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The Blacklist Puts The Fun Back In Funerals!

Just kidding. Liz's funeral is kind of a bummer, even if it probably ends up being totally fake.

We begin with the funeral of Liz Keen, the "funeral" of Liz Keen, or "the funeral of Liz Keen." It's definitely one of those. We're in uncharted territory now and it makes me wonder if the producers really thought this one out. I mean, do they really want to illustrate what the show looks like without Liz at the center of it? Because what if I like the show without her better than the show with her?

Cooper delivers the eulogy, like a seasoned man of the cloth, even though we all know he's only been an internet minister for a couple episodes. Everyone is at the funeral but Red, whom we see at a remote house in the woods breaking the news of Liz's death to Liz's grandfather. Red makes himself at home, accepting a scrambled-egg breakfast and asking the grandfather to pick up a single malt scotch from town for him, before he spends some time browsing through boxes of Liz's old stuff in the garage there, to a nostalgic pop ditty of course. When you're Red Reddington, I guess you can just invite yourself to be someone's houseguest whenever you like.

Meanwhile, Aram has pieced together some information relating to the surveillance system they discovered three episodes ago. Which leads the team to a businessman at a nearby (naturally) hotel. Of course, by the time Samar and Ressler get there, they're nearly too late. He's being abducted by the mystery woman who had been working for Mr. Solomon three episodes back. Samar stops the abduction, but the mystery lady beats the ever-lovin' crap out of her and escapes through the alley. Everyone at the task force is pretty surprised because that woman, Nez Rowan, should have been rotting in a cell at Fort Meade. Something shadowy is going on, and only those of us outside of the show know what it is really -- a Blacklist spinoff!

So, how Blacklist-y was this episode? Let's find out!

Blacklist-y Element Present?
Liz is dead, but she's totally coming back, right? The members of the Task Force carry Liz's coffin out to the graveyard for it to be lowered into the ground. Presumably. Not that we actually see that happen. HINT!
Is Ressler still being a total asshole? Completely. On the way to the cemetery, Aram sparks up a blunt, because he's "super-stressed out." Samar takes a hit too, which Ressler wrinkles his nose at. Because of course. "It's legal in DC," Samar says, because she's totally cool. Then she adds, "I feel horrible." Ressler replies, "You should. It's a funeral." Wow! Double-dick!
Red is one step ahead of everyone at all times! Nope. Red's still mentally checked out because of either the death of Liz Keen or the "death" of Liz Keen, whichever proves to be more true.
This Blacklist-er should totally be on Red's list! Whoever the mysterious entity or consortium is that's pulling the strings definitely deserves to be on the List.
Plot is immaterial! So, there was only one way in or out of the building where the surveillance guys were, but somehow they still escaped? Okay. I guess I'll just chalk that up to Ressler's general incompetence.
Red's hat symbolizes his cool mastery of his surroundings! Yes, but Red's not wearing it. That's how you know his world is spinning off its axis. And when Red drops in on "Masha's" grandfather, his shirt is unbuttoned and untucked. If that doesn't tell you Red's in trouble, nothing will.
Dialog by ClicheBot 3000 "Rolling Thunder," says the mysterious surveillance man from three episodes ago. "This is Operator 4-6. Unicorn is at the elevators."
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We get one more crumb about Red's obsession with Liz Liz's grandfather knows Red well. And he blames Red for the deaths of Liz and Liz's mother. Also, Red kept the grandfather a secret from Liz, which doesn't really fly with the grandfather.
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