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  • The raid on the FBI black site is a reference to the Die Hard movies.
  • The closing scene of The Cyprus Agency is an homage to Three Days of the Condor.
  • Similarly, the scene with Red and Aram is an homage to Swordfish.
  • "The Good Samaritan Killer" plays similarly to an episode of Criminal Minds, even referring to the killer in question as an "unsub."
  • Red's outfit, haircut, and general Wicked Cultured Diabolical Mastermind styling reference John Malkovich's take on Tom Ripley in Ripley's Game.
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  • A bounty hunter is named Orci.
  • In "Scimitar" one of the agents is named John Reese.
  • Berlin is a mix between Ra's al-Ghul and especially Keyser Soze.
  • Donald Ressler shares a surname with the renowned FBI agent and profiler Robert Ressler, who is generally credited with bringing the term Serial Killer into the English language.
  • In "Luther Braxton Conclusion", Red asks Peter Kotsiopulos if he is a swimmer, referencing the actor's character Dr. Lee Rosen of the show Alphas who swims to keep in shape.
  • "The Harem" has Margot made a title drop to the movie Mindhunters.
  • Red nonchalantly shooting the courier mid-conversation in "Miles McGrath" is uncannily similar to Pulp Fiction when Jules shoots Brett's associate ("Flock of Seagulls") in the middle of Brett's desperate apology.
    (Reddington suddenly shoots McGrath's courier)
    Red: You were saying?
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  • The hacker group "Thrushes" is the same name to the villains from The Man From Uncle.
  • In "Ian Garvey", Red reads the poem "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley to Liz when she wakes up from her coma.
  • Liz makes Star Wars references in "The Cook".
    • In the same episode, there are various posters from the HALO and Star Wars series.

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