“The Blacklist” got back to basics with a cool case of the week that involved a seemingly psychic little girl building models of murders before they happened.

Since “The Blacklist” doesn’t skew toward the supernatural, there was actually a logical explanation for how the 9-year-old knew of these crimes, and the team wrapped things up nicely in 42 minutes.

But the subplot involving Reddington (James Spader) and Dembe (Hishaw Tawfiq) was actually the more interesting aspect of the episode.

Seeing as how Mr. Kaplan (Susan Blommaert) is dead — we know that’s not true, but bear with us — Red has decided its time to replace his cleaner. He kills two birds with one stone by poaching the cleaners of another bad guy — and their first assignment is cleaning up after the murder of said bad guy, a man exploiting underage diamond and mineral miners in Africa: Something even Red would never do.

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But Red’s seemingly cavalier attitude about Mr. Kaplan has Dembe concerned about Red’s well-being. He is slowly losing everything he cares about, desperate to be a part of Liz’s (Megan Boone) life with Agnes. The pain was bare on his face when Liz told him she’s not ready for him to come see their new apartment.

So Dembe reaches out to Liz because he’s worried about Red, which means it’s only a matter of time before the still-alive Mr. Kaplan is reunited with everyone’s favorite criminal mastermind.

The question remains, however — who picked her up that day she escaped from the man in the woods? Where has she been all this time? Does she want to come back to Red or does she want revenge for the whole “shot in the head” thing?

And how will Red react? You know that in his heart of hearts, he’ll be glad that she’s alive and that he doesn’t have a close friend’s blood on his hands.

On the other hand, she betrayed him in a pretty major way and Reddington is a proud man. Will he — can he? — accept her back?

We look forward to finding out.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."