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The Freelancer (No. 145) 

Red predicts an impending catastrophe rooted by the work of an assassin called "The Freelancer." Together Liz and Red go undercover to prevent his next target, Floriana Campo, from being ... See full summary »


Jace Alexander


Jon Bokenkamp (created by), Jon Bokenkamp

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Spader ... Raymond 'Red' Reddington
Megan Boone ... Elizabeth Keen
Diego Klattenhoff ... Donald Ressler
Ryan Eggold ... Tom Keen
Parminder Nagra ... Meera Malik
Harry Lennix ... Harold Cooper
Daniel Sauli ... Waiter
Hisham Tawfiq ... Dembe Zuma
Deborah S. Craig ... Luli Zeng
Isabella Rossellini ... Floriana Campo
Jane Alexander ... Diane Fowler
Anastasia Barzee ... Staff Lawyer
Andrew Polk ... Staff Lawyer
Kaija Matiss ... Anya Kedrov
Yelena Noah Yelena Noah ... Montreal Waitress


Red predicts an impending catastrophe rooted by the work of an assassin called "The Freelancer." Together Liz and Red go undercover to prevent his next target, Floriana Campo, from being killed. Elsewhere, Ressler and newly re-hired CIA agent, Meera Malik, who's been added to Red's private security detail, keep an eye on them from a distance. Meanwhile Liz considers what she should do next concerning Tom and the mysterious box she found hidden under the floorboards. Written by NBC

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Official Sites:

SKY Living [United Kingdom]




English | French

Release Date:

30 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | DTS (HD MA) (blu-ray)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Nina Simones "Sinner Man" plays in the Montreal restaurant scene, with clear references to the scene in The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) where Pierce Brosnan 's character sets off the fire alarm. See more »


During the meeting between Agent Keen and Floriana Campo the camera is pointed alternatively at one or the other. When the camera is pointed at Floriana Campo, it is clearly raining; when is pointed at Agent Keen, though, it isn't (and the shoulders of her coat are dry). See more »


Raymond 'Red' Reddington: We never really know anyone, do we?
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References The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) See more »


Big Apple Boogaloo
Written by Arthur Baker and Lati Kronlund
Performed by Brooklyn Funk Essentials
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Beautifully Written, Beautifully Acted and Beautifully Structured
1 October 2013 | by ljs3799See all my reviews

Wow. What an absolutely great episode. This series is really finally a new show that shows great promise for an excellent future. This episode and the last were so well written, acted and structured, showing intense moments and at the same time emotional moments.

I love a show with good music, I mean, who doesn't. This show's music is really very good. Very catchy and always fits the moment.

The acting is incredible, especially James Spader, who, I think, will be Emmy worthy. I guess we'll see next year.

Finally, the structure. This episode was very well structured and I could easily understand all stages of the plot. Many TV shows contain very poor structuring and therefore I cannot understand the main point of the plot.

Overall: 10/10 for an intense and surprisingly good episode!

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