‘The Blacklist’ Season 9 Episode 15 Recap, ‘Andrew Kennison’ — It’s All Connected

Things are heating up in this week’s episode of The Blacklist Season 9. Red’s (James Spader) quest for revenge has finally led him to Andrew Kennison (Joe Carroll), who fans know Cooper (Harry Lennix) put into protective custody. The task force spirals as secrets are revealed, but Red’s quest for answers is far from over.

[Spoiler warning: This article contains spoilers for The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 15, “Andrew Kennison.”]

Harold Cooper and Raymond Reddington in The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 15. Red holds something in a small bag while talking to Cooper.
Harry Lennix as Harold Cooper and James Spader as Raymond Reddington in ‘The Blacklist’ Season 9 | Zach Dilgard/NBC

Raymond Reddington searches for Andrew Kennison

The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 15 begins with a trip to Boston. Weecha (Diany Rodriguez) and Red head to MIT to find Andrew Kennison, where his startled roommate informs them that Kennison is missing. Of course, fans know that Cooper actually has Kennison in witness protection. The scene cuts to Cooper with Kennison, who is threatening to leave protective custody and go home.

Red brings the task force up to speed, telling them that the tracker in Liz’s stomach was actually a medical device designed by Andrew Kennison. The device was designed to help psychiatric patients avoid forgetting to take their medicine. Kennison made the device after his wife forgot to take her antipsychotic medication and killed her own sister and mother. She is now in a psychiatric hospital.

Donald Ressler wearing a button-up shirt in The Blacklist Season 9.
Diego Klattenhoff as Donald Ressler in ‘The Blacklist’ Season 9 | Zach Dilgard/NBC

While Cooper sweats bullets, Red announces that Andrew Kennison is the next name on the blacklist. Dembe (Hisham Tawfiq) and Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) head to MIT to investigate further, but Cooper is having an epiphany. Whoever is blackmailing him is also involved in Liz’s death. It’s all connected.

Cooper comes clean in ‘The Blacklist’ Season 9 Episode 15

Ressler and Dembe soon realize that Cooper has Kennison in witness protection. The task force spiral, wondering if Cooper could have even had something to do with Liz’s death. Aram (Amir Arison) refuses to believe it. In the end, Cooper comes clean about everything to Red, who tells Cooper that he will find Kennison with or without his help.

True to his word, Red storms the safe house and leaves with Kennison. On his plane, Kennison reveals that he gave the medical device to a detective from NYC, who he met at a business forum while trying to find investors.

The man’s name is Detective Reginald Cole (Ross Partridge). At the Post Office, Aram is also able to find the blackmailer’s identity using recordings of his phone conversations with Cooper. Aram reveals that Cole is a former detective who was indicted on multiple counts of corruption. He now works as a private investigator in D.C.

Meanwhile, Cooper comes clean to Panabaker (Deirdre Lovejoy), who has Ressler place him under arrest. Cooper decides to make a full confession. Later Panabaker reveals that the higher-ups want to indite Cooper. However, if they can pin charges on Cole, it might help get Cooper off the hook.

It’s a race to find Reginald Cole

It’s a race to find Reginald Cole, who torches some paperwork and makes a run for it. The FBI manages to arrest him before Red’s men can and take him into custody. Panabaker tells Ressler that it is essential for him to get Cole to talk. Unfortunately, before he gets the chance, Cole’s lawyer Tyson LaCroix (Teagle F. Bougere) shows up.

LaCroix is obnoxiously good at his job, and he is able to leave with Cole. Red watches the pair walk out, and prepares to have his men swoop in and grab them. However, before he can make a move, an unknown person drives by on a motorcycle and shoots and kills both Cole and LaCroix, leaving Red stunned.

New episodes of The Blacklist air Fridays at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.

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