“The Blacklist” did something really interesting with Thursday’s (May 12) episode and set up a heckuva season finale and a spinoff for next season. But spoiler alert — don’t keep reading if you haven’t watched “Alexander Kirk part 1.”

The show rounded up all the good guys and the bad guys — the FBI team, Red (James Spader), Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold), Scottie Hargrave (Famke Janssen), Mr. Solomon (Edi Gathegi) and Nez Rowan (Tawny Cypress) — and had them committing a bank robbery and infiltrating the Turkish embassy in order to draw out Alexander Kirk (Ulrich Thomsen), which made for a really fun hour of TV. It was very “Oceans 11” of them.

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Toss that in with a cryfest christening for baby Agnes and the penultimate episode of “The Blacklist” Season 3 was a beautifully done episode.

However, because this is “The Blacklist,” that wasn’t nearly enough. The show had to add in a mammoth twist in the form of Tom finding out that Scottie Hargrave is his mother. His name is Christopher. He was taken from her at the age of three, made to look like a kidnapping, so she has no idea who Tom is.


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Now, this information all comes from Reddington, so it could be a bunch of lies, but it feels pretty legit. And what a great spinoff set up. It’s like the Red-Liz dynamic in reverse. Tom knows he’s Scottie’s son, but he can’t tell her — and the viewers are never quiiiite sure if it’s the truth.

In the waning moments of the season, Tom says he can’t work for Scottie, but there’s one episode left. It should be a doozy.

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."