I just wanted to have a drink with an old friend.
Manny: Weecha.
[ Big hug ] [ Both chuckle ]
Manny: Come in. Come in, sit down.
[ They sit ] [ Manny pours some wine for Weecha ]
Manny: He was in again. Asking about you.
Weecha: Did you tell him that we had been speaking?
Manny: No.
Weecha: Oh, he is persistent, isn’t he?
Manny: He told me to tell you something if I saw you. He wrote it down.
[ Weecha reads the note ]
Weecha: [ Smiling ] I don’t know what I’m going to do with that man. En serio.
Manny: You and me both.
[ Glasses clink ]

[ Cooper’s office ] [ Knock on door ✽ ✽ ] [ Panabaker enters ]
Panabaker: Sure is quiet around here.
Cooper: The rest of the team is out arresting the CEO of Moder & Sons.
Panabaker: Well, that’s sure to make the 11:00 news. Speaking of, Senator Dorf did a real 180. It’s everywhere. That had to be your work. How’d you get him to change his mind?
Cooper: Blackmail.
Panabaker: [ Laughs ] Good Lord, Harold. Do I even want to know?
Cooper: Foster had a file on him. New Year’s Eve, 2013. Dorf’s teenage son, Michael, was driving high and drunk after a party. He miscalculated a turn and hit a teenage girl, Makayla Johnson. She was waiting on a city bus. He paralyzed her from the waist down.
Panabaker: Whoo. Wow. That’s awful.
Cooper: It’s terrible. When his son was taken to the hospital, Dorf used Foster to ensure the blood was never tested, so it all went away without criminal charges.
Panabaker: Wasn’t his entire political platform based on being tough on drÕ½gs?
Cooper: Yes. So he was hell bent on burying it. Apparently, his son was incredibly remorseful. He wanted to pay for what he’d done. So Dorf used Foster to silence his own son. Michael Dorf has been in and out of psychological care since the accident.
Panabaker: Trust me, if anyone understands the need to bury certain things when it comes to family, it’s me. But are we really just gonna let Dorf off for obstructing justice?
Cooper: Not exactly. Senator Dorf and I came to an arrangement.

[ Senator Dorf’s office ]
[ Knock on door ✽ ✽ ✽ ✽ ✽ ]
[ Senator Dorf opens the door. It’s a disheveled, angry Congressman Hudson ]
Senator Dorf: It’s late. I’m just leaving.
Congressman Hudson: Who got to you? What the hell happened?!
Dorf: Blair Foster happened.
Hudson: Oh, the lawyer? What does she have to do with any of this?
Dorf: It doesn’t matter. She doesn’t matter. What matters is this is all over. It’s time to move on.
Hudson: Are you kidding me? This– Whatever this is, it just continues to prove my theory that something bigger is going on out here–
Dorf: Well, I’m moving on, all right? I’m done with this. I’m done with us. And I’m sure you won’t listen, but if I may offer some parting advice, here goes – Leave this alone. You’re smart. You have your whole career ahead of you. No good will come of this. I’m certain of that. Go home, Mr. Hudson.
[ Dorf closes the door on Hudson ]

[ Cooper’s office ]
Panabaker: So Makayla Johnson’s therapy and medical expenses will be paid for by the Dorfs?
Cooper: For the rest of her life and more.
[ Cooper pours two glasses of Scotch ]
Panabaker: I guess that’s a form of restorative justice.
Cooper: That was my hope. And the task force lives to see another day.
Panabaker: What about Foster?
Cooper: She’s a free woman. We had to let her go to get what we needed. I’m not convinced Hudson will ever give this up.
Panabaker: What can we say? He’s on a crusade. He’s a dog with a bone. I kind of – admire the guy.
Cooper: Strangely, so do I.
Panabaker: Hmm. That said, with Dorf out of the way, I’m not sure there’s anyone who can help the defeated Mr. Hudson continue his offensive.

[ Congressman Arthur Hudson is driving home ]
[ Cellphone ringing✨] [ The phone indicates “No Caller ID” ~ he answers anyway ]
Hudson: Hello?
Blair Foster; [ On phone ] Congressman Hudson. It’s Blair Foster.
[ She holds a glass of wine ]
Foster: I realize you’re relatively new in town, but I’m sure you’ve heard my name by now. I’d like to set a meeting with you.
Hudson: Regarding what? How did you even get this number?
Foster: I know today’s little press conference didn’t go the way you’d hoped, and that you were counting on the support of Senator Dorf. I have some information I’d like to share with you. I think it could be the start of a mutually beneficial relationship.
Hudson: I’m not sure. I don’t think we really play the game the same way.
Foster: I get that. I do. In my experience, though, it never hurts to take the meeting. So – what’s it gonna be?

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