The Blacklist (2013– )
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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





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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Stereo | DTS (HD MA) (blu-ray)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The scene where Agent Keen ( Megan Boone ) and Reddington James Spader visit the restaurant in Montreal was actually filmed at Schiller's Liquor Bar in the Lower East Side, New York City. The slim mirror on the tiled columns, ambiance, and the unique Men's bathroom sink, with the exposed/hung pipes, are in that restaurant. See more »


The cover of the Ukrainian passport has a major issue in that, instead of the Cyrillic character for P, it shows a Latin character for N (essentially spelling "Nasnort" instead of "Pasport"). See more »


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


Sinner Man
Traditional, arranged by Nina Simone
Performed by Nina Simone
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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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