The Blacklist “T. Earl King VI” Review (Season 2, Episode 14)

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Just when I think I have seen the sickest person to be on Raymond “Red” Reddington’s (series lead James Spader) list of baddies on the NBC drama The Blacklist, someone even worse shows up. That’s the case with T. Earl King VI (guest star Jeffrey DeMunn) and his money-hungry sons Tyler (guest star Alex Manette) and Francis (guest star Erik Jensen), who may not be murderers or degenerates, but they are still sick. Not only do they sell priceless, stolen artifacts to the top bidder but they also sell people. To me that’s the lowest form of depravity ever.

To make matters even worse is that the Earl’s have taken Red as their latest auction item, using former paramour Madeline Pratt (guest star Jennifer Ehle) as a decoy to capture him. I can’t say that Red should have seen that kidnapping coming, but on the other hand, since he always seems to have the upper hand in every situation, perhaps he should have seen this coming. Regardless of his intuitiveness or the lack thereof, Red was in some serious trouble; and the FBI team was going to have to figure out a way to get him back.

In researching any connection to the King family, Aram (series regular Amir Arison) finds Alexi Caskoff, who deals in stolen masterpieces. But since he is on the non-fly list, he has to have a “go-between” work for him; someone who can come and go with ease. That person is one Josephine Sullivan (guest star Emily Nicole Hansen), who the FBI easily picks up and interrogates. With time not exactly on their side, Liz (series lead Megan Boone) offers to go undercover as Josephine in order to learn the secret location of the latest auction being held by the King family.

The plan works almost too well, as Liz gets into the expansive mansion where the auction is being held, even getting to have a not so private tête-à-tête with Red in the process. Then, of course, trouble strikes as the real Josephine Sullivan somehow was allowed to make a call to her attorney, which set off a chain reaction at the auction. The Kings are alerted to her being a fake and they set out to take her down.

It was quite comical – in an very off-handed way – to see Red shout out, during the bidding process for himself, a higher bid each time the Cameroon thug whose villages was burned to the ground Red made one himself. In true Red fashion, he was helping Liz get away from the King and their hired guns; but we all knew that wasn’t going to last for very long, right? After all, Liz had to save Red – not to mention a young boy who had been taken captive as well. In the end, Red got to take down Earl, shooting him in the chest in front of the King brothers as well as Liz; and the FBI taking down all of the participants of the auction, saving the kidnapped victims and rescuing all of those stolen artifacts. Score one for the team!

Elsewhere, viewers finally got to learn what is really going on with Cooper (series regular Harry Lennix) – he has a mass on his brain that is inoperable. We knew he was in the clinical trial for a VERY serious reason; and at least we know the truth now. And then there is the whole storyline of Liz’s ex Tom (series regular Ryan Eggold) taking on the new persona of Christof Mannheim in Germany, but to what end?

What did you think of tonight’s ‘The Blacklist’? Did you doubt for one minute that Liz and Red would come out all right? Did you wonder about why Tom would even call Liz to tell her he was leaving? And, is Cooper’s fate really that dire? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

And remember the next new episode of the second season of ‘The Blacklist’ will air on Thursday, March 12 at 9/8c on NBC.