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The Blacklist

Season 1 Episode 5

No. 85: The Courier

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 21, 2013 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary


TV Rating:  TV-14 LV.  The Courier is number 85 on the list.  Messenger Robert Knepper is on the run but Red and the FBI don't know his appearance. Elizabeth ends up in the middle of a kidnapping plot.

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  • Another great episode

    Another great episode, Reds character gets better every week! Robert Knepper played an interestingly damaged courier.
  • Spader & Knepper: Mind Over Dark Matter

    The Courier guest stars Robert Knepper. Of course, he's an excellent villain only this time he isn't his "wordy" self. Knepper conveys extreme menace without ever saying a word. He's excellent in his devastatingly damaged appearance and detachment.

    This episode has a good story. It allows Spader to manipulate in full glory, plus we're given the hint it is all in service to find his ultimate enemy. The side story of agent Keen's husband is also addressed. It seems he is "an unauthorized double-agent". The fruit loving man is watching closely, maybe even setting up Keen and her husband for confrontation over who he actually is. Of course, the not knowing is an excellent undercurrent which one has to believe the answer won't be easily brought to light. Still, there's a setup here for a showdown, of sorts, in the next installment.

    The Courier built on what is already strong about The Blacklist. Namely, Spader's character "Red" being a master of dark manipulation and affluent bohemian culture. Nothing was too silly in this one and the blackness was permeated throughout.moreless
  • Strange little house of books

    Episode satisfactory, Robert Knepper cool but mute, less points :-) Less hating on Keen, her partner and Ressler so improvement. What got me this episode is Spader wondering around that house finding little bottles of some (I assume pot stilled) mysterious alcohol and drinking out of jam jars and reading the correspondences of a unpublished dead author he admired. I suppose it would be trippy but as Keen says he is equally at home in a cave in Afghanistan as a high class soiree so I shouldn't be surprised, but it was an interesting little aside as was the ending as he hands a jar of the strange stuff to Keen. Big points to Blacklist for this even though I don't know why I dug it.moreless
  • Better.

    I feel like we still aren't quite at the same level as the first two episodes, but it is improving each week, and hopefully that continues.

    Today was definitely better than the last one, and we had a great bad guy - gotta love Robert Knepper - unlike last time I think.

    I also thought there were some interesting scenes on a more personal level, and I feel like it is coming together.

    Overall, enjoyable episode and hopefully it comes to continue to improve.moreless
  • Okay, this was a good one!

    I really liked the interaction between Red and Keen, especially the visit at the end; the story about the courier wasn't bad, either, and Agent "Babyface" Ressler is growing in reputation :-D One more episode worth watching and with a really mean cliffhanger....
Robert Knepper

Robert Knepper

The Courier

Guest Star

Charles Baker

Charles Baker


Guest Star

Dave E. Baker

Dave E. Baker


Guest Star

Hisham Tawfiq

Hisham Tawfiq

Dembe Zuma

Recurring Role

Deborah S. Craig

Deborah S. Craig

Luli Zeng

Recurring Role

Graeme Malcolm

Graeme Malcolm

Man with the Apple

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Agent Malik: (interrogating the Courier with Ressler) Good cop/bad cop isn't working. Let's try bad cop/worse cop.

    • Red: Have you ever wondered how criminals who know they can't trust one another are still able to conduct business with each other?
      Elizabeth: They replace trust with fear and the threat of violence.
      Red: The next target on the Blacklist is the physical embodiment of both. He's known as the Courier, and his involvement in a transaction virtually guarantees its success. Once he's hired to make a delivery, he can't be bribed, he can't be stopped. If either party attempts to double cross the other, he kills them both. The perfect middleman for an imperfect world.

    • Red: (about Laurence Dechambeau) I'll make her talk.
      Elizabeth: How?
      Red: You don't want me to answer that.

    • Elizabeth: We need to talk.
      Tom: That's funny. I was just about to say the same thing to you.

    • Red: If you really want her to talk, I should meet with her.

      Donald: Every time you "meet", someone ends up dead.

      Red: We've gotten off to a rocky start.

      Cooper: You killed three people.

      Red: I'm not perfect.

    • Red: Thank you.
      Elizabeth: For what?
      Red: For being honest with me. In my life, I don't encounter that frequently.

    • Elizabeth: You're not telling us everything.
      Red: Let me put your mind at ease. I'm never telling you everything.

    • Elizabeth: (speaking with Donald about Red, her phone rings and she lloks at the caller ID) Speak of the Devil, it's the Devil.

  • NOTES (3)