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‘The Blacklist’ Recap: ‘The Pavlovich Brothers’ functionally dysfunctional

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Tonight’s episode starts with an elaborate escape from a Chinese labor camp involving adrenaline shots and an ambulance get-away scene. Ms. Lee, the escaping scientist, comes to America only to be abducted by an extraction team known as the Pavlovich brothers.

Tom is at home trying to be slick, asking Lizzie questions about the Jolene investigation. He kisses her hand as a show of affection. You can almost see the hair in her nostrils singe as she plants a bug on his clothing.

While at work, Red calls Liz with a progress report on Tom. He’s playing hooky from school lollygagging on a park bench. Liz pretends Red called her with info on Ms. Lee and bounces. She joins Red in his car and watches Tom. Her eyes are the color of murdering red. Tom gets up and mozy on over to the National Archive building. Liz practically flies out of the car after him with Red pleading, to no avail, for her to come back.

Liz goes inside and sees Tom standing next to a man. Sensing he is being watched, Tom looks up, Lizzie ducks her head back, but you can tell she was too late. Tom cuts his meeting short. He knows she knows.

As for Ms. Lee, the Pavlovich brothers have taken her to what appears to be a sewer where they throw her down on what is probably a Hepatitis C mattress and injects who-knows-what into her veins. Chick has got to be sick of folk poking needles in her arm by now.

Liz comes home. Tom is there, but soon leaves under the pretense of taking the dog out for a walk. A minute later, the dog comes back. Tom does not. He makes one of his “account balance” phone calls at some phone booth and tells the bosses she knows and he needs to evacuate. Meanwhile, Red tracks down the man Tom met with at the National Archives. The man is a sort of go-between and deals in “drop boxing.” Anyway, in spy world the term “drop box” usually means or leads to a meeting place or point of contact.

Back at the sewer, the brothers are packing Ms. Lee into a crate like she was a shipment of tuna, but before they can haul her off, Red waltzes into the dingy abode all smug and confident. How does he do that? And why do you suppose he’s there? Well, the little devil has a proposition for the Prolovich brothers. He uses them to smoke Tom out of the building he is hiding in.

Liz goes to the house and finds the brothers in her home making themselves at home, drinking her wine, eating her fruits and feet up on the table all willy-nilly. Then one of them announces in a thick but clear accent, “A gift from Reddington.”

Lo and behold, Tom is seated in a chair. While not gift-wrapped and topped off with a bow, he does have duct tape over his mouth. Liz is demanding answers. Tom is reminiscing to the time when he knew he had her. Liz stops to talk to Red on the phone for a minute and after she’s done, Tom wants to know if “daddy” (Red) is coming over to make him talk. Liz tells him no, she is going to make him talk and proceeds to retrieve a wrench from a kitchen drawer. He smirks and taunts that she doesn’t have it in her to rearrange his fingers.

Oh, but she does have it in her and grips his thumb like a stubborn nail that needed to be pulled from the wall. Ouch! As he is yelping in pain, over on the other side of town, the FBI comes to Ms. Lee’s rescue.

Tom breaks free thanks to Liz breaking his thumb. Apparently, he was able to ooze the rest of his fingers out now that he had some wiggle room and the two of them fight like two grown men! Tom eventually gains the upper hand and the gun, but tells Liz, believe or not, he is one of the good guys and was assigned to protect her. Really? You beat her down like that? You kill Jolene? These are things protectors do? He then goes on to tell her Red is not who or what she thinks he is. And with that, Tom says goodbye and walks out of Liz’s life…or does he?

Somebody give Tom an Emmy already. Heck, give him a Grammy, an MTV statue, a smiley face, blue ribbon or something! Who is this man and what did he mean by his statement regarding our beloved yet mischievous Red?

Tune in to NBC’s ‘The Blacklist’ on Mondays at 10:00 PM.

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