The Blacklist Recap: The Decembrist

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
The Blacklist Recap: The Decembrist

“The Blacklist” Season 2 Episode 8 “The Decembrist” aired last Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on NBC. In this episode, Berlin and Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) joined forces to hunt down the man responsible for everything — a man called The Decembrist. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Elizabeth "Liz" Keen (Megan Boone) dealt with her ex-husband, Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold), whom she had help captive over the past months in order to get to Berlin. Read on to learn more about this episode.

The episode opened four months ago, when FBI Agent Elizabeth "Liz" Keen (Megan Boone) accidentally shot her husband, Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold), when they struggled for possession of the gun. She then stopped Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) from killing him and told him that she would do it, while he waited outside. However, when she did go outside, Red was nowhere to be found, as the police had arrived. When asked whether the deed was done, she said that she had succeeded in killing Tom. However, in reality, she drove him to a friend of hers, a doctor, so that she could take care of his wounds without going to the hospital. She then called the criminal informant of Meera Malik, a CIA agent who had died while helping them out in their task force, in order to borrow his boat so that she could keep Tom there.


The scenes then went over the span of four months, in which she interrogated Tom for information regarding Berlin. She had discovered about Berlin’s accounts in Monarch Douglas Bank — thanks to him — as well as other pertinent information. However, he told her that he did not know anything about Red. The scene then cut to the last scene in the previous episode, wherein Tom begged Liz to look him in the eyes when she killed him.

Meanwhile, elsewhere, Red revealed to Berlin (Peter Stormare) that his daughter, now called Zoe D’Antonio (Scottie Thompson), was still alive, and that the story that he was told years ago — Red was responsible for Berlin’s daughter’s death — was wrong.

Berlin then informed Red that he had started hunting Red after the Kursk Bombing in 1991, which killed around fifteen men from the “old Soviet Guard.” He then discovered that the Americans and Red had been involved and killed his daughter. Zoe then informed him that she escaped and was sent to a man called The Decembrist, who told her that he could protect her from him. However, she had never met him in person. Before Red left, he left Berlin a phone so that he could easily contact him regarding their common enemy — The Decembrist.

Back on the boat, Liz narrowly avoided a situation as the harbor master of the dock where the boat holding Tom started to inspect her boat. She then told him that everything was fine and gave him her card. However, she still could not make up her mind whether to kill Tom or not.

She then met up with Red and was surprised when she learned that he was working with Berlin, as they were supposed to be taking him down. Red then told her that they were first going to go after The Decembrist, the man responsible for everything, including Agent Malik’s death and Harold’s stomach wounds. In order to do so, they had to look into the Kursk Bombings, which was never really investigated by the Russian authorities as they found it to be an act of patriotism.  This act of The Decembrist’s was responsible for the end of communism in Russia. Their task force director, FBI Agent Harold Cooper (Harry Lennix), then ordered the team to pull up Russia’s records on the bombing so that they could come up with their own analysis. Aram Mojtabai (Amir Arison) was able to match the DNA found on the coffee can that held the explosive to Kiryl Morzov (Alon Aboutboul), the Finance Minister of Russia. As Liz, Harold and their team could not touch Morzov, Liz informed Red of their target’s name.

Liz then rushed back to the boat, as Tom’s guard discovered that the harbor master uncovered that Tom was being held captive there. While Liz argued with the guard as what should be done with the harbor master, Tom tried to strangle him to death using his chains. In the ensuing chaos, Liz shot the guard, and ordered Tom to stop. However, it was too late as the harbor master died.

At Moscow, Berlin and Red were able to trap Morzov in an elevator. There, Red realized that Morzov was not The Decembrist. He then revealed to them that The Decembrist, who had ordered the Kursk bombing was none other than Alan Fitch (Alan Alda), Red’s sometimes ally, who also happened to be the Assistant Director of National Intelligence. Because of this, Red sent some flowers to Alan, which was a signal for him to meet up with him at a nearby bar.

Back at the Bureau, Harold’s superiors suspected that Red had something to do with Morzov’s death. However, Liz told them that Red knew that Alan’s life was in danger.

At the bar where he and Alan always met, Alan told Red that Berlin “predated” their own agreement and arrangement. Red then told him that he knew that he was The Decembrist and that he ordered the bombings at Kursk, which he pinned on Red. He was also the one who helped Zoe disappear, as he brought her to the Stewmaker, who took her picture and sent it in a locket to her father to make him believe that she was dead. He also warned him that Berlin was coming for Alan. Sure enough, while Alan was being escorted to a safe house, he was abducted by Berlin’s men.


Red then paid Liz a visit at the task force headquarters. He told her that he knew that Tom had been her source all this time and that he was disappointed as she had not come clean to him about it. He told her that she had been afraid of the fact that she still loved him even after everything he put her through. He then told her to ask Tom about Berlin’s past contacts and safe houses, as he would probably be there at the moment.

At the boat, Tom made a deal with Liz. She would let him go in exchange for Berlin’s address. While waiting for him to deliver on it, as he was talking on the phone with Berlin, FBI Agent Donald Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff), who now knew that Liz had been holding Tom captive, told her that he had to bring Tom in and had to tell Harold about it. After Tom gave them an address, Liz let him go.

At the address, they were able to find Alan, who had been fitted with a plastic bomb attached to a neck collar. They then brought him to Red’s old holding cell, as it would be able to contain the blast of the bomb, along with some members of the bomb squad, who would be trying to disassemble the bomb from there.

Red then got Zoe to call her father to have a meal with him so that he would be able to ask him how the bomb could be deactivated. However, she had no luck.  

At the holding cell, Alan sent the bomb squad member out as he knew that he would not be able to deactivate the bomb at all. Just when he requested for Red as he needed to talk to him, right on cue, Red walked into the room. Alan then told him that his “death would trigger a series of events.” According to him, by 2017, things would be more radicalized and instructed him to talk to Mitchum and Hobbs, as they might be able to “be persuaded.” He then told him the combination to his safe as he wanted Red to get something from there, but before Alan could say anything else, the bomb exploded.

Afterwards, Red and Berlin drank a bottle of vodka together and then shot him dead.

Liz went back to the boat in order to dispose of the harbor master’s body. However, she found Red there, who informed her that Mr. Kaplan was currently with her guard, disposing of the body. She then realized that she had been powerless to kill Tom, as she was still in love with him despite everything he had done to her.

Afterwards, Tom went to Red, who gave him an envelope full of documents and told him to never contact Liz again. Before he left, he told Red that during the entire time that he had been held captive by Liz, he had never “told her about us.”

And that was all for the recap of “The Blacklist” Season 2 Episode 8 “The Decembrist.” For more news and updates, including spoilers and recaps, on “The Blacklist” and other television shows, keep following Movie News Guide (MNG).

“The Blacklist” will return in February 2015 on NBC.

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