In the Season 5 premiere of The Blacklist, “Smokey Putnam,” Red (James Spader) is determined to turn his criminal empire around. He enlists Liz (Megan Boone) to help him earn cash and deliver a new Blacklister (Joe “Smokey” Putnum, who’s portrayed by Michael Aronov) to the Task Force. The plot involves capturing a woman named Hawkins.
Hawkins is portrayed by Aida Turturro. The New York native is known for her roles on Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Maura Figgis), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Judge Felicia Catano), ER (Sheryl Hawkins), and The Sopranos (Janice Soprano), among others. The Blacklist airs Wednesdays at 8pm on NBC.