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THE BLACKLIST SCOOP: Season 7B Returns with a Surprisingly Tender Whodunnit

By on March 9, 2020

THE BLACKLIST -- "Victoria Fenberg (#137)" Episode 711 -- Pictured: James Spader as Raymond "Red" Reddington -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

For fans of The Blacklist, Season 7’s winter hiatus is almost over.

The show returns to NBC on March 20 with a double episode spring premiere, tying together a birthday party, a faux funeral, a heist, a ballet, an ancient Byzantine curse, and a whodunnit, all over two highly entertaining hours. 

If you’ve been looking for a reprieve from season 7’s previous backstory-heavy fare, including all things Katarina Rostova, Liz’s on and off again relationship with Red, and Red’s true identity, then these two linked, light-hearted and adventurous episodes may just be what you’re looking for.

Ushering in the hour at 8 pm is “Victoria Fenberg,” an episode in which Red works to track down the identity of a gifted art forger who has inadvertently managed to thwart his plans to sell stolen pieces of an ultimate art collection. Oops!

Then at 9, in “Cornelius Ruck” Red finds himself caught in a dangerous game of cat and mouse on a deserted private island during a snowstorm.

We’ve screened both episodes a little early, thanks to our friends at NBC, and as is our way, have prepared a number of teasers on both instalments for those looking for some additional scoop.

As always, we promise to abide by the network’s request not to reveal major plot points or character developments that would spoil your enjoyment of the live episodes. However, Scoop and Spoiler articles from our magazine do dip a toe in spoilery waters, so please proceed with caution.

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This Little Box

Like one of Red’s meandering stories, this double episode Spring Premiere sets a warm and congenial tone at the outset that lingers over both episodes, only to sneak up and bite us in the rear at the end.

We kick off with Dembe’s birthday party, a special gift, and of course a story, from Red.

However, it’s Red himself who is about to receive the biggest gift of all — scoop on a buyer who is interested in obtaining an incredibly rare and beautiful art piece in Red’s possession.

The only hitch? The buyer wants the item now(!) … and the item isn’t exactly in Red’s possession after all.

It’s wheels up in 5, Dembe. With a potential profit this large hanging in the balance, you can eat your cake and ice-cream on the plane!

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