The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 2 Recap “The Skinner: Conclusion”

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Previously on The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 1 premiere, Agent Dembe Zuma was badly injured after his partner was killed during an undercover operation to intercept microchips. He called in Former FBI Agent Harold Cooper to help who then turned to the old team. Cooper managed to lure Raymond “Red” Reddington out of hiding to help. They discovered it was the work of The Skinner, the head of an international piracy theft organization. As the team reassembled and tracked down the chipmaker, he and his family were kidnapped by The Skinner. The team learned that his name was on the blacklist. The list in which Elizabeth Keen died for…

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Warning… spoilers below!

On The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 2, The Skinner, Graham Anderson, had Chen (the microchip engineer) and his family hold up. The buyer came and wasn’t on board with kidnapping- only the theft of the high-tech chips. Anderson killed the man in front of the family– sending a message to them if they do not listen to his demands.

The Band Is Back Together

Agent Zuma got out of the hospital early to help the team. He advised Cooper that they needed the help of the senator. Cooper visited Senator Cynthia Panabaker. She was the bureaucrat who disbanded the band and if Reddington returned it would void his immunity agreement. After some hardball, she gave them access to their former facility, tech, and tactical teams if needed.

Reddington returns to help the team on The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 2

Reddington returns to help the team on The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 2

When they arrived at their FOB, Reddington was already there. He confided in Cooper that he had obligations to Liz’s daughter.

Trading A Live For Lives

Anderson took Chen to his office to gain access to the chip’s proprietary software, he told him he had a man on the inside tracking his movement and communique. Alina found out Chen was actually at the office in Washinton D.C. They pondered why was he there… by force?

Chen called a colleague back in Taiwan to plead that he send the software for the chip against protocol. He told the man his family had been abducted- ultimately he sent it. Alina and Aram got to Chen’s office just in time as he exited. They turned on the noise and cherries chasing the engineer and caught up to him.

When the team interviewed Chen, they learned he was trading his life for his family’s life. The team had a couple of advantages; they had Chen and the software. They formed a plan to help him get his family back. They planned to swap his eyeglasses with audio surveillance. He would also give The Skinner a faked chip, while tactical teams intercepted the pirate at the meet.

Going Over Your Head

Reddington returned to the former Skinner, Vincent Duke, about his successor. He wanted him to talk some sense into current the lunatic leader. They visited a woman at Duke’s senior care home to help revoke Anderson’s authority. She was The Skinner prior to Duke.

Voted Out

Cooper updated Senator Panabaker about the situation. She developed advantageously green eyes… meaning, if the U.S. government confiscated the chip and software then forced Chen to teach them how to replicate it, the country can cut out the middleman, and be the technological global juggernaut. She demanded Chen’s location and Cooper refused to supply it…

Ressler, Alina, and Zuma setting up a sting operation on The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 2

Ressler, Alina, and Zuma setting up a sting operation on The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 2

Chen met with Anderson and his family wasn’t there. The goons started to verify the chip but Chen cracked under pressure and told him the FBI was outside right now and listening to them. The small team was forced to go in blind and without a tactical team to reinforce help.

Anderson knew they were surrounded and used Chen’s wife as a pawn to get them to reveal themselves. He shot the woman in the leg. The team was ordered by Cooper not to reveal themselves and Anderson grabbed the girl to shoot her too… then Ressler revealed himself. Zuma and Alina followed.

Alina and Ressler sacrifice themselves on The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 2

Alina and Ressler sacrifice themselves on The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 2

Suddenly, Reddington crashed the party with Duke and his predecessor. They forced a mandate to band together to vote him out. Anderson demanded one of the goons kill the former leaders and the man wouldn’t. Claiming it was against the rules. So Anderson boasted he would do it himself and all of the goons turned on him. He was shocked at their disobedience to him. They told him they worked for the organization… not him and there were rules to obey.

Anderson aimed his gun and they shot him in the head. Duke demanded that Chen’s family be let go and before they fled, Reddington volunteered to appoint The Skinner’s new leadership as it returned to Duke by default. And Duke was no longer interested in ruling the global pirates.

Cooper returned the chip and software to Chen and arranged for his family’s safe return home to Taipei.


Reddington visited Liz’s daughter from a distance and still hadn’t approached the girl. He left and broke into Panabaker’s home to broker a deal with her.

Reddington returned to the group and informed them his immunity deal was restored and the Senator signed off on them officially banding together, again.

We see Reddington receive The Skinner tattoo. Seems he’ll serve the U.S. government in maintaining the blacklist and on the contrary lead an international piracy ring…

What did you think of The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 2? Let’s talk about The Blacklist in the comments below! Catch up with our recaps!

Air Date: October 28, 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
  • Deirdre Lovejoy as Senator Cynthia Panabaker

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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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6 comments on The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 2 Recap “The Skinner: Conclusion”

  1. kennedy says:

    the name of the song at the end of s9 e2

    1. Jennifer says:

      It is “Rival.” by Ruelle

  2. Alana says:

    The show is brilliant again. 👏

  3. Madeline A says:

    Seen every episode! Bravo to Season 9! So exciting and moving after all the losses last season. Kudos to the whole cast.

    1. Julie says:

      Who play Chen’s daughter ? I’ve already seen this girl before !

  4. Tricia Nolan says:

    What Bourbon did Reddington bring a case of to Cooper in season 9 episode 2?

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