The Blacklist Recap: ‘The Kingmaker’ [Episode 20]

Posted on Apr 29 2014 - 11:39am by Drama Queen

The Blacklist

A politician in Prague is framed for murder by “the kingmaker’ and thus we are introduced to this week’s blacklist offender. 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 hiding and Red just wants to her to go after the kingmaker.

The kingmaker is a psychopathic strategist with a gift for making and breaking politicians’ careers. His latest client, an assemblyman named Chandler, secures his family and himself inside their family car and nosedive off a bridge. Chandler and his daughter survive the stupid act, but his wife did not 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, but who goes to such extremes for political power. I don’t even think our political parties, as crazy as some of their members are, would go that far. Now as for some of these benefactors, well that’s another story.

By the way, the kingmaker has one annoying quirk or affliction. He has a habit of constantly sniffing as if he smells gas or bad body odor. He sure couldn’t hide from anyone because they could easily “sniff” him out. Pun intended.

Knowing there is someone out to get him, Red seeks to form an alliance with Alan (Alan Alda) and his One World Order buddies. Since Red allegedly has some sort of damaging evidence dangling over the heads of this mysterious group, Alan must meet with the brethren first before giving Red an answer. It’s understandable. You should never rush into making decisions where Red is concerned.

In their quest to find the kingmaker, Red, Dembe and Liz enter a building operating as one thing (I believe a pawn shop), 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. He was hired by Chandler to find a creative way to “push” Mitchell out of his senate seat. Its doubtful Chandler knows the full details of just how this is to take place especially since Chandler didn’t expect to lose his wife in his previous dumb act.

The kingmaker breaks into the man’s house and shoots him. Is becoming a politician really worth all this? Liz and Donald arrive to find the Senator bleeding all over the floor. 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 the secret order refuse to help him. According to Alan, they are grown people who can handle their own affairs even whatever Red has up his sleeves. Yeah so they say, but are they as cunning as the man? Red is also upset about the kingmaker being dead. It seems the former political career maker/destroyer had answers to Red’s big question. Who is out to bring him down?

Now Liz is ticked off! She knows that Red was not only at the hospital but in the hospital room when her father died. She 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 got his tongue for a moment. Finally, he admitted he did kill him, but tells her he did so to end Sam’s suffering. Now, if memory serves me correctly, Red killed Sam to keep him 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 begins to walk out. Uh-oh, wait. It looks like she’s about to give him two snaps and a bird. She does not do it but you can see the temptation in her eyes. Red looks genuinely sad and at a loss for what to do next. Liz, on the other hand, sashays on over to her partner 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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Drama Queen! That’s me. No, not personally. I just rule the TV set when it comes to drama series, that’s all. However, I do try to reign over a few sitcoms as well. I am a freelance writer who loves to recap shows for your pure enjoyment with a little bit of funny mixed in. There would be a real danger of me becoming a full-time couch potato (with the couch being the throne) if it were not for my loyal subjects: DVR and On-Demand to do my bidding.

  • MorningYawn

    Best show on tv! Love it! If Liz isn’t snuggling with her partner it’s only a matter of time. Berlin was also referenced in discussions with Tom and that “substitute teacher” about toms employer. Should be a great end to season.

    • hardtimz

      OOOO it sure is!!!! I didn’t know they were doing recaps here, I can watch that all day…now that’s worth watching and talking about!

      • Sharon Oliver

        Drama Queen here, I agree Morning Yawn…BEST SHOW and largely due to the great James Spader with his smart-alecky self! HardTimz, i love recapping this show. The series is just that good. Now I can’t wait for Tom to come back.

        • MorningYawn

          Sometimes I see James Spader make a face and I just think “There’s Blaine!” He’ll always be the jerk from pretty and pink in my heart! Love the Following also. Would love to see a recap on that. We are getting down to the wire!

          • Sharon Oliver

            And he is such a good jerk. Never thought I’d ever say a jerk could be good.

        • hardtimz

          AGREED….it’s James Spader!! Yes my mom said the same, she wanted or was waiting for Tom to return. OMG thank you so much for recapping this show. At work, that’s the first thing we’re talking about. Do you feel like, you’ve had to start from the beginning because it’s almost like a continued soap opera?

          • Sharon Oliver

            You’re welcome! You know what? The first show I started recapping was FX’s “Justified” because it was the first thing we talked about at work and I’ve been recapping ever since almost. I can’t remember which episode of “The Blacklist” I started with but I’ve recapped at least the last 6 or 7 episodes. The show is just too much fun! The quirkier the show or if the characters are fun, the more I’m inclined to write about it. Fargo is another series where I can hardly write from laughing at everybody.

          • hardtimz

            Oh okay, now I haven’t had a chance to catch Fargo, but my mom seems to really like it. I can’t to get into Justified. But FX’s does have a few really good scripted shows going right now….for sure! So nice to know there are others that seem to love The Black List…besides my people at work!

          • Sharon Oliver

            Actually, the only really good season of Justified was Season 2 with Mags Bennett and her tads (boys). The dialogue and storyline was phenomenal. Actress Margo Martindale played the role of Mags and won an Emmy for best supporting actress for the role. She even got a standing ovation. My eyes are getting moist recalling the good times. LOL. Take care, hardtimz. By the way, I do recap other shows as well. Big Bang Theory is another favorite. I tend to be drawn t the nuts and evil geniuses on TV with exceptional dialogue. The more sarcastic, the better.

          • hardtimz

            Thank you I will, I look forward to your future recaps.

  • hardtimz

    Now this thread should be filled with comments!

    • Sharon Oliver

      Hardtimz, I forgot to mention for previous recaps of “The Blacklist” and other shows, check out my site: http://kaiandkoi.wix.com/dramaqueen. One of my favorite episodes was the show down between Liz and Tom. They had one of best fights ever! That reminds me, I think I’ll rewind the DVR to part where Tom rolled over the table while still strapped to the chair. LOL. good stuff

      • hardtimz

        Afternoon Sharon thank you I most certainly will….thanks again!!!

    • MorningYawn

      Agree with Sharon! The Liz and Tom showdown, in some episodes, is greater than Red’s interests. But I loved how Red used the FBI (last epi maybe) to hunt down the folks he wanted to use to get Tom. That was genius.

      • hardtimz

        I know…absolutely genius…that show is rich! And it feels like there’s so many things happening at once. Lately I’ve been DVRing it so that I can cut through the commercials because my nerves can’t handle waiting for the next scene! That’s the best show on television…hands down!!!

      • Sharon Oliver

        Seriously, when Tom went over the table in the chair, was that some type of wrestler’s move? LOL. I really think Red should teach a class. One of my favorite lines was when he told some poor sap whose wife he had slept with that he knows a cross-eyed gal who he might be interested and that her gaze was mesmerizing. Hilariously good stuff.

  • Great recap! Actually that was the first time I’ve really seen Red look sad when he knew he’d hurt Lizzie deeply by the admissions of the murder of her father.

    And Tom is so creepy to me now. I guess because I thought he was such a nice shy guy at first.

    Besides Red, and Liz, that lady named Mister is one of my favorites on this show. I crack up everytime they call her that and she answers. Lol

    • Sharon Oliver

      Thanks. I wish they would flesh out the Mister character more. She is funny too and so deadpan serious about her job.

  • Great Blog !!
    This is my favorites TV Show !!

    • Sharon Oliver

      I know, right! Its gonna be a sad day when the season finale arrives. And thank you by the way. Sharon a/k/a Dramaqueen