“The Blacklist” Season 4, episode 2 brought one shocking twist we never saw coming— at least, not this early on in the latest installment of the NBC series.
In “The Blacklist” Season 4, episode 2, titled “Mato,” Red’s (James Spader) hunt for Liz (Megan Boone) and her daughter Agnes continues. Last episode, the car carrying him, Dembe (Hisham Tawfiq), Mr. Kaplan (Susan Blommaert) and Agnes had been hit by Alexander Kirk’s (Ulrich Thomsen) goon, leaving them bloody and unconscious and allowing the man to kidnap Liz’s daughter once again. Fortunately, Mr. Kaplan was able to get a good look at the man who took Agnes. She reveals that his name is Mato and that he used to work for Little Nikos (Jack Topalian). Red, Mr. Kaplan and Dembe reunite with Tom (Ryan Eggold) before they all head to Amarillo in search for Nikos.
When they get to Amarillo, Mr. Kaplan asks Red to let her speak to her friend Little Nikos first when he seemed like he was going to torture Mato’s whereabouts out of him. However, Nikos, whom they woke up in the middle of surgery, doesn’t say anything. Red then sends Tom in to “question” Nikos, who eventually gives him a phone number and a passport. Nikos doesn’t make it after Tom tortured him with a medical device. Red tries to apologize to Mr. Kaplan, but she basically tells him to shove it. “I betrayed you for the same reason I just betrayed Nikos. To keep Elizabeth safe, like you asked me to all those years ago when you put her in my arms as a baby girl. Only now she has a baby girl of her own — and your existence in their lives puts them in constant danger,” she says.
Tom also apologizes for killing her friend, but Mr. Kaplan is not in the mood for insincere apologies and tells him, “So, you want me to make you feel better? Everyone wants me to make things easier for them, cleaner. That’s what I am, after all, the cleaner… In my desire to make life easier for your baby, I betrayed Raymond and now he doesn’t know what to do with me. Well, he knows what he has to do and he wants me to make it easier for him. But I won’t. I’m not here to make him feel better. And I’m not here to make you feel better, Tom.”
Meanwhile, Mato has already passed off Agnes to Kirk’s other men. Shortly after, he receives a text from Nikos which reads, “Nakaidoklini.” Mato then heads to Nikos’ office in Amarillo, only to find Red and the others waiting for him there. He tries to escape, but Mr. Kaplan effectively stops him by running him over with her car.
While all of this was happening, Liz is still being held captive by Kirk, who forced her into a tiny plane that would take them “home.” Mid-flight, Liz suddenly attacks Kirk and shoots the pilot, which causes the plane to crash in the middle of the ocean. She comes to before her maybe-father does, allowing her to tie him up. However, they are both in danger of drowning as the water has begun flooding inside the plane’s interior. When he wakes up, Kirk tells “Masha” that he’s her dad and thus she can’t let him drown. Liz doesn’t budge at first, but Kirk manages to convince her that they need to work together if she wants to make it out alive.
A Cuban fisherman eventually shows up and lets them on his boat. Kirk then asks Liz why she dove after him when he nearly went under earlier, and she replies that she saved him because of her daughter and that he might be telling the truth about being her father.
Meanwhile, after he threated to kill Mato and lock him in an airtight concrete crypt, Red manages to find out where Kirk plans on taking Agnes and Liz. Red shoots Mato shortly after the latter revealed that they were headed to the Summer Palace.
Like Mato said, Kirk brings Liz to the Summer Palace, a beautiful summer cottage on an island off Nova Scotia. Kirk tells Liz that the house—which looks almost like the one Liz has been dreaming of living in with Tom—is hers and introduces her to a young woman named Katia, whom he calls “the palace keeper.” Katia tells Liz that Kirk hasn’t been back to the house in years because it’s been “painful for him…until now.”
When Liz goes upstairs, she finds what looks like a little girl’s room filled with dolls, tea sets and a stick-figure drawing with “Masha’s” signature. “This was my bedroom,” Liz says when Kirk appears in the doorway. “Welcome home, Masha,” he says in reply.
Liz, however, still doubts he’s telling the truth about being her father and questions him about her memories. She tells him there was a fire and that she shot her father. But Kirk says that these didn’t really happen and that Red only made them up. “Those stories Reddington’s told you about who he is and his connection to you — he knew you were looking for answers and he took advantage of that to reenter your life. Reddington was in love with your mother, and now he’s obsessed with you,” he insists.
Liz then seems to recall a memory about the Summer Palace when she spots the photo of her with her mother, Katarina Rostova (Lotte Verbeek), on the swing. She approaches the bedroom window and spots the swing in the photo outside. As she makes her way down to the yard, the point of view switches between a grown Liz and a young Masha. Liz then recalls her mother giving her treasures to bury in a “time machine” disguised as a coffee can.
Liz desperately starts clawing at the spot she remembers burying the “time machine” in and finds the coffee can undisturbed, still full of her childhood trinkets and a bracelet from her mother. Just as she puts on the bracelet, she sees FBI helicopters cut through the sky overhead. She rushes to the house after seeing Kirk standing by the window and waiting for her, but instead she finds Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff), who embraces her. She’s reunited with Red, Tom and the others, but her daughter is still missing.
Before they continue the search for Agnes, Dembe drives Red and Mr. Kaplan out to a wooded area. They get out of the car and head towards a clearing in the middle of a piece of land Red owns.
After reaching their destination, Red tells Mr. Kaplan, “You understand, Kate.” However, she cuts him off before he can continue, saying, “‘That I have no choice?’ Isn’t that the speech, Raymond? That I know too much — every single one of your weaknesses, all your faults, all your secrets… You entrusted me with everything that you value: your freedom, your life, a child. I have never failed you. What you see as a betrayal of trust was actually a fulfillment of your wishes, to protect your interests.”
Mr. Kaplan warns him not to do what he’s about to do, telling him this will be “unforgivable.” However, he only tells her, “You’ve told me you wanted a pristine, unspoiled place to live out your years in peace. So the acre is yours…for all eternity.” Red then shoots Mr. Kaplan.
Is Mr. Kaplan really dead? Did Red kill her in order to hide his secrets? How will Liz react when she finds out Red killed Mr. Kaplan? Find out what happens next when “The Blacklist” Season 4, episode 3 airs next Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.