The Blacklist (2013–…): Season 7, Episode 17 - Brothers - full transcript

Ressler is forced to confront past trauma and family secrets when his brother takes him back home for a risky job.

Unit 5-7, requesting additional units

to Brewster housing complex.

Looking for one suspect,
white male, possibly armed.

Have units roll Code 2...

no lights or sirens.

We lucky today, partner?

One way to find out.

I got him, I got him!

Central! Shots fired!

Shots fired!

Ressler's been hit!

My partner is down!

Roll ambulance to
my location, immediately!

Central, copy.

EMT to Brewster housing complex.

Officer down, officer down.

I told you to take the money, Bob.

The rest of us did.

I'll look after Lisa and the boys.

You ever think about Dad?

What about him?


You wake up one day,
kiss the wife and kids,

you go on the job...

you don't know it's gonna be the
last five minutes of your life.

What was he thinking right before that?

What he wanted to have
for dinner, or the gas bill?

We don't need to talk about it.

You've seen a lot of people
get killed, right?

Is it always that...



Mm. Almost home.

Been a while since you've been back, huh?

A few years at least?

What do you think this is?
A vacation for me?

Do you think I... I want to be here?

I know you don't want to be here.

Mom knows, though. I told her
you were coming to town.

- You told Mom?
- Mm.

You do realize that if something
goes wrong tonight,

we both end up going straight to jail?

You get that, right?


It's just Mom.

Who's she gonna tell?

So, you got anybody special

back in D.C., Donnie?

When am I gonna start seeing
some nieces and nephews?

Uh, no one special right now, Aunt Cindy.

But I'm looking. I got my eyes open.

Is it cool being an FBI agent, Uncle Don?

- You got a gun?
- I do carry a weapon, Ben, yeah.

How long you around?

What's this big case we heard about?

- Big case?
- The one you're in town for.

Robby said it was something big?

- Ma, I told you it was top, uh...
- Confidential. the word we use
at the Bureau... confidential.

Look at this.

Both my boys under the same roof.

Don, did Robby tell you
about his company expanding?

He got himself that collector's
car you rode here in.

And he bought me a fancy new watch.

It's nothing, Ma. Just got a new garage,

and we can do twice
as many cars now, so...

I'm just happy you're home, Don.

I wish your father could be here

to see how great both
his children turned out.

He'd be so proud.

Donnie, what am I gonna tell
your father when he gets home?

Principle Neill's a liar.

I thought we were past all this.

You can't keep skipping class.

What am I gonna learn in a classroom

that I can't learn
out in the real world, anyway?

By "real world," you mean
getting baked with

your wastoid friends out behind
the Farmer Jack's every day?

Stay out of this, Officer Asshat.

We all know you're only joining
the academy

- for the cavity searches.
- Loitering's a crime, you know.

One of these days, it'll be me
slapping the cuffs on you.

Mm, maybe I'll learn
something useful in prison.

Like dice.


What is it?


It's Bob.

Something's happened.

Can I come in?

Wait, wait...

Please, Tom. No.

It can't be. Not my husband.

Please, no.

Everything all right, Don?

Yeah. J-Just a little tired.

We drove all night, so, uh,

I'm gonna have to get a little shut eye.

- I'm sorry.
- Oh, of course.

I put fresh sheets on your old bed.

You remember the way, don't you?

Of course.

There we are.

Okay, I'm sorry. I... I didn't know...

What, Mom was gonna host
a family reunion?

Good call on that one.

You know how she is. She gets excited.

What can I say?
Again, I'm sorry, all right?

What you should be sorry for
is lying to her.

Don't think for a second I'm fooled

by this whole vintage car
and Rolex routine.

What are you up to, Robby?

You know what?

This may come as a shock to you, Don...

Agent Ressler, world policeman...

I am not a screw-up anymore.

Well, if you're such a success,
what are you doing

living at home, sleeping in our old room?

I'm just between apartments.

Go to hell.

You know, somebody had to
look out for Mom.

You won't do it.

Let's just get this over with.


You remember the old dirt field?

They're gonna turn this
into an outdoor mall.

They break ground tomorrow.

If they find what's under that dirt...

So it's now or never.

I watched the site overnight last week.

They have one night watchman.

Guy makes his rounds every hour or two.

Half the time, he's asleep in his car.

Now, see this?

There's a gap in that gate big enough

for both of us to fit through
without making a sound.

How's that for recon?

All right.

We're gonna need shovels,
nothing too heavy...

flashlights, low-wattage...

can't be too bright,
nothing with halogen bulbs.

Bleach... we're gonna need at
least three quarts, maybe more.

Wow. Big project, huh?


Septic tank.

♪ In my eyes ♪

♪ Indisposed ♪

♪ In disguises no one knows ♪

♪ Hides the face, lies the snake ♪

♪ The sun in my disgrace ♪

♪ Boiling heat ♪

The hell are you doing?

Grieving. What's it to you?

♪ 'Neath the black the sky looks dead ♪

♪ Call my name through the cream ♪

Who are these people?

Cool it. They're here for Mom.


Who's here for Dad?

How you boys holding up?

You need anything?



He's drunk?

You're surprised?

This was Dad's.

That's St. Michael,
patron saint of police officers.

Found it in his personal effects.

He would've wanted it to go
to the next cop in the family.

♪ Black hole sun ♪

♪ Won't you come ♪

- ♪ And wash away the rain ♪

Hang on.

♪ Won't you come ♪

- ♪ Won't you come ♪
- All right, I'm outside. Go ahead.

Don't feed me that.

- ♪ Black hole sun ♪
- We gave the guy a chance.

- ♪ Won't you come ♪
- Nobody wanted this. It's cleaned up.

- ♪ And wash away the rain ♪
- Just heard from forensics...

no further investigation.

- ♪ Black hole sun ♪
- It's a good shooting. We're safe.

♪ Won't you come ♪

♪ Won't you come ♪

♪ Black hole sun,
black hole sun ♪

Pop the trunk.

- ♪ Won't you come ♪
- ♪ Black hole ♪

We've got eyes on them.

I'll keep you posted.

- Tommy Markin did it.
- Shut up, Donnie.

You don't know what you're saying.

I heard the call! I was right there!

Tommy was talking about Dad.

Maybe he didn't pull the trigger,

but he had something
to do with it, I'm sure.

- You're drunk.
- I know what I heard.

Maybe it was another case.

- He was Dad's best friend.
- He's practically our uncle...

- Maybe we can prove it?
- Maybe we can prove it.

Like... Like on TV or something.

We... We could get him to confess to us.

That's not how it works.

You need evidence...
documents, a recording...

I'll get them.

I trust Tommy Markin, okay?

Dad trusted him, I trust him.


'Cause you both wear
the same stupid badge?

Look, I know you need someone
to blame for this...

I have someone to blame!

- We just need to prove it!
- Jesus, Don!

How bad do you need to be
the center of attention

every single time?!

Don't mention it again!

Don't bring it up to Mom.
She feels bad enough.

Let it go.

61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66...

Can't believe it's actually working.

- I thought you said that he...
- Shh!

I guess he's off his schedule.

Get down, get down!


All right, looks like I'm gonna
be doing all the digging.

Sure this is it?

I'd know it like it was yesterday.

This is it. Dig fast.

I'll keep an eye out for the turnkey.

I heard you before
you even put your pants on

this morning, Donnie.

The hell are you doing here?

What did you do to my dad?

Wrong place, wrong time, kid.

Let me show you the door.

I know you had something to do
with him getting shot.

I heard you.

On the phone.

You're coming with me
to tell the cops everything.

I am the cops.

Donnie, you're young.

You're grieving.

You're not thinking straight.

We can figure out a way
to pay for the window,


Recognize this?

It was Dad's.

Donnie, it's a tragedy what happened.

What are you gonna do?

Shoot me?

Shoot a cop?

Do you even have a plan?

Just tell me it's true!

You've already gotten yourself
into enough trouble

to break your mother's heart.

Don't make it worse.

You don't want this on your head.

I'm gonna give you one more chance.

You give me that gun,

or your life is over, young man.

You think you're tough?

Your dad was tough.

Your brother's tough.

You don't even have

the balls to p...

It's been a while.

You remember Tommy Markin,
don't you, Don?

Donnie, what did you do?

I didn't know who else to call.

- He killed Dad, Robby.
- Did he admit it?

He was going to.

H-He would've. I know it.

Donnie, I need you
to listen to me carefully

and answer my questions. You got that?

- Did anyone see you come in here?
- No.

Did Markin alert anyone when he saw you?

Did he make any calls?


How long has it been since the gunshot?

I don't know. Uh...

15, maybe 20 minutes.

Then nobody heard it.

Or at least no one reported it.


Go home.

Wipe Dad's gun off and put it
back where you found it.

Don't say anything to Mom.
Don't say anything to anyone.

Forget this happened.


What are you gonna do?

I'll take care of this.

Don't say another word.

Just go.

You ever lose sleep at
night 'cause of what we did back then?

Some nights.

Not many.

Ever wish you could take it back?

This man killed our father.

Then stood at his wake
and lied to our faces.

He was a disgrace to the badge he wore.

The one you were going to wear.

The one I wear every day.

No, this scumbag got everything
that was coming to him.

So, no.

I wouldn't take it back.


Ah, we better get going.

Night watchman will be coming soon.

Listen, Robby, look, I...
I should say, uh...

should say that I'm sorry.

About what?

What I said earlier, back at the house.

Look, I-I've been hard on you.

I left this place behind, and you stayed,

and that was...
that was the harder choice,

and I should give you credit for it.

For everything. All your success.

Work, everything.

Thank you, Don.

Look, I was a prick when we were younger,

and I'm the reason why we're
taking care of this now, but...

you had my back that night.

Of course I did.

You're my brother.

I never thanked you.

Look, you saved me.

That night, everything
in my life changed.

Well, you might've noticed,

it wasn't exactly
the same for me, either.

Looks like you're doing pretty good now.

Hey, maybe you could take me
by this garage

while I'm still in town?

Yeah, cool.

I'd like that.

Robby, tell me that was random.

Okay, I can explain.

The garage is doin'g as well as I'm***

Oh, you don't say?

I was losing money,
so I hired a bunch of guys.

I thought they were stand-up guys.

And, uh... anyway,
I needed some fast cash.

Couldn't stand for
another failure, Donnie.

- Who'd you borrow money from?
- Definitely not the banks.

Those places, you walk in,
they don't even look at you...


I borrowed it from a local guy.

What do you mean,
a connected kind of local guy?

Yeah, the Albanian type.

The mob? The Albanian mob?

How much money did you borrow?


It was 30% vig on it.

And that was like six months ago.

So it's closer to 15OK now, so...

That's why they took the car,
you know, as collateral.

I had to try something.

Is there anything else
you're not telling me?

No, I swear.

That's it.

Hey, man.

It's for you.

- Who is this?
- We have your car.

And the cargo in the trunk.

Jakov Mitko wants to see you both.

Who's Jakov Mitko?

Your brother knows.

He knows where, too.

Don't be late.

You know the thing about plants?

They are obedient.

A little love, a little care...

they do exactly
what they are supposed to.

They grow. They give back.

Oxygen, flowers.

They are uncomplicated.

Anyone can respect that, yes?

You must be the brother from D.C.

Everyone thought I was crazy
to loan money

to a guy whose brother was FBI.

I said, "Wait and see."

I don't think in a million years
I could've seen this.

Listen, Jakov, I'm gonna get your money.

Every last penny of it.

This isn't about money anymore.

I don't understand this.

He has the car.

That's what this is about.



I don't know who Detective 4818

of the Detroit Police Department was...

but he's seen better days.

Just tell us what you want.

I was going to burn down your
garage, just to prove I could.

I thought that was your only asset.

But now that your brother is here,

I know I was wrong.

An FBI agent?

Now that's a whole other thing.

At the field office of the FBI
here in Detroit,

there is a room called Department 12.

I have never seen it.

I am told it is mostly computers.

Computers that an agent
like yourself can access.

Go to that room, and bring me
back a file labeled "432."

- What is it?
- Have that file back here

by 5:00 p.m. today.

If you do that,

I will give you back the car
and everything that's in it.

And as an added incentive,

I will wipe your brother's debt clean.


I know what you're gonna say.

Okay, fine, I deserved that.

You know what Department 12 is, Robby?

It's the office UCs file
their sealed reports to.

Now, in case you forgot watching
"Miami Vice" as kids,

UC stands for "undercover."

So, whoever's name's in there
is gonna get killed

'cause I gotta run
that psycho's little errand.

I'm not an idiot.

I'm not an idiot!

Don't treat me like one!

And you're not gonna do
what he's asking you to do!

It'll destroy you.

Yeah, and if I don't,

he's gonna take those remains
and he's gonna turn them in,

and it's gonna destroy both of us.

I'll take full responsibility.

We both know I can't
let you do that, okay?

I killed that guy.

Donnie, Donnie...

No, this is my mess.

You still don't get it.

It isn't only your mess.

It was just me and the body.

You're shocked what your brain
can come up with

when you're on autopilot like that.

I thought a lot about
how most people's lives hinge

on a few key moments.

I think mine only had one moment,

and then it was over.



I know you had Dad killed, Tommy.

Donnie told me the truth.

Letting me die...

won't make us even...

You took my father from me.

How could you?

It... It was...


In that moment, I suddenly
had this clear thought.

And I knew I was the only person
that could protect you, Don.

From Tommy Markin,

and anyone else like him
who might come along.

I had no choice...

I finished what you started.

I did it for you.

For me.

And for Daddy.

In the end, all I was
thinking about was you.

I was protecting your future.

Yeah, but why? Why didn't you tell me?

What... W-Why keep this
a secret all these years?

I did that to protect you, too.

Whatever that night had done
to you, it was driving you.

I carried the weight.

I never regretted it.

Because it did exactly
what I thought it would do.

And what's that?

It made you the person
that you are today.

So it's not your mess.

It's my mess, brother.

I'll turn myself in.


We turn ourselves in.

I left you alone once to clean up a mess.

I'm not gonna leave you alone again.

Then, so we...

killed the man who killed our father.

I pulled the trigger, yeah...

and to protect me,
my brother did the rest.

But we each had a hand in it.

Look, we know where the body is.
We can take you to it.

But because of my involvement,

I have to recuse myself from any
part of the rest of this case.

That's why I called you.

I knew you would help.

I... I knew you would do the right thing.

Ressler, I...

I'm not sure what I'm supposed to say.

Well, say you agree with me
about how we should handle this.

I mean, we arrest those bastards
who took the car...

for theft, for extortion,
for all the other poison

they pump into the city.

And then after that...

my brother and I come clean
about what we've done.

I don't know that I do agree.

After the story you told me,

after what you've been through
...both of you...

No, we have to do the right thing.

It's important.

Of course, yes, I will help you.

I just want to make sure you're prepared

to face the consequences

when the FBI gets their hands
on that vehicle and that body.

Because if we go in and arrest
those people, eventually,

the FBI's gonna open up that trunk.

And find Tommy Markin. I know.

Are you really okay with dealing
with the consequences of that?

I've been running from this
my whole life.

I need it to be done.
We both need it to be done.

Yeah, this is Agent Keen.

Can I get SAC Patel in here, please?

Thank you.

I need someone local
to run point with me on this.

We should go over what the plan is.

We'll be around the corner,
two blocks away.

12-second response time, I'd guess.

Wanna go over/under on that?

It's gonna be dangerous.

When is it not?

You know, I can still talk
to Patel, call it off.

I have the authority...

You know, Keen...

I didn't like you when we first met.

I was wrong. You're a good agent.

You're the kind of agent that...

people join the FBI to try to become.

But you're also a good person.

Much better person than I am.

So, whatever happens out there today,

the Task Force is gonna be
in good hands with you.

You all right?

This is gonna kill Mom.

Tell me again.

We're doing the right thing?

Yeah, Robby. We are.

We're doing the right thing.

I would be lying if I said
I wasn't surprised

that you went through with it.

File 432.

You don't care who's on it?

That's not my business.

Your brother is sweating.

And he looks nervous.

It's because it's humid in here
and he loves his car.

How about we see it?

Okay. Let us go and see it.

One more thing before we trade.

What do you want? A plant?

A nice orchid to go?

My brother checks out the car
for confirmation.

Come on, Robby, do it.

My file.

Looks like we're finished.

Ressler, you're sure
this is what you want?

Actually, I think I might
have a few more projects

I need your help with.

No, this was a one-time deal.

Or it wasn't.

I still have the car and my file.

You sure about that?

The drive is blank. It's a fake!

We're a go! Go, go, go, go!

- FBI! Hands!
- On the ground!

East entrance to the greenhouse!
Let's move!


I'll grind your guts to fertilizer!

Hey, you!

Everyone okay back here?

Yeah. Your friend just saved my life.

I wouldn't say that.

I don't think I saved anyone.

Wait for the Lord with courage.

Be stouthearted and wait for the Lord.

And now, I've been told
Detective Ressler's eldest son,

Robert, would like to say a few words.

I know everyone here knew my dad.

Had some special version of him
to hold on to.

What a good guy he was.

What a good cop.

I kinda wish I had that.

Truth is, I didn't really know him.

My version of Dad

is him stomping into my school...

...fresh from patrol,
furious after I got caught

putting cigarette butts
in the faculty's coffee machine.

Then he left too soon.

And what I have now,

i-instead of a version of him
to hold onto... a path to follow.

A path that shows me
how to grow up right... to stay out of trouble,

how to be good, like him.

So, it started with
me only borrowing $50,0000.

But with interest,

and the time that had gone by,

Mitko was demanding
that I pay back $150,000.

That's when he came after the car...

I don't remember the number on the badge,

but it was definitely a cop.

The agent and his brother,
they knew about that.

I would say more, but I want
to make a deal first.

Can you prove any of this?

You go check out the trunk
of that car yourself.

Agent Ressler...

There has been an allegation
made against you

and your brother by the man
we have in the other room.

Yeah, we were expecting that.

It's a very serious allegation.

The thing about this case is...

Well, this is interesting...

How is the body just gone?

I mean, Markin didn't just
get up and walk away.

I think we're good.

I mean, I don't know
exactly what happened,

but I do have some theories.

I think someone was watching
over us, Robby.

Now what do we do?

Well, I think we can finally
put this behind us and move on.

I need a drink.

Oh, hi, sweetie.

Were you boys out all night?

Yeah, it was a...

It was a long one.

Well, did everything work out okay?

What do you mean?

Did you get Robby
out of the trouble he was in?

I knew something was up.

A mother knows.

You here all of a sudden on a "case."

The case turned out as well as possible.

I'm pretty sure Robby's gonna be okay.

Thank you, Donnie.

Trouble or not, your brother means well.

He just gets himself
a bit lost sometimes.

I meant what I said about your father

being proud of the both of you.

You know why?

Because you stick together.

I couldn't do that.

I couldn't just stand in front
of those people and say...

What could I say?

It's okay.

We got through it.

Tomorrow will be easier,

and the day after that...

Maybe you can do better
with this than I did.

This is Dad's?

I can't be a cop.

I'm nothing like him.

I don't know what I am anymore.

- You heading back to D.C., bud?
- Yeah. Yeah.

I'm sure the office has missed me by now.

Mom's sure gonna miss you.


I'll call. As often as I can.

I have something for you.

Never thought I'd see that again.

I think it's your turn
to hang onto it a while.

You don't think
Dad would've wanted the cop

- in the family to have it?
- No, no.

I think he'd want you to have it.

Bad time?

No. No, come in.

Did you do it to protect me?

You say that like it's a bad thing.

I'm not gonna ask you how you did it.

I won't ask what you did
with Markin's body or... or...

or how you even
scrubbed that car clean, but...

I learned from the best.

Look, I want to know... I mean...

Liz, I need to know...


You were in trouble. You needed help.

No, y-y-you... you risked everything.

I mean, if you...
you'd have been caught...

- Yeah, but I wasn't.
- Yeah, but you could've been.

Are you trying to say thank you?

'Cause if that's what you're doing,

you're doing a terrible job of it.

I... I...

I never would've asked you
to take such a huge risk for me.

- You didn't ask.
- Yeah, but you did it anyway.

It wasn't for you, knucklehead.

It was for me.

For you?

Look, if you wanna ruin your life

over something you did a lifetime ago...

when you were a teenager,
for God's sake...

then someday, sure, I'll let you.

You'll let me.

Yeah, you have my permission
to be a total dipstick.

So, what am I?

A dipstick or a knucklehead?

You're a knucklehead and a dipstick,

and you're someone that I rely on,

for, like... everything.

We both know that's not true.

Have you looked at my life?

I'm a widow and a single mom.

A marionette

with a high-functioning
sociopath pulling my strings.

My grandfather tried to murder my mother,

and my mother is a legendarily
lethal Russian spy

who moved in next door

without even telling me who she was.

I mean it. Have you looked at my life?

I mean, really taken a close look.

Because it's like
I'm in the middle of a monsoon

that's constantly threatening
to drown me in bad news.

And somewhere in the middle
of that FEMA disaster

of a life...

Somewhere is just a tiny island of calm.

And if that weren't there,

I would be swept out to sea.

No, that's never gonna happen...

It would if you weren't here.

But I am. And it won't.

Come here.

It's never gonna happen.

Not on my watch.