The Blacklist Redemption Season 1 Episode 3 Review: Independence, U.S.A.

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How crazy was that hour?

Scottie gets closer to the truth about Christopher on The Blacklist: Redemption Season 1 Episode 3, but could the real mystery be about Scottie herself?

Surveillance - The Blacklist: Redemption Season 1 Episode 3

The Blacklist: Redemption just keeps getting better and this installment was the best of the series so far.

It was also incredibly bizarre. And scary.

Think about it. What if that person you've known forever isn't really that person at all? What if they had a life changing experience and it turns out it was because someone else became that person?

We always hear about how we all have a twin out there. How many times have you been told by a stranger that you remind them of someone or look like someone?

Scottie not being Scottie isn't too far fetched especially after witnessing what we did in Independence.

Had Howard just threw that out to Tom without knowing the facts, it would have just verified that he was indeed crazy.

But could it be true?

Could Scottie really be a Russian agent?  Could her ultimate goal have been to be in the position she is now? Head of Howard's company? For what purpose?

Scottie is a dangerous woman, but if Howard's accusations are true, Scottie is even more dangerous than we could have ever thought.

Tom: You think Scottie knows more than she's saying?
Dumont: Every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

She did seem to have all the right connections to get Tom and Nez over to Russia to infiltrate the facility, but that might not mean anything at all. Scottie knows lots of people and has lots of connections. 

It makes you wonder.

Tom and Nez had no trouble fitting into their new life in Independence. Tom is so damn good at his job, but then again he's used to putting on a front so it wasn't too much of a stretch for him. 

Still, it was amazing to watch him fit right in like he'd always been part of the Independence community.  The story he came up with at the party was classic Tom. Didn't it take you back to the Tom of The Blacklist Season 1?

I'm just glad he didn't go full in when Cynthia joined him in the shower. Although he hasn't seen Liz lately, it's good to know he truly is committed to his life with her and Agnes. And that he's being real about it.

tom in shower

I was just surprised that he actually told Cynthia about Liz. Wasn't that going off script? How did he know Cynthia wouldn't have gone to the higher ups to report he lied about being married?

It was interesting watching these Russian agents try to be American. There are things that just are with us that foreigners don't get no matter how hard they try. Like Groundhog Day. Or what "greenlight" means. 

It just proves that there's no amount of training that will prepare you for everything America is. Sorry Russian agents.

I thought the whole bank scene with Nez was hilarious. Is that how other countries really think women get jobs here? 

It didn't matter that the water was drugged up, Nez going at the guy was badass. He certainly deserved it. 

Nez Kicks Ass - The Blacklist Redemption

Her little act of defiance caused her to get chosen for the next phase of the Russian operation. How scary was it to learn all she needed was a little nip and tuck and she'd become this person whose life she'd take over in America?

It also meant it was time for her and Tom to leave before the good doctor had a chance to work his scalpel magic on her.

Tom was ready to go too because things were getting beyond weird and there was really nothing else for them to do. They needed to get the information on what people were being targeted and get out.

We knew Cynthia was getting more and more suspicious of Tom so it wasn't surprising that she turned on him. She was committed to her mission. Besides she wanted to save her own ass.

Tom would have been able to take her down no doubt, but the way Nez did it was so much better. I love Nez. 

We got to know a little bit of her backstory in that short elevator scene, but I want to know more her badass self.

Did she really go to that guy's place to get drugs? That's what it looked like, but I don't believe it.

She was serious when she told Tom how thankful she was that Howard saved her life so I can't imagine she'd go back to that no matter how horrible the whole Independence experience was. 

And I get the feeling that somehow if she was falling back into hold habits, Tom would be right there to set her straight.

That's just the kind of guy Tom is now. 

It's going to be interesting to see how the story goes from here in regards to Scottie's search for Christopher. What will Scottie do if and when she finds out the truth about Tom. That is if Tom really is Christopher.

How will she react when she finds out about Howard? You know she will and that' going be one explosive moment for sure!

I loved every moment of "Independence, U.S.A." The show definitely has its hooks in me. How about you?

What did you think about the hour? Could something like that really happen today? Is Scottie really Scottie or is Howard just crazy? Hit the comments and share your thoughts!

If you missed any of the excitement, you can watch The Blacklist: Redemption online right here via TV Fanatic!

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The Blacklist: Redemption Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

So you downed a plane? Edgy.


Howard's gone and I'm in charge of the company he built. So, whether I like it or not, I have to stand out. Stand out. And I can't do that without therapy, anti-depressants and people like you who Howard confided in.