The Blacklist (2013– )
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Ivan (No. 88) 

Liz investigates the disappearance of Jolene. The team hunts a young boy posing as Ivan, the infamous hacker.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jolene Parker
Harrison Lee
Abby Fisher
David Fisher
Agent Galarza


Red tells Liz that a hacker known by the name Ivan is responsible for the death of a man. Thing is that the man operates in Russia. Liz goes to where he died and they're approached by NSA agents who tell them to back off. Cooper shows up and tells them they should work together. They tell them that the man who was killed was working for them and he was working on something that can enable anyone to access anything which a hacker like Ivan could use. And he had it with him when he died but there's no sign of it. So Liz and Red go to Russia to find Ivan and see if he has the device. At the same time Liz is looking for Jolene while Tom tries to make sure anything linking him to Jolene is gone. Written by

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24 March 2014 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The license plate for Nathan Platt (93N-LI62) is identical to that of Charlotte Patterson from The Cypress Agency (S1 Ep. 13) See more »


When Red "shoots" agent Ressler they are supposed to be in Minsk, Belarus. However, the street looks too Western and parked cars have US plates. See more »


Tom Keen: [about Jolene] Don't beat yourself up. You could never have known this. You never really know people. Do you?
Elizabeth Keen: I'm gonna find her. Who she works for. Whoever they are. Whatever it takes. I'm gonna find her.
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Slow Ass Jolene
Performed by Show Tones
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TV does not get any better than this....
26 January 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

I consider myself an historian of TV, been watching since the 50s, and what really amazes me is that TV has taken a quantum leap forward in quality in the last few years.

I set the point of demarcation at 2010. I could be off a year but you get the drift. From for example the remake of Hawaii 50, to Blacklist, is a jump of quantum proportions. The Nolan brothers could even use it in a sequel to Interstellar...

Which brings me to the point of this review. With the bar suddenly raised by shows like this one, and POI, and Banshee, and even Suits, how do you make that final leap to excellence to separate the good episodes ... from the spectacular ones? In this episode, the main arc, which usually involves bringing a Blacklisted baddie to justice .... the baddie turns out to be a lovesick 15 year old. That is clever, and fun.

On the side arcs, we not only have further development of the Tom Is Not A Nice Guy arc, but in the reveal at the last 4 minutes, Lizzie realizes that the hobby project Ray has been building for the entire episode was in anticipation of her needing comfort for what she was about to discover.

That is beyond good, that is bloody brilliant, because the audience makes the connection at the same time as the character. Shared emotion character-to-viewer is as good as TV gets.

Super TV.

Another IMDb reviewer took this episode to task because Lizzie throws a temper tantrum. Really? As the series builds, and given the cool way Raymond has been treating Lizzie until this point, the tantrum actually makes the story more real, not less real.

Just saying...

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