‘The Blacklist’ Season Finale Recap: No. 11: Tom Connolly

By Kitin Miranda | 3 years ago
‘The Blacklist’ Season Finale Recap: No. 11: Tom Connolly
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 22 “No. 11: Tom Connolly” aired last Thursday, May  14, 2015, at 10:00 p.m. on NBC. In this episode, FBI Special Agent Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone) went on the run with FBI Assistant Director Harold Cooper (Harry Lennix) and Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) in order to dig up the truth as she was being framed for the murder of a senator. In the process, Cooper and Liz learned painful truths about themselves. Meanwhile, Red raced against time to finally launch one big offensive strike against the Cabal. Read on to learn more about this episode.

The episode started from where it left off. Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) telling FBI Special Agent Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone) to run as Tom Connolly (Reed Birney) and the Cabal were making it seem that she was the enemy.

Meanwhile, FBI Assistant Director Harold Cooper (Harry Lennix) informed Connolly that he was done doing things for him. He threw the pills that he had helped him get and the clinical trial he was part of to his face. Cooper was then told that he was being relieved of his duty as head of the Task Force and was told that Deputy Attorney General Raven Wright (Adriane Lenox) was going to be the head of the investigation against Liz, whom FBI Agent Donald Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) and Agent Samar Navabi (Mozhan Marno) realized hadn’t been tested for the virus.

After overhearing Connolly and Cooper’s conversation, Liz told Red that she believed in him and decided to go to him but was arrested by Connolly and his men before she could step out of the elevator.

Her blood was then tested and two agents began questioning her. It was revealed at that moment that they believed she was a Russian sleeper agent since her mother, Katarina Rostova, had been a former KGB agent and because Liz’s real name was Masha Rostova and had been born in Moscow.

Outside the interrogation room, Wright appointed Ressler as the new head of the Task Force because she knew that he would make the right calls no matter what. Aram Mojtabai (Amir Arison) then came in and informed them that Liz’s blood had tested positive for the virus.

Red then had his man inside cut the power line. One of the guards in his pay gave Liz a phone so that she could talk to Cooper who led her out of the building as Red and Dembe (Hisham Tawfiq) would get her as soon as she hit the streets. However, before she left the building, Ressler tried to stop her but let her go anyway.

Red then ignored Tom Keen’s (Ryan Eggold) calls to Liz. He could get her away to safety on his boat. However, Liz and Cooper chose to clear Liz’s name first. Because of this, they went to get the security footage at Union Station where she had been blindsided by Karakurt.

After getting the footage, they discovered that Leo Andropov, the virologist, had been the one who had blindsided her and had infected her while she was unconscious.  Liz then paid a visit to Anton Velov (Max Baker) who gave them the location of Andropov but refused to say anything about her mother. After confronting Red, Red told her that he was trying to be her “sin-eater” so that her soul would be clear.

She then enlisted Tom’s help. He managed to get a USB from his house. But before they could bring Andropov in, he was shot to death.

On the boat, after Tom and Liz slept together, Liz discovered that Andropov had helped Cooper’s doctor fake all of Cooper’s medical records and gave fake medicine as Cooper wasn’t sick at all.

Meanwhile, Red, thanks to Dembe and Mr. Kaplan (Susan Blommaert), rounded up all the world’s best investigative journalists, showed them the contents of the Fulcrum and told them to investigate and report the truth.

Cooper and Liz then confronted Connolly while he prepared for a banquet for that night. Liz shot him to death. As soon as she did so, she began to remember the night her father had died. She recalled that she had shot her father as he had been hurting her mother during an argument. She learned then that Red had been trying to protect her and that Red had been trying to be her “sin-eater” so that she wouldn’t end up like him.

Afterwards, Cooper resigned from the FBI, Tom left Washington DC in his boat, the Cabal was exposed in the newspaper and Liz and Red went on the run and rode a whited out and unmarked van out of the city.

At the FBI, Liz’s name was placed beside Red’s as one of the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives on the run.

What did you think of the season finale? What exactly do you think is Red’s relationship with Liz’s mother? What do you think will happen in season three? Let us know what your theories and your thoughts are on this in the comments below!

And that was all for the recap of “The Blacklist” Season 2 Episode 22 “No. 11: Tom Connolly.” For more news, updates and recaps on “The Blacklist” and other television shows, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).

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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.