The Blacklist “Quon Zhang” Review (Season 2, Episode 20)

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Before tonight I had never heard of the tradition of a ghost bride. Maybe that’s because I’m not of Chinese descent (although this tradition is not limited to just the Chinese). Maybe that’s because I never saw the right TV show that featured this tradition as part of its storyline.

Enter The Blacklist!

Tonight’s episode focused on a smuggler known as Quon Zhang, who robbed a local cemetery for the body of a recently deceased Chinese woman, who was to be sent back to her home country.

As the FBI team sought out the why of it all, after being alerted to the situation by Red, of course, they learned that Zhang had ties to the Kabal – that nefarious group for whom The Director has connections.

It’s all coming full circle, isn’t it? Well maybe not entirely, but the pieces are starting to fall into place; and it would seem that Liz has put a bulls eye on her back. After helping to save Red’s life in last week’s episode and going straight to The Director with the Fulcrum, she’s put herself at the top of the “hit list” of the Kabal.

It also doesn’t help that Cooper has finally figured out that Connolly has not only leveraged their friendship but also placed Cooper in a compromising situation by getting him into that clinical study. “I’ll scratch your back, if you scratch mine” is taking on a whole new meaning in the world of ‘The Blacklist’.

Once the team figures out, thanks to prosperity notes found hidden in the lair (of sorts) being used by Zhang for his procedures, the identity of the next victim was determined and the team was able to stop Zhang before a girl by the name of An Bai is killed. It would seem that the young girl left her fiancé at the altar and he killed himself. His parents wanted retribution (again, of sorts) and hired Zhang to ‘make things right’.

While one live was saved, it would seem that another wasn’t so lucky. Do you guys remember Kenneth Jasper, the British guy working with The Director? Well, Red and Dembe were able to trick him out of hiding, used Samar’s interrogation skills to extract information from him – without actually having to really harm him – only to have Red supposedly send Jasper’s cut-out tongue to the Director as a warning that Red is coming for them.

The B-story in this episode was Liz’s investigation into the identification of the people in the picture that she found in that apartment Dembe sent her to that turned out to belong to Red. The woman in the picture is supposedly Liz’s mother, who was a member of the KGB; but Red won’t tell Liz what really happened the night of that horrible fire. That’s, of course, not going to stop Liz from her own investigation; and it all somehow ends up leading her back to Tom Keen. I’m not really sure how I feel about. What about you guys?

Do you think that Liz will figure out what really happened to her parents? Will they be able to stop the Kabal or are they just too strong and powerful? Is Liz going to end up back in a strange kind of relationship with Tom? Please share your thoughts below and make sure to watch the next new episode of the second season of ‘The Blacklist’ will air on NBC on Thursday, May 7 at 9/8c.

Cast:

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:
David Strathairn as The Director
Hisham Tawfiq as Dembe
Reed Birney as Tom Connolly
Valarie Pettiford as Charlene Cooper
Ned Van Zandt as Leonard Caul
Kevin Weisman as Dr. Jeffrey Maynard
Ron Yuan as Quon Zhang
James A. Stephens as Kenneth Jasper
Vivian Chiu as An Bai