A woman infects everyone in a diner with a lethal virus; she then turns up at the hospital where the victims are being treated in order to leave the cure. What gives? Well, she’s Pattie Sue Edwards, a biochemist and former US Army officer, whose husband – also a soldier – was killed while trying to steal opiates. What she isn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, is a Blacklister; but we’ll let that pass. Edwards, it transpires, has engineered a virus which, once uploaded to the CDC database for analysis, is capable of infecting computer systems as well as humans – we’ll let that pass as well – in order for her to obtain access to yet another network. It all seems like quite a lot of trouble to go to, and it’s reasonably obvious from early on that she’s trying to track down the person who killed her husband.
Meantime, Singleton wakes up to find the number 1 on the FBI’s Most Wanted list sitting on his bed. With a gun. “He broke into my house!” Singleton yelps to Cooper. “He threatened to kill me!” Cooper is unperturbed: “Reddington has a flair for the dramatic”, he soothingly replies, which if nothing else should bring home to Singleton just how bizarre the relationship between Red and the FBI actually is. Anyway, he and Liz set a trap for whoever is behind the killing of Tom. It goes very wrong – yet again, The Blacklist is more than willing to kill a character off – but it does lead to Liz catching sight of Garvey and realising that he’s the person she’s been looking for. It’ll be interesting to see what develops, as Red has already warned Liz that she’ll be wasting her time if she looks to the legal system for redress: “This doesn’t end in a courtroom. It ends on the street.”
And Red has a job for the fireraiser he sprung from prison a few episodes ago. As a storyline it amounts to more or less nothing, but it’s surprisingly entertaining. Which probably sums up the episode.