The Blacklist
General Ludd

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Mr. Sobell: C+ | 65 USERS: A-
Who's Your Daddy?

Conspiracy theorists, take note: There is no flicker of recognition from Tom when Reddington sits down next to him and strikes up a causal conversation about who he’s visiting at the hospital. Reddington says he was at the hospital to visit a friend who died that day; he does not mention his role in that process. Tom says he also came to the hospital to visit someone who just died, which is either a hell of a coincidence or a sign that this hospital has a poor track record of keeping patients alive. Tom is more fretful about how he’s going to break the news to his wife that her adoptive father is dead. "It will undoubtedly take some time,” Reddington says, adding, "but I’m sure she will be fine. He’ll always be there with her, standing in the shadows to keep her safe, laughing with her in the light, watching through her eyes all those get close. He’ll always be there. She will be fine." Well, thank you, stranger, for that remarkably specific and not-at-all menacing take on how to deal with grief!

By this time, Keen and Ressler have caught up with the leader of the Ludds, who responds to the police barricade by pulling his armored truck down an alleyway and into a rally of the local General Ludd chapter. While a shootout takes place around them (really, this scene could not be more ridiculous) the General Ludd crew calmly removes the stacks of money from the truck and then blows up all the cash. That’ll show you, capitalists, now that we’ve blown up your precious money. While this is going on, Wolf (let’s just go back to calling him Wolf from now on, okay?) is trying to swipe something else from a safe in the back of the truck. The General Ludd protestor do not seem terribly concerned about fleeing from the FBI agents who were just shooting at them, by the way. Maybe those Anonymous-style masks give them diplomatic immunity or something. Then Wolf sneaks off in a hoodie and a mask. It’s all real stupid. Let’s go back to smothering people in hospital rooms, please.

So that business with Wolf and the safe in the armored truck? He was apparently trying to get his hands on a hard drive containing the design, watermarks, and encoding techniques of the $100 bill. But he apparently left the safe untouched, so all’s well that end’s well, I guess. There is the small matter of actually finding Wolf, but with planes still grounded, the FBI figures, that method of escape is at least cut off. Or is it? Lizzie notes that Reddington doesn’t seem to have any problem flying to and fro. She places a call to Reddington -- he’s on his plane, naturally -- to ask him how he might escape were he in Wolf’s shoes. He promises to look into the matter.

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