Red: She’s breathtakingly unattractive, but she’s worth over $40 million– the only Vermeer in private hands.
Liz: That’s considered a masterpiece?
Red: Last night, I got up for a scoop of orange sherbet, and she caught my eye. I just stood here in the dark squinting at her. Poor thing ruined my appetite. Even after I went back to bed, all I could hear was the hideous music she must be playing. Didn’t sleep a wink.
Liz: Why did you buy it?
Red: Oh, my God, no. She’s not mine. She belongs to some hedge-fund manager who lives here.
Liz: I thought you lived here.
Red: Well, for now. The owner’s been on vacation ever since the SEC started its investigation. I’ve never met the man, but his housekeeper is an old friend. Please.
Red: Do you have any idea how much the US government has spent on signals intelligence in the past year?
Red: Your country has become a nation of eavesdroppers– frequency domains, triangulation, satellites, crypto-whatever. You’ve forgotten that what matters most is human intelligence – alliances, relationships, seduction. Madeline Pratt is a master at –
Liz: Madeline Pratt? Madeline Pratt –
Red: Is a thief and a woman of singular talents.
Liz: And now you want something of hers and you expect the FBI to help you get it.
Red: It was the right decision not to have the baby.
Liz: What did she take from you?
Red: I’m sorry for your suffering.
Liz: Madeline Pratt. How do we find her?
Red: Finding her is easy. Catching her is difficult. Luckily, she’s asked me to help her plan a heist.
Liz: To steal what?
Madeline Pratt S1E14
I love these verbal battles between Red and Liz. He pushed her about the adoption, and Liz pushed back using Madeline. I do wonder if Liz will ever break again, like she did in the hand holding scene in Gina Zanetakos. I like strong Liz, but I have to admit I love the Red who shows his very caring side when consoling her. Better yet, I want to see Liz console him - I wish she could have heard the story he told Madeline. I find it interesting that both Liz and Red confided in other people in this episode - Liz telling Ressler about her fear of Tom leaving her, and Red telling Madeline about his daughter. They are close but don’t won’t the other to see them weak. Comments?