I’m going to try and make this review as coherent as possible, because I’m still reeling from that winter finale. We knew “The Apothecary” was going to be extremely painful because Red has been poisoned and was slowly dying, but man I was not expecting this.
I think you all know what I’m talking about, but just in case you don’t, I’m talking about Dembe poisoning Red.
Yes, you read that right. Dembe, one of the only people who Red trusts completely and without question. The man whom Red would die for and vice versa. These two have been through so much together, and have saved each others lives so many times, there is just no way that Dembe was the one who did this. There has to be something else going on, because Dembe would never. Never in a million years would he willingly do something to harm Red.
My favorite theory right now is that Kate is possibly behind this. As soon as Dembe realized what happened, he knew immediately that he would be suspected, and he went to find her and help do whatever he needed to save Red. Maybe it has nothing to do with Kate, but I just know that this is not Dembe. There is no possible universe in which he would poison Red. I could literally spend the whole review just repeating that over and over again, but there are a few other things to talk about.
First of all, can we just take a moment to reflect on how painful it was to see Red basically slowly dying for the whole episode while still going around trying to find who betrayed him? I mean honestly, coughing has never looked so painful.
That was only the beginning of the episode, and because he was dying, the coughing only got worse. It was so hard to watch.
For the most part, “The Apothecary” was incredibly painful and intense, but there were some touching moments and a little bit of comic relief.
One of those moments was when Aram continued to be his adorable and incredibly loving self. Red showed up at headquarters on the verge of collapse and telling the task force that he had about two days to live. Aram skipped the first few stages of grief and went straight to denial.
And just to top it all of, when Red was in the hospital, he brought him a fruit basket.
I mean they left us still not knowing who poisoned Red or what Dembe had to do with it? That’s another level of cruel.
In the meantime, while we’re all waiting for The Blacklist to return, the spin-off centered around Tom titled “Redemption” is airing Thursdays at 10/9c on NBC. So we we can ease the hiatus pain and get our Blacklist fix from that. The first episode of “Redemption” aired directly after “The Apothecary”, so you can check out my review for that as well, I’ll be covering the series for its entire run.
I’ll see you all on the other side of the hiatus, stay strong Blacklisters!
The Blacklist returns at 9/8c April 20th on NBC.