The Blacklist (2013– )
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The Stewmaker (No. 161) 

When a witness in the murder trial of a ruthless cartel boss disappears, Red (James Spader) leads Liz (Megan Boone) and Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) on a search for the Blacklist's No. 161, a gruesome hit man known as the Stewmaker.

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Hector Lorca
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Ellenore Kornish
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The Stewmaker
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Luis Peña
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Risa Peña
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When a witness in the murder trial of a ruthless cartel boss disappears, Red (James Spader) leads Liz (Megan Boone) and Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) on a search for the Blacklist's No. 161, a gruesome hit man known as the Stewmaker.

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The Farmer's Parable that Red tells The Stewmaker and Lizzy is essentially the premise of The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976). See more »

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Metal elements in motel's bathtub would dissolve or at least would be badly damaged by extremely corrosive "stew" - yet all of them look pristine afterwards. See more »

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Raymond 'Red' Reddington: A farmer comes home one day to find that everything that gives meaning to his life is gone. Crops are burned, animals slaughtered, bodies and broken pieces of his life strewn about. Everything that he loved taken from him - his children. One can only imagine the pit of despair, the hours of Job-like lamentations, the burden of existence. He makes a promise to himself in those dark hours. A life's work erupts from his knotted mind. Years go by. His suffering becomes complicated. One day he stops...
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performed by - Matt Corby
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The greatest contribution Thomas Harris...
14 September 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

.... made to the evolution of suspense fiction (in his Silence of the Lamb series) was when he explored for the first time in modern fiction not the depths of evil (been done before) but rather what happens when, for a brief moment in time, you have "turnabout;" you have that force used for (briefly) good.

One can argue that the entire premise of Blacklist is a riff on this theme -- and the notion is fundamentally correct -- but this episode is the first in the series to bite down and take it to the gristle.

Just as Hannibal saves Starling from certain death, here Spader's character saves Lizzy from a similar fate. And it is done as well as, if not better than, the film version.

No mean feat, that.


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