The Blacklist “Tom Connolly” Review (Season 2, Episode 22)

The Blacklist - Season 2

As shown in last week’s episode of The Blacklist, Elizabeth “Liz” Keen is now one of the 10 most wanted people in the country; and just like the warning given to her by Raymond “Red” Reddington, she was being framed for the poisoning (and eventual murder) of Senator Hawkings, the victim of the “almost-saved-at-the-last-minute” rescue last week.

At first Liz didn’t believe Red, but after overhearing a conversation between Cooper and Attorney General Tom Connolly, she quickly realized that she was in deep trouble. But just before she could try to escape the secret FBI facility where she has faithfully served her country for two years, she was caught. Traces of the DNA-specific virus were then found in her system, which were “placed” on her by the doctor who created it during that falsified hunt at Union Station.

Given that Connolly was the one who told Cooper to have Liz and Ressler head to Union Station in the first place, viewers know all too well that he is knee deep in this massive set-up against Liz; not to mention that he is obviously in the pocket of The Director and the Cabal.

As Liz attempted to track down leads to prove her innocence, she ended up working, once again, with ex-husband Tom Keen aka Jacob; who has seemingly “changed” since he returned to the States to rescue Liz from being accused of the murder of that dock master, who was actually killed while Liz was holding Tom captive. Is your head spinning yet? Worse yet, Liz ended up back in bed with Tom. Did she make a terrible mistake? Or perhaps this was, subconsciously, their last goodbye to each other.

Let’s take a look at some of the other moments in the finale:

• Cooper learning that the doctor who diagnosed him with cancer lied, he isn’t dying and the clinical trial was faked;
• Ressler being promoted to acting director of the FBI team in light of Cooper being put on administrative leave;
• Red gathered 11 of the best investigative reporters at his latest hide-out, giving them a screening of the details found on the Fulcrum, telling them to, at their own risk, dig into the history of the Cabal, writing about what they discover;
• The Director seeing a headline in the newspaper, stating the existence of a secret government;
• Liz shooting Connolly when he wouldn’t agree to her and Cooper’s demands; only to have her memory of that fateful night when her parents were killed flood back into her mind;
• Learning that Liz actually shot her own father; and Red had her memory wiped to protect her; and,
• Tom leaving on his boat alone while Red and Liz are whisked away in a van to God only know where.

What did you think of the season finale? Where do you think season three of the show will go from here? Please share your thoughts on the second season of the show in our comments section below.

‘The Blacklist will return for its third season on NBC sometime this fall.

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:
Hisham Tawfiq as Dembe
Reed Birney as Attorney General Tom Connolly
David Strathairn as The Director
Susan Blommaert as Mr. Kaplan
Adriane Lenox as Deputy Attorney General