A new man joined the hunt for Liz (Megan Boone) and Red (James Spader) at the end of episode 3 of NBC's "The Blacklist" Season 3. Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold) may have been waiting for his estranged wife in that quiet restaurant, but it was Director Cooper (Harry Lennix) who showed up to recruit the former double agent to track down Karakurt and help clear Liz's name. This partnership certainly makes things interesting. How does it go down in episode 4, "The Djinn"?
As the episode begins, Leonard Caul (Ned Van Zandt) delivers Red the bad news about Dembe (Hisham Tawfiq) and Mr. Solomon (Edi Gathegi). He implores Caul to find Dembe, whom Red describes as "much more than just an associate."
Oh, by the way, Red and Caul, as well as Liz, are in Aram's (Amir Arison) apartment, which the FBI techie discovers by surprise when he gets home! Red has a favor for Aram and hands him a drive with the encrypted Web address of a woman known as the Djinn -- it means genie -- who arranges for the taboo fantasies of her clients -- murderous revenge, illegal sexual desires, etc. Aram says if he helps them he will have to tell Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff). Red and Liz say that is fine. Liz believes at the end day Ressler will help Liz prove her innocence, but Aram counters that he did not accept help from Tom. Liz is stunned Tom is even trying to help!
Speaking of Tom, Cooper meets with Liz's now-dedicated husband and informs him that the Russian assassin Karakurt is likely hiding within a dangerous crime ring and undergoing plastic surgery to disguise his appearance. Since Cooper is suspended, the mission is off the books and if Tom were to be caught he would be on his own. Tom agrees and the two men devise a scheme to infiltrate the crime syndicate through a hot shot billionaire's son named Asher Sutton (Peter Vack). Tom comes up with a backstory to impress Sutton, involving a wild night out on the town and a stolen watch. He rehearses the story in a montage showing him developing his disguise in a fun nod to Tim Roth's Mr. Orange in "Reservoir Dogs."
Meanwhile, Liz and Red use the now-decrypted Web address to enter a chatroom and make contact with the Djinn. Liz arranges an in person meeting in Astoria park and Red tries to trail her, but the Djinn directs Liz by phone through a false portable restroom into a car and Red loses her.
Elsewhere, Mr. Vargas (Paul Reubens) notices Dembe fashioning a shiv from a spoon and warns him not to get himself killed attacking Mr. Solomon's men. However, when the thugs show up to pick Dembe up for his daily torture, Dembe and Vargas trick the men and jump them together, overtaking them and fleeing in a pickup truck -- Go, Mr. Vargas! Unfortunately, when Dembe reveals that they can get in touch with Red via the phone number for a tuba ad in the newspaper classifieds (of course), Vargas shoots Dembe and leaves him for dead. He was working for Mr. Solomon the whole time -- No, Mr. Vargas!
Back in the U.S., Liz comes face to face with the Djinn (Christina Cole) who asks Liz about her deepest fantasy. Liz says it is to see the people who framed her admit it and pay, but the Djinn does not accept that answer.
"That may be what you want, but that is not what you desire," says the mysterious woman. Liz later tells Red her fantasy is a walk through the park with her husband, the chance to be normal and happy.
Getting nowhere fast, Liz leaves the Djinn, but not before slipping a tracking device onto the woman's shoe. That allows Liz and Red to show up at her house in Yonkers, New York, and interrogate her in front of her daughter. It turns out the woman, Alice, is not the Djinn, but the just the operation's face. However, she has aspirations to cut out the middle man and Red offers to take care of her problem. Alice gives up the real Djinn, Nasim Bakhash (Christine Tawfik).
Backhash is the daughter of a businessman, Bahram Bakhash (David Diann), who just happens to be the Djinn's latest victim. Bakhash had been running her operation for years to save enough money to kill her father and take control of his company as part of her own revenge fantasy.
Red and Liz show up at the Bakhash's house to find her father hanging from a cross. They cut him down, but when Bakhash shows up, Red flips the script. He reveals that he knows Bakhash wants revenge because her father had forced her to undergo a male to female sex change operation when she was young after finding out his then-son was gay. He says it was for her own safety, but Red insists it was his disgust. This propels Red into a impassioned speech about the injustices committed in the name of religion.
However, though Red has revealed himself to be at least a little sympathetic to Bakhash, he needs something from her. Ressler and the FBI are seconds from storming the house -- Red called them. He says he has arranged for an escape for Liz and himself and that Bakhash can join if she gives up the journal containing her client list, which includes members of the Cabal. She agrees, just as a helicopter, flown by Alice, arrives to pick them up. Red and Liz climb aboard with the journal, but in a twist, Liz refuses to let Bakhash onto the chopper.
As Ressler and the FBI sprint across the lawn, Red and Liz take off, leaving Bakhash behind to pay for all the other revenge fantasies she arranged. Red also tosses the journal to Ressler, but not before removing a key page.
At the end of the episode, Tom, using his well-practiced story, is approached in a casino by Sutton. His scheme is working. As Sutton invites him to dinner, Tom gets a call from ... Liz. Red warned her not to reach out, but she does not want Tom to put himself in danger for her. He would not have it any other way. He tells her he loves her before hanging up and going off with Sutton.