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Photo by: Will Hart/NBC

Warning: Spoiler Alert

It’s Extremely tempting to skip recapping this episode of the NBC series “The Blacklist,” and jump right to the final scene. After all, that’s what the fans will be buzzing about at the conclusion of “The Forecaster.” However, the writers concocted an interesting tale, involving two separate story-lines, one of which lead to the rather surprising conclusion. So, I’ll restrain my impulses and go with a rather abridged synopsis.

Our evening opens with the sound of buzzing and static, as we see a bunch of rapidly changing images. We keep seeing one blue eye, and somebody working with clay. The sculptor forms and then paints a woman, we also see a table and chairs, already formed.

The scene changes and gives us our first look at Liz and Tom’s new apartment, filled with boxes containing all their belongings. Lizzie apologizes to Tom, for leaving him to unpack so she can get to work, he says it’s fine and he and Agnes will rock-out to the Romantics. Tom then opens an envelope that contains all his fake passports, Liz asks if he’s really ready to give up his old life? He smiles and assures her, that he is as he throws them in the wastebasket.

Agent Keen opens her front door and sees a miniature recreation of a scene, known as a diorama. The scene depicts an indoor pool, with a woman lying face down in the water. We also see the table now contains a glass filled with some green liquid.

Turns out it’s a green smoothie, as we find out in the next scene. We’re suddenly at that indoor pool, as a middle-aged woman takes a sip from her drink, drops her robe and dives into the pool. She starts doing laps when suddenly she’s gasping for air. She’s able to reach the safety rope, but too late and she drowns, her body floating on the water recreates the diorama.

Liz enters the Post Office with the diorama in tow, they’ve identified the victim as Federal Judge Tricia Culpepper. Keen received the recreation, ninety-minutes before Culpepper drowned, leading the team to believe that the killer’s taunting Keen. Cooper orders Lizzie to contact Reddington, to find out if he has any insight in the case.

Raymond, Dembe and a real-estate agent named Pamela, are checking out a pristine white apartment. Reddington says to the agent that if he took the place, he could only drink white wines, and he’s not certain he could do that. Pamela whispers to Dembe that he should drink it in the kitchen, seconds later Raymond announces he’s had a revelation and he can drink it in the kitchen.

Red will take the apartment on a month-to-month basis, Elizabeth arrives and Pamela leaves. Lizzie thanks Raymond for getting her the pardon. Reddington says in the words of his grandmother, it’s good to have friends in low places. Then they get down to the reason they’re meeting, Culpepper’s drowning. Raymond says that Keen’s dealing with a member of The Blacklist, somebody taunting her who knows where she lives. Turns out Reddington’s correct, in an indirect way.

Back at the apartment, Tom’s opening boxes and singing to Agnes, when he sees a shadow in front of his front door. He picks up a box-cutter and runs to the door, he sees another diorama in front of him, then hears a door bang shut. He runs out to the street and sees a figure in a hoodie, who starts to sprint away. The person in the hoodie appears to be a woman, as she seems small to be a man.

Tom loses them in the crowd, and suddenly realizes he left Agnes alone with the door wide open. He sprints back to the new place and more to console himself, than his daughter, he picks her up and reassures her that he’s got her. Keen realizes that he can’t just chase trouble any longer, he’s got new responsibilities.

The new diorama, depicts a man lying dead on the sidewalk of a park, the victim of a gunshot wound with blood splattering the sidewalk. There’s also a bike and a building that Aram recognizes as the old post office. Donald says they’ll catch the killer this time, and keep him from coming near Liz again.

Raymond’s putting together a jigsaw puzzle, when he and Dembe are joined by a man with an African accent named Geoffrey Keino. Keino says that he’s surprised that Reddington wanted to see him, Red asks the well-dressed man what he knows about cobalt. The African says that every cellphone battery contains at least three grams of cobalt, computers use even more.

Reddington responds that he’s heard that Keino’s boss Iniko’s investing in cobalt mines and he wants in. Geoffrey asks if Red wants him to set up a meeting with his boss, but Raymond says he wants to make a deal with Keino. He says he won’t deal with Iniko, as he recently murdered a close friend of his. Keino says if he goes against his boss, he’ll get killed. Reddington replies that Iniko will only keep him around as long as he’s useful, so Geoffrey should strike first.

The Task-Force members are down at the park in front of the old post office, not knowing who they’re looking for. They see a guy on a bicycle, but Aram quickly realizes the shooter’s on a motorcycle. Keen tackles the intended victim, saving his life, the guy on the bike gets away. Liz however gets told that the print they recovered from her doorway, during the drop of the second diorama, belongs to Fiona Driscoll.

Red and Dembe drop by a restaurant, where Iniko’s dining and Raymond proceeds to tell him that he’s got an employee that’s out to betray him. He says since he got betrayed by a former employee, he couldn’t allow Iniko to fall in the same trap. He then says that Keino offered him a share of the cobalt mines, if Reddington killed his boss. Iniko asks Raymond to join him for the rest of his meal, but Red begs off.

As they walk away from the table, Dembe takes Reddington to task for using Mr. Kaplan in his story. Red tries to dismiss him, but Zuma says that Kate deserves more respect than that. Raymond doesn’t respond to Dembe, who clearly can’t get over not stopping Reddington from killing his friend.

Ressler and Keen bring Fiona Driscoll into custody, she’s a little slip of a woman in her thirties. However they’re questioning her as if she’s the killer. Driscoll tells them that she’s not involved in the crimes, she just gets prior knowledge through premonitions. She tells the agents that the premonitions have been occurring for the last two-years and she takes them to her apartment to show Donald and Liz, more dioramas.

There are 42, in total and they depict tragedies, from around the globe. Then Fiona reveals that she’s not the one receiving the premonitions or creating the recreations. She introduces Ressler and Keen to her nine-year-old special needs daughter Maggie.

Raymond’s still working on his puzzle when Keino returns to the apartment. He’s terrified as Iniko closed the deal on the cobalt mines, without his assistance and he won’t return Geoffrey’s phone calls. Reddington tells Keino that the time to strike’s now and that Geoffrey should take out his boss with a car bomb.

Aram realizes that Maggie’s picking up cellphone conversations on her hearing aid, as they broadcast at the same frequency. Maggie’s been hearing the calls between Chris Farnsworth, CEO of Jasek Financial and his hitman Ben Charnquist. The Task-Force heads to the Driscoll’s apartment as Mojtabai attempts to track the signal. He loses it, but tells the others he’ll catch them on their next phone call.

Keino shows back up at Red’s apartment carrying a gun, which Dembe takes possession of before Geoffrey’s allowed in. He tells Reddington that Iniko discovered the car bomb and he thinks Raymond betrayed him. Red says that Keino got sloppy and either the bomb maker or the mechanic tipped off Iniko. Raymond tells Geoffrey that he’ll call Iniko and Keino can be prepared with the magic bullet.

Mojtabai’s able to pick up the conversation perfectly this time and they hear that Farnsworth and Charnquist found out about Maggie’s involvement and that’s how the Feds broke up the attempted shooting. The hitman tells Farnsworth to get a name and address and he’ll rectify the problem, just then Charnquist and Liz look out the window at the same time and realize what’s going on.

Liz and Donald run to the hitman’s apartment but just miss him, as he’s at the Driscoll’s. He’s knocked out Aram and taken Maggie. He encounters two uniforms and shoots them both, then takes one of the officer’s uniform and badge. He gets Maggie outside and puts her on a school-bus, as he attempts to hide from the agents, but quickly realizes they’ve got to get out of the area.

Mojtabai tells the pair that the walkie-talkies are broadcasting on the same frequency as Maggie’s hearing aid and if they crank the gain, they can cause Maggie to hear feedback. Charnquist and the girl exit the bus, when she drops to her knees in pain and starts screaming. The hitman starts to shake her and ask her what’s wrong, when he realizes all the mothers are staring at him and he takes off. Keen and Ressler, lower the gain and rescue the girl.

Keino’s pacing back and forth in a hallway, when Dembe arrives. Geoffrey says he can hear Iniko’s voice and Zuma hands him a gun with a silencer that he says is untraceable. Geoffrey asks Dembe if he could betray his boss, and after a second Zuma responds that he doesn’t know.

Keino bursts into the apartment and pulls the gun on his boss, but the chamber’s empty. He screams to Iniko that Reddington set him up, the boss replies they both did and kills his employee with three shots. Blood’s splattered all over the white apartment, Iniko calls his cleaners and Raymond and Dembe pull their weapons.

Farnsworth and Charnquist are back on the phone and Farnsworth says that the hitman’s got one more victim before they can escape. One of Farnsworth’s employee’s who apparently has been in on their crimes. Maggie hears the call and starts creating a diorama taking place at Jasek, showing a man dying in an elevator. Farnsworth meanwhile escapes just before a swat team enters his office to arrest him.

Iniko begs Raymond to spare his life, trying to tempt him with the riches Reddington could acquire through the cobalt mines. Raymond then reveals to Iniko that he’s looking for vengeance in the death of Cyrus Choi, who Iniko had murdered two-months before. Red says that he doesn’t believe that Choi would approve of the venture, as the money will come from using children as slave labor.

There’s a knock upon the door and Iniko says those are his cleaners. Raymond says that he’s going to hire them and the Crime-Lord says they work for him. Reddington says not anymore and shoots the African dead. He opens the door and the cleaners tell him they’ve arrived to meet Iniko and Raymond informs them that he’s dead. The female member of the duo’s pleased as she says he was a tool.

Aram informs them that the elevator was built prior to having emergency pneumatic back-up, so unless they stop Charnquist, the guy’s a dead man. A man in a tuxedo enters the building and the elevator and presses his floor, Charnquist’s busy cutting through the elevator cable. Ressler takes Charnquist out as he shoots him through a window, but the cord’s cut through. Keen saves the man with the emergency stop.

The Cleaners get the apartment back to pristine shape and Reddington’s amazed. He tells the pair that he wants to hire them and he’ll pay them twice what they got from Iniko. The woman tells Red that they only moonlight, as their regular job’s working for the Metro Police Department.

The male part of the pair asks Dembe what happened to their former cleaner and Zuma replies she was murdered. The guy asks if they were close and Dembe says very, he asks if the killer’s been caught and Zuma responds no. The guy asks if they know who did it and Dembe says they do, the guy says then it’s just a matter of time, right? Zuma remains silent.

When they leave Dembe glares at Reddington and asks if that’s what this was all about, replacing Kate? Raymond responds that there is no replacing Kate. Dembe’s glare remains as he says not as far as he’s concerned. Elizabeth comes to the apartment and it turns out that a member of The Blacklist was involved. Farnsworth’s known as the forecaster, Raymond never bank-rolled him as Red wasn’t controlling the venture.

The Keens are enjoying dinner when there’s a knock at the door and Tom asks Liz if she wants to get it? She’s surprised to see a pensive looking Dembe, who tells her he’s worried about Raymond. He says he’s not himself and he can’t reach him, the only thing Raymond cares about is Lizzie and Agnes. He then brings up the couple that were leaving the apartment as she arrived and Keen says Red wouldn’t tell her who they were.

Dembe reveals that the pair were cleaners and Liz asks what’s happened with Mr. Kaplan? She then asks if this has anything to do with faking her death? Is Kate being punished and being replaced by the couple. Dembe responds that they’re not replacing her, Raymond killed Kate. Fade to black.

How will this affect the dynamic of the series, for the short-term and the long-term? How’s Raymond going to react to the fact that he’s now been betrayed by yet another he’s trusted his life to? Will it cause an unrepairable rift between the pair, or will this cause Reddington to see the light? Just when Liz and Reddington have established some mutual-trust, she finds out he killed Kate. Can she ever forgive him?

Will this lead to them discovering that Mr. Kaplan’s indeed alive? Will they find the Tracker and will he once again enter the story. Will we find out who was driving that silver pickup truck that picked Kate up on the road? Will we find out the fate of Dr. Nick? Raymond’s past has caught up with him, how will this play out with those closest to him?

The Story Resumes Next Thursday Night at 10:00 pm on NBC.

Photo Courtesy Of Giovanni Rufino/FOX

Photo Courtesy Of Giovanni Rufino/FOX

Warning: Spoiler Alert

There are rumors floating on the Internet, that FOX may decline renewing, their third-year series “The Following,” a point, I wouldn’t argue, as the entire series seems to feel tired, in this go round. That includes, the writers, directors and actors, who got to stretch out a great one-season premise, into two seasons and seem lost in season three. Although the debut of Michael Ealy as Arthur Strauss’ best student ever, Theo and the return of Joe Carroll, brought back a buzz to the show in the previous episode, the latest episode seemed stuck in neutral for 54-minutes.

The episode starts off on the road at night as a vehicle drives through the fog, containing a male and female Federal Marshall and serial killer Duncan Banks. Banks got captured in the previous episode after killing folks for almost 20-years, without getting caught. Banks, another of Strauss students, hid Arthur and Daisy in his father’s old hunting cabin, until Theo choked Strauss to death using a cord, nearly severing the Doctor’s head. Theo allowed Daisy her freedom, then went home to his adoring wife and kids.

The Marshalls GPS system advises them to take an alternate route, but it’ actually being manipulated by computer genius Theo. He gets the car lost deep in the woods, then shuts down the vehicle’s computers, causing the car to lose all power. The male agent looks under the hood as their radios are to far out to transmit, we see a figure in the woods, quickly realizing it’s Theo. After a while the female officer leaves the car and she’s Theo’s second victim of the night. He asks Banks if he knows who he is and Duncan says he does, but he has no information on him, name, e-mail address. Theo asks if he wants to live and Duncan can’t say yes fast enough, he’s told if he helps the man that’s freed him from a police car he’ll live.

We head to the Virginia Correctional Facility, where Joe Carroll sits on death-row, Ryan Hardy’s there to find out any info that Carroll may have on Strauss’ greatest student. Joe says it’s him of course, but Hardy tells him that Strauss didn’t approve of Carroll’s tactics, making himself a celebrity. Joe then says that Strauss purposely isolated his students from each other, so they’d all rely on Strauss. The Assistant Warden of the prison enters the room, telling Joe he’ll die in exactly, one week, his choice of lethal injection or electric chair. Carroll says that dampens the mood.

Ryan arrives at the Federal Marshall’s vehicle and Hardy’s convinced that Strauss’ killer rescued Banks. Federal Marshall Scott Turner, who’s not been on this season, shows up at the scene to investigate what happened to his people. Mike Weston says then Duncan lied, when he said he didn’t know the name of Arthur’s killer. Ryan responds he believes the guy they’re looking for found Duncan and they were strangers, when he killed the Marshalls.

With Gina Valdez on suspension from the Bureau, Hardy’s old nemesis Nick Donovan’s now in charge of the office. He says he’s not there to fight with Ryan, just to restore order to an office that lacks it completely. They got a lead on the guy that Theo used to make passports and other ID for Strauss, unfortunately, Theo and Duncan are heading there as well.

The suspect Louis Cera’s (played by Manny Montana, Johnny on Graceland) beating his bud’s behinds in cards, he exits while he’s still hot. He pushes the elevator button, but it’s slow so he takes the stairs. Theo and Duncan enter the apartment and ask where Louis’ at? One of the guys says at your Mama’s and Theo cuts the guy’s hand off, then he repeats the question.

Per usual, Weston and Hardy arrive too late, as all three roommates got sliced to death, Theo and Duncan are already back in their car looking for Cera. Somehow, this pair never seems to take any responsibility for not being as sharp as the bad guys that they’re chasing.

Max is back with the Task-Force, on restricted duty, another female agent tells her that her sleuthing on the web paid off, they found the company that all the e-mails emanate from, a firm called Nanitech, nearby. Max and the other Agent, Habib are told to go their and check the companies records.

Theo’s spotted Louis on the street, but suddenly receives a text message. He tells Duncan a side-projects come up and he needs Duncan to catch Louis. He says he’s trusting Duncan, because Banks’ knows  what will happen to him if he messes up.

Max and Agent Habib, arrive at Nanotech and the company’s CEO Tucker Myers, assures them he will give them everything they need. Suddenly one of the intern’s Kent, feels a tap on his shoulder, from another intern Sam who wasn’t supposed to be there that week, but explains a project needed his attention. Sam’s in reality Theo, this was the side project he needed to take care of, pin all the blame on one of the company’s executives, Peter Collins.

Duncan follows Louis to his girlfriend’s house, Louis brings flowers, she embraces him and shuts the door. We then see that Ryan and Mike just got the girlfriend’s address, we know what happens next. Suddenly the girlfriend looks up from kissing Cera, sees the TV and says that’s your building, it’s a news report on the murders of his friends and saying authorities are looking for him.

He tells his girlfriend they have to leave immediately, when he hears a noise downstairs. He grabs his pistol and searches the house for an intruder, but returns to the room finding nobody. He then sees his girlfriend’s sliced to death on her bed, Duncan then knocks Cera out. Mike and Ryan show up while the body’s still warm.

Theo’s planted all the evidence on Collin’s computer-terminal, Agent Habib takes him back to the bureau. Max tells Myers to send everybody home, the office’s a crime scene. Kent however stays behind, saying that he and Collins are lovers and they spent the day before at a bed-and-breakfast. He then helps Max search for who put the info on Collins terminal.

Duncan takes Cera to the warehouse where Louis produces his phony documents, he beats on him until Cera reveals where his backup discs are hidden. Banks burns them and is about to shoot Louis, when he gets a call from Theo, saying he needs Cera to do one more thing before Banks kills him.

Kent’s discovered that someone hacked into Collins’ hard-drive two weeks earlier, he’s about to get the person’s identity, when the server goes down. He heads to the server room to fix the problem and Theo stabs him to death. Max after a while realizes something’s wrong, she goes to the server room looking for the intern. Just when she finds his dead body, all the power goes out, she grabs her flashlight, weapon and cellphone and calls for backup. Theo’s just about to stab Max when the other agents enter the building, Theo escapes.

Ryan and Mike find out where Cera’s being held, the FBI SWAT Team join them, raid the warehouse and get Cera. Hardy goes after Banks, but Duncan surprises Ryan and fires a shotgun shell at Hardy’s chest, Ryan falls on his back. Banks goes to check out his condition, his vest took the brunt of the shot, he kicks Banks then fires two point-blank shots killing him. They find a passport that Duncan was having Cera produce, it’s got Hunter Myers photo on it. Coincidentally Theo’s sitting in Myer’s home with a pistol in his hand when Myers gets home.

Hardy’s told by Nick to investigate Myers, Ryan says his gut tells him, the CEO’s not behind this. His supervisor says the FBI uses hard evidence not gut-feels, as their parameters. He tells Hardy to check into Myers or he’ll assign another agent the case.

The final scene’s Hardy at a pool table, ripping Nick about how he’s handling the case. Joe Carroll’s at his side at the table wearing civilian clothes and they share a bottle of whiskey. Carroll tells Hardy, they don’t appreciate him or his skills, he says Hardy’s the best agent on the Bureau. Then he says however when all others desert you, who’ll have your back, Hardy smiles and says you. Hardy says that’s right, you and me against the world. Hardy wakes up in bed next to Gwen.

The Story Continues Next Monday Night at 9:00 pm on FOX.