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

09 - The Decembrist

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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

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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

07 - The Scimitar

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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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