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The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 7 Recap “Between Sleep & Awake”

Don’t miss Celebrity Myxer’s recap of The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 7 “Between Sleep & Awake.” In a series of flashbacks, Ressler recalls his actions in the aftermath of Elizabeth Keen’s death. Here’s what you missed!

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Previously on The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 6, Reddington led the task force to a shrink who was hired by the mob to encourage their goons to kill. He ultimately hired her and gave her refuge from U.S. authorities. Cooper is being blackmailed for murder. Alina struggles with her husband after unknowingly losing their unborn child. Red also discovered that his oldest trusted friend, Dembe, had betrayed him and must deal with it…

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On The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 7, we flashback to the season 8 finale when Elizabeth pulled a gun on Reddington and was murdered. Donald Ressler was too late to save her. He hijacked a civilian to chase after Red. Dembe was driving and Red told him to lose him. Ressler wasn’t in the condition to drive and crashed…

Fast-forward two years and Agnes wished her mother’s death to be a celebration of her life rather than mourning. Ressler spoke with Cooper and he received a photo of him and Elizabeth.

Two Years Prior

Fastback to Ressler in the OR and doctors saved his life. Cooper visited him and told of his grim situation… also Reddington got away. Upon discharge, the doctor spoke with him about pain management. With his dependency issues, it was a major concern for abuse.

Ressler hopped on a bus to a small town and checked into a motel. When he got to his room, he crushed opioids and snorted them. Later on, he stopped in a bar and ran into a dealer seeking more narcotics. Instead of getting drugs, he was set up by the bartender, he got jumped and robbed.

Theodore helps Donald on The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 7

Theodore helps Donald on The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 7

The manager’s son, Theodore, found Ressler passed out in the hallway and offer for his mother, Lauren, to help. She confronted him and was upset about what he witnessed. Since he didn’t have money he had to leave. She suggested he visit an auto shop nearby in need of a janitor.

First, he visited the doctor. Then he visited the shop for the extra cash for his room. He fell in love with a classic car at the shop and

He paid Lauren back and suddenly she was frightened, grabbing Theo and running to the back. She told Ressler not to let the police officer who pulled up find them. The cop came in showing a photo asking about the pair and he pretended to be the clerk and lied for her. Afterward, he demanded to know who she was and why the police were looking for her

She told him the cop was her ex, Shane, and he was abusive. One night he hit her son and the next morning she packed up and fled town. He has been tracking her ever since.

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Theo stopped by the shop because his bike caught a flat and bonded with Ressler. He told Ressler about his biological father who died of an aneurysm years prior. Theo reminded him of Anges. Later on, Theo invited Ressler to his birthday party but the man shut the boy down telling him bad things happen to people who get close to him.

In no time, he finished the classic Chevy Nova. Repairing the broken car liberated him and gave him a newfound purpose in life. Later on, Theo was bummed Ressler didn’t show to his party. There was a knock at the door and Theo thought it was Ressler but it was Shane!

He burst in acting like things were fine and Lauren excused Theo who ran to get Ressler. Then Shane attacked Lauren and she fought back. Ressler charged the man, they tussled and suddenly his gun went off…  the cop was dead!

The sheriff determined it was self-defense and informed Lauren that Ressler was a decorated former FBI agent. She was surprised why he didn’t share that information about himself. She was thankful he helped her with her past and offered to help with his.

Late Is Better Than Not At All

Ressler visits Elizabeth Keen's grave on The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 7

Ressler visits Elizabeth Keen’s grave on The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 7

Forward to the present and Ressler got a fresh shave and went to the flower shop to get Elizabeth’s favorite flowers for her headstone. It took him two years but he finally visit her gravesite. He was emotional and took his time speaking to her.

He gave her the rundown on the team and that he’s working with Reddington again.

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Air Date: January 6, 2022

The Blacklist Cast

  • James Spader as Raymond “Red” Reddington
  • Megan Boone as Elizabeth Keen
  • Harry Lennix as Harold Cooper
  • Laura Sohn as Agent Alina Park
  • Diego Klattenhoff as Donald Ressler
  • Amir Arison as Aram Mojtabai
  • Hisham Tawfiq as Dembe Zuma

Guest Cast

  • Kimberli Flores as Lauren
  • Dean Scott Vasquez as Theodore

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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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