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Quantico – ODYOKE (2×17)

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In moment’s of pressure, you see who you really are. At least that’s what Clay and Owen said on this week’s Quantico. Do you doubt yourself? Do you act? Do you rise above? The theme really resonated with the characters who found themselves under a lot of pressure after being called back into work at the start of vacation because of an emergency.

So that’s where we pick up – with everyone gearing up to finally take some time off. Clay is playing squash with Felix, a friend from boarding school and asking about a Muslim registry his party is trying to pass. Remember this, it will come in handy soon.

Shelby is looking forward to a massage and Ryan is excited to going skiing with his new asset Sasha, which Alex gets pretty jealous about. “He doesn’t ski,” she keeps repeating but she of all people should know that you don’t ever really know everything about a person. She decides to stay behind to check in with Owen and meet up with Nimah at the Golden Leaf, who she quickly realizes is actually Raina.

Raina is in trouble, which I feel is a very common statement in every single season. As breaking news appears on the bar TV screen, Alex immediately realizes her friend is about to be framed for a terrorist attack and she calls everyone back into work. Ugh, thanks a lot Alex.

Back at the Farm, Clay quickly puts the pieces together, beating himself up for not realizing it sooner. Rourke, Felix’s boss, wants the Muslim Registry bill passed so he had his people, stage a terrorist attack to ensue fear and guarantee the outcome.

Since Raina only trusts Alex at this point, she and Owen are assigned with figuring out who framed her. She admits that she was investigating the AIC after the G20 summit along with Leon Valez, so she assumes they’re being targeted. That’s when Alex realizes Leon was telling her the truth – someone was AFTER him. It’s a little too late of course because she soon gets the call from his landlord that he was found dead after committing suicide, which she immediately knows means he was murdered by the same people who are framing Raina.

The dynamic duo (because let’s face it, they are ALWAYS working together) take on this Vincent dude but he doesn’t really care to talk. Since he botched the mission and let Raina escape, the people he works for are coming to silence him. Like clockwork, a ton of bullets come flying at them and it seems like Alex and Owen are outnumbered.

As they try to come up with an escape plan, the teacher becomes the student. Owen, who was excited to get back in the field after being sidelined for years, realized that he’s not the man he used to be when he freezes. Thankfully Alex is there to bring him back and they find their way out, losing Vincent and any intel he had in the process. RIP man.

Back at the Golden Leaf, Owen asks Alex to help him find the man he was. I’m really not sure how he expects her to do that but I was getting some serious vibes. In fact, I’ve been getting vibes from these two this whole episode and it’s kind of making me uncomfortable. Alex and Owen…. he’s her teacher!

Meanwhile, the rest of the team heads to the Capitol in an attempt to sway the swing votes and stop the bill from passing. Ryan even enlists Sasha’s help, which reveals that she’s on the FBI watch list because she’s believed to be a Russian Spy. Yep, I knew she was bad news.

Ryan calls her out on it but she explains that she occasionally gives the FSB information to protect her parents. When she said “you don’t understand because you’ve never lived in fear,” I was about 100% certain she was feeding him some sob story and he was falling for it because he was smitten and wanted to believe her. However I underestimated him because after getting her guard down, he lures her into bed and then swipes a bunch of documents from her computer. Moral of the story – don’t ever lose faith in Ryan.

Though I am disappointed with the ‘tude he gave Alex. I know, she told him that they couldn’t be together but it’s still a low blow to see him move on so quickly and defend the girl that literally everyone is warning him about not only because they care about him but because they’re scared she’ll compromise them and everything they’ve been working for.

Clay seeks help from Felix, sure he’s going to give them the names of the swing voters. However, each representative they talk to is 100% set on voting for the bill. Clay realizes Felix set him up and as he’s kicked out of the Capitol, it’s up to Nimah and Shelby to save the day.

When it becomes apparent that they failed in their mission, Shelby realizes that there was a bigger plan in motion all along and the target has always been one person – President Claire Haas. These people knew that if the registry passed, she would automatically veto the bill, which would allow them to stage another terrorist attack and blame another innocent Muslim. The blood of Americans would be on her hands and she would be forced to resign and Rourke would take her place. With Rourke at the “top,” they would have secured all the power.

Back at the bunker, Clay tries to talk his mother into signing the bill but she doesn’t listen and vetoes it anyways. He’s upset with himself for almost caving and Shelby feels bad for him. There’s definitely some kind of flirting happening, which is weird because she dated every other man in the family, including Caleb who she calls because “his family needs him.”

I guess the only upside of his day is that he finally gets an apology from Felix who admits that even though he disagrees with what his boss is doing, there’s no way to stop him. He does however tell him that he’ll contact him with anything that can help him win the war but Felix’s word means nothing at this point so no thanks bruh.

Finally, Nimah tells Raina that she must stay in the bunker since her face is plastered all over the media as the person behind the attack. They know she’s innocent but the general public does not. When Raina blames all of her problems on her sister, she offers to once again swap places with her like they did in season one and turn herself into the police.

As they swap lives, she makes Raina promise that she’ll get her out. The interesting part – they once again aren’t telling anyone about the swap. Will their closest friends, specifically Alex and Shelby, be able to figure it out?

I have to say, this week’s episode finally made the bigger picture very clear. We know what the AIC’s goals are and we now know what it’s going to take to stop them. The question is – will Clay’s team figure it out? Will their be any casualties? Are you excited for the return of Caleb?

And lastly, what’s up with Sebastian Chen in the end? Last we saw he captured our dear friend Harry. Now he’s spying on Alex and Owen? Is he working with the AIC?

 

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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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