We gave it a B
It doesn’t go that well. Samar, of course, looks amazing in a plum satin suit and luxurious braid, and using a codename identified by MI6 surveillance, she’s able to convince Ghaffari that she’s with Surkov’s team and he’s sent to her to ensure the rumor that MI6 has tagged his chemicals isn’t true. But at some point, as Ressler and Liz look on and Aram listens to the wire feed from the car, Ghaffari catches on that something is up and Samar takes off after him. But just as she catches up with him in the alley where Aram’s car is, a van pulls up, and people hop out and grab both of them. Aram exclaims, “Oh my gosh, no!” but is frozen in fear until he scrambles into the driver’s seat of the car. That’s when he remembers he doesn’t know how to drive.
Luckily that’s when Ressler arrives to take over the driver’s seat, and the Post Office crew takes off after…whoever that crew is that has Samar and Ghaffari. When Ressler backs them into a corner they can’t get out of and everyone barrels out of their cars with guns drawn, but also everyone has American accents and seems kind of agent-y, things get even more confusing. “Donald Ressler, FBI. Who the hell are you?” asks Ressler. The guy who seems to be in charge responds: “Reuther. We’re CIA.”
The CIA team takes Ghaffari and the FBI team to their safe house to figure out what to do with him — and each other. Liz immediately backs down on the FBI’s behalf. She says if they can get him to talk about who he’s been getting his orders from, they’re happy to sit this one out…
Liz sits outside the interrogation room talking to Agent Calhoun, who tells Liz that she’s been searching for Surkov for six years; she left the Agency in 2015, but a year later Reuther called her and talked her into coming back in for the hunt. Now they’ve got Ghaffari in their grips but he’s not talking. After roughing him up, Reuther comes out and says he’ll crack eventually, but Lizzie says sassily, “You’ve tried your way, now I’ll try mine.” She saunters in with Samar, literal seconds go by, she leans down and either says or does something we can’t see, then pops back out the door with an, “Okay he’s ready to talk!” Lizzie Keen, wunderagent.
And she’s not the only Keen with boundless confidence. Now that Tom knows Dr. Nik is dead, likely because of the suitcase, he has to figure out who killed him and where they took those bones. As Tom explains it to Agnes — a highly impressionable baby — he thinks that sketchy Pete killed Nick after ID-ing the bones, and he knows the ID of the bones is extremely valuable because Reddington has tried so hard to keep it a secret. The only thing he knows about Pete is that he works at Draken Research Center, a place where they test drugs on human guinea pigs.
So Tom makes himself a guinea pig. He signs up, gets assigned a bed, and immediately qualifies for one of the riskier trials, as he’s informed by the nice nurse who’s been taking care of him. But he doesn’t even make it through the first dose before ripping out the IV and going on the hunt. He breaks into Pete’s office and finds only one thing of interest: a photo of Pete, where you can just make out the photographer’s outstretched arms in the reflection of his sunglasses. One of the wrists has a heart tattoo just like the one Tom talked to the nice nurse about earlier. Back in his patient room, Tom confesses to the nurse that he’s there looking for Pete: “He took something from me that is very important, something that is only going to get him in trouble.” She seems concerned but unwilling to give Tom any information.
Liz has Ghaffari primed and ready to talk though, so Reuther heads back in with his translator, while at the same time, we’re seeing Cooper talks with Leon Cox, the CIA Director of Operations, to talk about their teams’ impromptu little meet-up. Just one thing — Cox says there’s no safe house in Belgrade, and the Surkov task force is currently in London. So who the hell are these guys?
Reuther pulls a gun just as Ressler does, and suddenly everyone is shooting. All the other “CIA” members get away except Calhoun, who gets taken back the Post Office for her own round of questioning. Calhoun remains loyal to Reuther, but there’s only so long she can deny the fact that no one at Director Cox’s office has ever heard of Reuther and that he apparently recruited their team onto a fake CIA task force. Ressler says it’s Reuther who’s pretending to be Surkov and organizing these attacks, and they now have intel from Ghaffari that there’s another one planned nearby in Virginia. (Recap continues on next page)