I set the point of demarcation at 2010. I could be off a year but you get the drift. From for example the remake of Hawaii 50, to Blacklist, is a jump of quantum proportions. The Nolan brothers could even use it in a sequel to Interstellar...
Which brings me to the point of this review. With the bar suddenly raised by shows like this one, and POI, and Banshee, and even Suits, how do you make that final leap to excellence to separate the good episodes ... from the spectacular ones? In this episode, the main arc, which usually involves bringing a Blacklisted baddie to justice .... the baddie turns out to be a lovesick 15 year old. That is clever, and fun.
On the side arcs, we not only have further development of the Tom Is Not A Nice Guy arc, but in the reveal at the last 4 minutes, Lizzie realizes that the hobby project Ray has been building for the entire episode was in anticipation of her needing comfort for what she was about to discover.
That is beyond good, that is bloody brilliant, because the audience makes the connection at the same time as the character. Shared emotion character-to-viewer is as good as TV gets.
Another IMDb reviewer took this episode to task because Lizzie throws a temper tantrum. Really? As the series builds, and given the cool way Raymond has been treating Lizzie until this point, the tantrum actually makes the story more real, not less real.