The Blacklist (2013– )
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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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Episode credited cast:
Jolene Parker
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Bank Manager


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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24 February 2014 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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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 »


Ms. Pratt leaves a bank in Istanbul (Turkey) and as she steps out of the bank she covers her head with a head-scarf. In Turkey women do not wear head-scarves unlike women in Iran. Turkey is an independent republic and only 10% of women wear hijabs due to their Islamic beliefs. 30% of old women wear head-scarves due to traditions which has nothing to do with religion. According to the law, which was passed by the first President Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in 1934, wearing hijabs is strictly forbidden in the basic law. See more »


Raymond 'Red' Reddington: [to Lizzy] There you are. What the hell happened to you? You just leave me stranded with awful Algerian. He's been hitting on me for 20 minutes.
Embassy Guard: Sir, this is a secure area.
Raymond 'Red' Reddington: [to security guard] Well, not secure enough if you ask me, sister. You know what? Why don't ask Rasil? We wouldn't even be here if it weren't for that troublemaker. Always an agenda with him. Cultural attache. Culture, my ass.
[Points at Lizzy]
Raymond 'Red' Reddington: The things I do for this one.
[to Lizzy]
Raymond 'Red' Reddington: Gallivanting around the globe for you little...
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Written by Jacques Offenbach
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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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