The Stewmaker

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"The Stewmaker"
The Blacklist episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 4
Directed byVince Misiano
Written byPatrick Massett
John Zinman
Production code104
Original air dateOctober 14, 2013
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"The Stewmaker" is the fourth episode of the first season of the American crime drama The Blacklist. The episode premiered in the United States on NBC on October 14, 2013.


Elizabeth testifies against drug lord Hector Lorca (Clifton Collins, Jr.) when a vital witness is kidnapped. Red believes the witness was taken by "The Stewmaker" (Tom Noonan), a chemical expert who uses chemicals to dissolve his victims, who is also believed to have been responsible for countless disappearances. Elizabeth appeals to Lorca to help capture the Stewmaker, only to become the Stewmaker's captive. Red and Ressler are forced to work together; Ressler poses as an inside man when they meet with Lorca to obtain contact information for the Stewmaker (real name Stanley Kornish). Meanwhile, Elizabeth is being tortured by Stanley with injected chemicals. Red finds Kornish's hideout, saves Elizabeth, and kills him by pushing him into the chemical bath Kornish had prepared for Elizabeth. Red also steals a photograph from the picture album containing all Kornish's victims. Elizabeth tries to find out something about the homicide perpetrated with her husband's hidden weapon and finds out when and where it occurred – in Boston, while she was there with Tom, who said he had a job interview at the hotel where the murder occurred.



"The Stewmaker" premiered on NBC on October 14, 2013 in the 10–11 p.m. time slot.[1] The episode garnered a 3.0/8 Nielsen rating with 10.93 million viewers, making it the highest rated show in its time slot[2] and the thirteenth most watched television show of the week.[3]


Jason Evans of The Wall Street Journal called the episode "the best of the season so far".[4] He went on to praise Spader's performance as Raymond Reddington, noting that Spader "[delivered] all his lines with such confidence and fun".[4]

Phil Dyess-Nugent of The A.V. Club gave the episode a "C", noting that the show "continues to have major conceptual problems".[5] He compared Diego Klattenhoff's role as Donald Ressler to that of Cliff Barnes, noting that Klattenhoff "continues to inspire a mixture of irritation and pity as Agent Ressler".[5]


  1. ^ "Episode Title: (#104) "THE STEWMAKER"". The Futon Critic. 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  2. ^ Bibel, Sara (2013-10-15). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'Sleepy Hollow'. 'How I Met Your Mother', '2 Broke Girls' & 'Mom' Adjusted Up; 'The Blacklist' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Tribune Digital Ventures. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  3. ^ Kondology, Amanda (2013-10-22). "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'Sunday Night Football' Tops Week 4 With Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers". TV by the Numbers. Tribune Digital Ventures. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  4. ^ a b Evans, Jason (2013-10-14). "'The Blacklist' Recap, Season 1, Episode 4, 'The Stewmaker'". The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  5. ^ a b Dyess-Nugent, Phil (2013-10-15). "The Blacklist: "The Stewmaker"". The A.V. Club. Onion, Inc. Retrieved 2015-05-30.

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