“The Blacklist” Season 3 Episode 1 “No. 38: The Troll Farmer” aired last Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 9:00 PM on NBC. In the premiere episode of the third season of “The Blacklist,” Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) and former FBI Special Agent Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone) relied on all of Red’s resources in order to stay hidden from the FBI for the meantime. However, particular events caused them to move up their timeline, ending up in Liz learning just a little bit more about her mother, and ending up in Liz making a startling decision. Moreover, Dembe Zuma (Hisham Tawfiq) ended up in the hands of one of the Cabal’s men in order to protect his family. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode began with FBI Special Agent Donald Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) locking down the entire city so that Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) and former FBI Agent Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone) wouldn’t escape the city.
Knowing this, the pair eluded the police and the FBI by dressing up as cops, stowing away on a transport truck, and driving away to the restaurant of a contact of Red’s, where they could wait for a week in order to give a man, called the Troll Farmer, enough time to help them escape.
Meanwhile, at the Task Force, FBI Agent Aram Mojtabai (Amir Arison) showed that he would still do his job, despite the fact that he believed that Liz was innocent, and didn’t understand why Ressler was so keen on finding out if former FBI Director Harold Cooper (Harry Lennix) had helped Liz escape.
It also turned out that they had held Cooper’s wife for a while as she had leaked several secret documents to the public.
Later, Mossad Agent Samar Navabi (Mozhan Marno) realized that Ressler was doing all of this, as he was angry at himself for letting Liz go before she killed Attorney General Tom Connolley (Reed Birney), who was in league with the Cabal.
He then later on admitted this to Cooper, whom he released, and who expressed that he was glad that Liz had taken his advice to run, and that he was glad that she had killed him.
Meanwhile, Dembe Zuma (Hisam Tawfiq) was placed in a tight situation after one of the Cabal’s men, Mr. Solomon (Edi Gathegi), kidnapped his granddaughter.
After going to Mr. Solomon, he agreed to be taken in by them so that they would be able to administer the antidote to the poison they released into his granddaughter’s system, so that she wouldn’t die in three week’s time.
Mr. Solomon also went to the Director of National Clandestine Services (David Straithairn) after his press conference, where he stated that Liz was a Russian spy, and told him that the Cabal wasn’t happy with him.
Because of the press conference, the restaurant owner’s sister panicked and called the FBI tip line, forcing Liz and Red to go directly to the Troll Farmer or Bo Chang (Aaron Yoo), a man with a team who manipulated social media for their client’s purposes.
Liz, who had died her hair blonde, later realized that Red had seen her mother when she first appeared to him with blonde hair, and learned that Red didn’t know what exactly happened to her mother, Katerina Rostova.
The pair then set off to escape the perimeter that the FBI has set up around the city, but Ressler saw right through the diversion, causing Liz to remain trapped inside the perimeter.
Red then called Ressler and gave him the name and address of the Troll Farmer in exchange for Ressler giving Liz all the benefit of the doubt when he caught her.
After a while, Samar and Ressler spotted her and ran after her, only to discover that she had stepped onto Russian soil inside the gates of the Russian embassy, where she sought diplomatic immunity, as she claimed that her name was Masha Rostova, a spy for the FSB.
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