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.


Michael Zinberg


Jon Bokenkamp (created by), Jim Campolongo

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Episode credited cast:
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
Jennifer Ehle ... Madeline Pratt
Hisham Tawfiq ... Dembe Zuma
Amir Arison ... Aram Mojtabai
Rachel Brosnahan ... Jolene Parker
Zach Grenier ... Novak
Jason Butler Harner ... Walter Gary Martin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fajer Al-Kaisi ... Firas
Danny Boushebel ... Bank Manager
Stan Demidoff ... Ivan


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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English | Arabic

Release Date:

24 February 2014 (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?


Diego Klattenhoff (Donald Ressler) & Jason Butler Harner (Walter Gary Martin) also worked together on episode 3.4, Homeland: Game On (2013), of Homeland (2011) as Mike Faber & Paul Franklin respectively. 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: I ran out of gas.
Madeline Pratt: Huh?
Raymond 'Red' Reddington: I was so excited to get home I didn't even both to look. My head was just... I ran out of gas.
Madeline Pratt: What are you talking about?
Raymond 'Red' Reddington: It was Christmas Eve. I pulled off to the side of the road, seemed like it'd been snowing for days. No traffic. No cars to come help. Just me and a car full of gifts. It was more than 20 year ago. I must have walked four miles. Five, maybe. It was so still. Just cold and white. The whole time all I could think about was them in our house. The warm ...
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Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second
Performed by Starfucker (as Strfkr)
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Spader is a Late Bloomer -- Who knew?
5 January 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee 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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