Midseason Finale

Photo: Katie Yu/The CW

Photo: Katie Yu/The CW

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According to the current story-arc on The CW Network series “Supernatural,” lots went down in the universe before the Book Of Genesis takes place. In fact according to the show, one could make a comparison between the first book of the Five Books Of Moses and chapter four of Star Wars: A New Hope. Turns out that everything started in a highly competitive relationship between a brother and sister, the sister known as “The Darkness” and the brother known as “The Light.” The sibling rivalry got out of control and the brother with the help of his sons the Arch-Angels defeated the sister and locked her away for eternity and her name never mentioned again.

The brother took on the title of God and created the universe, while the sister’s name became the source of scary bedtime stories told to Angels and demons when they were children to make them behave. She stayed imprisoned due to the force of The Mark Of Cain, a symbol bestowed on the son of Adam and Eve by Lucifer when he killed his younger brother Abel.

The Mark Of Cain kept it’s owner alive throughout history, until he transferred the mark to Dean Winchester two years ago. Dean needed the mark in order to destroy the demon Abaddon and keep her from taking over as Ruler of Hell. Winchester won the battle but The Mark Of Cain started taking control of Dean turning him into a demon. His brother Sam with the help of a witch named Rowena and an Angel named Castiel and Rowena’s son Crowley The King Of Hell cast a spell that removed The Mark Of Cain from Dean’s arm. However it released “The Darkness” in the process and now everybody’s running scared.

Now Dean feels a bond with Amara the physical embodiment of “The Darkness,” she was an infant in October and grew really fast as she appeared as a ravishing woman in her mid-thirties in tonight’s episode. (Emily Swallow takes over the role from Samantha Isler.) Sam’s been getting these visions that he believes God’s sending him instructing him that he needs to go back to Lucifer’s Cage and get Lucifer to help them defeat Amara.

The final episode of 2015 opens in a park in front of a cherub themed fountain as some self-anointed preacher speaks to his followers on a bullhorn and they respond with words of agreement. The adult Amara interrupts the preacher and asks if he’s talking about God and does he really believe that God’s listening? The man’s face turns stern and he proclaims that God’s always listening and always watching and judging. Only the righteous and just will go to Heaven while the rest will burn in Hell.

She laughs derisively and says that God’s not even around and believe her she’s been looking. The man gets even more stern and says you best repent sister and ask forgiveness from God. Only he can create the terrible plagues that torment us. Amara sneers and says you mean like this, raises her hands and the water from the fountain turns into blood. She then lifts her arms over her head  and the sky goes from clear and blue to dark and threatening.

The man stutters and asks is that you, are you testing us? Amara smiles and says she’s not God. However she says he’s not the only game in town. She then raises her hands again and lightning bolts come down and fry each of the people standing around her, then the fountain starts pumping water again and the sky turns beautiful once again. She looks up at the sky raises her arms and asks well?

Sam wakes up and finds himself in Lucifer’s cage with Lucifer standing next to him. Lucifer strokes Sam’s face and smiles and suddenly Sam’s standing in a park in the middle of the day and birds are chirping. He shouts out is this the only answer is this what you want and we hear the sound of flames and a bush combusts. It seems a little hokey for God but Sam takes it as proof God’s communicating with him.

Dean’s totally against the idea and says there’s got to be alternatives, Sammy says he’s open to any suggestions but that seems to be the only plan. If they’re going to be dealing with Lucifer then Dean decides they need somebody that knows the Prince Of Darkness better than anybody. They have a meeting with Crowley and the King Of Hell says he believes they might be able to arrange a meeting between Sam and Lucifer but they’d need the Book Of The Damned to accomplish it. So Crowley arranges two of his minions to capture his mother Rowena.

We’re now in a Catholic Church and we watch a middle-aged Priest talk to his congregants as he walks up the main aisle. Amara’s sitting in one of the pews and when the Priest greets her she says she’d like to set up a meeting with God in an actual room. The Priest chuckles and says she’s in the right place that this church’s his house. She asks how she contacts God and he says just like these other people start praying. Amara tries it for less than 30-seconds and tells the Priest it’s not working and he tells her it is that God heard her. She asks how he knows that and the Priest responds because he promised. She says then you’ve met him and the clergyman chuckles again and says nobody has. At least nobody alive and she asks that’s enough for billions of you to believe in? He responds that’s what faith’s all about, she says that the Priest doesn’t know him and he corrects her and says he certainly does. He says he’s the light that vanquishes the darkness.

Rowena’s led into Crowley’s chamber in manacles with her head covered with a black bag. As if she’s not upset enough dealing with her estranged son she goes over the edge when Sammy and Dean show themselves. She hisses to Crowley they’re the enemy and Dean says we can go back to trying to kill each other after we save the world. They then fill her in on “The Darkness.” After they tell her the plan she asks what guarantee does she have that she can walk away after this and Crowley coldly says you don’t it’s a Devil’s Bargain.

The Catholic Church’s filled with death and blood as Amara devours the Priest’s soul and then flings his body against a marble pedestal. We see bloody corpses all throughout the sanctuary. Suddenly Amara looks at the ceiling and screams look what I’ve done, I’ve killed all your favorites your most devoted followers. She then looses it and screams at the top of her lungs show yourself.

A group of rank and file Angels hold a meeting in an auto-shop and the guy who organized the meeting says they all have to band together and to get past their differences so they can defeat “The Darkness.” One of his buddies laughs derisively and says you’ve never lead anybody in your life. The first Angel responds he’s spot-on none of them have but what good are their leaders doing, they just play the factions off each other and promote discord. He tells them all to spread the word they need to unite and work together now.

Sam’s in the Men Of Letters building with Rowena so she can utilize the codex and Charlie’s code-breaker to decipher the Book Of The Damned. Dean’s wearing his FBI suit and he’s checking out the carnage at the church. He tells Sam not to do anything without contacting him first and that he’s heading back there now. However suddenly Dean starts feeling spacey and things seem distorted as he stands in the park. He turns around and Amara’s standing behind him and grinning she says he sensed her presence and that’s why he’s there. She then teleports the two of them to a secluded spot in the woods for them to talk.

Rowena’s figured out the spell and tells Sam to contact Crowley which he does. He also tries calling Dean but his brother’s too under Amara’s spell to answer the phone. The three of them leave for Hell so Sam can meet with Lucifer. Rowena tells Sammy they don’t have time to wait for Dean.

Dean says to Amara that she’s all grown-up now and she smiles and he asks her if she’s the finished product and she says for today. He then asks her what she’s doing why did she kill so many people in the church and the park? She says she’s got no beef with any of her brother’s creations she’s just trying to get his attention. She then starts talking about the propaganda campaign he’s still waging against her. That he demonized her and made himself into a savior. She says it doesn’t have to be this way. That human’s can live without prayer or pain and feel the bliss that Dean feels whenever they’re together. He asks what she’d get out of this and she says only what she deserves, he asks her what’s that and she replies everything.

Rowena prepares a cage in limbo that will be able to contain Lucifer and then she invokes some spells. The symbols she put on the cage light-up and flames start shooting up from the ground all around the cage. Suddenly a figure appears in the cage and doesn’t look human at first, sporting green-skin glowing red eyes and pointed ears almost resembling the Gollum. However he soon appears as our old friend Mark Pellegrino reprises his role as the Prince Of Darkness. He smiles when he sees the King Of Hell and says my old friend Crowley. Crowley responds he’s just a devoted acolyte carrying the torch. Lucifer responds that Crowley’s being too kind, to himself. Suddenly Lucifer smiles in earnest when he sees Sam. He whispers Sam Winchester my old roomie. Want to hug it out?

Lucifer asks Sam why he’s come to visit him and Sam tells him about “The Darkness” and that he’s come seeking his help. Lucifer says he remembers it was tough defeating her eons ago and doesn’t know if he could do it again. He then asks where’s God while all this is going on and Sammy says it appears that God’s split and left no forwarding address. However he’s been sending Sam visions that have sent him looking for help from Lucifer. Lucifer says he’s willing to help if Sam becomes his vessel. Sam says that means he’d disappear while Lucifer would take over his body and wreak havoc topside and Lucifer nods, Winchester says it’s not happening.

Dean somehow summons the strength to try to defeat Amara and he takes out his Angel Blade and tries stabbing her in the abdomen but the blade shatters like glass. She chuckles and says he must have realized that wasn’t going to work. She says she knows that he’s a warrior and his natural instincts to resist but he can’t resist her. She then looks as if she’s going to devour Dean’s soul but instead she kisses him and he kisses her back.

He asks her what just happened and she said that’s a preview of the future and the culmination of the feelings they’ve both had since they met. She says they’ll soon be together and he says she’s way off base. She replies that he can deny it all she wants but they soon shall be one. Suddenly three of the Angels from the meeting appear and they tell her that they’re taking her into custody. The leader then says that if she kills them that every Angel in Heaven will then fire a bolt at her at the exact same time and even she won’t be able to survive that. She looks at them with contempt and then quickly takes them out.

The sky grows dark and lightning starts to appear. Dean asked her what she did and he says they will smote you, she says maybe I’ll finally get my brother’s attention. She teleports him back to the park just before a shaft of white light comes down from the sky and envelops her.

Lucifer apologizes to Sam but says desperate times call for desperate measures and Winchester responds it’s not desperate it’s certifiable. Lucifer laughs and tells Sam that he and Dean are working with Crowley, they passed certifiable three exits ago. Sam once again says he won’t give into Lucifer and there needs to be another solution. Suddenly the symbols on the cage stop glowing and the fire goes out. Crowley asks Rowena what’s happened to the protection spell and she tells him that it’s time to leave.

Suddenly Sam finds himself in the cage with Lucifer, which means he’s trapped. Lucifer asks if he wants the top or bottom bunk or would he rather share. The screen goes black and the story returns on January 20.

Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW

Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW

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Secrets get revealed, partnerships form and a deal’s made with a demon, must be Christmas in Central City! All this and more took place in the final episode in 2015 of The CW hit series “The Flash,” as the show reshuffled the deck before heading on hiatus. Something to keep in mind though as the Scarlet Speedster and Team-Flash take a break for the holidays, it’s a lot easier to break a bond with a man who has no honor. Sometimes deals get made for no other reason than to buy time, as the party that’s coerced into the agreement attempts to think of a way of defeating their new-found ally.

The first image we see is Harrison Wells running from someone down some hallways. He grabs a weapon and attempts to fire it, however he finds himself with his feet dangling in the air as Zoom holds him by the throat. Wells tells the speedster to take his life but allow his daughter Jessie to go free and live. He says she’s innocent and he’ll gladly sacrifice his life to save hers. Zoom stays silent and doesn’t loosen his grip on Harrison’s throat, Wells tells the monster to kill him and finally Zoom speaks and says Merry Christmas.

Joe West and his daughter Iris are getting their final Christmas shopping done and sit down to get a bite to eat. Joe asks Iris what he should get Barry for Christmas and Iris suggests a really nice watch like Joe’s father gave him. Joe smiles and says his father had a message for his son when he gave him the watch, start arriving places on time. West says that when he was a kid he pledged if he ever had a son he’d give him fun gifts. Iris knowing that Joe does have a son that she hasn’t told him about gets a bit emotional.

Barry and Patty are making out at the station and she says they really should be acting more professional in case anyone comes in. Right then Iris comes in and Patty slaps Barry on the shoulder and says she’s got a 4:00 pm to midnight shift and she’ll see him around.

Iris then tells Barry about her brother that she’s kept hidden from Joe since she had contact with her mother earlier in the season. She says that she feels terrible about not telling him sooner and the news will kill him. Barry tells her he’ll handle it well and he’ll help break the news to Joe. Iris hugs him and thanks him then takes off.

Back at STAR Labs Jay Garrick and Caitlin are trying to come up with a way to close all the breaches to Earth-Two except for the one at STAR Labs. Snow tells Jay she truly appreciates him watching out for Barry and Garrick replies he’s not the only one whose welfare he’s concerned with. Cisco trying to rebound from a broken-heart plays the wise-guy and tells Jay to kiss her already then asks Caitlin how’s Wells doing? She says she believes he’s still asleep but as Ramon turns to go find him Harrison’s standing right behind him.

Barry and Iris noticed it started to snow as they finished their conversation earlier, turns out the white-stuff didn’t come from Mother Nature. The Weather Wizard shows up at Iron Heights Prison and breaks out Captain Cold and The Trickster. Leonard Snart, Captain Cold’s real name isn’t a fan of James Jesse/The Trickster and asks Mark Mardon/Weather Wizard why he broke them out. Mardon tells Leonard that they’re going to team-up to kill the Flash and with Weather Wizard’s powers, Captain Cold’s smarts and The Trickster’s flair for the dramatic they’ll be successful.

Joe and Barry meet up at Iron Heights and discuss the escape and West tells Barry this might set Patty off as Mardon killed her father. Patty arrives looking grim-faced and Barry tries to talk to her, but she blows him off saying he has no understanding of the situation. She tells him she cares for him but he’s over his head in this type of situation. Which leads me to my question of the goings on in Central City. In the last few weeks Barry’s told Linda Park and Kendra Saunders he’s the Flash, why hasn’t he told the woman he cares about Patty Spivot about his secret identity?

I’m not much of a “shipper” when it comes to shows and characters that I follow, however Patty Spivot’s pretty much a perfect match for Barry Allen. She’s truly adorable, they share he same interests and she’s crazy about him and her admiration would only increase for him if he told her he’s the Flash. I don’t want to see this relationship get dashed on the rocks because she finds out accidentally. He’s a lot closer with Patty than he was with Joe’s former partner Eddie Thawne and he knew Barry’s the Scarlet Speedster. Let’s get Patty in the loop as soon as possible when the show returns.

West comes home to find Iris and Barry sitting there waiting to talk to him and he knows something big is going down. Barry starts to take the lead but Iris cuts him off feeling it’s her responsibility to inform her father and tells Joe that he has a son and she has a brother named Wally West. Joe smiles saying that’s short for Wallace, which is what they planned to call Iris if she’d been a boy.

Joe’s obviously unsettled by the revelation and tells his daughter he needs time to process things and tells her to give him time to let things set. He then says he needs to get back to the station. Iris asks Barry if she thinks Joe’s going to be alright and Barry says that he’ll be fine. However Barry’s not fine when he discovers Captain Cold sitting in the easy-chair in the living room.

Barry pins Leonard against a wall and asks him if he’s insane coming to Allen’s house? Snart says this is a fine way to treat him when he shows up to give him his Christmas present. He then tells Barry that Weather Wizard and The Trickster are teaming up to defeat him, they asked him to join them but he’s decided against it. However he turns down Barry’s request to team up with him and help the Flash defeat the duo.

We find out Wells confrontation with Zoom actually took place in the opening scene and wasn’t a nightmare or a hallucination. The monster enters STAR Labs through the breach and asks Harrison if he’s made his decision and Wells says he needs more time. Zoom says he needs his decision immediately but Wells stays resolute that he needs more time before he gives the villain an answer. Zoom tells him he has one day then says he’ll say hello to his daughter for him and goes back through the breach.

The Trickster’s commandeered the airwaves and he’s on every TV station in Central City saying it’s going to be a very bloody Christmas. He says his stocking’s going to be filled with Flash parts and then laughs hysterically. As he finishes his address to the city, Caitlin notices an image reflected in Jesse’s iris. Wells recognizes it as a children’s toy he bought his daughter when she was in grade school. Cisco soon finds the distribution warehouse that the toys shipped from and the Flash heads there to try to catch The Trickster.

He arrives and he’s soon joined by Patty Spivot whose obsessed with finding Mardon and making him pay for her father’s death. They both soon realize that it’s a trap and neither of the criminals are there. However a videotape starts playing and an image of Jesse tells them that the dreidels that are heading for them from all sides are made from C-4 explosives. The Flash tells Spivot to wrap her arms around him and he rotates his hands fast enough to create an up-draft that takes them to safety.

Flash tells Spivot to let him handle this situation and for her to back off, he understands that Mardon murdered her father but says she’ll just get hurt. She confesses to Flash that she worked for her father before he got killed, but ditched work that day to hang with her friends. So her father got robbed by Mardon and killed for a few hundred bucks. She said it’s her fault her father died and she’s going to make Mardon pay.

Cisco creates a wand that will draw all the electricity out of the air where Mardon’s at making it impossible for him to access his powers. Cisco tracks down Weather Wizard and The Trickster to Central City Square where the city’s holding the tree lighting ceremony. Flash grabs the wand and speeds down there. Turns out Weather Wizard’s acquired the power of flight but Flash chases him down and zaps him with the wand causing Mardon to fall onto a rooftop.

Flash asks Weather Wizard if he truly thought he could beat him like that and Mardon says of course not, but Central City’s hero will allow Mardon to beat him now. He reveals that The Trickster posed as a department store Santa Claus and handed out 100 bombs to random children from all over the city. Unless Flash submits to Mardon’s beating 100 families will get blown up instantly, Flash agrees not to fight back.

Team-Flash monitoring Barry from STAR Labs hears what’s going on and Wells says if they can find one of the bombs reverse the polarity and send it into the breach all the other bombs will get sucked up with it. Garrick, Ramon and Wells get into a vehicle and find one of the homes with the bombs. Wells straps it to a drone and guides it through the breach and all the other bombs get sucked into the breach as well. Barry’s hanging on when Cisco tells him the bombs are gone he then quickly takes out Mardon and The Trickster.

Spivot shows up and uses Cisco’s invention to stop Meta-Humans the boot to keep Flash on the sidelines, then she grabs her service revolver and stands over Mardon and says this is for her father. Flash tells her if she does this her life’s over and she’ll lose everybody she cares about and she’ll be all alone once again. She decides to cuff Mardon instead and releases Flash and apologizes.

Everybody’s at Joe’s house for a Christmas Eve celebration. Patty arrives and tells Barry she wants to tell him what’s been going on and he says it’s the best Christmas present he could receive. Suddenly the door bell rings and a young man’s standing in the doorway he introduces himself as Wally West, Francine’s son. He says he sees Joe’s got company and says he’ll come back some other time, but Joe insists he come in and join the party.

Wells gets another visit from Zoom in the final scene and the speedster asks Harrison what’s his decision. Wells says he needs to see his daughter first and Zoom quickly gets her and puts her in front of Wells. The two embrace and she begs her father to save him. Zoom then snatches her back and leaves her back in her cage and asks Wells his decision. Wells tells Zoom that he’ll help him steal The Flash’s speed and the screen goes black.

The Story Returns Tuesday January 19, at 8:00 pm on The CW.

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Photo Courtesy Of NBC

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Social Media was abuzz this past week as fans of the NBC series “The Blacklist,” expected their favorite show to exonerate FBI Agent Elizabeth Keen and put Harold Cooper back in charge of the FBI Task Force in this final episode before going on hiatus. Even Raymond Reddington stated early in this episode that her life on the lam beginning at the end of last season when the Cabal set her up would conclude very soon. Liz would be partnered up once again with Donald Ressler, while the Director of the Cabal bled-out in some field and Matias Solomon stowed-away on a tramp-steamer to Laos.

Now viewers will display concern for Lizzie until the show returns on January 7, as Ressler tackled her in the woods and arrested her in the episode’s final scene. Although her former partner will do his best to ensure her safety in Federal-Custody the Cabal’s got enough operatives in high-places in the United States Government, that keeping that promise will be challenging for Donald.

Reddington and Dembe speak on the phone as Red’s driving with Keen while Dembe’s waiting in what looks like an antique shop waiting for a package. Dembe says something feels wrong to him and he should be with Raymond right now. Reddington says they need their “Care-Package” and they’ll hook-up in about an hour.

Raymond pulls in to fill up the tank and Liz says she’s going to use the rest-room to freshen up. Red says he’ll get them something to eat in the convenience store that’s part of the station. Liz returns a few minutes later and there’s no sign of Reddington or the beat-up SUV they’re traveling in. She checks with the store clerk and Raymond never made it into the store.

Liz calls Dembe and asks if he’s heard from Raymond and he says he’ll start searching for him, but Keen tells him to wait at the store for the package. She then calls Samar Navabi and asks her if she gives her the information to track Reddington’s computer will she promise not to tell Ressler? Unfortunately Keen couldn’t  have picked a worse time to call Navabi as the agent’s lying in Donald’s bed while he’s showering. The morning after their unexpected “coupling” late in the previous episode.

Samar has to use Ressler’s laptop to conduct the search and she tells Liz that Red’s outside Davis Creek, West Virginia in what looks like an industrial building.  After she gives Keen the information she deletes the surfing information, a move that came back to haunt her.

Aram tells Donald that  Reven Wright’s waiting for him in Cooper’s office. Ressler’s screaming at the Deputy Attorney General that Harold Cooper sold them out and told Tom Keen that he was heading to Wing Yee’s to bust Keen and Liz. Reven’s not concerned with Harold and Tom but she asks Ressler some information about Matias Solomon. When he tells her he can’t answer her questions she says she’s going to do some digging.

Harold and Charlene Cooper get some unexpected house-guests as four assassins carrying rifles head towards their house to kill them Tom Keen and Karakurt. Keen and Cooper kill all four gunmen and the four of them get into the Cooper’s car and take off. They soon realize why Cabal operatives can find them so easily as Karakurt’s got a tracking chip they put into his chest. Keen tells Cooper they have  to get under concrete or cement to block the signal.

Raymond come’s to and realizes he’s gotten kidnapped by a gang of robber-barons that look like extras from My Name Is Earl. Three brothers, Cash the oldest and dominant, Pablo the middle-brother with authority issues and T-Bone who speaks with a stutter. They live with Jilly who seems to be Cash’s girlfriend, but she could have a friends with benefits relationship with the other brothers.

The group’s teamed up with a local named Jasper and they kidnap and rob seemingly affluent drivers when they visit the area. Although the brother’s go gaga over Red’s Rolex they complain that he’s only got $700 in his and doesn’t have credit-cards or an ATM card. Raymond says that if they can negotiate terms he’ll make it worth their while to release them.

Harold hides the car inside a tunnel and Tom starts to conduct surgery using what looks like the lid of a cat-food can to slice open his chest. On the other end of the tunnel Solomon and a crew are tracking Karakurt and the man holding the laptop says the signal’s weak but they still can track it.

Aram tells Navabi that  Ressler wants him to check out Donald’s personal laptop to find out how search information got deleted. Samar tells Aram he can’t say anything to Ressler as she promised Liz she’d keep it from him, the information she deleted gives Red’s location. Mojtabai asks why she used Donald’s laptop and she says it was on her work station. The tech-guru promises to keep Ressler in the dark.

Liz makes the connection between Jasper and the Kings Of The Road, the name the thieves use and she picks him up in this blue-collar bar. He suddenly looks at his watch and says he’s got to get back to work when she asks him how she’d like her to go back with him to his place instead? Work’s no longer a priority.

Cash says that if they hurt Reddington they might lose out on  getting some money, so he suggests that Jilly goes and talks with him. She brings a children’s tea-set with her and pretends to have a tea-party with Reddington. She asks him his first name and he replies Kenneth as it says on the driver’s license he carries. She says no your real first name and he responds the same. She says they’ll hurt her if he doesn’t tell her and Red says that he thinks Jilly likes getting hurt or she would have left long ago. She giggles and starts rubbing him and finds a bank-deposit bag containing 25-grand.

The three brothers and Jilly are whooping and hollering saying that they’ll each get over six grand apiece. Pablo asks what about Jasper and Cash says he’s hired help, he’ll get what they give him. That doesn’t sit well with Pablo who says Jasper’s family, Cash points to the four of them and says this is the family.

Mojtabai breaks his promise to Navabi and tells Ressler that Samar erased the information and gives him Reddington’s location. Donald stomps over to Navabi and starts screaming at her asking how she could have hidden this from him. He says first Harold plots against him and now she does, Samar tells Ressler that she called Liz and warned her about the raid. Donald sneers at her and says you’re out of here, gather your stuff and be gone by the end of the day. Aram looks like he’s about to get sick.

Red’s picked the lock on his handcuffs a while before, but he waits for the right moment to attempt his escape.  He decides the time’s best when T-Bone and he are alone at the house and the youngest brother threatens him with the pistol. Raymond grabs the gun and shoots his opponent in the gut then tries to drive away, but Cash smacks him in the back of the head knocking Reddington out.

Mojtabai goes up to Samar and says if he realized Ressler would fire her he would never have told him. She says he promised her he wouldn’t say anything and he says that she lied to him. He says you told me that his laptop was on your workstation but you did your search in his apartment in the wee-hours of the morning. Aram’s jealousy cost Navabi her job.

Pablo and T-Bone convince Cash to let T-Bone go to the hospital to get his wound treated. As soon as the youngest brother leaves Raymond starts telling Pablo that Cash and Jilly are going to kill Pablo and fly to Aruba. At first Pablo tells him to shut-up but soon Reddington’s gotten into his head. Suddenly there’s laughing and hollering coming from the other room and Cash yells he’s on TV.

They see a news-report identifying Red and Liz and Cash calls up Jasper to find out if he knows where Liz’s at and tells him about her. He hangs up his cellphone and starts attacking her but she soon gets the upper-hand and grabs his gun and now he’s her prisoner.

Wright heads to Task Force headquarters and Ressler tells her they’ve got a location on Red and he’s fired Navabi for trying to keep the information from him. Reven asks if he’s perhaps being too inflexible and Donald looks her in the eye and says Tommy Markin and Wright looks confused. Ressler says that when his father joined the police-force he befriended another young cop named Tommy Markin and the two pledged they’d clean up the department. When Ressler’s dad refused to take a bribe from corrupt cops his old pal Tommy Markin ended his life by shooting him.

The four head down a dirt-road and Cash says they’re going to kill Reddington, but Red tells Pablo if Cash wants any money he can’t kill him. Pablo says that must mean he’s going to kill me and Raymond asks if he trusts Cash with his life. Suddenly Cash’s cellphone rings and Lizzie’s on the other end, she says she’s got Jasper as her prisoner and proposes a one-for-one swap. Cash laughs derisively at her and says Jasper’s just dead weight and hangs up the phone.

Pablo’s so angry he’s ready to spit and he tells his brother that Jasper’s family and it’s not his decision to make. The phone rings again and Pablo tells his brother to pick it up and work out a deal and Cash just laughs. Pablo pulls his pistol and the older brother says he doesn’t have the stones to use it. Pablo blasts him twice then tells Jilly to answer the phone and put it on speaker. He says to Keen he’s willing to trade Red to Liz for Jasper and two million bucks. She agrees but says she’ll call back in two-hours after she sets things up. Jilly says to Pablo that was beautiful and Red shudders.

Ressler gets a call from a West Virginia State Trooper and meets him at the hospital that T-Bone’s getting treated at. The officer tells Donald the guy says he got hurt in a hunting accident, but who hunts with a 38? T-Bone walks out soon after and tells both men he’s feeling fine now and just wants to go home and sleep in his bed. Ressler tells the officer that the guy’s wearing Reddington’s coat and he’s going to follow him home.

Dembe’s finally addressed by the man behind the sales counter at the store he’s waited at. There’s a military looking  brief-case on the counter and the man tells Dembe that it’s heavier than it looks. Liz picks him up and tells him they’re trading the briefcase for Red and Dembe says they need it to clear her name. She says that Red’s life’s more important.

Reven Wright pays Laurel Hitchin a visit at the President’s adviser’s home and Laurel says what a pleasant surprise. Reven wants to discuss Matias Solomon and says he used to work for Laurel at the CIA and the Presidential adviser says she had lots of employees. Reven says he was a special attaché for you so you must have worked closely. Hitchin says he imagines that Wright’s discussed this with Ressler in great detail and Reven says she came right over to ask Laurel when she discovered the connection.

Laurel pulls out a pistol and fires it into Reven’s heart, when she falls to the floor in a heap Hitchin says she hated to do that. She then asks Wright if she has any last words and Reven looks Laurel straight in the eyes and says Tommy Markin then takes her final breath.

Liz, Dembe and Jasper meet with Pablo and T-Bone and Liz and Dembe see Red on a cellphone and he tells her not to make the trade. Pablo says okay show us what you’ve got and Dembe opens the case revealing the contents to both men, although we see nothing. Pablo asks if it’s what he thinks it is and Keen says it’s worth far more than the reward money. Pablo tells Jilly to let Red go and he tells he she’s sick and needs to get help. She smiles to herself when he leaves.

After being on the run since the final episode of last season, Elizabeth Keen’s finally been captured. Ressler and a crew came seconds after the exchange and Ressler chased her down and finally handcuffed her in the woods. Will he be able to guarantee her safety under his charge? We’ll find out in January.

The Story Resumes January 7, at 9:00 pm on NBC.