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The Blacklist S01E04: The Stewmaker

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by smbaker, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. smbaker

    smbaker Well-Known Member

    May 24, 2003
    I'm surprised to not see blacklist discussion this week! (or did I miss it somehow?)

    The stewmaker felt to me like some weird hybrid of Dexter and Breaking bad. We've got rooms covered in plastic, and bodies dissolved in bathtubs.

    I thought James Spader did a superb job of acting, with his speech prior to the stewmaker's demise.

    I loved the scene where Ressler walks into the room with the mob boss, and Red immediately outs him as an FBI agent, and then Ressler expertly fabricates a cover story on the spot.

    I'm liking this series more and more each week.
  2. dtle

    dtle Active Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Fram, MA
    I guess I watch too much TV/movies, but why doesn't the FBI know that if you trying the find a body, the first thing to look is the bathtub (or below it)?
  3. ADG

    ADG Allan

    Aug 19, 2003
    New Jersey, USA
    Casting Tom Noonan and having him refer to the belief that he was "evolving" only make the similarities to Silence of the Lambs that much more evident (in Manhunter, a "semi-prequel" to Silence of the Lambs, he played a psycho killer who believed he was "becoming").
  4. ehusen

    ehusen Geek not Nerd

    Jan 7, 2002
    Chicago Suburbs
    Heck, hasn't this guy made a career out of playing a "serial killer"? I guess he's just got that sort of mug that says "hey, I'm a creepy dude..."
  5. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    Is it even possible to dissolve everything that is in a body in just a hottub?
  6. Fahtrim

    Fahtrim Member

    Apr 12, 2004
    yes, watched and enjoyed it
  7. rifleman69

    rifleman69 Member

    Jan 6, 2005
    I liked the character of the stewmaker but the rest of it was simply blah.
  8. IDSmoker

    IDSmoker Member

    Apr 10, 2004
    Boise, ID
    not according to a particularly gross "Breaking Bad" themed episode of Mythbusters
  9. JYoung

    JYoung Series 3

    Jan 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I did have to suspend an eye roll when the helicopter blew up but that's not even the closest unbelievable thing this show has done.

    Still enjoying Spader in this.
  10. Jon J

    Jon J Curmudgeon

    Aug 23, 2000
    Music City USA
    Noonan was even creepy when he played a cop in Damages
  11. john4200

    john4200 Active Member

    Oct 31, 2009

    [Mythbusters spoilers]

    When they used piranha etch (sulfuric acid and hydrogen peroxide), it completely dissolved the pig into a black sludge. Two problems, though. One was that it released a huge amount of vapor -- a truly staggering amount that would not have been practical in a motel room. Second, the resulting black sludge looked quite thick.

    Perhaps if the Stewmaker had cut the body into dozens of small pieces, and the motel had a decent exhaust fan in the bathroom, he could add one small piece at a time and the exhaust fan could handle the vapor. That still leaves the black sludge. Perhaps it could be diluted with a lot of water to become thin enough to go down the drain. But then, for each piece, he would have to wait for it to dissolve, then run a lot of water to dilute it, flush it down the drain, and then put more piranha etch in the bathtub. So perhaps it would be possible, but it would take hours and hours.
  12. smbaker

    smbaker Well-Known Member

    May 24, 2003

    hydrogen peroxide

    Was the "special sauce" they referred to in the episode, but wouldn't tell the audience what it was?

    I think mythbusters is going to have to revisit this one though. The stewmaker used jaccuzzi tubs that had a great deal more agitation of the solution than breaking bad's tub did. ;)
  13. marksman

    marksman ID-10-T

    Mar 4, 2002

    I love this show. Well I love James Spader in this show.
  14. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

    Nov 12, 2003
    Lexington, MA
    I liked this episode a lot... except the title. "The Stewmaker"? Seriously, that's the nickname? Sounds like something a 7th grader would come up with.

    Still... James Spader is awesome as always. ETA: most amazing thing about James Spader? He delivered that line naming "The Stewmaker"... without cracking up! Now that's acting my friends!
  15. markp99

    markp99 TakoKichi TCF Club

    Mar 21, 2002
    Nashua, NH
    Dexter & Breaking Bad themes merged:

    1. Plastic-lined apartment
    2. Dissolved dead guy
  16. Fahtrim

    Fahtrim Member

    Apr 12, 2004
    Smeek the TS even! lol attention to detail pro!
  17. Cearbhaill

    Cearbhaill Garden obsessed

    Aug 1, 2004
    Late catching up on my viewing but I was very happy to see Tom Noonan on my TV again- during his first scene with wig and dog I screamed "Frances Dolarhyde!"
    He is one of my most favorite villains of all time.
    What makes it even creepier is that I still find him attractive in a kind of enthralling sort of way, so I guess that makes me creepy, too.
  18. sushikitten

    sushikitten 143 down, ??? to go! TCF Club

    Jan 27, 2005
    DC-ish Suburbia
    So, no comments/guesses on who the girl was from the photo he snagged?

    (Sorry, just catching up on the series.)
  19. NashvilleKat

    NashvilleKat Retired Old Fart

    Dec 24, 2013
    My guess is she was someone he had made into stew.

    (Us too)
  20. sushikitten

    sushikitten 143 down, ??? to go! TCF Club

    Jan 27, 2005
    DC-ish Suburbia
    Heh. I didn't even think of that. It better tie in eventually.

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