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The Blacklist: The Freelancer

After Red correctly predicts a catastrophe caused by an assassin called "The Freelancer", he and Liz go undercover to save his next target. Ressler and their CIA liaison, Meera Malik are left to try to keep an eye on them from the distance.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x2
Airdate: Monday September 30th, 2013
Special Airtime: 10:02 pm

Director: Jace Alexander
Writer: Jon Bokenkamp

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Oct 07, 2013
UK (sky LIVING) Oct 11, 2013
DE (RTL) Dec 03, 2013
FI (TV5) Mar 04, 2014

Guest Stars
Deborah S. CraigDeborah S. Craig
As Luli Zeng
Hisham TawfiqHisham Tawfiq
As Dembe
Jane AlexanderJane Alexander
As Diane Fowler (Head of Justice Department)
Daniel SauliDaniel Sauli
As The Freelancer
Isabella RosselliniIsabella Rossellini
As Floriana Campo
Kaija MatissKaija Matiss
As Anya Kedrov

Co-Guest Stars
Gregory KonowGregory Konow
As Agent
Anastasia BarzeeAnastasia Barzee
As Staff Lawyer
Andrew PolkAndrew Polk
As Staff Lawyer #2
Chris LapantaChris Lapanta
As Officer
Marc WebsterMarc Webster
As Squad Captain
Pascal Yen-PfisterPascal Yen-Pfister
As Sommelier

Jeremy BeilerJeremy Beiler
As Tech (Hive)
Ice Aysun LeidlIce Aysun Leidl
As FBI Forensic
Paul A. NielsenPaul A. Nielsen
As State Trooper
Roy JacksonRoy Jackson
As Bouncer
Sophia GreeneSophia Greene
As Human Trafficking Victim
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
Parminder NagraParminder Nagra
As CIA Agent Meera Malik


We open in the FBI detention facility, where Red is being taken out of handcuffs and dressing in a fancy suit. He is escorted, trussed up, to a helicopter...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Alice RussellCitizensRed walks away from Liz on the pier.
Brooklyn Funk EssentialsBig Apple boogalooAt the charity event
Nina SimoneSinner ManRed escapes from the restaurant.
The Rolling StonesSympathy for the DevilOpening of the episode.

Episode Quotes
Cooper: Sixty people are dead, because of you!
Red: Sixty people are dead, because you don't answer my calls, Harold.

(Before going undercover)
Elizabeth: Before we do this, let me be clear. I'm not here to socialize, I'm not here to have dinner with you, nor do we have the time. We meet your contact, we get the name of The Freelancer's next victim and we go. Are we understood?
Red: I agree with you completely, but it is a restaurant and it is dinner time...(nodding, opens the door of the cab and goes)

Elizabeth: You compromised an asset!
Ressler: He's number four on the most wanted list Keen, what did you expect? Now he's gone, because of you! (Opens the door of the security van)
Red: Hey there guys.

Red: You look like the CIA.
Meera: Oh yeah? What's the CIA look like?
Red: Attractive but treacherous.
Meera: I guess we'll find out.

(talking to Elizabeth)
Red: What is it with you and hotel rooms and pens in people necks?
(Ressler and Meera come in)
Ressler: What's happening?
Red: Looks like she's dieing.
(takes a bite of something while nonchalantly pretending to analyze the situation)
Definitely dieing.

Episode References
After Elizabeth tries to save Floriana Campo with the pen, Red quips about Elizabeth putting pens in people's necks. It was a comment on when she stabbed him in the neck during the pilot.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJon Bokenkamp
Executive ProducerJohn Fox  |  John Davis (4)  |  John Eisendrath  |  Jon Bokenkamp
Co-Executive ProducerWendy West  |  John C. Kelley  |  Patrick Massett  |  John Zinman  |  Gerrit Van Der Meer  |  Jace Alexander
ProducerAnthony Sparks
Consulting ProducerJ.R. Orci  |  Lukas Reiter
MusicJames S. Levine
Additional MusicDaniel J. Licht
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