‘The Blacklist’ Season 9 Episode 18 Likely Features a Nod to the Past

The Blacklist Season 9 has brought back several familiar faces, and tonight’s episode also appears to feature a nod to the past. The episode’s title hints that this week’s blacklister could be a relative of someone the task force previously dealt with. Meanwhile, Raymond Reddington continues his own hunt for answers following the mind-blowing end to episode 17.

Red and Weecha in The Blacklist Season 9. Red holds a gun and Weecha stands against the wall.
James Spader as Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington and Diany Rodriguez as Weecha Xiu in ‘The Blacklist’ Season 9 | Will Hart/NBC

Red made a shocking discovery in ‘El Conejo’

In last week’s episode of The Blacklist Season 9, a cartel leader named El Conejo kidnapped Aram. The event forces him to reckon with the flaws in the software that he created for his company Grey Matter. It could be extremely dangerous if it fell into the wrong hands. This led Aram to the decision to effectively shut down the company and confront his former partner.

Meanwhile, Red discovers that someone managed to break into his safe containing the instructional DVDs for Liz. More specifically, he realizes that the entire safe was removed and replaced with a perfect replica. The safe maker, Heinrich Zimmerstahl, tells Red that he made the duplicate safe at Red’s behest, or so he thought. A woman claiming to be Red’s representative made the request, and that woman sounds an awful lot like Mr. Kaplan.

What is ‘The Blacklist’ Season 9 Episode 18 about?

The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 18 is titled “Laszlo Jankowics.” According to Rotten Tomatoes, the episode synopsis reads, “Red questions the whereabouts of a former associate; the task force hunts down a criminal dealing in illegal psychedelics.”

If fans think the name Jankowics sounds familiar then they’re right. The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 8 was named after a blacklister criminal named Marko Jankowics. Marko was a Hungarian drug lord who produced LSD, smuggling the drugs into the United States. Jankowics kidnapped Jennifer Reddington during this episode. While trying to get Jennifer back to safety Donald Ressler ends up shooting and killing Marko.

Alexander Pobutsky as Laszlo Jankowics in The Blacklist Season 9. Laszlo wears a brown jacket and stands in a room looking surprised.
Alexander Pobutsky as Laszlo Jankowics in ‘The Blacklist’ Season 9 | Will Hart/NBC

Could Laszlo Jankowics be related to Marko?

Based on the name of The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 18, it’s probably safe to assume that Laszlo is a relative of Marko. Both men have the same last name and are involved in dealing with illegal psychedelics. Promo photos for the episode show that Laszlo is played by Alexander Pobutsky. He appears to be quite a bit younger than Marko. Perhaps Marko was even his father.

If that’s the case, then it makes sense that Laszlo would take over the family business. This could also prove interesting for Ressler if Laszlo happens to be out for revenge. Meanwhile considering Red’s previous epiphany that Mr. Kaplan could still be alive, he will likely be searching for answers about his old associate.

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

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