The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 1 Recap “The Skinner”

Don’t miss Celebrity Myxer’s recap of The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 1 premiere “The Skinner.” In the two years following Elizabeth Keen’s death, Reddington and the task force have disbanded, with Red’s whereabouts unknown. But when one of their own is injured in the line of duty, they are drawn back together to bring down a global conspiracy. Here’s what you missed!

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At the climax of the 8th season, Raymond Reddington wanted Elizabeth Keen to end his life… but ironically, she was killed

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On The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 1 premiere, two years later FBI Agent Dembe Zuma was undercover with another agent on the docks. They were waiting to meet with a contact. They were intercepting a microchip shipment. However, to their surprise, The Skinner, and his minions crashed the party.

The Skinner did his homework on Zuma and found out that he’s FBI. He tested Zuma to see if he really was a Fed and ordered him to shoot his partner- and he did without hesitation. He noticed no blood which meant he was wearing a vest and faking dead. The Skinner put a bullet in his head and bailed demanding his goons interrogate Dembe, then kill him!

Zuma told the greedy men there was a 2-carat ring in the man’s pocket and one fetched it only to reveal a unique “S” tattoo on his hand. That was distraction enough for Zuma to disarm one man, killing them both! Dembe chased after the getaway truck, shooting at the driver, making him crash and suddenly the truck exploded, injuring Agent Zuma in the process…

Dembe Zuma on The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 1

Dembe Zuma on The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 1

Former FBI Agent Harold Cooper went to visit Zuma in the hospital. Dembe showed him the pic of the man’s tattoo on his hand and failed in identifying him. They both know who might be able to identify the man… but he hasn’t spoken to him in over a year.

The Skinner

The Skinner went to visit his former leader, Vincent Duke, and he grilled him about his ruthless tactics. He borrowed Duke’s golf club and went to Taipei, Taiwan to torture a man who gave him intel about the microchips. The man claimed he didn’t know the FBI was watching. The Skinner swung the golf ball at his [email protected]! He gave the location of Chen Yu Lan, the inventor of the microchip.

Wrangling The Old Gang

Cooper set out on a journey to communicate with Raymond “Red” Reddington who had gone dark since Elizabeth’s death. He found the elusive man in Havana, Cuba. He showed Reddington the tattoo and he claimed they were looking for a 700-year-old pirate. He described pirates known as The Skinner, this was the tattoo the man bore.

Cooper went to poach Agent Alina Park to help with the case. She no longer did fieldwork but trained agents. She was apprehensive at first but was obligated to join. Aram Mojtabai got a call from Cooper as well.

Former FBI Agent Aram Mojtabai, Agent Alina Park, and Former FBI Agent Harold Cooper on The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 1 Premiere

Former FBI Agent Aram Mojtabai, Agent Alina Park, and Former FBI Agent Harold Cooper on The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 1 Premiere

The old gang met at Cooper’s place and Ressler was the only one missing. He blamed Reddington for what happened to Elizabeth and didn’t want any part of the new mission.

Reddington came back to the States and visited Zuma in the hospital. Later on, he joined Cooper to help, and although he didn’t know who the current pirate was… she knows who his predecessor was Vincent Duke, and the investigation will start with him…

An Unworthy Successor

The team set up a sting to contact Vincent. They intercepted Duke, posing Alina and Aram as cops removing his armed guards, while Reddington swooped in to grab the man. While on the ride, he questioned the man about the microchips. Red pleaded with the man to save his former group from international threat but Duke claimed to not have control over his The Skinner- he was an unworthy successor.

Upgrading From Theft

Harold Coope and Donald Ressler on The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 1 Premiere

Harold Coope and Donald Ressler on The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 1 Premiere

Donald Ressler joined the team and took Aram’s place on the mission. Aram went to visit the investor at his home to finish his software pitch. he was interrupted by Cooper’s call. However, Cooper needed vital information instantly so Aram did some hacking from the investor’s computer and was caught in the process. He realized his calling was with the case rather than the company he was raising funding for…

The team found Chen and he was with his family in New York. However, The Skinner was there too and since he couldn’t steal the microchips, he was going after the man who made them. He kidnapped the man and his family. Cooper and his team tried to intercept them but were forced to back down as Chen’s daughter’s safety would be in jeopardy.

The Skinner’s real name his name was Graham Anderson, and his name was on The Blacklist… the list Elizabeth died for

What did you think of The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 1? Let’s talk about The Blacklist in the comments below!

Air Date: October 21, 2021

The Blacklist Cast

  • James Spader as Raymond “Red” Reddington
  • Megan Boone as Elizabeth Keen
  • Harry Lennix as Harold Cooper
  • Diego Klattenhoff as Donald Ressler
  • Amir Arison as Aram Mojtabai
  • Hisham Tawfiq as Dembe Zuma
  • Laura Sohn as Agent Alina Park
  • Susan Blommaert as Mr. Kaplan
  • Teddy Coluca as Brimley
  • Genson Blimline as Morgan
  • Deirdre Lovejoy as Cynthia Panabaker
  • Jonathan Holtzman as Chuck

Catch a new episode each week on NBC, check out listings dates below. Stay right here, stay mixed in because The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 2, a kidnapping poses a test for the capabilities of the task force as they contend with a mysterious pirating organization! Drop your email to get insights into your inbox…

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Please note: after the 2022 Olympics, The Blacklist will move from Thursdays to Fridays starting February 25, 2022.

The Blacklist Season 9 Episode Guide

Season Episode Title Air Date
9 9 “Boukman Baptiste” January 20, 2022
9 8 Dr. Razmik Meier January 13, 2022
9 7 Between Sleep and Awake January 6, 2022
9 6 Dr. Roberta Sand, Ph.D. December 9, 2021
9 5 Benjamin T. Okara November 18, 2021
9 4 The Avenging Angel November 11, 2021
9 3 The SPK November 4, 2021
9 2 The Skinner: Conclusion October 28, 2021
9 1 The Skinner” The Blacklist Season 9 Premiere October 21, 2021

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4 comments on The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 1 Recap “The Skinner”

  1. Robert says:

    The premier was a little slow. Didn’t buy into a lot of the story. Hopefully, next week’s conclusion will have better pacing.

    1. Sir Anthony says:

      I concur and think it will pick up next week.

  2. prime says:

    when can I watch “The Blacklist” on netflix?

    1. Sir Anthony says:

      You cannot watch the most recent shows on Netflix.

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