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Episode Recap of The Blacklist, Season 1 Episode 19:The Pavlovich Brothers
Things get pretty heated in this week’s episode of The Blacklist. The episode, titled The Pavlovich Brothers, begins in China, with inoculations being given to prisoners. One of the women prisoners seems to have a reaction to the medication, and passes out. The nurses demand calling an ambulance to save her. The guards seem hesitant, but eventually comply. Inside the ambulance, the nurses begin speaking English, and attempt to revive the woman. Inside the prison, a guard spots something suspicious, and demands the ambulance be stopped, but it is too late. The girl is notified after being revived that she will be taken to DC.
The Blacklist then turns to The Pavlovich Brothers, who we met in the very beginning of the series. They were the group that took the little girl on the freeway way back in episode 1. They seem to be planning to intercept this girl that was taken back to DC.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Tom discuss the now murder investigation of Jolene. Tom tries to play it off, all the while Elizabeth seems to be putting a tracking device in Tom’s keys. Tom heads out for work, and Elizabeth pays a visit to Reddington. They discuss Tom’s motives, but they do not seem to have anything concrete, but Reddington believes that Tom is spinning out of control.
The next Blacklist members, the Palvovich brothers, is the top case for Elizabeth and the FBI. Elizabeth and her team discuss the Blacklist case, and they plan to meet the woman from China, to assist with her escort to DC. Unfortunately, the Pavlovich brothers are already on the scene, and manage to snatch the girl. They are able to make an escape in a helicopter.
The police found the chopper that the Pavlovich brothers used to escape, burned. Meanwhile, Cooper is informed that this asset that was taken, and is holding some important classified secrets. Elizabeth receives a call from Reddington, however, and abruptly leaves work to visit with Reddington, who is watching Tom for afar.
Tom winds up at the National Archives, and Elizabeth decides to take matters into her own hands following Tom into the building herself. Tom is about to make a trade with a man there, but Tom realizes something isn’t right and cancels the deal. Elizabeth tries to follow the other man, but is unsuccessful. Reddington is able to get some photos of the man, however.
The Pavlovich brothers prepare to transport the girl to go back to China. She is sedated, but before she falls asleep, she writes a note in chalk on the wall.
Elizabeth returns home, and Tom has found Liz’s music box from Reddington. He asks her about it, and also notes that he was at the National Archives and thought he saw her there. Tom decides that he is going to walk the dog, and winds up disappearing. We see him at a pay phone, making another call to his bosses, telling them that he is compromised. He was also aware of the tracker in his keys, and destroys it.
Reddington pays Elizabeth a visit, and he tells her she made a bad move when she chased after Tom in the National Archives. Elizabeth tells Reddington about her disgust with Tom. Elizabeth gets a call from the FBI, and she heads back to work, with information from Reddington–to analyze the fuel in the chopper they recovered.
Meanwhile, Reddington continues investigating Tom’s business partner. They find the man Tom was meeting, Jeffrey Seivers. A Calculus book was the information Tom was suppose to pass along, but he doesn’t seem to have any idea what it means yet. Dembe makes a copy of the book, but let the man continue whatever his mission was.
Back with the FBI, Aram is able to find some information on the location of the Blacklisters. They are able through forensics and logistics, to narrow down where the helicopter came from. Elizabeth and the FBI head out to the farm they have pin pointed.
Meanwhile, Reddington has been able to locate Tom, and Reddington comes up with a plan to flush Tom out. Elizabeth tells Reddington where they are heading, and Reddington wishes her luck.
Back with the Pavlovich brothers, we see Reddington has come to pay them a visit. In the next scene, the FBI has come to pay the Blacklisters a visit, but the hideout is empty, with the exception of the code that the girl wrote on the wall.
Back at Tom’s hideout, Reddington has a plan afoot, which flushes Tom out. There is a car chase, and the Pavlovich brothers chase Tom down. They capture him, and Reddington decides to leave him as a present for Elizabeth.
Back with Elizabeth and the FBI, Ressler believes that Reddington kidnapped the woman for his own purposes. Elizabeth heads home, and greets Tom, who has been tied down for Elizabeth’s convenience. Elizabeth begins interrogating him, but he doesn’t have much to say other than how he knew he had her duped from almost the very beginning of their meeting. Elizabeth decides to go the torture route, which ultimately allows Tom to escape. She breaks his thumb, which allows him to slip out of his handcuffs. They scuffle for a while, but Tom in the end is able to secure her gun. He handcuffs her, and escapes. Before leaving, he tells her that she should use the key she found of Tom’s in a safety deposit box. He even gives her the location and number of the box. He also says that he is, “one of the good guys” and that Reddington is not who she “thinks he is”.
Back at the Blacksite, Aram is able to determine what the girl’s message meant. Elizabeth, before she decided to break Tom’s thumb, was able to get some information on where the girl would be shipped out of, as they determined she would be going out via boat.
At the port, the FBI shows up just in time to save the girl, after a brief gun battle. The Blacklisters are neutralized, and the frightened woman is rescued by Ressler. The woman is taken into custody, and she begins explaining what “Whitefog” is, a germ warfare operation that she was working on.
Reddington sees Tom leave Elizabeth’s house, and has Tom tailed yet again to keep tabs. Reddington pays Elizabeth a visit. Reddington and Elizabeth share an intimate familial moment, and the episode ends with Keen opening the safety deposit box that Tom informed her about. Inside the box appears to be photos, that we do not get to see–yet.
Josh’s Thoughts: The Blacklist, Season 1 Episode 19: The Pavlovich Brothers
This was probably one of the best Blacklist episodes of the season. I think the great thing with this episode was integration of the “weekly Blacklister” into the main storyline. Also, the Povlovich Brothers were a good, kind of semi- humorous villain as well. It was also great with Reddington’s manipulation of the Povlovich brothers, but for the benefit of Elizabeth.
The confrontation between Tom and Elizabeth was really good as well, despite the obvious “thumb-breaking” escape. I really think Megan Boone acted these scenes very well as well. What I am really curious is, Tom kept insisting he isn’t the bad guy, which I am curious to see how that plays out.
I have a feeling the secret documents that Tom showed has to do with the death of Elizabeth’s father. Tom was at the hospital, when Reddington was there at the same time, so, that is why I get that feeling.
Overall, I am excited to see where the season ends. I really hope that Tom’s story begins to unfold more, as the season wraps up.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 1 Episode 19 of The Blacklist: The Pavlovich Brothers
Finally, we get the confrontation we’ve been waiting for: Liz versus Tom. I actually was a little disappointed that it came so soon, personally. I wanted to watch her play Tom a little longer. But apparently Tom can more easily identify his wife from just a passing glance than she is able to identify her husband, even though she could tell what her attacker’s height and hair color were. One thing that REALLY bothered me, though, was where did this random dog come from??? They’ve never had a dog throughout the duration of the show. They’ve never talked about it, and we’ve never seen it. You would think it would have come up at least once. When Tom said he was going to walk the dog, I expected her response to be, “But we don’t have a dog.” But then we see this random dog, and it’s like, oh I guess they do. The show brought it in just to give Tom an excuse to leave without being too suspicious? Very lame, Blacklist.
We also got a little bit of background about Tom and Liz’s early relationship. However, I would still like to hear how they met, exactly. Then Liz gets Tom practically gift wrapped and delivered to her, but she is dumb and breaks his thumb, which allows him to get out of the cuffs and get away. How did she make it into the FBI again?
So, who is Tom, really? Is he really one of the good guys? He is probably working with the FBI/government people, so thinks he’s a good guy. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re good guys, or that he’s a good guy just because of that. We all know government agencies and certain members of such can be corrupt, especially when it comes to movies or TV shows. Whatever the pictures are of, I’m sure they were taken just to put Reddington in what appeared to be a compromising position, but there’s probably a good explanation for it. On the other hand, as Reddington has pointed out before, he has to keep up the appearance of being a criminal.
Looking forward to seeing how the rest of the season unfolds with these new developments!
Scenes from The Blacklist, Season 1 Episode 19: The Pavlovich Brothers
Here are scenes from the next episode of The Blacklist episode, titled The Kingmaker