So the missiles hit the middle-of-the-sea prison, but no-one of any importance to the show is actually killed, which is lucky. In fact, Luther Braxton is able to drag Liz away to an Alaskan hospital in order to waterboard her so that she’ll remember… whatever it is. Something about The Fire, something about The Fulcrum. That doesn’t work, so he kidnaps the son of Dr Selma Orchard (Gloria Reuben, Jeanie Boulet in ER), an expert in memory-related things, to force her to help out. These logic-defying leaps in plotting are, of course, worked out by Cooper and his team in seconds, so they’re on the trail. As is Red, and everyone’s confident that if he comes up with a lead he’ll pass the word on, in defiance of everything Red’s been doing since the start of season 1.
Anyway, it’s time for Liz to go through, at some length, drug-induced memory recovery. We’ve seen this before in other shows, and the episode starts to drag a bit: we know that the mystery of The Fire is a key part of the Blacklist legend, which is the hook to keep us watching, but one or two out-of-focus scenes of young Liz hiding in a closet would have been sufficient, frankly. And that Liz eventually recalls that Red was at The Fire – something we’ve known, or at any rate suspected, for quite a while now – is somewhat underwhelming.
So it all looks like fizzling out a bit. But things pick up a bit at the end: Red has one of his customary high-stakes confrontations, this time with someone who might not back down; Dr Orchard warns Liz that her memories might not be reliable in any event; and, all of a sudden, The Fulcrum appears, and with hindsight the clue was indeed in all of those scenes of Liz’s childhood. Overall, though, this wasn’t a great episode.