Red (James Spader) came into episode 2 of “The Blacklist” Season 2, “Monarch Douglas Bank,” with a lot of problems. In the premiere episode of the NBC drama, Red's nemesis, Berlin (Peter Stormare), had evaded capture once again. Except this time he took a hostage – Red’s ex-wife (Mary Louise-Parker). If Red was going to catch Berlin and save her he was first going to have to deal with a bank.
Episode 2 began with Red in a desperate state. He had yet to find a lead in his search for Berlin and time was running out (early in the episode a tooth arrived at his hotel).
Meanwhile, Red heard that Monarch Douglas Bank, the “preferred bank of elite criminals” had been robbed. Red told Liz (Megan Boone) that, though nothing was reported stolen, he believed something very important was taken.
F.B.I. director Cooper (Harry Lennix) sent Liz and Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) to the bank in Poland where they were met by Poland’s bureau chief, Agent Salerno (Antoni Porowski). They figured out that it was not money the bank robbers were after -- it was a person.
Liz and Ressler tracked down the kidnapped woman from the robbery, Katja, but she was not happy to see them. It turned out she was not kidnapped, but hiding and trying to escape from the bank, which she said was corrupt and dangerous.
Berlin, meanwhile, called the bank and was not pleased. He apparently needed a wire transfer from Monarch Douglas to go through that was delayed after the robbery. The bank assured him everything was fine, but it may have been a bluff.
Katja was the person the bank called, “The Formula.” With her photographic memory she kept track of every illegal account the bank had in her head to prevent a paper trail. As Ressler questioned her, Salerno attacked Liz as armed gunmen arrived to take Katja before Liz and Ressler could get her back to the U.S. With the gunmen closing in, they were saved by the return of Mossad agent Samar Navabi (Mozhan Marno), though they did not know why she was there. Katja, though, was shot in the scuffle.
Back at Berlin’s hideout, Naomi (Mary Louise-Parker) momentarily escaped after stabbing a guard with a bone from her food. However, Berlin caught up to her and recaptured her.
Liz, Ressler, and the Formula, on the other hand, were having a hard time not getting captured themselves, navigating Warsaw with a legion of dirty cops after them and Katja dying from her wounds. They seemed momentarily out of danger when Red showed up, but (while he did get them out of Poland) he kept Katja for himself as a bargaining chip against Berlin.
Red and Berlin met and Red explained that he had Katja -- and therefore Berlin’s money. They agreed to trade Naomi for the money.
Liz, though, threw a wrench in the plan when she realized what Red was planning and tracked down Katja through Red’s physician, Rosa. She froze Berlin’s account and told Red it would not be possible for him to uphold his end of the bargain and that he would be killed if he tried to give Berlin the money. Red, though, called her bluff and Liz releases the hold on the money, unwilling to let Red die, and allowing him to get his ex-wife back.
At the end of the episode Cooper was seen meeting with Samar Navabi where she showed him apparently valuable intelligence and wanted something in return. In the last scene Red got on the phone with Samar and it was revealed they were working together. What are they up to?
Red got his ex-wife back by the end of episode 2 of "The Blacklist," but he is not out of trouble yet. He is now at odds with the F.B.I. after playing them to get Katja. Plus, Berlin is still out there and the war between the two is definitely not over. Fans will have to tune in next week to see what happens. “The Blacklist” airs on Monday nights at 10 p.m. EDT on NBC.
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