The Blacklist Review: Red's on the Run

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A shot was fired. Did Anslo kill Dembe?

No! The Blacklist Season 1 Episode 10 picked up right where last Monday's episode ended only the shot wasn't as it initially appeared. When the screen went black as the shot was fired, my guess was that Dembe wasn't killed. This is The Blacklist after all. Nothing is as it seems, right?

Instead, Aram shot one of Anslo's men holding a gun to Liz's head. She just keeps getting guns pointed at her, doesn't she? And that was only the first time of the hour. I lost count of how many times her life was threatened, but it was a lot! No wonder Tom wants to move to Nebraska.

Liz & Anslo

Aram got Liz free and sent a communication out for help. Their situation greatly improved with the calvary on its way. Though, it got worse, much worse before they arrived. Liz was captured again and brought to the box. In that split second, Red's demeanor changed and his determination to stay in the box ended. He threatened Ressler's life to get the code. 

Red hasn't made many mistakes since he returned to the FBI, but his feelings for Liz put her at greater risk. Anslo saw that she was important to him and used it. When Ressler realized that Liz's life was on the line he quickly gave up the code, ROMEO. Another sign that he too has developed feelings for Liz despite his resentment over her working relationship with Red.

From there, the situation just went haywire. Though, many of the questions that have come up throughout The Blacklist season 1 were either addressed or answered. Anslo wasn't the one that wanted Red, instead it was Mr. Fitch (Alan Alda). After withstanding drugs that were supposed to heighten his pain, Red was confronted by Fitch.

Red knows secrets and ones that he agreed to keep forever hidden. Fitch feared that Red's new relationship with the FBI was a threat to their arrangement. At the same time, Fitch can't kill Red, because then Red's safety valve would bust open with the information. The most intriguing tidbit about their conversation was Fitch's mention of Liz.

Somehow these secrets seem to relate to her or have something to do with her. Could Fitch be Liz's father? Or does the information being kept secret have to do with what happened to Liz's family? Fitch mentioned that he hadn't seen Red in 20 years and that would be around the time that Liz would have gone to live with Sam.

Many viewers believe that Red is Liz's father. I am 99% sure that he's not her father and have leaned that way since the beginning. It would be too easy to prove if he was. When he showed up and demanded to speak only with Liz, the FBI had to consider that and check into it.

These new revelations add a whole new level of mystery to the show. The Apple Man watching Liz and Tom was working for Fitch. And they weren't the only one under surveillance, Red's activities and those of the task force, including Diane Fowler, were being monitored.

Were they being watched to make sure that Red didn't spill these all-important secrets? I'm guessing there's much more to the story than that. Plus, there appears to be a mole within the FBI that is helping Fitch with his plans. It's unlikely they got all the intelligence they needed to break into the Post Office and about Red's tracker without some inside information.

I'm not even going to speculate about the identity of the mole, except the comment about excluding Ressler could be a clue. I hope it's not him, but I wouldn't count him out just because he was shot. That very well could have been an accident. And perhaps he gave up the code when he did because he's working for Fitch not because he cares about Liz. At this point, anyone could be the mole.

Who is Tom Keen? His role in all of this continues to baffle me. Red's tried multiple times to get Liz to turn on her husband, but nothing has worked. Will honesty finally do the trick? Tom's pressuring her to move away with her. Given how many times her life was threatened in one day, I can't blame him as a husband for wanting to protect her.

that doesn't mean Tom's motives are pure either. I trust Red that Tom is a threat to Liz. How? No idea. Why? Still no idea. Will she listen? His honest request, "Be careful of your husband," may be what works. Of course, Red could just want to alienate everyone else in Liz's life so all she has is him ... but I don't think that's the situation here.

Red's on the run and the task force has been reassigned to find him. It's a whole new world! It's going to be a long wait until January 13, 2014 for The Blacklist's return. That gives us plenty of time to re-watch the first ten episodes and work through all the clues, right?

Who is the mole? Did you believe Red when he said he wasn't Liz's father? Are you excited about this mysterious group led by Mr. Fitch? Is Tom a threat to Liz? 

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The Blacklist Season 1 Episode 10 Quotes

Anslo, what are you doing here?

Red

Liz: Are you my father?
Red: No.