Within the midst of a worldwide pandemic, a few of us hunt down consolation and predictability. And few issues are extra predictable proper now than The Blacklist getting totally nutty with it on NBC Fridays. Following an uneven Purdue Pharma “ripped from the headlines” hour and a satisfying Agatha Christie riff that ended at a child’s ballet recital, The Blacklist submitted a peculiar-yet-entertaining episode with no fewer than 5 tales occurring directly.
Most significantly, the present delivered certainly one of its all-time nice B-plots: Glen (Clark Middleton), Reddington’s (James Spader) tracker, taking part in a “Contact the Truck” competitors to amass a truck that’s secretly filled with tritium, a uncommon and radioactive isotope of hydrogen. For the uninitiated, Contact the Truck contests are promotional occasions placed on by native automotive dealerships through which entrants, uh, contact a truck for so long as attainable. Half Survivor and half capitalist nadir, the contests reached peak recognition within the 1990s however nonetheless emerge throughout suburbia at present — which, apparently, makes them excellent for an prolonged gag on a present in regards to the world’s deadliest fedora fetishist.
Glen’s appearances at all times brighten up The Blacklist, however these scenes have been on one other stage. From his pregame stretching and mid-contest pleas for Pink or Dembe (Hisham Tawfiq) to return give him a supportive therapeutic massage to his deep analysis of his hardest competitors (a priest who’d received two years prior), each Glen second was higher than the final. Clark Middleton completely performs Glen as a person with so little disgrace, at the same time as he is practically botching a high-stakes transaction as a result of he is caught at a silly dealership gimmick.
James Spader aided within the chic impact as Pink supported his pal and colleague with a mixture of frustration and zeal. Pink is usually amused by the habits of these round him, however his bemused glee and confidence in Glen confirmed, but once more, that Spader stays dedicated to this present even in its seventh season.
In some way, that was simply the most effective a part of an exceptionally busy hour. The case of the week had vital, sci-fi-tinged Bizarre Blacklist vitality framed inside a normal homicide hunt. The titular Blacklister Purcell sought revenge for the listening to injury he acquired from the regular hum of server farms. Weird and unhappy and scary? Sure. His revenge? Studying the darkish arts of sound waves and utilizing it to kill politicians who helped deliver the server farms into the protected sounds of the suburbs. Additionally weird and unhappy and scary! If the Glen materials wasn’t so nice, the Purcell case would have left me wanting, if solely as a result of it is the form of traditional unreal criminality that the present does so properly. A small bummer to bury it with such a strong B-story.
Elsewhere, a bunch of different stuff occurred! Aram (Amir Arison) jumped out of a airplane with Elodie (Elizabeth Bogush), second-guessed (or extra like tenth-guessed) their relationship over her resistance to youngsters, modified his thoughts once more, after which realized that her husband lastly died. And simply when it appeared like their distinctive relationship might lastly flourish, he found, throughout the husband’s wake, that Elodie, in truth, stayed together with her beau due to a pre-nuptial settlement and $10 million. Yikes, perhaps? Love is fickle, man.
In the meantime, Liz (Megan Boone) spent the episode A) speaking vaguely about making an attempt to trace somebody who ended up being Ilya, and B) making an attempt to offer Agent Park (Laura Sohn) recommendation about not age-killing criminals like Purcell. Nonetheless no signal of her mom, which is bizarre!
For an episode that is basically nonetheless making an attempt to kill time till the Pink-Liz-Katarina (Laila Robins) tussle can resume, this was delightfully wild. It offered among the tonal clashes that plagued the episode from two weeks again, however when there’s Glen in a scarf trash-talking a priest relating to who can contact a Hemi truck the longest, it is time to be extra forgiving.
The Blacklist airs Fridays at 8/7c on NBC.