‘The Blacklist’ Recap: ‘No. 43: The Djinn’
The episode began with Computer Specialist Aram Mojtabai (Amir Arison) discovering Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) and former FBI Special Agent Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone) in his apartment. There, he greeted Liz warmly, and asked who had just left his apartment.
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It turned out that Red had called Leonard Caul (Ned Van Zandt) over to help him located the missing Dembe Zuma (Hisham Tawfiq), and that they needed his help setting up a meeting and locating a broker called the Djinn, who granted people their deepest and darkest desires, as it would help Liz clear her name.
With Red’s blessing, he informed FBI Agent Donald Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) about Red and Liz showing up at his apartment, but by the time they got there, Liz and Red were long gone to New York City, where the Djinn was going to meet up with them.
At the Task Force, Aram and Mossad Agent Samar Navabi (Mozhan Marno) discovered that the Djinn had caused two of the holdings of a financial group in New York City called Azeri Financial to go bankrupt, and discovered that the president of the company, Bahram Bakhash (David Diaan) had just gotten abducted.
In New York, a woman named Alice (Christina Cole), who talked to the client of the Djinn, and who agreed to meet Liz, brought Bahram to his daughter, Nassim Bakhash (Christine Tawfik), who began to torture him by crucifying him on a wooden cross in one of the rooms of her house.
Later, she was contacted by her brother, Hannid (Karan Oberoi), who was clearly worried about the fate of his father, and aside from telling her that the FBI stopped by, who later also talked to her, asked for advice about what to do about the Newcastle Venture Group that was intent to buy them out.
Nassim suggested that he take the offer, and didn’t say anything after Hannid told her that it should have been Nassim running the company instead of him.
Meanwhile, Liz, while waiting to leave for the meet with the Djinn, was warned by Red not to call Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold), as Aram had told them that Tom had tried to approach Ressler in order to help find Karakurt, in an attempt to clear Liz’s name.
Liz then followed the Djinn’s instructions, and met with Alice, who sensed that Liz’s greatest desire wasn’t about revenge. However, before leaving her, Liz put a tracker on one of her shoes, and contacted the Chinese restaurant where Tom had been waiting, only to get his number from the Chinese waitress that Tom had been friendly with.
It turned out that Tom had been getting ready to infiltrate the crime ring which Karakurt’s brother-in-law led by transforming himself into a young and rich man, as he planned to use Asher Sutton (Peter Vack), a billionaire’s son who loved underground casinos, as his way in.
Meanwhile, Dembe and his friend, Mr. Vargas (Paul Reubens) managed to escaped Mr. Solomon (Edi Gathegi). However, Dembe was soon betrayed by Vargas, who shot him as soon as Dembe revealed how he was going to get in touch with Red.
Thanks to the tracking device on Alice’s shoe, Red and Liz tracked her down to a house in Yonkers, where Red realized that she wasn’t the Djinn and persuaded her to work with them.
Alice then turned on the Djinn, who turned out to be Nassim, who was actually Bakhash’s son- being forced to undergo a sex change due to his homosexual tendencies. It also turned out that Nassim owned the Newcastle Venture Group that Azeri had just sold itself to.
Liz and Red then rescued Nassim’s father, after Liz revealed to Red that her fantasy was to have a normal family with a little girl.
Red then contacted the FBI, and brokered a deal with Nassim. In exchange for her freedom, all Red needed was her journal, which contained the names of all of the Djinn’s clients, including the names of two Cabal members.
He then tore out the page that he needed, then left Nassim and the journal behind, as he boarded a helicopter provided by Alice. Later, Leonard showed Red where Dembe had been tortured, and Liz tried to talk Tom out of helping her, but it was too late, as he had just made friends with Sutter.
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