It seemed like after last week’s episode of “The Blacklist: Redemption” that we were finally getting somewhere with the Howard (Terry O’Quinn) vs. Scottie (Famke Janssen) storyline, as Scottie found out her presumed-dead husband was still alive and had Solomon (Edi Gathegi) kidnap him.
Alas, the show wasn’t quite ready to give up the ghost in that regard, but at least it spun its wheels with a heckuva case of the week.
The thing about “The Blacklist” is that most weeks, we don’t mind the procedural aspect because the writers concoct some really interesting cases. “Redemption” has suffered a bit in that department — about half the cases have been solid, about half have been relatively weak.
Luckily, “Hostages” falls firmly into the latter category, setting up a kidnapping scenario rife with high stakes and a really good twist. It definitely helped pass the time until the inevitable reveal to Scottie that it was Tom (Ryan Eggold) who was working with Howard — which wasn’t half as good as the reveal when Howard told her Tom’s real identity.
We weren’t sure if the show would go all the way to having Scottie find out Tom is her son this week, because there is a two-part finale coming up and that feels like finale material. But in the waning moments of “Hostages,” Howard tells Scottie about Tom/Christopher. It’s a beautiful moment, with Janssen getting to do her best work on the show since episode 2 (the one with the friend of the family whose son is being held by terrorists).
It also sets up a showdown in the finale — appropriately titled “Whitehall” and “Whitehall: Conclusion” — between Scottie and Tom, because you know part of her won’t let herself believe he’s her son. She is still working against Howard and since Tom is his ally, he may not be her ally as well, so it’s going to be all-out war before she figures out exactly what’s going on.
Oh, and we get visits from both Liz (Megan Boone) and Harold (Harry Lennix) in the first of the two-part finale, which is fun. It’s a shame they couldn’t find a way to work in a Reddington (James Spader) cameo — but maybe he’ll pop up in “Whitehall: Conclusion.” Fingers crossed!
“Blacklist: Redemption” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.