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Quantico – Cleopatra (2×09)

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One answer spawned several new questions on this week’s action-packed episode of Quantico. I’ll try to break everything down for you but don’t get mad if I missed anything.

Season 2 has kept one thing constant this whole time – I’m not sure if Alex Parish is good or evil. In fact, I don’t really know where anyones alliances lie, despite assuming that Miranda Shaw is one of the bad guys. Oh and she may have confirmed it this week by telling Alex, who she kidnapped with a silencer, that she was one of the terrorists. “When I’m done telling you everything, you will be too,” she advised her as Alex drove the getaway car.

But is being the “terrorist” really a bad thing on this show? Once again the answer is unclear. Alex was brought into questioning in the present day and interrogated by none other than Hannah Wyland. You might remember her from season 1 – she’s Ryan’s ex wife and Alex’s sort-of-friend. Wyland is giving Alex the benefit of the doubt considering that her first conspiracy checked out but really, could someone be in the center of yet another terrorist plot and not be guilty? Highly unlikely.

Alex walked her through everything that went down on the Farm, some of which we saw in flashbacks. The operatives were tasked with learning how to use seduction in order to make someone trust them so that they could get what they want. Each trainee had to go against their personal morals and sleep with their assigned victim – Booth and Alex getting the bride and groom respectively.

Booth aced the task, launching to the top of the murder board. Sebastian came in second, breaking his faith in order to seduce a nice Catholic woman, whom he later tried to strike up a relationship with. Clearly, he’s still unable to draw the line between personal and professional and I’m not sure this is a job where that’s a good trait to have.

Alex didn’t go through with seducing her victim, but she did get to work on Owen Hall. She’s been booted out of the undercover work for the FBI so she’s technically just a CIA agent in training but she’s determined to find out more about the AIC, which she promised Booth to stop since it’s really his territory now. She tries to get information out of Owen but gives him this huge shpiel about how she doesn’t need to use sex to get what she wants… then he basically tells her he wants her. It’s all really confusing. Basically, her goal was to slip him a pill that emits radiology waves so that she and Harry could follow his every move for the next 24 hours.

It gets even more confusing when she confronts Ryan later about lying to her about being recruited into the AIC. That’s when she reveals that he’s been fooled cause she’s still a double agent, they just didn’t want him to know. Or is she just lying? I don’t even know. Does Alex even know? God… who knows?

Back in the present, Shelby, Hannah and Alex are all pacing around the room trying to figure out who is behind the hostage situation. Hannah doesn’t want to believe Alex when she tells her “Ryan is the terrorist” even though at this point, can we really trust anyone? That’s when Shelby drops her two cents – the AIC are not the terrorists, they are the target.

Now we don’t know what that means one bit… Shelby might, but she didn’t do a good job of explaining it. Since Miranda said she’s a terrorist, we can assume that the FBI is holding all the AIC agents who they believe would go rogue hostage. That would explain why Ryan is masked right? And maybe that’s why they were all fighting Alex, because they thought she was part of the AIC. In fact, everyone in there might be part of the AIC… since we all saw them in training on the Farm and there could have been more recruits other than Dayana, Booth and Leon.

Speaking of those two – their stories were all kinds of twisted this week also. Dayana was tasked with seducing some dude at the party but then apparently went all psycho on him and almost killed him. She called Leon to help her clean up the mess but then later reported him for being “too weak” to the higher ups. Who is she really working with?

Leon continued to struggle with killing that man a few weeks ago as his first task for the AIC. You could tell it was breaking him down and eventually, he got so paranoid he realized Shelby was using him for information. She tried to convince him that she really was her alter-ego Jane and he fell for it… or so she thought. Instead, he chilled outside of her house and watch Nimah or Reina (I don’t remember at this point) leave, knowing fully well that she’s an FBI and possibly her handler. Safe to say, I don’t think this relationship ended well.

So there ya have it… we know more than we did last week but with all the new questions, it seems like we actually know nothing at all. I’d be more upset but I sort of don’t think Quantico is even keeping up with this anymore and that’s a shame because the cast and story were there if they’d only be executed properly.

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Quantico – RESISTANCE (2×22)

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Things have finally come full circle with Ryan and Alex on Quantico after her dangerous plot to become a terrorist and take down the President of the United States. Was she successful? Let’s get to recapping!

This season, Quantico ditched the dual timelines, pleasing the majority of their audience, but there were still moments of utter “WTF-ness.” All of that was explained into the darkness as storylines were wrapped up in an episode that could have served better as a series finale than a season finale.

RESISTANCE started with our operatives pretending to be Team Roarke, while secret meeting up at the bar to find a way to convince the remaining 4 sway delegates in the convention to vote no. In case you forgot, or weren’t keeping up, Roarke was trying to turn the US into a military state, stripping people’s rights silently and for some reason the whole country was don for a constitutional convention, which would merge the FBI and CIA into one organization. His new world was being referred to as DISA.

The operatives really thought they were being sneaky, with Mirana even losing her tail during their weekly secretive meetups. But they forgot a crucial piece of information that surprisingly, Caleb warned them about – they can’t just want to beat these guys who have been planning this for years, they have to surprise them.

After Clay meets with Felix, who is getting ready to leave to Spain, he realizes that they were always listening to them. He heads to warn the team and arrives just as Fletcher barges in to tell them their plan has been foiled – they’d been watching through the newly installed TV screens the whole time. Just like that, everything they’d been working on for months went up in flames.

Clay decides to finally use the element of surprise, motivating everyone to use the final hours to really their advantage. He believes that if Peter Theo was spying on them, he’s probably also spying on Roarke and has “enough dirt to bury the President ten times over.” Cue in reinforcements Will Olsen and long-time-no-see Iris. Remember her?

Will and Iris go undercover as a couple that proposition Theo at a gay club. Back at his home, they hack into his computer system to steal files on Roarke, which Alex craftily hands over to the Russians. The plan is that the Russian’s will do their dirty work, forcing Roarke to change the language in a proposed amendment.

As Roarke kicks off the Constitutional Convention, Alex says one final goodbye to her freedom, which involves an “I love you” exchange between her and Ryan. As he notifies the delegates of a language change in an amendment, Alex’s face appears on a projector in the room and she outs the President for conspiring with the Russians. How is he the President of the people if he’s being told what to do by another country?

That’s not all though – Alex takes it a step further and says she’ll reveal all the surveillance she’s gathered on him to 100 law firms and civil liberty organizations. As Roarke’s security tries to track Alex down, she comes barging into the room, making sure her statement is heard loud and clear. Then, a gunshot rings out and Alex collapses to the ground, bleeding, as Ryan runs to her side.

At first, I really couldn’t believe that they were all stupid enough to let Alex walk into something like this without a bullet proof vest on. Then I realized, this was all part of the plan. Miranda shot Alex to make her statement all the more authentic and they purposefully left out a heartbroken Ryan to make it believable.

Alex has done a lot of questionable things for the country but being shot means she has to actually disappear off the radar this time. Owen hands her several passports to ensure that she won’t get caught up, says his goodbye and she boards her getaway plane. As she’s drowning her sorrows in glasses of champagne, Ryan sits down in the seat next to her and introduces himself, the same way he did when we first met them when their adventures started. Oh how far we’ve come. It’s a fitting full circle for the couple, who’ve been through hell and back but also for Alex, who was always destined to sacrifice for her country.

Clay catches up with Roarke after the incident and he’s feeling defeated. Clay believes Roarke understands his motives and no one is too surprised to hear a gunshot as he exits his office. He was beat and there was no way out of it – not with the American people and not with the Russians. Sometimes, the good guys win after all.

Shelby confronts Clay soon after and he’s optimistic about finally getting that date. Despite her feelings for him, she reveals that she bumped into Maxine before everything went down and found out that he’d actually broken up with her to “protect her name.” As much as she wants to pursue this relationship, she knows Clay is only doing it because he believes that Maxine is too good for him and Shelby’s already been corrupted enough. It’s not fair to anyone involved so she tells him to stop underestimating his ex and get her back. For that, I applaud her – she came full circle from the girl that slept her way into a family to the girl who knew she deserved better.

We then fast forward two months and everyone is back in the bunker. Clay and Maxine are back together and actually eloped, which Shelby, now an instructor at Quantico, pretends to be happy about. Owen did get his life back like he told Alex, serving as deputy director of the CIA. Even Nimah and Raina are kicking back with everyone, finally cleared of the terrorism charges. As they all catch-up and toast, they’re all missing one person that always kept them together – Alex.

Where in the world is Alex Parrish? That’s a game the news seems to be playing. With recent Alex sightings, people are wondering if she actually survived. Will this be the lead into the shortened third season? If people find out Alex faked her death, will it unravel everything they worked so tirelessly for?

Personally, I think this should have been a series finale. All the loose ends were tied up, everyone’s storyline was wrapped and Alex even got her fairytale ending. What more can we ask of her? How many more times can she save the world?

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Quantico – GLOBALREACH (2×20)

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As Alex Parrish put it on tonight’s Quantico, “time to be bad.”

We pick up pretty much where we left off with the country fully aware that Haas was running an undercover and illegal CIA operation on U.S soil and the collaborators are calling for impeachment, which will allow them to put Henry Roarke right where they want him.

Shelby and Ryan, who were called out in the media for working with Haas, don’t even manage to stay hidden for 24 hours before Clay calls them back to the bunker to let them in on one last mission – destroy Rourke’s credibility.

The man keeps spinning golden webs of lies and everyone believes him. Maybe it’s time the task force started playing dirty to try to beat him and the collaborators are his own game. After several attempts, their unable to find anything incriminating on him. The man is practically a saint right down to paying his taxes legally.

Raina offers up another solution – Felix. Clay is wearing of using his old friend, simply because he’s burned him too many times. And even though he “hates” Muslims, Raina trusts him. Call it gut instinct or naivety. When Felix finally reaches out for a meeting, Clay decides to give him one last chance and is surprised when Roarke meets him instead. The whole thing turned out to be a set up so that the media would believe Clay was actually working against his mother. As he left, furious for falling for yet another trick, he refused to listen to a thing Felix needed to say. I don’t blame the guy – even if your intentions are in the right place, who you work for says a lot about your integrity and beliefs.

As a last resort, Clay and Shelby decided to stoop down to the collaborators level. Their masterplan involves manipulating Raina to betray Felix, who promised to help her get intel on her sister’s whereabouts. If you don’t remember, they switched places because Nimah was being framed for a terrorist attack.

Through Raina, they believe they can funnel intel that only Felix would have to the Russians using Ryan’s late connection, then have him arrested for selling American secrets on Rourke’s behalf. This would force him to disappear and secure Haas presidency. Simple enough right? Even if it involves a few rounds of backstabbing.

The plan, unfortunately, goes South when Raina tips Felix off. She’s all for doing the right thing but not when it means destroying an innocent man to put the bad one away. Not even for the greater good. And I’ll admit, she is pretty naive when it comes to all of this. Like Shelby said, you can’t beat the bad guys with hugs, although it would make things less messy.

Speaking of messy, Alex has gone undercover and become part of the “winning team.” I always thought being undercover meant you infiltrated that life but still, she’s teetering on the line between both the collaborators and the task force.

In order to prove her loyalty, Alex is tasked with forcing Keyes to resign from his position, either willingly or unwillingly. She plays it off and makes it believable but you can tell it stings, especially when he tells her he regrets ever working with her.

Sometimes though, you have to do what’s necessary and that includes being the Trojan Horse. After her confrontation with Keyes, Alex assists Alice at the FBI headquarters where the collaborators use her to smuggle in a water bottle consisting of a deadly agent, that once airborne, can kill. In this case, their goal is to make it seem like Haas killer her enemy, Lowery.

When Alex figures out their plan, she attempts to stop the attack. Ryan, who traced her cell to the headquarters, offers up a helping hand but she decides against it when Owen tell her that if she doesn’t let it play out, the collaborators will know she’s using them and their cover will be blown. Then, they’ll have absolutely no in with the collaborators to stop them from what they’re eventually going to do; their grand finale. She can however try to lessen the blow by making sure people get sick instead of die.

It’s understandable that Ryan is upset with Alex but I swear, he’s the most overbearing human there is. Sure, Alex always gets in a bit of trouble but it’s always because she means well. She’s trying to save the world and he’s over here telling her that she should be embarrased by who she’s become. At this point, Ryan is on Raina’s morality train, although he shouldn’t be pointing fingers considering all he’s done this week. Thankfully, we’ve got Shelby and Alex who are willing to go to extremes to get things done.

Speaking of done, after unsuccessfuly beating Felix, Clay comes to the realization that he was in over his head to think that he could lead this task force. He apologizes to Owen, explaining that if he has any chess moves left, to play them. Then he says his goodbyes to Shelby and struts to the White House, where his mother gives her resignation, handing the metaphorical baton over to Rourke. It’s a hard scene to watch, considering you know that the right side of history is being pushed out for being moral and fighting the good fight.

As for Alex, she’s just getting started. After her little confrontation with Ryan, she gets the call from the collaborators that she’s part of the team. Will she be able to stop whatever they have planned for the “new America.”

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Quantico – MHORDER (2×19)

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The task force has tried and failed to keep up with the collaborators, who are always a few steps ahead of them. On this week’s Quantico, Alex Parrish and team finally thought they had the upper hand, but were in for a rude awakening. One that shook up the structure of the series, upping the stakes for the remaining few episodes of the season. Put your bullet proof vest on, we’re going in.

When Clay gets wind that his former friend Felix tried to break into his personal email, everyone realized they had to stop trying to target the collaborator’s individually but rather, take them down as a whole by turning one of them against the group. Sounds easy? That’s what they all thought too.

First, they needed the perfect and inconspicuous setup. For the second time, that seemed to be infiltrating Clay’s personal life and throwing an engagement party for him and Maxine, to lure out all the suspects and pin them against each other. At first, Maxine was skeptical but she immediately found join in playing, as Clay called her, Mrs. Smith. And that’s where the “easy” stopped and the “too obvious” began.

Each agent was assigned one of the collaborators to persuade but despite each person having a ‘weak’ point or a selling point, everyone struggled – Shelby flopped with Peter Theo and Raina couldn’t budge Felix. They were all two steps ahead of them, even Rourke, who President Haas thought she was keeping occupied while they turned comrade’s against him and got intel to ruin him. In all honesty, it’s sad that the most powerful people in the world could outsmart the most powerful agents in the world, isn’t it?

It seemed like the only one making any headway was Ryan, who was working Alice Winter. In an attempt to sway her, he tried to pretend to turn against his team and it seemingly worked. Alice admitted to killing both Leon and Sasha on camera, which prompted him to serve her with an immunity deal. Going smoothly right? Wrong.

Apparently, the FBI/CIA never taught these agents, specifically Booth, an expertly trained one, that when you have someone in the corner, you don’t give them ‘more time’ in exchange for more names. Maybe he was desperate since he was personally involved with Sasha or maybe he just thought that he could be greedy and didn’t think it through.

Either way, when Alex heard about Ryan’s plan to meet up with Alice, who promised to bring two other collaborators with her, she knew it was a setup. Especially after her target, Fletcher, basically told her that he knew what she was up to and was here on the same mission, even offering her a position on the “winning team.”

However, Ryan didn’t want any negativity since he was convinced his tactic worked. Shelby agreed, because like I said, all their training just went OUT the door. Poof. As expected, when Ryan arrived at the specified meeting place with Alice, he’s approached by a reporter from the Washington Post and finds himself compromised. There’s even a video… you know it’s bad when they get a video. Seriously Booth, I know it gets hard to see Alex always right but dude, she’s ALWAYS RIGHT.

After the failed party, Clay asked Maxine to elope with him but she surprisingly turned him down. Even on her secret-agent rush, she knew that his job was coming between them, and quite possibly a new team member, and he was just asking out of fear. Another piece of advice – don’t get married cause you’re scared to lose the other person.

Clay then confronts Shelby, admitting that he’s falling for her. Of course, he doesn’t want that to happen because he loves Maxine so he asks her to help him get over her by making him hate her again. “I see what they saw in you,” he tells her, which probably isn’t easy to hear.  I don’t know what siren-magic Shelby has over these Haas men but damn girl, give me some. Shelby figures that the only way to help is to quit the team but Clay says no, obviously still wanting the cake and eating it too.

Shelby enlists Caleb’s help and the next day, when he’s over, the two fake hooking up so he can see. It works because Clay is definitely bothered by it and Shelby seals the deal by telling him that she thought she had feelings for him but she was just projecting what she felt for Caleb. I swear, it’s definitely not okay that every one of them, including the father, fell for her and willingly entered the relationship, yet everyone blames her. At this point, she’s the victim in the madness and it isn’t her fault that everyone is just drawn to her. Homegirl is just trying to get her career on! When all is said and done, Caleb says his goodbyes and leaves for school or Mexico or to do more heroine. Who knows. What’s obvious is that he’ll be dearly missed for the comedic relief he offers up.

During the night, someone breaks into the bunker, hacks all of their computers and deletes their information. The next day, everyone is convinced that it was Alice after Ryan gave her some pretty detailed blueprints about where their lair is.

As they turn on the TV, they realize that everything they worked for has been for naught – President Haas is being impeached for running an undercover and illegal CIA operation on U.S Soil. Both Boothe and Shelby are outed in the media and Clay basically throws his hands up in the air. Rourke and the collaborators won and they got everything they wanted.

While this came as a major shock to the rest of the group, Alex and Owen seemed to have figured out that their force was about to crumble and jumped ship, launching a, hopefully, indestructible plan of their own. It’s always Alex that saves the day, even if it means sabotaging your own people for the greater good.

After a pretty intimate goodbye session where both agents admit to nerves and trusting each other (seriously, who else was surprised there wasn’t a steamy kiss between them), Alex walks out and meets up with Fletcher, telling him she’s taking him up on that offer to join his team to be on “the right side of thing.” Then she hands him all the evidence and intel the task force collected.

Seems like the new plan is to infiltrate and take down from within. But can Alex and Owen really outsmart these guys after they publically exposed the President and the rest of their team? How will everyone else react when they find out?

Memorable Quotes

Clay: “Oh what, you’re sleeping with her too?” – Clay to Shelby about his mother, President Haas.

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