The Blacklist Episode Guide

Here is the episode guide for The Blacklist. Each episode has the title, writer, director, and a description listed. The descriptions are sourced from official press releases

Key: YMTA = You, Me and the Apocalypse

16 - The Caretaker

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After a State Department official is found dead in Beijing, Red and Liz link the murder to a secret keeper known as "The Caretaker," who maintains an impenetrable safety deposit vault for criminals. Red and Liz work with the task force to find the Caretaker and his collection of lethal and classified secrets. Meanwhile, Tom makes a risky decision, while Liz persists on her quest to find out more about her mother

15 - Drexel

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After the founder of a successful internet start-up is found dead, Red recognizes the crime scene as the work of a notorious killer. Liz and the task force work with Red to track the murderer through a dangerous underground news source. Meanwhile, Tom faces a life threatening situation, while Liz considers options for her baby.

14 - Lady Ambrosia

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After a missing child that has been presumed dead turns up alive, Red and Liz work with the taskforce to search for a dangerous woman who may be kidnapping children. Meanwhile, Tom faces shocking consequences after his plan to help Liz goes awry.

13 - Alistair Pitt

Story By: Nicole Phillips & Adam Sussman Directed By: Bill Roe
Rating: 1.5 Audience: 6.49
Red and Liz work with the taskforce to stop a negotiator who has resurfaced to unite two rival crime families. Tom reconnects with a former flame

12 - The Vehm

Written By: Vincent Angell Directed By: Michael Watkins
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 7.16
After an associate of Red's is murdered by a rare medieval device, he alerts the task force that a vigilante group from the Middle Ages known as "The Holy Vhem" has been resurrected and is lethal. Red teams up with Liz and the task force to stop the assassins before any more of the targets are killed. Meanwhile, upon receiving shocking news, Liz carefully considers her next move

11 - Mr. Gregory Devry

Written By: Daniel Knauf Directed By: Alex Zakrzewski
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 7.42
With her name finally cleared, Liz attempts to reclaim her former life. Red works with the task force to infiltrate an assembly of high-level criminals at large in a rare, risky opportunity to capture the heads of the world's most lethal organized crime syndicates.

10 - The Director: Conclusion

Written By: Lukas Reiter Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 7.47
As The Cabal prepares to assassinate Liz, Red calls upon the task force to combine efforts to outmaneuver The Cabal to exonerate her. Red delivers a final ultimatum.

09 - The Director

Written By: Daniel Cerone Directed By: Mary Lambert
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 7.52
While Liz awaits trial Red and Aram take bold measures to ensure her protection.

08 - Knights Of The Road

Written By: Daniel Cerone Directed By: Mary Lambert
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 7.52
Red and Liz are unexpectedly separated from each other when Red falls into a dangerous situation. Samar makes a risky decision to help Liz while Tom and Cooper continue on their expedition to exonerate Liz

07 - Zal Bin Hasaan

Written By: Brandon Sonnier & Brandon Margolis Directed By: Michael Watkins
Rating: 1.5 Audience: 6.75
A family tragedy in Samar's past resurfaces when the Task Force hunt for an elusive international terrorist. The FBI and the Cabal gain significant ground in their search for Liz and Red. Meanwhile, Tom encounters complications in his plan to exonerate Liz.

06 - Sir Crispin Chandler

Written By: Dave Thomas Directed By: Ami Canaan Mann
Rating: 1.4 Audience: 6.44
Red and Liz catch wind that Andras Halmi a trusted advisor of The Director has gone missing. In pursuit of finding Halmi, Red and Liz narrowly escape a violent confrontation. Meanwhile, Tom ends up in a brutal "Fight Club" to find the one man he thinks will be able to exonerate Liz.

05 - Arioch Cain

Written By: Dawn DeNoon Directed By: Alex Zakrzewski
Rating: 1.5 Audience: 7.03
An enormous bounty is posted for Agent Keen drawing out any number of unknown assassins while the FBI and Reddington join forces to protect her.

04 - The Djinn

Written By: Daniel Cerone Directed By: Omar Madha
Rating: 1.4 Audience: 6.68
Red and Liz continue their mission to clear Liz's name. Red enlists the help of the task force to help them find a woman called the Djinn, a mysterious woman who fulfills revenge fantasies. They believe the Djinn can lead them to the Cabal, the next step in exonerating Liz

03 - Eli Matchett

Written By: Lukas Reiter & J. R. Orci Directed By: Steven A. Adelson
Rating: 1.4 Audience: 6.93
Red and Liz take a detour towards the Midwest as part of their mission to exonerate Liz and defeat the Cabal. Ressler, Samar and Aram continue to track the fugitives and in the process stumble upon what could become a global food crisis. Meanwhile, Cooper turns to an unlikely ally

02 - Marvin Gerard

Story By: J. R. Orci & Lukas Reiter Directed By: Andrew McCarthy
Rating: 1.5 Audience: 7.02
Ressler is hot on the trail for Liz after she escapes to the Russian embassy for safety. There is no one left for her to trust but Red, who enlists a lawyer named Marvin Gerard to get them out of a sticky hostage situation. Meanwhile, the FBI tries to force Cooper out of the task force.

01 - The Troll Farmer

Written By: Jon Bokenkamp & John Eisendrath Directed By: Michael Watkins
Rating: 1.8 Audience: 7.76
The season premiere kicks off with the FBI hunting Liz for the murder of the Attorney General. Red and Liz are named to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list and set out on the run to evade capture. Red calls upon a Blacklister called "The Troll Farmer," to help them flee the city, while the task force must question whom of their own can still be trusted. Dembe is put in a dangerous and compromising position.
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22 - Tom Connolly

Written By: John Eisendrath & Jon Bokenkamp Directed By: Michael Watkins
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 7.49
Following Red's intel, the FBI find themselves one-step behind the most dangerous Russian Assassin, Karakurt, an enemy on U.S. soil. To avoid catastrophe, Liz and Ressler meet with Russian Counter-Intelligence who offer insight not only on Karakurt, but also on the identity of Liz's mother. Cooper finds himself in a compromising position.

21 - Karakurt

Written By: Daniel Knauf Directed By: Steven A. Adelson
Rating: 1.4 Audience: 6.90
Agents Keen Ressler, and Cooper pursue an eco-terrorist cell in search of a destructive weapon. Meanwhile, Liz tries to lose her guardian. Elsewhere, Red uses manipulation to pursue someone close to his heart.

20 - Quon Zhang

Written By: J. R. Orci & Lukas Reiter Directed By: Karen Gaviola
Rating: 1.2 Audience: 6.60
After decoding the information that is embedded in The Fulcrum, Red is determined to stop the imminent threat. Meanwhile, the task force discovers that deceased bodies of Chinese-American women are being smuggled out of the country under false identities. Liz continues to search for answers about her past after discovering a picture hidden in Red's secret flat. 

19 - Leonard Caul

Written By: Brandon Margolis & Brandon Sonnier & Kristen Reidel & Jim Campolongo Directed By: Michael Waxman
Rating: 1.5 Audience: 7.47
As Red fights for his life, he pleads with Liz to track down Nicholas Caul - a mysterious figure from his past with knowledge of The Fulcrum. It's a race against time for the task force to locate Caul before Red's life is threatened again, while Tom proves helpful in an unexpected way

18 - Vanessa Cruz

Written By: Vincent Angell & Daniel Knauf Directed By: Guy Ferland
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 7.70
The task force tracks a provocative female Blacklister, a frame-up artist who targets the wealthy elite. Tom pleads for Liz's help. Red pressures Liz for the Fulcrum, claiming it's now a matter of life and death.

17 - The Longevity Initiative

Written By: Lukas Reiter & J. R. Orci Directed By: Donald Thorin Jr.
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 8.12
The task force tracks a scientist who abducts disabled patients to conduct experiments on immortality. Now back in Washington, DC, Tom scrambles to save himself from new enemies.

16 - Tom Keen

Story By: J. R. Orci & Lukas Reiter & Jon Bokenkamp & John Eisendrath Directed By: Andrew McCarthy
Rating: 1.8 Audience: 8.64
As evidence mounts against Liz in the case of the murdered DC Harbormaster, a federal judge makes it clear to her that she will face severe criminal charges. Reddington and Ressler jump into high gear to exonerate Liz but the only solution is to find the recently vanished Tom Keen - wherever he may be operating in world.

15 - The Major

Written By: Jon Bokenkamp & John Eisendrath & Lukas Reiter Directed By: Michael Watkins
Rating: 1.7 Audience: 7.49
hen Agent Keen is questioned in court as a suspect in the murder of the DC Harbormaster, her unusual relationship with Red and their task force falls under scrutiny. Meanwhile, Red enlists Cooper and Ressler to locate "The Major," a dangerous former associate who is key in keeping Liz out of prison.

14 - T. Earl King VI

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A former paramour involves Reddington in a deadly game with a wealthy, powerful family dynasty whose ill-begotten fortune was amassed from an underground auction of human and material contraband. Meanwhile, Tom takes on a new mission

13 - The Deer Hunter

Written By: Amanda Kate Shuman Directed By: Andrew McCarthy
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 8.01
When Liz learns of a serial killer known as "The Deer Hunter" who tracks his victims like prey, Red helps the task force search for the killer. Meanwhile, the local DC police suspect the city Harbormaster was murdered as Liz struggles to keep her secret from unraveling

12 - The Kenyon Family

Written By: Vincent Angell & Daniel Knauf Directed By: David Platt
Rating: 1.7 Audience: 7.71
When Red tips Liz off on the disappearance of Justin Kenyon, a polygamous cult leader with dangerous shipping containers buried on his property, the task force sets out to investigate. Meanwhile Red utilizes his sources to appease Fitch’s last words and travels to track down his hidden safe.

11 - Ruslan Denisov

Written By: Jonathan Shapiro & Lukas Reiter Directed By: Andrew McCarthy
Rating: 1.7 Audience: 8.19
When an undercover CIA agent is kidnapped by a band of separatists in Uzbekistan, the task force sets a rescue mission in motion. Red informs Agents Keen and Ressler that they are up against "Ruslan Denisov," a very dangerous past associate

10 - Luther Braxton: Conclusion

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Rating: 2.4 Audience: 10.11
As chaos ensues at the Factory leaving the fate of Red and the task force unknown, FBI boss Cooper struggles to rescue his team from the detention facility. Meanwhile, it’s a race against time to stop Luther Braxton from attaining confidential information.

09 - Luther Braxton

Story By: J. R. Orci & Lukas Reiter & John Eisendrath & Jon Bokenkamp Directed By: Joe Carnahan
Rating: 8.4 Audience: 25.72
When the elusive Reddington is arrested and taken to a secret detention facility Liz and the task force set out to save Red before he disappears forever. Meanwhile, Red encounters Luther Braxton at the detention facility, a thief that he shares a complicated history with.

08 - The Decembrist

Written By: John Eisendrath & Jon Bokenkamp Directed By: Michael Watkins
Rating: 2.5 Audience: 9.69
Red’s motives for Berlin take a sudden turn when he learns Berlin was manipulated by the latest Blacklister to avenge Red. Red and Berlin travel to Moscow to track down a high ranking Russian official who they believe is responsible. Meanwhile, Liz struggles to keep her secret from unraveling

07 - The Scimitar

Written By: J. R. Orci & Lukas Reiter Directed By: Karen Gaviola
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 9.30
When an Iranian nuclear scientist is suspiciously assassinated, a revenge ploy begins against a valued American. Red informs agents Keen and Navabi that a dangerously conniving hitman “The Scimitar” has been sent to the job. Liz and Ressler find themselves in a tricky predicament as they investigate a surveillance lead. Agent Keen attempts to gather information on Berlin, while Red finds company with a woman working at a food truck

06 - The Mombasa Cartel

Written By: Daniel Knauf Directed By: David Platt
Rating: 2.5 Audience: 9.57
When a mutilated corpse washes ashore, Agent Liz Keen consults Red over what he knows about the deadly underworld of wildlife poachers. Meanwhile Agent Donald Ressler develops a dangerous habit

05 - The Front

Story By: Adam Sussman Directed By: Steven A. Adelson
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 9.34
Agents Keen, Ressler, and Cooper pursue an eco-terrorist cell in search of a destructive weapon. Meanwhile, Liz tries to lose her guardian. Elsewhere, Red uses manipulation to pursue someone close to his heart.

04 - Dr. Linus Creel

Written By: Mike Ostrowski Directed By: Michael Watkins
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 9.76
After a series of seemingly nonviolent citizens become killers, Red tips off Liz that a dangerous social-psychological experiment may be underway. Elsewhere, Red tries to convince, Naomi and her husband into accepting a complicated proposition

03 - Dr. James Covington

Written By: Lukas Reiter & J. R. Orci Directed By: Karen Gaviola
Rating: 2.6 Audience: 9.98
When a body is found missing a heart, Keen and Ressler join forces with Samar Navabi to investigate Dr. Covington's operation; Red and an associate try to take advantage of an opportunity in Indonesia.

02 - Monarch Douglas Bank

Written By: Kristen Reidel & Amanda Kate Shuman & Daniel Knauf Directed By: Paul Edwards
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 10.51
When the Monarch Douglas Bank is robbed, Red seizes the opportunity to try and take the money -laundering bank down. Liz questions Red’s intentions as she investigates the crime. Meanwhile, a new member joins Cooper’s taskforce after impressing everyone on the team.

01 - Lord Baltimore

Written By: Jon Bokenkamp & John Eisendrath Directed By: Michael Watkins
Rating: 3.4 Audience: 12.34
Red continues to battle Berlin and faces a new threat from a man named Lord Baltimore. An important person comes back from the past into Red's world. Meanwhile, Liz tries to move forward with her life after her showdown with Tom.
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22 - Berlin: Conclusion

Story By: Richard D'ovidio Directed By: Michael Watkins
Rating: 2.6 Audience: 10.44
With the crashing of the mysterious prisoner transport plane, the city is on lock down as the authorities are on the hunt for all the escapees. Meanwhile, with Red in custody, Liz uses her power to get him out since he is their best chance at finding all the suspects. Elsewhere, their main objective is to track down Berlin, a prisoner on the plane who is somehow involved

21 - Berlin

Written By: John Eisendrath & Jon Bokenkamp Directed By: Michael Zinberg
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 10.47
Knowing the truth about her father, Liz refuses to work with Red; Red brings the FBI a compelling case; Liz reveals what she knows about Tom's life. 

20 - The Kingmaker

Written By: J. R. Orci & Lukas Reiter Directed By: Karen Gaviola
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 10.85
After a Politician in Prague is framed for a murder, Red suspects it’s the work of The Kingmaker – a strategist behind the rise of some of the world’s most powerful politicians. While Red helps Liz and the FBI catch him, Liz uncovers a secret that Red’s been keeping from her

19 - The Pavlovich Brothers

Written By: Elizabeth Benjamin Directed By: Paul Edwards
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 11.24
The Pavlovich brothers specialize in abductions of high value targets and according to Red, they are planning their next hit. While the team tries to protect the next target, Red has a job of his own for the Pavlovich Brothers. Elsewhere, Liz patiently tries to uncover the truth about Tom

18 - Milton Bobbit

Written By: Daniel Voll Directed By: Steven A. Adelson
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 11.39
Red and the team are on the hunt for "The Undertaker" – a life insurance claim adjuster who convinces ordinary people to become contract killers. Meanwhile, Liz works with Red to uncover Tom's secrets

17 - Harrison Lee

Written By: J. R. Orci & Amanda Kate Shuman Directed By: Randy Zisk
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 10.80
When a new cyber defense asset gets stolen all roads lead to a Russian cyber terrorist known only as "Ivan". With Red’s assistance, Liz discovers a huge cover-up. Meanwhile, new evidence surrounding the disappearance of Jolene helps unravel some of the mystery behind Tom

16 - Mako Tanida

Story By: Joe Carnahan Directed By: Michael Watkins
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 10.97
The next target on the Blacklist is one of Red’s past associates, crime lord Mako Tanida. After Tanida escapes from prison he is out for revenge. Elsewhere, Tom confronts Jolene after interfering with his mission

15 - The Judge

Written By: Jonathan Shapiro & Lukas Reiter Directed By: Peter Werner
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 11.01
When a prominent Prosecutor is found after being missing for 12 years Red believes that this is the work of Ruth Kipling also known as "The Judge." Only a myth, the Judge runs an underground criminal appeals process in which those who have wrongly imprisoned and punished others are judged and punished themselves. Meanwhile, Red investigates the woman who tempts Tom while in Orlando at a teacher’s conference

14 - Madeline Pratt

Written By: Jim Campolongo Directed By: Michael Zinberg
Rating: 3.1 Audience: 11.18
Liz helps Tom come to terms about their impending adoption while Red reveals that a woman from his past, Madeline Pratt is the next target on the Blacklist. Elsewhere, at an elaborate party at the Syrian Embassy, Red convinces Liz to pull off a covert heist. 

13 - The Cyprus Agency

Written By: Lukas Reiter Directed By: Michael Watkins
Rating: 2.5 Audience: 10.17
After a recent spate of abductions of babies from their mothers, Red informs Liz that the "Cyprus Agency" is the illegal adoption organization responsible. Coincidentally, Liz and Tom contemplate adoption of their own which fuels Liz to track down the organizations CEO, Owen Mallory

12 - The Alchemist

Written By: Anthony Sparks Directed By: Vince Misiano
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 8.83
Red informs the team that "The Alchemist" - a man who relies upon science to transform a person’s DNA - has been contracted to protect a well-known mob informant and his wife. As the team goes undercover to catch him, Liz finds herself on the hunt for an unlikely couple. Meanwhile Liz and Tom find themselves at another bump in their relationship and Ressler debates whether or not he should give his ex-girlfriend his blessing

11 - The Good Samaritan Killer

Written By: Brandon Margolis & Brandon Sonnier Directed By: Dan Lerner
Rating: 2.5 Audience: 9.35
A serial killer from Liz's past strikes again while Red hunts for whoever betrayed him

10 - Ansio Garrick Part 2

Written By: Lukas Reiter & J. R. Orci Directed By: Michael Watkins
Rating: 3.2 Audience: 11.67
Liz infiltrates the blacksite and disarms the signal jammers to call in backup but runs into trouble along the way. The fate of Ressler hangs in the balance as Red tries to bargain with Anslo Garrick. Meanwhile, Tom becomes increasingly worried about Liz’ situation and the fate of Red is unknown

09 - Ansio Garrick Part 1

Story By: Joe Carnahan & Jason George Directed By: Joe Carnahan
Rating: 3.0 Audience: 10.96
Liz infiltrates the blacksite and disarms the signal jammers to call in backup but runs into trouble along the way. The fate of Ressler hangs in the balance as Red tries to bargain with Anslo Garrick. Meanwhile, Tom becomes increasingly worried about Liz’ situation and the fate of Red is unknown

08 - General Ludd

Story By: Joe Carnahan & Jason George Directed By: Joe Carnahan
Rating: 3.0 Audience: 10.96
Liz uncovers an elaborate plot to destroy the country’s financial system when a new name on the Blacklist is revealed by Red. Meanwhile Tom supports Liz when a family member falls ill.

07 - No. 47: Frederick Barnes

Written By: J. R. Orci Directed By: Michael Watkins
Rating: 2.9 Audience: 10.34
The FBI searches for the man responsible for a chemical attack on a subway; Liz wants to avoid Red after he implicated Tom.

06 - No. 152: Gina Zanetakos

Written By: Wendy West Directed By: Adam Arkin
Rating: 3.1 Audience: 10.51
After Tom confronts Liz about the box – he claims he’s innocent and insists that they turn it into the FBI so his name can be cleared. Elsewhere, Red informs Liz and the FBI that the next name on the Blacklist is beautiful and deadly corporate terrorist

05 - No. 85: The Courier

Written By: John C. Kelley Directed By: Nick Gomez
Rating: 3.0 Audience: 10.44
After Tom confronts Liz about the box – he claims he’s innocent and insists that they turn it into the FBI so his name can be cleared. Elsewhere, Red informs Liz and the FBI that the next name on the Blacklist is beautiful and deadly corporate terrorist, Gina Zanetako

04 - No. 161: The Stewmaker

Written By: Patrick Massett & John Zinman Directed By: Vince Misiano
Rating: 3.0 Audience: 10.93
Red finds out that The Courier - a middle man that no one crosses - is delivering a package worth millions of dollars to an Iranian spy. Only the Courier is a ghost no one including Red, knows what he looks like. While racing to stop the mysterious criminal transaction, Liz, inadvertently finds herself thrust into a dangerous kidnapping plot. Meanwhile, Ressler must finally accept that Liz is a valuable asset to the team

03 - No. 84: Wujing

Written By: Lukas Reiter Directed By: Michael Watkins
Rating: 3.1 Audience: 11.18
The FBI is on the hunt for a high-ranking Chinese spy, Wujing (guest star Chin Han) which Red (James Spader) claims has hired him to help decode a classified CIA transmission. Liz, (Megan Boone) posing as an FBI cryptographer goes with Red to decode the message while protecting US government secrets. Meanwhile, Liz proactively investigates Tom

02 - No. 216: The Freelancer

Written By: Jon Bokenkamp Directed By: Jace Alexander
Rating: 3.3 Audience: 11.35
Red predicts an impending catastrophe, rooted by the work of an assassin, called "The Freelancer." Together, Liz and Red go undercover to prevent from having his next target, Floriana Campo from being killed. Elsewhere, Ressler and newly re-hired CIA agent, Meera Malik, who’s been added to Red’s private security detail, keep an eye on them from a distance. Meanwhile, Liz considers what she should do next concerning Tom and the mysterious box she found hidden under the floorboards.

01 - Pilot

Written By: Jon Bokenkamp Directed By: Joe Carnahan
Rating: 3.8 Audience: 12.62
For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington” has been one of the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.” Now, he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: He will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth “Liz” Keen, an FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico. For Liz, it’s going to be one hell of a first day on the job. What follows is a twisting series of events as the race to stop a terrorist begins. What are Red’s true intentions? Why has he chosen Liz, a woman with whom he seemingly has no connection? Does Liz have secrets of her own? Zamani is only the first of many on a list that Red has compiled over the years: a “blacklist” of politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists. He will help catch them all… with the caveat that Liz continues to work as his partner. Red will teach Liz to think like a criminal and “see the bigger picture”… whether she wants to or not
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