|Season 4, Episode 21|
|Air date||18 May 2017|
|Directed by||Don Thorin|
|Written by|| Lukas Reiter (Story)|
J. R. Orci (Story)
John Eisendrath (Teleplay)
“The Debt Collector”
“Mr. Kaplan: Conclusion”
Facing a crippling siege on his criminal organization, Red tracks a high-end thief enlisted by Mr. Kaplan for a mysterious assignment. Meanwhile, Aram faces a difficult choice when Agent Gale takes extreme measures in his investigation into the Task Force's conduct.
Number on The BlacklistEdit
- Similarities between “Mr. Kaplan” and “Tom Keen”.
- The field investigator engages in illegal actions.
- The field investigator is outraged that the guilty are “above the law”.
- The field investigator makes accusations that the government engaged in an illegal cover-up.
- The field investigator shows outrage when the guilty escaped.
- The field investigator wanted justice.
- The government official directing the investigation is outraged and baffled that the investigation is shut down.
- The government official uses their authority combined with threats to end the inquiry. The government official is later killed by a member of the task force after the government official threatens the task force.
- The investigation is shut down after a desperation maneuver.
- The investigation ran the risk of being shut down since some of the evidence was illegally obtained or in a legal gray/grey area.
- The investigation was shut down because of intervention from Raymond Reddington and the Cabal.
- The “national security” reason is invoked to shut down the investigation. In several episodes of “Babylon 5”, the main characters are enraged when another character uses their position to undermine the law.
- The trial of the task force would have embarrassed and humiliated the government.
- The task force is on shaky legal ground.
- Without Hitchin, Red can easily lose his position in the Cabal.
- Hitchin’s death/disappearance means that the Cabal may seek revenge.
- The attacks against Red have damaged his credibility in the black market.
- The federal investigation means that the Department of Justice and the FBI are not unified on the immunity deal and want the guilty brought before a court of law.
- The federal investigation means that the Department of Justice and the FBI are willing to use the task force for political maneuvering.
- The members of the task force have all committed felonies that can be used against them.
- The task force exists in a legal gray/grey area and lacks reliable political support.
- Keen and Cooper stated that Red was their only chance of survival and Nemec had to be stopped.
- Samar Navabi and Keen delivered Mario Brandon Dixon to Red and did not ask about his fate.
- Elizabeth Keen
- Why did Keen choose Red over the truth?
- Raymond Reddington
- The damage that Nemec has done to Red’s syndicate is severe. The FBI is not united on the immunity deal and the black market knows that Red’s allies are arrested, dead, deserted, or hunting him.
- Why are so many of Red’s allies, clients, and employees deserting him?
- Red admitted that he had employed unrealiable judgment concerning Keen and Nemec.
- How many of Red’s enemies will initiate full scale attacks? Multiple criminals had heard the rumors of Nemec’s successful attacks.
- Red will be required to rely on the Cabal for rebuilding his syndicate.
- What did Red do to Katarina Rostova?
- Will Red recover his bank accounts?
- Why would the Beck family stop doing business with Red because of 1 failed deal?
- Why did Red not tell Keen that he is her father?
- What was Red’s plan if Nemec had agreed to surrender?
- Red’s Brunei island escape plan was not that effective. An obsessed enemy could attack the island and disregard the time and money it took to kill Red.
- What will Red do with Brunei island ownership box?
- Kathryn Nemec
- Why did Nemec know about the Stone Canyon Storage Facility? Red did not know where his immunity deal was kept.
- Why did Nemec wait so long to attack Red’s finances?
- Where did Nemec send the money?
- Katarina Rostova’s death might not enrage Keen, she has gotten over the anger about Sam Scott.
- Laurel Hitchin
- Why did Hitchin attempt to blackmail Ressler? Red’s deal was limited to Reven Wright.
- Why was Hitchin careless enough to keep the same gun she used to kill Reven and not have the bullet removed from Reven's body?
- Why did the blow to the head kill Hitchin?
- What will be the aftermath of Hitchin’s disappearance?
- How did Hitchin convince the president to shut down Gale’s investigation? She mentioned “executive authority”.
- Why did Hitchin not care about Gale’s investigation? The trial of the task force would have eventually implicated her because of her connection to Red.
- Donald Ressler
- Where did Ressler find the money to hire Henry Prescott?
- Why did Ressler call Prescott instead of telling Harold Cooper or Red?
- Ressler can no longer delude himself that he is morally superior to Red.
- How did Ressler obtain a search warrant for Hitchin’s house?
- Why did Ressler not know that Gale was responsible for the assassination attempt?
- Tom Keen
- When did Nemec hire Tom?
- Who was Tom talking to on the phone?
- Julian Gale
- Gale’s reaction to Hitchin and his assassination attempt against Red indicate that Gale is a rogue agent who will only obey the law when the law is in his self-interest.
- Gale’s accusations against Hitchin can damage his credibility if the case ever goes to court. If Gale repeats his behavior, then the defense can say that Gale engaged in reckless behavior and made accusations without evidence.
- How did Gale get access to the SCI7 files?
- How did Gale convince the Department of Justice and/or FBI to convene an investigation and a grand jury?
- How did Gale know to subpeona Janet?
- Gale can spread rumors about Red’s deal with the FBI and use public opinion to his advantage.
- Why did Gale call Red an assassin?
- Unlike Wilcox, will Gale return? His obsession is stronger.
- Why did Gale shave?
- Cynthia Panabaker
- Why did Panabaker abandon the task force? A trial would have implicated her as she knew about the immunity deal.
- Has Janet’s immunity and criminal record erasure deal been destroyed?
- Stone Canyon Storage Facility
- Why did the Stone Canyon Storage Facility use a card catalogue?
- The Stone Canyon Storage Facility appeared to be more of a library than a storage area for top secret documents.
- What will happen with the Reven Wright case? Since Ressler called Prescott to hide Hitchin’s corpse, it will be difficult to blame Hitchin for the murder.
- Why are Macadamia nuts so expensive?
- Why did the attorney chairwoman say Milos Pavel Kinsky instead of Milos Kirchoff?
Slanders on the FBIEdit
- James Spader as Raymond Reddington
- Megan Boone as Elizabeth Keen
- Diego Klattenhoff as Donald Ressler
- Ryan Eggold as Tom Keen (credit only)
- Harry Lennix as Harold Cooper
- Amir Arison as Aram Mojtabai
- Mozhan Marnò as Samar Navabi
- Hisham Tawfiq as Dembe Zuma
|Season 4 Episodes|
|· Esteban · Mato · Miles McGrath · Gaia · The Lindquist Concern · The Thrushes · Dr. Adrian Shaw · Dr. Adrian Shaw: Conclusion · Lipet's Seafood Company · The Forecaster · The Harem · Natalie Luca · Isabella Stone · The Architect · The Apothecary · Dembe Zuma · Requiem · Philomena · Dr. Bogdan Krilov · The Debt Collector · Mr. Kaplan · Mr. Kaplan: Conclusion ·|