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The Blacklist: What Does Kirk Really Want from Liz?

Plus: The twist we all saw coming

Liz Raftery

Well, we all saw that coming, right?

Thursday's episode of The Blacklistshowed us that Mr. Kaplan (Susan Blommaert) is indeed still alive, despite being shot in the face(?) by Red Reddington (James Spader) in last week's installment.

Mr. Kaplan wakes up in that picturesque patch of grass and manages to drag herself over to a pond, where she gasps at the sight of her injuries before being spotted by a man walking his dog. Last we see her, she's looking even worse for wear, being dragged through the woods by said man on a makeshift stretcher to a location TBD. Let's hope the dog walker is one of the good guys!

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But that's not the only twist the episode delivered. The FBI crew discovers that Alexander Kirk (Ulrich Thomsen) is looking to get his hands on a number of communicable viruses, including one in particular called the "Rabowski virus." What could he possibly want with them?

Well, according to Red, Kirk is trying to give himself leukemia because that's one way to stave off the condition he has, aplastic anemia. That will buy him a few more years, Red tells Liz (Megan Boone) and Tom (Ryan Eggold), but what Kirk really needs is a genetic donor. Like ... Liz. Or, even worse, baby Agnes. So that's why he's so desperate to reunite with Liz and keep Agnes in his clutches. It's not about finding his long lost daughter and granddaughter. To Kirk, they're just a bunch of cells. (Again, according to Red.)

So, who should Liz trust? That's still up in the air for now -- although after stealing her mother's journal, Liz is at least able to confirm that Kirk has had the condition since Liz was a baby. And Kirk's story that Liz's mother was having an affair with Red checks out, too.

The only other question after all this is: When are Aram (Amir Arison) and Samar (Mozhan Marno) gonna get it on? They'd better move fast, if Samar is serious about putting in a request to be transferred.

The Blacklist airs Thursdays at 10/9c on NBC.