For the character of the same name, see Dembe Zuma.

Dembe Zuma” is the sixteenth episode of Season 4 of The Blacklist and the eighty-second episode overall.


Press ReleaseEdit

After weeks of hunting for Dembe Zuma, Red and the Task Force finally get a lead on his whereabouts when Aram goes missing. Meanwhile, Dembe takes a calculated risk as Red closes in.

Number on The BlacklistEdit

  • 10

Unanswered QuestionsEdit

  1. Elizabeth Keen
    1. Why is Keen so important a target to those who knew Katarina Rostova?
      1. A: She is Katarina's daughter with Red.
  2. Raymond Reddington
    1. Why did Red kidnap Liz as a child?
      1. A: Katarina thought Red believed that Liz was his daughter and brought her to America to live with his family. She didn't know that he took Liz to America out of a need to protect both of them. This is because he suspected that Constantin Rostov would take his anger out on Katarina if he learned about their affair.
  3. Vanessa Lopez (Sofia Gallup)
    1. What was the infection Vanessa referred to that needed bee stings?
    2. How many of Vanessa’s and her parent’s victims and clients will be arrested?
    3. Is there enough evidence to convict Chuck Shaw of the murder of Richard Fickman?
    4. Why did Dennis Cauley decide to assassinate Daniel Nakamoto (Alex Sato) in a “prison yard” environment?
      1. A: A “prison yard” environment lends itself to people milling about which means it would be hard to identify who is doing what to whom, a stabbing could be covered up easily.
  4. Samar Navabi
    1. Why is Samar so emotionally close to Aram?
      1. A: Janet knew Samar had feelings for Aram and was doing a poor job hiding it behind a tough facade.
  5. Aram Mojtabai
    1. Why was Aram willing to protect Red?
      1. A: Red and Aram have expressed a belief in each other after Red turned to Aram during a specific case.
  6. Dembe Zuma
    1. Why did Dembe insist on finding evidence before going to Red?
      1. A: He suspected that the traitor in Red's organization was someone close to him and was waiting for the chance to strike.
    2. Why is Dembe Zuma on the Blacklist?
      1. A: Dembe is on the Blacklist because Reddington and the task force believed that he attacked Red.
  7. Kathryn Nemec
    1. What use are the bodies of Red’s victims? The FBI will state that Red killed them and add the murders to his other crimes.
      1. A: The bodies that were dug up from the mass graves were those of Diane Fowler and other important personnel that Red killed over the years. Nemec plans to use those bodies to attack him in secret as a means for revenge.
      2. A: Nemec is exposing Red's murders of high profile victims.
      3. A: Nemec meant to expose the task force's involvement with Reddington so Red's reputation can be irreparably destroyed and Elizabeth would be forced to go back to a normal life.
      4. Q: Keen will be dragged down with the task force once it is exposed.
    2. What did Nemec retrieve from hotel room 8?
      1. A: Possibly a dismembered body belonging to one of Red's former members of his syndicate.
      2. Q: Why would Nemec hide a corpse in a motel room? It could be discovered during renovations.
      3. A: Major structural renovations in a motel would only occur if a room suffered catastrophic damage, making it the perfect place to hide a body, as said renovations are highly unlikely to ever occur; instead, the body would have probably stayed hidden until the building was demolished.
    3. When did Nemec start her attacks?
      1. A: Her attacks started shortly after she left the hunter’s house in the woods; her first attack was seen in the assassination of Red’s accountant and money launderer, Smoll, and the proceeding loss of 200,000,000 dollars which that resulted in; this was committed by Natalie Luca who had been hired/blackmailed by Isabella Stone after she, in turn, had been paid by Nemec with money from Red’s bank account.
  8. Katarina Rostova
    1. Who was the man Katarina killed in the flashback?
    2. How was Rostova a traitor to the United States?
      1. A: She was still officially a Cold War KGB agent, enemies to the US at the time.
      2. Q: Treason is defined by disloyalty, a loyal KGB agent cannot be disloyal to the enemy.
    3. Where was Rostova living?
    4. Why were the police present at the house? Rostova told Nemec that involving the police would increase the danger to Liz.

Slanders on the FBIEdit


Main starEdit

Guest starEdit


  • Danaya Esperanza as Isabella Zuma
  • Devale Ellis as Chuck Shaw
  • Bazzel Baz as Baz
  • Chris Griggs as Dennis Cauley
  • Ian Campbell Dunn as Security Guard



External LinksEdit

Season 4 Episodes
 · Esteban  · Mato  · Miles McGrath  · Gaia  · The Lindquist Concern  · The Thrushes  · Dr. Adrian Shaw  · Dr. Adrian Shaw: Conclusion  · Lipet's Seafood Company  · The Forecaster  · The Harem  · Natalie Luca  · Isabella Stone  · The Architect  · The Apothecary  · Dembe Zuma  · Requiem  · Philomena  · Dr. Bogdan Krilov  · The Debt Collector  · Mr. Kaplan  · Mr. Kaplan: Conclusion  ·
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