The Blacklist (2013– )
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The Scimitar (No. 22) 

When an Iranian nuclear scientist is suspiciously assassinated, a revenge ploy begins against a valued American. Red informs agents Keen and Navabi that a dangerously conniving hitman "The ... See full summary »


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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
Amir Arison ... Aram Mojtabai
Mozhan Marnò ... Samar Navabi
Harry Lennix ... Harold Cooper
Hisham Tawfiq ... Dembe Zuma
Waleed Zuaiter ... Dr. Daniel Rivera (as Waleed F. Zuaiter)
Jordan Lage ... Evan Mullen
Ramsey Faragallah ... Ali Hassan
Scottie Thompson ... Zoe D'Antonio
Nurit Monacelli Nurit Monacelli ... Amalia Collins
Kendrick Merdani ... Sevan Volkov (as Alban Merdani)
Brian Haley ... Jonathan Reese


When an Iranian nuclear scientist is suspiciously assassinated, a revenge ploy begins against a valued American. Red informs agents Keen and Navabi that a dangerously conniving hitman "The Scimitar" has been sent to the job. Liz and Ressler find themselves in a tricky predicament as they investigate a surveillance lead. Agent Keen attempts to gather information on Berlin, while Red finds company with a woman working at a food truck. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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English | Persian

Release Date:

3 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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When Keen pulls the duct tape of Dr. Collins' mouth, it comes off very easily. Youu can briefly see that there is another layer of tape on the back, so only a thin strip around the edge was adhesive. See more »


Raymond 'Red' Reddington: You killed him?
Samar Navabi: If you're asking me to comment on a Mossad operation, you know I can't do that.
Raymond 'Red' Reddington: I wasn't asking. But I'm hardly one to judge. George Orwell wrote, "Those who abjure violence can do so only because others are committing violence on their behalf." What a visionary, but, Good Lord, his books are a downer.
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Performed by Mark Lanegan Band
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One the best in the series
19 April 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

If you have been following my style of reviewing (OK if you have not) I have tried to establish "baseline" episodes for the top series of the day.

Usually there are two baselines per series, one at the bottom, and one at the top, and most individual episodes are scatter-shot somewhere between.

For the Blacklist, this seemingly simple episode is anything but. It is a baseline for the high end of the bar.

No goofiness, nothing outrageous happens, just a near perfect blending of the long and short arcs done so seamlessly that you don't even realize you are watching two stories at the same time.

The key is characterizations. There are many many subtle and wonderful things happening here. In fact subtlety is the key to the success of the story, especially the way Lizzie manages to interpret some excess makeup on a phone as perhaps ... a clue? At the exact same time the audience does.


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