🔴 Season Two: Highlights

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🔴 Episode 2:1 ♤ Lord Baltimore (script http://wp.me/pDKwi-1e2)
🔴 Episode 2:2 ♤ Monarch Douglas Bank (script http://wp.me/pDKwi-1e0)
🔴 Episode 2:3 ♤ Dr James Covington (script http://wp.me/pDKwi-1cY)
🔴 Episode 2:4 ♤ Dr Linus Creel (script http://wp.me/pDKwi-1cj)
🔴 Episode 2:5 ♤ The Front (script http://wp.me/pDKwi-1c3)
🔴 Episode 2:6 ♤ The Mombasa Cartel (script http://wp.me/pDKwi-1bj)
🔴 Episode 2:7 ♤ The Scimitar (script http://wp.me/pDKwi-19T)
🔴 Episode 2:8 ♤ The Decembrist (script http://wp.me/pDKwi-13k)
🔴 Episode 2:9 ♤ Luther Braxton (script http://wp.me/pDKwi-15r)
🔴 Episode 2:10 ♤ Luther Braxton – Conclusion (script http://wp.me/pDKwi-15A)
🔴 Episode 2:11 ♤ Ruslan Denisov (script http://wp.me/pDKwi-DM)
🔴 Episode 2:12 ♤The Kenyon Family (script http://wp.me/pDKwi-Fd)
🔴 Episode 2:13 ♤The Deer Hunter (script http://wp.me/pDKwi-Fs )
🔴 Episode 2:14 ♤T. Earl King VI (script http://wp.me/pDKwi-HB )
🔴 Episode 2:15 ♤The Major (script http://wp.me/pDKwi-It )
🔴 Episode 2:16 ♤Tom Keen ( script http://wp.me/pDKwi-JP )
🔴 Episode 2:17 ♤The Longevity Initiative ( script http://wp.me/pDKwi-LE )
🔴 Episode 2:18 ♤Vanessa Cruz ( script http://wp.me/pDKwi-MT )
🔴 Episode 2:19 ♤Leonard Caul ( script http://wp.me/pDKwi-Ps )
🔴 Episode 2:20 ♤Quon Zhang ( script http://wp.me/pDKwi-RL )
🔴 Episode 2:21 ♤Karakurt ( script http://wp.me/pDKwi-Ub )
🔴 Episode 2:22 ♤Tom Connolly ( script http://wp.me/pDKwi-Wi )
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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: http://bit.ly/1tGNSUL ♤ ]

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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. ♤
[Red shoots Geoff]

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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?” http://bit.ly/1BoXmo8 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: 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.


⊰ ♤ ⊱


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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🔴 Episode 2:12 The Kenyon Family

[ Blurb: ] A religious survivalist sect which favors child marriage and polygamy, stores contraband on its grounds for criminals. Red follows up on the instructions Alan Fitch gave him to find a safe in St Peterburg. Red buys Liz an apartment.

Preacher Justin Kenyon: “And so it was that the two daughters of Lot became pregnant by their father. And thus, Lord, we maketh your word our command!”

Child marriage ceremony at Kenyon compound.

Child marriage ceremony at Kenyon compound.


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Red: That little fella, the one through the glass, his name is Glen Carter. His mother calls him “Jelly Bean.” A loathsome individual who, sad to say, possesses an uncanny ability to locate anything.

Red: [ Sighs ] I presume you’ve heard of Justin Kenyon?
Liz: The smiling public face of the militia movement. Who hasn’t? Yes.
Red: The very voice of reason, the rebel darling of the fringe right – charming, rustic, camera-ready, the perfect spokesman to spin vile hatred and prejudice into treacly dross that passes for plainspoken common sense.

Red: How do you suppose he pays for those high-priced lawyers – charitable contributions?
Liz: His church has been audited by the IRS every year for the past decade. His books are impeccable.
Red [ironically]: So are mine.

Red: Lizzy, I have gone to considerable lengths to point you and your team in the right direction, and now, due to political considerations, people will die. And when they do and the bureaucrats decide that the loss of innocent lives trumps their career prospects, you be sure to give me a call.

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Navabi: I’m Samar. What’s your name? Do you know what that [trigger to bomb] does? You planned on killing a lot of people today. Was that your mission? It’s not going to happen. Do you see? They’re all too far away.There’s no point now. It’s just the two of us out here. If you push that button only two of us are going to die. Do you understand? Just you and me, and I don’t want to die today. Do you? Come on out. Come on.[ Breathing heavily ] Come here, give me your hand. It’s gonna be okay.

[ Lovely gospel music♤ plays as FBI discovers slaughter at Kenyon compound ]

FBI discovers massacre at the Kenyon Compound.

FBI discovers massacre at the Kenyon Compound.

♫ … show me the way
oh, brothers, let’s go down, let’s go down, come on down
down in the river to pray
as I went down in the river to pray
studying about that good old way
and who shall wear the robe and crown?
good lord, show me the way
oh, brothers, let’s go down …

Glen: Trust me. The safe is here.
Red: I don’t trust you. What the hell is this?
Glen: The title to apartment 221. Apology accepted.
Red: What? We’re in apartment 212.
Glen: You don’t know the cross that I bear, the things I’ve had to overcome – my dyslexia.
Red: You’re not dyslexic!


Amy hid in closet during massacre.

Amy hid in closet during massacre.

Amy [little grl]: Are you in the FBI?
Ressler: Yes, I am.
Amy: My daddy says all the people who work for the FBI are gonna go to Hell.
Ressler: Some days it feels like that, sweetheart.♤

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Liz: What’s this?
Red: A key. I bought you an apartment at the Audrey, top floor, splendid view of the Potomac.
Liz: Why?
Red: It’s time to leave the motel behind.
Liz: [ Sighs ] I’m happy where I am. Thank you.

Red to Liz: "You've been many things lately, but happy isn't one of them."

Red to Liz: “You’ve been many things lately, but happy isn’t one of them.”

Red: You’ve been many things lately, Lizzy, but happy is not one of them.♤ That motor lodge you call home crushes the spirit, smothers the soul.♤
Liz: And you think a view is gonna change that?
Red: I once stayed at a villa in Bali with a view of the Indian Ocean. Every morning, all I saw before me was possibility. That and a gorgeous housekeeper named Putu, who used to –
Liz: Thanks, but, no, thanks. I wish you’d stop.
Red: Stop what?
Liz: Trying. Stop hoping things are gonna get better between us. You and me, it’s just business. That’s all it’s ever gonna be.♤

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[ Crickets chirping ] [ Red and Dembe arrive at the Kenyon compound. Red enters the church, now abandoned, tips over pulpit and opens trap door. They descend ladder into a shipping container. Red flips on the lights. There is a car covered with a tarp. Red removes tarp. It’s a black limo, flying two flags one on either side of the hood: one, the U.S. flag, the other the flag of the President of the United States. On the side of the limo is the Seal of the President of the United States. Red takes out a key, opens the driver’s seat door and gets in. He flips on the cassette player, which plays “Beyond the Sea,” which makes him laugh happily. He goes to the trunk of the limo, opens it and takes out a briefcase-sized impact-resistant piece of luggage, closes hood.]

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?

Tom [new AG]: “There are good ships and there are wood ships.
The ships that sail the sea.”
Cooper: “But the best ships are friendships.”
Tom: “And may they always be.”

Dembe: The number from the safe traces to a blind exchange. We can’t identify the party you’ll be speaking to.
[ Dialing, line ringing ]
Man: Yes.
Red: I’m calling on behalf of Alan Fitch…
Man: A safe. You found the safe?
Red: Who the hell is this?♤

"Who the hell is this?"

“Who the hell is this?”

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Lyrics: “Beyond The Sea”

Somewhere beyond the sea
Somewhere waitin’ for me
My lover stands on golden sands
And watches the ships that go sailin’

Somewhere beyond the sea
She’s there watchin’ for me
If I could fly like birds on high
Then straight to her arms I’d go sailin’

It’s far beyond the stars
It’s near beyond the moon
I know beyond a doubt
My heart will lead me there soon

We’ll meet beyond the shore
We’ll kiss just as before
Happy we’ll be beyond the sea
And never again I’ll go sailin’

I know beyond a doubt
My heart will lead me there soon
We’ll meet, I know we’ll meet, beyond the shore
We’ll kiss just as before
Happy we’ll be beyond the sea
And never again I’ll go sailin’

No more sailin’, so long sailin’
Bye, bye sailin’
Move on out, captain

Lyrics: http://bit.ly/1MzbXFy
YouTube: http://bit.ly/1EE6jLN


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🔴 Episode 2:13 The Deer Hunter

[ Blurb: ] A serial killer appears be a man – and a woman. Red tries to contact the man whose number was in the safe in St Petersburg. Red scolds Liz for taking too many risks. She tell him she has the Fulcrum. Aram worries about his hair.


Mystery man: "It is happening."

Mystery man: “It is happening.”

[ Public telephone rings ]
Red: Yes?
Man: Sorry I cut our previous call short. I was not confident the line was secure.
Red: Tell me your name.
Man: Not yet.
Red: Then you have me at a disadvantage.
Man: Yes.
Red: Alan Fitch directed me to that safe. Your number was inside. He wanted us to talk. Why? What does he want me to know?
Man: It is happening.♤
Red: What is? What’s happening?
Man: No, not like this – in person. Broadway and 92nd.Center island, south side.
[ Receiver clicks ]

Red: A graduate seminar. Was there a slide show? ⋘⋙ We need to talk about the Fulcrum.
Liz: I told you, I don’t know anything about it.
Red: Elizabeth, one of the reasons I’m still alive is due to my love of reading, whether it be words on a page that reveal the author’s thoughts, emotions, imagination, or whether it be people in conversation, – to ignore what they say and instead read their expression, posture, their gestures. Lizzy, you’re lying.♤

"Male serial killers are predominantly – overwhelmingly – sexually sadistic."

“Male serial killers are predominantly – overwhelmingly – sexually sadistic.”

Red [at FBI]: This brute they call The Deer Hunter isn’t a buck at all, but instead a delicate doe.
Liz: A woman? I disagree with you.
Red: Okay. But your killer attacks from a distance, indicating the predator’s smaller, perhaps unable to overpower their prey. Men tend to kill in close proximity – strangulation, blunt instrument, a knife. By contrast, women tend to favor weapons that can be used from further away – poison, a gun, a crossbow.
Liz: Richard Kuklinski was 6’5″, 300 pounds, and one of his favorite weapons of choice was cyanide.
Red: Yes, but male serial killers are predominantly, overwhelmingly sexually sadistic.♤ In this case, there is not the slightest indication of a sexual motive. … Yes, Agent Keen, for every rule there is an exception. Each factor, taken separately, is not conclusive, but put them together and it’s clear – you haven’t found your man because he’s a woman.♤

Red [tossling Aram’s hair as he passes by]: I used to have a teeming mane just like that.♤
Aram: Oh. Uh – Thank you.

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Red: You have to reschedule the transfer. There’s somewhere else I need to be.
Edgar: Look, you know I’d do anything for you, Mr. Reddington, but, I mean, this thing’s in motion. This is the window. It is what it is.

Red loves Lucinda's coffee cake.

Red loves Lucinda’s coffee cake.

Red: Cinnamon-nut crumble?
Edgar: Brown-sugar pecan.
Red: [ Laughing ] Oh, my.
Edgar: Lucinda knows how you love her coffee cake.
Red: [ Laughing ] Oh, I do. [ Sniffs ] Mmm! Be well, Edgar, and tell Lucinda if she ever leaves you, I’d like to marry her.♤

Red: Aram, I need your assistance locating the source of a call that was placed to a pay phone – at 92nd and Broadway.
Aram: I need a warrant.
Red: You won’t need a warrant.
Aram: Of course I won’t need a warrant.
Red: This is the number. The call was placed at exactly – Aram?
Aram: Yes.
Red: I can’t stress enough the urgency of this matter.

⊰ ♤ ⊱


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

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

Ressler: How many people do you think are alive today that wouldn’t be if it wasn’t for the work that we do?
Liz: [ Sighs ] Please.
Res: 50? 100? How many, Liz? How many families haven’t buried a mother, a father, brother, sister? Children?
Liz: That doesn’t make it right.
Res: No. It’s never gonna be right. See, the only question is the body count. So, you go ahead and you nail yourself to a cross, and while you’re up there feeling sanctified, you consider how many people are gonna die because this task force gets shut down and the rest of those animals on Reddington’s list are still out there feeding.♤
Ressler: No. Don’t. Don’t ask me to feel your pain, Liz. I got more than enough of my own.
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Samar: I figured it out.
Aram: What?
Samar: What you’re doing. The hairline. Guys don’t get it – most women don’t care if men go bald.
Aram: [ Chuckles ] No. Did you think I–
Samar: You’re sexy no matter what.
Aram: I’m not going bald. I just – I have a high hairline. Wait, what? Did you just say that –
Samar: Yep. Just don’t get fat.♤

⊰ ♤ ⊱

Liz: "We were both half-right." Red: "Together we were right."

Liz: “We were both half-right.” Red: “Together we were right.”

Red: You all right?
Liz: Yeah. Fine.
Red: What were you thinking running after a killer alone without backup?
Liz: Are you scolding me?
Red: Yes. Yes, I’m scolding you. That was foolish, Lizzy. You could have been –
Liz: Killed.
Red: Exactly that. Killed.
Liz: What are you gonna do? Ground me? Take away my phone privileges?♤
Red: [ Chuckles ] You were right about The Deer Hunter – he was a man.
Liz: And a woman. We were both half right.
Red: Together, we were right.♤
Liz: I have the Fulcrum. Tell me what it is, and I’ll tell you where to find it.
Red: I’ve already told you what I can. To elaborate would place you in grave danger.
Liz: I don’t need your protection.m,,
Red: Oh, I think you do. If it weren’t for me, you would have been indicted today.♤ As it is, you needn’t worry about the harbormaster any more.
Liz: What did you do?
Red: Nobody was hurt, if that’s what you’re concerned about. In fact, a young man’s life was saved.
Liz: I don’t want to hear any more. I’m leaving.
Red: I believe I know the real reason you don’t want me to have the Fulcrum.
Liz: That is?
Red: Because you’re afraid that once you give it to me, you’ll be of no further use to me and you’ll never see me again.♤

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🔴 Episode 2:14 T. Earl King VI

[ Blurb: ] Red becomes the special guest of an eccentric billionaire family that makes its money holding underground auctions of exotic merchandise for those willing to pay.


"Don't bruise the merchandise"

“Don’t bruise the merchandise”

Francis: Raymond “Red” Reddington. Lot number 11. [ Chuckles ] Beautiful.
Red: Careful there, boys. You don’t want to bruise the merchandise.♤
Tyler: Raymond Reddington in the flesh.
Red: You must be Tyler. I hope you’re not as short-sighted as your brother. I could be one of your most valued customers.
Tyler: As I recall, you’re one of the few prospects who rejected an invitation to our auction. Nice try, though.
Red: I haven’t even begun to try. There is one thing about your family that’s always intrigued me. Statistically, [ Added: 65% of family fortunes] are frittered away by the second generation. [ Added: By the third generation, it’s 90%]. How is it that the Kings have successfully defied that trend? You must tell me your secret.♤
Tyler: Winner takes all.
Red: And the loser?
Tyler: None of your business.
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Liz: … They’re expecting an American named Josephine Sullivan. We can give them that.
Cooper: Undercover? Forget it.
Samar [to Liz]: I know you want him back, but there has to be another way.♤
Liz: If you can think of one, I’m all ears.
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Red & Earl recall old times.

Red & Earl recall old times.

[ Red is being given a shave ] [ Wheelchair motor whirring ]
Red: Good heavens, Earl. You’ve never had any feeling in your heart, but now it looks like there isn’t much going on below the waist.
Earl: I do all right. The wheelchair is just a little memento of our time together in Bolivia.
Red: No hard feelings, I trust.
Earl: Just a few. But this is only business, Red. Besides, you warned me. ‘Pigs eat – ‘
Red: ‘Hogs get slaughtered.’ [ Laughs ] All you had to do was listen. But that’s always been your problem – all that money clogging your ears. I told you to come with me that night out on the Altiplano.♤
Earl: I had millions invested. I couldn’t just walk away like you.
Red: Poor choice of words given what those soldiers did to you.[ Chuckles ] I’d hate to see you play the hog yet again, Earl.
Earl: No, no, Red. You taught me an invaluable lesson. Dispassion is the businessman’s best friend. One mustn’t get emotionally involved in business. You have to listen to the market. You hear that? That’s the market telling me you are in demand. What kind of a commodity are you? A wealth of secrets and information? Or are you an impulse purchase for a buyer to settle a score? You scare people, Red. How much would you pay to be rid of your deepest fear?
Red: I’ve always found fear to be my most valuable sense.♤ But then again, you Kings demonstrate a propensity for having more dollars than sense. [ Chuckles ] Your son Tyler was telling me– “Winner takes all,” I believe he said. I’m curious strictly from an estate-planning perspective. What exactly does that mean?
[ Earl turns his wheelchair around and quickly leaves ]
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Red for Sale. "More trouble than he's worth."

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

Liz: Is that who I think it is?
Tyler: Well, I can see that you are a woman of good taste.
Francis: Tyler, I believe the Sheikh has questions about your guidance chips.
Liz: The Raymond Reddington. Impossible.
Red: You’ve changed your hair.
Tyler: You know each other.
Liz: Unfortunately.
Francis: Perhaps you’d like to make a bid.
Liz: I’ve heard he’s far more trouble than he’s worth. It’s probably easier to let someone else buy him. Let him be their problem. I’m here for the Van Gogh. He’s probably out of my price range, anyway.♤
Yaabari: Not mine.

Auctioneer: And now, ladies and gentlemen, one of the most exciting items of the night, a mainstay on the FBI’s most wanted list, this gentleman has been on the list longer than any other criminal! A former naval intelligence officer, he possesses a wealth of classified information and presides over one of the world’s most prosperous extralegal empires.♤ You may know him as the concierge of crime. I present Raymond Reddington.

Liz bids on Red.

Liz bids on Red.

Auctioneer: Who will give me nine? Benny b
Red: Nine. [ Spectators murmur ]
Auctioneer: I beg your pardon?
Red: $9 million. I assume my money’s good here.
Yaabari: Ten!
Red: Certainly as good as his.16. Come on. I got to be worth as much as that fake Xuande Ming vessel was.♤
Yaabari: 18.
Red: Sorry, Santos, but those cat’s eye Chrysoberyls are brown, not green. An expensive forgery, but a forgery nonetheless. 20!
Tyler: Ignore that bid!
Red: That hardly seems fair.
Tyler: Get him off the stage now!
Auctioneer: Does the gentlemen maintain his previous bid of $18 million?
Red: [ Angrily ] You’re leaving money on the table. What kind of business are you running here, Earl?♤
Auctioneer: $18 million going once, going twice, sold for $18 million to the gentleman from Cameroon! [ Applause ] [ Laughs ]

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"Lizzy, go!"

“Lizzy, go!”

Liz: How do you open this thing?
[ Buzzer ]
Red: Lizzy, you need to go.
Liz. Damn it! What’s the code?
Red: Listen to me. I was brought in through a series of tunnels that way. If you hurry, you’ll be miles away before they ever realize you’re gone. Take the boy and go.
Liz: You could be killed.♤
Red: Lizzy, you did everything you could. It’s time to go. Go!

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Red: … What’s in this for you?
Francis: You wouldn’t understand. You’re not a King.
Red: [ Laughs ] Funny. Your father used to say that exact phrase as if it somehow excused him from the use of logic.♤
Francis: What’s in it for me? Hmm. Legacy and the King family fortune.
Red: If this is just about the money, that would be so banal. I bet your father would trade it all for one more walk in the park with a good friend.♤
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Yaabari: A man in Johannesburg has put a $40 million bounty on your head. I plan to collect it.
Red: Good luck. A lot can happen between here and Johannesburg.
Yaabari: You will not be traveling to Johannesburg. You are not listening. I said the bounty is on your head. [ He holds up small travel case. Red is visibly shaken ] ♤

Red's last word: "Lizzy"

Red’s last word: “Lizzy”

Yaabari: Right here. [ Forces Red to his knees ]
[ Grunts ] [ Gun cocks ]
Yaabari: Try not to take it personally. Business is business. In fact, Raymond, I’ve always been quite fond of you.
Red: Can’t tell you what a comfort that is to me.♤ [ Yaabari holds gun to back of Red’s head. Red closes his eyes and says one word: ] Lizzy.♤



[ Gunshot ] [ Yaabari’s gun clatters; Yaabari collapses. Red looks back, astonished ]
Red: Lizzy!
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Red shoots Earl with pistol with one bullet for Russian Roulette

Red shoots Earl with pistol with one bullet for Russian Roulette

Earl: Get on with it.
[ Tyler holds gun to his head. Gun cocks. Tyler looks over, sees Red, aiming at him ]
Red: If that hammer falls on an empty chamber, you’ll be dead before you hit the ground. Put it down.
[ Gun thuds ]
Red: Earl. [Picks up Tyler’s gun] Someone should have put you out of your misery generations ago.♤ [ Pulls trigger. Gun goes off, killing Earl ]
Red: [ Chuckling ] Oh, my God.What are the odds? [ Laughs ] [ Gun clatters ] I’ll leave the three of you to your own misery. ⋘⋙ [ Casually, to Francis and Tyler]: ] Avoid the yard, be nice to your cell mate, and whatever you do, don’t eat the franks and beans.♤

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[ Police radio chatter. Liz enters car. Red is already in the passenger seat ]
Red: You can never do that again.
Liz: You’re welcome.
Red: I’m serious. You can never do that again. Promise me.
Liz: We took down dozens of wanted criminals, recovered millions of dollars in stolen property, and saved innocent lives.
Red: I’m not talking about that.
Liz: You. You’re talking about you. Wow. You are so damaged. You can’t accept help from anyone. Has anyone ever helped you? Is that why you are the way you are? Because you don’t feel deserving of it? Is that why you can’t be vulnerable for a second? I risked my life for you because I care about you.♤ Deal with that. [ Pause, then: ] And when someone does something nice, you’re supposed to say, “Thank you.” [[ You too, Lizzie ]]

Liz: "I care about you."

Liz: “I care about you.”

Red: Thank you.
Liz: You’re welcome.
Red: But never do it again.♤
[ Bell tolling ] [ ♫ Heavy-metal music plays ] [ Indistinct talking ] [ Glass thuds ] [ In German ]
Tom: One beer. [ … ]

Tom Keen becomes Christof Mannheim.

Tom Keen becomes Christof Mannheim.

⋙ Special Note: The Springfield script ends here. The show did not. What’s missing: Tom shows up at a tough bar in Dresden, Germany. He orders a beer and bumps into a tough-looking guy. Tom insults him. They get into a fist fight. The other guy is bigger, but Tom is viscious. Others try to pull him off. Tom only calms down when an small. older-looking guy with white hair offers to buy him a beer, which he does. He asks Tom his name. Tom replies, “Christof Mannheim.” I believe the white-haired man is a guy Tom’s handler showed him a picture of back in the States. End of Episode.

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🔴 Episode 2:15 The Major

[ Blurb: ] Red wants compensation from The Major, the man who provided Tom for him to keep an eye on Liz – but not to get involved. Liz testifies in chambers about the Harbormaster’s murder. Dembe cautions Red that it’s time to tell Liz about Tom.

Krishnan [Malasian Depity to UN, taken hostage]: I don’t know what you want, but you won’t get away with this.
Red: I’ve always been leery of the United Nations. The very concept is comically dichotomous. Nations putting their self-interests aside in the hopes of building a global community, holding hands and Kumbaya? [ Laughing ] I mean, honestly, it’s like kindergarten. Do [Did] you have rug time? I did love rug time.
Krishnan: Who are you?
Red: It doesn’t matter who I am. What matters is who you are – A secret agent trained by the Major, working away as a dedicated public servant, when, in fact, you’re an asset inserted into your country’s diplomatic corps by the Sinaloa Cartel to help them get a foothold in Asia.

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Judge Denner: You know, I’ve never been in a situation like this. I’m being asked to prevent a murder investigation from moving forward. The murder of a cop, no less. Based on the grounds that what you do is so important it needs to be kept secret in the name of national security. Tell me why you think I should do that. Why will our democracy crumble if the world knows about the inner workings of this task force?

Luli's execution

Luli’s execution

Liz: It won’t, but people will die. They already have. The black site where we operate from – There was an incursion. [ Flashbacks: ] [ Explosion ] [ Gunfire ] A mole leaked the information about what we do, and as a result, an extraction team was sent to abduct Reddington. He barricaded himself in. He wouldn’t come out, and the team made good on their threat to kill innocents until he did.
[ Gunshot ] [ End Flashbacks ] Denner: He just let people die? He didn’t care who was killed?
Liz: Except one.
Liz: Me. He agreed to come out when they put a gun to my head. After that, Reddington vanished. He wouldn’t come back into the headquarters – until the mole was found.
Denner: And who was it?
Liz: We don’t know for sure, but Reddington only returned after the disappearance of Diane Fowler.
[ Flashback: ] [ Gunshots: Red shoots Fowler ] [ End Flashback ]

Diane Fowler was the mole.

Diane Fowler was the mole.

Denner: Are you suggesting that the former head of the Criminal Division at Main Justice was a mole? For whom?
Liz: I don’t know for sure.

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Denner: You need to think long and hard about this story that you’re telling.
Liz: It’s not a story. This is the truth.
Denner: That the man you said you’d never met, a notorious criminal, had a mysterious relationship with the man who raised you?
Liz: Yes.
Denner: Your dead husband was a spy, and you never knew your parents, and no one’s heard of the criminals you hunt, and for some reason, you claim not to know why you were chosen to be at the center of it all.
Liz: I can’t know for sure, but, yes, I imagine they’re connected. Like his recent arrest in Hong Kong.
Denner: The cover story.
Liz: He wanted to be captured. It’s all a part of his quest to find something he calls “The Fulcrum.”
Denner: The Fulcrum.
Liz: It’s a blackmail file. And before you decide whether or not to discuss what we know in open court, you should know that, according to Reddington, the Fulcrum is proof of the existence of a clandestine organization, and if its activities were made public, a number of very powerful people would go to prison or be executed.
Denner: You say that like it’s a bad thing.
Liz: We don’t know if what Reddington alleges is true, and until we can confirm his allegations, until we find the proof, the only people who would benefit from the Fulcrum being publicized are the criminals it identifies.
Denner: So, Hong Kong – Did Reddington find this Fulcrum? No.
And does he have some other ideas about how to locate it?
Yes Through me.
Denner: You?
Liz: That’s what I’ve come to believe is the real reason he surrendered in the first place, – asked for me.
Denner: And let me guess This comes as a complete surprise to you.
Liz: Absolutely.
Denner: The same way you were completely surprised when he asked for you.
Liz: Yes.
Denner: And the way you found out that your husband was a spy.
Liz: I’m sorry. You’re right. You’re absolutely right. [ Emotionally ] I should have known that when my husband and I were planning family that he was, in fact, a traitor who had installed surveillance cameras in my bedroom! Of course I should have been aware that the number four on the FBI’s most wanted list would turn himself in and demand to speak only to me! God, what a horrible profiler I must be to have missed the fact that I am central to the discovery of a blackmail file that will tilt the balance of power in – Let me phrase this right – The entire world! Wow! I suck!
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The Major: Look, I told you what happened with Tom Keen. This is not my fault.
Red: You vouched for him personally, Bill. I hired him on your recommendation. The merchandise was defective.
The Major: No. Keen was perfect Test scores, aptitude. There was no indication he would become emotionally involved.
Red: But he did.
Bill/The Major: He hasn’t been in contact.

"cut the crap, Bill."

“Cut the crap, Bill.”

Red: Cut the crap, Bill. You acquired Tom Keen when he was a boy. You trained him to be a deep-cover operative. It’s all he’s ever done. It’s all he knows. When one operation ends, he comes back to you for another.
Bill: Not this time.
Red: Mamat and I have come to something of an understanding. He gets to remain alive and well, still Deputy Minister, and I get you. I’m equally hopeful you and I can arrive at a mutually beneficial solution.
Bill: Even if I knew where he was, I wouldn’t tell you.
Red: Keen’s betrayal cost me dearly in time, money, lives. Some of the people closest to me are now dead because of Tom Keen.
Bill: If I gave you his location, I’d have to betray a client.
Red: That shouldn’t be hard, Bill. You betrayed me. You sold me an asset and then allowed him to turn when Berlin offered you twice as much. You’re in debt to me. Recognize this rather fortuitous opportunity for you to begin to make things even. Where can I find Tom Keen?
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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”

Red: Well, that went as well as could be expected. We got a lead on Keen and an invitation to sit in the Minister’s box at next year’s Slasher Cup. Cultural peculiarities notwithstanding, I find cockfighting to be abominable. However, truth be told, I do love fried chicken.
Dembe: You need to tell her, Raymond.♤
Red: Tell her what?
Dembe: About Tom. You should have told her some time ago.
Red: I don’t know how do that, Dembe.
Dembe: Yes, you do. You tell her the truth by telling her everything.♤
Red: I don’t think I can do that.
Dembe: Maybe you should stop thinking about it and do it.♤

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🔴 Episode 2:16 Tom Keen

[ Blurb: ] Liz is in court to learn if she will go to trial for the murder of the Harbormaster when an unexpected witness appears. Liz sells the apartment Red gave her in the Audrey Hotel. Cooper meets with Tom Connolly.

Red: Agent Keen is facing an indictment for a murder she didn’t commit. I’ve found us a lead on the whereabouts of the one man who can exonerate her – Tom Keen.
Samar: Wait – what? Tom Keen is dead. He was shot and killed months ago.
Ressler: No. Agent Keen shot him, but she didn’t kill him.
Red: In what may be Agent Keen’s single greatest lapse in judgment, she saved the imposter pretending to be her devoted husband, opting, instead, to hold him captive in the rusty hull of an abandoned ship.
Aram: Please tell me you made that up.♤

Samar: "… very romantic."

Samar: “… very romantic.”

Ressler: The harbormaster found Tom. He was gonna go to the police, so Tom killed him to keep Liz from going to prison.
Samar: That is –
Ressler: Insane?
Samar: I was going to say “extremely romantic.”♤

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Samar: How do we find him?
Aram: I can check, but I don’t think we have any friends on the inside.
Red: [ Walking off ] I do.
Ressler: I’m coming with you.
Red: No, you’re not.
Ressler: She’s my partner, and you might need a hand from this side of the law to clear her name.
Red: You open your mouth, Donald, and hay flies out. You look and feel and smell like cop. You are what you are. It’s admirable. But this is my world, and you’re a tourist. You blink wrong, we are both dead and your partner goes to prison.♤
Ressler: I’ll keep my mouth shut and stay out of the way.
Red: [ To Liz ] Listen to me. Juries care about intent. You didn’t intend to kill the harbormaster. That was Tom’s decision. Right now, that judge may think you’re guilty, and it’s not easy to let a cold-blooded killer go free, even in the name of national security. But a cold-blooded killer you are not.♤
Liz: It’s my fault. I never should have put him [Tom] there. He’ll go to prison for the rest of his life because of me.
Red: One step at a time, Lizzy.
Liz: He’s not gonna come back.
Red: He will. This journey we’re on isn’t over just yet. You may have given up on us, but I haven’t.♤
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Red: [ To Ressler ] Whatever you think you know about Tom Keen, forget it. The bookish elementary-school teacher was a masterful illusion. The man is an extremely talented covert operative. I’m not surprised he convinced you that his persona was real. Once he takes on a new identity, he convinces himself.
Franz: What do you want, Red?
Red: A quiet place next to a lovely stream where I can watch things float by – someday.♤

Surprise, Tom!

Surprise, Tom!

Tom/Jake/Christof: [ to Red & Ressler ] What the hell are you doing here?
Red: I know you were expecting Franz Becker. But Franz and his men ran into some unexpected turbulence at the airport.
Tom: Turn your car around and get out of here.
Red: I can’t do that. Elizabeth is in trouble.
Tom: Are you listening? You’re gonna get us all killed.
Red: She’s about to be indicted for the harbormaster’s murder. You need to come back with us.
Tom: That’s not happening. Tell her she’s on her own.
Red: … You know what to do, Tom. Are you gonna let a crime you committed to protect Elizabeth be the reason she goes to jail?
Tom: Like you care.
Red: What does that mean?
Tom: You are using her. You have been using her from the very beginning. You need her on the outside so you can keep your little task force up and running.
Red: I’m glad we had this talk. I know you’ll do the right thing.
Tom: Listen to me. I am gone. Lizzy did this to herself the second she threw me in that hole.
I am not going down. Not for her. And sure as hell not for you.

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Tom confesses.

Tom confesses.

Court Officer: There’s someone out there demanding that he speak with you. He says he’s the killer.
Denner: I see. Well, then, I guess you should bring him in. [ Tom is led in ] The officer informs me that you have confessed to the murder of Eugene Ames.
Liz: Tom?
Tom: Yes.
Denner: And you are?
Tom: My name is Tom Keen.
Denner: Mr. Keen. I’m so relieved. Somebody told me you were dead. Your ex-wife said you were dead. She said she shot you in self-defense when you abducted her for Berlin.
[ In chambers ]
Denner: Why are you telling me all this? You do realize what’s going to happen to you as a result of your confession today?
Tom: I don’t care what happens to me. I came here for her. All right, I need you to know that Elizabeth Keen would never have hurt– I don’t even remember his name.
Denner: His name was Eugene Ames.
Tom: I killed Eugene Ames without Liz’s help. In fact, she tried to stop me. She begged me not to do it.
Denner: … The harbormaster would have saved you. Why kill him?
Tom: To protect her.
Denner: The woman you spent the last two years of your life betraying? Someone you lied to, spied on, sold out, and betrayed? A woman you married as a job? She held you prisoner!
Tom: She wasn’t thinking clearly. I needed to do something, or she would have gone to prison.
Denner [ Sardonically ]: You’re in love with her. I won’t even try to express how twisted that is.♤
[ Connolly enters; Tom leaves ]

Connolly to Denner: "You're out of your mind."

Connolly to Denner: “You’re out of your mind.”

Denner: Well, well, well. Reven Wright said that Main Justice would be sending an attack dog.
Connolly: You’re out of your mind. I mean, the Beltway’s been saying it for years, but you really are out of your mind.
Denner: Well, in 30 years on the bench, I’ve learned their bark is far worse than their bite.
Connolly: Not this time. What did you do, Richard? What the hell did you do?
Denner: I conducted an in camera hearing, which I have every right to do.
Connolly: You have no right, and you damn well know it. You’re not cleared to hear national security cases. We have a FISA court for that, and you’re not on it – period. You compelled two federal agents to divulge national secrets under threat of imminent incarceration.
Denner: They violated my order.
Connolly: To hell with your order! Your order was a per se violation of the Espionage Act, the Patriot Act.
Denner: Intimidation, threats – this is the way our government works. I’m supposed to just take your word for the fact that this case involves national security?
Connolly: That’s right. You’re a Superior Court judge, Richard. This case is so far over your head, it’d make your nose bleed. You intentionally accessed classified intelligence without authority. I should have you arrested right here and now.
Denner: Smiling Tommy Connolly. You always were a smug bastard.
Connolly: And you were always a paranoid, self-righteous prick – Your Honor.♤ Here’s what we’re gonna do. You’re gonna quash this subpoena.

Judge Denner: "Government secrecy ...is the greatest threat to national security"

Judge Denner: “Government secrecy …is the gravest threat to our national security”

Court officer: All rise.
Judge Denner: Oh, sit down. The government has shown nothing but disrespect for this court’s authority, so spare me the hollow reverence. Let me be clear. Government secrecy – the idea that the federal government can act, can surveil, can detail, can interrogate, and even kill American citizens with no oversight or accountability, with no obligation to present the people with the evidence that led to their actions – that, in my view, is the gravest threat to our national security. It erodes the very foundation of our great democracy.
[ Connolly enters ]
Denner: This is a system of checks and balances founded on a separation of powers. The fact that any federal prosecutor who utters the magic words, who invokes national security, can suppress cases, can quash subpoenas, can avoid grand juries… That offends me!
And so I’m very glad that in this matter, the government has done the responsible thing and complied with my request to review the evidence supporting its claim. Having done so I am satisfied that if Assistant Director Cooper or Agent Keen were compelled to testify, it would expose national secrets and have the potential to do material damage to the national interest.
Prosecutor: Your Honor!
Denner: Let me save you the trouble, Mr. Markin. You and I, for all of our accomplishments, remain rather small fish in this deep and dark federal pool. If that point hasn’t already been made clear to your boss, I’m sure it will be very shortly.

Detective Wilcox: "A man is dead!"

Detective Wilcox: “A man is dead!”

Wilcox: You can’t do this!! A man is dead, a lieutenant in the Metro PD!
Denner: And his death is a tragedy, sir. Agent Keen, his name was Lieutenant Eugene Ames. Never forget it. And let the good work you do from this day forward in some way be a tribute to his memory.
Liz: [ to Connolly ] What’s gonna happen to Tom?
Connolly: Who?
Liz: My ex-husband, Tom Keen?
Connolly: I never met him. There’s no Tom Keen in federal custody. [[ iow, he’s free to go ]]

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Cooper: I didn’t think you knew everything about our little task force.
Connolly: [ Chuckles ] Learn something every day. I was serious when I said I’d be the next AG. I’ve been briefed on Reddington and a handful of other things I instantly wished I didn’t know. But that’s the gig.
Cooper: I’m starting to think maybe the gig is getting old. So am I.
Connolly: [ Laughing ] No. You don’t mean that. Maybe you’re a little dinged up. But you’re still at the top of your game. You perjured yourself for one of your team. I admit I didn’t expect that. But I sure as hell do respect it.♤
Cooper: Guess my principles aren’t what they used to be. Neither are yours.
Connolly: That’s where you’re wrong, buddy. I never had any principles. That’s why I’m on a rocket to the top.♤ This thing with Reddington – it’s important. You’ve done more since you started than most of our best covert units do in a lifetime. We’d do worse than we did today to protect it.
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Liz will help the daughter of the man Tom killed. Red reflects.

Liz will help the daughter of the man Tom killed. Red reflects.

Red: Now I understand why you sold the apartment I gave you.
Liz: Eugene Ames was 67 years old. The only reason he was still working was to get his daughter through college.
Red: Be careful, Lizzy. Because the truth of it is, once you start down this road there’s no logical place to stop. You can see to her education, health insurance, housing. [ Chuckles ] You can watch her or have her watched, keep her safe, try to ascertain her hopes, dreams, desires. Pull strings, call in favors to discreetly smooth the path. And for the first few years, it may work. You’ll draw some measure of virtue from being her invisible benefactor. But that won’t last. It’s all a fraud. That it’s really not about her at all. That it’s all about you. And you’re just going through the motions to salve your own guilt. Look, all the money, all the time and effort, all the favors in the world cannot possibly equal what you took away from her. Everything else is just a nice gesture.
Liz: You knew about Tom – that if he came back they’d exonerate him to protect the task force.
He’d get his life back. You saved a man you hate to save me. [Red looks at her, almost says something, then turns and walks away. ]

♫ does everything go away? yeah, everything goes away
but I’m gonna be here till forever …

[ Cellphone buzzing ]
Liz: Keen.
Tom: Hey, it’s me. You okay? Where are you? Are you okay?

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[ This was a long script, very well written. I kept this extract shorter by not including the subplot about Cooper’s illness. Sorry. ]

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🔴 Episode 2:17 The Longevity Initiative

[ Blurb: ] A billionaire is funding research to lengthen human life, but the doctor in charge is taking the research in a very different direction. Tom is faced with threats to his life and seeks refuge.


I see dead people – with craniotomies.

I see dead people – with craniotomies.

Officer: What are you hauling here?
Lloyd: Produce.
Officer: And, uh, where to?
Lloyd: Sanborn.
Officer: Sanborn, huh? Are you aware that this highway’s a drug-smuggling route into Ontario?
Lloyd: I wouldn’t know anything about that.
Officer: Good, then you wouldn’t mind me taking a look in the back of the vehicle, would you? You want to remove the sheet, please?
[ Lloyd pulls back sheet revealing woman w a craniotomy ]
Officer: What the–
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Red: You don’t remember, do you?
Liz: What?
Red: The grapevines. The ones you and Sam harvested.
Liz: Of course. I- I remember. Along the garden fence, we would pick– Is this from–
Red: A bottle of wine you made with Sam when you were a child. Happy birthday, Lizzy. You’ve become everything Sam dreamed you would and more. Share it with someone special. That said, it’s probably undrinkable by now, so I also brought you an ’82 Brunello as a backup.
Liz: [ Sighs ] 31! No offense, but that’s old.
Red: My yogi tells me that time doesn’t exist. He fully intends to live forever, and tragically, he’s not the only one. Tell me, what do you know about the Longevity Initiative?
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"You raised me!"

“You raised me!”

The Major: [ Sighs, pointing gun at him ] My uncle was a farmer. He had a beautiful border collie– smart, well-trained, loyal as hell– but one summer, that dog, he got into the hen house, killed half the chickens. My uncle loved that dog, but he knew he had to be put down.
Tom: I can go someplace far away from here.
The Major: You burned Reddington for the girl, and I looked the other way. And then there’s Dresden.
Tom: This is me!
The Major: You went to the feds for the girl, Jacob.
Tom/Jake: You’re gonna put a bullet in my head? After Cape Town?
The Major: Roll down the window.
Tom: I’m not just some operative, all right? You know me. You raised me.
The Major: You knew the rules, kid. I warned you about the girl, and she’s cost you your life.
[ Tires screech; crash! German guys get out and grab Tom and The Major ]
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Immortal jellyfish.

Immortal jellyfish.

Maynard: Behold– turritopsis dohrnii, known to modern science as the immortal jellyfish. As far as we know, it’s the only living creature on Earth that never dies. Well, I mean, it’s born and grows old like we do, but then, when it encounters environmental stress or assault, it reverses the aging process until it’s just a little polyp again.
Ressler: How is that even possible?
Maynard: It has the amazing ability to change its own cells. Some say it’s like a butterfly that turns into a caterpillar that grows back into a butterfly or a chicken that becomes an egg that hatches a new chicken.
Liz: So Powell is using these jellyfish to conduct experiments on human brains.
Maynard: He must be trying to regenerate the damaged brain tissue. He wants our cells to learn from the turritopsis dohrnii. I mean, look, Julian Powell, clearly insane, if this ever worked, it would be a concrete first step toward human immortality.
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"It's not easy being God"

“It’s not easy being God”

Hobbs: This has become a serious problem.
Red: [ Who has been in room ] It’s not easy being God.
Hobbs: You got any idea how much this guy’s cost me? Not just his work, but the security.
There’s people out there that would pay a fortune just to know his name and steal his research away.
Red: What’s it worth?
Hobbs: Hard to say. A foot in the door to human immortality on the open market? [ Chuckles ] Now I got to get rid of him. I’m not gonna lie to you, it hurts. [ Sighs ]
Red: You know my feeling. Humans as a species are untrustworthy creatures. We don’t deserve to live forever.♤ What the hell were you thinking, Roger, even to consider authorizing this Powell to conduct human trials?
Hobbs: It was necessary for the research to reach the next level. I didn’t know he was gonna be so reckless.
Red: You had to know there was a risk innocent people would die.
Hobbs: How many innocents died in the search for the smallpox vaccine? All in the name of the advancement of science.
Red: This isn’t about science, Roger. This is about you actually believing that death is beneath you.♤
Hobbs: No, this is what it takes. Louis Pasteur– he wasn’t even a physician. The day that he injected that first small boy with the rabies vaccine, he was risking criminal prosecution. Jonas Salk injected the flu virus into men in an insane asylum in Michigan. Decade later, he’s being hailed as the genius who cured polio.
Red: I know of a doctor who agreed with you, a relatively young man also fascinated by genetics, a man who didn’t concern himself with morality, humanity. That was Josef Mengele.
Red: Nothing leads back to you. Why so dour, Roger?
Hobbs: I lost a lot of money on this, Red. Tens of millions.
Red: This has nothing to do with the money. You wanted it to work. For all you’ve achieved, you actually thought this might be your legacy.
Hobbs: If it wasn’t for you, my legacy would be life without parole.
Red: Well, maybe you didn’t save mankind from an untimely death, but someday, you may be able to spare me from one.♤
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"Be careful before you make an enemy of Roger Hobbs."

“Don’t be so quick to make an enemy of Roger Hobbs.”

Red: Don’t be so quick to make an enemy of Roger Hobbs. You don’t see it yet, Lizzy, but a dark cloud is approaching, and when it arrives, Roger Hobbs will be a very good friend at exactly the moment he needs to be.
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Ressler: Hey.
Liz: Hey. What are you still doing here?
Ressler: I could ask you the same thing. What happened to dinner?
Liz: I just didn’t feel like going out.
Ressler: What’s going on, Keen?
Liz: You said earlier that I had so much to celebrate. You know that isn’t true. I mean, I thought by the time I was in my 30s, I’d have something to show for it. I would at least be a prestigious profiler. I mean, I was the top in my class. I thought I’d have a loving relationship with someone, maybe we would be raising a family together.
Ressler: At least you’ve got a dog. That’s one up on me.
Liz: I don’t know who I am. I don’t know if this is my birthday. I don’t even know my own name. No, I know who I am. I am the puppet of some high-functioning sociopath. I don’t even know what I’m doing here.
Ressler: What you’re doing here is celebrating your birthday with me.
Liz: [ Laughing ] What did you–
Ressler: See, I called the restaurant. I thought I’d send you and your friends a bottle of wine. Turns out, there wasn’t a reservation, so I figured since you weren’t going to Wing Yee, I was bringing Wing Yee to you.

♫ tonight we’ll fly a while just give me the word and hold on to me

[ Liz takes bottle of wine out of her drawer ]
Ressler: Oh, look at you!
Liz: I’ve been saving this for a special occasion.

♫ like I hold on to you

Ressler: Well I’m honored.

♫ a steeple holds a bell
the night sky holds the moon


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Photos of Lizzy's past birthdays.

Photos of Lizzy’s past birthdays.

[ Red is looking through old pictures of Lizzy on her birthdays ]

♫ coverlets and down
will catch you when you fall


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Tom: "I didn't know where else to go."

Tom: “I didn’t know where else to go.”

[ Beeping as Liz unlocks her room ] [ Gasps as someone grabs her ]
Shh! Shh!
Liz: What are you doing?!
Tom: I didn’t know where else to go.

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🔴 Episode 2:18 Vanessa Cruz

[ Blurb: ] A serial killer is framing members of the one percent. Tom and Liz toy with rekindling a relationship. Red attempts to convince members of the Cabal (formerly known as the alliance) to undergo a restructuring.

Red: Perhaps I haven’t made myself clear.
Liz: I came home, and Tom was here.
Red: He’s back in your life.
Liz: He is not in my life.
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. But I want you to remember what your life really was with him, and imagine all that it could be without him.
Liz: I don’t have to imagine.

"Haven't I made myself clear?"

“Haven’t I made myself clear?”

Liz: This is about Tom, isn’t it?
Red: [ Chuckling ] No. This is simply about me trying to survive. I’m perfectly happy to put you in touch with someone who deals in shelf corporations, but I need the Fulcrum. Think about it, Lizzy.
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Hobbs: These are powerful men. They don’t respond to threats.
Red: No. With powerful men, one must appeal to their vanity.

Red: …Mr. Jasper, you strike me as a man who would prefer to pitch rather than catch … The Director’s latest stratagem is hubris. It has very little to do with me and everything to do with the consolidation of his power. If he succeeds, you’ll become nothing more than his trusted servant. He needs to go. He will go. Tomorrow, after the meeting, after you win this vote with everything that your head and your heart tell you are true.
Jasper: You’re talking about assassination.
Red: Yes, Mr. Jasper. “Ambition’s debt must be paid.”
Jasper: Julius Caesar?
Red: One of my favorites – The play, not so much the man. The man was a bit full of himself. He did have a brilliant military mind, but he couldn’t smell a plot to save his life. Intentional pun.♤
Jasper: And why is that?
Red: Pride. The subtlest and yet most deadly of the seven sins.♤ Like the Director, he couldn’t be saved.
Jasper: And which part do you play in all this? Cassius?

"I'm the Rubicon."

“I’m the Rubicon.”

Red: Oh, no. I’m the Rubicon.♤ You simply need to determine which side of history you want to end up on. Who are you, Mr. Jasper? A subordinate who remained slavishly obedient to his master, or the presumptive leader of an organization that will be far more powerful than it has ever been?
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Tom: You know, I’m no worse than your buddy Reddington.
Liz: He’s not my buddy. And you are worse.
Tom: You don’t get it. Even after all this time, Reddington Is dangerous, and he is playing you.
Liz: I think he’s more dangerous than you give him credit for. But he has a moral code. I don’t like it, but at least I know what it is, and it does not include lying to me.♤
Tom: …You want to know what I’m gonna do?
Liz: No.
Tom: I’m gonna buy a boat.
Liz: A boat?
Tom: Mm-hmm. A diving boat. Gonna run it down to Micronesia, open up a charter business. You ever heard of Chuuk Lagoon? … It’s a diver’s paradise.
Liz: You don’t even know how to swim.
Tom: I know. But I can learn.♤

Tom: Hey, can I ask you something? Do you think it’s possible – For, uh – Someone like me to start over, to become something else?
Liz: Isn’t that what you do for a living?
Tom: Yeah. [ Chuckles ] But, uh – You know what I mean.
Liz: Can you be honest? You have to be honest. Tom. Our entire marriage, everything that happened – Our fights, the baby – Your laugh. It couldn’t have all been pretend. You’re not that good an actor.♤ [ Tom chuckles ] That’s why I didn’t see it, because so much of it was real. You are my greatest failure as a profiler.
Tom: You’re my greatest success. You made me feel – For a moment – Like I had a life – And that somebody cared. So, this is me being honest.

Tom and Liz.

Tom and Liz.

Liz: Can you be honest about the passports?
Tom: The passports?
Liz: They’re real – Government issue. Where’d you get them?
Tom: Berlin had a guy.
Liz: I guess not.
Tom: Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. I can’t. Not about this.
Liz: That’s not how the truth works. You don’t get to pick and choose.♤ Not if you want to learn how to swim.♤
Tom: It’s gonna be a nice boat.♤
[ She kisses him; he kisses back ]
Tom: What was that?
Liz: That was goodbye.♤
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Hobbs: Where is everybody? I thought I was late.
Jasper: The vote’s already been taken.
The Director: Roger. Roger, Roger, Roger. I always treated you with respect. We may not have seen eye to eye, but I always heard you out.
Hobbs: Look, I don’t know what he’s been telling you –
The Director: I brought you in.
Hobbs: I know.
The Director: I was your sponsor.
"Roger. Roger, Roger, Roger."

“Roger. Roger, Roger, Roger.”

Hobbs: Yes. Look, I told him that Reddington –
The Director: Reddington did not make you! We made you! Have you forgotten what this organization has done for you? Government contracts? Silverstone? R&D grants? We put you in the game, and you betray us? You betray me? I treated you like family. I supported you.
Hobbs: Just hear me out.
The Director: Shh, shh, shh. There is a car waiting for you outside. You are going to the airport.
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Ressler: It’s not about money. It’s about revenge…
Cooper: You think they were in on it with the husband?
Ressler: I’m saying maybe the husband wasn’t in on it at all. Maybe they set him up …
Aram: Wait. The evidence you found in Cruz’s loft suggests she’s been targeting dozens of victims.
Ressler: All one-percenters – People who personify the same greed that cost her husband his life.

Liz: Tell us about Hernando Cruz.
Ressler: He didn’t jump off that bridge, did he, Lester?♤
Liz: Don’t look so depressed. Today’s your lucky day.♤ We found out who framed you.
Conway: Cruz. It was his wife?
Ressler: Maybe we can help you. Maybe you can talk to us, and maybe we can make a deal.
Liz: So you were a part of a conspiracy, and when Cruz tried to go against you, he was murdered – Thrown off a bridge to keep him from blowing the whistle. That’s when you framed him, which is why she framed you.
Conway: When I knew her, she was nobody, a ranch hand.♤ How did she –

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Vanessa Cruz & Mr Kaplan.

Vanessa Cruz & Mr Kaplan.

Mr Kaplan: Mrs. Cruz, my employer is a longtime admirer of yours.
Cruz: Who are you?
Kaplan: He understands your gambit has run its course. The FBI knows what you’re up to. They’re looking for you now, which means you have one of two choices – Run and hide, or accept his help.
Cruz: What help? And who’s this Employer?
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[ Knock on door ]
Liz: I got your message. What is this place?
Tom: Reddington.
Liz: Tom, what are you still doing here?
Tom: I’ve been thinking about what you said – About needing to tell you the truth. So I’m gonna tell you the truth.
Liz: I don’t understand.
Tom: The passports – The passports came from Reddington. Liz, there’s more.
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"Run like the prairie wind."

“Run like the prairie wind.”

Red: [ On phone ] Hobbs was to contact me after the vote was cast. He didn’t, which means he’s dead, which means you betrayed him. Betrayed me. Run, Jasper. Run like the prairie wind, because I’m coming for you. And when I find you, I’m going to cut out that forked tongue of yours and deliver it to the Director myself.♤ ⋘⋙ It’s time to go away, Dembe.
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Red: What’s wrong?
Liz: I just spent the last 42 hours dealing with a man who is a lifelong habitual, pathological liar.
Red: Tom.
Liz: Yes. Tom.
Red: Lizzy –
Liz: Don’t give me advice. This man, this liar, he told me something – Something that I need you to confirm. Now, before I ask, I want you to understand that I expect you to give me the dignity of a yes or a no. Do you understand?
Red: Yes. I’m the one who hired Tom Keen to enter your life. Can I explain?♤
Liz: No. No, you cannot explain. Here. [ Gives him the Fulcrum ] This is all you wanted. Now you have it.
Red: Lizzy, when I hired Tom –
Liz: I said please do not attempt to explain why. I don’t care why. I just want this to stop. I want it all to stop, right now. Take it!
Red: Lizzy. Lizzy!
Red is shot.

Red is shot.

[ Gunshot: Red is hit, he’s down ]
Liz: No! ♤

Dembe: Raymond!
Liz: Dembe!
[ Gunshots ] [ Dembe gets case with Fulcrum ]
Liz: Reddington!

Liz and Dembe return fire.

Liz and Dembe return fire.

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🔴 Episode 2:19 Leonard Caul

[ Blurb: ] Red has been shot and cannot risk going to an emergency room where his enemies can find him. He tells Liz to find Leonard Caul. Dembe instructs Liz to go to a flat to get the suitcase Red retrieved from the trunk of the Presidential limo.

Voiceover: Previously on The Blacklist:
Red: Alan Fitch directed me to that safe. What does he want me to know?
Leonard Caul (formerly known as Mystery Man): It is happening.♤
Red: What is? What’s happening?

"What is your location?"

“What is your location?”

Mr Kaplan: What is your location?
Liz: Who is this?
Mr Kaplan: What is your location?
Liz: Mr Kaplan?
Mr Kaplan: What is your location?♤
Red: [ To Liz ] You need– you need to find Leonard Caul.♤
Liz: Caul?
Red: Leonard Caul. T-t-talk to Dembe. [ Groaning ] You need to find him, Lizzy.
[ Gagging, coughing ]
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Connolly: Well, that was certainly trial by fire.
Wright: Mr. Attorney General.
Connolly: Not for another week. Not ever if the press has anything to say about it. I’m up there spinning gold about all the great things Justice will do under my leadership when I’ve got an aide whispering in my ear about–
Cooper: We just found out ourselves.
Connolly: Harold, I was caught with my pants down, and as three ex-wives can attest to, it’s not a pretty sight.♤
Cooper: Who is Leonard Caul?
Liz: He must know something about the people who organized the hit.
Ressler: So Reddington knows who’s behind this.
Liz: Whoever they are came after Reddington because they thought he had this device, the Fulcrum. It’s a blackmail file on a group, this cabal. He told them he had it, and he didn’t. And they finally called his bluff and tried to kill him, and they will not stop until they do.♤
Cooper: Unless we find Leonard Caul.
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Dembe tells Liz to go to Red's secret flat.

Dembe tells Liz to go to Red’s secret flat.

Dembe: Elizabeth. In Bethesda, there’s a small second-story flat. In the flat, you will find a desk.
The middle drawer has a false front. Remove it, and you will find a silver case along with a key.
Liz: This is about the Fulcrum.
Dembe: Yes. You still have it.
Liz: I do.
Dembe: This case, the key I need you to bring them here to Raymond, to Leonard Caul.
Liz: That’s why Reddington wanted us to find Caul, because he can decipher the Fulcrum.
[ Monitors beeping ]
Liz: He’s gonna be okay…?
Dembe: This flat– Raymond can never know you were there. Do you understand, Elizabeth?– I would go if I could, but I can’t. [ Lock disengages – looking ahead to scene showing Liz entering flat ] I can’t leave him alone. Raymond must never know you were there.♤
[ Monitor beeping. Red awakens. ]
Dembe: The doctor says you did well.
Red: Elizabeth?
Dembe: She’s fine.
Red: You need to go to my flat.
Dembe: I’m taking care of it.
Red: You were right, Dembe. I should’ve told her.
Dembe: I understand why you didn’t.
Red: [ Scoffs ] No, you don’t. [ Chuckles ] The blessing of an honest man.♤
Tom [ to Red, who is awake but remains silent ]: You know, that day at the hospital, the day Sam died, I think about that day a lot. I worked for you two years– we never met. You were always this shadow, moving from place to place, talked about, but never seen.
Tom's side of the story.

Tom’s side of the story.

And then there you were. To see you sitting there after I’d betrayed your trust, gone to work for Berlin, I was terrified. I sat there listening to you threaten me, threaten anyone who could hurt Liz. And all I could think was you– You are the one who hurts Liz the most.♤ She’s here in this right now because of you. And I know I played a part in that, and I’m not saying I didn’t, but– Trying to fix that. So I told her the truth about us. I’m telling you this because I don’t want you to be confused about my part in any of this– you, Liz [ Sighs ] All of it. I’m out. I’m done.
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Photos in Red's secret flat.

Photos in Red’s secret flat.

[ Liz explores the flat, sees photos on mantle, the some old, some newer. A photo of Liz 8-10yo and Sam that we’ve seen before is among them. A photo of a man in a military uniform, a square-faced woman smiling in a graduation gown and cap. Liz show surprise at one photo of an adult, face mostly obscured by sun glare, in a swing with a young girl, 3-5yo. Though dressed in a plaid shirt w muscular arms, the adult now appears to be a woman, shoulder-length, page-boy style hair, with a broad smile. The girl has dark hair. Liz uses her phone to capture an image of the photo, puts it back on the mantle. Liz collects the things she came for and prepares to leave… ]
The photo that catches Liz's eye.

The photo that catches Liz’s eye.

Liz: What’s your connection to Reddington?
Caul: Alan Fitch. I believe he wanted us to meet. Shortly after Reddington contacted me, there was an attempt on my life. That’s when I knew I could trust him.♤
Liz: When someone tried to kill you?
Caul: Yes, the cabal [ ie “alliance” ] – to keep us apart. I’ve been in hiding ever since, watching, waiting for a signal from Reddington that it was safe to meet. He sent word earlier today.
The Fulcrum spills its secrets.

The Fulcrum spills its secrets.

Caul: There’s a device – it’s called a “bubble module.” It’s the size of a quarter.♤
[ Rustling ]
[ Liz hands him the small box we – and Liz and Red – have been calling “The Fulcrum” ]
Liz: Smartest person I know couldn’t figure out how to read this.
Caul: That’s because he didn’t have the ciphertext.
[ Beeping. He removes tip of key, plugs it into the “interface,” plugs “Fulcrum” unit in as well ]
Liz: How did you get it?
Caul: I didn’t get it. [ Keypad clacking ] I wrote it.♤
[ Machine comes alive. It includes a projector which shines with a blue light. Liz looks on in astonishment ]
[ Liz and Caul are in car; he is driving ]
Caul: First time I saw it, I was speechless, too.
Liz: Some of the names on that list, people, they’re CEOs, Defense contractors, intelligence officers from China, India, all over the world.♤
Caul: Those names you saw, those are just the beginning.
Dembe during safe house attack.

Dembe during safe house attack.

Liz: We need to go back.
Caul: You’re outnumbered.
Liz: We have to go back and help.
Caul: There’s nothing you can do.
Liz: They’re going to kill Reddington. They’re gonna kill everyone. I-I can’t just walk away.
Caul: Yes, you can, and if you know what’s good, you’re going to keep walking.♤
Liz: What does that mean?
Caul: The Director never believed that Reddington had the Fulcrum. The moment Fitch died, it was only a matter of time before the Director called his bluff.
Liz: That’s it.
Caul: What? Agent Keen, what are you thinking?
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Red: There’s nothing you can do here.
Mr Kaplan: I’m not leaving you, Raymond.
Red: You need to go. Find a way out. I’ll be fine. And if I’m not, you know what to do. But you won’t be able to do it unless you leave.♤
She loves him.

She loves him.

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The Director: I admire your nerve, Agent Keen, barging in here like this. But I’m afraid it’s too late.
Liz: Well, then you’re gonna have to read about this in tomorrow’s New York Times.♤
[ Device whirring ]
Liz show The Director the Fulcrum.

Liz show The Director the Fulcrum.

Liz: The Fulcrum. You didn’t think Reddington had it. Well, here it is, and it tells quite a story – political assassinations, terrorism. We know who you are, what you’ve done.♤ You called Reddington’s bluff, and you lost. Call it off.
"I never noticed it before ..."

“I never noticed it before …”

The Director: I told you it’s too late.
Liz: Pick up the phone right now and call it off.
The Director: You have no idea the enemies you just made.
Liz: I’m afraid I do.♤ You can keep that. We have copies. [ Turns to leave ]
The Director: I never saw it before.
Liz: Saw what?
The Director: How much you look like your mother.♤
"... how much you look like your mother."

“… how much you look like your mother.”

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Red: Lizzy.
Liz: We’ve cleared a wing at Sibley Memorial for you and your medical team. Cooper will oversee your security personally.
Red: Lizzy. When I hired Tom Keen–
Liz: Don’t. There’s nothing you can say.
Red: [ Persisting ] When I hired Tom Keen, it was at a time of profound transition in your life. You’d already left behind the relative safety and innocence of youth. Sam’s care as a father had served you well, but you’d outgrown him. A-and I knew that [Inhales sharply] eventually my life would jeopardize yours.
Red tries to explain my he hired Tom.

Red tries to explain my he hired Tom.

So, in an admittedly presumptuous and ultimately futile effort to keep you safe, I hired Tom simply to be there as a friend of a friend to look after you from an arm’s length. When I learned that your relationship had become intimate, I fired him. I should’ve removed him, but you were already in love with him. And Tom, he shifted his allegiance to Berlin in part to protect himself from me, but also because it allowed for an inextricable intimacy and commitment to you.♤ And so you were married. And I couldn’t stay away any longer. A confluence of peril had entered your life, and I wanted to be within reach, to have influence. I turned myself in to the FBI to point you toward a truth that inevitably you would have to discover for yourself.♤
Liz: Is that all of it?
Red: Some of it.♤
Liz: Why couldn’t you just have said yes? It wouldn’t kill you to lie just once to make someone feel good.♤
Liz stomps out.

Liz stomps out.

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Director: I understand you’re conflicted. Lives were lost today. But the work we do is important. [ Liquid pouring ] We help provide peace, stability. Children can go to school, families to church without fear – or certainly with less of it because of us. And you wanted to be a part of that. It’s a solemn responsibility and, on days like today, a heavy one. And few people are capable of honoring that responsibility. You are– we know that, and we believe in you. We also know that we asked you to betray a friend. Well, you want a seat at the table. Now you have one.♤
Decision point.

Decision point.

The Director has been talking to soon-to-be Attorney General Tommy Connolly.

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🔴 Episode 2:20 Quon Zhang

[ Blurb: ] Liz prevails upon Red for information about the photo of the woman with the small girl she found in Red’s secret flat. Red captures a cabal member to get information on an upcoming attack and a smuggler of dead bodies reveals he’s just smuggled in one very much alive.yyu

Caul: Whatever they’re planning to accomplish, it won’t commence until 2017.
Red: Well, he’s advancing the time-line. And with Hobbs gone, I’ve lost my man on the inside. We need to find Kenneth Jasper. He’s one of the Director’s closest allies. He’ll know what they’re planning. I threatened to kill him when he betrayed Roger Hobbs. More specifically, I threatened to cut out his tongue and deliver it to the Director personally.♤ He won’t be easy to find. But he’s the best play.

Dembe and crew blow up Jasper's yacht to force him out of hiding.

Dembe and crew blow up Jasper’s yacht to force him out of hiding.

Red: Dembe, call Alex and Barton. Book them a flight to Key West. Jasper’s yacht is docked at the Admiral’s Club Marina A Benetti Romanza. Arrivederci Bella. Barton can pass for Jasper from a distance. Go aboard, take her out a mile or two, blow her up. Dembe will make it appear to be a death by misadventure. Tip off Frasier at The Journal and Brenda Short at Holford Capital. Stock in Jasper’s conglomerate, Century View Media, will start hemorrhaging as soon as news of his tragic disappearance goes viral.

♫ Hey, big spender hey, big spender ♫

Red: Within hours, he’ll have to hold a press conference to stem the bleeding. And then we’ll have his location, or at least a starting point.
Caul: And if he decides to ride it out?
Red: He has two viciously rapacious ex-wives, a Brazilian bull shark of a mistress, and a thoroughbred ranch south of Ocala that’s a bottomless money pit. He’ll turn up.♤

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Jasper: [On Red’s computer screen] The important thing is for our stockholders to understand that I am alive and well.
[ Red is watching, laughs ]
Reporter: And we understand that you’ve lined up a series of interviews so that you can reassure –
Red: Call Hollenbeck in Boston. I want a surveillance team outside that station when Jasper leaves.
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Liz finds out Red was spying on her & he agrees to discuss the mysterious photograph with her.

Liz finds out Red was spying on her & he agrees to discuss the mysterious photograph with her.

Liz: [ In Red’s flat. ] Where are you? Where are you? Where are you?
Dembe: Raymond. [ Hands Red tablet computer showing Liz in apartment ]
Reporter: [ On computer screen ] … want to be assured that this company is stable.
Liz: [ Speaks into camera ] Hello, Mr. Kershaw.
Red: [ Groans ]
Liz: I saw your name on the mailbox. I know you’re listening. You know how I know? Because this is where you keep all of your secrets. And you don’t want anyone finding those out, do you? Well, unless you answer my questions, I’m gonna find every last one.
Red: Let me have your phone.
[ Liz’s cellphone vibrates ]
Red: You’ve made your point, Agent Keen. It’s time we discuss the photograph.♤
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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)

Red: The girl is you. And the woman is your mother.♤
Liz: What was her name?
Red: I knew her as Katarina Rostova. One of her many names. She was a KGB agent.
Liz: The girl – The night of the fire, they called her Masha.
Red: You were born in Moscow. Your parents – Uh, father and – They were both in foreign intelligence.
Liz: You said she died of weakness and shame.
Red: Yeah.
Liz: You were there that night. I need to know what happened.
Red: You want to know. There’s a difference.♤

Liz: Dr. Orchard told me someone blocked my memory of that night. Was it you?
Red: Yes.
Liz: Why?
Red: I’m not going to tell you.
Liz: You have a picture of my mother in your weird, little apartment. Why? Were you in love with her? Is that why my father died? You killed him because you were in love with my mother ♤ Tell me what happened. Please.
Red: I’m not gonna tell you what happened, Lizzy.
Liz: Then I’ll find out for myself.

"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?”

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Jasper: My face is out there. I’ve done five interviews in the last four hours. The reporting has been corrected. It’ll just take time for the share price to recover.
Aide: The front desk called. The radio people are here.
Jasper: Put Theelan on it. Tell him to flog his boy from the S.E.C. and get it done!
[ Knock on door ]
Jasper: We’ll be wheels up again in two hours. I’ll do the video up-link in the air.
Red: Hello, Kenneth! Regrettably, your interview has been canceled, but don’t fret. I’m quite certain my questions will be much more provocative.♤
Diabolical dentistry: aka extreme interrogation technique.

Diabolical dentistry: aka extreme interrogation technique.

Red: Heads up, Kenneth. I’m afraid I mean quite literally. I’m gonna need you to keep your head up for this next part. It’s bad news, old boy. I know. A few days ago, I offered to crown you king, and now here you sit. Well, the road not taken.♤ This is Agent Navabi. She was trained by Mossad in enhanced interrogation techniques. I thought you two should have a little visit.
Samar: Why don’t we get started?
Samar: Look at me. Sir, we don’t have much time. We need to move quickly before he comes back. I have orders from the Director to get you out of here. Stay behind me and keep quiet. Dembe: Stop!
[ Samar shoots. Dembe falls ]
Samar: Get in the car. Go.[ Engine turns over ] [ Tires squealing ]

Jasper: “For Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”
Samar: Corinthians. ♤
Jasper: Where are we going?
Samar: I have orders to take you to the Director.
Samar: Reddington has the Fulcrum, which means he has a blueprint outlining our entire infrastructure. If you leaked operational details, we’re done.
Jasper: I didn’t. I don’t even have those details. I know we’re targeting a defense installation, but I don’t know which one. I’m serious! [ Scoffs ] The Director won’t finalize his choice until next week.
Samar: Then you have nothing to worry about.
Jasper: Why are we? Where are you taking me?
Samar: This isn’t In Corinthians, Satan wasn’t transformed into an angel of light. He was disguised as one.♤
Red: Don’t look so glum, Kenneth. You just spent 10 minutes being ridden hard by Agent Navabi. I’d die for five.♤

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Quon Zhang, smuggler.

Quon Zhang, smuggler.

Samar: We know you don’t work exclusively as an independent operator. Your skill as an international smuggler has made you quite valuable.
Zhang: Valuable? To who?
Liz: To an organization some call the Cabal.
Zhang: I don’t know what that is.
Samar: You may not know the name, but you know who hired you to procure the weapon used in the Taiwanese Festival Bombing. Or the convoy hit in Jakarta.
Zhang: I’m listening.
Samar: There’s going to be an attack on U.S. soil next week. You were contracted to bring an item into the country, something we believe will be instrumental in that attack. We need to know what it is and when it’s coming.
Zhang: [ Chuckles ] You’re wrong.
Liz: We’re not wrong. We know you were contracted.
Zhang: Not about that. I was called to arrange a delivery. But not for an item. It was an agent – The one they call Karakurt.♤
Liz: Karakurt? Who is that?
Zhang: And he’s not arriving next week. He’s already here. You see, Agent Keen, your bad luck is already beginning.
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Soon-to-be AG Connolly asks Cooper for an illegal favor.

Soon-to-be AG Connolly asks Cooper for an illegal favor.

Connolly: I’m sure a smart guy like you can guess who’s calling my plays.
Cooper: The Cabal.
Connolly: [ Chuckles ] A quaint term that no one actually involved would ever use.
Cooper: Why me? If you guys are as powerful as I’m told, what the hell do you need me for?
Connolly: All in good time, Harold. What matters now is that you realize one key thing – That you understand it and internalize it with every fiber of your being.
Cooper: And that is?
Connolly: We own you. You perjured yourself to protect Agent Keen. You broke federal law by disclosing the time-line of a pending indictment. If that weren’t enough, a classified document was leaked today to The Post.
Cooper: I told you I won’t do it.
Connolly: You’re not understanding me, Harold. It’s already done. It seems your wife doesn’t share your ethical principles. You wouldn’t do it, so Charlene made the hard decision for you. [ Sighs ] That’s how much she loves you. God knows my wife wouldn’t commit any felonies for my behalf. I’m sure you’re thinking up all of the moves you have left. Careful. The people I speak for won’t hesitate to hurt you or her if they need to.♤
Cooper: So, what now?
Connolly: Like I said, all will soon be revealed. Come on. I think they’re, uh, almost ready to start.
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Jasper's "forked tongue" delivered to The Director.

Jasper’s “forked tongue” delivered to The Director.

[ Door to The Director’s office opens ]
Aide: A package arrived for you. It was flagged by security. I think you need to see it for yourself.
[ Cellphone ringing ]
Red: I had a little chat with Jasper today. Turns out he wasn’t very good at holding his tongue, so I thought I’d give you a shot at it.♤
[ The Director opens box. A tongue is inside. ]
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[ ♫ Don Brownrigg’s “How are you supposed to know?” plays ]
A picture of yourself armed with all you know

[ Montage follows ]
Connolly: “I, Thomas P. Connolly, solemnly swear”

♫ Stabbing through the dark

Connolly: I, Thomas P. Connolly, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the constitution of the United States of America.

A traitor is sworn in as U.S. Attorney General.

A traitor is sworn in as U.S. Attorney General.

♫ It’s the pages, it’s the past

Connolly: of the United States of America.

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♫ It’s the roots that trip that grow

[ Ringing ] [ Cellphone vibrates ]

♫ Search yourself for something
for something you’ve not done


[ Red is trying to call Liz. She sees call but will not pick up ]
Recording: You’ve reached Elizabeth Keen. Please leave your message at the tone.
[ Beep ]

♫ bothered off and living a life of your own
in the city where convenience
is the throw of a stone
how are you supposed to know
how you are supposed to go

As Red tries to reach her, Liz turns to Tom for comfort.

As Red tries to reach her, Liz turns to Tom for comfort.

[ Breathing ] [ Knock on door. Tom answers. It’s Liz, sobbing, wet in the rain. ]
Tom: Come in. You want to talk about it?
[ She shakes her head. They embrace in the rain ]

♫ So you take to living
living is all you’ve got
dodge the fake and fiending
and all the things you’re not


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[ Workers remove top of shipping coffin. A man is inside, connected to an oxygen tank. His eyes blink open ]

Worker: [ In Russian ] Welcome to America, sir.



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🔴 Episode 2:21 Karakurt

[ Blurb: ] A notorious saboteur, Karakurt, is in country to carry out an attack on a high-value target that will then be blamed on Russia. Red refuses to give Liz more information on her mother, so she turns to other sources.


Brimley, torture artìste

Brimley, torture artìste

[ Man screaming ] [ Red is asleep in chair, snoring ] [ Wheels of oxygen cart squeaking. Brimley wheezing ]
Brimley: I know you think he knows something, but I wouldn’t bet the double-wide. [ Gasping ] My guess? The boy don’t know doodle.
Red: Oh, the boy knows more than doodle, Brimley.
[ Wheels of cart squeaking ]
Red: I’ve received information from my sources confirming that Karakurt is in-country.
Brimley: I’m gonna need a bag of dry ice and five feet of vinyl garden hose!♤
[ Door slams ]
Red: That poor fellow’s an aide at the Russian consulate and a loyal errand boy for the Cabal. [ Door opens ] I believe he’s the one who provided Karakurt with a go-bag upon his arrival in the States.
Liz: There’s something I want to make clear with you.
Red: Karakurt is known in the intelligence community as the left hand of the SVR.
Liz: It’s not enough for you to tell me that my mother was KGB and that I was born in Russia. –
Red: In truth, he works for the Cabal. They smuggled him into America because they know if he commits an act of terror here, your government will blame Moscow. – ♤
Liz: My mother and my father – I'm gonna find out the truth. Red: But listen to me. The Cabal is orchestrati–

Liz: My mother and my father – I’m gonna find out the truth. Red: But listen to me. The Cabal is orchestrati–

Liz: My mother and my father, who they are, what happened in the fire– I’m gonna find out the truth. –
Red: I’m sure you will, Lizzy. But listen to me. The Cabal is orchestrati–
Liz: I get it! The Cabal is trying to start another Cold War, and an act of terror committed here is step one in making that happen. I am listening to what you are saying, and I know that it’s important, but it is no more important than what I am telling you, and I need you to listen to that!♤
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, Lizzy.
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Samar Navabi: Is Reddington saying that the SVR has sent a terrorist to America?
Liz: No, that’s what the Cabal wants us to think. Whatever Karakurt was sent here to do, the American government will believe that it was on behalf of Russia. It’s a false-flag operation meant to strain relations.♤
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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.♤
Masik: "Katarina Rostova – She's a myth … the Pinko Mata Hari"

Masik: “Katarina Rostova – She’s a myth … the Pinko Mata Hari”

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.♤
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Karakurt wipes out the Russian counter-intelligence unit at the Orea bldg

Karakurt wipes out the Russian counter-intelligence unit at the Orea bldg

Red: You’re okay. I was afraid you were inside.
Liz: No, but those agents– their entire section. Every agent on that desk was wiped out. If this gets traced back to Russia–
Red: Not “If,” Lizzy. Senator Hawkins has taken the bait like a bluegill to a cricket. And where he goes, the warmongers are sure to follow.♤ Where are you on Karakurt?
Liz: Where? Nowhere. The Cabal just took out an entire substation of the CIA. They put a bullet in your chest, and you have no idea how. You’re the most cautious person I know. The FBI couldn’t find you for 20 years, but they did.♤ They’re three steps ahead, and that’s exactly what I’m gonna tell the AG.
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Connolly: You will ignore Reddington’s lead.
Cooper: Why? I’m sure it’s solid.
Connolly: Harold, call your team. Tell them intel indicates the Russian is at Union Station.
Cooper: You expect me to let Karakurt get away? The man murdered–
Connolly: And that is a national tragedy, but finding him will not bring them back.
Cooper: What about his next target? How many more lives does he have to take before you let me do my job?
Connolly: Your job today is to divert your team to Union Station, or, God forbid, your wife will pay the price. Charlene is a lovely woman who violated the Espionage Act for you. Prison will not be kind to her. Harold, let him go. This is bigger than both of us.♤
Red: It always starts with a favor.♤
Cooper: I’ve known Tom Connolly for two decades. He’s had dinners at my house. And when he offered to help me get into that drug trial, it was my only hope.
Red: It wasn’t just your hope, Harold. It was your wife’s hope, you children’s. You were given a terminal diagnosis, and Connolly ends up offering you a choice– your life or your ethics, and you picked your life. What good are ethics if you aren’t alive to live by them?♤
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"Reddy Bear!"

“Reddy Bear!”

Dr Kimberly: Reddy Bear!♤ Oh, I could eat you alive!
[ Smooches ] Mm. Mwah.
Red: Ginger, this is Dr. Lauren Kimberly. Lauren, my executive assistant, Ginger Lumiere.
Kimberly: Hmm. Interesting look. Purposeful, but still feminine. You should try a darker shade of lipstick. [ Gasps] I bet you could get away with a gloss.
Red: Lauren, we’re going to have to forgo the makeover today. We’re in a bit of a pinch.
Kimberly: Understood. Let me see what I can do.
Liz: I’ve got a lead on my mom. An Orea agent, he has a CI who might know something about Katarina Rostova.
Red: Dr. Kimberly was a tenured professor doing genome research at Stanford when she was recruited by the private sector.
Liz: I’m gonna find out the truth.
Red: She makes her real money consulting. Costs a fortune. She did, however, let me name a lipstick color – “Fire In The Hole.”♤
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Tom/Jacob: Hi, Liz. This is, uh, Jacob. [ Horn blares ] Jacob Phelps. Look, I know things are complicated. I know you’re going through a bad breakup. But from what I heard, the guy’s a total loser. Couldn’t cook, made crappy pancakes.♤ So I wanted to see if you would join me for dinner tomorrow. Uh, I made a reservation at 7:00 at this great little place on the corner of 32nd and M, and I hope that you will come. Or not. But, uh, either way, I’ll be there. [ Beep ]
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Liz: So, we know Karakurt is targeting one person and it’s keyed to his or her DNA.
Red: Think. He bombed the CIA’s Russian section. That took time, money and no small amount of risk. What happens when the United States is attacked, suffers grievous loss of life? Liz: We go into lock-down. The bombing bumped the NTAS level to red. But why put the mission at risk by triggering a high-level terrorist alert?
Red: Well, that’s the downside. The upside is exposure, public attention.♤ Remember, the people behind this went to immense trouble and expense. What does that say about their target?
Liz: He’s high-value. Someone important. …
Caul: What are you thinking?
Red: Not me, Leonard. The Director. What is he thinking? His objective is to exacerbate tensions with Russia. He chose to send Karakurt, an assassin known to work for the regime so people will assume Russia is responsible.♤
Caul: So–
Red: So whoever he’s targeting next will be an enemy of Russia, an outspoken critic. Someone people will believe the Russians would want to silence.♤
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Trying to save the Senator

Trying to save the Senator

Connolly: Harold, your cooperation was instrumental in Karakurt’s escape. Everything’s on track, thanks to you.
Cooper: Don’t thank me yet.
Connolly: Why? Is there a problem?
Cooper: My people are closing in on him now. They know the Orea bombing was just the first in a series of attacks. They know about the virus.
Connolly: I see. Well, thank you for letting me know. But why are you letting me know? And don’t tell me you want to help because I know you’d like nothing better than to strangle me right now.
Failing to save the Senator

Failing to save the Senator

Cooper: You’re right. I’m letting you know because I want you to call it off. I can’t control Reddington, and I can’t misdirect my people again without drawing suspicion. It’s only a matter of time until they stop Karakurt.
Connolly: Stop him from what? They don’t even know his target.
Cooper: Clifford Hawkins. Call it off, Tom. If the Director really wants him dead, he can find another way on another day.
Connolly: No. Today is the day. I appreciate your concern, but everything should be fine. Strange days, don’t you think? Assassins don’t need knives or guns or bombs. All you have to do is answer a few questions and shake the wrong man’s hand.♤
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Liz: Karakurt. That means “Spider,” right?♤
Karakurt: Kara-what? Huh? Look, I don’t know what that is. My name is Jonas Flemming. I’m a reporter for the European Wire. I live in Rotterdam.
Ressler: We’re gonna try this again. We know who you are. That’s you outside the Orea. You exited a rental truck less than a minute before it exploded and destroyed the building.
Liz: We have a recording of you and Andropov. We know he engineered a drug designed to kill the Senator. We know you’re infected.
Karakurt: No, no, no, no. My credentials were taken from me when I arrived, but they were vetted by your Department Of Justice. Please, call.
Liz: You didn’t touch the Senator. How was the virus delivered?
Ressler: You can rig your little story, but you can’t rig your blood. We’re running it right now. And when it comes back positive for that virus that killed Hawkins, we got you.
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Velov: "I considered you the KGB's greatest enemy"

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

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.♤

"I was young. I had no concept of what a real enemy looked like."

“I was young. I had no idea what a real enemy looked like.”

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 know.♤ Which is why I’m hoping you and I might prove to be fast friends.
Velov: What can I do? I know you’re working with the CIA as an informant for the Office of Russian and European Analysis.Since those agents are tragically no longer with us, I was thinking perhaps you might become an asset for me.
Velov: The American government. They may not be done with me yet. I got a phone call from FBI. An agent named Elizabeth Keen.
Red: Really? What about?
Velov: She wants to meet. She was asking about Katarina Rostova.
Red: Did you know Katarina Rostova?
Velov: No, not personally. All I know are the same old ghost stories we all share.
Red: Well, if you were in my employ, I would have to insist you not speak to anyone from the FBI or any other US intelligence agency.
Velov: Of course. And Agent Keen, she wasn’t the first. Sometime back, two men from Justice Department come and ask me about Katarina. I suppose they think I am one of the few people left who still remember the old stories.
Red: What sort of stories?
Velov:They were asking about her KGB contacts, where she lived, and about a child.♤
Red: They asked about a child?
Velov: Yes, many times.”Tell me about her child.” I said, “All I know is they say she had a daughter.”
Red: Dembe, the phone.♤
"Dembe, phone!"

“Dembe, phone!”

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Aram: The Crime Lab just called. They’re saying his blood tested negative for the virus.
Ressler: Negative? That’s not possible.
[ Cellphone vibrates ]
Red: "You've been set up."

Red: “You’ve been set up.”

Hey, I got to call you right back.
Red: Lizzy, you need to get out of there now.♤
Liz: Why? Where are you? What’s going on?
Red: You’ve been set up. The Cabal’s been asking about you, Lizzy. They know who your mother was. You’ve been set up. You were there when the Orea building was bombed. They wanted you to save Clifford Hawkins. They sent Karakurt to the memorial to make you think he was the threat so you would secure the Senator and infect him in the process.
Liz: I don’t have the virus.♤
Red: You do, Lizzy. I don’t need a test to know that you do. Your mother was a Russian spy, and now they’ve made it look like you are, too. You have the virus. You infected the Senator, and now they will come for you. You need to get out of there now.♤
"You infected the Senator, and now they will come for you"

“You infected the Senator, and now they will come for you”

[Elevator opens. Connolly walks out with two armed guards. Liz eludes them ]

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🔴 Episode 2:22 Tom Connolly

[ Blurb: ] Liz is being framed for the murder of a U.S. Senator as The Cabal tries to stir up trouble with Russia. Red does what he has threatened for 20 years and Cooper gets a new prognosis. The Season 2 Finale.

Liz: I’m being framed.
Red: Yes, and by the end of the day, they’ll identify you by name.
Liz: Anyone could have infected Hawkins. He must have shaken dozens of hands at that memorial.
Red: Within hours, they will all have tested negative for the virus.
Liz: You can’t know that. This is insane.

"You need to get out."

“You need to get out.”

Red: Lizzy, you walked into the Director’s office and played him the Fulcrum. You are the enemy. They’re crawling over every place you’ve ever lived and worked, every file and hard drive like fire ants on a grasshopper.
Liz: They won’t find anything.
Red: That’ll suit their purposes just fine. Anything they do find, they’ll erase so they can say you destroyed evidence to hide your involvement in the plot. And when they eventually restore what few pieces they do want to be found, they will not be kind to you. You need to get out.
Liz: If I run, it’ll only make me look guilty. I’ll be playing right into their hands.
Red: You’re already in their hands. The only thing they haven’t done is closed their fist. Go. Now. I’ll be there in three minutes.
Liz: No. They can’t prove I did anything wrong. They can call me a criminal, but I’m not gonna act like one.
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Cooper and Connelly face off

Cooper and Connelly face off

[Cooper: Did you hear what I said? You can take your pills and your clinical trial. [ Throws pills on floor ] I would rather die than be part of this.
Connolly: Escort Director Cooper to his car. I’m placing him on administrative leave until we’re finished here. And find Elizabeth Keen.
⊰ ♤ ⊱
Interrogator: Cut the crap. We know who you are. Where were you born?
Liz: I was raised in Nebraska.
Interrogator: That’s not what I asked. You were born in Moscow. Your mother was a KGB agent named Katarina Rostova. Your adopted father had a criminal past you failed to mention. What is your birth name?
Liz: What?
Interrogator: Your birth name? For most people, that’s a pretty simple question.
Liz: I never knew my biological parents, and my memories were blocked.
Interrogator: You expect us to believe that?
Liz: I don’t care what you believe.
Interrogator: Intel indicates the existence of a Russian sleeper agent within the FBI.
Liz: Then maybe you should go out and look for him.
Interrogator: We know the truth, Masha. That’s your real name, isn’t it? Masha Rostova. Answer the question, Agent Keen.
"They can make anything seem like the truth"

“They can make anything seem like the truth”

Ressler: Don’t do this, Keen.
Liz: They won’t listen to me.
Ressler: We’ll make them listen.
Liz: Did you get my blood test back?
Ressler: Positive for the virus.
Liz: You see? They can make anything look like the truth.
Ressler: And if you run, what does that look like? If someone’s setting you up, you’re giving them exactly what they want. You can fight this, but if you’ve got to do it from inside the system.
Liz: In about 20 seconds, that camera’s gonna turn back on. If you’re gonna let me go, you’ve got to do it now, before people see you standing here with me.
[ Generator whirring ] [ Beep ] [ Lights back on ]
Ressler: We just missed her. Got her burner.
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Tom: I can keep her safe. I can help her disappear.
Red: Your assistance is not necessary. [ Hangs up ]
Liz: Who was that?
Red: Tom. Tom is calling to take you away, start a new life with a new identity. But if you run now, before clearing your name, there is no place you can go where they won’t find you.♤
[ Cellphone vibrating ] Face this now, fight it, and you’ll be free to make any choice you want.

"I'm a 'sin eater'"

“I’m a ‘sin eater'”

Red: Harold told me the man who infected you was the virologist Andropov.
Liz: You got me out of the post office. You gave me a chance to prove my innocence. I know you think you care about me. But every time you do something that makes me think you really do, you do something else that reminds me that you simply aren’t capable of it.
Red: I’m a sin eater.♤ I absorb the misdeeds of others, darkening my soul to keep theirs pure. That is what I’m capable of. ♤
Liz: What sin of mine could you possibly have absorbed?
Red: Andropov – do you have a lead?
Liz: I do, and I’ll handle it on my own, because that’s what I’m capable of.♤
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Liz: I don’t want to regret anything.
Tom: What could you possibly regret?
Liz: Not saying yes.
Tom: Yes to what?
Liz: You. Take me with you.
Tom: Don’t say that.
Liz: I’m here. All we have to do is go.
Tom: Liz, if you go away with me, you’ll never get answers. You’ll never find out who you really are.
Liz: I don’t need to know who I am to know what I want.
Tom: What do you want, Liz?
Liz: You.
[ They make love ]
⊰ ♤ ⊱
Red: My name is Raymond Reddington. The United States government has placed me atop the country’s list of most-wanted fugitives for a colorful and not uninteresting assortment of crimes, most of which I have committed. That’s who I am.♤ You, in turn, are by my estimation eleven of the best investigative journalists in the world. I’m here to tell you a story. I’m sure you recognize many of the faces behind me. They are among the most powerful men and women on the planet. They are also part of a global conspiracy, a shadow organization that spans across every continent and has for the last three decades, consisting of leaders in world government and the private sector. Some call this group “The Cabal.” The world you live in is the world they want you to think you live in.
Red addresses investigative journalists

Red addresses investigative journalists

They start wars, create chaos. And when it suits them, they resolve it. Cabal members will move more money in the next quarter than the World Bank will in the next year. Their alliance effects sea change in every aspect of human life – the value and distribution of commodities, money, weapons, water, fuel, the food we eat to live, the information we rely on to tell us who we are. What exactly do you expect us to do with this information? Study it, investigate it to determine the truth, and then report it. Let me be clear. Investigating this group will immediately position you as a threat. If you do what I’m asking, you’ll be putting your lives and the lives of those you love at grave risk. In the end, “The truth will out.” Not all of us will live to see that day, but the truth will out.♤
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Cooper: Tom, we need to talk.
Connolly: I don’t think we have anything to say to each other.
Cooper: I spoke with Dr. Levin. He recorded your conversations.
Connolly: You got a lot of chutzpah coming here.
Liz: Oh, he’s got much more than that.
Cooper: I have my health. What a miracle – cancer free. But then, you know that, don’t you, Tom? How quickly fortunes can turn.
Liz: I wouldn’t call your security. Not until you’ve heard what we have to say.
Cooper: We have the tapes – recordings that prove you blackmailed Dr. Levin into falsifying my medical records.
Liz: So here’s what you’re gonna do. You’re gonna make this go away, all of it. You’re gonna exonerate me by prosecuting Karakurt, the real killer of the 14 agents and Senator Hawkins. You’re going to agree not to press charges against Charlene. You’re going to reinstate Agent Cooper, and you’re going to convey to the Director that he is not to touch Raymond Reddington.
imageConnolly: Why would I agree to any of that?
Cooper: Because if you refuse, we’ll take the evidence to the Bureau.
Connolly: I own the Bureau.
Cooper: Then we’ll go to a federal judge.
Connolly: Good luck. A river of influence runs deep, or have you forgotten how easily we made Judge Denner suppress first-degree murder charges against you, Agent Keen. Look around. Why do you think I’m here? There’s a banquet tonight, fraternal order of police. I’m the keynote speaker. Four hours from now, I’m going to be on that stage, announcing that my office has secured an indictment against the members of a rogue task force.
Cooper: This task force was authorized by the FBI and the DOJ.
Connolly: By my predecessor at the DOJ. You’re going to prison, Agent Keen. Donald Ressler – his little oxy addiction will get him drummed out of the Bureau. Samar Navabi will be extradited to Iran, where she will stand trial for the murder of one of their top nuclear scientists. Charlene, Harold, even Agent Mojtabai. We have a little something in mind for all of you, including treason charges and the death penalty for Reddington.♤ So are we finished here? Because I think it’s cocktail hour. [ Liz draws her gun ] Oh. [ Chuckles ] What are you gonna do, Agent Keen – arrest me?
Liz relives the past

Liz relives the past

Cooper: Keen, put it down.
Connolly: I am nothing. I am a cog in a very large wheel. Shoot me, and somebody at least as powerful will take my place. You just won’t know who.
Cooper: Agent Keen, you do this, you become everything they say you are.
Liz: I can’t let him.
Cooper: Elizabeth, listen to me.
Cooper: That conversation we had in my hospital room, the good person I told you I didn’t want to lose [ Distorted ] The agent you were before all of this – you do this, and she’s gone.
[ Liz fires. Connolly falls, dead. Liz recalls, on the night of the fire, shooting her father ]
Cooper: Keen – Run.
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Ressler: You are a wanted fugitive. You murdered the Attorney General of the United States. You have to come in.
Liz: I can’t.
Ressler: Damn it, Liz, wake up. You keep running, you will be hunted down.
Liz: I know.
Ressler: By me. Don’t make me do this. Please, Liz, tell me where you are. [ Beep ] Tell me, and I can get – [ Beeping ]
[ Dialing ] [ Cellphone rings ]
Red: [ On phone ] Lizzy.
Liz: I need your help.
Red: Where are you?
Liz: I killed Tom Connolly.
Red: I know. Where are you?
Liz: I’m on, uh, 7th and L, Northeast.
Red: I’m gonna call you back in two minutes with an address. I need you to get there. I’m gonna get you out.
[ Beep ] [ Dialing ] [ Ringing ]
Red: [ On phone ] It’s me. I need to travel.
Liz: I remember.
[ Car door closes ] [ Engine turns over ]
Liz: I remember everything.
Red: Remember what?
Liz: The night of the fire. I know what happened, and I understand why you didn’t want me to find out. When I pulled the trigger – When I shot Connolly, I It came back to me. It was like I was there. I could hear them arguing. [ Flashback. Distorted shouting ] He was hurting her. And I know why my father died that night.♤
Woman: [ Distorted ] Masha?
Liz: I shot him. That’s why you blocked my memory – not to protect yourself. To protect me.
Red: Yeah.
[ ♫ Elton John’s Rocket Man plays ]

♫ She packed my bags last night, preflight
zero hour, 9:00 AM
and I’m gonna be high
as a kite by then
I miss the earth so much I miss my wife
it’s lonely out in space on such a timeless flight

Liz: You’re my sin eater.♤
Red: Tried to be. But I failed. I never wanted you to be –
Liz: What?
Red: Like me.♤
[ They clasp hands ]

[ Van pulls up ]
Red: This is us.
[ They get into the van and it drives away ]

♫ And I think it’s gonna be a long, long, time
‘Til touchdown brings me ’round again to find
I’m not the man they think I am at home
Ah, no no no
I’m a rocket man
Rocket man
Burnin’ out this fuse
Up here alone


Partners in Crime

Partners in Crime


[ Ressler tapes up Liz’s mug shot on the Task Force’s display window … A man pins up a “Ten Most Wanted” poster of Elizabeth Keen next to that of Raymond Reddington … In the van, Liz rests her head on Red’s shoulder and closes her eyes ]

♫ Mars ain’t the kind of place
To raise your kids
In fact, it’s cold as hell
And there’s no one there to raise them
If you did

♫ And all this science
I don’t understand
It’s just my job
Five days a week
A rocket man
Rocket Man

♫ And I think it’s gonna be a long, long, time
‘Til touchdown brings me ’round again to find
I’m not the man they think I am at home
Ah, no no no
♫ And I think it’s gonna be a long, long, time
‘Til touchdown brings me ’round again to find
I’m not the man they think I am at home
Ah, no no no…
I’m a rocket man
Rocket man
Burnin’ out this fuse
Up here alone

♫ And I think it’s gonna be a long, long, time
And I think it’s gonna be a long, long, time
And I think it’s gonna be a long, long, time

♫ Long, long, time
Long, long, time

♫ Ah, no, no, no…
Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no, no…

Rocket Man lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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