The Judge (The Blacklist)

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"The Judge"
The Blacklist episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 15
Directed byPeter Werner
Written byJonathan Shapiro
Lukas Reiter
Production code115
Original air dateMarch 3, 2014
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"The Judge" is the fifteenth episode of the first season of the American crime drama The Blacklist. The episode premiered in the United States on NBC on March 3, 2014.


When a former Assistant U.S. Attorney is found bedraggled and walking the street after being missing for 12 years, Red suspects he was a victim of "The Judge", a mysterious person that runs an underground operation dispensing "eye for an eye" justice on officials who have wrongly convicted people. Red gets Elizabeth going on that case, then tackles his own agenda in finding out why a woman named Lucy Brooks has been following him. Lucy, as it turns out, is Jolene, the woman seducing Tom at a teacher conference in Orlando. As Elizabeth works the case of The Judge (revealed to be a woman named Ruth Kipling, played by Dianne Wiest), a man named Alan Ray Rifkin is about to be executed for treason, and it is discovered that Cooper is the Federal agent who put him away. Cooper becomes The Judge's next target and is nearly electrocuted, until Red arrives with proof that Rifkin really did commit the crimes for which he was executed. Cooper is released, The Judge is apprehended, and later sent to prison. When Cooper suggests Red brought him this case to gain leverage on him, Red replies that "a war is coming", and he may need Cooper's help. Back in Orlando, Tom declines "Jolene's" offer of an affair, proclaiming his love for Elizabeth. Jolene/Lucy then gets Tom to admit that Elizabeth isn't just his wife – she's also his target.



"The Judge" premiered on NBC on March 3, 2014 in the 10–11 p.m. time slot.[1] The episode garnered a 2.7/8 Nielsen rating with 11.01 million viewers, making it the highest rated show in its time slot[2] and the ninth most watched television show of the week.[3]


Jason Evans of The Wall Street Journal gave a positive review of the episode, stating: "WOW! It ended with a bang!! Tom is some kind of secret agent. Tom Bond is an appropriate name for him. Someone has assigned him to be in love with Liz. This is a major bombshell for the show!!".[4]

JoJo Marshall of Entertainment Weekly also gave a positive review of the episode, stating: "A war is coming on The Blacklist and it could not be more exciting. Shoo. Things are getting heated. People are starting to show their hands at this poker game."[5]


  1. ^ "Episode Title: (#115) "THE JUDGE"". The Futon Critic. 2014-03-03. Retrieved 2015-06-05.
  2. ^ Bibel, Sara (2014-03-04). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'The Bachelor' Adjusted Up; 'The Following' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Tribune Digital Ventures. Retrieved 2015-06-05.
  3. ^ Kondology, Amanda (2014-03-11). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'The Big Bang Theory' Tops Week 24 With Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers". TV by the Numbers. Tribune Digital Ventures. Retrieved 2015-06-05.
  4. ^ Evans, Jason (2014-03-03). "'The Blacklist,' Season 1, Episode 15, 'The Judge': TV Recap". The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company. Retrieved 2015-06-05.
  5. ^ Marshall, JoJo (2014-03-04). "The Blacklist recap: Jolene, Jolene". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved 2015-06-05.

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