On the eve of her own adoption, Reddington (James Spader) brings The Cyprus Agency to Lizzie‘s (Megan Boone) attention along with their methods of illegally procuring children (in a bizarre manner) and passing them off to completely unaware new families. The search into the at-first apparently above-board firm, discovers 27 unusual baby adoptions in the last three years that can’t be traced back to any actual births or parents. Further investigation reveals several of the children’s DNA links back to a stable of missing women who the company keeps in induced comas to breed their stock.
Unable to find any proof before another woman is abducted, Lizzie and Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) take a harder look at the head of the agency (Campbell Scott) and with Reddington’s help Lizzie talks to the “nicest narcotics dealer this side of Cleveland” which leads them to a fertility doctor (Ezra Knight) ordering a large supply of the highly-potent sleep aid needed to keep someone comatose for months at a time.
The discovery of the birthing center (and the 22 abducted and comatose mothers) along with an interview with the adoptive parents (James Murtaugh, Susan Blommaert) of the man responsible is more than enough to give Lizzie pause about adopting a child with Tom (Ryan Eggold). And, in the episode’s B-story, Meera (Parminder Nagra) admits to her part of the leak, but only under orders, and agrees to help Reddington seek real answers which once he finds allows Reddington to do what he does best.
Given the talents of Reddington’s network it may be quite a while before anyone finds Diane Fowler (Jane Alexander) but it will be interesting to see how the show deals with the discovery of her disappearance/death and how much of that blowback eventually finds itself aimed at the FBI’s most valuable asset. Before her death, Diane and Reddington’s conversation confirms the loss of his family but also that the circumstances behind that loss are as much a mystery to Reddington as to anyone else who knows even a fraction of the story.