The Blacklist Recap: The Scimitar

The Blacklist Recap: The Scimitar

Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t seen The Blacklist Season 2, Ep. 7 – “The Scimitar.”

“Personally, I make it a habit to avoid habits.” — Red

We finally got a little backstory on Samar and, surprise, she’s hardcore assassin. Given the extracurricular activities of the rest of the crew, this shouldn’t be a surprise so much as highly expected. Unfortunately, her killer tryst ruffled enough feathers to warrant a retaliation: scientist for scientist.

The Iranian’s targeted a defense agent in order to find the hidden scientist and subtly is not their style. They bombed the car, abducted the agent, Reese, and got their Gaslight on with Keen and Ressler. Except they were kinda horrible at it. Cheap cover-up and a fake broken arm? I don’t think it would take a federal agent to figure that out.

Not that it mattered all that much, Reese was a plant to bait Keen and the phone call to Cooper revealed the whereabouts of the actual target, the scientist. If the scimitar were actually committed to the con he would have really broken Liz’s arm. Luckily he didn’t though, so Liz and Ressler fought their way out of the faux-hospital.

Blah, blah, blah, massive shootout, the scimitar got away, but lady scientist was saved. Of course “got away” is a relative term when you run straight into Red. Once again Red proved that a timely break in and a well-phrased threat can achieve a lot more than violence ever will. As long as what you’re hoping to achieve is murder. Yep, you’re gonna fit in quite nicely, Samar.

In other news, now that Tom has been revealed to the audience, he actually gave up some information on Berlin; namely, his arms dealer. Because everyone knows the easiest way to an evil mastermind is through his weaponry.

Also, Red continued bonding with Zoe and this time around it seemed like she might be his daughter. And then he drugged her. Which, last time I checked, is not a great move for father/daughter reconciliation. But Zoe was never Red’s daughter, she was Berlin’s. Lucky girl.

So is this the end of the great Red/Berlin war? Is it now time to start a war with whoever convinced Berlin Red killed his daughter in the first place? Either way, things aren’t slowing down at all.


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