The Blacklist
Miles McGrath
Season 4, Episode 3 Recap


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"Reddington didn't just have an affair with my mother. She was assigned to him, to be in his life...the way you were assigned to be in mine."
—Liz to Tom

Project Intro:
Well, things have not gone to plan. I gave myself a project for the 2016-2017 TV season. I was going to tweet every episode of my five favorite dramas and then gather those tweets into post form, sprinkling in more commentary here and there. The only one I managed to finish was The Walking Dead S7E8, which took weeks, as is the usual for me when I get hung up on one amazing episode. So, the whole summer passed me by and I had nothing to show for it. But I'm not giving up on this project. I'm just turning it in past due, and making sure I don't have a two-season pile up by next May. Good luck to me.

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I am perpetually behind (obviously) and don't want to be spoiled. But I also don't want to turn notifications off and only remember to turn them back on later when I start wondering why no one is responding to, liking, or retweeting anything I've said.

Aram is upset and feels betrayed, but he's still Liz's friend and he still loves her. He's grateful that she's alive. Samar can't accept it. She's not one to get over betrayal easily.

It applies to this show. Applies to all shows. Applies to life. People need to communicate, but people are afraid or stubborn or stupid or selfish or inattentive or all of those too often.

Liz's ability to turn on the waterworks in an instant is impressive...and scary.

Now I don't have to use the (spoiler) because anyone reading this should have seen the episode already, so that should say "Mr. Kaplan" and "her ruined face."

"Look at love with the man I was sent to seduce and betray."
—Katarina about Red

Finally another piece of the heart of this puzzle put in place.

This is what I assumed had happened for the longest time. Whether or not Red turned out to be Liz's father, I had the feeling (long before Cape May) that he had loved her mother and that's where this connection and protective instinct stemmed from.

I'm very patient when it comes to a great story, but, while my hope for these two is strong, their timing is never right. Fingers are crossed.

"You wanted to know why he went so far to find you, why there seemed to be nothing he wouldn't do to physically get hold of you. Now you know. He needs a biological descendant to save his life, a genetic donation from the woman he believes to be his long-lost daughter. That's what you are to him: a collection of cells."
—Red to Liz

Before my last tweet, I saw and had to respond to...

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