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‘The Blacklist’ Recap: ‘The Kingmaker’ vs. the king of secrets

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Following Tom’s advice, Liz takes the key to open a safe deposit box where she finds an envelope containing pictures of Red entering the hospital the day her father died. At first, Liz says nothing to Red about this, she just wants to know where Tom is at and Red just wants to her to go after the kingmaker.

This week's blacklist offender is "the kingmaker,"a psychopathic political strategist with a gift for making and breaking politicians’ careers. We see his latest client securing his family and himself inside their family car after enjoying the day together when suddenly he takes a deliberate nosedive off a bridge. The young assemblyman whose name is Chandler and his daughter survive the crash, but his wife didn't make it even though he tried to revive her. Red swears Chandler’s act of heroism was purely a media stunt engineered by the kingmaker. He’s right of course, so it makes you wonder about those who may go to extremes for political power.

By the way, the kingmaker has one quirk, one irritating habit or affliction and it is hard to tell who is more annoyed, him or the audience? He is constantly sniffing as if he smells gas or something.

Knowing there is someone out to get him, Red seeks to form an alliance with Alan (Alan Alda) and his one world buddies. Since Red supposedly has some sort of damaging evidence against this mysterious group, Alan must meet with his brethren first before giving Red an answer.

In their quest to find the kingmaker, Red, Dembe and Liz enter a building operating as one thing but behind one closed door it is a cigar bar/restaurant that is shut off to the poor and middle class, upper and lower.

Liz and Donald find proof that the kingmaker has been keeping tabs on one Senator Mitchell. The kingmaker was hired by Chandler to find a creative way to “push” Mitchell out of his senate seat. The kingmaker, sniffing and sniffling, breaks into the man’s house and shoots him. Is becoming a politician really worth all this? Liz and Donald arrive to find the man bleeding all over his expensive rug. While Donald is checking out the back area, the kingmaker sneaks up on Liz and starts choking her. My goodness! Leave the girl alone. She’s probably still black and blue from last week’s pounding from Tom. Fortunately, Donald sneaks up on the kingmaker and pops him good in the head. The king is dead.

Red is ticked off! Alan and his council of who-knows-what refuse to help him. They’re grown people, Alan says. They can handle their own affairs. Yeah so you say Alan, but are any of you more cunning than Red?

Liz is ticked off! She knows Red was in the hospital room when her father died and point blank asks if he killed her father. What’s this? Hesitation? Red is caught between a rock and a rockier place. The cat has a choke-hold on his tongue for a moment. Finally, he admitted he did kill Sam, but tells her he did so to end his suffering. Now, if memory serves, Red killed Sam to keep the dying man from talking. There was no mercy killing there. Well, maybe there was some mercy, but his primary reason for smothering the life out of Sam was to keep some secret smothered.

Disgusted, Liz tells Red they are done and walks out, almost giving him two snaps and a bird. Red looks genuinely sad, not knowing what to do, but Liz knows what to do. She sashays on over to Donald’s apartment. Wait. What? So what do you think? Did Liz go there to cry on Donald’s shoulders or to cuddle in his arms?

Tune in next week as Liz figures out that the Berlin they seek is not a place but is actually a person and this Berlin is coming for Red.

Watch ‘The Blacklist’ on Mondays at 10:00 PM on NBC.

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