Previously on The Blacklist: Liz the FBI Special Agent found inner strength through a haircut and was five seconds from dancing around a table singing Beyonce into a hairbrush. Red’s ex-wife was kidnapped by Berlin and lost a finger but she’s so full of box wine, Botox, and/or pot she didn’t feel a thing. Harold Cooper and his limp-causing neck injury returned to the Post Office in triumph.
Now on the The Blacklist a bank in Warsaw is robbed by an organized team wearing full body clean suits and gas masks.
Mr. Kaplan shows up to clean up Red’s latest attempt to track down Berlin which has resulted in three deaths, which seem to be just the latest three in a very long line. Mr. Kaplan cautions Red that he’s letting his wife’s abduction push him too far and he snaps, “Don’t start with me, Kate. I’ll handle my business, you handle yours.” Gulp. Calling her by her actual name is the Red equivalent of your mother saying your full name through clenched teeth. Red gets a call about the bank robbers who took some cash but were after something else entirely that Red knows all about. He kindly apologizes to Mr. Kaplan on his way out and admits she’s right about how far out on a limb he is. But obviously he’s not going to stop.
Naomi (Red’s ex) tearfully tells Berlin that hurting her is pointless because Red doesn’t car and she just wants to protect her child. He ignores her in favor of making skeevy comments about her mouth. This dude is on screen for 30 seconds and already I need a Silkwood shower.
While Red gets a manicure from a former trauma surgeon he asks about his daughter, Jennifer. Liz can only tell him she went into Wit Sec with Naomi in 1990 but the Marshalls lost track of her in 2007. So if she was 6 or 7 when he left she was in her early 20s when she left protective custody. This is supposed to make us think Liz is not his daughter but until Jenny shows up in a snazzy hat I’m not buying it. Red doesn’t want to go down this sad road so he moves onto telling Liz about the bank robbery. Since the bank is headquartered in the U.S. and uses F.D.I.C. protection Liz has jurisdiction to investigate the robbery. Pretty sure the F.D.I.C. isn’t insuring the funds in the Warsaw branch and FBI jurisdiction in Poland is non-existent.
At the Post Office Liz catches the team up on all the criminals who bank at the Warsaw branch. They are famous for laundering money with no trace and the robbery was all about finding the ledger used to track the funds. BBA is acting weird but remains boring so no one cares. Outside the hot Mossad agent follows them.
Dembe (whose name I had misspelled through all of the last recap) gives Red a package left at the hotel front desk. His ability to hide in plain sight is really going downhill. Inside is one of Naomi’s teeth. Red is mildly vexed at this.
In Warsaw a local FBI agent reminds Liz and BBA that they can investigate and have warrants to extradite suspects but can’t make arrests or carry guns. How can you extradite a suspect if they aren’t under arrest? And why does the FBI, an agency that investigates domestic crimes, have an agent already on the ground in Warsaw? In the vault they meet the VP of Operations, recently in from Warsaw, who says the original report was released too quickly and it turns out over $400K was stolen. He affably agrees to let them lock through all their records and employee files. That’s not completely suspicious at all and complete transparency about my private accounts is what I always look for in my bank. Then he walks over and tells the local branch chief that they are in big trouble. The Formula is missing so the money is missing and the clients will kill them dead if they don’t find the Formula fast. In English from maybe 20 feet away from three FBI agents. The clients should kill him for being a moron.
Berlin orders a prosthetic hand then takes a phone call from Colonel Yusef. That was the entire scene. This show is really into the quick jump cuts.
Liz tells BBA that the robbers erased the tapes back to half an hour before they arrived. BBA spots a traffic camera outside and within 30 seconds their resident geek back at the Post Office has the footage. The only thing they can see is that five robbers went in and six came out and one of the ones who left was a woman. They decide that the whole thing was a set up to kidnap her.
BBA and Liz question the VP due about the employee who was taken, Kaja Tomczak. He knows nothing what with being a high level VP at the branch in Manhattan and not the personnel manager of a podunk Polish branch and he would like to make that really clear in a was that is completely above suspicion. The local branch dude says she went home sick and forgot to swipe. The local FBI agent gets belligerent with him, implying that he’s covering something up and sparking a discussion about the ridiculously outdated American saying “Johnny on the spot” local FBI guy is using. Dude, update your slang.
At Kaja’s apartment they learn that the bank owned her apartment and that she’s escorted to and from work by bodyguards. The landlord has never seen her without them. They also spy camera in the corner. Before they can really look around they find out the getaway van has been found. On scene the van was torched with an accelerant so there’s nothing left in the back. But in the front seat Liz finds goo. Rather than contacting a local law enforcement person or the resident geek back home she calls Red to ask what red goo that smells like roses could be. I’m not sure if that’s a sign of how tight a rein he has on her or how kinky she thinks he is. Probably both. Red has her set it on fire and says it’s jam from the rum-soaked rose petal packzi, a type of Polish jelly donut. That sounds delicious and I’d like 14 of them delivered to my couch right now. Red tells her to sit tight he’ll be there in a couple of hours.
Berlin reads the VP the riot act over the breach of security and its effect on his funds. (Affect? I can never remember which is right.) The VP says it’s just an IT problem but Berlin doesn’t care because he needs the wire transfer he made 36 hours before to get to its destination so his cargo will be released. Dude, if your wire transfer sat at their bank for 36 hours your problem is not the robbery its that your bank sucks. The whole point of wire transfers is they happen very fast. VP offers an interest free loan which Berlin counters with an offer to go to New York and destroy the VP’s face. In the background Naomi throws her shoe at the camera and when the guard is distracted takes a chicken bone from her plate. This is why you tie up your prisoners. What kind of second rate pointless bad guy is this guard?