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🔴 Episode 2:1 ♤ Lord Baltimore (script
🔴 Episode 2:2 ♤ Monarch Douglas Bank (script
🔴 Episode 2:3 ♤ Dr James Covington (script
🔴 Episode 2:4 ♤ Dr Linus Creel (script
🔴 Episode 2:5 ♤ The Front (script
🔴 Episode 2:6 ♤ The Mombasa Cartel (script
🔴 Episode 2:7 ♤ The Scimitar (script
🔴 Episode 2:8 ♤ The Decembrist (script
🔴 Episode 2:9 ♤ Luther Braxton (script
🔴 Episode 2:10 ♤ Luther Braxton – Conclusion (script
🔴 Episode 2:11 ♤ Ruslan Denisov (script
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🔴 Episode 2:1 Lord Baltimore

[ Blurb: ] Red starts out in Cameroon to get the name of the bounty hunter Berlin has hired to find him: Lord Baltimore, a notorious cyber-sleuth.

Red: What am I looking at?
Liz: Targets. Turns out Berlin didn’t contract Lord Baltimore to find you. He’s looking for a woman.
Red: What woman?
Liz: We’re not sure. We only know her profile. Aram was able to narrow the search, but that still leaves us with over 200 potential targets [Shows him list]
Red: Naomi Hyland.
Liz: Who? W-who is Naomi Hyland?
Red: You need to get a unit to her right now.
Liz: She’s in protective custody. Wait. I don’t ounderstand. Uh, how do you know?
Red: Listen, Lizzy. Berlin is coming for this woman. You have to move now.
Liz: Why? Who the hell is Naomi Hyland?
Red: She was my wife.


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🔴 Episode 2:2 Monarch Douglas Bank

[ Blurb: ] Monarch Douglas Bank, the preferred bank of the criminal elite, has been robbed – but no money was taken. Red’s ex-wife, Naomi Hyland, has been captured by Berlin who promises to send her back “piece by piece.”

Red: Apolonia.
Apolonia: Oh! [Smooches] Oh.
Red: My darling.
Apolonia: Ohh! [Chuckles] And Dembe. How is my sweet, gentle boy? [Laughing] Oh.


Praises for Apolonia's Paczkis.

Praises for Apolonia’s Paczkis.

Red: I’ve been dreaming of Paczki. I tried to curb my cravings in this little shop in the West Village in New York, but they fill them with prune jelly. Can you imagine?
Apolonia: Idiota.
Red: [Laughs] Ahhhhh. Mmm! Tastes just like Patty Sutton.


'Revenge... That's my passion.'

‘Revenge… That’s my passion.’

Berlin: Well, well. This has been a long time coming.
Red: I hope it’s been worth it. What a terrible waste. Time, blood, money. And in the end, for what? Revenge.
Berlin: That’s my passion.
Red: Revenge isn’t a passion – it’s a disease that eats at your mind and poisons your soul…. Make sure your passion isn’t your sickness.
Berlin: Your wife is coming apart nicely.
Red: We have a common enemy.


"Make sure your passion isn't you sickness."

“Make sure your passion isn’t you sickness.”

Berlin: Who?
Red: Whoever told you that I killed your daughter. You are finished with my wife.
Berlin: Think so?
Red: Yes, you are. I have something I suspect you value far more than revenge. Your money….

Liz: We froze the escrow accounts where you parked Berlin’s cash.
Red: My wife will die.
Liz: I’m sorry.
Red: No, you’re not. Not yet. Maybe someday, if you’re very lucky, you might wonder, “at exactly what point did I become this thing?” But not now. Right now, you’re just doing your job. Don’t go through with it.
Liz: We can find another way.
Red: The deal is moving forward.
Liz: You can’t hold up your end. He’ll kill you.
Red: Wish me luck.

Red: It’s funny. When I was standing there wondering if you had decided to let me die, a thought struck me. How did you know that Berlin had his money in that bank?… And then I realized, “No. Somebody has a secret Santa. A source.” Bravo, Lizzy. When you’re ready to share, I’d love to hear.
Liz: How do we know Kaja gave up all the accounts at Monarch?
Red: What would possibly motivate her to do otherwise?
Liz: A new identity when this is all over. A sizeable contribution to her pension in exchange for protecting you and your friends.
Red: Lizzy, don’t be absurd. I don’t have any friends.


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🔴 Episode 2:3 Dr James Covington

[ Blurb: ] Illegal organ transplantation is keeping children – and criminals – alive. Red faces disloyalty in his ranks. Samar Navabi joins the Task Force. Liz has a dream. Red and Naomi Hyland reconnect after 20 years.

[Crickets chirping] [Gasping]
Tom: Looking for this? [ Tom has Liz’s gun ]
Liz: I’ll scream.
Tom: Don’t. Listen to me. Reddington knows where I am. He found me, and he is coming here, but you need to know that you can’t trust him. He is using you. And when Berlin is dead, he will kill you.
Liz: If you’re trying to help me, why don’t you put the gun down?
[ Tom carefully puts down gun ]
Tom: Has he told you? Has he told you anything about that night, about the fire? You need to ask him, Liz, for the truth about why he turned himself in to the FBI. No. It’s not what you think.
Red: [ Throws door open, points gun at Tom ] You should have killed him when you had the chance.
Tom: Go ahead and ask him, Liz.
Red: You should have finished it.
Tom: Make him answer. You deserve to know the truth. Your father, Naomi Hyland. Red doesn’t want you to know that that night, the night of the fire…
[ Red shoots Tom ]

Red: What do you want, Agent Keen? What do you really want?♤
[ Birds chirping ]
[ Liz wakes up ]

Red: Niko, you’re all in a sweat. What’s so important that it couldn’t wait?
Niko Demakis: We’ve been partners a long time, and we’ve had more than our share of success, so I wanted to pay you the courtesy of looking you in the eye when I tell you you’re out.
Red: I see. And you’re speaking for…?
Niko: Everybody. We’re united. You’ve become a liability.
Red: Don’t forget who you’re talking to.
Niko: How could I? Especially since it’s our last conversation. Raymond Reddington, Mr. Vargas. [Gun cocks] I may have misled you. Someone did take Berlin up on his offer, but it wasn’t Laskin and Russo. It was me.
Red: Well played, Niko. I didn’t think you had it in you.
Niko: Kill him.
[Red approaches Vargas]: I find chrome to be a bit ostentatious. [Red takes gun] ⋘⋙  I’m sorry, Mr. Demakis. The truth is I’m the one who misled you…. A priceless lesson about life. Value loyalty above all else. ♤

Red: …The new deputy minister sees things our way. Lucky, I guess.
Niko: I don’t believe luck had anything to do with it.
Red: You’re right. Luck rarely has anything to do with it. [shoots him]


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🔴 Episode 2:4 Dr Linus Creel

[ Blurb: ] Red calls Liz’s attention to a spate of unusual killings and suggests the government may still be doing mind control experiments. Liz may have a rare genetic marker. Red offers to protect Naomi and her husband Frank from Berlin.

Red: Why don’t you and I go for a walk?  ⋘⋙  This may be hard to understand, Frank, but after all these years, your wife has become more like an estranged sister to me. We can’t really bear each other’s company. But I’ve become somewhat concerned about her general well-being and sense of security.
Frank: [Vehicle approaches] [Scoffs] Are you threatening me?
Red: She loves you. [Brakes squeal] You’ve made her happy. Given her a life, stability [Vehicle door opens] The one thing I could never provide. Come closer, Frank. Frank. Come here. Come on.
Frank: That’s Monica’s dog. What the hell have you done?
Red: You’re finished with Monica.
Frank: Where is she?
Red: We had a few words, and, thanks to my friend’s rather judicious rescue, we also have a dog.
Frank: Monica, what did you do to —
Red: She’s fine. But from this point forward there is only Naomi. She believes you to be an honest man, Frank – faithful, and that is what you will become. You’re going to accept my protection and leave Philadelphia.
Frank: No. I’m gonna call the cops, turn you in. You’re not gonna get away with this.
[Red holds broken stick to Frank’s neck][Frank groans] [Breathing heavily]
Red: You make her happy. That is the only reason you’re still here. Go get it, boy. [Chuckles] City dog.


Red threatens Frank and says goodbye to Naomi.

Red threatens Frank and says goodbye to Naomi.

Liz: Wh-why doesn’t he want me to see you?
Naomi: You tell me.
Liz: I think it might be because you know something about how the two of us might be connected.
Naomi: He wants something from you. It’s a game. It’s a manipulation. He’s made you feel a connection that makes you feel like you matter somehow. And there’s no one on earth who can make a woman feel like the center of his universe more than Raymond Reddington. I’ll tell you this, though. He’s not who you think he is.
Liz: What does he want from me? ––
Red [Enters]: Well. Look at the two of you. I should have brought a bottle of Chardonnay. I have your papers. Dembe’s outside. He’ll need your signature on some of the documents. Frank is gonna pack the car. ⋘⋙ Agent Keen. [Chuckles lightly] I hope you had an illuminating conversation.

Naomi: I don’t know where Jennifer is. She knew you – would come for her one day, and she left. I don’t know where she is….
Red: If you need anything… ever …
Naomi: When are you gonna tell her [Liz]?


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🔴 Episode 2:5 The Front

[ Blurb: ] Virology, art history, religion and environmentalism converge as a radical cult revives an ancient plague to rescue the earth from humanity. Red repairs an old film projector and tracks a young woman with the “help” of the DMV.


"I am NOT jealous."

“I am NOT jealous.”

Liz: Your wife made it perfectly clear your daughter has no interest in seeing you.
Red: Oh, dear.
Liz: The FBI is not in the business of handling your personal affairs.
Red: [Laughs] The FBI is in the business of my business. Why else would I be in business with the FBI?
Liz: If she is in danger, we will protect her, either from Berlin or you.
Red: Who told you she’s my daughter?
Liz: You have no right to have anything to do with that girl, not since the night you abandoned her.
Red: I’m touched.
Liz: You just upended your ex-wife’s entire life. I’m not gonna let you do the same thing to her.
Red: As a rule, I consider jealousy to be a base emotion. But in this case, it’s quite endearing.
Liz: [Sighs] Oh, God. I am NOT jealous.
Red: I assure you, Lizzy, my quest to find this young woman will in no way compromise our relationship.
Liz: “Our relationship”?


Tryout for salt-sucking monster on Star Trek.

Tryouts for salt-sucking monster on Star Trek.

DMV Guy: I found your girl…. The picture you gave me, the one of the girl – I had it aged up in the system and marked as an FBI inquiry five weeks ago.
Red: The vending machine is still not working.
DMV Guy: Then Dolly goes in for hair plugs. She’s the only one in the Southwest Service Center with access, so I’m frozen out.
Red: The woman grading the written tests needs to shower.
DMV Guy: But this morning, Dolly comes back, and guess what. Old Dolly got a hit A 97% match on your girl.
Red: [Reads file] Zoe Dantonio.
DMV Guy: As I said, these things take time. What the hell is that?
Red: It’s a new vending machine. Yours is broken. Consider it a bonus.

Samar: You know everyone talks about it, right? They don’t want to bring it up with you. Why you? Who is he to you?
Liz: [Inhales sharply] Reddington is – the bane of my existence. And yet, here he is, trying to reconnect with his daughter? Trying to find her? And I find myself feeling possessive…
Samar: Mm.
Liz: …possessive of him, jealous of the girl he’s trying to protect. And if that’s not embarrassing enough, that’s exactly how he predicted I’d feel.
Samar: You think they’ve delivered that baby yet? [Sighs]
Liz: Carrie Ann Beck’s? That’s probably why she backed out, right? – because of that baby.
Samar: Mm-hmm.
Liz: And when they find a cure, when we walk out of here, it’ll all be because of that baby.

Red [to Beck & Pepper]: …Yevgeny…wasted away like Christ on the cross, dying for a cause. Your cause. And I remember thinking that the only men I’ve known that have people who are willing to die for their cause are either saints or megalomaniacs. And you. Are no Saint. Which is why I’m not surprised to find you and Pepper waiting out Armageddon here in Eden.You and I both know you’re not gonna die for your cause.

[ Liz is in hospital, asleep. Red puts earphones in her ears, plays this song. He holds her hand. ]

 ♫ “The Baby – You Were Born” ♫

You were born into a strange world.
Like a candle, you were meant to share the fire.
I don’t know where we come from, and I don’t know where we go.
But my arms were made to hold you, so I will never let you go.
Cuz you were born to change this life.
You were born to chase the light.
You were born…


Love your mother, yeah she’s a good one.
She’ll build you armor; keep you warm as a hen.
The stars may fall and the rains may pour,
But I will love you evermore.
You were born to make this right.
You were born to chase the light.
You were born…

[ Scene changes to Red watching home movies of little girl playing with super-bubbles. His face changes from joy to pensive to horror ]

Oh my precious, oh my love, when they come to take me,
I will hold you from above.
I don’t know why we’re here, and I don’t know how,
But I’m here with you now, I am here with you now.
Cuz you were born to change this life.
Cuz you were born to make this right.
Cuz you were born to chase the light.

[ ♫ music by Cloud Cult: ♤ ]


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🔴 Episode 2:6 The Mombasa Cartel

[ Blurb: ] A ghoulish family in rural Alaska turns animal trafficking on its head in this Halloween edition of The Blacklist. Red finally connects with the young woman he has been seeking. Dembe’s backstory is revealed.

Red: Let’s forget about the animals for a moment, the wholesale extinctions, the impact on the environment – Let’s just consider the human toll. The thorough corruption of local authorities, political assassinations, the massacres of entire villages and wildlife compounds. Eradicated for the most base of all possible motives: Profit. Hundreds of billions of dollars a year in blood money – human blood money.
Liz: This is important to you.
Red: Someday the creatures on that program will be akin to unicorns and griffins – A fairy-tale bestiary written in past tense, and no one is lifting a finger to stop it. Why not, Lizzy? Why not us?

Geoff: Why would I kill my own people?
Red: You’re a businessman. As long as you were killing off the competition, you took the opportunity to clear out deadwood in your own operation. The evidence of your guilt is convoluted but irrefutable. I simply cannot fathom the journey, the moral detours necessary to change a man who cherished all creatures great and small into one who profits from their slaughter.
Geoff: My motives have never been about profits. I have more money than I’ll ever need. And there’s been no journey, no detours. I’m the same guy I’ve always been – I’m a conservationist. And as you pointed out, I’m a businessman. I understand the law of supply and demand. As long as the market exists – and it will always exist – there will be people willing to meet the demand. It can’t be stopped. It can be controlled.
Red: A natural monopoly.


Young Dembe.

Young Dembe.

Geoff: Exactly. These cartels are completely out of control. But through a natural monopoly, the supply curve can be managed. The short-term demand can be met without threatening the long-term survival of the species.
Red: Geoff that was breathtaking an operatic perversion of righteous intent. But your strategy, no matter how noble the rhetoric, is betrayed and, inevitably, defined by your actions. This isn’t about conservation. It’s about consolidation. We are what we do, Ace. ♤
Geoff: What do you want?
Red: A list identifying every member and operative in the Mombasa Cartel, their business entities, and distribution networks.
Geoff: Or?
Red: Or I shoot you here, now.

Red: You know, 29 years ago in Sierra Leone, there was a farmer named Samwel Zuma who had the audacity to identify several low-level Mombasa operatives to local authorities. The cartel massacred the entire family. All but the youngest son. He was sold to a local ring of flesh peddlers.

The majority of children in those circumstances don’t last more than nine months. He survived eight years. He was 14 when I found him. Too old, too tall, too angry and dangerous to be of any further value. He was left to die, chained to a standpipe in the basement of a squalid brothel in Nairobi. Branded, burned, barely alive.

So I took him. Made him well, saw to his education. He graduated university with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. He speaks four languages fluently and can get by in a half a dozen more. He is splendid.


His name is Dembe – Dembe Zuma.

Dembe: Raymond, don’t. That was then. It serves no purpose to kill him now.
Red: You see that, Geoff? That is what a good man does. That is what separates men like him from men like you and me. ♤
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🔴 Episode 2:7 The Scimitar

[ Blurb: ] Samar Navabi killed one of Iran’s nuclear scientists and the Iranians are now out to kill one from the U.S. Liz is interrogating Tom on a rusty ship, and Berlin is about to receive a delivery which may alter his war with Red.

Zoë [Exhales sharply]: I never eat anchovies unless I don’t know I’m eating them. [Both chuckle] But I have to say, this is pretty delicious.
Red: Anchovies get a bad rap. Try the wine.
Zoë: It would be better with beer.
Red: [Laughs] It might very well be better with beer.
Zoë: Mm. Do you have kids, Kenneth?
Red: I do, a daughter.
Zoë: The two of you close?
Red: It’s complicated.
Zoë: She doesn’t like anchovies?
Red: [Chuckles] You know, I don’t know about that. I wish it were that simple.
Zoë: My father – he and I – My father did things I hated him for. Things that were unforgivable. [Sniffles]
Red: Have you told him?
Zoë: I haven’t seen my father in a long long time. [Zoe breathes deeply, realizes something is wrong, searches Red’s eyes] What have you done?
Red: It’s okay. [She groans softly] It’s okay.
[Zoë breathes deeply, whimpers]
Red: I’m not gonna hurt you.
[Zoë gasping, whimpers]
[Dembe pulls up. They lift her in. Car door closes.]


"It's okay. I'm not gonna hurt you."

“It’s okay. I’m not gonna hurt you.”

Red: All this running around. Really? I’m so relieved when the people I’m chasing come to me.
[Door closes]
Agent Navabi, you got my message. We were just admiring the view…. Mr. Hassan provided for our friend before, and most criminals return to the same trough time and time again. Indolence, I suppose. Personally, I make it a habit to avoid habits.
Samar: I can call it in.
Red: Yes, I suppose you can. The question is, do you want to? I offer him to you as a gift.
Samar: What am I supposed to do with him?
Red: Whatever you like. Nobody else knows he’s here.
Samar: Dembe, Agent Keen just called. Her source provided Berlin’s location.
Red: Forgive me. I have an appointment that can’t be rescheduled. – Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.

Red: I know you were expecting Volkov, but as luck would have it, he sold you out to Agent Keen. It’s surprising she came to me instead of the Bureau with the hope that I would kill you. I have other plans. First, understand I didn’t have to come here alone. In fact, I didn’t have to come here at all. I could’ve sent seven men and put an end to this war.
Berlin: Why didn’t you?
Red: Because this entire affair, every ounce of pain and suffering that all of us have endured has been the result of a tragic and, frankly, mysterious misunderstanding – one I intend to correct. There’s not much left I truly cherish in this world, but I swear on those few things I still hold dear, I did not kill your daughter.


Berlin's daughter Zoë, Red, Berlin

Berlin’s daughter Zoë, Red, Berlin

Berlin: Words, words. The greater the words, the larger the lie. My daughter is dead. But yours – my men tell me you’ve been spending a lot of time together. Maybe, when I’ve done to your daughter what you did to mine, we can finally be even.
Red: I’m sorry. Is this the daughter you’re referring to? Because she’s not my daughter. She’s yours. ♤


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🔴 Episode 2:8 The Decembrist

[ Blurb: ] Red and Berlin head to Moscow looking for The Decembrist, who falsely blamed Red for murdering Berlin’s daughter. Alan Fitch tells Red he will be in trouble with The Alliance if he does not possess The Fulcrum. Red confronts Liz about Tom.


Red confronts Fitch about Berlin.

Red confronts Fitch about Berlin.

Fitch: Ray, will you listen?
Red: We had an agreement.
Fitch: Yes.
Red: I don’t go after you, you don’t come after me.
Fitch: I know the terms, Ray. But Berlin predates it.
Red: You ordered the bombing in Kursk. Then you pinned it on me. You blamed me for killing his daughter…. You sat here in this very room and pretended you had no idea who Berlin was or why he was coming for me. He was coming, Alan, because you sent him.
Fitch: I sent a lot of guys. You and I were not on the best of terms at the time. And since you’re playing the innocent victim in all this, let me remind you. You stole some very damaging information about us when you disappeared.
Red: You violated our agreement.
Fitch: No. I honored it. I got the others to hold off, but Milos Kirchhoff, – Berlin, – whatever the hell name he’s using. He chewed through the leash. I couldn’t stop him.
Red: Well, now your dog is tracking a new scent. Yours. And there’s nothing I can do about that, Alan. I have my people looking for him, but Berlin has gone into the wind. And he’s coming for you.
Fitch: You have no allies in my group. Without me to protect you, they’ll take you down and they’ll let the chips fall where they may. So this is as much your problem as it is mine.

Red: Elizabeth, we need to talk. Now.♤
Red: Tom.
Liz: What?
Red: You told me Tom is dead. He’s not.
Liz: Who told you he’s alive?
Red: I’m disappointed you haven’t felt that you could trust me enough to tell me this.
Liz: [Sighs] Look, okay, I lied. But I only kept it a secret because I know you want him dead.
Red: No, you kept it a secret because you didn’t want to admit to yourself that you still love him, that even after everything he has done, after how horribly he treated you, you still can’t let him go. So you’re playing house. ♤

[ Fitch is in the “box” with explosives locked around his neck. ]
Red [approaches box]: What a long, strange trip it’s been, Alan. ♤
Fitch: Listen to me, Ray. I don’t know how much time we have, so you need to pay attention.
I’ve been able to hold everyone off, convince them that it’s in their best interests to let you live. But people aren’t as scared as they once were. Some aren’t so sure you even have it.MDo you have it, Ray? Do you have the Fulcrum? They’re gonna demand proof.
Red [pained]: I can’t stop this thing, Alan. I tried. I can’t.
Fitch: My death will trigger a series of events. The moderates are already outnumbered. The closer we get to 2017, the more radicalized they’ll become. Talk to Mitchum and Hobbs. They might be persuaded. Jasper sides with the Chinese.
Red: All right.
Fitch: Listen to me, Ray. This is critical. I have a safe. Get to it. The combination 8-30-44. Remember that. Say it back.
Red: 8-30-44
Fitch: Margaret’s birthday.
Red: You’ve had a wonderful life together, Alan… The safe…
Fitch: The safe. It’s in St. Petersburg in the wall on the second floor of – 💥 [Explosion]💥


The Executioner.

The Executioner.

Red: Untie him.
[Red opens a bottle of vodka, pours two shots]
Berlin: Ah. Thank you.
Red: Na zdorov’e.
Berlin: Na zdorov’e… I remember the parades from when I was a young boy, standing by myself father, seeing those trucks that went by with the rockets and cannons. Beautiful. [Chuckles] [Sighs] And all those men marching as one, saluting at me as one. [Chuckles] Our soldiers, our nation. Yuri Gargarin was the first man in space.
[Both chuckle]
Berlin: We were so proud.
[Red pours him the final draft of vodka. After he drinks it, they look at each other. Red draws his pistol and shoots Berlin four times.]

Red [on ship where Liz had kept Tom]: Your gentleman friend with the earring said he moved the body. Mr. Kaplan is with him now. We’re trying to contain the situation. You should have come to me.
Liz: I didn’t need to.
Red: Look around you, Lizzy! ♤
Liz: We found Fitch because of Tom.
Red: It wasn’t worth it. Not if the cost was you, here in this – filth.
Liz: [Sighs] I couldn’t do it. I told you I could kill Tom, but after you left, I just –

[ ♫  Look up to the sky and leave this world behind you ]

After all the lies and everything he did to me, I told myself I! was using him! — that I was finally in control. [Sniffles]
Red: [Sighs] When you love someone, you have no control. That’s what love is. Being powerless. ♤
Liz: I don’t know what’s wrong with me.
Red: There’s nothing wrong with you. ♤
[Kisses her forehead, cheek]
Red: There’s nothing wrong with you.
[Sighs. Hug.]

[ ♫ But can you move and shake?
Are you a dead man or a fake?
Are you a dead man or a fake?
Are you a dead man or a fake? ♫ ]

Tom [sits down across from Red]: Do you have it?
[Red glowers at him, slaps envelope down in front of him; Tom checks contents, seems satisfied, gets up to leave.]

[ ♫ ] See this world around you there will be no hesitation ohh
[ ♫ ] there will be no hesitation but can you move and shake?

Red: You are never to see her again.

[ ♫ ] Are you a dead man or a fake?

Tom: Yeah. I got it.
Red [grabs Tom’s wrist; angrily:] I don’t think you do. Look at me:


"You are never to see her again."

“You are never to see her again.”

Tom: [casually]: You know, for what it’s worth, I spent four months on that ship chained up. And I never told her about us. Not one word.

[ ♫ Music: “Are you a dead man or a fake?” Great Sky by Other Lives ♫ ]


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🔴 Episode 2:9 Luther Braxton

[ Blurb: ] Red allows himself to be captured so he will be “disappeared” to a secret U.S. prison in the Bering Sea where a thief named Luther Braxton is planning to break into secret government computers containing information on the Fulcrum. First part of two.


Red sneaks up on Liz (2:9 Luther Braxton)

Red sneaks up on Liz (2:9 Luther Braxton)

Liz: [ Gasps, as Red catches her from behind ]
Red: What the hell are you doing here?
Liz: I came to help get you out.
Red: You came out of curiosity.
Liz: Or maybe I actually care about what happens to you.
Red: Your government is being robbed.
Liz: From here? How? What’s he after?
Red: The Fulcrum.
Liz: I don’t know what that is. What is that?
Red: It’s a blackmail file – proof of the existence of an extraordinarily powerful clandestine organization. If their activities were made public, some of the most powerful and influential men would go to prison or be executed.
Liz: And it’s here, this Fulcrum?
Red: No, the Fulcrum isn’t here, but I believe information critical to finding it is, and that’s what Braxton wants. I’m here to stop it.

Liz: So, when are you gonna tell me the truth?
Red: What truth?
Liz: About why you came here – the blackmail file, the Fulcrum.
Red: I can’t allow Braxton to get it.
Liz: Why? What difference does it make to you if he gets it and exposes this–
Red: Cabal? The Group believes I have it. It’s one of the reasons I’m still alive.
Liz: So, if Braxton gets it, they’ll know you don’t have it, and they’ll kill you – is that it? … So that’s what this is about – this whole thing? Protecting yourself?
Red: It may be hard for you to imagine, but I once had a relatively normal life – bills to pay, playdates, family, some friends, people to care about. Lost all that.
Liz: Lost how?


Red & Liz – Blind fish story (2:9 Luther Braxton)

Red & Liz – Blind fish story (2:9 Luther Braxton)

Red: In Mexico, there are these fish that have colonized the freshwater caves along Sierra del Abra. They were lost. They found themselves living in complete darkness. But they didn’t die. Instead, they thrived. They adapted. They lost their pigmentation, their sight, eventually even their eyes. With survival, they became hideous.♤ I’ve rarely thought about what I once was. But I wonder if a ray of light were to make it into the cave, would I be able to see it? Or feel it? Would I gravitate to its warmth? And if I did, would I become less hideous?♤ I didn’t want you to come here, follow me here.♤ Because the truth is if I don’t stop Braxton, what he’ll discover is that he can’t get the Fulcrum without you.
Liz: What does that mean, “Without me”? [💥 Explosion 💥 ]


Ron Perlman as Luther Braxton (2:9-10)

Ron Perlman as Luther Braxton (2:9-10)

Red: All this, Luther, and you don’t even know what the hell you’re looking for.
Braxton: I know what it’s worth.
Red: It’s not what you think. It’s not a golden ticket. It’s a target on your back.
Braxton: I know all the stories, Red. I know where it was and I know when it disappeared. I know about the house, the fire, the girl. [looks at Red, Liz, then Red again] No wonder you came for her. She was there that night, wasn’t she? She’s the one?
Red [to Liz]: Shoot him. Shoot him!
[ Air rushing and whistling – 💥 Explosion 💥 ]


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🔴 Episode 2:10 Luther Braxton – Conclusion

[ Blurb: ] Convinced she can lead him to the Fulcrum, Luther Braxton has captured Liz and is going to use a doctor to retrieve her memories. Red is hot on his trail. He too wants to know what she remembers about a fire when she was 4 years old. Second part of two.

Braxton: The princess here has something in her head that I want. It’s a memory. Now, you helped make all my memories go away. You made Khafji disappear. Boom! [ Gasps ] Just like a magic trick. I’m thinking, if you were able to bury one of my memories, then you can retrieve some of hers.

Dr Orchard [to Liz]: It’s called recovered memory therapy. I’m going to use a combination of hypnotherapy and pharmaceuticals to put you into a lucid, waking dream state. My field is in blocking trauma. Extracting it, there are probable risks.


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]

Liz: You don’t have to do this.
Dr Orchard: I’m going to give you a sedative. The mind turns things off for a reason. I found that what the mind fights, the body tries to fight, too. I need you relaxed. This is for your own safety. He told me I need to take you back to a fire 26 years ago.
[ Whimpering ] [ Sobbing ]
Liz [ Sobbing ]: I don’t want to go back.
Dr: I’m sorry.


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Red: Luther, I never thought I’d enjoy having anything in my mouth as much as Petty Officer Virginia Sherman, but this [Laughing] My God! It tastes so good! I hesitate to swallow, and I certainly don’t want to spit it out. Oh, what the hell. I told you so.


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[ Haunting Russian lullaby plays ]
Liz: to Young Liz: Listen to me. You have to say something. There’s a fire. I know you saw something out there and you don’t want to go out there [Voice breaking] but you can’t stay here. You have to scream. Do you hear me? As loud as you can, you have to scream! You have to– [Screams] [ Both scream ] [ Wails ] [ Lullaby continues ]


Lizzie's memory recall session spins out of control. [2:10 Luther Braxton-2]

Lizzie’s memory recall session spins out of control. [2:10 Luther Braxton-2]

Liz [to Red]: You were there. You were there, weren’t you?
Red: Yes.
Liz: There were people with the woman, looking for it. The Fulcrum. You were one of them.
Red: It’s not that simple.
Liz: But that’s why you were there. That’s why you came into my life then. And that’s why you’re here now. Not because of me or who I am to you, whatever connection we might have, but because of some object. Some thing.♤

Red: Whatever you remember –
Liz: What I remember is leaving my father dying on the floor of a burning house. [ Sniffles ] There’s no way he could have survived that.
Red: Lizzy, the memories of a four-year-old are unreliable.
Liz: My father was killed because of the Fulcrum, because you and your people came for it that night. Well, I want you to know something. This charade of you pretending to care about me was a waste of your time because I don’t know where it is.♤

"Call my bluff. Please. Call my bluff."

“Call my bluff. Please. Call my bluff.”


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Red: I don’t think you have any real comprehension of the depth and breadth of your vulnerability. But only the one who possesses the Fulcrum could possibly fathom that.
Director: I think you’re bluffing. I don’t think you have it. I don’t think you ever did.
Red: Try me. Call my bluff. Please. Call my bluff. [ Chuckling ] Oh, my God. I don’t know what the hell you’re gonna do with him. Honestly, he’s like a damn side of beef.


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[ Liz takes her stuffed bunny and begins ripping at it, instinctively. She finds a small box (the Fulcrum?), opens it. To me it looks like a computer chip, but could be a micro-recording device, or even microfiche. (The box looks like a tiny version of the Sorrento music box that Red built.) A look of childlike happiness takes over Liz’s face… ]


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🔴 Episode 2:11 Ruslan Denisov

[ Blurb: ] Red, Liz and Ressler travel to Uzbekistan, where the CIA has spies masquerading as clergy and is covering up the crimes of a U.S.-based oil company. The man Liz hired to guard Tom is questioned by a detective.

[ Uzbekistan ]

Ressler: What’s going on with you and Reddington? You two have a little lovers’ quarrel?♤
Liz: I don’t trust him.


Don Ressler and Red.

Don Ressler and Red.

Red: Well, you certainly make friends fast. [ Ice cube clinks ] Truth is, I’m impressed. Not with you – with Ruslan. He never really struck me as a man of the people.
Ressler: The guy’s a psychopath. He’s in over his head. He doesn’t know anything about pipelines.
Red: Agent Keen is late.
Ressler: She’s having room service. What, are you in the doghouse?
Red: Oh, that’s a shame. She’s gonna miss the most tantalizingly delicious khorem baklava.


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Ruslan Denisov – hot!

Ruslan Denisov – hot!

Red [to Denisov]: I will see to it that every one of your interests and expectations are met or exceeded.
Liz: What the hell are you doing?
Red: I’m sorry. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. Did I screw up already?
Liz: You’re not really gonna negotiate for Denisov, are you? You’re the one who insisted that our interaction be strictly professional. You gave us this case to help us get the agent back, not represent the other side.
Red: Agent Keen, in this world, there are no sides, only players.♤


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Denisov: What you’re smelling is benzene, a common pollutant in oil production. It’s in the air we breathe and the food we eat. This way. We boil all our water for drinking and add andrographis to counteract the toxins.
Liz: Does that work?
Denisov: No. Carcinogens are ingested and cause melanomas, damage internal organs– lung, liver, and kidney failure.
Red: Somewhere, 6,000 miles away, a group of bean counters in a boardroom did a cost-benefit analysis and concluded that these people aren’t worth the cost of responsibly maintaining their pipeline.♤


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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]

Red: You haven’t touched your baklava.
Liz: You told him, and he’s not interested?
Red: Just one bite.
Liz: I didn’t come here for the baklava. I came here to talk about the negotiation.
[ Tango music plays ] [ Applause ]
Red: Ah. A Russian milonga. Watch closely, Lizzy. Everything you need to know about negotiation is there in the tango milonga.♤
[ Tango music continues ]
Red: At the outset, they are opponents. Each has something the other wants. They size one another up, assessing risk, setting boundaries, challenging each other to breach them. A sensuous battle – violence and sex balanced on the blade of a knife. Nothing given that is not earned – nothing taken that is not given. This is the pure essence of negotiation. Not a poker
game, but a milonga. A tango. A seduction.♤


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Red: Make no mistake, Mr. Burke. My friend here is still making the bed he’ll have to lie in for the rest of his life.But my bed is made, and I assure you my bed accommodates a broad spectrum of behavior.♤ So you tell us what little you know about Zhabin, or I’ll put you in the ground myself. Give me the gun.


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Remorse, the old-fashioned way.

Remorse, the old-fashioned way.

[ In confessional Zhabin mutters, asking God’s forgiveness ]
Red [in priest’s place]: Maybe he doesn’t like you. For you, I’m afraid absolution won’t be quite so easy to obtain. I need all the details of exactly how the Anneca Oil rights were sold – for how much, including gratuities, contingencies, and all the participants.
Zhabin: I want absolution in the next world, not a life in prison in this one.
Red: Understandable. But it’s the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.♤
[ Denisov holds Zhabin’s head under water in baptismal font ]
[ Gurgling, muffled shouting ] [ Gasping ]
Red: The US government says this isn’t torture. What do you think?♤

Zhabin: It started before the Wall fell. Uzbekistan was still a constituent republic of the Soviet Union. Mr. Gorbachev was changing our future. I was allowed to secretly open our markets for an American pipeline.
Walker [Anneca rep]: This is fiction.
Zhabin: I sold the rights to [Anneca] that year, and they built the first pipeline right away. You couldn’t even wait to do it right! We were all so greedy. The first line was an unmitigated disaster. Hundreds were killed. Whole villages became ill. I still see their faces.
Red: Then the Soviet Union collapsed, and all hell broke loose. Anneca paid Mr. Zhabin to orchestrate a cover-up. Bury the dead, destroy any record that the first pipeline ever existed.
It wasn’t the only disaster cloaked by those momentous events, hidden from view in the fog of a new world order.♤


"My bed accommodates a broad spectrum of behaviors"

“My bed accommodates a broad spectrum of behaviors”


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Red: Commander Kushan. It’s good to meet you. I’ve heard nothing but terrible things.♤

Red: Perhaps. Sooner or later, we all must pay for our crimes.♤
[ Knock on box ]

Army Commander in a box.

Army Commander in a box.

Denisov: Is Kushan – ?
Red: You still don’t see it, do you? The endgame. You could run this country, Ruslan. What you’ve done is that important. You brought a multinational corporation to its knees, saved countless lives. You’ll make this country billions. You may go to prison for a bit. But you will emerge a hero. One of the few standing in your way is Commander Kushan. [ Knock on box ] Well, not standing.


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Liz: I knew you had to have an angle.
Red: Elizabeth Keen, this is Claude Hippeau, Senior Vice President of Savillion.
Hippeau: Enchanté.

"Vive la France!"

“Vive la France!”

Liz: You were having drinks together the day we arrived. You knew exactly what was gonna happen.
Red: I had an inkling.
Hippeau: Au revoir, mon ami.
[ Smooches ] [ Pats back ]
Red: Give my regards to the wife – and the mistress.♤
Liz: That’s why you wanted Anneca to abandon the pipeline, to clear the way for another company to get the contract?
Red: You say that as if it’s a bad thing. Anneca shuts down operations, the victims are well compensated, maybe get a little justice, a new firm is poised to deliver a state-of-the-art pipeline – everybody wins.
Liz: You get a payday from Savillion for making it happen.
Red: Vive la France!


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