The Blacklist (2013–…): Season 1, Episode 2 - The Freelancer (No. 145) - full transcript

Red predicts an impending catastrophe rooted by the work of an assassin called "The Freelancer." Together Liz and Red go undercover to prevent his next target, Floriana Campo, from being ...

You ready?

Well, that's
a stupid question.

Monday, 9:07 am.
Examiner hatch.

elizabeth scott keen.
Here we go.

Before Monday of
last week did you have,
or had you ever had

Personal contact
with raymond reddington?

Did reddington notify you
before he surrendered
himself to the fbi?


Have you ever been
convicted of a crime?

Convicted? Not yet.

Please answer yes or no.

Have you ever been
convicted of a crime?

You're wasting
valuable time.

Does elizabeth keen
know why you
surrendered yourself?

He's telling our people
he wants immunity.

That he's willing
to cooperate.
Give us names.

What names?

He's got a list.

Alleges he can
deliver us high-value
criminal targets if

The justice department
gives him immunity.

What's his legal status?

The man sold secrets
to the hofstad network.
To the syrians.

He's not getting immunity.

Talk to me
about containment.

Who knows we've got him?

Including us in this room,
a total of 26 people.

he's been off the grid
for over 20 years.

Yet he seems
to know things
even you don't.

About this elizabeth keen,

Says her father has some
kind of criminal record.

- Before Monday of last week, did you have,

Or have you ever had
personal contact
with elizabeth keen?


He's lying.

raymond reddington know,

Or has he ever known
your husband?

His name's tom keen.
School teacher.
Fourth grade.

He's currently in
a medically induced coma.

Was nearly killed last week
during an altercation on
a case keen was working.

He gonna survive?

His situation is uncertain.

You're confident that
the husband's not involved
with reddington?


The truth is, we don't have
any idea who reddington
may be involved with.

Then why should
we trust him?

You're asking
the wrong questions.

I'm trying to help you
with a matter of
some urgency.

It's your choice whether
you listen to me or not,

But there will be an incident at
11:00 this morning

At the decatur
industrial park.

I would
send ambulances.

We need
to move quickly.

He's a prisoner.
He has no legal position
to negotiate from.

Charge him under
the patriot act.
See what he has to say then.

He'll only speak with keen.

It's not up to him.
We decide who he speaks...

I don't think
you understand

How delicately
the situation
needs to be handled.

Reddington has brokered
some of the most
comprehensive international

Criminal activity
in the past 20 years.

He has access
to targets we don't
even know exist.

Now, he's telling us
there may be
some kind of an event

About to happen
at the decatur
industrial park.

I don't think
you understand.

You don't run
the criminal division
of main justice. I do.

The attorney general
is not going to
accept a deal.

Reddington is a criminal
and we're going to take
credit for catching him.

Our office will
lay out the charges.

I hope you understand
that from...

There is no deal.

Am I clear?

- And have you been truthful

To the best of
your knowledge?

So what do we got?

We swept the entire yard.
I got multiple teams
working the property.

K-9 units. Nothing.

I mean, look around.

I got two city blocks
of hiding places

And I don't even know
what the hell I'm supposed
to be looking for.

I need more information.

What's the specific tip?

Who did it come from?

We got an informant
who's dicking us around.

Says we're gonna need rescue units
here at 11:00, it's already 11:20.

Give it another
20 minutes and
wrap it up.

I want
bomb squads, medics,
I want everybody out.

We've got a problem.

A passenger train
just blew through.

Come again?
What was that?

I said you have
a passenger train
coming in your direction.

It's way over speed.
Clear the area.
Get everyone out.

Move everyone out.
Clear out.

Get your men
out of here. Clear.

Those things I found
under the floor,
they're not yours, right?

He put them there.

The gun and the passports.

Tell me reddington
did this and not...

I wish you were here
so you could
explain yourself.

Sixty people have been
confirmed dead
and dozens injured

After a passenger train
derailed this morning

At the decatur
industrial park.

Sixty people are dead
because of you.

Sixty people are dead
because you don't
return my calls, harold.

If you want to save lives
and catch the bad guys,

Pay attention.

They're not going
to make your deal.

That's unfortunate.

The next name on my list
is an absolute snake.

The train.
How did you know?

I know lots of things.

But the train I didn't.

I knew the time
and the place,

But the train was
a big surprise.

We've ruled out terrorism.

Look at the list
of casualties, harold.

You'll find some
councilwoman from albany.

Apparently she's been
tangling with some rather
cunning, powerful people.

You're saying
the derailment
was an assassination?

I'm not saying anything
unless it's to
elizabeth keen.

Tell me about
the train wreck.

If you had any idea
how far I've traveled
to see you again, lizzy.

My name's liz, not lizzy.

To you I'm agent keen.

Now I've heard
all your demands,

But I don't think
you've heard mine,

So let me tell you
how this is going to work.

I ask the questions.
You answer them.

Screw with me
and I walk.


How is tom?

They're never gonna
give you immunity.

Not a chance.

Oh, I think they will.

Otherwise what
am I doing here?

I'm perfectly happy
to go back to the boat.

Tell me about
the train wreck.

What would you
like to know?


The train accident
was no accident.
You know that.

What you don't know
is that the man behind it

Is quite prolific.

He's responsible
for a slew of other
premeditated killings

Just like this one,
disguised as accidents.

Shall I go on?

A building collapses
in moscow,

A ferry capsizes
on the brahmaputra river.

These are the events
we've come to expect
on the evening news,

But in truth there's
always more to the story.

Hidden between
the facts and figures,
the victims and heroes,

There's always a murder.

The work of a man
who disguises his killings

In the headlines of
everyday tragedies.

What proof do you have?

His work is
difficult to detect,
but the victims are there.

An appellate
court judge in ohio,

A french diplomat
who dies in a plane crash.

Look closer.
The pattern will emerge.

Over the last seven years
more than 3,000 innocent
civilians have died.

All collateral victims
as a result of this man's
unique methods.

In the 20 odd years
I've been working
my side of the tracks,

I've not encountered
another contractor
who's had

As significant
an impact on the civilian
population as he.

He's rivaled
only by governments
and terrorist organizations,

And you've never
heard of him.

I have it on good authority
that his next contract
will take him to new york.

This is not
an opportunity to
ponder or deliberate,

Because once he's done,
he's gone.

Does this guy
have a name?

They call him
the freelancer.

And how do we find him?

You don't find him. I do.

You two pen pals?
You guys send each other,
uh, coded e-mails?

I don't have e-mail

Or a phone
or an address.

I prefer to
handle my business
face to face.

You've met him.

I've brokered a few jobs.

He works through
an intermediary.
He might be for sale.

Perhaps I should
set a meeting.

Maybe you should.

You should come.

Just the two of us.
No wires. No clumsy
agents in the bushes.

You want me to make
an introduction, you need
to trust me with my source.

Ah, what fun!

You'll need a dress.
Hey, where would
this meeting be?


What do you know
about the passports?

What passports?

You know what
I'm talking about.

As far as I'm concerned
you put them there.

Put what, lizzy?

The box. The money and
the gun. The passports.

Who else have you told?
What? Nobody.

Have you told cooper?

I want you to
shadow reddington
to montreal

And contact our people
in the royal canadian
mounted police.

I want
complete surveillance.

Take them both down.

Reddington and his liaison.

If you go to the police
they'll file charges if
the gun's not registered.

It's a felony.

Passports are
25 years each.

On the other hand,
if you confront him
what good does that do?

He'll deny everything
and you'll continue
to doubt him.

Either way,
it's an impossible situation.

Before we do this,
let me be clear.
I'm not here to socialize.

I have no interest in
having dinner with you,
nor do we have the time.

We meet your contact.

We get the name
of the freelancer's
next victim.

And we go. Understood?

I agree with you completely.

But it is a restaurant,
and it is dinner time.

So, what does this
liaison look like?

Let's not get ahead
of ourselves.

Anyone asks,
you're my girlfriend
from ann arbor.

Absolutely not.

Fine. You can be
my daughter.

What would you
like to drink?

I'll have wine.

This one, here.
Bring that up.

We're running
facial recognition now.

No hits off
the database yet.

Oh, this isn't
what I ordered.

To the future.

Aviation cocktail.

It's from the '20s.

Tastes like spring,
doesn't it?

Tell me about your job.

The profiling.

I'm fascinated.

How close to the truth
do you think
you can really get?

Where's your contact?

Tell me my profile.

Why would I do that?

You've heard the debriefs.

You've read
ressler's book reports.

I so want to know
how you see things.

You're a loner.

You keep your distance.

You travel freely
through foreign lands.
You're rootless.

You're very comfortable here
with your glass of scotch,

But you're just as
comfortable sleeping
in a cave with rebels,

Or sharing dinner
in some hole-in-the-wall
noodle shop.

Your closest friends
are strangers.

You understand that
tight bonds can make
you vulnerable,

So you're careful
not to have any.

And that's why you're
so conflicted about me.

You need me.

And you hate that
about yourself because
it makes you vulnerable.

Tell me
about your husband.

Does he know you
as well as you know him?

Your contact is late.

Does he know
about you as a child?

It's been 35 minutes.

Does he know
about the fire?

Why am I so
important to you?

Did you know my parents?

I asked you a question.

Are you gonna keep trying
to impress me with your
knowledge of french wine,

Or are you gonna
answer my question?

What if I were to tell you

That all the things
you've come to believe
about yourself

Are a lie?

Please excuse me
for a moment.

He's on to us.
Go, go! Move now!

Hey. Hey!

Show me your hands.

What did reddington give you?

You understand english?

What the hell was that?
You sold him out.

You let him go!

I let him go?
Who notified our cmp?

You compromised an asset.

He's number four
on the most wanted
list, keen.

What did you expect?

Now he's gone
because of you!

Hey there, guys.

What the hell?

You planned this.
You knew he'd never show.

Take a breath,
agent ressler.

You think I'm gonna fly
all the way to montreal
for the cheese cart?

My contact was the first
person I saw when I
walked into the place.

I told you
he would help
and he did.

The coat check attendant.

I left
payment in my hat.

In exchange, he left
a photo of the assassin's
next victim.

Floriana campo.

The human rights activist.

There you have it.
A solid lead delivered
exactly as promised.

Find floriana campo,
you find the freelancer.

Not bad
for a day's work.

Let's celebrate.
Hey, donald, how about
that cheese cart?

Floriana campo?

Donald ressler.
Elizabeth keen, fbi.

We need to have
a word with you.

We have reason to believe
someone's planning

An assassination attempt
on your life.

Tonight's fundraiser
needs to be canceled.

No, it can't be canceled.
It's a donor event.

And I have
my own security.

It's too risky.
We can't guarantee
your safety.

Nobody can
guarantee my safety.

I have many enemies.
Traffickers, cartels.

We know what they did
to your husband.

What you've gone through.

Your work, it's been
an inspiration.

I wrote my senior thesis
on your time in kuala lumpur.

I was going through
a very bad time

And in some ways, I think
you helped me through it.

Do you have children,
agent keen?

Ah, elizabeth.

And if all goes well.

There's no work
more meaningful
than being a mother.

I didn't have
kids of my own.
That is my one regret.

But these girls that
I'm trying to protect,
they are my family.

Tonight is for them.
I won't cancel.

Look, we can't force you
to accept our protection,

But we need your help
to find the man
contracted to kill you.

To identify him,
to capture him, we need
you to cooperate.

You're our only link.

Will you help us?

She spent 15 years
with the u.N.,

Stationed primarily
in eastern europe,

With small stints
in north africa.

In 2000, she helped pass
the trafficking victims
protection act.

Since that time,
her non-profit has raised
over 35 million dollars

In her campaign to eliminate
human and sex trafficking
around the globe.

Three years ago,
her husband was murdered
by the eberhardt cartel.

Eberhardt is the most
ruthless human trafficking
cartel in europe.

In 2008
their founder was killed,
leaving a power vacuum.

To this day nobody
knows who's actually
running the outfit.

What we do know
is that he's merciless.

He's murdered rival
cartel leaders
to expand his reach,

Survivors tell
stories of torture
and forced addiction.

He killed
floriana campo's husband

And he most likely hired
the freelancer to kill her.

We're doing everything
we can to disrupt
the freelancer's plan.

We changed schedules,
travel routes.

You've moved tomorrow night's event?
- Yes.

Based on what we know
about the freelancer,

He takes months to
plan these attacks.

If he had something
planned for tomorrow

He's gonna need to pass
through our security
in order to pull it off.

What good does that do
if nobody knows
what he looks like?

I need your help.

You said you've seen
this guy once.

We're compiling photos
of the people

Who are scheduled to attend
the event tomorrow and...

Please understand.
I want more than
anything to help you.

It's the reason
why I'm here,

But I won't say
another word

Until the terms
of my deal are met.

I'm so sorry to
bother you with
these trivial details,

But it's a simple
yes or no.

No. His lawyers
drafted this?

No, he did.

Reddington represents
himself in legal matters.

A darpa tested,
fully encrypted,
eight-millimeter tag?

I don't even know
what that is.

It's a tracking device.

And what's this about his private
security detail?

He's given us a list of five names,
wants us to pick two.

Which are the
two least offensive?

Ex-freedom fighter
from south sudan.

Sources indicate
he's reddington's
former bodyguard.

Goes by the
name of dembe.

Does dembe
have a last name?

No, ma'am. Just dembe.
Like prince or madonna.

The second
is luli zeng.

Ph.D in economics
from stanford.

Dodged federal
prison twice.

Sec says she's untouchable.

We think she's moving
reddington's money.

How would I justify this?

You don't.
It's off the books.

And he's what?
Our informant?

Slowly working his
way towards immunity?

Which he's never
going to get.

We have a chance to
capture a mass murderer.

One condition.
You bring in somebody
I know and trust.

Meera malik. C.I.A.

She can help navigate
international waters.


One day, you and I will be
talking about this moment

In front of
a senate hearing.

God help us.

You got your deal.

Our turn now.

We've had a list
of these attendees
for tonight's event.

Is this really
the right approach?

Hey, I'm right here.
Talk to me.

Honestly, is this how
the fbi does things?

Comb through
the invitation list?

This guy
didn't rsvp.

I've seen the man.

If he shows up tonight,

If you're going
to have any hope
of identifying him,

You need to
put me in that room.

So, you wanna
go to the party?

I thought
you'd never ask!


Luli, my dear.


Watch yourself
with her, donald.

She hates men
and cops most of all.

You, I don't know.

Meera malik.

You look like the c.I.A.

Oh, yeah? What's
the c.I.A. Look like?

but treacherous.

I guess we'll
find out.

This is gonna be a gas!

So you know, the way this
works, we don't typically
drink on the job.

No, thank you.

Your 7 o'clock.


Where's that woman
with the mushroom puffs?

You okay?

Why, yes, I'm fine!
A wonderful evening.

What's wrong?

I just got word
that a shipment

We were trying to track
has gone missing.


More than 60 of them.

Where? There must
be something the
bureau can do.

Ah, it's too late.

They're gone.

Ladies and gentlemen,
if I may have your attention?

My name's
anya kedrov.

I've been asked
to say a few words.

I spent three years
of my life in
a nine by nine room.

Living in hell.

Forcibly addicted.

For all I survived,

I still carry
a daily reminder.

The people who took me,
the eberhardt cartel,

They brand
their servants by

Carving their
symbol into the
flesh on our backs.

But as bad
as I had it

There's always someone
who had it worse.

Truth is,

It's only through

And claiming
these experiences
that we can really put

A face on the crime
that is human
sex trafficking.

Tonight, I'd simply like
to say thank you.

Thank you, floriana.

Oh, thank you, anya.

And thank you
for coming tonight.

I'm sure you've noticed
that we're not at the met.

We had to relocate
for security reasons.

Each one of you
could have stayed home.

Succumbed to fear.

But you didn't.

You came.
You are here.

You, I, anya,

Stand here in solidarity.

With the people
who cannot be here

With us, yet.

It's him.


The waiter.

He's the freelancer.

Clear the area.


Stop! Fbi!

It's the waiter,
he's headed towards the stairs.


Out of the door!

We're heading east.
I repeat, heading east
on 59th.

He's heading
across town. Toward 63rd.

Fbi, out of the car.

I'm heading in your direction.
Give me an update.

200, west 57.

He'll be coming
out the back.

My leg.

I need an ambulance.

I need names.

Tell me about the
eberhardt cartel.

I don't know what you're
talking about.

Who's in charge
of the cartel?

Who hired you
to take out campo?

Sweep the floor.
Lock it down.

All clear inside.

He asked you a question.

I can't.
- Last time.

Who hired you?

My friend here
is with the fbi.

I'm from the c.I.A.
You know the difference,
don't you?

Now, we haven't
got much time

Because you
have a compound fracture

And you're
bleeding internally,

So we're going to
expedite things.

I can't.
A name.


He hired me.

Oh, thank you.

For everything.

Don't leave your suite.

It was reddington.
He hired the freelancer.

What? No, how could he?

The coat check attendant.
Think about it.

The coat check
didn't leave the
picture in red's hat.

Red left it for him.
He was signaling the hit.


Couldn't get close
enough to do it himself.

I have
my own security.

So, you wanna
go to the party.

Oh, I thought
you'd never ask.

It's him. The waiter.

Pointing out the freelancer
was a diversion.

He wanted us
to empty that party.

He wanted to
get her alone.

How did you get in here?

Where's my security?

Your security is occupied.

This is because of you.

The threat, the fbi.

The fbi works
for me now.

Why are you
doing this, raymond?

I offered to
make you a partner.

My people
came to you about
the shipping routes,

You turned us down.

I've never liked you.

You never liked me

Because you're a wanted man
living in the shadows

And I am not.

I run my business

And I'm being
wined and dined
by the city's elite.

I don't know
how you do it.

The duplicity.

How does the devil
in you contend
with the angel?

I would have
kicked her out
years ago.

You can learn
a thing or two
from me, raymond.

I'm gonna kiss
that sweet,

Young fbi agent
on the cheek

And say good night.

And then go
down to docks

And pick up
my next shipment
of girls.

Hey, where's my agent?

Get out of my way.

Oh, elizabeth,
thank god you're here.
This is the man,

He's the one
who wants me dead.

You hired the freelancer.

To do what?
Was it the champagne?

What's the headline
gonna read?

"italian dog born
with two heads."


How about "humanitarian
exposed as fraud,
commits suicide?"

What have you done?

I didn't do anything.

I think the assassin
may have slipped her
a lethal cocktail

Of the same
barbiturates she uses
to drug her children.

What are
you saying?

She's not
the woman you
think she is.

You're a liar.

Who is lying, floriana?
Shut up, raymond.

Oh, that was a mistake.

You know him?

Everybody knows
this son of a bitch.

We need a medic.

You don't need a medic.

I have the antidote
right here.

Give it to me.

I'd be happy to, as soon
as she admits the truth.

Give it to me now,
she's not breathing.

Tell her
the truth, floriana.

This will
help you breath.

Madame campo doesn't
free children from slavery,

She imprisons them.

I don't believe you.

Don't be so naive.

Floriana campo is the
largest distributor
of enslaved children

In the eastern hemisphere.

Her foundation
is a front

To launder the profits
of the eberhardt cartel

Which she runs.

She's been eliminating
the competition.

Good god,
the woman had her
own husband murdered.

Give me the antidote.

All you have to do
is tell her, floriana,

A simple nod will suffice.

What is with you
in hotel rooms,

And pens
in people's necks?

What's happening?

Looks like
she's dying.

Definitely dying.

You look tired.

Go home,
get some sleep.

Unless you're
avoiding your home.

What would you have
done if the antidote
had worked on time?

It would have
exposed you
as our informant.

There was no antidote.

We've confirmed
that floriana campo

Was running
a fortune through
the kowloon bank.

You were right.

The woman ran the
eberhardt cartel.

Based on the information
you gave us,

We were able to
intercept the shipment
and rescue the girls.

She preyed on
the week and the innocent

While dressed in
the wings of a savior.

I detested everything
about her.

I had no idea.

I mean, I just...

I should have known.

We never really
know anyone, do we?

What are you
going to do, lizzy?

About this situation
with tom?

It seems you
have two options,

Either you turn him in
or confront him.

Or perhaps there's
a third option.

Tell us
a little about elizabeth.

Elizabeth, ah...

To me she's
always been lizzy.

Um, I remember
the first time she
brought up adoption.

Before we ever
thought about coming
to see you guys.

She was...
She was so nervous.
She tried to cook dinner

Which was
a complete disaster
because she's, uh...

Not the best cook.

I think it was around
my third bite of
cold spaghetti

She just started to cry.

I, uh, I don't know,
I think she was afraid of

Disappointing me.

But she looked me
in the eye and
told me the truth.

That she didn't
want to have
a biological child.

Not with so many children
in need of a loving family.

She wanted to adopt.
It was important to her.

In that moment... I just...

I don't think I've
ever loved her more.

She's... She's gonna
be a great mom.

She really is.

I know that.