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Madeline Pratt (No. 73) 

Liz helps Tom adjust to the impending adoption; Red reveals a woman from his past is a target; Red convinces Liz to pull off a heist at the Syrian Embassy.

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Liz helps Tom adjust to the impending adoption; Red reveals a woman from his past is a target; Red convinces Liz to pull off a heist at the Syrian Embassy.

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When Red briefs the FBI on Madeline Pratt, the camera pans across several screens of surveillance photographs, supposedly showing Madeline at various charitable and political events. The last one appears to depict Madeline dining and conversing with Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz, a Republican and the junior U.S. Senator from Texas. See more »

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Novak hands Red a book with a black and white image of the Effigy, covering about half of the page. When Red looks at it, the image has changed to a colour image that fits the whole page. See more »

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Raymond 'Red' Reddington: She's breathtakingly unattractive but she's worth over $40 million. The only Vermeer in private hands.
Elizabeth Keen: That's considered a masterpiece?
Raymond 'Red' Reddington: Last night, I got up for a scoop of orange sherbet and she caught my eye. I just stood here in the dark squinting at her. Poor thing ruined my appetite. Even after I went back to bed, all I could hear was the hideous music she must be playing. Didn't sleep a wink.
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Spader is a Late Bloomer -- Who knew?
5 January 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Most reviewers will start off a review telling you what they know. This more or less establishes the pecking order in a review. Who talks. Who listens.

I prefer to start this one telling you what I don't know. Spader was, I believe, a "brat pack" member as a younger actor. He never gave a bad performance. But he never gave a great one either. He did a film with Susan Sarandan the name of which I have completely forgotten. (Remember the "what I do not know" theme here.) It was fun. At the time.

I cannot readily name or identify his body of work over the last two decades. I do not know which other actors read for Blacklist except to add that millions of viewers should be grateful "they" did not get the part.

I do know that as the series progresses his acting is on an entirely different level of magnitude than his cast associates. And he just keeps getting better.

I gave this episode a low rating by the standards of the series, a high rating by the standards of most other shows. The story lacks bite, it is bit hard to swallow (as compared with, for example, the earlier episode where the Bureau was hijacked, Red was in a locked cage, and Lizzie was about to be shot in front of him -- THAT HAD BITE).

However what this episode does have is the opportunity for Spader to show his dominance over the role and he does that in (ahem) spades. Simply to watch his performance is worth the visit.


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