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One of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, Raymond "Red" Reddington turns himself in to the FBI with a list of the worst criminal nightmares that nobody knows about. Brand new profiler Elizabeth Keen's first day is a mess of questions leading to questions when this mysterious man decides that she's the only person he'll talk to. There's no time for the answers when a dead terrorist puts them on a short timeline.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Monday September 23rd, 2013
Special Airtime: 10:01 pm

Director: Joe Carnahan
Writer: Jon Bokenkamp

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Sep 30, 2013
UK (sky LIVING) Oct 04, 2013
DE (RTL) Nov 26, 2013
FI (TV5) Mar 04, 2014


Guest Stars
Charles BakerCharles Baker
As Grey
Ilfenesh HaderaIlfenesh Hadera
As Agent Jennifer Palmer
Annet MahendruAnnet Mahendru
As Agent Rosen
Chance KellyChance Kelly
As General Daniel Riker
Delphina BelleDelphina Belle
As Beth Riker
Jamie JacksonJamie Jackson
As Ranko Zamani

Co-Guest Stars
Jennifer KimJennifer Kim
As Analyst #1 (War Room)
Jeremy BeilerJeremy Beiler
As Tech (Hive)
Alexander BlaiseAlexander Blaise
As Bell Boy
Alexandra MilneAlexandra Milne
As Instructor
Christine WalkerChristine Walker
As Cooper's Aide
Donnetta Lavinia GraysDonnetta Lavinia Grays
As FBI Lobby Guard
Nick BlaemireNick Blaemire
As Analyst #2 (War Room)
Roman RoytbergRoman Roytberg
As Ukrainian Man
Tyler McGeeTyler McGee
As Marine

Roman BlatRoman Blat
As Zoo Keeper
Abigail FriendAbigail Friend
As Child at the Zoo
Alexander JamesonAlexander Jameson
As Schoolboy at Zoo
Andrellos MitchellAndrellos Mitchell
As Pedestrian
Brian ForemanBrian Foreman
As DC Pedestrian
Corey BrownCorey Brown
As Guard
Dave NealDave Neal
As FBI Tech
Dean NeistatDean Neistat
As The Innkeeper
Eric BuarqueEric Buarque
As Other Crew
Giovanna CappettaGiovanna Cappetta
As Schoolgirl
Jason HumbleJason Humble
As FBI Police
Kelly L. MoranKelly L. Moran
As Capitol Hill Staffer
Michael KlesicMichael Klesic
As Serbian Terrorist
Mir RizviMir Rizvi
As Pedestrian
Rich MeimanRich Meiman
As German Banker #1
Tiara JacksonTiara Jackson
As DC Pedestrian
Vin SciallaVin Scialla
As FBI Police
Main Cast
James SpaderJames Spader
As Raymond "Red" Reddington
Megan BooneMegan Boone
As FBI Agent Elizabeth Scott Keen
Diego KlattenhoffDiego Klattenhoff
As FBI Agent Donald Ressler
Harry LennixHarry Lennix
As FBI Assistant Director Harold Cooper
Ryan EggoldRyan Eggold
As Tom Keen


A handsome, suited man is talking to Raymond “Red” Reddington in front of a government building. The man in the suit asks Red if it’s good to be home again. Red says that he'll see, heads into the FBI headquarters, introduces himself to the guard and kneels, preparing to be arrested. An alarm blares once his identity is confirmed and a slew of armed agents surround Red. There is a poster showing that Reddington is one of the FBI’s Most Wanted. ..

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
DarondoDidn't ILiz comes home
Dean MartinAint that a Kick in the HeadReddington eats his dinner in the hotel
Hugo99 ProblemsFinal scene, Agent Keane visits Red
Jim JamesState of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)Elizabeth finds the hidden box.
Rubinstein TrioTrio in E flat major, Op. 100 D 929: Andante ...Played in the hotel when Red gets his room

Episode Quotes
(Agent Ressler briefs the people working on Reddington's cell.)
Ressler: He has no country, he has no political agenda, Reddington's only allegiance is to the highest bidder.
Tech: They call him something in the news papers...
Ressler: The concierge of crime.

(Agent Cooper and Reddington speak for the first time.)
Agent Cooper: No "but first". You don't decide anything.
Reddington: Agent Cooper you've overestimated your authority. I said I'll help you find Zimani and I will. But from this point forward there is one very important rule. I speak only with Elizabeth Keane.
Ressler: Who the hell is Elizabeth Keane?

(Red surprises Elizabeth some some sensitive information)
Elizabeth: And I'm supposed to believe you?
Red: Of course not! (laughs) I'm a criminal. Criminals are notorious liars.

(Red's friend runs away with a bomb in his hands.)
Agent Keen: That was a chemical weapon!
Reddington: He's fascinated by the things. Certainly has more use for it than we do.

(The debriefing ends)
Reddington: Well this was fun, lets do it again. Really, lets do it again. Understand Zimani was only the first.
Agent Cooper: First what?
Reddington: Name. On the list.
Agent Cooper: (Signals for people to wait and sits back down.) What list?
Reddington: It's called the Blacklist. That sounds exciting. That's why we're all here of course, my wish list.

(Reddington finishes laying down his terms)
Reddington: ...Whatever I tell you falls under an immunity package that I'll negotiate myself. And finally, I speak only with Elizabeth Keane.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJon Bokenkamp
Executive ProducerJoe Carnahan  |  Jon Bokenkamp  |  John Eisendrath  |  John Davis (4)  |  John Fox
Co-Executive ProducerRichard Heus
MusicJames S. Levine
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