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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Men in Tights
Poor Ressler has been living with a ton of guilt over the hiatus, guys.
Not caught up with all things Liz and Katarina, he is convinced he is partially to blame for Katarina’s death, and comes to unburden himself to Liz during a quiet moment between outrageous goings on at the office.
Ressler’s guilty conscience compels Liz to come clean about Katarina’s death fake-out, and Ressler returns her trust in him by admitting he once took part in a school ballet, “tights and all.”
Um, thanks for that?
Actually, we’re not convinced the ballet in tights thing is all that much of a guilty secret for Ressler after all, as he later stands up in a packed auditorium during Agnes’ ballet performance to exclaim for all to hear: “She may be more adorable in tights than me!”
It’s like he wants us to disagree.
We all have crowns, Donald.