🔴 Clues (Evidence Board): “Nothing is Trivial”

 

༺ ♤ ⊰ ‼️The Blacklist Renewed for Season 5‼️ ⊱ ♤ ༻

 
The Blacklist Season 5 Premieres: Wednesday, Oct 4, 8pm ET in the US: New Day and Time http://bit.ly/2s2An3B

 
 

⭕ Promo to 4:21-22 Mr Kaplan, Parts 1 & 2 (Season Finale)

 
Blurb: Mr (Kate) Kaplan’s war on Red headed for a showdown as the Task Force faced a new threat, zealot Agent Julian Gale.
 

 
The Blacklist Season 5 Premieres: Wednesday, Oct 4, 8pm ET

⋙ If you want to know what I’ve been up to, check Scribblings and Scuttlebutt

 

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I hope you like these ‼️New‼️features and enhancements, including:

⭕ The Song Videos have been totally redone and are up-to-date (and no longer crash).
⭕ Search Assistance and the Clickable Tag Index have been redone.
⭕ Songs have their own Clickable Tag Index of song titles and artist names.
⭕ Twitter Moments (Collections of Tweets) have been created for many episodes (including
  all of Season 4)
⭕ Season 4 Scripts have new Song Buttons to play each song where it appears in the script.
⭕ Song Buttons have also been added to 🔥Red Hot🔥 James Spader Pics
⭕ A “Google Translate” button (right-hand column, above country flags*) has been added for
  international fans
⭕ IMDb episode ratings have been added to the ♤♤ All Scripts list.

*Country Flags represent all the countries of people who have actually visited this blog (based on IP addresses); last updated 2016. Thank you!

 
I will continue to add to and refine these and other enhancements. It’s a labor of love.

⋙ If you have trouble, please leave a comment at the bottom of Scribblings and Scuttlebutt, or Notify me on Twitter: @BlacklistDCd
 
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Features

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“” = ALWAYS means “New or Updated”
 
⭕ 🔥 Red Hot 🔥 Blacklist Fan Fiction (Age 18+) 
⭕ 🔥 Red Hot 🔥 Spader Pics (Age 18+)
⭕ 🔥 Red Hot 🔥 James Spader Interviews
⭕ How to Follow “NBC Blacklist” (a Twitter List)
⭕ Next Episode Promo (video) 
⭕ All Polls (some remain open)
⭕ All Song Videos ‼️New ‼️
⭕ All Episode Twitter “Moments”* ‼️New ‼️~ See Note
⭕ Featured Videos
⭕ PHOTO GALLERY 
⭕ ❣Season 4 STORYBOOK❣
⭕ Unanswered Questions/Loose Ends(updated thru S3)
⭕ Status of Major Plots & Themes (pending update)
⭕ Crossword Puzzle by Literarybitka
⭕ Writers’ Room
⭕ “How’s this all gonna end?” Preposterous Predictions
⭕ James Spader’s Emmy acceptance speeches
 
*Note: Twitter “Moments” are collections of Tweets. I’m now using them for the Episode Tweets I send out on Twitter the afternoon before each new show (and in the countdowns I do leading up to each premiere).

“Moments” contains all the Tweets for an episode. These are up-to-date for Season 4. In addition I did them for:

⭕ 1:1 The Pilot Part A and Part B
⭕ 2:8 The Decembrist, Part A, Part B, and Part C
⭕ 3:19 Cape May Part A and Part B

There are multiple parts because there is a limit of 100 Tweets per “Moment.” They read like a comic book of each episode ➔ but with photos

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New Book‼️ G Walter Bush: Unpacking “The Blacklist”: Season 1 Interpreted http://amzn.to/2q4Me1f https://twitter.com/BlacklistDCd/status/857195881002659840/photo/1
// 4/23/2017, 138 pages

Want to see the series from a deeper perspective? Unpacking “The Blacklist”: Season One is the thinking Blacklister’s dream. Appealing to the typical viewer, G. Walter Bush interprets the NBC series’ audio-visual text, focusing on facets of its plot, theme, characterization, imagery, soundtrack and cinematography that many don’t detect and mark the show as a work of literary sophistication. The Season One volume focuses primarily on the debut season’s four central characters: Raymond Reddington, Agent Elizabeth Keen, Tom Keen, and Special Agent Donald Ressler. Volumes on future seasons will feature increased attention to the supporting cast as individual characters enjoy enhanced development.

The Author: Holding degrees in literature from two institutions, Westmont College (B.A.) and the University of California, Irvine (M.A.), G. Walter Bush has spent his life analyzing texts. His analysis of movies and television shows began with his masters thesis devoted to Ridley Scott’s classic science fiction movie “Blade Runner”. Unpacking “The Blacklist” Season 1 is his third book, following former Amazon TV:Guides & Reviews bestsellers Unpacking “Chuck” and Unpacking “Chuck” 2.0. He is already at work on the Season 2 installment of Unpacking “The Blacklist”. He lives with his family in Southern California.

 

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🔴 Background for Season Four of

 
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Basic Look Ups

 
image🔴 Click Here for Search Assistance (with Lists) 
🔴 Click Here for the Clickable Tag Index 
🔴 Click Here for Outline of this Blog
🔴 Click Here for Guide to The Blacklist on the Web
🔴 Click Here for the List of BLACKLISTERS
🔴 Click Here for the List of SONGS (with Videos) 
🔴 Click Here for the Clickable Index of SONGS 
🔴 Click Here for Individual EPISODES

︻┳デ═─➾ ➾ ➾ ➾ ➾ 💥 Click Here for Season 1
︻┳デ═─➾ ➾ ➾ ➾ ➾ 💥 Click Here for Season 2
︻┳デ═─➾ ➾ ➾ ➾ ➾ 💥 Click Here for Season 3 (below)
︻┳デ═─➾ ➾ ➾ ➾ ➾ 💥 Click Here for Season 4 (below)
 
🔴 Click Here for EASY-SEARCH Scripts

︻┳デ═─➾ ➾ ➾ ➾ ➾ 💥 Click Here for Season 1
︻┳デ═─➾ ➾ ➾ ➾ ➾ 💥 Click Here for Season 2
︻┳デ═─➾ ➾ ➾ ➾ ➾ 💥 Click Here for Season 3
︻┳デ═─➾ ➾ ➾ ➾ ➾ 💥 Click Here for Season 4
 
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⭕ How to follow “NBC Blacklist” on Twitter

 
Instructions on how to follow the Twitter List “NBC Blacklist” are below (pdf).
If you already know how to sign up for Twitter Lists, here’s the link: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/lists/nbc-blacklist

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Change: Twitter now lists Twitter Lists alphabetically.

 
 

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Season 4 Episodes

 
🔴 Episode 4:1 Esteban: 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 4:2 Mato: 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 4:3 Miles McGrath: 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 4:4 Gaia 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 4:5 Lindquist Concern 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 4:6 The Thrushes 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 4:7 Dr Adrian Shaw 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 4:8 Dr Adrian Shaw Pt 2 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 4:9 Lipet’s Seafood Company 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 4:10 The Forecaster 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 4:11 The Harem 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 4:12 Natalie Luca 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 4:13 Isabella Stone 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 4:14 The Architect 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 4:15 The Apothecary 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 4:16 Dembe Zuma 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 4:17 Requiem 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 4:18 Philomena 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 4:19 Dr Bogdan Krilov 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 4:20 The Debt Collector 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 4:21 Mr Kaplan 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 4:22 Mr Kaplan Pt 2 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

 

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Season 3 Episodes

 
🔴 Episode 1: The Troll Farmer: 🎯 WSJ recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 2: Bernard Gerard: 🎯 WSJ recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 3: Eli Matchett: 🎯 WSJ recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 4: The Djinn: 🎯 WSJ recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 5: Arioch Cain: 🎯 WSJ recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 6: Sir Crispin Crandall 🎯 WSJ recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 7: Zal Bin Hasaan: 🎯 WSJ recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 8: Kings of the Highway: 🎯 WSJ recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 9: The Director: 🎯 WSJ recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 10: The Director 2: 🎯 WSJ recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

————–⋙ At this point WSJ stopped doing real recaps so I switched to Entertainment Weekly

🔴 Episode 11: Mr Gregory Devry: 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 12: The Vehm: 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 13: Alistair Pitt: 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 14: Lady Ambrosia: 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 15: Drexel 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 16: The Caretaker 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 17: Mr Solomon: 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 18: Mr Solomon 2: 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 19: Cape May: 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 20: Artax Network: 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 21: Susan Hargrave: 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 22: Alexander Kirk: 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

🔴 Episode 23: Alexander Kirk 2: 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 
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༺ ✿⊰ 🔴 ⊱✿༻


 
 

🔴 Selected Videos

 

⭕ “This Darkness is the Light” – by WinterThief

 

(Feb 2016) Post Episode 3:10. Crisp editing & jarring juxtapositions.
Other videos by WinterThief: http://bit.ly/2cbZppm

 

⭕ “There was a woman I loved …” – by Monique Martin

 

(May 2016) Post Episode  3:19 Cape May, everyone’s favorite episode

 

⭕ “What is your fantasy?” (Don’t miss this!)

 

(Oct 2015). Post-Episode 3:4. Beautiful, haunting video by Monique Martin.
For more Monique Martin videos: http://bit.ly/2cIrwC9

 

⭕ Late Show: James Spader w Stephen Colbert

 

(1/20/2016)

 

⭕ Original Series Pilot Promo

 

 

⭕ Funny Spader Recap of Comic Con on Jimmy Fallon (Sep 2014)

 

 

⭕😃 The Cracklist by Miss Savvy 😃

 

 
😃😊😂 MORE CRACK VIDEOS 😂😊😃
http://bit.ly/1Kgpdhj ➔ The Blacklist crack videos (Alison Keen)
http://bit.ly/1N80PNP ➔ The Cracklist (Miss Savvy)
http://bit.ly/1TMAbzj ➔ The Blacklist – Crack (Julia Constantin)
http://bit.ly/1Kbiwyt ➔ The Blacklist Crack!Vid (Irene Mills)
http://bit.ly/1eGxYWa ➔ The Blacklist on Crack (Chasing Sparks)
 

 

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🔴 Recent Episodes:

 

Photo Gallery

 
My first impressions immediately after I see an episode are visual, despite the fact I work a lot with scripts. Below are a few pics from each episode. Many of these are “thought pieces,” focusing on scenes that intrigued me. Most are fiddled with to emphasize what I see in the scene. Links to the scripts for each episode are provided. For more detailed Episode Highlights, featuring pics and script excerpts, go to these links:

♤♤ 🔴 Season 1: Episode Summary – All http://wp.me/PDKwi-7B
♤♤ 🔴 Season 2: Episode Summary 1-11 http://wp.me/PDKwi-7X
♤♤ 🔴 Season 2: Episode Summary 12-22 http://wp.me/PDKwi-FD
♤♤ 🔴 Season 3: Storybook: All Episodes http://wp.me/PDKwi-1f3
♤♤ 🔴 Season 4: Storybook: All Episodes http://wp.me/PDKwi-3iR

♤♤🔴 For the index to ALL scripts, see: All Scripts http://wp.me/PDKwi-14P


 
 

༺♤༻🔴 SEASON 4 ⊱🔴⊰ SEASON 4 🔴༺♤༻


 
 

🌅 4:22 Mr Kaplan – Conclusion (pending)

 
🔴 Episode 4:22 Mr Kaplan Pt 2 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 
Pending
 
🔴 Episode 4:22 Mr Kaplan Pt 2 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 

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🌅 4:21 Mr Kaplan (pending)

 
🔴 Episode 4:21 Mr Kaplan 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 
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🔴 Episode 4:21 Mr Kaplan 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 

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🌅 4:20 The Debt Collector

 
🔴 Episode 4:20 The Debt Collector 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
🔴 Episode 4:20 The Debt Collector 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 

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🌅 4:19 Dr Bogdan Krilov

 
🔴 Episode 4:19 Dr Bogdan Krilov 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
🔴 Episode 4:19 Dr Bogdan Krilov 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 

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🌅 4:18 Philomena

 
🔴 Episode 4:18 Philomena 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
🔴 Episode 4:18 Philomena 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 

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🌅 4:17 Requiem

 
🔴 Episode 4:17 Requiem 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
🔴 Episode 4:17 Requiem 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 

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🌅 4:16 Dembe Zuma (pending)

 
🔴 Episode 4:16 Dembe Zuma 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 
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🔴 Episode 4:16 Dembe Zuma 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 

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🌅 4:15 The Apothecary

 
🔴 Episode 4:15 The Apothecary 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 
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🔴 Episode 4:15 The Apothecary 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 

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🌅 4:14 The Architect (pending)

 
🔴 Episode 4:14 The Architect 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY/a> ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 
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🔴 Episode 4:14 The Architect 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY/a> ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 

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🌅 4:13 Isabella Stone

 
🔴 Episode 4:13 Isabella Stone 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 
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🔴 Episode 4:13 Isabella Stone 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 

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🌅 4:12 Natalie Luca

 
🔴 Episode 4:12 Natalie Luca 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 
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🔴 Episode 4:12 Natalie Luca 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 

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🌅 4:11 The Harem

 
🔴 Episode 4:11 The Harem 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 
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🔴 Episode 4:11 The Harem 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script

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🌅 4:10 The Forecaster

 
🔴 Episode 4:10 The Forecaster 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 
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🔴 Episode 4:10 The Forecaster 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 

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🌅 4:9 Lipet’s Seafood Company

 
🔴 Episode 4:9 Lipet’s Seafood Company 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 
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🔴 Episode 4:9 Lipet’s Seafood Company 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 

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🌅 4:8 Dr Adrian Shaw – Conclusion

 
🔴 Episode 4:8 Dr Adrian Shaw Pt 2 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 
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🔴 Episode 4:8 Dr Adrian Shaw Pt 2 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 Storybook ¤ 📒 Script
 

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🌅 4:7 Dr Adrian Shaw

 
🔴 Episode 4:7 Dr Adrian Shaw 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 ❣Storybook❣ ¤ 📒 Script
 
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🔴 Episode 4:7 Dr Adrian Shaw 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 ❣Storybook❣ ¤ 📒 Script
 
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🌅 4:6 The Thrushes

 
🔴 Episode 4:6 The Thrushes 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 ❣Storybook❣ ¤ 📒 Script
 
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🔴 Episode 4:6 The Thrushes 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 ❣Storybook❣ ¤ 📒 Script

 
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🌅 4:5 The Lindquist Concern

 
🔴 Episode 4:5 Lindquist Concern 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 ❣Storybook❣ ¤ 📒 Script
 
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🔴 Episode 4:5 Lindquist Concern 🎯 EW recap ¤ 🌅 PHOTO GALLERY ¤ 📚 ❣Storybook❣ ¤ 📒 Script
 
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🌅 4:4 Gaia

 
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🌅 4:3 Miles McGrath

 
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🌅 4:2 Mato

 
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🌅 4:1 Esteban

 
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༺♤༻🔴 SEASON 3 ⊱🔴⊰ SEASON 3 🔴༺♤༻

 

(reverse chronological)

 
 

🌅 3:23 Alexander Kirk – Conclusion

 
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🌅 3:22 Alexander Kirk

 
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🌅 3:21 Susan Hargrave

 
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Cucumber dip

Cucumber dip


 
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🌅 3:20 The Artax Network

 

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🌅 3:19 Cape May

 
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🌅 3:18 Mr Solomon – Conclusion

 
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🌅 3:17 Mr Solomon

 
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🌅 3:16 The Caretaker

 
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🌅 3:15 Drexel

 
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🌅 3:14 Lady Ambrosia

 
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🌅 3:13 Alistair Pitt

 
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🌅 3:12 The Vehm

 
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🌅 3:11 Mr Gregory Devry

 
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🌅 3:10 The Director, Conclusion

 
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🌅 3:9 The Director

 
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🌅 3:8 Kings of the Highway

 
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Gulliver among the Lilliputians

Gulliver among the Lilliputians


 
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"What's this?"

“What’s this?”


 
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"Elizabeth Keen, you're under arrest"

“Elizabeth Keen, you’re under arrest”


 

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🌅 3:7 Zal Bin Hasaan

 
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🌅 3:6 Sir Crispin Crandall

 
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🌅 3:5 Arioch Cain

 
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Why not compare to Michelangelo?

Why not compare to Michelangelo?


 

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🌅 3:4 The Djinn

 
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Liz to Red: "You are a terrible actor"

Liz to Red: “You are a terrible actor”


 

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🌅 3:3 Eli Matchett

 
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🌅 3:2 Marvin Gerard

 
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🌅 3:1 The Troll Hunter

 
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"There was a time … when I was quite sure I knew exactly what happened to Katarina Rostova"

“There was a time … when I was quite sure I knew exactly what happened to Katarina Rostova”


 
Red reacts to seeing Liz with blonde hair

Red reacts to seeing Liz with blonde hair


 
Image enhancement from "smoke and mirrors" scene, with inset from Braxton-2 [2:10] kissing Illusion

Image enhancement from “smoke and mirrors” scene, with inset from Braxton-2 [2:10] kissing Illusion


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༺♤༻🔴 SEASON 2 ⊱🔴⊰ SEASON 2 🔴༺♤༻

 
⭕ 2:22 Tom Connolly (script and more: http://wp.me/pDKwi-Wi )
 


 
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"I'm a 'sin eater'"

“I’m a ‘sin eater'”


 
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Red responds to learning that Liz remembers shooting her father

Red responds to learning that Liz remembers shooting her father


 
Liz relives the past

Liz relives the past

 

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⭕ 2:21 Karakurt (script and more: http://wp.me/pDKwi-Ub )

 
Red: There will be an attack on an American defense installation within a matter of days. If I’m right, it’ll be the first of many acts of terror here and overseas designed by the Cabal to further their agenda. We have to stop this man, Lizzie

 

 

Velov: "I considered you the KGB's greatest enemy"

Velov: “I considered you the KGB’s greatest enemy”


 
Velov: I’m surprised we never met. For many years, while you were still with US Counterintelligence, I considered you the KGB’s greatest enemy.♤
Red: [ Laughing ] Oh, my God. That feels like ages ago. For what it’s worth, I was young. I had no concept of what a real enemy looked like. [ Inhales deeply ] But I do now.
 
 

 

Velov: I told them, "they say she had a daughter" Red: "Dembe, phone!"

Velov: I told them, “they say she had a daughter” Red: “Dembe, phone!”


 
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⭕ 2:20 Quon Zhang (script and more: http://wp.me/pDKwi-RL )
 
"Is that why my father died? You killed him because you were in love with my mother?"

“Is that why my father died? You killed him because you were in love with my mother?”


 
Liz ("Masha") was born in Moscow. Her mother was a KGB agent known to Red as "Katarina Rostova."

Liz (“Masha”) was born in Moscow. Her mother was a KGB agent known to Red as “Katarina Rostova.”


 
Liz catches Red surveilling her. "It's time to talk."

Liz catches Red surveilling her. “It’s time to talk.”


 
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⭕ 2:19 Leonard Caul (script and more: http://wp.me/pDKwi-Ps )
 
Red explains to Liz why he hired Tom.

Red explains to Liz why he hired Tom.


 
Liz show The Director the Fulcrum.

Liz show The Director the Fulcrum.


 
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⭕ 2:18 Vanessa Cruz (script and more: http://wp.me/pDKwi-MT )
 
Liz and Dembe return fire.

Liz and Dembe return fire.


 
Red is shot.

Red is shot.


 
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⭕ 2:17 The Longevity Initiative (script and more: http://wp.me/pDKwi-LE )
 
"You raised me!"

“You raised me!”


 
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Photos of Lizzy's past birthdays.

Photos of Lizzy’s past birthdays.


 
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⭕ 2:16 Tom Keen (script and more: http://wp.me/pDKwi-JP)
 
Liz will support Harbormaster Eugene Ames' daughter anonymously. Red reflects.

Liz will support Harbormaster Eugene Ames’ daughter anonymously. Red reflects.


 
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⭕ 2:15 The Major (script and more: http://wp.me/pDKwi-It)
 
Liz confesses all to Judge Denner, including about the Fulcrum.

Liz confesses all to Judge Denner, including about the Fulcrum.


 
Dembe: "You have to tell … about Tom" Red: "I don't know how to do that"

Dembe: “You have to tell … about Tom” Red: “I don’t know how to do that”


 
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⭕ 2:14 T Earl King VI (script and more: http://wp.me/pDKwi-HB)
 
Red for Sale. "More trouble than he's worth."

Red for Sale. “More trouble than he’s worth.”


 
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⭕ 2:13 The Deer Hunter (script and more: http://wp.me/pDKwi-Fs)
 
Liz struggles with The Deer Hunter – as well as with her own inner demons.

Liz struggles with The Deer Hunter – as well as with her own inner demons.


 
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⭕ 2:12 The Kenyon Family (script and more: http://wp.me/pDKwi-Fd)
 
FBI discovers massacre at Kenyon Family compound. Fate of clan's founder [inset].

FBI discovers massacre at Kenyon Family compound. Fate of clan’s founder [inset].


 
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⭕ 2:11 Ruslan Denisov (script and more: http://wp.me/pDKwi-DM)
 
Red compares the art of negotiation to a tango. [2:11 Ruslan Denisov]

Red compares the art of negotiation to a tango. [2:11 Ruslan Denisov]


 
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⭕ 2:10 Luther Braxton – Conclusion (script and more: http://wp.me/pDKwi-15A)
 
What nightmares are made of – Liz's memories of fire unlocked [2:10 Luther Braxton 2]

What nightmares are made of – Liz’s memories of fire unlocked [2:10 Luther Braxton 2]

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༺ ✿⊰ 🔴 ⊱✿༻
༺ ✿⊰ 🔴 ⊱✿༻

 
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🔴 Blacklist Crossword Puzzle

 
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Crossword for fans of The Blacklist by Literarybitca http://bit.ly/1XvlaUm

⋙ Easy-search scripts for Seasons 1, 2 and 3 make it easy to search for answers, since all scripts for the season are in one searchable file. Just use your page search function to find words or phrases. Links:

Easy-Search Scripts Season 1: http://wp.me/pDKwi-16b
Easy-Search Scripts Season 2: http://wp.me/pDKwi-1m8
Easy-Search Scripts Season 3: http://wp.me/pDKwi-1Tj
Easy-Search Scripts Season 4: http://wp.me/pDKwi-3lZ

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༺ ✿⊰ 🔴 ⊱✿༻

 
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🔴 Status of Major Plots and Themes

 
NOTE: Moon phases are used to show approximate degree resolved: 🌚 🌘 🌗 🌖 🌕
Has not been updated for Season 3 yet.

🌚 What kind of endgame could Sony or NBC possibly find objectionable? (See below)

WSJSpeakeasyBlog (FB): Q&A with The Blacklist creator Jon Bokenkamp http://on.fb.me/10WABMc

Q: Wendy Davies: Do you already have an endgame for the Blacklist?
A: Yes. Not sure if Sony or NBC will let me do it, but yes. -Jon

I’m thinking it may have something to do with the death penalty. (See my Preposterous Prediction #2, a fancified version of this. “He’s more than capable of representing himself in court. Trust me. I know.” – Daniel Knauf, writer, co-executive producer. Iow, he wouldn’t need Alan Shore. ) Other than this guess, I have no clue.

Pepper's key .(2:5 The Front).

Pepper’s key.(2:5 The Front).

 
🌗 “I’m gonna make you famous, Lizzie” This is perhaps my favorite line in the pilot, delivered with promise and menace by James Spader. But what did Red mean? Was this just a theatrical line, or did Red have an idea where his involvement in Lizzie’s life would take her. Is he promising celebrity, professional success or notoriety. Did he plan to introduce her to his empire of “extralegal enterprises”? The series needs to answer this question somehow because it is seems to set the framework for all that is to come. 5/7/2015: It became clear in 2:21 Karakurt that Lizzie may well become famous – if the Cabal fingers her publicly for murdering Senator Hawkins with a genetically engineered rotavirus. Though I can’t believe this is what meant originally, it seems to have resulted from the milieu he exposed her to, so upping from 1/4 to 1/2 moon.

 
🌗 Pepper’s key. What is the story of the key Red got from Pepper at the end of [2:5 The Front]. Red and Pepper seemed to know each other, but the series has not shown this. ➔ On 4/23/2015 [2:19 Leonard Caul], we find out the key is needed to activate the Fulcrum. It has a false tip which comes off allowing it to be used the activate the Interface unit. We have no idea how Pepper got the key, why she didn’t tell Beck about it, what she planned to do with it and what her relationship to Red might have been. She died in [2:5 The Front].


 

Sizes & dimensions, Sorrento music boc, tiny box ("the Fulcrum"), 1990s-era microprocessors.

Sizes & dimensions, Sorrento music boc, tiny box (“the Fulcrum”), 1990s-era microprocessors.

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🌖 The Sorrento music box and “the Fulcrum”. In Season 1, Red built a music box that played a tune that Liz remembered from her childhood. In Episode 2:10 [Luther Braxton 2] Liz found a tiny box in the stuffed bunny she saved from the fire. Also pictured: computer chips from around 1990, several small enough to fit in the box. ➔ On 4/23//2015 [2:19 Leonard Caul] we find out that what we (and Red and Liz) have been calling the Fulcrum is a component Caul calls a Bubble module. It fits into the Interface (inside the metal case that Red took from the trunk of the Presidential limo buried in a shipping container at the Kenyon compound). When both this Bubble Module and Pepper’s key are used, the Interface unit’s projector reveals the contents of the “blackmail file” which can expose the nefarious doings of the Cabal or “Alliance.” Liz uses these to show the Director what information will be exposed if Red dies. The Director calls off the raid right before Red is about to be assassinated. 5/7/2015: Lizzie cannot be protected by the Fulcrum. If the Cabal fingers her, they can say it’s disinformation from the Russians. 1/2 to 3/4. We still don’t know for sure if Red meant the music box to resemble The
Fulcrum.

 
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🌘 The little ballet dancer. What is the significance of the date March 22, 1987 on the program for Swan Lake that Red has kept. There is a rumor that his daughter once danced in Swan Lake. The girl looks to be 9 or 10, though the actress who played her was 12. Red graduated from Anapolis in 1984 and service academy members are not allowed to have any dependents. Is the dancer a memory or a fantasy? 5/7/2015: Did Katarina Rostova have a daughter in addition to Liz, born in 1987 or so? Or is this Jennifer, Naomi Hyland’s daughter. Red’s ex-wife Naomi seems to make a point of referring to Jennifer as “my” daughter. Did she have Jennifer before she married Red?

 
🌗 The Presidential Limo. In Episode 2:12, we are told that the Kenyon family makes money be renting out buried shipping containers to criminals. At the end of the episode, Red goes into the church, tips over the pulpit and gains entry to one of these shipping containers which contains a limousine with the Emblem of the POTUS on the side and with the flag of the POTUS on the front. Red has a key to this limo. When he enters it, he turns on the tape player and laughs happily when “Somewhere Beyond the Sea” begins to play. He then goes to the trunk and removes a briefcase sized high impact resistant suitcase.
 

Why does Red have a Presidential limo stored at the compound – and what is the case?

Why does Red have a Presidential limo stored at the compound – and what is the case?


 
This suggests Red may have been very highly positioned in the government to have access to this vehicle. And what is in the suitcase? 3/3/2015 ➔ On 4/23/3025, we learned that what’s in the suitcase is the Interface for the Fulcrum. [[2:19 Leonard]. However, we remain with no clue as to why it was the trunk of the Presidential limo, why it was buried at the Kenyon compound or why Red had a key to the limo, knew where it was buried and knew to retrieve The Interface.

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Young Liz & Liz listen to argument in Liz's memory recovery session.

Young Liz & Liz listen to argument in Liz’s memory recovery session.

🌕Russia. Building on the Cold War theme of the Berlin story arc, several new connections to Russia were laid out in Eps 2:10-12. Alan Fitch’s safe turned out to be in St Petersburg, Russia, not St Petersburg, Florida. The telephone number in the safe has the country code for Kazakhstan or Russia. A person’s name mentioned in the dialogue young Liz remembers from the argument before the fire is “Masha,” a Russian diminutive for “Mary.” When Liz asks young Liz who “Masha” is, young Liz responds, “You.” The music playing in the background during the fire scene (in Liz’s memory) is a Russian lullaby (per writer Daniel Knauf on Twitter) (3/3/2015).

 
5/3/2015 ➔ In Episode 2:20 Quon Zhang, Red tells Liz that she was born in Moscow and that her mother, who he knew as Katarina Rostova, was a KGB agent. Both of her parents, Red says, were in “foreign intelligence.” “Masha” was indeed the name used for Liz before someone changed it. Red identifies the girl and woman in the “swing” photo (see below) as Liz and her mother (Masha and Katarina). Click to enlarge.

 
5/7/2015 ➔ We find out in [2:21 Karakurt] that Liz’s mother, Katarina Rostova, is widely considered to be a myth, a “ghost” or a composite of several women, including by those in the U.S. Russian counter-intelligence (Masik) and formerly in the Russian KGB (Anton Velov). Agent Masik’s description:

Liz: Hey. Can you help me with something? [ Shows him photo ] Katarina Rostova – you heard of her?
Masik: I don’t know who that is, but I doubt very seriously that that is Katarina Rostova. I don’t think there are any photographs of Katarina Rostova.♤
Liz: Why do you say that?
Masik: She’s a myth. Tall tales late at night over vodka shots. Probably an amalgamation of a half-a-dozen unknown female Soviet operatives – the Pinko Mata Hari.♤
Liz: You said your CI works with the Old Guard. Could you ask him about her for me?
Masik: If anybody knows anything about Katarina Rostova, he will. Send me a copy of your photo. I’ll see what I can do.

An exception, of course, was The Director, who told Liz [2:19 Leonard Caul] she looked like her mother. Clearly, he knew that her mother was real and had seen her or pictures of her.
 

Velov: "I considered you the KGB's greatest enemy"

Velov: “I considered you the KGB’s greatest enemy”


 
PLUS: Huge reveal: Antov Velov, a former group leader in the KGB, says Red was once in Counterintelligence for the U.S. against Russia:

Red: Hello, Anton. Relax. If I had bad intentions for this visit, you’d know by now.
Velov: [ Russian accent ] You’re Raymond Reddington.
Red: I am. And if I’m right, you’re the same Anton Velov who once led a Spetsnaz Special Forces Unit called The Zarubin Group.
Velov: I’m surprised we never met. For many years, while you were still with US Counterintelligence, I considered you the KGB’s greatest enemy.♤
Red: [ Laughing ] Oh, my God. That feels like ages ago. For what it’s worth, I was young. I had no concept of what a real enemy looked like. [ Inhales deeply ] But I do now.♤ Which is why I’m hoping you and I might prove to be fast friends….

So, was the “KGB’s greatest enemy” (Red) involved with the KGB’s mysterious femme fatale , Liz’s mother, Katarina Rostova? Oh, I hope so – what a story! Plus it could shine a light on this cautionary statement Red made to Liz in [2:18 Vanessa Cruz]:

Red: I understand what it’s like to be drawn to something that is unhealthy, to a part of yourself that you are afraid of.

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5/14/2015 ➔ The Russian theme came into full flower in the Season 2 Finale, “Tom Connolly” (which had previously been titled “Masha Rostova,” Liz’s Russian birth name. The plot of the finale has The Cabal blaming the explosion that killed the U.S.’s Russian counter-intel unit on Liz. When Liz is interrogated, not only do the interrogators focus on her KGB mother, Russian birth name, and the fact that she was born in Moscow, but they tell her there is a Russian sleeper cell in the U.S. and imply that she is part of it. They tell her that her fingerprints were found on the bomb that blew up the counter-intel unit, proving that she is being framed.
 

"You need to get out."

“You need to get out.”


 
Red, with Cooper’s help, manages to spring Liz from the interrogation by killing the electrical power at The Post Office, but Red tells Cooper that, in Liz’s case, “There won’t be an indictment. They’ll rig the evidence against her, parade her in front of the cameras so America can see the face of the enemy, and then they’ll put her away someplace where she has no chance to mount a defense.” It is to escape this fate that she flees with Red in the final minutes of Season 2. Red lays out the future scenario Liz faces with such certainty and precision that it raises the question of whether he himself faced such accusations and if that was the reason he went underground.

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I’ll continue to comment on the Russian theme here, but enough light has been shed on this matter at this point to declare the question resolved 🌕.

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At  location from which Mystery Man placed call, Red & Dembe find over-turned furniture & blood.

At location from which Mystery Man placed call, Red & Dembe find over-turned furniture & blood.

🌕 Mystery Man. The content of Alan Fitch’s safe contained a phone number with the country code for Russia or Kazakhstan. Red had to cancel his scheduled person-to-person meeting with this person (or someone associated with him), but he has Aram track the source of the phone from which the follow-up call was made, a location in New York. When Red and Dembe storm this house, no one is there but there are signs of a struggle (overturned furniture) and blood on the floor. 3/3/2015 ➔ On 4/23/2015 [ 2:19 Leonard Caul], we learn the identity of Mystery Man. He is Leonard Caul, once a deep undercover CIA surveillance expert. Fitch called upon his services when The Director lost faith in Fitch. Caul knows about the Fulcrum. Red urges Liz to find Caul and, instead, Caul finds Liz. With (1) the “Interface,” (a complex apparatus in the metal case Red retrieved from the Presidential limo buried in a shipping contained at the Kenyon compound), (2) Pepper’s key which Red recovered from The Front, and (3) the Bubble Module – the tiny box we have previously been calling the Fulcrum, ➔ and (4) with knowledge of the “Ciphertext” Caul knows because he wrote the software, Caul starts up the machinery of the Fulcrum. It projects the activities of the Cabal (the “Alliance.”) Liz rushes to show the Fulcrum to The Director, threatening to reveal the content to The New York Times if The Director does not call off the raid to kill Red. The Director calls it off and Red is saved.

 
🌘 Faces that appear when Liz tells Judge Denner that people will be imprisoned or executed if their participation in the ‘clandestine organization is revealed: The Director, an older woman and a younger woman.

Members of  the secret "alliance"

Members of the secret “alliance”

 
image 🌕 Judge Denner has an apple on his desk when Liz tells him about the Fulcrum. Does this connect him to “Apple Man” who was spying on Liz and Tom’s home. ➔ 4/23/2015 [2:19 Leonard Caul]: Since Connolly – Denner’s nemesis – seems to be going over to ‘the dark side,’ it appears less likely that Denner is a bad guy. ‘Sometimes an apple is only an apple.’ Still, time will tell.

5/14/2015 ➔ Seeing as Tom Connolly turned out to be such a bad man in the last couple of episodes of Season 2, it seems increasingly unlikely that his nemesis, Judge Denner, was or is in cahoots with The Cabal. It looks like he really is just “a self-righteous prick” (if Connolly was to be believed) or even a good guy, which is what I think. So another 🌕.

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🌕 Why did Tom come back? [2:16 Tom Keen] Tom came back to the US to confess to murdering the harbormaster. This happened very suddenly (even within the distorted time dimension of the show.) The last we saw in Germany, Tom told Red twice he wouldn’t come back “not for her, and sure as hell not for you!” But then, less than 24 hours later (judging by when Judge Denner indicated he would issue his ruling), there is Tom, sad-eyed and repentant, appearing in Denner’s courtroom to confess to Eugene Ames’ killing.
 

Tom confesses.

Tom confesses.


 
⋙ Several options are possible, including: 1. Tom’s love for Liz, with Red’s blessings, 2. Tom’s love for Liz (w/o Red’s approval), 3. “Someone” hired him again (through The Major) to get close to Liz, 4. That “someone” is Red. He “owns” The Major now. 3/22/2015

5/14/2015 ➔ In the last few episodes of Season 2, it became apparent that Tom still feels strongly toward Liz. Or, to put it another way, (I’m paraphrasing some others here), TPTB (The Powers That Be – producers, network, advertisers etc) are betting on Tom to increase the number of younger people (aged 18-49 or “the demo”) who watch The Blacklist. In fact, Megan Boone has said she calls Ryan Eggold “Mr 17 Percent” because that how many more female Millennials tune in when he is featured. (Source: An interview for which there is apparently no online transcript). Rumor also has it (I have no source for this) that James Spader was opposed to bringing Tom back after the end of the first season. The idea of Liz holding Tom captive on a rusty ship for four months – after having survived three bullet wounds to the gut with minimal medical attention – did seem surreal. Personally, I thought this plot line was #FAIL, though I think Tom is an interesting character.

In any case, the second season finale [2:22 Tom Connolly] was served up in the promos as Liz having to make a choice between Red and Tom. Sooooo – she had sex with Tom. But soon after appeared headed off into the Wild Blue Yonder with Red – after she let him clumsily take her hand, followed by availing herself of the opportunity to rest her head on his shoulder. That’s pretty racy stuff in the context on Red’s and Liz’s physical contact to date. But beggars can’t be choosers.
 

Holding hands waiting for Van:

 
Tom, meanwhile, headed off into a different Wild Blue Yonder in his new white yatch-let, after reminding Liz that she really needed to stay behind to “find out who you really are.” So, it’s almost certain that Tom will be back to continue to complicate future plot lines and draw in both pubescent (and post-pubescent) girls, along with disappointed father/daughter loyalists who were unhappy with the news (still largely ignored) that Red is not Liz’s father. [ Because she shot and killed – or at least shot – her father, as revealed to her in a flashback that released her memory of the event, which Red had tried to have blocked to spare her the trauma etc etc etc. ] So, this matter, too, seems to be largely resolved, so I award it a 🌕.

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🌖 A photo that Liz discovers in “Red’s secret flat” (according to early release of the synopsis for 2:20 Quon Zhang) makes her react astonishment. It is of a man/woman sitting on a swing with a little dark-haired girl leaning back against him or sitting on his lap. The person’s face is obscured, but the question must be asked: if this is Liz and Sam, why put it in the promo at all. Could the man be Red and the little girl Lizzie? ➔ 5/3/2015 First of all, when enhanced, the photo appears to be of a woman not a man (see photo plus two enhanced versions, to right; click to enlarge).
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Photograph of young Liz ("Masha") & her mother, Katarina Rostova, a KGB agent (2X enhancements)

Photograph of young Liz (“Masha”) & her mother, Katarina Rostova, a KGB agent (2X enhancements)

In Episode 2:20, Red tells Liz the photo is of Liz and her mother, Katarina Rostova, a KGB agent. Red says this name was one of many she used. Liz asks about the name “Masha” from the dream recovery sequence. Red tells Liz she was born in Moscow and that both of her parents were in “foreign intelligence.” Liz asks about Red being there on the night of the fire. She asks him if he was in love with her mother and if that was the reason he (Red) killed her father. Since the dream restoration therapy, Liz has assumed Red killed her father. He, however, refuses to answer. His face does not provide any clue as to whether of not this is true. It is not clear whether Red does not want Liz to know about something he did or, perhaps he is shielding Liz from finding out something one or both of her parents did. Did one kill the other? Are they implicated somehow in the death of Red’s wife and child?

🌕 A second photo from the 2:19 Leonard Caul episode appears to be a photo of Liz from 2:11 Ivan Denisov, but darkened and set at an angle. Here’s a comparison of four views of the Liz picture http://bit.ly/1D0VgKe. At the original exposure in the promo, lightened automatically by my photo editor;then lightened further by increasing “exposure.” Originally, I thought this might be a photo of Liz’s mother.

🌚 Who are Carla/Naomi and Jennifer relative to Red’s family who, – according to his account to Madeline Pratt and Diane Fowler’s comments, – died in a tragic, “all there was blood” sort of way? Was he married twice? Is Jennifer Red’s biological child? Naomi said she herself was suspected somehow in events leading to Red’s disappearance. Was she in fact involved? We are still almost completely in the dark about this.

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🌕 Q: Completely trivial: What is the connection between Laura Poitra’s new documentary on NSA spy Edward Snowden ‘CitizenFour’ & James Spader crime/spy drama ‘The Blacklist’?

A: ‘CitizenFour’ & Blacklist’s James Spader film ‘Sex, Lies & Videotape’ were both directed by Steven Soderbergh.

● NYT, AO Scott (2014): Intent on Defying an All-Seeing Eye: ‘Citizenfour,’ a Documentary About Edward J. Snowden (NYT Critics’ Pick) http://nyti.ms/1pIB9LV
Note: Citizenfour won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary.

● NYT, Carlyn James (1989): Review/Film: ‘Sex, Lies and Videotape’: A Dance of Sex and Love, Through a Lens Darkly http://nyti.ms/1wpJaKp James Spader won the Best Actor Award at Cannes for his performance.

 

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🔴 “How’s this all gonna end?” Preposterous Predictions

 
😚 Scenario One:

Our Red is not the real Red Reddington. (Both Naomi and Tom have told Liz “He is not who you think he is “). Our Red killed or tried to kill the real Red Reddington, in retribution for his killing our Red’s family. Why did the real Red kill our Red’s family? I have no idea. Possibly our Red discovered the real Red was stealing state secrets, which might explain why Red may not actually have them. Red’s daughter was likely older than Liz, seven or eight – old enough perhaps to have danced in Swan Lake and played the piano. Since our Red did not go to the military academy, the timeline issues regarding a midshipman having a child of that age are not an issue. It also explains Red’s saying he has not swum since high school.

Anyway, in retribution for the murder of his own family, Red set fire to someplace the original Red was at, killing the original Red, possibly on that Christmas Eve. But when he heard a little girl calling for help, he leapt in to save her, suffering severe burns himself. As soon as he was able, he took Liz to stay with Sam in Nebraska. Sam may be our Red’s brother or a childhood friend since he told Liz he had known Sam “all of your and most of my life…”

Red will be found out and indicted for the murder of the original Red. He will be convicted and sentenced to death for killing a federal agent. Liz will still not know that the original Red was her father and will be on good terms with him until she somehow finds our that the real Red was her father. Somehow, our Red’s fate will rest on Liz. That is all I can conjecture.
(Winter 2015)

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😧 Scenario Two:

In this scenario, Liz’s father survives Red’s attempt on his life

This was first laid out in a Twitter exchange with some other Blacklist fans.

The shady international corporate-dominated new world order organization “The Alliance” plans to run one of their embeds for President in 2016, to take over the US clandestinely. That makes sense because that person would become President in 2017, the year Fitch warned Red about. Tom said Lizzie’s Dad is still alive. Maybe he is the person, embedded in the US government, who they plan to run [I’ve speculated that the information that Fitch said Red stole, was a planning document for this clandestine takeover.] [ ➔ which was consistent with Episode 2:9, by the way.] So he would be elected President but his true allegiance lies with “The Alliance.” He is #1 on The Blacklist. So Red assassinates him or blows him up, and is caught! He is charged with terrorism, capital murder, etc etc, with the probability of the death penalty if convicted.

Red tells Lizzie about the Alliance [in 2:9, actually]. She is on Red’s side and tries to get the word out that a traitor was President. But then she finds out that the President was her father. Red has now killed TWO of her fathers! So she is conflicted and confused and… Somehow his fate rests on her…

This is silly, but hey: So Red will need a super great lawyer! Who does he turn to other than his old buddy, Alan Shore. Spader can play both parts! Denny has died and Alan is now a named partner in the firm and has married Tara. Somehow, Alan gets the case before the Supreme Court. But, to no avail. Red goes to Gitmo (which is still open, of course). The final show is his execution. We find out Red was #2 on The Blacklist. But – his death, as promised, triggers the release of all the information about The Alliance. The traitors around the world who participated in the plot are all arrested by their governments. Posthumously, Red is reinstated in the Navy and given an honorary burial at sea. Lizzie attends the ceremony and mourns him. She is four months pregnant with his child, a daughter [had to throw that in for the shippers]. Red becomes a national hero and legend.
(Early spring 2015)

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😅 Scenario Three (after almost three months, I still haven’t read this)

This was based on a dream I woke from at about 11:00 pm CDT 4/9/2015. Posted 12:45 am 4/10/2015. I did not check anything against timelines except what I remember and extrapolated only from existing assumptions, so there are some overlaps and inconsistencies without attempts to reconcile. (Because it was from a dream, I’m putting it in quotes.)

Red doesn’t know if he is Liz’s father. He could be tested, of course, but he doesn’t want to be. He wants to find out at the same time Liz does. He knew Liz’s mom as Katarina Rostova. She was working for the CIA, as far as he knew; he didn’t know she was a double agent, using her relationship with him to gather additional information that she did not have security clearance for. Then he discovered she was in a relationship with someone else, who died the night of the fire. Red shot Katarina for betraying him in having a relationship with this other man who also may be Liz’s father. This man appears to have died in the fire. He had the Fulcrum and he sewed it into the bunny. The CIA assumed Red was the person who stole the Fulcrum. Or set him up for it. They may have wanted to get rid of him because he knew they’d fallen for a double agent.

Red was married to Carla/Naomi. Carla had a daughter when he married her, Zoē, so she was the right age to be 10 or so years old in 1987. Naomi may be older than Red. After killing Katarina, with whom he had been having an affair, he could not bear the emotional burdens and, after a while, abandoned his family (Carla and Jennifer). The story he told Madeline was a ruse.

The CIA blamed Red for accessing military secrets. This was information about the Cabal, that had been gathered by Katarina and fed to the government of the USSR. Red struck a deal with the Cabal through Alan Fitch not to expose any more about its activities. They don’t know if he had the Fulcrum. The destabilizing activities of the Cabal may have begun with the destabilization and breakup of the Soviet Union,

U.S. intelligence knew Katarina had a daughter and assumed the girl was the daughter of Katarina’s husband. Liz’s American birth citizenship etc were concocted by Liz’s “father,” who was the first person with a forgery business. With both dead, Red took that business over, and left Liz with Sam, a childhood friend, to attempt to keep anyone from finding out about her relationships with either Red, Katarina and/or Katarina’s husband and/or true father.

The CIA assumed Katarina’s daughter died in the fire until just recently. Braxton gave them some new information from stories he had gathered. Red or her father had abducted her from Katarina when her (Liz’s) parentage came up for question, renaming her Liz. After the fire, Red called Sam who came and got Liz while Red suffered alone, recovering from the fire from which he and Liz had barely escaped. (His scars look as though they were not treated medically.) that’s why Red used the caveat “The way Sam tells the story…”

On subsequent investigation into Liz’s mom, Red learned that she “had many names,” and was (in reality, not just “the old stories”) was an amalgam of all the females she had assumed, as a “pinko Mata Hari.”

The Director knew Katarina as well, may have also had an affair with her, may even be Liz’s father. Remember, there are, according to Masik, no known photos of Katarina. We only know of Red’s. To know that Liz looked like her mother, the Director had to have known her personally.

P.S. When Diane Fowler said she knew what happened “that night,” she was referring to the night of the fire, not to the Christmas Eve story Red told Madeline Pratt. At best, Diane Fowler’s understanding would have been second-hand, from Fitch perhaps or someone else. Red knew she had no exclusive or useful point of view on these things. She may not have known her pov was useless to him.

P.S.S. Swan Lake is a story of deception and the trickery involved in keeping two true lovers from one another. Red loved Katarina and believed she loved him. She may have. In the story, the star-crossed lovers, their lives hopelessly complicated and destroyed by the constantly shifting allegiances of this world, agree to meet after death in the afterworld. The dance at the end of Mako Tanida is called “The Dying Swan.” The “Dying Swan” is merged in Red’s mind with Katarina’s death in 1987. Did Katarina die on that date? Did the little ballet dancer even exist, or is the memory evocative of Katarina’s death primarily or even exclusively. The March 1987 performance is important to Red in part because of Jennifer’s performance, but because it reminds Red of his desire to once again experience the love he had for Katarina – a love he wants to believe she shared – when he joins her in death, “where, beyond these voices, there is peace.” (Heloïse and Abelard)

P.S.S.S. Lizzie’s scar may have been associated with Red’s suppression of Lizzie’s memories at age 8 or age 14. According to the Writers’ Room Timeline, those were the dates when “Red and Partner” killed Liz’s father. Something tells me Season 2 will end in a bad way, if Liz’s memories have broken through the barriers created then. Red has believed memories cannot be restored, the reason he raised the matter with the doctor in The Longevity Initiative.

P.S.S.S.S. Did the apartment belong to Katarina? Not from the dream, but from earlier. yesterday.
(April 9, 2015)

Author’s Note: In case my attitude toward predictions isn’t yet clear, I’m planning two more: 1) prediction on the basis of the meanings of the characters’ names, and 2) predictions based on the numerology of the characters’ birthdays, height and BMI.

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🎃 Scenario Four
October 14, 2015, Post-Episode 3:2 Marvin Gerard

Shared with HestiaPrytaneum, Twitter DM, on Red/Katarina/Liz:

I thought episode 3:1 made it clear that whatever the relationship was between Red and Katarina, it was INTENSE. I’ve long thought that the reason some people see Red as a father figure and others as a possible lover for Liz is that Spader is playing it both ways. He is “conflicted.” But, however conflicted, he told Liz to invoke her “inner Katarina” to figure out how to avoid capture by the FBI after killing AG Tom Connolly. The other way it is conflicted is whether KR was/is(?) good or evil. Her “death” may have been metaphorical. They wouldn’t have Liz ask “Is she alive?” If she isn’t – she could be #1 on the Blacklist, Head of Cabal or something.

I assume, Red had a love relationship with Katarina, possibly before she went over to the “Dark Side.” Love affair, marriage, who knows? Whatever, because Liz now looks so much like her Mom (mirror scene in 3:1), Red is torn. He is torn emotionally, and yes, I do think there are incest overtones – just as there are in Oedipus (which Aristotle considered the “perfect” classical drama) and Hamlet (which many consider the perfect modern drama, in English at least). Spader has said “I’m drawn to conflicted characters.” I’d love to see this explored by a good fanfic writer, though obviously it would be totally off-canon, a prequel so-to-speak. I did love the reference to Odysseus in 3:2 – 10 years, I think, to get home from Troy. A slow-burn if ever there was one lol.

Additional Notes

11/3/2016
I wonder if Red is saying Liz was “not [Kirk’s] to raise” because he left her in the closet during the fire and departed with the other men. Red may have heard her scream, led her out and then went back for Katarina, getting burned. That would indeed by a “Hodgkin’s Choice.” He said, “I chose the child” to Katarina in Cape May. This doesn’t however make any sense of Liz’s flashback to shooting her father which Red seemed to (albeit) passively to affirm. He is still insisting “I have never lied to you.”

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😉 Scenario Five
12/24/2016

My final prediction is simple, though it assumes we’re supposed to remember Season 1 and that Red had a child who was killed. I assume Tom was stolen because Scottie Hargrave was somehow involved in the death of his child, so in retribution, Red stole Tom and handed him over to someone else to raise then eventually to Bill MacReady. As for Liz, it’s hard to say as it’s still not clear if he believes Liz is his daughter.

 

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🔴 The Playboy Interview: James Spader (Sep 2014) http://bit.ly/1sKfatM

[Earlier roles] “…petulant-preppy good looks, laser intelligence, breathtaking condescension and air of polymorphous perversity” – Playboy

[Growing up] “We watched great films from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, like The Third Man and Humphrey Bogart movies. Charles Laughton in Hobson’s Choice, Bogart—those were the actors I liked best.”

“[A] television show is your life. It swallows you whole and chews you up but refuses to spit you out. And on a brand-new television show, the writers don’t know how the fuck to write it yet. The actors don’t know how the fuck to play it yet. The editors don’t know how to edit it yet. Composers don’t know how to compose it yet. The crew doesn’t know how to shoot it yet. I work very hard on the show, and I’m lucky because it’s a wonderful character who’s great fun to play. I work closely with the people I make the show with. It’s a lot of time spent when all of us might rather be spending time with our families or doing something else.”

“When viewers respond well to a character, there’s a natural tendency for them to say, ‘I want to know more. I want to know everything.” But I say, “’Well, you can’t. It would ruin the character for you. You just must trust me in terms of that.'”

“I think the greatest works are always based on that prism of sexuality and relations”

 
“I’m ritualistic and habitual. I have an addictive personality. I love cooking, which I’ve done since I was a kid. That’s very methodical. It requires focus and yet allows for extrapolation or improvisation and spontaneity. It’s also calming for me. I don’t sleep particularly well. If I wake up at night, everything inside turns on instantly and won’t stop. There’s a compulsion to address things. I just can’t let them fester or get pushed under the rug. I have to tie it up tightly in a box, throw it right out the fucking window into a river and let it sink to the bottom.

“I’m not a believer that good work comes out of antagonism, fear and punishment, but I think it can come out of discourse and argument, so long as you’re open, communicative, honest and able to listen to what others’ needs are.”

[On his love of vinyl] “I like the whole process. I like to get the record out. I like the way a turntable looks. I like to watch it work as the record plays. I like to read the liner notes when I listen to a record. I don’t understand what else people do if they’re listening to a record.”

“I like to travel, walk through a city and go to museums and galleries.”

“But to look another human being in the eye and pretend you’re in love with them, that’s a very different thing”

 
image“I think the greatest works are always based on that prism of sexuality and relations. It’s been that way for me my whole career and has probably informed my choices more than anything else.”

[On his female co-stars] “Look, we’ve certainly heard stories about people who fucking hated each other and came up with a wonderful film. But it seems to me that you have to fall in love with the person, because film looks right into your head. It’s wrenching, because you have to fall in love with that person but also accept it for what it is and turn it on and off. That’s a very important part of what is a sometimes schizophrenic job…. I think you can fuck things up, because anticipation and unrequited feelings are very powerful. Ultimately, in acting you’re always pretending you’re angry or a bad guy or that something is down the hall that isn’t actually there. But to look another human being in the eye and pretend you’re in love with them, that’s a very different thing.”

“…You’d be surprised at some of the people who have walked up and told me they’re great fans of Secretary. I’m always intrigued whether that’s a practice in their life or not. To me, Secretary is a very funny, sweet, lovely love story — very touching in a way.”

“‘Secretary’ is a very funny, sweet, lovely love story — very touching in a way”

 
“‘Be of love a little more careful than of everything’ wrote e.e. cummings. Pay attention. Take great care, especially in things that are taken for granted.”

“I like the saying ‘May you live in interesting times,’ because I think things are great when we accept chaos in life. That goes against my being obsessive-compulsive and ritualistic, but I don’t mind adversity. The fight is okay with me. My life is wonderful. It’s a grand time, you know?”  //  8/18/2014, Sep 2014 issue

 
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🔴 RollingStone, Andrew Goldman: James Spader: The Strangest Man on TV (4/21/2014) http://rol.st/XJRtDS Why the gloriously bizarre James Spader is the most intense guy in any room
// 4/21/2014

● “‘It can never, ever, ever get weird enough for me,’ he likes to say. Indeed, his work reflects him, and at first glance, the Spader who strides through the doors of New York’s 8th Street Stumptown cafe might actually be The Blacklist’s criminal mastermind, Raymond ‘Red” Reddington. Spader wears a Reddington-esque forest-green felt fedora that matches his forest-green scarf, which matches the lenses of his sunglasses.”

‘I have very, very strong obsessive-compulsive issues. I’m very particular’

 
● “We drop by his Greenwich Village carriage house, which he shares with his girlfriend of more than a decade, actress Leslie Stefanson. The couple have a five-year-old son, Nathanael, who, in addition to two sons in their twenties from his previous marriage, will be Spader’s final offspring. ‘I believe in a negative population growth,’ he says. ‘The other two were with another mother, so we have three boys that will replace all three of us.'”

● “‘I’m obsessive-compulsive,’ he admits later. ‘I have very, very strong obsessive-compulsive issues. I’m very particular.’ There are rituals common to obsessive-compulsives Spader must do – step-on-a-crack-break-Mother’s-back-type stuff – but it’s even more pervasive than that. ‘I rely on a certain routine,’ he says. ‘It’s very hard for me, you know? It makes you very addictive in behavior, because routine and ritual become entrenched. But in work, it manifests in obsessive attention to detail, and fixation. It serves my work very well: Things don’t slip by. But I’m not very easygoing.'”

An admitted ‘early . . . voracious . . . masturbator,’ [he] acknowledges, cryptically, that he’d always had an experimental sexual side.

 
● “Spader shares the patrician bearing that comes through in many of his roles. It’s not his fault; all he knew growing up were the kinds of prep schools favored by Boston Brahmins. He grew up in faculty housing at the Brooks School, a prep school where his father taught English (his mother was a teacher nearby), and then went to high school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. There, he thrived doing stage plays so much that he decided it was a waste to continue attending, and dropped out when he was 17 to seek his fortune in New York, where, while waiting to be discovered in the theater, he did odd jobs, like shoveling horse manure out of the Upper West Side’s Claremont Stables and sleeping through yoga classes he was ostensibly teaching. ‘The lights were turned down, the heat was turned up,’ he explains.”

● “[He] spent much of the Eighties trailing slime through Brat Pack vehicles, like the scummy coke dealer Rip in Less Than Zero. So convincingly despicable was Spader in his audition for Steff, Pretty in Pink’s rich, sneering high schooler with those linen suits and the dangling cigarette, that the film’s casting director had to overcome a visceral dislike of Spader to even get in the mind frame to hire him.”

You know, I had two older sisters, and everybody seemed to be naked all the time, my parents and my sisters

 
● “The late Eighties and the Nineties ushered in a period of leading-man roles – but kinky-weirdo ones. There was the bedroom-eyes voyeur with a camera in Sex, Lies, and Videotape; the guy who did it to – yes, actually put it in! – Rosanna Arquette’s leg wound in Crash; and the insatiable cunnilingus enthusiast of White Palace who spent much of the movie with his head buried in Susan Sarandon’s lap. It wasn’t an accident, says Spader, an admitted ‘early . . . voracious . . . masturbator’ who acknowledges, cryptically, that he’d always had an experimental sexual side. ‘You know, I had two older sisters, and everybody seemed to be naked all the time, my parents and my sisters,’ he says. ‘Our household was very comfortable with sexuality. There was just a lot of girls around. And guys. I played doctor with both.'”

● “A watershed moment came with 2002’s Secretary, in which Spader played E. Edward Grey, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s sadomasochistic boss, who also, it should be noted, was obsessive-compulsive.”

● “His portrayal of charming sleazeball lawyer Alan Shore on The Practice and its spinoff, Boston Legal, saw him beating out the likes of James Gandolfini for two consecutive Best Actor Emmys”

‘Our household was very comfortable with sexuality. There was just a lot of girls around. And guys. I played doctor with both’

 
● “But it is The Blacklist and its antihero Reddington that allows Spader to incorporate all of his best gifts – the kink, the unfathomable darkness, the suggested violence and the ability to deadpan his way through the campy bons mots in the script. ‘Janice, my sincerest apologies,’ Reddington chirps to a woman he’s just stuffed into her own closet, a moment after shooting her husband’s knee. ‘I’ll take a rain check on the stroganoff. It smells delicious!'”

● “These days, Bokencamp and fellow executive producer John Eisendrath spend a good chunk of their time ministering to Spader, a tradition that will continue for at least another year, since NBC picked up the show for a second season. Bokencamp knew nothing of his star’s obsessive qualities. ‘Oh, God, no,’ he says. ‘But we learned very quickly.’ Spader says they speak to each other seven days a week. No topic is too small. ‘I haven’t talked to him today yet,’ says Bokencamp, ‘but last weekend, on his birthday, we were on the phone for two and a half hours, and on Thanksgiving, when I was in Colorado, I was out pacing on the phone for two hours. This stuff keeps him up at night. He can dig his heels in. The conversations can be frustrating.'”

But it is The Blacklist and its antihero Reddington that allows Spader to incorporate all of his best gifts – the kink, the unfathomable darkness, the suggested violence …

 
● “The shit hit the fan when Spader got a two-part script in which the secret FBI black site where Reddington meets his handlers is invaded by assassins aiming to kill him. ‘I called up the writers, and I said, “You understand the collateral damage of this, correct?'” Spader says grimly. “‘You understand this is a game-changer. You’re burning down this house! This means there’s a terrible security issue for Reddington. How do I go back there? How do I trust anyone moving forward?'”

● “Spader seems genuinely worked up, like a fictional character’s safety is literally a life-and-death issue. He’s collecting a paycheck, so why on Earth would he care so much? ‘Because I have to perform it,’ he says, as if it’s the most obvious thing in the world.”

 
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🔴 The Playboy Interview: James Spader (Sep 2014) http://bit.ly/1sKfatM

“The thing I envy most about women is their ability to have one orgasm after another”

 
imageimageimageimageimageimageclick to enlarge🔴 Playboy interview (2005): James Spader – a candid conversation with Boston Legal’s press-shy star – about pushing sexual boundaries, his bizarre characters and why journalists annoy him. http://bit.ly/1pwfG8u
Notes: Here’s another link, but it’s tricky. http://bit.ly/1MlazoA There are 7 pages & you have to select each page separately. Each is a pdf. … [ So – I took the liberty to post screenshots of the article here. Click to enlarge – contact is LizzieB90@yahoo.com 8/30/2015 ]

“Women are absolutely beautiful, perfect sexual creatures … The smell of women is absolutely intoxicating”

 
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🔴 LATimes: Does he make you a little…uneasy?James Spader loves to play compelling creeps. Now he’s feeling comfortable in your living room. http://lat.ms/1wxRA3k
// 10/3/2004, sculpture garden

“The day before James Spader won an Emmy for his portrayal of Alan Shore, the morally dubious lawyer on ‘The Practice,’ the actor was at the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden at UCLA, admiring the statues — especially the female forms. ‘Look at the beautiful curve of her back, right at the base of her spine,’ he said, noticing a dancer at the top of Robert Graham’s ‘Dance Columns.’ ‘It’s the most perfect curve in nature.’ Then Spader felt a breeze and started ambling in the other direction. ‘I just want to walk into it,’ he explained. ‘Oh, my God, that is nice.’

“Look at the beautiful curve of her back, right at the base of her spine. It’s the most perfect curve in nature”

 

Gaston Lachaise (American (born France) 1882–1935), Standing Woman

Gaston Lachaise (American (born France) 1882–1935), Standing Woman

The sculpture garden, a favorite hideaway of Spader’s, brought out in him a charming mix of formality and earthiness. When Gaston Lachaise’s bronze powerhouse ‘Standing Woman’ caught his eye, the memories rushed out. ‘My sons, when they were growing up, always enjoyed her rather ample’ — here he used a word not proper for this newspaper but that means ‘derriere’ — ‘and her rather ample breasts,’ he said. The boys, Sebastian, now 15, and Ellijah, 12, would come here with their scooters. ‘So you come around,’ Spader explained, ‘and lo and behold, you have that beautiful’ — that word again — ‘over there. You can hardly resist scootering by and giving her a poke. She has nice calves too. She’s ample everywhere. She’s spectacular.’

“‘When we first went to the network about James, they shrieked in horror,’ Kelley said. ‘James Spader is not a network face. … But once we began to focus on him, he was the only choice. What James does so well is there’s a nucleus to this character that is humane and decent. He manages to let that nucleus shine through even when he’s committing egregious, contemptible acts. You don’t know if you like him or not, but you can’t wait to see him next.’

“He’s always looking for the truth of the moment, and he gets fidgety when it’s not there,” said William Shatner

 
“Yet for all the unpredictability that comes across on screen, Spader’s Boston Legal co-stars described him as meticulous, exact and particular on set.

“‘He’s always looking for the truth of the moment, and he gets fidgety when it’s not there,’ said William Shatner, who won a guest-actor Emmy for his portrayal of Crane on The Practice. ‘He becomes as recalcitrant as a donkey until he can find the right way to deliver a line. He never says a word that doesn’t seem to come from the organic character. That’s because James himself is a little weird. But we love him for it.’

“Confronted with the praise of his colleagues, Spader took a deep breath and looked skeptical. ‘Maybe this thing they are describing is just obsessive-compulsive. It just seems to be what the job is, to just try and get the right intention of whatever … you’re saying. Who is to say if whether what you end up tumbling toward is the right place when you’re standing on your feet in the middle of it?'”

“And that, according to Camryn Manheim, who starred on ‘The Practice’ for eight years, can be intimidating. ‘After you saw ‘Secretary,’ wouldn’t you be scared to go on a date with him?’ Manheim said, laughing.

“He’s weird and strange and eccentric, and I mean a lot of that in the very best way”

 
“‘I was scared of him,’ she added. ‘He’s weird and strange and eccentric, and I mean a lot of that in the very best way. He plays all of these sexually charged characters. He looks at you too hard, like he’s got your number. But behind all of that, he’s a very simple man who is very thoughtful and insightful about the world and humanity.’
 
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TorontoSun: Spader prefers the extremes http://bit.ly/1LwTiqU
// 9/20/2002

TORONTO (2002) – James Spader’s handlers have asked that any piece about Mr. Spader not include biographical material about the actor.

Mr. Spader does not want to read a story about how he dropped out of school at 17 to move to New York in the hopes of becoming an actor.

Sure, he’s been acting up a storm in such little-seen — and some rather watchable — reels as The Watcher, Curtain Call, Critical Care and 2 Days in the Valley. But, really, where has he been? After Sex, Lies and Videotape finally peeled him away from the Pretty In Pink teeny-bopper casting calls, Spader was poised on the verge of superstardom.

Critics called him everything from the next Cary Grant to the heir apparent to Jack Nicholson’s throne of creepiness. A few standout roles in movies such as Crash, Wolf and Stargate kept Spader in the Hollywood Rolodex, but now that he’s getting big time attention for his latest role as an uptight, sexually repressed psychiatrist in the Sundance winner Secretary, Spader’s recent absence from the A-list comes into stark focus.

“It’s nice to fall in love on film. I mean it, because as an actor, you’re always seeking out roles that will take you to extremes. I mean, if you’re going to play make-believe, why not play make-believe in extreme situations?” he says.

“The more extreme it is, the more it pulls you out of your pedestrian life. I always think it’s more fun to do something fantastic than something highly realistic.”

Falling in love could be seen as something incredibly ordinary — little more than a reason to buy Hallmark greeting cards on Valentine’s Day, a high-minded spiritual fantasy to justify physiological lust.

I think real love is the rarest thing in the world. I have fallen in love, and I’m lucky for it.

 
But not to Spader.

“I’m a very romantic person and I think we’ve been taught to believe that love is something ordinary — that everyone can find it, but I think real love is the rarest thing in the world. I have fallen in love, and I’m lucky for it,” says Spader, looking somewhat more earnest behind his designer specs.

One imagines Spader is talking about his long-term relationship with his wife, the mother of his two children, Victoria Kheel — but he doesn’t go out of his way to expound on the revelation and after the early warning about personal questions, I don’t ask.

Besides, he’s on a bit of a roll with the love stuff.

“I think in life, people have this confusion about love. We all want to fall in love so badly that we are almost willing to lie to ourselves, to force ourselves into believing that we are in love when we aren’t. It’s too bad, because in so doing, we cheapen it. I don’t think we recognize the depth of the emotion at all. It’s entirely transformative, and we — like you say — think of it as a blurb on a Hallmark card.”

One could argue that all human emotion is within our control. Behavioural therapists insist we can stop ourselves from feeling powerless in the face of addictions — that with enough discipline and training, we can control our response.

When you’re in love, you can’t control it. … When it happens, it happens in spite of you.

 
Spader couldn’t disagree more — when it comes to love, at any rate.

“When you’re in love, you can’t control it. It’s when you can’t take charge of what you feel, when you are completely powerless in the face of the emotion. When it happens, it happens in spite of you.”

All this talk of love has been prompted by Spader’s role in Secretary — the part of a kooky shrink who moves through the steno pool with serial sexaholic aplomb, pulling each one into a creepy S&M game of lust and suppression. When he feels too much for his latest conquest, the good doctor tries to reform himself — with mixed results.

It’s an interesting role, and one that Spader sunk his bicuspids into because the more extreme the role, the more it pushes an actor toward self-knowledge — at least that’s the theory. Spader says he’s finally grown to accept the idea that life is an never-ending series of surprises.

“I’m 42, and I have no idea who I am. At one point, I thought I knew who I was. But it really just stretches into delusion — and you realize it’s all bulls–t and you just have to give yourself a break. Fortunately, I’ve learned not to put a great deal of pressure on myself, so I don’t really think about it anymore,” he says.

“I think I spend an awful lot of time simply trying to make it from the bedroom, to the bathroom, to the dining room in a single day that I don’t really have time to think of the other big questions,” he says, wiping his eyes.

“I still do think of them. I do, and acting is a great way of taking you to another place. It’s a way of being transported to a world that you’re not familiar with. I also love to travel, and that’s one of the things you can do with a job as an actor. I’m also fairly selfish when it comes to doing things that feed my curiosity.”

Anything you can do in bed, I enjoy immensely

 

A great day, as far as Spader is concerned, would consist of seeing friends — and staying in bed. “I’m just a bit obsessive compulsive … and a bit angsty,” he says. “But anything you can do in bed, I enjoy immensely,” he says.

© The Vancouver Sun (British Columbia, Canada), September 20, 2002 Friday Final Edition(Thank you, Susan!)
(Angelfire http://bit.ly/1LwTiqU)

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🔴 James Spader Interview (Nov 1997): Speaking of Sexuality YouTube: http://youtu.be/RBC9riuwYgc Uploaded by mrsnapebrandon (2013).

This rare interview for the Japanese national TV was done in November 1997, when the 10th Tokyo International Fim Festival was being held. Mr. Spader was there to support and promote his movie 2 DAYS IN THE VALLEY. He talks about not only his character in the film but also his family and his sexuality.”
 
~~ Partial Transcript ~~
 
Interviewer: In Japan, you are number one – the most wanted, irresistible man.

James Spader: I am? I’d better not leave the hotel. [ Laughter ]

Interviewer: What is [sic] sexuality means to you?

James Spader: It means everything to me –

‘Sexuality means everything to me… It informs everything in our lives’

 
imageInterviewer: – Everything?

James Spader: Well, yeah, I think so. It informs everything in our lives. I don’t think that’s sort of something you can put down and put away. When you get up in the morning, it decides what you’re going to wear, how you put yourself together, how you’re going to put your hair. It decides how you sit, how you carry yourself. It dictates what you laugh at, what you’re interested in. it dictates what you look at and how you look at someone and how you talk to someone. It dictates how you relate to another person. All of those things that make up our desires and needs, dictates every aspect of our lives – I find.

Our innate sexuality… is always there. It’s always part of our lives. It’s always part of everything we do

 
By the same token, I’m 37 years old. And every day I realize how little I know about the world and myself and everything around me. It seems that when I look around me, that’s what I see. Maybe, – but I’m seeing it through my eyes. But it seems that that is something – our innate desire to be loved. It’s not something that you can just put away into a little box and save it over here and just take it out when we’d like to. Our innate desire to be amused – is something we can’t just put into a little box and put away. And in the same way, our innate sexuality is not something we can put into a box and put away somewhere until we want to use it. It’s always there! It’s always part of our lives. It’s always part of everything we do.
…
imageInterviewer: Why do you play peculiar characters?

James Spader: I think I’m just drawn to the peculiarities of life. I’m interested in that. I’m interested in perversity. I am curious about that. I’m curious about taboos. I’m curious about secrets. And so those are what I tend to look for [ in a role ].

I’m interested in perversity… I’m curious about taboos. I’m curious about secrets.

 
When I take a part in a movie, I do a tremendous amount of preparation, a tremendous amount of thought a tremendous amount of prep discussion. And then I put those things aside.and I don’t concentrate on it. I just concentrate on the screenplay. And I find that, for me, I step into and out of a role fairly easily. I’m not someone who carries it around with me all the time. I step into it, immerse myself in it, and then step out. That’s how I do it. …

I’m able to play good guys and bad guys, and characters. and leads,
…
Interviewer: What is your priority in life?

James Spader: I think to continue to be curious.

 
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🔴 Angelfire: James Spader Interview http://bit.ly/1G5lVK7 [omg] © Playboy magazine, April 1990 by Jerry Lazar

“Spader won’t even meet me for lunch at a restaurant; meals, it seems, are meant for pleasure; and interviews are business.” …

Before going on location in Baton Rouge, he gleefully told friends he was off to play an impotent guy who masturbates watching tapes

 
“Later, I would talk to people who would tell me stories about a completely different Spader-one who talks openly, perhaps even excessively. Among his close-knit group of friends, he is known as an eccentric raconteur, a habitue of strip joints, a collector of off-beat weapons and a fan of loud music.”
“Spader even had doubts about sex, lies and videotape – the low-budget feature written and directed by first-timer Steven Soderbergh – but he loved the idea of playing Graham. Before going on location in Baton Rouge, he gleefully told friends he was off to play an impotent guy who masturbates watching tapes. “‘The thing I was most surprised by was the entertainment factor of the film,’ he says. ‘I knew while we were making it that we were presenting the material in a fairly honest and intelligent fashion. I felt the performances were fine. And I felt that the personality of the film was provocative and curious. But the film’s humor was very hard to gauge while we were doing it. If it didn’t work, I thought the film would be extremely self-indulgent and a huge bore. I think the humor DOES work and that’s why people have responded to it.’ The movie was more than a hit; it won the Golden Palm at Cannes and Spader was named best actor. However, he wasn’t there to receive the award. He had arrived in Cannes, gotten bored and left.” …

“She bends down and looks back at him through her legs and says, ‘Hey, aren’t you the guy in Pretty in Pink?’ ”

 
“Gerald Harrington knows all about James Spader, the sensitive artist. But Harrington knows the other James Spader as well, the young rowdy who regularly led a gang of friends to the Seventh Veil, a Hollywood strip joint frequented by sailors, psychos and stag-party celebrants. ‘Once, this stripper is up on our table, inches away from Jimmy,’ says Harrington, ‘and she’s got her back to him and legs wide apart. She bends down and looks back at him through her legs and says, ‘Hey, aren’t you the guy in Pretty in Pink?’ ”

“Actor Eric Stoltz is also part of Spader’s group of friends. ‘Jimmy used to play the role of older brother to a lot of us,’ he says. ‘One time, he took me and another friend to dinner and decided to teach us the finer points of making love to a woman, using elaborate hand and mouth gestures. Halfway through his symposium, we looked around and realized half the restaurant was watching us – watching Jimmy making moves with his tongue. It was one of those mortifying moments when time just stops.’ Stoltz has worked with Spader as well. During the filming of The New Kids in Florida, he was awe-struck by him. ‘Jimmy was at his wildest. We’d take road trips to the Keys or up the coast, and he’d insist on having weapons in the trunk. He’d drive like a maniac-fast, with the music blaring – and I was always living in fear that we’d be pulled over and some officer would find his crossbow, his lance, his twelve-inch knife, his whip…'”

“‘One time, he took me and another friend to dinner and decided to teach us the finer points of making love to a woman, using elaborate hand and mouth gestures”

 
“‘At the motel,’ Stoltz continues, ‘our rooms were across the courtyard from each other, and he drew a huge target on my window with soap. I woke up in the middle of the night to these pinging sounds. Jimmy had bought a new BB gun and he was making indentations in the glass. It’s a little frightening when one of your best friends does that.'”

“‘One morning, Jimmy was running around with a crossbow, trying to get the arrows to stick to a palm tree in the motel courtyard. He was wearing a fringed leather jacket and underwear, with a cigarette and shades. The leading actress had brought her mother with her, and when the mother walked out of her room to get the morning paper, she saw Jimmy and almost had a heart attack.'” …

“‘One morning, Jimmy was running around with a crossbow … He was wearing a fringed leather jacket and underwear, with a cigarette and shades”

 
“‘Jimmy’s a very peaceful man,’ says Stoltz. ‘He’s the sweetest, nicest man in the world. He’s just a tad eccentric.'” …

“‘One of my biggest hobbies was going to concerts,” says Spader. He also owns hundreds of albums, which he insists are superior in sound quality to CD’s.”

“Harrington scoffs at this. ‘He plays these weird old blues records or reggae albums that were recorded with the most primitive equipment. No matter what you play them on, they sound terrible. They sound like they were recorded underwater through a megaphone.'”

“‘He’s completely anal about his tape selection in the car,’ says Harrington. ‘He has an aluminum briefcase and he’ll put a hundred and ten cassettes – ‘OK, we’re going to drive north, so these are good tapes for the North. ‘He plans the music like some people plan the menu for an estate dinner. And he won’t let me get one song in. He plays things that he knows I won’t like so he can try to convince me how good they are.'”

“When Spader was sent the script for sex, lies and videotape, he was on one of those infamous road trips. ‘Our negotiations took place from pay phones at gas stations,’ he says. The US map on Graham’s wall is marked with Spader’s favorite routes.

“A night out usually involves ‘great, huge, decadent dinners at the Ivy or Dan Tana’s,’ according to actress Jennifer Jason Leigh. ‘They last five hours and you leave feeling sick. Jimmy’s great at hanging out – not always having to be on the move. He can sit five hours and just talk, and I admire that.'” …

“Spader’s parents are retired teachers. His two older sisters became teachers. He grew up on a prep school campus. Unsurprisingly, Spader found classrooms boring and when he went to Phillip’s Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, he left his mark not as a student but as an actor.”

“Jimmy left Andover and moved to New York … We asked one of the theater teachers, ‘Will he make it?’ And the teacher closed his eyes, shook his head and said, ‘No, not a chance'”

 
“Charles Schueler, now a Cablevision executive in Boston, remembers Spader’s ‘devastating’ abilities as a mimic: ‘Andover was crawling with children of prestigious and status-conscious people, but Jimmy would hang around with the janitor in the gymnasium or the middle-aged, wise-cracking switchboard operator. To this day, he can re-create these personna – not in a cruel or malicious way but in a way that is just hilarious in its accuracy.'” …

“‘Jimmy left Andover and moved to New York,’ remembers Timothy Regan, who now studies film production at Boston University, ‘we asked one of the theater teachers, ‘Will he make it? ‘And the teacher closed his eyes, shook his head and said, ‘No, not a chance,’ ‘Who was that teacher, I ask Spader, and where is he now?'”

“‘Exactly,’ Spader replies.”
 
 
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