This week’s Blacklister is Dr. Bogdan Krilov, a specialist in the science of memory manipulation; and, in fact, the person responsible for erasing Liz’s memories of The Fire. Mr. Kaplan has been in touch with him, so Red thinks he should be found, and – of course – the Task Force jumps to attention. Liz and Samar are on that, during which Liz will encounter Dr Selma Orchard, who also played around with Liz’s memory a couple of seasons back, and will discover that Dr. Krilov was inside her head as recently as two years ago. Liz seems to be a bid of a memory-manipulator magnet, it has to be said. And Red heads to Vienna on the trail of Mr. Kaplan. Almost early-to-mid-period James Bond-esque, this: cafés with sachertorte, trains with compartments and passenger lists.
Meantime, Ressler is still digging into the murder of Reven Wright, which I didn’t care that much about when it happened, still less a season and a half later, and which doesn’t seem to have a lot to do with the rest of the plot. Until… it does, and I don’t think I can say much more about that. Suffice to say that Mr. Kaplan’s plan is to bring down the Task Force which is shielding Red. And, as it happens, Detective Gale is trying to do the same thing; he’s worked out that mysterious mega-criminals started being arrested round about the time that Liz joined the Task Force, and concludes that Red is feeding intel to the FBI. It’s a busy and exciting episode; perhaps not quite up to the standard of the last couple of weeks, but very good indeed.