The Blacklist (2013– )
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The Stewmaker (No. 161) 

When a witness in the murder trial of a ruthless cartel boss disappears, Red (James Spader) leads Liz (Megan Boone) and Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) on a search for the Blacklist's No. 161, a gruesome hit man known as the Stewmaker.

Director:

Vincent Misiano (as Vince Misiano)

Writers:

Jon Bokenkamp (created by), Patrick Massett | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Hector Lorca
Hisham Tawfiq ... Dembe Zuma
Deborah S. Craig ... Luli Zeng
Maryann Plunkett ... Ellenore Kornish
Sharon Washington ... Prosecutor
Tom Noonan ... The Stewmaker
Louis Arcella Louis Arcella ... Luis Peña
Mariann Aalda ... Risa Peña
Paul Urcioli ... Lawyer
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Storyline

When a witness in the murder trial of a ruthless cartel boss disappears, Red (James Spader) leads Liz (Megan Boone) and Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) on a search for the Blacklist's No. 161, a gruesome hit man known as the Stewmaker.

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Sky [United Kingdom]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Stereo | DTS (HD MA) (blu-ray)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Santiago Meza Lopez, who has been dubbed the 'Stew maker' ( "El Pozolero" in Spanish), confessed to disposing of at least 300 bodies over a decade by dumping them in graves and pouring acid on them to let them dissolve underground. This episode's title character is similar to the real person. See more »

Goofs

Red's newspaper has a dummy front page (with a blank back side) wrapped around what appears to be a real newspaper. The blank side is clearly visible at 3:32. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth Keen: You're a monster.
Raymond 'Red' Reddington: Yes.
Elizabeth Keen: How can you live with yourself?
Raymond 'Red' Reddington: By saving your life.
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Connections

Featured in The Blacklist: The Decembrist (No. 12) (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Made of Stone
(uncredited)
performed by - Matt Corby
played during cabin interior
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The greatest contribution Thomas Harris...
14 September 2014 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

.... made to the evolution of suspense fiction (in his Silence of the Lamb series) was when he explored for the first time in modern fiction not the depths of evil (been done before) but rather what happens when, for a brief moment in time, you have "turnabout;" you have that force used for (briefly) good.

One can argue that the entire premise of Blacklist is a riff on this theme -- and the notion is fundamentally correct -- but this episode is the first in the series to bite down and take it to the gristle.

Just as Hannibal saves Starling from certain death, here Spader's character saves Lizzy from a similar fate. And it is done as well as, if not better than, the film version.

No mean feat, that.


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