Mako Tanida

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"Mako Tanida"
The Blacklist episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 16
Directed byMichael Watkins
Story byJoe Carnahan
Teleplay byJohn Eisendrath
Jon Bokenkamp
Patrick Massett
John Zinman
Production code116
Original air dateMarch 17, 2014
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"Mako Tanida" is the sixteenth episode of the first season of the American crime drama The Blacklist. The episode premiered in the United States on NBC on March 17, 2014.


Mako Tanida (Hoon Lee), escapes a Japanese prison and kills an FBI agent, claiming revenge for "collateral damage" caused by the FBI when they were after Red. After another FBI agent turns up dead in America, Ressler fears he may be next, as he was part of the team searching for Red back then. He grabs Audrey and attempts to take her somewhere safe, but his car is rammed by Tanida's driver. In the ensuing melee, Tanida shoots and kills Audrey. Ressler vows to take out Tanida, despite warnings from Cooper and Red to let other agents take it from here. Collaborating with an old FBI buddy named Bobby Jonica who was also on that task force, Ressler locates Tanida, but later learns that Bobby is the mysterious "Tensei" – the man who took over Tanida's crime operation while the latter was in prison; by the time Mako was arrested, Bobby murdered Mako's brother, Aiko, and covered his death to use his identity. Ressler attempts coercing Bobby into committing suicide before being stopped by Elizabeth, though Bobby ultimately does kill himself. Later at home, Ressler receives a gift from Reddington: a box containing Tanida's severed head. Meanwhile, Lucy/Jolene announces plans to move in next to Tom and Elizabeth, but Tom later meets Lucy in a hideout and the two converse about mutual, though possibly conflicting, plans to get to Red in order to provide an unknown entity named "Berlin" with answers. Tom assures Lucy he has done everything he could to maintain the ruse of his devotion to Elizabeth, but complications arose when he was knifed by the men sent by Red, causing Elizabeth to find his fake passports and cash. Later, Red enjoys a private ballet show of Swan Lake being a wealthy donor.



"Mako Tanida" premiered on NBC on March 17, 2014 in the 10–11 p.m. time slot.[1] The episode garnered a 2.7/8 Nielsen rating with 10.97 million viewers, making it the highest rated show in its time slot[2] and the fifth most watched television show of the week.[3]


Jason Evans of The Wall Street Journal gave a mixed review of the episode.[4] He called the villain of the episode "pretty much meaningless", stating: "We don’t care one bit about whoever Mako Tanida may be because the last episode delivered perhaps the biggest bombshell of the thrilling first season of the show. We finally found out that Tom is some kind of secret agent."[4] He went on to call the episode a "doozy" and guessed that "the show could be paving the way for Ressler and Liz to get together".[4]

Jo Jo Marshall of Entertainment Weekly gave a positive review of the episode, stating: "Tom Keen gets crazy and Agent Ressler gets rampage-y on the hunt for Yakuza druglord Mako Tanida".[5] She went on to mention the "killing spree" of the episode, noting: "Everyone is on one in this episode. What a body count!"[5]


  1. ^ "Episode Title: (#116) "MAKO TANIDA"". The Futon Critic. 2014-03-17. Retrieved 2015-06-05.
  2. ^ Bibel, Sara (2014-03-18). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'The Voice', 'Dancing With the Stars' & '2 Broke Girls' Adjusted Up; 'The Blacklist' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Tribune Digital Ventures. Retrieved 2015-06-05.
  3. ^ Kondology, Amanda (2014-03-25). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'The Voice' Tops Week 26 With Adults 18-49; 'NCIS' Leads Total Viewers". TV by the Numbers. Tribune Digital Ventures. Retrieved 2015-06-05.
  4. ^ a b c Evans, Jason (2014-03-17). "'The Blacklist,' Season 1, Episode 16, 'Mako Tanida': TV Recap". The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company. Retrieved 2015-06-05.
  5. ^ a b Marshall, Jo Jo (2014-03-04). "The Blacklist recap: Jolene, Jolene". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved 2015-06-05.

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