The Blacklist Review Episode 1×12 “The Cyprus Agency”



The Blacklist’s Mole Hunt Comes to an End

Red puts Liz and the team on the trail of an adoption agency that doesn’t just find babies for people, but makes them on this week’s episode of The Blacklist. As the day nears for Liz and Tom’s new baby to arrive, Liz is forced to face the status of her marriage to Tom. Meanwhile, Red continues is hunt for the mole after he discovers that Mira wasn’t in fact the traitor. Episode 1×12, “The Cyprus Agency,” gave viewers more insight on the mystery that is Raymond “Red” Reddington by providing tidbits into Red’s past. Even though the Blacklisters in this episode must have gotten their idea from the 2002 Law & Order: SVU  episode, “Waste,” in which a comatose woman was impregnated by her doctor, they managed to pull it off on a grander skill in which not just one woman, but a room full of women were kidnapped, drugged, and impregnated for profit.

“Life is full of lovely little ironies.” While Red continues his own investigation again this week, Liz is put on the trail of Blacklister #64, “The Cyprus Agency,” an adoption agency that Liz at first believes is offering kidnapped babies up for adoption. The irony that Red puts her on this case close to when her own adoption arrangement is about to be complete isn’t lost on Liz. Now that Liz has seen her new baby’s ultrasound, Liz has become so excited that she’s willing to stay home for maternity despite being in the middle of her thing with Red. Liz’ baby may not be stolen like those of the people she ends up contacting, but now that her life is about to be put on the lockdown that is motherhood, Red asks Liz to really think about Tom and her feelings for him. Like Red, I don’t trust Tom, but lately he has seemed like a regular guy instead of the terrorist that Red has made him out to be. Whether Tom is or isn’t a good guy wasn’t really up for debate this week. What was up for debate was whether Liz’ marriage to him is strong enough to include a baby in it. In the end Liz decided to put the brakes on becoming a mother, and I think that was wise. One of the final moments of the episode was Tom crying on Jolene’s shoulder. Maybe Tom is a good guy. Maybe Tom would be a great dad. We don’t know. What we do know is he’s emotionally cheating on Liz, and it probably won’t be long before he begins to physically do so. Now that Liz won’t be tied to him by a baby, it will be easier for her to walk away if she has to. Besides, I don’t think any of us wanted to see Liz changing diapers

Liz: You can’t tell me that a part of you doesn’t wonder if this isn’t broke.

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“All I know is that people handed me the order. Putting a bullet in my head will get you nothing. Letting me help you might.” Last week it appeared Mira was the mole, but this week the real mole’s identity was revealed to be… Diane! Wait… didn’t we already know that? When we saw Diane discussing the run-around she put the FBI on searching for the mole with Fitch, it kind of became obvious that Diane was one of the bad guys. Even though the mole’s identity wasn’t much of a surprise, it was great watching Mira play ‘Cloak & Dagger’ with Red. Those two make a great team, and I hope they get paired up for another mission. Like Red, Mira is a mystery. The only thing we know about her is that she has a daughter, and hardly ever speaks. As frustrated as Red was dealing with Mira in the beginning, I got the impression that she impressed him by remaining stoic even in the face of death.

Harold: I don’t mean to be a hard-ass, but in this unit, work comes first, second and last.

“Sit your ass down.” Like last episode, Red ran around town threatening people and harming them. While Red appeared to have more fun in his task last week, this week Red was all business. With Mira doing some investigation from behind enemy lines, Red was able to learn that Diane gave Garrick the Black Site plans and cost Red someone he loved. When Red stared Diane down, gone was the man who took Liz to his drug dealer’s house to help her with her case. Instead, was a cold-hearted killer out for vengeance. Now that Red has identified the FBI mole, will Red come back into the fold, or will his next mission be figuring who else knows what happened to his family? If I were a gambler I’d bet the latter. If that’s the case, then that someone better have the right answers to Red’s questions, or else.

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Diane: If you come after me, if you so much as lay a finger on me…

Red: You talk to much.

Diane: You can’t kill me!

Red: Why not? You’re not one of the good guys, and as of today, you’re absolutely worthless to the bad guys. Fitch and I have an agreement. He goes about his business, and I go about mine.

Diane: I know the truth Red. About that night. About what happened to your family. Do you want to know the truth?

Red: More than anything in the world. But if you know the truth, Diane, then somebody else does, too.

Each week I think the writers have come up with the most despicable Blacklister, and then the next episode arrives. Owen Mallory aka Charles Lassiter, Jr. aka Michael Shaw’s severe attachment disorder may have been a result of being tossed around the foster care system from a very early age, but that doesn’t excuse what he did to all those young woman he essentially raped. Not only did he steal years from these women, but he also damaged their bodies by repeatedly impregnated them. His actions have traumatized these women for life, and probably has caused them irreparable harm. Then there’s the children he created. They all, luckily, were placed in good homes, but Mallory’s actions will have repercussions for years to come, and may end up subjecting on these children the same life he himself knew should these women be determined to have legal rights over these babies. All of these lives possible destroyed all because Mallory had some grudge against an invisible “someone.”