The Blacklist

Season 1 Episode 16

Mako Tanida

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A former associate, Mako Tanida, of Raymond "Red" Reddington escapes from an escape proof prison looking for revenge on the FBI team that took him down causing Donald Ressler will never be the same.  On the home front, the issues with Tom Keen and Jolene Parker (Lucy Brooks) comes to an unexpected head.  At the same time Tom Keen takes out "The Cowboy," whom Raymond "Red" Reddington hired.

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Am I the only one wondering what the heck Ressler is going to do with the contents of the box?
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Poor Ressler, his opponent reunites him with the love of his life, only to have his friend cause her loss. Reddington may empathize with Ressler, but that won't stop him from compromising him further. He now has blackmail material on 3 members of the team. I wonder who and why, will be next.

As for Tom, that was the first time he actually did something to draw my interest. And while I won't miss Jolene, I do regret Cowboy being killed. It was fun to watch him interact with Red.
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Loved how this episode was more about Donald than Keene..He was really pissed off...
So sad when his girlfriend died...would have loved to see a bit more emotion from him...but hey..he still is cute...
Tom...i knew it from day one...he is not too trusted....i just cannot wait till She finds out..!!
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March 22, 1987! The date on the Swan Lake program and it must be an important date. Anyone know? Was it when his family died (other than say his daughter . . .)
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The ads for this episode were so damn misleading.
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Interesting comments from Veritas67's review.

It seems that numerous shows make use of spurious knowledge, without actually checking the facts.
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Yes, the seppuku was factually incorrect... if the person performing the rite was in fact a samurai. Just like "any Japanese name that ends with 'ko' is a female name"... but try and tell that to the actor Makoto Iwamatsu, who preferred the name "Mako".

Personally I just like to sit back and enjoy the show.
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@961572... The exception that proves the rule you think? I think not? And the problem with the Sepuku scene wasn't the ritual as such, but more the fact that anyone would drop dead after stabing themselves in the stomach like that. Been writing long?
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About the only thing this episode did for me was confirm how botched Tom's storyline is. I don't know if it's his acting, the writing, or a combination of both but the only thing I'm interested in as far as Tom goes is how fast can they kill him off? I mean, seriously, I TRULY DO NOT CARE why he is there. Any "intrigue" we were supposed to feel related to him has been totally wasted. Fill in his gaps in-abstention!
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Hate to be pedantic (actually, that's a lie :) ) but it's IN-ABSENTIA I believe you meant.

God, I wish they had smilies on here :)

Oh ! They do..... Cool smiley 14
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I acquiesce to your dialectical acumen. :)
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Love it !!! Cool smiley 14
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