‘The Blacklist’ season 1, episode 19 review: Liz, Tom Keen battle in ‘The Pavlovich Brothers’

The Blacklist logo any seasonMonday night’s new episode of “The Blacklist” was in part about the Pavlovich Brothers, but let’s be serious for a minute: It really wasn’t about them at all. Instead, this episode really shined when it came to the moments between Liz Keen and her husband Tom.

We knew that there was going to be a battle between these two characters during the episode, and that it was going to be insane. After all, how would you react if you were in Liz’s situation, and forced to deal with the fact that your husband was lying to you about almost everything?

The big “reveal” that came as a result of all this violence and confrontation was that Tom was not who was cracked up to be again … maybe. Tom told his wife that he was never around to hurt her, and was simply trying to protect her as a part of his mission. He also promised that Raymond Reddington is not who is pretending to be, and gave her just enough information to further along the story.

Does Reddington know who Tom really is? That is what is interesting about this whole dynamic, and what made this episode fantastic. He seems clueless to Tom’s true motives, and this is one of the first times when he is clueless. There were so many nice moments for Red and Liz at the end of this story … but there are still questions all over the place regarding motive that we still have to figure out.

In the end, we don’t want to waste really anytime at all on the brothers. It was actually one of the better stories of the season from a procedural standpoint, but we’re much more concerned about the Keen family and everything else. This was a great episode of the show, and is quickly putting up on the path towards an epic finale. Grade: A-.

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