Red (James Spader) and Liz (Megan Boone) spent most of the midseason premiere of “The Blacklist” in a CIA prison battling a new bad guy, Luther Braxton (Ron Perlman), over a mysterious and elusive intelligence packet called the Fulcrum. However, finding the Fulcrum was not easy – for either side – and to make matters worse, the CIA was so intent on keeping it hidden they were going to blow the whole prison up to keep it under wraps. Plus, Braxton revealed that there was a connection between the fire that supposedly killed Liz’s father and the Fulcrum. So, needless to say, things were pretty complicated at the start of episode 10, “Luther Braxton: Conclusion.”
When episode 9 ended, CIA missiles were 30 seconds away from blowing up the prison with Red, Liz, Samar (Mozhan Marno) and Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) inside, but at least Red and Liz had Braxton in their custody. However, after the missiles made impact it was Braxton who gained the upper hand, sneaking out on a helicopter and kidnapping Liz.
As the CIA worried about keeping the explosion at the prison out of the public eye and recovering the Fulcrum – wherever it was, Red and the FBI team tracked Braxton to Alaska where the thief was holding a psychologist, Dr. Selma Orchard (Gloria Reuben), hostage and forcing her to drug Liz and extract the memory of the fire from her brain. Braxton believed the memory held the secret to the Fulcrum.
When Dr. Orchard finally tapped into Liz’s memory fans got a never before seen glimpse at the night of the fire. A young Liz (Jillian Lebling) was hiding in her house as instructed by her unseen father. However, in the middle of the memory, Dr. Orchard gave Liz a shot to curb her skyrocketing blood pressure, jolting her awake as she screamed, “my father, my father was there. “
Meanwhile, Red gathered a group of known business associates of Braxton to persuade them – in typical Reddington fashion – to give up the location of Braxton’s new hiding spot.
Elsewhere, fans got a big surprise when Braxton met with the CIA director (David Straithairn) who had apparently hired the criminal to steal the Fulcrum. However, on his way back from the meeting, Braxton was captured by Red.
Back in Braxton’s hiding spot, it was round 2 of the memory therapy with Liz and Dr. Orchard. Dr. Orchard was getting close, getting Liz to remember her parents arguing about the Fulcrum, but Red stormed in and interrupted the procedure. However, after securing the building, Red decided to have Dr. Orchard continue the therapy.
Liz continued to remember the night of the fire, where she was led out of the burning building by a mystery man. Liz woke up and looked right at Red. “You were there,” said Liz.
Red admitted that he was there that night and Liz accused him of only caring about her because of the Fulcrum. Red said nothing as Liz told him the relationship between them was over.
Later, Red paid a visit to the CIA director, who had come to find Luther Braxton hanging dead in his living room and Red waiting for him. As the two exchanged threats, Red claimed to have the Fulcrum. The director said he was bluffing, but Red just dared him to find out, leaving the corrupt official alone with the dead Braxton.
Elsewhere, Dr. Orchard came to find Liz. She had found evidence that someone had put Liz through the memory therapy before to suppress her recollection of the night of the fire. As a result, the roles people had played in the newly unearthed memory – such as Red there to steal the Fulcrum as her Dad was burning to death on the ground – could be mixed up.
Reeling from the news that she may never know the truth, Liz found the stuffed animal that young Liz had been carrying in her memory. Noticing a sewn seam in the toy, she ripped it open to find what appeared to be a small flash drive – the Fulcrum. Fans will have to wait until next week to find out what it means.
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