The Blacklist Recap: No. 97: The Longevity Initiative

By Kitin Miranda | 3 years ago
The Blacklist Recap: No. 97: The Longevity Initiative
Diego Klattenhoff (Donald Ressler), James Spader (Red), Megan Boone (Elizabeth Keen) The Blacklist Panel at the 2013 Comic Con. Wikimedia Commons/Thibault

The Blacklist” Season 2 Episode 17 “No. 97: The Longevity Initiative ” aired last Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. on NBC. In this episode, Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold) raced to save himself from his enemies. Meanwhile, as FBI Special Agent Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone) celebrated her birthday, the team, and Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) tracked down a company that performed human experiments in order to reach human immortality. Read on to learn more about this episode.

Somewhere in New York City, a man protested against a scientist regarding the failure of his experiments. Later, the same man murdered a State Patrol Officer. It was after he discovered that he was smuggling human bodies with their scalps off into Canada.

At home, FBI Assistant Director Harold Cooper (Harry Lennix) was surprised to discover that he could walk around a little without a cane. Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold), before entering the car with Bill McCready (Lance Henriksen) greeted FBIS Special Agent Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone), as it was her thirty first birthday. Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) then came in and after greeting her, gave her a bottle of wine that she and her father, Sam, had made when she was a child, and a back up bottle of wine just in case that wasn’t drinkable. He then gave her the latest blacklister, a private company called “The Longevity Initiative.” It was funded by his good friend, technological billionaire Roger Hobbs (Ralph Brown). The goal of the initiative was human immortality.

However, they got nothing from Hobbs except for his full cooperation and support.

Back at the Task Force, Liz and FBI Special Agent Donald Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) were informed that the victims had been experimented on as stem and foreign cells had been injected into their brains. He also discovered that they all had frontal lobe damage.

Meanwhile, the truck driver called up the scientist performing the experiments, and told him to clear out, but the scientist couldn’t abandon his work.

Meanwhile, Tom Connolly (Reed Birney) paid Cooper a visit. He warned him to give Roger Hobbs the benefit of the doubt as the government held many defense contracts with him.

Liz and Ressler then paid the care center of one of the victims a visit. Thanks to that, they discovered that a man named Lloyd Monroe. He is a medical representative of Gold Crown Pharmaceuticals had visited several care centers in which patients with frontal lobe damage had disappeared coinciding with his visit.

Meanwhile, Bill told Tom that Liz had been his undoing and was going to kill him. He was stopped as the men from Dresden came and captured them both. After they were both tortured, Tom informed them, with the promise that they wouldn’t touch Liz as she was FBI. He had been sent to find out who among them had murdered a woman named Sarah Hastings. He was then freed, which proved that Liz had just saved his life.

The police were able to pick up Lloyd Monroe. He informed them that he worked with a man named Dr. Julian Powell (Joshua Close), who used to work for one of Hobbs’ companies. However, after his clinic was raided, they didn’t find any sign of him. However, the medical examiner realized that Powell was conducting research with a particular jellyfish. If his research did work, then it would be the first step into human immortality.

Hobbs then asked Red to take care of Powell for him, and was brought in for questioning. There wasn’t enough to tie him to the experiments, Cooper made them cut Powell loose.

They then tracked Powell down to a hospital to a patient whom Powell had tracked named Leanne McGraff, only to realize that she had been his fiancée, and that she had suffered frontal lobe damage. It was after she go into an accident while he had been driving his car. However, they were too late as Red had beat them to it.

It turned out that Red wanted to know if he could use his work to extract a childhood memory of Liz’s that had been erased. However, he told him that his research wouldn’t help, and that he had failed his fiancée. Afterwards, he shot himself to death.

Later, Cooper informed Connolly that Hobbs hadn’t been touched, and that he was told that he might be cut from the trial. However, Connolly told him that he would make a call to help him out with that.

Liz then confronted Red, who told her that something dark was coming. They would need Hobbs as a friend rather than an enemy when the time came.

Back at the office, Ressler brought take out Chinese food to Liz, who opened the bottle of wine Red gave her that morning, and celebrated, while Red looked at several old photographs. Meanwhile, Tom burned all his passports, and Bill, or the Major, instructed his men to find Tom.

Liz then was surprised to find Tom in her apartment, as he had nowhere and no one else to turn to.

And that was all for the recap of “The Blacklist” Season 2 Episode 17 “No. 97: The Longevity Initiative”. For more news, updates and recaps on “The Blacklist” and other television shows, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).

Catch “The Blacklist” every Thursday night at 10:00 p.m. on NBC.

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Kitin Miranda enjoys writing, learning new things, telling stories, and doing theater. When she is not busy with her many projects, she can be found reading a good book, writing poetry or fiction, updating her blog, discovering new food places around her neighborhood, or watching American or Asian TV shows.