The Blacklist Recap: ‘Berlin II’ [Season Finale]

Posted on May 13 2014 - 3:02pm by Drama Queen



[Season Finale]

<Major Spoiler Alert>

Part II of “Berlin” will have you feeling like you should be sending out the deepest sympathy cards money can buy. The finale opens up with a bunch of prisoners/witnesses from the crashed plane talking about some man who cut off his hand and followed by Red being carted off to lock up. A very smug FBI official asks Red if the girl (Liz) was worth it. Red asks him if he applies Brylcreem to his hair. For all that jet blackness, a little dab won’t do ya.

Liz begs anyone who will listen to allow Red to help them with this Berlin character. Meanwhile, Tom drops off a list of names which includes his wife Liz and the rest of the task force to a man in a non-luxury apartment. Could he be the mysterious Berlin? Regardless of who the evil stranger is, the FBI task force has been targeted.

Alan Fitch arranges for Red to be transferred to another holding facility, but Red takes it a step further and escapes all together. He then calls Liz to warn her they are all in grave danger, but Donald and Meera are at a night club searching for a suspect and cannot be reached. Sadly, field agent and mother of two, Meera Malik, gets killed. Some brute sneaks up from behind slashes her throat.

No one seems to know much about Berlin except that he is actually Russian. How many of you thought he would be from Germany? Sadly, Harold doesn’t know someone is sitting in the back seat of his car with what appears to be wire in his hands and Harold takes an attack to the neck also. The names are being scratched off the list. Berlin is able to track Red’s whereabouts in the United States all because of his, his what? Red’s care, which we have yet to understand the depth for Lizzie. Red does tell Liz that she can never know who her father is and this is purely for her own safety.

Red does a little tracking of his own and finds the man Tom gave the list to and thinks he is Berlin. But while Red is inside popping caps in the man’s kneecaps, Tom has slithered into the parked car with Liz. Now why on God’s green earth would you sit in an unlocked car when you know madmen are plucking your team off like a bloom from a rose?

Tom marches Liz upstairs and holds her at gunpoint. Either Red lets the man-who-is-not Berlin go or Tom will shoot Liz. That honeymoon has been over. Red shoots the man. What does he care? Liz struggles with Tom for his gun. Shots ring out. Several more shots ring out and that’s because Liz is busy firing holes into Tom with bullets from his own gun. Go team Liz. Red walks over to finish the job but Liz convinces him that it would be best if she finished the job. Red leaves. Tom apologizes, but he whispers something in Lizzie’s ear before he fades to black.

Liz is packed and ready to go and so is Red, but where are they going? Harold is holding on and showing signs of life. The police arrive at the apartment and find the body of the man Red shot, but where is Tom? There is only a bloody mess where we last saw him.

Liz arrives at Red’s huge man cave right before he leaves. The two of them sit on the staircase where she tells Red that Tom whispered in her ear that her father is alive. Red is adamant with his counterclaim. “Your father died in that father.”

Now was Red speaking metaphorically? Was he insinuating that her father “burned” and buried his old identity in that fire because the last thing we see is Red taking off his shirt to reveal a badly burned back.

What did you think of last night’s season finale of “The Blacklist?” I don’t know about you, but I was served some awesome sauce on this one, and now I, a big fan of the show, really feel sad the season has ended and I do want to send out some “deepest sympathy” cards…to me!


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  • Dave

    Dug the scene where Reddington is walking quickly and calmly, a human scalpel, efficiently cutting through bad guys with his bullets, killing everyone on his way to fake Berlin’s nest. Big screen impact on the small screen…slick! Just one of the many reasons this show is superior to most of its kind.

    Is it possible Tom Keen is still alive? When they were checking the crime scene, why was fake Berlin’s body still there, but not Keen’s? While I would have wanted Liz to have a bigger finale with her “husband”, I hope he’s dead. His role of popping up everywhere, all the time to throw a wrench in whatever is happening and yet also to fill in the blanks, is growing thin. They need a different vehicle to move the story along.

    So the burns….the scars. I wonder if Red was there at the time E.’s father died, maybe Red was burned trying to save E’.s father’s life – but once that failed, Red dedicated his life to protecting her. Again, Red is many things, but no matter how painful the truth, he doesn’t lie to Liz – at least not yet. So when he tells her unequivocally that her father is dead, he means either her father is dead, or Red himself is her father and whoever he was then symbolically died in the fire and Red emerged a different person.

    • Sharon Oliver

      Ooo-wee, you touched on two things for me especially. First, I also loved the scene where Red just walked and casually started shooting.

      As for Lizzie’s daddy, I’ve always felt like Red was her father and even though he said he would never lie to her, he never did (as far as we know) until the time came when she asked him something about Sam. I wish I could remember exactly what that was. Red has a clever way with words and writers tend to have a clever way of throwing us off.

      So either Red was in that fire also, but got out alive (I actually thought this also) or he really is Liz’s dad and he was symbolically speaking when he said “her father died in that fire” meaning the man she knew as daddy, the man he used to be died in the fire only to emerge (as you say) as Red Reddington. My eyes are getting moist at the thought of not seeing this show for months.

      • Dave

        Agreed — I also think Red is her daddy. You make valid points.

  • TartLemon

    Thank you thank you thank you for this. Bad weather took my lights out until precisely 10pm cst so I missed the finale. I think it plays on the network website, HOPE HOPE HOPE.

    Just as soon as I think I have it figured out, something happens to throw me off. Must see tv for me.

    • Sharon Oliver

      You are welcome! Must see TV for me too and I feel your pain. I was all set to recap NCIS and Person of Interest when all of a sudden I couldn’t see some of my local stations This is a recurring problem on the TV in my room for some reason. Thanks a lot Time Warner!

  • MorningYawn

    Watched it on DVR tonight. Sooooo good, not a let down. Did not see Meera dying- totally thought she was a mole!

    Great twist that toms body was not in apt. Was disappointed because we never got how he fit in exactly. There is still time.

    Will be interesting to see how it comes out with red / Liz. If they are trying to make a twist out of it, it’s going to have to be a big one….

    Lastly I totally thought in the hospital that the guard was Berlin. But I never said it out loud! Doesn’t count! Lol!!

    • Sharon Oliver

      Wasn’t it good?!! I think Tom will be back. Now, I never even thought about the guard. Good intuition.

  • Good recap Drama Queen! Red ahd me screaming with the Brylecreem line. lol. I felt so bad for Meera. Yes, why Liz and that unlocked car door? Yes, Red’s back. My goodness. And it cracks me up how Red always dines so elegantly in any situation. Did you see that napkin delicately tucked around his neck when he was at that man’s dining room table hold that puppy? Hilarious.

    • Sharon Oliver

      I know, right. I nearly lost it when Red went to throwback hair dye just all out of the blue. The man will insult you and its minutes later before you realized he did. LOL. He does have a funny and I mean funny ha-ha habit of situating himself into folk’s homes. The burned back almost took my breath away.

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