Who Stole Liz’s Memory?

In 2x17 Red is interested in the Doctor’s research because he hopes it can restore a memory that was stolen from Liz when she was a little girl. This desire created a number of questions for me, starting with:

1) What does Red want her to remember and why?

Liz has told Red that she has the Fulcrum, so this isn’t about finding it. Is this Red taking Dembe’s advice to put all cards on the table with Liz? Dembe seems to think the right choice for Red when confessing about Tom is to reveal everything. So from that are we to assume the full truth might soften the blow? Red has strongly implied Red has taken someone irreplaceable from Liz and it certainly seems as though at least one of her parents died in that fire. What could possibly be in that memory that might help Liz understand that his behavior involving Tom came from a place of love?

2) Who stole that memory in the first place? The Alliance didn’t find the Fulcrum the night of the fire. Why would they try to scrub Liz’s memory when she might know were to find it? I believe whoever tampered with her memory would have to have cared about Liz more than they cared about the Fulcrum. Red knew about the memory tampering so I believe this was either Red or someone Red was close to Red’s partner’s perhaps who was Liz’s mother or father. 

Thoughts?

Tom/Liz Or Keenler

I’m so conflicted. I think we can all agree that Tom- er I mean Jacob loves Liz more than anything else he’s ever known. He risks his entire life and career because he doesn’t want her to get hurt. At first I’m like AW but then I remember he’s a freaking sociopath. I think Tom/Jacob has an incredible plot line, he is humanized like many of the people on the Blacklist, and he makes us question why we are rooting for extremely dangerous people. That being said, he should not get back together with Liz. Does he has the capability to change - maybe. But will his change be him transforming into a new man or only taking back the role he remembers playing? Tom/Liz is my favorite thing mostly because their relationship is fascinating, but she deserves a healthy relationship. She doesn’t need anymore confusion, doubts, or anxiety in her life. She deserves better. So when she shared a birthday dinner with Ressler I was so satisfied because she needs some joy. Ressler is by no means simple, he has his own issues and demons, but she could start fresh with him rather than trying to repair her old relationship with Tom/Jacob.

Truth in the Lies - Disasters and Confessions

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Disasters and Confessions

Elizabeth Scott was terrified. Utterly terrified. She had met him by chance at a little cafe just off the Georgetown campus. She had been there to work on her thesis paper and had caught him glancing her way from his corner table and had, in turn, found herself watching him. He wasn’t the type of guy she would have normally gone for, she didn’t think, with his rimmed glasses and what had looked like a cardigan folded over the chair next to him, but there was something about him that drew her in. After a few awkward glances that just barely missed, she caught him looking at her and they had both laughed.

Tom Keen. Elementary school teacher. Originally from New York. Definitely not the type she normally would have gone for, but there was something about his awkward smile, like he had been caught with his hand half in a cookie jar, that made her own lips tug upward. She hadn’t gotten anything else written on her thesis that afternoon and the papers he had been grading were left untouched, but they had chatted well into the evening.

Obviously he had been more her type than she realized, because a month later she had trouble imagining her life without him. He was sweet and thoughtful and everything that the guys she had dated before weren’t. He had a normal job - the kind that actually brought in money - and he cooked. Damn did he cook. He had warned her the first time that he was a little new to it, but he had been teaching himself. She was convinced it was all a ruse to make her that much more impressed.

It was like the man did no wrong, and, yes, Liz was a little terrified. Mr Perfects didn’t stick around for girls like her, no matter how well adjusted she managed to act. He would realize, eventually, that she didn’t match up and would scurry off for the hills.

As she leaned against the counter that added a little bit of a barrier between the kitchen and the rest of the studio apartment, she hoped that that wasn’t true. She really liked him. She’d even told Sam about him, and that was a big step. Immediately he had bombarded her with questions as any good father would. When he’d said that she should bring her new boyfriend for a visit Liz had jokingly told him that she wasn’t sure she was ready to scare him off just yet. Sam was protective. Tom… might not understand his gruff humour.

Liz pulled in a deep breath in the form of a sigh, and along with the air came a strange smell. She turned back to the oven, eyes growing wide at the site of dark smoke building within it and she threw the door open. The smoke poured out, choking her, and she grabbed an oven mitt from the nail in the wall where she hung the rarely used glove, and grabbed for the badly burnt bread. She moved too quickly, though, and the mitt touched the burner, pulling a sharp cry from her as she threw it and the bread to the floor. “Dammit!” she growled, trying to stomp at the burning cloth as best as she could. This was a disaster. All she had wanted to do was cook one meal for him and prove she wasn’t a complete failure in the kitchen.

A knock came at the door and Liz growled in frustration. Well, at least there was one thing Tom was bad at. His timing sucked.


Reddington hadn’t been specific in how he wanted Elizabeth Scott protected, but Tom was fairly certain that dating her probably hadn’t been what the so-called Concierge of Crime had intended. It hadn’t been his intention either, but he hadn’t expected her to be quite so observant. One thing led to another and if he hadn’t asked her out but continued to pop up, she would have likely grown suspicious.

A month later, he felt a little sorry for the girl. She was sweet and she was head over heels. Whatever Reddington was afraid of for her had him spooked enough not to call Tom for getting too close to her, so he continued on. Sometimes these ops took on a life of their own. At least the goal was protection and not elimination.

He stopped at her door, shifting the grocery bag with the wine so he could knock, and heard an irritated scream on the other side of the door. Tom frowned and knocked. He heard shuffling and was about ready to try the door when it was flung open and a very dishevelled Elizabeth Scott was already running back over to the kitchen where an uncomfortable amount of smoke was building. “The bread burned and then the oven mitt caught on fire and- Dammit!” she swore and it looked like she had left something on one of the stove burners while trying to handle the mess that was the oven. Now smoke was coming from the whole appliance and she was scurrying in every direction to contain the chaos.

"Where’s your fire extinguisher?" Tom asked as he set the bag down well out of the way of his frantic girlfriend. The fire alarms really should be blaring by that point, he thought, and he glanced up at them. As if on cue, the wailing began and the tiny apartment was filling up with smoke.

"Closet!" she shouted over her shoulder.

Tom jumped into action, grabbing the little thing from its hiding place - buried beneath jackets and between boxes that she had apparently never unpacked - and moved quickly back over to the burning food, the foam coating it and the still smoldering oven mitt. By the time the small fires were smothered, both he and Liz were choking and coughing on everything in the air and he looked over at her, trying to blink through thorough smudged glasses. “Window?” he managed and she tried to sigh, only managing to send herself into a coughing fit before trudging to the front window and pulling it open.

The alarm was still blaring wildly and Tom cringed, glaring at it like that alone would shut it up. It did not, so he flipped a switch to turn the fan on and watched it sputter, barely turning. This was just not his day.

Liz disappeared into the closet and reemerged with a small fan. She set it on the counter and faced it towards the window, funneling the smoke in that direction the best she could.

"It should be fine now," Tom said as he surveyed the damage.

"Porch?"

"If we want to keep breathing that might be a good choice," he chuckled, coughing against it. "You want me to grab the wine?"

Yes,” she answered, all the stress of the event resting in the one word.

Tom grabbed the bag he had been carrying and followed her out to the small balcony off the side of the tiny apartment. Liz was already leaning against the railing, pulling in deep breaths of fresh air. He watched her for a moment, feeling a bit funny himself. He didn’t think he had breathed in quite that much smoke - heaven knew that his lungs were used to it - but that was the only reason he could think of as to why his chest tightened so suddenly.

She turned, cheeks tinged red. “So, I have a confession. I may have downplayed how bad of a cook I actually am.”

That pulled a choked laugh from him and he bent to pull the wine bottle and corkscrew from the bag. “Well,” he answered carefully and watched her, unable to stop the second laugh that escaped. “Okay, I’ve got nothing to argue that, Lizzy. Sorry.”

Finally her own lips tugged upward. “You can run now if you want. I won’t judge.”

"Run?" he echoed, genuinely confused. "Because of this?" Her expression confirmed it and he set everything down so that his hands were free. Tom stepped closer, fingers brushing her cheek and he pulled her close. She didn’t resist as he leaned in, their lips brushing, and Tom could feel his chest tighten again. Damn smoke. "You haven’t scared me off yet, Lizzy Scott."

Her lashes fluttered as her eyes opened slowly and caught his gaze. “I love you,” she whispered.

She was beautiful, clever, and strong, and Tom knew she meant the words with every ounce of her soul. “I love you too,” he answered and kissed her again. The dangerous truth that he wasn’t willing to admit to himself was that he meant the words too.


Notes: So, apparently something we learned on this past episode is that Tom/Jacob really does smoke. Part of me thinks that’ll be interesting if she ever catches him doing it, since Sam died of lung cancer. I feel like that may get written this weekend….