Blacklist season 3 episode 3
Red and Liz in Blacklist season 3 episode 3 promotional stillsNBC

Raymond Reddington will stop at nothing to clear Elizabeth Keen's name and bring down the cabal in the upcoming episode of The Blacklist season 3. Episode 3 is titled Eli Matchett, where Red and Liz take a detour to defeat the cabal and Tom Keen returns to help his ex-wife.

The official synopsis for episode 3 reads as follows:

Red (James Spader) and Liz (Megan Boone) take a detour towards the Midwest as part of their mission to exonerate Liz and defeat the Cabal. Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff), Samar (Mozhan Marno) and Aram (Amir Arison) continue to track the fugitives and in the process stumble upon what could become a global food crisis. Meanwhile, Cooper turns to an unlikely ally. Hisham Tawfiq and Ryan Eggold also star.

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The last episode ended with Elizabeth Keen finally managing to escape the Russian embassy and the FBI team and reuniting with Red. The two leave Washington DC in a boat. In the last minute we see Tom Keen cornering Ressler.

A new promo shows Tom talking to Ressler, urging him to trust him. Tom tells Ressler: "I know you don't trust me, but Liz needs all the help she can get." The promo then shows Red and Liz running from the FBI and Red declaring that the only way out is to exonerate Liz.

In the episode, actor Paul Reubens will return as Mr Vargas. Executive producer Jon Bokenkamp teased that Vargas's return will shake things up in Red's life. He told Entertainment Weekly, "We're forgoing the bow tie and the bicycle, and it's going to be something totally different, and it's gonna be awesome."

Bokenkamp teased, "It can't get strange enough for me. One of the most fun things is being able to write for actors who I've admired and think are interesting and try to play against expectations. I think this will be a fun one. I'd say he's gonna' shake things up a bit when he enters Red's orbit."

Blacklist season 3 episode 3 airs Thursday, 15 October at 10pm EST on NBC.