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The Kingmaker (No. 42) 

After a politician in Prague is framed for a murder, Red suspects it's the work of The Kingmaker - a strategist behind the rise of some of the world's most powerful politicians. While Red ... See full summary »

Director:

Karen Gaviola

Writers:

Jon Bokenkamp (created by), J.R. Orci | 1 more credit »
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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 (credit only)
Parminder Nagra ... Meera Malik
Harry Lennix ... Harold Cooper
Alan Alda ... Alan Fitch
Linus Roache ... The Kingmaker
Hisham Tawfiq ... Dembe Zuma
Amir Arison ... Aram Mojtabai
Joseph Siravo ... Niko Demakis
Mike Doyle ... Patrick Chandler
Jack Dimich ... Emil Dusek
Michaela Waters Michaela Waters ... Mrs. Chandler
Alok Tewari ... Alliance Member #3
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Storyline

After a politician in Prague is framed for a murder, Red suspects it's the work of The Kingmaker - a strategist behind the rise of some of the world's most powerful politicians. While Red helps Liz and the FBI catch him, Liz uncovers a secret that Red's been keeping from her. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Sky [United Kingdom]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Czech

Release Date:

28 April 2014 (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

The hidden restaurant "Le Claire's" behind the pawn shop that Reddington (James Spader) and Keene (Megan Boone) enter is "Beauty and Essex," an actual restaurant similarly hidden in the Lower East Side. The skylight and decor match. See more »

Goofs

The gun put in the hand of Arturo Ruiz to fake his suicide had the hammer pulled back which does not happen between shots. This would obviously indicate someone else had put it there. See more »

Quotes

Raymond 'Red' Reddington: I was a life guard my junior year in high school. Had to give mouth-to-mouth to Mrs. Beerman. She belched up a lung full of corned beef and chlorine. I haven't been in a pool since.
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Sweetheart, What Have You Done to Us
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Performed by Keaton Henson
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"Did you kill my father" (dialog, Liz)
13 February 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

As I have explained in other reviews, in this current generation of TV writing (which started about 2005) the challenge is tease the viewer with the longer arc while providing closure with the shorter (episode) arc.

The really good shows manage to make the longer arc more interesting. And this is one of those shows.

Forget the KINGMAKER. Great story. But the fun stuff is how Lizzie's ex-husband, not the nicest guy himself, starts off the story by giving Lizzie clues to an even bigger "issue" with her odd benefactor, Red.

And, oh by the way, the scenes between Spader and Alda are pound for pound as good as anything you will see in theatres these days, even if it is produced by one of those "brother" teams.

This is as good as TV gets


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