‘The Blacklist’ 5×18 Review: ‘Zarak Mosadek’

This week’s new Blacklist “Zarak Mosadek” dropped an absolute bombshell. After Liz and Aram followed a lead on Ian Garvey, they discovered that he checked in on the same woman at a restaurant every day. Liz thought this meeting had something to do with the Nash Syndicate, but the woman is actually someone named Jennifer who Ian Garvey helped put into witness protection. Why is she in witness protection? Well, she says she’s the daughter of…guess who… Raymond Reddington. Liz was absolutely floored by this news, as all of us were, but I don’t think everything is as it appears.

There’s a running theory in the Blacklist fandom that the bones Red is keeping secret belong to the real Raymond Reddington, and the Red we know is actually an imposter posing as Raymond Reddington. This would explain why he is so desperate to keep the bones secret, and why the Red we know would have no idea where his daughter is. Jennifer could be referring to the real Raymond Reddington as her father, and the Red we know could still be Liz’s father. It just doesn’t seem likely that even being in witness protection, Red wouldn’t know how to find his own daughter, or know about her connection to Garvey. Red knows everything. Not to mention that Jennifer is definitely afraid of her father, and the Red we know is not the kind of man who would ever hurt his own daughter or make her afraid of him. This theory could turn out to be completely wrong, but it’s the one I’m sticking with for now.

The most enjoyable part of “Zarak Mosadek” was getting to see Red, Ressler, and Samar working together again in Paris. The banter that ensues whenever Ressler and Red have to work together is hilarious, and “Zarak Mosadek” did not disappoint:

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Ressler can’t stand Red’s antics most of the time, and Red is obviously irritated by Ressler,  but it sure makes for some great entertainment.

The best part of every Blacklist episode is when the Task Force and Red all work together to solve a case or put together a heist type escape plan, and it was definitely the best part of “Zarak Mosadek” as well. I’m honestly so tired of the relationship drama between Red and Liz, and the question of whether or not Red is really her father. At this point, I wish they would just answer it and move on to what the Blacklist does best, showing the Task Force bantering with Red and taking down Blacklisters together.

We might get the answers we’re hoping for next week as the episode is titled, “Ian Garvey: Conclusion.” Read the synopsis and check out the promo below and I’ll see you all back here next week!


Liz uses intel from an unexpected source to force a race with Red to uncover the secrets he holds, as Red initiates a plan to retrieve the duffel bag of bones.

The Blacklist airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on NBC.

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