|Birth name||Elizabeth Scott Keen|
|Family||Tom Keen (husband)|
Unnamed Mother (deceased)
Sam Scott (adoptive Father, deceased)
|Agency||Federal Bureau of Investigation|
|Index Date||1212-654 White Bear|
|Last Seen||"Anslo Garrick Part 2"|
Elizabeth Keen is a protagonist in The Blacklist.
Her father was a career criminal who abandoned her and her mother whilst she was still a child. Her mother died before she was an adult and, according to Keen, she raised herself.
She has been with the FBI for four years and was head of the mobile emergency psych unit in New York. She graduated from Quantico a month before the series begins. A couple years ago, she had a case in Baltimore, and she had highlights. She has probably not visited her home in a while.
Elizabeth and her husband, Tom, oversleep on the first day of her new job as an FBI profiler and are woken by their pet dog. Just after they leave their house two FBI minivans and a helicopter arrive outside their house and escort Elizabeth to the FBI.
At FBI headquarters Liz is interviewed by Harold Cooper about why Red has chosen her as his intermediary. She is then taken to The Post Office where she meets Red. In their first conversation Red shows how much he knows about her, and tells her that Beth Riker is going to be kidnapped by Ranko Zamani. Liz has to convince Agent Donald Ressler that the information is valid. Before going to collect Beth, Elizabeth calls Tom to tell him that she won't make their lunchtime adoption agency appointment. She then collects Beth from her ballet class. While they are being driven to a safe house the convoy is ambushed and Liz is forced to let Beth be taken when she is overcome by tear gas.
She then returns to question Red, and he tells them about two more gang members, who he can trace in return for better conditions. Elizabeth returns home, to find decorations declaring "its a girl" implying that their adoption application has been successful. She is so happy that she does not initially notice that Tom is tied to a chair and has been tortured. As she approaches him Zamani appears with a gun and questions her about how much she knows of his plans. Liz truthfully answers him, and he mentions Red. Zamani stabs Tom in the stomach to prevent Liz following him when he leaves.
Once Tom is in hospital Elizabeth storms into Red's hotel room and questions him about the attack on her husband, dissatisfied with his reply she stabs him in the neck with a pen. It is Elizabeth that discovers Red's escape from hospital. Later Red calls her to ask for more details about he encounter with Zamani, and she realizes that Zamani is going to release a chemical bomb in the zoo, using Beth to deliver it. She rushes to the zoo and finds Beth with Bomb strapped to her. She keeps Beth calm while the bomb is defused (and taken) by a Ukrainian sent by Red.
At home she finds that she cannot remove Tom's blood from the carpet, so pulls it up and discovers a secret floor storage area containing a box. In the box is a large sum of money and several passports in different names, each with her husband's picture.
She is given a polygraph examination by the FBI in an attempt to determine whether any prior relationship exists between her and Reddington. After the train crash she once again talks to Red, Red agrees to meet his contact in a restaurant in Monteal and she attends as his dining companion, When Red goes walkabout, she is with agent Ressler when he finds Red in the van.
She goes with Ressler to warn Floriana Campo about the attempt on her life, Floriana will only agree to change the venue of a fund-raiser, not cancel it. She attends the fund-raiser with Red, and chases the assassin when he spotted by Red. While Ressler chases him on foot, she commandeers a taxi and, since she is in radio contact with Ressler, is able to stop the assassin with the taxi.
She then checks that Floriana is OK and leaves the hotel. On the way home she is told that Red had hired the Freelancer, so rushes back to the hotel The door to Floriana's room is now guarded by Dembe alone, She enters and Red tells her of Floriana's double life.
Floriana denies the charges, but calls Red "Raymond" arousing her suspicions. Floriana then starts to choke and Red reveals that she has been poisoned. Liz performs an emergency tracheotomy using a pen allowing Floriana to breathe. Red says that he will give Liz the antidote if Floriana admits her guilt. Floriana nods her guilt and Liz snatches the antidote syringe from Red.
Next day Red and Liz are talking about the case and Liz says that Floriana's double life has been confirmed. She asks Red what would have happened if the antidote had been given in time, to which Red responds that there was no antidote as he walks away. Liz goes home and searches Tom's clothes from when he was shot, finds a USB key containing a testimony recorded by him about her, for the adoption agency.
She test fires the gun she found in the box retrieving both bullet and cartridge. Liz leaves Tom with their friend Ellie, who is going to take him to his physiotherapy session while she is at work.
She meets Red at his hatter, where he tells her that he has been contacted by the mythical spy killer Wujing, requesting that he decodes a message identifying an American agent. Liz does not want to help as this will endanger the agent's life. Red counters that if he doesn't decode the message someone else will.
At headquarters she requests a ballistic report on the bullet and cartridge, then the combined efforts of Meera and Ressler convince her to partake in the operation to capture Wujing.
As part of her equipment she is given a tracker that looks like a nicotine patch, and decoding box supplied by one of Meera's contacts and a USB key containing a mirroring program.
Once in the bunker she realizes that she has no satellite access, so while Red distracts everyone she installs her mirroring program on Jin Sun's computer. Using the supplied decoder she is able to decode the message.
When Wujing's alarms are triggered by the contact initiated by he mirroring program and he starts beating Jin Sun she wants to intervene, but is prevented by Red. She is visibly shocked when Red shoots Sun, and when he tells her that he will do anything to keep her safe.
After Wujing drops them off, she places her tracker on the side of his car. In Red's limousine she asks Red "Why her?" and Red responds that it is because of her father. When she asks if he knew her father, Red replies that the answer is complicated. Liz receives the ballistics report, but it has been redacted into worthlessness. She goes home to Tom's welcome home party.
She sneaks into the FBI evidence facility, but her lack of official access is discovered before she can do more than see the outside of the evidence box for the homicide associated with the gun she found in the box. Still now she has a place - Angel Station; and a date - 23 June 2012.
Back at The Post Office Meera tells her that Dembe has called, Red wants a meeting. At the meeting Red tells her that the defendant in trial that she will be attending has contacted him requesting a new identity. She tells Red that the case is airtight.
At court she is watching the proceedings when a juror has a seizure. She escorts the eye witness out of court, assuring him that things will be OK, then hands him over to the US marshals. A short while later Ressler tells her that the juror was poisoned, and the two of them rush to the witness room to find no witness and a dead US marshal.
The FBI trace the vehicle used to remove the witness's body to a motel room where she calls Red and implies that he had something to do with the witness disappearing. Red denies all knowledge, but when she says that Lorca is responsible for hundreds of deaths, Red asks if the room has a bath and then tells her to check the plug hole. She checks and tells Red she smells chemicals. Red says she'll need a plumber.
Liz returns home and to distract herself from the fate of her witness, starts an internet search on Angel Station, however, Tom interrupts her before she can complete it, and recognises the date, because they had taken a romantic break that day, with photographs stored on the computer and assumes that she was looking at them to cheer herself up.
Next day she is interrogating Lorca with Meera and tells him that the FBI have told Homeland Security that he is money laundering with terrorists and unless he give them details about The Stewmaker they'll hand him over to them. Lorca replies that he is more afraid of the Stewmaker than of Homeland Security.
She is part of the detail escorting Lorca to his new prison, when the detail is attacked and she is kidnapped. She is handed over to the Stewmaker and transported in the trunk of his car to a secluded rural area. Once he removes her from the trunk she uses her training and tries to engage him in conversation, attempting to establish a rapport and to make him see her as an individual. Once inside the cabin the Stewmaker tells her that he sees this as part of his evolution and apologizes for what he is going to do to her, as he has been told to make her suffer.
He injects her with a drug that will paralyze her, but before the drug takes full effect she manages to escape. Unfortunately the drug begins to affect her and she is easily recaptured. Just before the drug takes full effect she tells the Stewmaker that he has made a mistake, because she is looking behind him, the Stewmaker turns round, straight into a right hook from Red. Red wheels Liz into the other room away from the chemical bath, and she listens to him talk to the Stewmaker, before hearing him pitch the Stewmaker into his own chemical bath.
The FBI hostage rescue team arrive and Red tells Ressler that she needs medical attention. When she is getting into the ambulance, Red asks if she is going to tell Harold about his bad behaviour, she tells Red that he is a monster and asks how he can live with himself. Red replies "By saving your life."
Back at home Tom tells her that he has booked a romantic break for them at the place where they stayed before, she opens the flier and realizes that the hotel is called the Angel Station Hotel.
She dreams that Tom attacks her when she asks about the Angel Station hotel. In the morning he tells her that he has booked an ultrasound scan with the mother of their child.
At The Post Office she meets with Ressler, and he is questioning her about he connection to Red when she receives a call from him. She goes to meet Red in the house that he is currently living in.
Red tells Liz of the Courier, a middle man who always delivers his cargo. He cannot be bribed or stopped. Furthermore, he will kill both of his employers in the event of a double cross. He is the perfect example of the black market's policy of trust through fear and violence.
Liz is initially skeptical that Cooper will sanction a black operation against the "UPS driver" of crime; but when Red mentions that the amount involved is 20 million dollars, Cooper sanctions the operation.
Liz and Meera follow the buyer Hamid Souroush through the Farmer's Market until he is he shot by the Courier. The then pursue him by car, and finally on foot when they capture him.
When the Courier won't talk, Liz returns to Red, and asks for more information. Red says that he may know someone who can identify the Courier's safe house. In return Liz tells him what she knows about the box, the murder of Viktor Folkin in Boston, and that she and Tom were there as he told her he had a job interview, which turned into a small vacation. At the safe house she finds a camera with pictures of Laurence Dechambou, identifying her as the seller of Seth Nelson.
Liz has his brother brought from Petersburg prison for interrogation, but all the information he gives relates to Phelps' early life.
Liz suggests that someone should meet with Dechambou and tell her that deal went bad, and she is to collect the package where she dropped it off, and follow her there to try and locate Seth. Liz then gets a call from Tom telling her that he has cancelled the ultrasound, and she needs to come home straight away as they need to talk. She tells him that she can't leave now, but will be home later.
By the time she suggests that they could trade some time from his brother's sentence for the location of Seth, Phelps has escaped. When Red has the location where Seth was dropped off, she and Red deduce where he must be and with Dembe driving they head to the location where they find Seth and Dembe resuscitates him. While Seth is being loaded onto the ambulance Ressler tells her that she saved that kids life, and that she did a good job.
While she is writing her report on the operation she receives a package containing the unredacted report on the Boston homicide,with a note from Red saying "The answers you seek". The file contains a photograph of a man in a baseball cap that looks like Tom leaving the scene. She then visits Red, and takes the drink she refused earlier. She had been crying and says that she doesn't know why she's there. When she arrives home she says to Tom that they need to talk. Tom says that he was going to say the same thing to her, and shows her the open box.
While Tom is lead to interrogation Liz is told by Cooper that while the investigation is ongoing she is to go on leave.
Liz meets with Red and he talks about corporate terrorists. He also tells her about Gina Zanetakos, who is the top corporate terrorist. He tells her that if she wants to find the truth about Tom, she needs to find Gina. He also says that she is Tom's lover.
Liz and Donald Ressler go to Gina's hotel room and while she checks the body, Ressler heads downstairs.
Later Liz meets with Red to brief him about the situation, but Red is only interested in Tom's position, she tells him that her husband is innocent and leaves.
Using information retrieved from Gina's phone the FBI find her apartment and when searching the place, Liz finds a box similar to the one she found in her own house. The box contains (amongst other things) photographs of Viktor Fokin. A picture of Tom is also found next to Gina's bed.
Cooper tells Liz that under normal circumstances she would be removed from the investigation, but they need her to ask Red about Max Ruddiger. who was wired money by Gina.
With information provided by Red, the FBI find Gina in a park, Liz gives chase and corners Gina in the women's restroom where they fight with Gina getting the upper hand. Before Gina can stab Liz she is shot by Ressler.
At a meeting with Cooper and Ressler, Liz learns that the Hanar Group's major business is shipping, especially the port of New Orleans. She remembers overhearing Red being annoyed that one of his payments was being rerouted to New Orleans, and deduces that the target for the bomb is the port of Houston.
When the bomb has been dealt with the agents meet with Gina in hospital and Liz shows her a picture of Tom. She denies knowing him.
Liz storms into Red's current abode and tells him that they are through, she tells him that Gina confessed and she does not understand why he set Tom up. She leaves after telling him to "Go to hell".
Liz is arriving for work and enters an elevator when the attack on The Post Office by Anslo Garrick's mercenaries begins. One element of the attack is disable the elevators. After escaping the elevator, she and Aram Mojtabai attempt to destroy the jammers and contact FBI command.
- Will Red's liaison with her aid or destroy her career? Donald Ressler placed a warning flag on her in "Wujing".
- Now that she knows that Tom and her were at the site of the classified homicide on the day it occurred, how will her investigation proceed?
- See "Gina Zanetakos". Liz is presumably sure of Tom's innocence at this point, but whether or not he actually is, is debatable.
- Why is Raymond Reddington so interested in her?
- A: Because of her adoptive father who was keeping a secret from her involving Reddington. It probably has something to do with her her real parents.
- How did she get her scar?
- A: She got her scar when she was younger (around 14). When Reddington asked her how she got it she replied with "There was a fire, I was fourteen." to which Red fires back with "Someone tried to hurt you, didn't they?" and she ends the conversation with "No. Not exactly." Later in the episode when she's showing Beth her scar she tells her that her daddy gave it to her. Her dad burned her when she was fourteen.
- A: Her father could have started the fire accidentally.
- A: The scar looks suspiciously like the mark on the wooden box she found in the floor under the carpet.
- What is going on with Tom Keen?
- Are they still going to adopt?
- Is Raymond Reddington her (real) father?
- A: In "Anslo Garrick Part 2" Red says "No".
- Q: Who is her real father?
- After the death of her mother, Elizabeth grew up in the childcare system until she was adopted by her father who somehow knows Red.