‘The Blacklist’ season 2, episode 22 (finale) review: Liz remembers her past, Tom and Liz get romantic
Liz is being framed for the assassination of the senator on “The Blacklist” and it’s all because she walked into the director’s office and played the fulcrum for him and threatened him. Was the the smartest move in her career? Evidently not, but now we have a chance to see it all play out and find out if this frame job is good enough to get her sent to a prison so dark and deep that not even Tom or Reddington can get her out of trouble.
A warrant has been issued for Liz’s arrest, and with her fingerprints all over evidence, her blood carrying the virus, her mother being part of the KGB and making it look like she’s been helping Reddington commit crimes under the guise of the task force… it’s not looking good. Tom is pushing Cooper to hand over Liz, but he’s not budging, so Tom puts him on administrative leave.
Liz goes to Tom with a lead asking for his help, and he does, but when the lead ends up dead (and it’s the only person that knew about her mother) she is lost once again and wonders why she didn’t just run away with Tom, leading them into bed together one more time. She asks Tom to take her away with him and he says that if she leaves then she’ll never have her answers, but she says she doesn’t care… that is until she finds another lead and it’s Cooper’s doctor.
Cooper learns that he was never sick and that the doctor altered all of his results to make him look and feel sick so that Tom could use it to manipulate him. Cooper and Liz get the tapes from the doctor and uses them to push Tom into undoing what he’s done. He won’t do it and instead Liz shoots him dead, jogging the memories from her past she has been trying to get in touch with.
Liz runs and calls Reddington for help and when they meet up she tells Reddington that she remembers everything, including the fact that she shot her own father to save her mother. Reddington reveals that he wiped her memory to protect her from the truth and that it wasn’t selfish after all bringing these two closer together. The fact that Reddington would go through all of this to protect her from the memory of shooting her father makes us even more curious as to who he is in relation to her… it has to be a deep connection for him to eat a sin like this for her. It will be interesting to see what their connection is and now that she remembers we hope that it will come out further in season 3.
Watching Tom drive away in his boat without Liz was heartbreaking, but not as heartbreaking to see Ressler putting up a picture of Liz on the FBI’s most wanted list. If season 3 is Liz on the run, it could make for a very interesting story, and we wonder if she will ever be working for the FBI again, or if that time is now over. Also, will we ever see Tom again or is this good bye forever? So many delicious loose ends to chew on until the Fall. Episode grade: A-
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