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Spending time with the family around the holidays can be tough for all of us. The hackneyed traditions, the anxieties over gift-giving, the heated political arguments — it's not always as magical as the Hallmark Channel makes it out to be. But when you're stuck listening to your uncle regurgitate flat earth talking points from Facebook in a few weeks, take solace in the fact that you're not part of the extended Rostova-Keen family. Each reunion or shocking first meeting goes so poorly on The Blacklist, even when it ultimately turns out OK.
The show has been building to the big Liz (Megan Boone)-Katarina (Laila Robins) showdown all fall, and really since it first revealed information about Liz's mother back in Season 1. Initial returns from this episode indicate that their anticipated reunion was not worth the wait — at least not yet.
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It's a prototypical Blacklist problem. The performers delivered an emotionally charged series of scenes that held together very well. Both Boone and Robins guided their characters through the roller coaster of emotions as each new piece of information clarified their respective positions. The scenes were intense but not overly heightened. These are two women scarred by decades of chicanery and death, and who default to distrust because of it. But by the end of a second conversation, they realized they weren't trying to get one another killed but rather learn the truth hidden by the common disruptor in their lives: Raymond Reddington (James Spader). That Liz and Katarina quickly joined forces to outsmart Reddington and search for "the truth" in secret is a testament to the show's sometimes...
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