The Blacklist “Leonard Caul” Review (Season 2, Episode 19)

The Blacklist - Season 2

The ramifications of the last new episode of The Blacklist, which aired on April 2, was finally revealed in tonight’s episode, showing the shoot-out between Dembe and Liz Keen and the unidentified shooter who took down Raymond “Red” Reddington.

Once Dembe and Liz were able to get Red into the car, racing off to get him immediate medical attention, Liz contact Cooper, alerting him to their situation. Dembe had other plans, though, telling Liz to dial a special number. Mr. Kaplan, of course, was at the other end of that call and the resourceful woman put into play a well-developed course of action, bringing together an entire team to conduct surgery on Reddington. Must be nice to have contingencies on top of contingencies, huh? Only in the world of Raymond Reddington, it would seem.

When the first secretive location was compromised by one of the field offices of the FBI (the mole is obviously at that location) and the doctor overseeing Red’s surgery was taken down in a gunfight, Liz not only jumped into action bringing in another doctor (a guy named Nick who she obviously dated prior to Tom Keen and a guy who had asked her to marry him, say what?!) but also transferring Red and the team to yet another secretive location where, guess who, was “living”. Yep, Tom Keen.

Oh, it should also be noted that before Red was put under for the surgery he told Liz that she needed to find Leonard Caul. As it turns out, Caul is the one who could get Liz the information contained on the Fulcrum, which, as it turns out, isn’t the small box she found hidden in the stuffed teddy bear from her childhood. Nope, it’s a bit more involved than that.

As it turned out, there was a silver briefcase hidden inside of an apartment, an apartment that was obviously owned by Red, an apartment where Dembe sent Liz to retrieve said case. That case, combined with an old fashioned key and the bubble module (the small box from the teddy bear), were created by Caul and contained detailed files on the Kabal: the mystery group that has been on Red’s tail, the group for which The Director has a hand in and the group that was behind Red getting shot.

Getting confused yet? There seem to be a lot of people gunning for Red; and given all that he has done, it’s no great surprise. But the truth behind this group is, I’m sure, going to be much more elaborate than what those detailed files on the Fulcrum depict.

Oh, and let’s not forget that while Liz warned The Director, when she left the Fulcrum behind after meeting with him in order to get the mini-Army that was assaulting the location where Reddington was holed up to stand down, that there are copies, that won’t be the end of the Kabal. They are, without a doubt, going to continue to come after Red and Liz too; and the newest member of the Kabal is none other than Attorney General Tom Connolly.

This is not going to end well no matter how you look at the situation.

One more thing: Red finally came clean on some things, that he hired Tom to keep an eye on Liz after she “outgrew” the protection of her adoptive father Sam and that when he learned that she fell in love with Tom (who was summarily fired by Red only to then team up with Red’s arch enemy Berlin), he came out of hiding to be as close to her as possible. And that brings us back to Tom Keen, who thinks he just might be able to, somehow, have a normal life and is willing to help Liz get answers about her past and Red’s role in her life. But, can he be trusted?

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The next new episode of the second season of ‘The Blacklist’ will air on April 30 at 9/8c on NBC.


James Spader as Red
Megan Boone as Liz
Ryan Eggold as Tom
Diego Klattenhoff as Ressler
Harry Lennix as Cooper
Amir Arison as Aram
Mozhan Marno as Samar

Guest Stars:
Ned Van Zandt as Leonard Caul
Hisham Tawfiq as Dembe
David Strathairn as The Director
Reed Birney as Tom Connolly
Susan Blommaert as Mr. Kaplan
Adriane Lenox as Deputy Attorney General
Piter Marek as Nick
Leslie Lyles as Helen Jubal